(4 reviews, 27 customer ratings) ★★★★★
Another masterpiece from Arthur Buckley written together with John Brown Cook. Only 125 copies were printed, but now again available as a digital download. It comes with an introduction by the great John Mulholland.
This is a collection of 33 extremely practical and entertaining mental routines primarily for stage and parlor. They are all clearly described. There are not that many great books on mental magic. This one is definitely one of them.
1st edition, 1947, privately printed, Chicago; 132 pages.
word count: 33550 which is equivalent to 134 standard pages of text
- Devious Digits
- It's A Small World
- Astral Addition
- Pennies, Nickles and Dimes
- Memory Plus Miracles
- Psychic Vision
- Date Divination
- Baseball Prophecy
- Tests In A Gold Fish Bowl
- A Chance in A Billion
- New Bills For Old
- The Telepathic Band Leader
- Dictionary Test
- Second Sight At First Glance
- As Far As You Like
- The Crystal Ball
- Astrological Mentalism
- Behind The Eight Ball
- The Crime Doctor
- Gaze Into My Eyes
- The Spirit
- Telepathy With Your Favorite Stars
- Birthday Telepathy
- The Great Book Test
- The Open Window
- Written Messages
- Better Than Rabbits
- Holding The Bag
- Impressions That Stick
- No Privacy In A Gold Fish Bowl
- The Answering Of Questions
Reviewed by Sean Hoade (confirmed purchase)
★★★★★ Date Added: Sunday 24 July, 2022
Good, old-fashioned effects ... but the emphasis is on the historical. Very, very entertaining, however!
Reviewed by Chet Cox (confirmed purchase)
★★★★★ Date Added: Friday 17 April, 2015
One of the richest mine of mental magic/mentalism, still in use. Copperfield's Graffiti Wall? The principle is in here.
By focusing on principles instead of doing your thinking for you, it opens up the possibilities of making YOUR version of any effect being different from anyone else's - and uniquely your own.
Reviewed by David Nicholson (confirmed purchase)
★★★★★ Date Added: Thursday 05 March, 2015
I really enjoy mining through old magic books to find Gems and this book is a real delight. There are many principles within this old book used in modern magic today which are a joy to discover and fuel your creativity to adapt them to your own magic and mentalism.
Very often when I am playing with an idea and need a solution to make the effect work I will quite often find the answer lies in adapting principles already firmly established.
Yes a lot of the effects are to be used with confidents and stooges but not all! However read between the lines ...discover those gems and adapt them to fit your modern audience. Everything old is new!
This book is a minefield .....enjoy.
Reviewed by e c
★★★★★ Date Added: Thursday 11 July, 2013
The majority of effects in this book are for 2 people working together. The rest use gimmicks/apparatus that are very outdated. I would not recommend it at all, even for it's cheap price.