This is an interesting compilation of material - a mix of short portraits and Goldston's personal recollections of various magicians - some famous, some not, as well as some of their tricks and secrets. The result is a fairly extensive collection of tricks of all kinds and denominations. Includes many illustrations and photos of the contributors.
The first edition was issued in the same style as Goldston's famous Locked Books series, but without the clasp.
Excerpt from the introduction:
Great Magicians' Tricks is divided into two complete parts, "Magicians of the Past" and "Modern Magicians." The secrets of each particular magician follow immediately upon my own character impression of that magician. All the tricks and illusions included under the first section of the book were acquired by me during the lifetimes of the deceased magicians, whilst those of the modern magicians were specially contributed for this volume.
1st edition 1931, 397; PDF 240 pages.word count: 66015 which is equivalent to 264 standard pages of text