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by Professor Hoffmann
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Later Magic by Professor Hoffmann

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.

  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • CHAPTER I. THE CONJURER'S DRESS, AND CONTRIVANCES IN CONNECTION THEREWITH
    1. The Coat
    2. The Vest
    3. The Trousers
    4. Removable Pochettes
    5. The Shirt-Cuffs
    6. A Trick with the Ordinary Shirt-Cuff
    7. The Hat
  • CHAPTER II. APPLIANCES AND EXPEDIENTS OF GENERAL UTILITY
    1. Various Forms of the Servante
    2. Bag Servantes
    3. Methods of Fixing
    4. A New Form of Portable Servante
    5. The "Premier" Servante
    6. The Revolving Servante
    7. The Vest Servante
    8. The Conjurer's Cigar-box
    9. A Special "Trap"
    10. Improved "Pulls"
    11. Willmann's Vanisher
    12. The Flying Ring
    13. The "Lightning" Vanisher
    14. Improvements in the Direct, or Non-Mechanical Pull
    15. Guides, for Use with Pulls
    16. The Glass with Mirror Partition
    17. Different Forms of the Glass
    18. Illustrations of its Uses
    19. Contrivances for "Passing Off"
    20. The Hartz Bottle
    21. The Hartz Matchbox
    22. The Hartz Pistol
    23. Another Form of Pistol for the Same Purpose
    24. The "Excelsior" Clip
    25. The Smoke Apparatus
    26. A Magical Explosive
    27. Suggestions for its Use
    28. The Spider
    29. The "Multum-in Parvo" Vanisher
    30. The Hartz "Hook," for Working Mechanical Pieces
    31. The Magic Bell
    32. The Crystal Cash-box
    33. The Bird-Cage
    34. Change (or Load) from Back of Assistant
    35. The Pneumatic Sucker
    36. The Ball Clip
    37. The Velvet Changing Bag
  • CHAPTER III. A SPECIAL TABLE, AND SOME TRICKS PERFORMED BY ITS AID
    1. The Heller and De Vere Table
    2. The Bottomless Tumbler
      Tricks Performed by the Aid of the Above Table
    3. Concatenation Extraordinary
    4. A Simpler Method, with the Mirror Glass
    5. Devant's Method
    6. The Rose in the Glass
  • CHAPTER IV. THE MAGIC WAND, AND TRICKS THEREWITH
    • The Production of the Wand
      1. From the Sleeve
      2. From the Purse
      3. From Decanter on Table
      4. The Self-supporting Wand
      5. Introductory Patter
      6. Various Methods of Suspension
      7. The Wand Supported without any Mechanical Aid
      8. The Rapping Wand
      9. The Auto-gravity Wand
      10. The Climbing Ring
      11. The Rising and Falling Wand
      12. Various Methods
    • Special Wands for Various Purposes
      1. Wands for the Production of Handkerchiefs
      2. How to Change the Wand into a Handkerchief
      3. A Wand for the Production of Cigars
      4. The "Swallowing" Wand
  • CHAPTER V. TRICKS WITH WATCHES. Methods for Obtaining Secret Possession of a Watch
    1. The Paper Bag (Various Kinds)
    2. Wrapping in Paper
    3. The Alpaca Bag
    4. "Exchanging" a Watch (Various Methods)
