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The magic textbook that was primarily written for the adult magician started in the US with August Roterberg in the late 19th century. Before that magic books were either written primarily for a juvenile audience or were of expository nature where the intent was mainly to reveal rather than to teach.

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    Tricks with Cards by Professor Hoffmann    The Autobiography of an Old Sport: Fifty years at the Card Table by Harry P. Dodge    Gamblers' Tricks With Cards Exposed and Explained by Jonathan H. Green    Koschitz's Manual of Useful Information by Koschitz    The Book of Modern Conjuring by R. Kunard    Magic Up To Date by William Henry James Shaw    Tricks and Diversions with Cards by Professor Miller    W. H. J. Shaw Catalog 1893 by William Henry James Shaw    Conjuring Contretemps by Anonymous    The 52 Wonders: Cards Manipulated by Science by C. H. Wilson    Mahatma Volume 3 by George H. Little    Mahatma Volume 2 by George H. Little    Mahatma Volume 1 by George H. Little    The Secrets of Conjuring by Jean Eugene Robert-Houdin    Hellerism by Harry Hermon    New Era Card Tricks by August Roterberg    Latter Day Tricks by August Roterberg    The Modern Wizard by August Roterberg    More Magic by Professor Hoffmann    Modern Magic by Professor Hoffmann    Mahatma by George H. Little    Sleight of Hand by Edwin Sachs

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Tricks with Cards

Professor Hoffmann

Tricks with Cards by Professor HoffmannA complete manual of card conjuring. This is not identical to the card sections in Hoffmann's other books such as Modern Magic etc.
  • CHAPTER I. INTRODUCTORY
  • CHAPTER II. SLEIGHT OF HAND PROCESSES, APPLICABLE TO CARD CONJURING
    • To Make the Pass
    • To Make the Pass with both Hands
    • Single-handed Pass, No. 1
    • Single-handed Pass, No. 2
    • Single-handed Pass, No. 3
    • To Force a Card
    • To Force a Person to Think of a Particular Card
    • To Palm a Card
    • To Palm the Bottom Card of the Pack
    • To get Sight of a Card
    • To Change a Card
    • Hellis' Change, No. 1
    • Hellis' Change, No. 2
    • To Slip a Card
    • False Shuffles
    • The Bridge ...
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The Autobiography of an Old Sport: Fifty years at the Card Table

Harry P. Dodge

The Autobiography of an Old Sport: Fifty years at the Card Table by Harry P. DodgeThe record of a career famous for adventure and vicissitude, and in which the jester won more tricks than the gamester.
  • Preface
  • Chapter I: Birth And Early Peregrinations
  • Chapter II: Becoming A Patron Of The Pasteboards
  • Chapter III: Early Times On The Mississippi
  • Chapter IV: Getting A Sobriquet And Meeting Great Men
  • Chapter V: The Turnpikes, The Packets And The Inns
  • Chapter VI: Initiated In The Sons Of Malta
  • Chapter VII: From The Green Mountains To Pike's Peak
  • Chapter VIII: With The Bold Soldier Boys
  • Chapter IX: The Fraternity Of Gamesters
  • Chapter X: To Point A Moral And Adorn A...
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Gamblers' Tricks With Cards Exposed and Explained

Jonathan H. Green

Gamblers' Tricks With Cards Exposed and Explained by Jonathan H. GreenThis is an unusual mix of contents including magic card tricks, card games and how gamblers cheat at those games, other swindles and scams, a section on dice and cheating at dice games, as well as moralizing against the evils of gambling.

Jonathan H. Green was a reformed gambler, who made a career exposing cheating via lectures, presentations and books.

If you are looking for an edited version and somewhat modernized rendition of this book you can find it here.

  • Chapter I
    • Invention Of Cards
    • Mysterious Trick Of Thirty Six Cards; Telling The Card You Look At Without Seeing The Pack ...
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Koschitz's Manual of Useful Information

Koschitz

Koschitz's Manual of Useful Information by KoschitzConcerning marks and stamps, portable and fixed devices, manipulation of cards and other matters of interest to lovers of draw.

This is one of the better early books on card advantage play. We can be almost certain that Erdnase read this book.

  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • Marks And Stamps
  • Watermark
  • Disfigurement Of Edges
  • Nail Impressions
  • Ruffling
  • Roughening
  • Bleaching
  • Crimping
  • Erasing
  • Evaporating
  • Glazing
  • Enamel
  • Acidulated
  • Other Marks
  • Pricking
  • Trimmed
  • Briefs
  • Wedges
  • Strippers Or Humps
  • Scratches
  • Filling And Burnishing
  • Assorted
  • Cut-Off
  • Shading
  • Scrolling
  • Stamped Or Readers
  • Portable...
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The Book of Modern Conjuring

R. Kunard

The Book of Modern Conjuring by R. Kunard
  • Chapter I: Introduction
  • Chapter II: Dress, Table, Wand, Apparatus, And Stage
  • Chapter III: Tricks With Handkerchiefs
  • Chapter IV: Palming, Passing, And Changing Coins, Rings, And Small Articles
  • Chapter V: Tricks With Coins Not Requiring Apparatus
  • Chapter VI: Coin Tricks Requiring Apparatus
  • