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Deceptive Conceptions in Magic
by Stanley Collins

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Deceptive Conceptions in Magic by Stanley Collins

From the Foreword:

Written entirely during my service in the Army and the major part of it whilst under shellfire at Ypres and on the Somme, this book was ready for the press save the sketches, early in 1919.

Anticipating almost immediate demobilisation, I determined to post to my home the manuscript that had been such a labour of love to me, with some small magical apparatus that had accompanied me during the campaign. I am still awaiting the arrival of that parcel.

Considerably lightened by the possession of an exceptional memory, my task of re-writing is now finished and I confidently offer this "twice-told tale" to my known and unknown friends the World over, feeling that its publication is a duty imposed by the unanimous appreciation of my earlier efforts.

  • Foreword
  • Ajax
  • Just a Kard Konundrum
  • Reviewing a Revue
  • The Lay of the Last Minstrel But One
  • The Tale of a Till
  • Bovine Bunkum
  • Necromancy with Nic's Napkins
  • A Stock of Sticky Sticks
  • The Yellow Idol
  • Bottled Sunshine
  • The Acrobatic Tie
  • The Well of Truth

1st edition 1920, 112 pages; PDF 75 pages.
word count: 21935 which is equivalent to 87 standard pages of text