The original ad read:
Secrets for the tricks in this book, if purchased separately from magic supply houses, would cost well over $1000. Here, in non-technical language, are hundreds of tricks that require no special apparatus; tricks that can be performed with simple, common objects to be found anywhere. Tricks with coins, rope, handkerchiefs, cigarettes, rubber bands, pencils, playing cards - objects completely free of trickery. Includes complete routines for a close-up act, a mental act, a children's show, and a catalog of magic and merchandise.
Neil Foster wrote in the New Tops:
- Hundreds of self-working tricks that require no skill
- Tricks for anytime, anywhere (at the dinner table, at the card table, at a party)
- Ice breakers for business dealings
- Easily constructed illusions
- Close-up routines with silks, cards, coins
- Mental magic
- How to buy tricks
- A gallery of legendary magicians
- Reproduction of the old classic The Black Art Exposed
"Puts Magic in the Now! I recommend this book to everyone interested in the Art of Magic, be he amateur or professional. For the first time in decades a book has finally come along that puts Magic in the contemporary scene, all the dusty old myths have past into oblivion."
1st edition 1972, 288 pages; 1st digital edition 2016, 490 pages.
word count: 192153 which is equivalent to 768 standard pages of text
Reviewed by Michael Lyth
Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!] Date Added: Wednesday 12 October, 2016
This George Anderson knew his magic.
He also knew what was enjoyed by audiences I recommend this purchase for the serious interested in magic plus history side. I have a printed original copy in my working library, for a new unused copy you could pay up to £140.00 +£2.80 prices vary from international sellers so $15.00 a wise investment no pages to get drink spilt on or chewed by cat/dog /children and easy on the eyes excellent foundation building block for any new magician or memory jog for the old ones like me
If that is not enough there are two really entertaining bonus sections. One reprints the bizarre tricks of the ancients and the other a runs a cross-section of honestly amazing advertisements for tricks sold by dealers in magic equipment. Most of these items were 'the latest' when the book came out in the early 1960s, but almost all of them are either white hot collectable now or displayed as museum pieces.