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Charles Waller

Charles Waller

(Benalla, Australia: 8th December 1879 - 30th May 1960)

Inspired at age 11 seeing George Heller show. Businessman in Melbourne. Highly creative amateur magician. Invented Harlequin Cigarette Holder (1923); Wonder Frame (by 1928); Hop, Skip and Jump (by 1928); Screen of Life (by 1936); Amazia (by 1936); and Mystery of the Telephone Booth (by 1936).

Wrote Up His Sleeve (1920, 86pp); For Magicians Only (1923, 145pp); Waller's Wonders (1926, 94pp); Magic from Below (1929, 160pp); Happy Magic (1932); and Magical Nights at the Theatre (1980, 256pp), a major history of 295 magicians who played Melbourne theaters from 1854 through 1947. Tricks in Magic Mirror, Magic Wand, Sphinx, Linking Ring, and Genii.

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Charles Waller
Happy Magic (used) by Charles Waller

Hardcover book. Includes both parts, which have also been published separately. For details on the contents see digital edition of part 1 and digital edition of part 2.

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Charles Waller
Magic From Below (used) by Charles Waller

Hardcover book in ok condition. Cover is soiled and has some damage. Binding is in fine condition. For details on the contents see the digital edition.

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Charles Waller
Waller's Wonders by Charles Waller

A collection of practical magical effects.

  • the Introduction
  • The Spinning Card
  • The Flower Stall
  • Raps!
  • The Pusillanimous Pips
  • Plonk!
  • "A Hard Pill To Swallow"
  • A Penny Bun
  • The Sympathetic Sands
  • Second Sight
    • "Say It With Flowers!"
    • The Signals
    • The Code
  • Serve!
  • " - And Hit The Crow"
  • Hop, Skip, And Jump
  • A Sensational Opening Production
  • Light Fetters
  • A Harmless Explosion
  • Filling The Baby's Bottle
  • A Lightning Wrist Tie
  • A Bunch Of Bananas
  • Coffee For Two
1st edition 1927, 94 pages; PDF 46 pages.
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Charles Waller
Magic From Below by Charles Waller

From the Introduction:

Let the reader not misunderstand the title of this book - the term "below" has reference to the Antipodes, where the writer has his dwelling, and not to those regions whence an earlier and more credulous people imagined the magician to derive his powers.

  • Introduction
  • The Magic Pop-gun
  • The Versatile Tube
  • Eat More Fruit
  • Hell's Bells!
  • Pickled Pieces
  • " - and the dish ran away with the spoon"
  • Cones within Cones
  • These Little Pigs
  • "Just on and off!"
  • The Beetle Crawls
  • The Productive Flower Pots
  • The Great Packing Case Escape
  • The Tell-tale Cigarette
  • The Dunce's...
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Charles Waller
Happy Magic Part 2 by Charles Waller
  • Giant Blunderbore‚Äôs Matches
  • The Posy
  • Twin Souls
  • A Fake Blindfold
  • Card Jugglery
  • Carnival
  • Again, The Ring On The Stick
  • Snakes And Ladders
  • To And Fro
  • Carroty Kate And Sandy Sam
  • Apple Blossom And Peach
  • Confusion In The Ark
1st edition 1932, 30 pages; PDF 35 pages.
★★★★★ $6
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Charles Waller
Happy Magic Part 1 by Charles Waller

From the Introduction:

Here, as always, I have assembled a varied lot of material in the hope that all tastes will be satisfied. It is all original; or as much so as conjuring creations usually are. I am particular in this regard, for I am almost morbidly sensitive to any charge of "piracy." This is strange when one considers that mine is the honour of having introduced the Jolly Roger as a conjuring property.

  • Introduction
  • "A Rose By Any Other Name - "
  • Beelzebub's Bookmarks
  • Two Little Dicky Birds
  • Old Ted
  • Wet Paint!
  • Observation And Deduction
  • "Staring Me In The Face"
  • Little Willie's...
★★★★★ $6
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Charles Waller
For Magicians Only by Charles Waller

Once in a lifetime, there comes a book - a volume that will stand in magical history as a lasting monument, and tribute to the Magic Art. This, according to Floyd Thayer, is such a book.

Part 1 is devoted to the purpose and presentation of magic in all its phases - comprising the complete analysis of Magic from the beginning to the end: What Magic Is, Apparatus and Sleights, Dress, Environment, Plot, Silence, Speech, Dramatic, Humorous, Music, Settings, Program Material, Introductions, The Magic Sketch, etc. etc.

Part 2 deals with an abundance of remarkable examples of patter, adaptable...

★★★ $8
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Charles Waller
Up His Sleeve by Charles Waller

Full title is: Original Creation for Magicians Hitherto Kept "Up His Sleeve". Waller was a highly creative magician.

  • Publisher's Note
  • Introduction
  • Perverse Magic
    • "The Cantankerous Handkerchief"
    • "The Golliwog Ball"
    • "The Impish Card"
  • "The Secret Tube"
    • "The Growth of Flowers"
  • The Nest of Boxes
  • The Rising Cards
  • The Mountain of Flags
  • "A Four Ace Climax"
  • The "Turn Over" Force
  • The "Rainbow" Force
  • Full or Empty
  • The Big Production
    • A Basket of Flowers
    • The Big Bowl
  • "The Fourth Dimension"
  • Charlie Chaplin and "Spooky Ookum"
  • The Utility Fans
  • The Candle That Was
  • "In the...
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