    5. The American Vanisher
    6. A New "Palm" for Watches
    7. The Noisy Watch-winder
    8. An Improved "Repeater"
    9. To Reproduce a Borrowed Watch in Any One Selected of a Number of Boxes
    10. A Lost Watch Found in Performer's Purse
    11. Another Method
    12. A Borrowed Watch Changed to a Lemon
    13. A Borrowed Watch Reproduced from a Glass of Milk
    14. A Watch Fired from a Pistol, Attaching Itself to a Borrowed Hat
    15. A Novel Watch Trick
    16. Watch It!
    17. Another Method
    18. The Locked and Corded Boxes
    19. The Old Method
    20. The Writer's Own Method
    21. The Hartz Method
    22. The De Vere Method
    23. The Flight of Time
  • CHAPTER VI. TRICKS WITH RINGS
    1. Exchanging the Ring
    2. To Catch Rings on the Wand
    3. A Borrowed Ring Found in a Potato
    4. The Ring and the Card
    5. The Mystic Glove and Rings
    6. The Old Method
    7. The Hartz Method
    8. The Wedding Ring and Flag
  • CHAPTER VII. TRICKS WITH HANDKERCHIEFS: The Recommendations of the Handkerchief for Magical Purposes
    • SECTION I THE MAGICAL PRODUCTION OF HANDKERCHIEFS
      1. The False Finger
      2. The False Thumb
      3. The Finger Shell and False Palm
      4. The Rubber Band
      5. Production from Bend of Elbow
      6. Production from the Trouser-Leg
      7. The Hand-Box
      8. The Cache
      9. The Hamley Handkerchief Ball
      10. Production from the Wand
      11. Production from a Match-Box
      12. The "Monarch" Handkerchief Producer
      13. Clips for Handkerchiefs
      14. A Novel Method of Production
    • SECTION II THE MULTIPLICATION OF HANDKERCHIEFS
      1. From the Sleeve
      2. Conradi's Multiplying Tube
      3. A Simple Appliance for Handkerchief Multiplication
      4. Black, Red, and White
      5. Handkerchief Multiplication on a Larger Scale
      6. Stillwell's Handkerchief Act
      7. Simultaneous Production of a Desired Number of Handkerchiefs
      8. Handkerchiefs Increasing in Size as well as Number
      9. A Special Method of Producing the First Handkerchief
    • SECTION III COLOUR-CHANGING TRICKS
      1. The Inventors of the Colour-Change
      2. Various Methods of Colour-Changing
      3. The Conradi Tube
      4. Sundry Appliances for Colour-Changing
      5. Roterberg's Colour-Change
      6. Marcellin's Colour-Change
      7. Colour-Changing by the Aid of a Paper Tube
      8. The Elementary Method
      9. Willmann's Colour-Change
      10. A Six-fold Colour-Change
      11. To Change the Colour of a Handkerchief by Merely Drawing it Through the Hand
      12. The Brass Tube, with Sliding Cup, for Colour-Changing
      13. Willmann's "Metropolitan Railway" Trick
    • SECTION IV METHODS OF "VANISHING" A HANDKERCHIEF
      1. The Rubber Ring
      2. A New Handkerchief Vanisher
      3. Roterberg's Vanisher, and Passes Therewith
      4. Another Method of Using the Vanisher
      5. The "Eau de Cologne" Bottle
      6. A Handkerchief Changed to a Billiard-Ball
      7. An Ingenious Device to Facilitate the Palming and Vanishing of a Handkerchief
      8. The Glass Ball, for Changing a Handkerchief to a Billiard-Ball
      9. The Nickel Tube for Vanishing a Handkerchief
      10. Improved form
      11. The Nickel Tube with Pull
      12. The Vanish from a Paper Cylinder
      13. The "Lamp-Chimney" Vanish
      14. To Vanish Four Handkerchiefs Simultaneously
    • SECTION V METHODS OF REPRODUCING A VANISHED HANDKERCHIEF
      1. Reproduction Beneath a Soup-Plate
      2. Reproduction from a Sealed Envelope
      3. Two Vanished Handkerchiefs Reproduced from a Nest of Three Envelopes
      4. The Drum-Head Tube
      5. Reproduction from a Candle
      6. Buatier de Kolta's Method
      7. The Glass Box, for Reproducing a Handkerchief
    • SECTION VI MISCELLANEOUS HANDKERCHIEF TRICKS
      1. Devant's Handkerchief Trick
      2. The Hat and Handkerchief
      3. The Closed Glass Tube (L'Etui en Cristal)
      4. The Handkerchief Cut and Restored (Modern Method)
      5. The "Marvellous Metamorphosis" Silver Cylinder
      6. A Handkerchief Changed to Paper Ribbons
      7. A Handkerchief Transformed into Paper Shavings
      8. The Egg and Handkerchief Trick (Modern Methods)
      9. D'Alvini's Egg and Handkerchief Trick
      10. Egg, Handkerchief, and Onion
      11. The very Latest Egg and Handkerchief Trick
