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by Professor Hoffmann
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Later Magic by Professor Hoffmann

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It is the third volume of the Hoffmann trilogy. The 1911 edition was expanded by almost 200 pages with the chapters 'New Miscellaneous Tricks' and 'Recollections of Hartz the Wizard'. This expanded 1911 edition is what you will get here. This book was rated one of the ten basic books for a working library of conjuring by H. Adrian Smith, historian, collector and owner of the largest private magic library in his time. Other books in this top 10 list are

1st edition, 1904, Dutton & Co.; 2nd edition, 1911, Dutton & Co.; 3rd edition, 1925, Dutton & Co.; reprinted several times by various publishers; 738 pages.

  1. Preface
  2. Introduction
    CHAPTER I.
    THE CONJURER'S DRESS, AND CONTRIVANCES IN CONNECTION THEREWITH
  3. The Coat
  4. The Vest
  5. The Trousers
  6. Removable Pochettes
  7. The Shirt-Cuffs
  8. A Trick with the Ordinary Shirt-Cuff
  9. The Hat
    CHAPTER II.
    APPLIANCES AND EXPEDIENTS OF GENERAL UTILITY
  10. Various Forms of the Servante
  11. Bag Servantes
  12. Methods of Fixing
  13. A New Form of Portable Servante
  14. The "Premier" Servante
  15. The Revolving Servante
  16. The Vest Servante
  17. The Conjurer's Cigar-box
  18. A Special "Trap"
  19. Improved "Pulls"
  20. Willmann's Vanisher
  21. The Flying Ring
  22. The "Lightning" Vanisher
  23. Improvements in the Direct, or Non-Mechanical Pull
  24. Guides, for Use with Pulls
  25. The Glass with Mirror Partition
  26. Different Forms of the Glass
  27. Illustrations of its Uses
  28. Contrivances for "Passing Off"
  29. The Hartz Bottle
  30. The Hartz Matchbox
  31. The Hartz Pistol
  32. Another Form of Pistol for the Same Purpose
  33. The "Excelsior" Clip
  34. The Smoke Apparatus
  35. A Magical Explosive
  36. Suggestions for its Use
  37. The Spider
  38. The "Multum-in Parvo" Vanisher
  39. The Hartz "Hook," for Working Mechanical Pieces
  40. The Magic Bell
  41. The Crystal Cash-box
  42. The Bird-Cage
  43. Change (or Load) from Back of Assistant
  44. The Pneumatic Sucker
  45. The Ball Clip
  46. The Velvet Changing Bag
    CHAPTER III.
    A SPECIAL TABLE, AND SOME TRICKS PERFORMED BY ITS AID
  47. The Heller and De Vere Table
  48. The Bottomless Tumbler
    Tricks Performed by the Aid of the Above Table
  49. Concatenation Extraordinary
  50. A Simpler Method, with the Mirror Glass
  51. Devant's Method
  52. The Rose in the Glass
    CHAPTER IV.
    THE MAGIC WAND, AND TRICKS THEREWITH
    The Production of the Wand
  53. From the Sleeve
  54. From the Purse
  55. From Decanter on Table
  56. The Self-supporting Wand
  57. Introductory Patter
  58. Various Methods of Suspension
  59. The Wand Supported without any Mechanical Aid
  60. The Rapping Wand
  61. The Auto-gravity Wand
  62. The Climbing Ring
  63. The Rising and Falling Wand
  64. Various Methods
    Special Wands for Various Purposes
  65. Wands for the Production of Handkerchiefs
  66. How to Change the Wand into a Handkerchief
  67. A Wand for the Production of Cigars
  68. The "Swallowing" Wand
    CHAPTER V.
    TRICKS WITH WATCHES
    Methods for Obtaining Secret Possession of a Watch
  69. The Paper Bag (Various Kinds)
  70. Wrapping in Paper
  71. The Alpaca Bag
  72. "Exchanging" a Watch (Various Methods)
  73. The American Vanisher
  74. A New "Palm" for Watches
  75. The Noisy Watch-winder
  76. An Improved "Repeater"
  77. To Reproduce a Borrowed Watch in Any One Selected of a Number of Boxes
  78. A Lost Watch Found in Performer's Purse
  79. Another Method
  80. A Borrowed Watch Changed to a Lemon
  81. A Borrowed Watch Reproduced from a Glass of Milk
  82. A Watch Fired from a Pistol, Attaching Itself to a Borrowed Hat
  83. A Novel Watch Trick
  84. Watch It!
  85. Another Method
  86. The Locked and Corded Boxes
  87. The Old Method
  88. The Writer's Own Method
  89. The Hartz Method
  90. The De Vere Method
  91. The Flight of Time
    CHAPTER VI.
    TRICKS WITH RINGS
  92. Exchanging the Ring
  93. To Catch Rings on the Wand
  94. A Borrowed Ring Found in a Potato
  95. The Ring and the Card
  96. The Mystic Glove and Rings
