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Designed to Deceive

by Ananta Deb Banerjee

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Designed to Deceive by Ananta Deb Banerjee
Mr. Deb was initiated into magic at an early age. As a teenager, he was inspired by the Late P.C. Sorcar’s Magic Shows, and soon started performing his own magic shows in local clubs on many occasions. He developed an interest in the 'mechanics' of tricks and started making his own props in his own small home workshop. He gained a wealth of knowledge by avidly reading a wide variety of books on this subject.

The eight effects described in this ebook are mechanical self-working props, that "do" the magic. The performer has little else to do, once the props are ready, than pull the correct "trigger" at the correct time. This will enable him to concentrate on the presentation aspect, to enhance the entertainment value of his performance.

While the apparatus required sometimes involves a degree of craftsmanship that may not be within every reader’s abilities, it would be easy to get a professional to assemble the item for you from the very clear detailed illustrations provided.

Or you can easily substitute, using board for wood and tin ... improvisation being one of the more satisfying aspects of this great hobby.

The effects in this ebook are some clever and new magic props, something you would pay a fortune for if purchased from a Magic dealer. Now, thanks to the generosity of Mr. Deb, they are yours for the making.


  • Introduction
  • Spirit In The Sand
  • Predetermined Destination
  • The Queens Return
  • Invisible Flight
  • Coin In Water
  • Mind In Unison
  • Spirit Cabinet
  • Something out of Nothing

1st edition 1998; 1st digital edition 2011; 20 pages
word count: 4437 which is equivalent to 17 standard pages of text

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