This book describes quite a number of card tricks and has a wonderful account of some of Buatier de Kolta's illusions, for example his famous "de Kolta Chair". An interesting story evolves around the cartoon on page 62, which depicts a famous magician's wife in a not very favorable light. Goldston released later a new edition which had this cartoon removed. Goldston also tried to buy back all the first editions but was not quite successful.
1st edition, 1910, London; 100 pages.
Table of Contents
- The Editor to his Readers, Will Goldston
- An Interview and an Appreciation, Henry Byatt
- Apparatus for Amateurs, Geo. Johnson
- A Chat on Magic, Andre Letta
- Ingenious Coin Wands, Henry Bate
- Two Good Tricks, Adrian Plate
- Harry Houdini, "Houdini"
- The Devil amongst the Stars, "Nibs"
- A Smoking Concert Programme, W. Avis
- Indoor Magic (Arranged by), Jay Gee
- Original Card Tricks, "Elliot"
- Original Illusions, Collings and Bretma
- The Jongleur's Wife, Henry Byatt
- Modern Tricks and Illusions, Will Goldston
- How to Build a Myriorama, Woolfe-Clyne
- "Sybil", La Devo
- "True Experiences", La Devo
- Stage Mysteries, Will Goldston
- Stories of the Road, Walford Bodie
- Buatier de Kolta, "One Who Knew Him"
- Silent Thought Transmission, Owen Clark
- Just an Idea, Chris van Bern
- Card Tricks, Will Goldston
word count: 61057 which is equivalent to 244 standard pages of text