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From the Preface:
The object of this little book is to supply the amateur conjurer with a simple text-book on his art, leading him by graduated stages from the first principles to a degree of proficiency at which he will be able to produce magical effects on the stage or in the drawing-room.
The Appendix sets forth clearly the construction of the various pieces of apparatus referred to in the text, so that the amateur will be able either to construct these himself or get them cheaply made.
Lastly, the author would like to add, that most of the tricks and illusions contained in this book have been exhibited by him to large audiences with success, and he has described in full how each effect was produced.
1st edition 1914, 199 pages; PDF 80 pages.word count: 32582 which is equivalent to 130 standard pages of text