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Sleight Intended

J. G. Thompson Jr.

Sleight Intended by J. G. Thompson Jr.From the foreword:
For years the pattern has been the same. A newcomer to magic invariably turns first to cards as a vehicle for mystification. He spends hours upon hours mastering difficult sleights and then, to his dismay, learns of the existence of easier and more effective maneuvers hidden away in magical literature - moves about which he could have no knowledge, but which would have made his previous struggles unnecessary, or, at least, eased them. Gradually he discards the results of many arduous hours of practice and substitutes the newly discovered and simplified versions until,...
2017 / 6 / 15

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Come A Little Closer ...

Peter Warlock

Come A Little Closer ... by Peter WarlockGoing down the list of contributors one will find very prominent names such as Elmsley, Walton and Avis. When this book originally appeared they were young and largely unknown. Enjoy some of their early contributions to the art of close-up magic.
  • Foreword
  • The Repeat Card In Hat (Tommy Vanderschmidt)
  • The Cut And Restored Cigarette (Arthur Holland)
  • Jet Transportation (Bobby Bernard)
  • Point Of Departure (Alex Elmsley)
  • Knifed (Roy Walton)
  • The Seance Card Trick (Ted Danson)
  • The Monte Cristo Ring (John Derris)
  • The Cards Of Pegasus (Jack Avis)

1st edition 1953, 37 pages; 1st digital edition 2017, 30 pages....

2017 / 6 / 15

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TNT: Twelve New Tricks


TNT: Twelve New Tricks by FabianFabian, in the role as literary and technical editor of Abracadabra magazine, selected and edited these routines.
  • Publisher's Foreword
  • "The Conjurer Comes Forward" Or Making Money Out Of Magic (Ron Bishop)
  • Allez Oop!! (Jack Shepherd)
  • Glass Distinction (Robert W. Edmanson)
  • The Grand National (Syd the Sorcerer)
  • Picture Projection (Arthur Eydmann)
  • The Spanish Prince (John K. Bays)
  • The Mechanical Banner (Jack Le Dair)
  • Blown Egg (Syd the Sorcerer)
  • The Chinese Chain (A. G. Jacobs)
  • Cigarettes To Pocket (John K. Bays)
  • The Quick And The Dead (Peter A. McDonald)
  • Decks In Sympathy (Arnold...
2017 / 6 / 15

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Sierpinski's Peek

Tom Phoenix

Sierpinski's Peek by Tom PhoenixImagine this:
  • You turn your back
  • They shuffle the deck
  • They select one card
  • They replace it reversed in the deck
  • They shuffle again
  • You turn to face them, put the cards in the box, and you read their mind.
The peek can be attained immediately, or after deck has been in the box for a couple minutes - it's up to you. You will need to make a gimmick.

1st edition 2017, length 18 min

2017 / 6 / 14

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Tom Phoenix

Rebirth by Tom PhoenixRebirth is a fast, fiery Torn and Restored effect, which leaves them with an impossible souvenir, and a cool story to tell their friends. It also looks great on video. The gimmick is very easy to make, and there is no ditching involved.

1st edition 2017, length 18 min

2017 / 6 / 14

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Illusions Illusions

Gordon Miller

Illusions Illusions by Gordon MillerGordon Miller compiled a great collection of magical illusions from various Abbott publications - most with complete and detailed workshop plans.
  • Abbott's Guillotine
  • Cyclops Lens
  • Caliph's Cutter
  • Abbott's Barrel Escape
  • Don Rose Miniature Doll House
  • Abbott's Packing Box Escape
  • Where's That Gal?
  • Levitation Deluxe
  • Abbott's Modern Sword Cabinet
  • Girl In Fish Bowl
  • Spike Illusion
  • Canvas Case Illusion
  • Phantasmo
  • Devil Illusion
  • Twin Boxes
  • Dancing Slippers
  • Abbott's Amazing Shrunken Living Head Illusion
  • Abbott's Mummy Cloth Of The Nile
  • Abbott's Mignon Illusion
  • Abbott's Enchanted Tent ...
2017 / 6 / 12

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Conjuring for Amateurs

Ellis Stanyon

Conjuring for Amateurs by Ellis Stanyon
    • The Dress
    • The Table
    • The Servante
    • Palming
    • Le Tourniquet
    • The Finger Palm
    • The Reverse Palm
    • To Change a Coin
    • Magical Production of a Coin
    • The Wandering Coin
    • A New Coin Fold
    • Coin and Candle
    • An Artful Conjurer
    • The Invisible Flight
    • Vanish for Duplicate
    • To Pass a Coin Through the Body
    • Swallowing Illusions
    • Coin and Lemons
    • The Pocket Vanish
    • Florin v. Sixpence
    • To Pass a Coin into an Ordinary Matchbox held by One of the Spectators
    • Coin,...
2017 / 6 / 11

