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Glenn G. Gravatt

(Sabetha, Kansas: 4th December 1899 - 17th April 1984)

Police officer. Amateur magician. Best-remembered for his flagrant publishing of others' tricks without permission. Yet awarded the 1980 AMA Literary Fellowship. Died in San Francisco.

Wrote (in "collaboration" with his fictitious alter ego "Doctor Wilhelm Von Deusen") Encyclopedia of Self-Working Card Tricks (2 vols, [1936], [1937], 451+150pp). Wrote Jap Box Tricks (1937, 123pp), Final Selection (1957, 89pp), Glenn Gravatt's Treasure Trove of Tricks (1971, 290pp), Fifty Modern Card Tricks You Can Do! (1974, 50pp), Fifty More Modern Card Tricks (60pp), Thayer Quality Magic Catalog Instruction Sheets (4 vols, 1978 etc), Collected Writings of Glenn Gravatt (1974, 254pp), More Collected Writings of Glenn Gravatt, & Goldmine of Magic (1984, 232pp). Many articles in magic magazines, including Genii.

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Encyclopedia of Self-Working Card Tricks by Glenn G. GravattThis is a marvelous compilation of mostly easy and sleightless, or as it is usually called self-working, card tricks. Some effects do require moves such as palming, and a good false shuffle and false cut will go a long way to make many otherwise sleightless effects much stronger. But for the most part no sleights are necessary to perform the vast majority of effects taught.

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It is to be hoped that the reader will not have to go far in this book before he realizes and appreciates that this is not just another book, collection, or compilation of card tricks. It is expected...
2020 / 5 / 31

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The Second Encyclopedia of Card Tricks by Glenn G. GravattFrom the Introduction:
We are proud of the result, and we believe, justly so. It is submitted for your approval. It contains several new items, and many tricks, the secrets of which have been very expensive to buy. We hope you like it. If you do, we may feel encouraged to prepare still a third Encyclopedia of Card Tricks, or an Encyclopedia along some other branch of magic.
If you want to know how this ebook relates to the Encyclopedia of Card Tricks get A Comparison of the Gravatt and Hugard Encyclopedias of Card Magic by William Rugh, who made a detailed comparison of the contents.
  • Introduction
  • Chapter One. Mental And Miscellaneous Miracles
    • Perplexo
    • Pythagoras
    • Uni Mentality ...
2020 / 4 / 24

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Jap Box Tricks by Glenn G. GravattThe Jap Box or "Japanese Handkerchief Box" is a simple rectangular box without a lid and a removable bottom. The bottom has a hole in the center to facility its removal from the rest of the box. The basic effect is that the box is shown empty by showing it from all sides as well as removing the bottom. Then the bottom is replaced and silks appear in the box.

Producing silks is just the very beginning of possibilities with this prop. This ebook describes many other things that can be done with the basic version of the Jap Box. It is unclear where this trick originated. It is believed that...

2016 / 3 / 27

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