      12. Handkerchiefs Turned into a Snake
      13. Hartz's Method
      14. The Dancing Handkerchief
        1. Parlour Method
        2. Stage Method
        3. Right and Left
      15. The Flying Handkerchiefs
      16. The Shower of Sweets (Improved Method)
      17. A Postscript
  • CHAPTER VIII. FLAG TRICKS
    1. Bertram's Flag Trick
    2. Flags and Paper Shavings
    3. Flags Converted into Silken Streamers
    4. The Production of Flags on Staves Complete
    5. The Flag and Worsted Ball
    6. Devant's "Transvaal Flag" Trick
  • CHAPTER IX. TRICKS WITH GLOVES
    1. "Vanishing" the Gloves
    2. The Glove Passed into the Wand
    3. A White Glove Changed to a Black One
    4. Glove-Dyeing by Magic
    5. The Damaged Glove and Lady's Stocking
    6. A Glove Conjured into a Nut, Egg, Lemon, and Orange
    7. Dr. Avon's Glove Trick
  • CHAPTER X. TRICKS WITH EGGS
    1. The Celluloid Egg
    2. The Self-Balancing Egg
    3. The Egg-cup, for Vanishing an Egg
    4. An Improved Egg-Holder
    5. The Magical Production of Eggs
    6. Production of Eggs from the Mouth
    7. Bellachini's Method
    8. A Smashed Egg Vanished from a Handkerchief
    9. The Diminishing Egg
    10. To Vanish an Egg from the Hand
    11. A Special Egg Vanisher
    12. The Wandering Eggs
    13. Another Method
    14. New Egg and Tumbler Trick
    15. An Illustration of Free-Trade Principles
    16. Eggs from Nowhere, and Back Again
    17. An Egg-Laying Hat
    18. A Novel Egg-Bag Trick
    19. The Ribbon-Producing Egg
    20. The Bewitched Orange
  • CHAPTER XI. TRICKS WITH HATS
    1. To Cut a Piece out of a Hat, and Restore it
    2. A Glass of Wine in a Hat
    3. The Mesmerized Hat
    4. A Billiard Cue Produced from a Hat
    5. Methods of Loading a Hat
    6. Various Productions from Hat
    7. Half a Dozen Babies
    8. Alarm Clocks
    9. Flower-Balls
    10. Bouquets
    11. The Garland of Oak-leaves
    12. A Cake Baked in a Hat (Improved Method)
    13. The Wandering Oranges
    14. A Glass of Wine Passed Visibly through the Crown of a Hat
    15. The Vanished Cannon-Ball
  • CHAPTER XII. MISCELLANEOUS TRICKS
    1. The Afghan Bands
    2. The Chinese Paper-Tearing Trick
    3. The Original Form of the Trick
    4. Various Methods of Performing it
    5. Ellis Stanyon's Method
    6. Maurice Garland's Method, with Colour-Change
    7. The Melting Coin (Improved)
    8. The Great Dictionary Trick
    9. My Friend in Thibet
    10. The Flying Thimble
    11. The Original Trick
    12. The Thimble and Paper Cone
    13. The Patriotic Thimble
    14. The Multiplying Thimble
    15. The Vanishing Thimbles
    16. The Changing Dice
    17. Improved Methods
    18. Chameleon Water
    19. Rainbow Water
    20. The Magic Organ Pipes (Le Souper du Diable)
    21. New Method
    22. Devant's Jar of Water and Hat
    23. Devant's Bag of Mystery
  • CHAPTER XIII. NEW MISCELLANEOUS TRICKS
    1. The Rice and Water Trick
    2. The Vanishing Rice
    3. Tao Li Tao, The Chinese Mystery
    4. Balloons from a Hat
    5. To Discover and Pocket (before Asking any Question) the Card Thought of by a Spectator
    6. A New Purse Trick
    7. A Silk Handkerchief Changed into a Flag
    8. The Changing Handkerchief Boxes
    9. The Demon Digits
    10. The Acrobatic Cards
    11. The Ball of Wool Trick (Improved)
    12. The New Card Frame
    13. Outwitting the Conjurer
    14. The Great Book Mystery
    15. The Crystal Balls (Improved Method)
  • CHAPTER XIV. RECOLLECTIONS OF HARTZ THE WIZARD
    1. Biographical Notice
    2. A Devil of a Hat
    3. The Inexhaustible Handkerchief
    4. The Improved Money Column
    5. The Multiplication of Money
    6. The Mysterious Addition
    7. The Inverted Glass of Water
    8. The Multiplying Billiard Ball
    9. The Dematerialized Glass of Water
    10. Card, Coin, and Candle
    11. The Wine and Water Trick
    12. The Witches' Kettle and Magic Punch-Bowl
    13. The Automatic Rising Cards
    14. The Portfolio Trick
    15. The Second-Sight Trick
    16. The Pocket-Picking Trick
    17. The Aerial Walking-Cane
    18. The Egg and Rings Trick

word count: 203972 which is equivalent to 815 standard pages of text

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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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