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Card Tricks: a practical treatise on conjuring with cards

Ellis Stanyon

Card Tricks: a practical treatise on conjuring with cards by Ellis StanyonThis is a classic on card magic covering sleights, routines, special cards, and apparatus. It is very likely that already S.W. Erdnase read this book.
    • The Pass
    • To Force a Card
    • The Change
    • To Palm a Card
    • The False Shuffle
    • To Slip a Card
    • The Ruffle
    • To Throw a Card
    • To Spring the Cards from One Hand to the Other
    • The Cards Passing up the Sleeve
    • The Card and Cigarette
    • To Pass a Card Through a Handkerchief
    • To Pass any Number of Cards along the Sleeve, and Produce them from the Breast Pocket ...
2017 / 6 / 11

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Mind Spark 2: Mental Logs Unlogged

Unknown Mentalist

Mind Spark 2: Mental Logs Unlogged by Unknown MentalistThis is an introductory price and will go up to $12 on July 3, 2017.

Mental Logs is a well known routine. But it generally remained a math puzzle and never got to become a mind blowing miracle, at least for many performers. Mental Logs Unlogged, although based on the basic principle of mental logs, has been treated with a double dose of steroids and zooms up very high in terms of impact and impossibility.

First, you do not need to carry your mental logs anymore. Second, the theme here gives you a plausible reason to use sets of 4 digit numbers. Third, a few business cards is all you need...

2017 / 6 / 11

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Effects with Cards 2

Arthur Buckley

Effects with Cards 2 by Arthur BuckleyThis is the second of Arthur Buckley's problems: The Burglar
  • Effect, Brief Presentation and Patter
  • Sleights Necessary to Perform the Burglar (crimp, two-handed pass, Down's change, a secret removal, riffle shift)
  • Details for Learning Sleights
  • Rehearse Problem

1st edition 1921, 10 pages; 1st digital edition 2017, 9 pages.

2017 / 6 / 10

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Fred Culpitt: a brief biography

Val Andrews

Fred Culpitt: a brief biography by Val Andrews
  • A Typical Culpitt Performance
  • The Vanishing Stick (Or "Culpitt's Cork")
  • The Abanazer Fan Vanish
  • Torn And Restored Newspaper
  • The Bathing Costume Trick
  • A Rabbit From A Hat
  • Culpitt's Clock
  • Cards Ala Culpitt
  • Egg-Bag Ruses
  • Production Of Eggs From A Net-Fronted Bag
  • The Doll's House Illusion
  • Culpitt's Silk Loader
  • Culpitt Card Box
  • Reward Poster
  • "On Toast"
  • Rabbit To Silks
  • A Culpitt Card Sleight
  • Thumb-Nail Sketch

1st edition 2001; 1st digital edition 2016, 43 pages.

2017 / 6 / 10

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Memory: a home study course in memory and concentration

Dr. Bruno Furst & Lotte Furst

Memory: a home study course in memory and concentration by Dr. Bruno Furst & Lotte FurstThis was one of the first comprehensive courses to develop ones memory. It is an excellent course and includes study questions to check your progress and comprehension of the system. Particularly interesting for magicians is an entire session on memorizing playing cards.
  • Session 1: Prelude to Memory Power
  • Session 2: Secrets of Remembering
  • Session 3: Number Exercises
  • Session 4: Recalling Facts and Fiction
  • Session 5: Remember that Face and Name
  • Session 6: Building Memory Chains
  • Session 7: Numbers Forever
  • Session 8: Be a Dynamo on Details
  • Session 9: Classification, Imagination
  • Session...
2017 / 6 / 10

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Vaudeville Mind Reading

David J. Lustig

Vaudeville Mind Reading by David J. LustigDunninger's "behind the scenes man," David J. Lustig, describes a whopping twenty mind reading systems, second sight acts and entertaining psychic experiments in this ebook - each one carefully described in detail. Learn to be an effective psychic entertainer! The collection includes:
  • Methods of so-called Crystal Gazing
  • A Musical Silent Thought Act
  • A Crystal Gazing Act for Club Entertainers
  • Electrical, Phonetic and Silent Codes
  • The Blindfold Drive
  • The Chess Knight Tour
  • Publicity Stunts
  • Voice Culture
  • Answering Catch Questions
  • and other valuable and instructive chapters.
Includes a supplement...
2017 / 6 / 10

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Effective Answers to Questions

Robert A. Nelson

Effective Answers to Questions by Robert A. NelsonA masterpiece in the field of psychic entertainment! A brilliant sequel to Geo. DeLawrence's Answers to Questions.

