A wonderful selection of tricks illustrated by Harlan Tarbell with an introduction by John Mulholland. For each author a short biographical sketch is included at the end of the book.
THE FINGER KNOWS—AND TELLS (Al Baker) A truly amazing example of mind reading.
THE GLASS TRICK (Roy Benson) An instantaneous, and seemingly impossible, disappearance of a handkerchief.
SEVEN COINS (Al Flosso) A clever sleight to cause several coins to go from one hand to the other.
THE PIERCED CARDS (Robert Harbin) An excellent manipulative method by which selected cards are caused to appear on a ribbon.
DUO-FLIGHT (Leo Hartz; S. Leo Horowitz) A superb transposition of two selected cards from one envelope to another.
BEER AND MILK ("Think-a-Drink" Hoffman) An exceptional production of both beer and milk from pictures drawn on one piece of paper.
THE NEST OF BOXES (Eugene Laurant) A brilliantly convincing method for performing the rings in the boxes.
FISHBOWL PRODUCTION (Magini) A huge fish bowl of water mysteriously appears on a simple unprepared table.
PRODUCTION OF TWO PIGEONS (Miaco) A startling bare stage production of two live pigeons from a thin silk scarf.
THE CARD IN THE BANANA (Russell Swann) An hilarious way to discover the chosen, and marked, card.
1st edition 1941, 63 pages; PDF 37 pages.
word count: 13255 which is equivalent to 53 standard pages of text