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This was a very successful book on magic when it originally appeared in 1944. Even the sophisticated New Yorker
put at the top of its list of recommended books for servicemen.
A complete repertory of tricks that can be performed without elaborate equipment.
The only book on magic that tells exactly how to keep the audience from seeing the mechanics of performance.
Here's the book for every one who ever dreamed of pulling rabbits out of a hat or sawing a woman in two (and putting her back together again). The author, who has had a long experience in platform magic and two previous books on the subject, has succeeded in making prestidigitation simple and interesting, and his book can even be read by those who never expect to become magicians.
Mr. Parrish not only gives clear and explicit instructions for performing thirty popular "tricks," but he also explains the psychology of letting an audience see only what you want them to see. Distracting the audience is more important than the mere mechanics of performance.
Although the book is written in a sophisticated manner, it will be clear to young magicians, as well as to adult readers. It is illustrated with many diagrams and amusing chapter headings by Doris Holley Peters.
1st edition 1944; original 121 pages; PDF 74 pages.
word count: 27616 which is equivalent to 110 standard pages of text
- Chapter One WARNING: THE FUN OF MAGIC
- Chapter Two THE WAY IT LOOKS AND THE WAY IT IS
- Chapter Three THE OLD WAYS AND THE NEW
- Chapter Four THE FIRST TRICK
- Chapter Five AFTER-DINNER MAGIC
- - THE KNIFE AND THE PAPERS
- - SALT AND WHISKEY
- - HERE AND THERE
- Chapter Six CARD MAGIC WITH THE GREATEST OF EASE
- - HOW TO KEEP A CARD FROM GETTING LOST IN A DECK
- - LETTING A SPECTATOR SHUFFLE THE DECK (IN VAIN)
- - A TRICK USING THIS METHOD
- - HOW TO USE CARD SYSTEMS
- - HOW TO BE MARVELOUS WITHOUT SKILL
- - CARD INTO POCKET AND NO SLEIGHTS
- - THE STABBING TRICK
- - TWO CARD TURNABOUT
- - HOP, SKIP, AND JUMP
- - A CARD TRICK WITH NEEDLE AND THREAD
- Chapter Seven HOW TO BE PSYCHIC
- - THE BANGALOR BILLET
- - PREDICTING THINGS TO COME
- - SLATE PSYCHICS
- - AN IMPROMPTU METHOD
- - HOW TO MAKE YOUR BEST FRIEND A MEDIUM
- Chapter Eight MANIPULATING MANY THINGS
- - A PAPER NAPKIN AND THE TABLES TURNED
- - HOW TO MAKE A COIN VANISH
- - HOW TO PRODUCE A COIN
- - VISIBLE MAGIC
- - THIMBLE TRICKERY
- - THE TROUBLE WITH THIMBLES
- Chapter Nine LARGER TRICKS
- - THE MAGICIAN'S WASTE BASKET
- - THE FLIGHT OF WATER
- - A DECEPTIVE LEMON
- - ENOUGH ROPE
- - THE HINDU ROPE TRICK
- Chapter Ten A MAGIC SHOW
- - AN IMPROMPTU PROGRAM
- - A SHORT MAGIC SHOW
- - ANOTHER MAGIC SHOW
- - CONCLUSION