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200 Tricks You Can Do

by Howard Thurston
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200 Tricks You Can Do by Howard Thurston

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This book shows that Howard Thurston, sometimes refered to as the World's Master Magician, knew a lot about the Close-up side of magic, not just stage magic. He explains tricks with coins, cards, balls, matches, paper, ... There is something for everybody - easy and self-working tricks for the beginner, and more advanced ones for the intermediate skilled performer. Make sure to also check out More Tricks You Can Do

published 1926 by George Sully and Company; published 1939 as one volume together with "200 More Tricks You Can Do" as "400 Tricks You Can Do" by Blue Ribbon Books; 200 pages

  1. Preface
  2. A Brief Biography of Howard Thurston
  3. Introduction
  4. I. BALL TRICKS
    1. 1. The Appearing Ball
    2. 2. The Vanishing Ball
    3. 3. The Diminishing Ball
    4. 4. The Self-Rolling Ball
    5. 5. The AĆ«rial Ball
    6. 6. Balanced Golf Balls
    7. 7. The Mysterious Ball
    8. 8. The Ball Tube
  5. II. CARD TRICKS
    1. 1. The "One-Way" Pack
    2. 2. The Pencil-Mark Pack
    3. 3. Pointed Cards
    4. 4. The Double Card
    5. 5. The Short Card
    6. 6. The Bent Corner
    7. 7. False Shuffling
    8. 8. Cut to the Card
    9. 9. The Spelling Trick
    10. 10. The Wise Queen
    11. 11. The Four-Ace Trick
    12. 12. The X-Ray Cardcase
    13. 13. The Color-Changing Pack
    14. 14. The Color-Changing Card
    15. 15. The Three Jacks
    16. 16. Card At Any Number
    17. 17. The Card in the Pocket
    18. 18. The Turn-Up Card
    19. 19. The Burglars
    20. 20. Kings and Queens
    21. 21. Mental Telepathy
    22. 22. Long Distance Telepathy
    23. 23. Magnetic Cards
    24. 24. The Vanishing Card
    25. 25. The Automatic Rising Card
    26. 26. The Card on the Hand
    27. 27. The Spirit Card
    28. 28. The Aces From the Pocket
    29. 29. The Reversing Card
    30. 30. The Traveling Ace
  6. III. CIGAR AND CIGARETTE TRICKS
    1. 1. Cigar from Pocketbook
    2. 2. Disappearing Cigar Band
    3. 3. Cigar Balanced on Hat
    4. 4. The Revolving Cigar
    5. 5. The Reversing Cigar
    6. 6. The Magnetic Cigar
    7. 7. The Invisible Cigarette
    8. 8. The Automatic Cigarette
    9. 9. Stretching a Cigarette
    10. 10. The Tippy Cigarette
  7. IV. COIN TRICKS
    1. 1. Match Box Coin Vanish
    2. 2. Coin in Ball of Wool
    3. 3. Ring and Vanishing Coin
    4. 4. The "Wisenheimer" Coin Trick
    5. 5. Three Appearing Coins
    6. 6. The Fade-Away Coin
    7. 7. The Whirl-away Coin
    8. 8. The Changing Coin
    9. 9. The Multiplying Coins
    10. 10. Odd and Even
    11. 11. The Coin on the Door
    12. 12. A Coin Box
    13. 13. Where Is the Coin?
    14. 14. Catching Three Coins
    15. 15. Coin Vanishes From Hands
    16. 16. Heads and Tails
    17. 17. The Marked Coin
    18. 18. Coin, Cards, and Rings
    19. 19. Coin Through the Table
    20. 20. Heads or Tails
    21. 21. The Coin in the Knot
    22. 22. "Vanishing" Coin from Handkerchiefs
    23. 23. The Missing Coin
    24. 24. Coin, Glass, and Plate
    25. 25. A Coin Joke
    26. 26. A Quick Coin Vanish
    27. 27. The Talking Coin
    28. 28. Box and Coin Trick
    29. 29. The Coin Through the Sleeve
    30. 30. The Coin at the Elbow
  8. V. DICE AND DOMINO TRICKS
    1. 1. The Magnetic Dice
    2. 2. Naming the Total
    3. 3. The End Numbers
    4. 4. The Incomplete Game
    5. 5. Sixteen Dominoes
    6. 6. Totalling Three Dice
  9. VI. EGG TRICKS
    1. 1. The Balanced Egg
    2. 2. Spinning an Egg
    3. 3. The Floating Egg
    4. 4. Eggs, Spools, and Glasses
    5. 5. Egg to Confetti
  10. VII. HANDKERCHIEF TRICKS
    1. 1. The Balanced Handkerchief
    2. 2. The Doubling Knot
    3. 3. The Appearing Knot
    4. 4. Non-Burning Handkerchief
    5. 5. The Flyaway Knot
    6. 6. The Draw-Away Knot
    7. 7. United and Untied
    8. 8. Match in Handkerchief
    9. 9. The Disappearing Handkerchief