  97. The Old Method
  98. The Hartz Method
  99. The Wedding Ring and Flag
    CHAPTER VII.
    TRICKS WITH HANDKERCHIEFS
  100. The Recommendations of the Handkerchief for Magical Purposes
    SECTION I
    THE MAGICAL PRODUCTION OF HANDKERCHIEFS
  101. The False Finger
  102. The False Thumb
  103. The Finger Shell and False Palm
  104. The Rubber Band
  105. Production from Bend of Elbow
  106. Production from the Trouser-Leg
  107. The Hand-Box
  108. The Cache
  109. The Hamley Handkerchief Ball
  110. Production from the Wand
  111. Production from a Match-Box
  112. The "Monarch" Handkerchief Producer
  113. Clips for Handkerchiefs
  114. A Novel Method of Production
    SECTION II
    THE MULTIPLICATION OF HANDKERCHIEFS
  115. From the Sleeve
  116. Conradi's Multiplying Tube
  117. A Simple Appliance for Handkerchief Multiplication
  118. Black, Red, and White
  119. Handkerchief Multiplication on a Larger Scale
  120. Stillwell's Handkerchief Act
  121. Simultaneous Production of a Desired Number of Handkerchiefs
  122. Handkerchiefs Increasing in Size as well as Number
  123. A Special Method of Producing the First Handkerchief
    SECTION III
    COLOUR-CHANGING TRICKS
  124. The Inventors of the Colour-Change
  125. Various Methods of Colour-Changing
  126. The Conradi Tube
  127. Sundry Appliances for Colour-Changing
  128. Roterberg's Colour-Change
  129. Marcellin's Colour-Change
  130. Colour-Changing by the Aid of a Paper Tube
  131. The Elementary Method
  132. Willmann's Colour-Change
  133. A Six-fold Colour-Change
  134. To Change the Colour of a Handkerchief by Merely Drawing it Through the Hand
  135. The Brass Tube, with Sliding Cup, for Colour-Changing
  136. Willmann's "Metropolitan Railway" Trick
    SECTION IV
    METHODS OF "VANISHING" A HANDKERCHIEF
  137. The Rubber Ring
  138. A New Handkerchief Vanisher
  139. Roterberg's Vanisher, and Passes Therewith
  140. Another Method of Using the Vanisher
  141. The "Eau de Cologne" Bottle
  142. A Handkerchief Changed to a Billiard-Ball
  143. An Ingenious Device to Facilitate the Palming and Vanishing of a Handkerchief
  144. The Glass Ball, for Changing a Handkerchief to a Billiard-Ball
  145. The Nickel Tube for Vanishing a Handkerchief
  146. Improved form
  147. The Nickel Tube with Pull
  148. The Vanish from a Paper Cylinder
  149. The "Lamp-Chimney" Vanish
  150. To Vanish Four Handkerchiefs Simultaneously
    SECTION V
    METHODS OF REPRODUCING A VANISHED HANDKERCHIEF
  151. Reproduction Beneath a Soup-Plate
  152. Reproduction from a Sealed Envelope
  153. Two Vanished Handkerchiefs Reproduced from a Nest of Three Envelopes
  154. The Drum-Head Tube
  155. Reproduction from a Candle
  156. Buatier de Kolta's Method
  157. The Glass Box, for Reproducing a Handkerchief
    SECTION VI
    MISCELLANEOUS HANDKERCHIEF TRICKS
  158. Devant's Handkerchief Trick
  159. The Hat and Handkerchief
  160. The Closed Glass Tube (L'Etui en Cristal)
  161. The Handkerchief Cut and Restored (Modern Method)
  162. The "Marvellous Metamorphosis" Silver Cylinder
  163. A Handkerchief Changed to Paper Ribbons
  164. A Handkerchief Transformed into Paper Shavings
  165. The Egg and Handkerchief Trick (Modern Methods)
  166. D'Alvini's Egg and Handkerchief Trick
  167. Egg, Handkerchief, and Onion
  168. The very Latest Egg and Handkerchief Trick
  169. Handkerchiefs Turned into a Snake
  170. Hartz's Method
    The Dancing Handkerchief
  171. Parlour Method
  172. Stage Method
  173. Right and Left
  174. The Flying Handkerchiefs
  175. The Shower of Sweets (Improved Method)
  176. A Postscript
    CHAPTER VIII.
    FLAG TRICKS
  177. Bertram's Flag Trick
  178. Flags and Paper Shavings
  179. Flags Converted into Silken Streamers
  180. The Production of Flags on Staves Complete
  181. The Flag and Worsted Ball
  182. Devant's "Transvaal Flag" Trick
    CHAPTER IX.
    TRICKS WITH GLOVES
  183. "Vanishing" the Gloves
  184. The Glove Passed into the Wand
  185. A White Glove Changed to a Black One
  186. Glove-Dyeing by Magic
  187. The Damaged Glove and Lady's Stocking
  188. A Glove Conjured into a Nut, Egg, Lemon, and Orange
  189. Dr. Avon's Glove Trick
    CHAPTER X.
    TRICKS WITH EGGS
  190. The Celluloid Egg
  191. The Self-Balancing Egg