In this advanced course for mentalists and psychic entertainers, Nelson delves further into the psychology of Q&A work, combining essential showmanship with the psychology of the answers. Teaches the reader how to answer questions, the basic principles of combining effectiveness with answers, how to convince your audience, and to attain a higher percentage of correct answers.


  1. The Introductory Lecture - Its true purpose, what it must convey to the audience, the psychology of a good lecture,...
2017 / 6 / 10

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Magia Oltre La Magia

Matteo Filippini

Magia Oltre La Magia by Matteo Filippini"Magia oltre la Magia" è un'introduzione al cold reading, vista dal punto di vista di un illusionista.

L'intento del libro, oltre ad una completa panoramica su tecniche e strategie, è quello di analizzare gli strumenti che la lettura a freddo offre per arricchire un effetto magico di ulteriore livello di meraviglia e mistero.

Come? Matteo Filippini offre le sue risposte tra le pagine di "Magia oltre la Magia".

Tra i contenuti del libro: definizione, origini, principi del reading, perché servirsi della lettura a freddo, rapport ed empatia, riflessioni sull'essere umano, principi etici,...

2017 / 6 / 9

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Instant Lotto

Alan Rorrison

Instant Lotto by Alan Rorrison
"I could spend a lotto time pounding out the puns but I won't. Look at that visual, pure magic. Add to cart." - Ben Williams

"The thing I love about Instant Lotto is how visual it is. If you could instantly cash in one of those scratch cards by magic, this is exactly how it would look. Just buy it!" - Dee Christopher

"Instant Lotto is an incredible piece of magic that in real life looks like CGI. Alan has used his experience once again to create one of the most stunning and simple pieces of magic with an everyday object." - Mathew Parrot

"It looks fantastic and made my eyes pop! Very nice Mr Rorrison."...

2017 / 6 / 8

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Dr. Hekyll and Mr. Hype

Brick Tilley

Dr. Hekyll and Mr. Hype by Brick TilleyThis is a beautiful chip or coin change move. It was taught by Pressley Guitar to Brick Tilley in the 1970s. It is not easy to do. It will require a good amount of practice. But once mastered it is super clean and magical. Watch the video below.

1st edition 2017, 4 pages.

2017 / 6 / 7

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Chalk Talk Stunts

Harlan Tarbell

Chalk Talk Stunts by Harlan Tarbell
  • Introduction
  • Preparations For A Chalk Talk
  • The Lazy Man’s Chalk Talk
  • Evolution Pictures
  • Roman Art
  • Upside Down Stunt
  • Holiday Suggestions
  • The Circle, The Triangle, And The Square
  • Easy Human Figure Drawing For Chalk Talks
  • Chalk Talk Phases Of The World War
  • A Novelty Telephone Stunt
  • Coloring A Picture
  • A Youthful Chalk Talker

1st edition 1926, 101 pages; digital edition 2017, 75 pages.

2017 / 6 / 4

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Packet Racket II

David Devlin

Packet Racket II by David DevlinEvery now and then a sequel is made that out does the original such as The Godfather part II, Superman II, The Empire Strikes Back, The Terminator II, The Dark Knight, and Aliens to name a few. Well, such is the case here with David Devlin's Packet Racket II. If you like packet tricks (David loves them) then you will love this eBook! All six of the tricks use standard packet sleights, and only one of them uses gaffed cards. (You can find the first volume here Packet Racket).

Triumphant Travelers: What do you get when you combine Open Travelers with Triumph? You get Triumphant Travels. This one is impromptu. ...

2017 / 6 / 4

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Hiring an Assistant

Brian T. Lees

Hiring an Assistant by Brian T. LeesMagic performances grown to the point you need an assistant? Is working with an assistant one of your dreams? Want to take your performance up to the next level? There are many things you need to prepare for BEFORE bringing on an assistant.

This text will help you consider ways the assistant will function in performance. It will help identify responsibilities you can assign to her both on and off stage. Beginning with the standard application forms that are available through the office supply store, it suggests additional information that should be included with the application.


2017 / 6 / 3

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