Containing over fifty of the latest and best tricks used by magicians. Also containing the secret of Second Sight.
In Egypt, Greece and Rome, sleight of hand, accompanied by the supposed answers of the gods produced by ventriloquism, enabled the priest to keep the ignorant nations in subjection to their will. In the Middle Ages, too, a great deal of what happened under the influence of Black Magic was simply the cunning of professors of sleight of hand, sometimes mixed up with a few chemical tricks.
One thing the young conjurer must remember, and that is a simple trick performed with neatness and accuracy is far better than a complicated trick performed clumsily. Therefore it behoves every young performer to practice every trick thoroughly before submitting it to the inquisitive eyes of an audience.