  192. The Egg-cup, for Vanishing an Egg
  193. An Improved Egg-Holder
  194. The Magical Production of Eggs
  195. Production of Eggs from the Mouth
  196. Bellachini's Method
  197. A Smashed Egg Vanished from a Handkerchief
  198. The Diminishing Egg
  199. To Vanish an Egg from the Hand
  200. A Special Egg Vanisher
  201. The Wandering Eggs
  202. Another Method
  203. New Egg and Tumbler Trick
  204. An Illustration of Free-Trade Principles
  205. Eggs from Nowhere, and Back Again
  206. An Egg-Laying Hat
  207. A Novel Egg-Bag Trick
  208. The Ribbon-Producing Egg
  209. The Bewitched Orange
    CHAPTER XI.
    TRICKS WITH HATS
  210. To Cut a Piece out of a Hat, and Restore it
  211. A Glass of Wine in a Hat
  212. The Mesmerized Hat
  213. A Billiard Cue Produced from a Hat
  214. Methods of Loading a Hat
    Various Productions from Hat
  215. Half a Dozen Babies
  216. Alarm Clocks
  217. Flower-Balls
  218. Bouquets
  219. The Garland of Oak-leaves
  220. A Cake Baked in a Hat (Improved Method)
  221. The Wandering Oranges
  222. A Glass of Wine Passed Visibly through the Crown of a Hat
  223. The Vanished Cannon-Ball
    CHAPTER XII.
    MISCELLANEOUS TRICKS
  224. The Afghan Bands
  225. The Chinese Paper-Tearing Trick
  226. The Original Form of the Trick
  227. Various Methods of Performing it
  228. Ellis Stanyon's Method
  229. Maurice Garland's Method, with Colour-Change
  230. The Melting Coin (Improved)
  231. The Great Dictionary Trick
  232. My Friend in Thibet
    The Flying Thimble
  233. The Original Trick
  234. The Thimble and Paper Cone
  235. The Patriotic Thimble
  236. The Multiplying Thimble
  237. The Vanishing Thimbles
  238. The Changing Dice
  239. Improved Methods
  240. Chameleon Water
  241. Rainbow Water
  242. The Magic Organ Pipes (Le Souper du Diable)
  243. New Method
  244. Devant's Jar of Water and Hat
  245. Devant's Bag of Mystery
    CHAPTER XIII.
    NEW MISCELLANEOUS TRICKS
  246. The Rice and Water Trick
  247. The Vanishing Rice
  248. Tao Li Tao, The Chinese Mystery
  249. Balloons from a Hat
  250. To Discover and Pocket (before Asking any Question) the Card Thought of by a Spectator
  251. A New Purse Trick
  252. A Silk Handkerchief Changed into a Flag
  253. The Changing Handkerchief Boxes
  254. The Demon Digits
  255. The Acrobatic Cards
  256. The Ball of Wool Trick (Improved)
  257. The New Card Frame
  258. Outwitting the Conjurer
  259. The Great Book Mystery
  260. The Crystal Balls (Improved Method)
    CHAPTER XIV.
    RECOLLECTIONS OF HARTZ THE WIZARD
  261. Biographical Notice
  262. A Devil of a Hat
  263. The Inexhaustible Handkerchief
  264. The Improved Money Column
  265. The Multiplication of Money
  266. The Mysterious Addition
  267. The Inverted Glass of Water
  268. The Multiplying Billiard Ball
  269. The Dematerialized Glass of Water
  270. Card, Coin, and Candle
  271. The Wine and Water Trick
  272. The Witches' Kettle and Magic Punch-Bowl
  273. The Automatic Rising Cards
  274. The Portfolio Trick
  275. The Second-Sight Trick
  276. The Pocket-Picking Trick
  277. The Aerial Walking-Cane
  278. The Egg and Rings Trick

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Reviewed by Alok Lahad
★★★★   Date Added: Thursday 17 December, 2009

This is a classic. Every Magician should read it specially the young ones and above all Val Valentino to see how old the tricks we still use today are so very old and tricks remain tricks if their secrets are preserved. This book contains a wealth of information which would be useful for both beginners and advanced readers. This book is also good for inventors who would get a lot of ideas to invent and recycle. Having said that, I would like to mention am not happy with the html e-book offered here as firstly it is not a pdf version but an html. Somehow in the version the page from the original book has been divided into various html pages and you have to keep pressing the next button to keep reading. Though the cover shown on the catalogue has the old look, the charm of an old book is not only its content but also the layout and antique look. I was expecting to see that but that has unfortunately not been preserved in this version.

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