    10. 10. The Fadeaway Knot Trick
  11. VIII. LIQUID TRICKS
    1. 1. Ink to Water
    2. 2. Water to Ink
    3. 3. Water to Wine
    4. 4. Wine to Water
    5. 5. Two Goblets
    6. 6. Wine to Water (Without Chemicals)
    7. 7. The Balanced Tumbler
    8. 8. Gravity Defied
    9. 9. The Dry Hand
    10. 10. Disappearing Water
    11. 11. Glass of Water from Pocket
    12. 12. The Fountain Pencil
    13. 13. The Traveling Glass
    14. 14. The Glass and the Hat
    15. 15. The Whirling Glass
  12. IX. MATCH TRICKS
    1. 1. Four Triangles
    2. 2. The Vanishing Matches
    3. 3. Monte With Matches
    4. 4. Cutting Through a Match-Box
    5. 5. Appearing Matches
    6. 6. Penetrating Matches
    7. 7. The Missing Light
    8. 8. Mystic Safety Matches
    9. 9. One at a Time
    10. 10. Balancing a Match
    11. 11. Burn-out Matches
    12. 12. Ribbon From the Match
    13. 13. Matches Through the Table
    14. 14. The Adhesive Match Box
    15. 15. The Match Square
    16. 16. Lighted Match From Pocket
    17. 17. Self-lighting Match
    18. 18. The Multiplying Match
    19. 19. The Standing Match
    20. 20. The Diminishing Match-Box
  13. X. MISCELLANEOUS TRICKS
    1. 1. Glass Balanced on Plate
    2. 2. Blowing Through a Bottle
    3. 3. The Mystic Cross
    4. 4. The Jumping Ruler
    5. 5. The Dry Bowl
    6. 6. The Removable String
    7. 7. The Improved Multiplying Corks
    8. 8. Changing Spools
    9. 9. The Ribbon from the Orange
    10. 10. The Flower in the Buttonhole
  14. XI. PAPER TRICKS
    1. 1. The Torn and Restored Cigarette Paper
    2. 2. The Restored Paper Napkin
    3. 3. The Celebrity Trick
    4. 4. The Three Paper Balls
    5. 5. The Balls and the Hats
    6. 6. Breaking the Pencil
    7. 7. The Tough Napkin
    8. 8. The Paper Bridge
    9. 9. The Magic Number
    10. 10. The Marked Paper
    11. 11. Three Paper Slips
    12. 12. Traveling Tissue Paper
    13. 13. The Shower of Paper
    14. 14. Production of Paper Money
    15. 15. The Favorite Number
  15. XII. PENCIL TRICKS
    1. 1. The Magnetic Pencil
    2. 2. The "Vanishing" Pencil
    3. 3. Turnabout Pencil
    4. 4. Naming the Suit
    5. 5. Pencil From Pocketbook
  16. XIII. RING TRICKS
    1. 1. The Phantom Ring
    2. 2. The Improved Phantom Ring
    3. 3. Ring Tied on String
    4. 4. The Ring on the Finger
    5. 5. The Ring and String
    6. 6. The Released Rings
    7. 7. The "Vanishing" Ring
    8. 8. The Ring in the Egg
    9. 9. The Ring From the String
    10. 10. The Cardboard Ring Trick
    11. 11. Instantaneous Appearance of Six Rings
    12. 12. The Dropping Ring
  17. XIV. SPIRIT TRICKS
    1. 1. The Taped Slates
    2. 2. The Three Spirit Slates
    3. 3. The Spirit Name
    4. 4. The Spirit Hand
    5. 5. Contact Telepathy
    6. 6. Reading Sealed Message
    7. 7. Improved Envelope Test
    8. 8. The Great Rope Tie
  18. XV. SUGAR TRICKS
    1. 1. Floating Sugar
    2. 2. Burning Sugar
    3. 3. The Cloud of Sugar
    4. 4. The Mystic Letter
  19. XVI. THIMBLE TRICKS
    1. 1. A "Vanishing" Thimble
    2. 2. Color-changing Thimble
    3. 3. The Jumping Thimble
    4. 4. Thimble From Paper
    5. 5. Thimble Through Handkerchief
    6. 6. Complete Penetration
  20. XVII. WATCH TRICKS
    1. 1. The Stop Watch
    2. 2. Number Six
    3. 3. Telling the Time
    4. 4. The Mystic Alarm Clock
    5. 5. The Watch from the Handkerchief
    6. 6. Down the Sleeve

word count: 37152 which is equivalent to 148 standard pages of text

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Reviewed by Chet Cox (confirmed purchase)
★★★★★   Date Added: Monday 02 August, 2010

Don't dismiss this as "just for beginners," though it is very good for beginners. Don't be surprised if you find many effects which are being performed by the big stars, or which are being sold as "new" magic today! I gave up counting the number of these effects which I use in public speaking and home teaching. That's not even counting the card magic or cigarette tricks!

Be sure to pick up the companion volume!

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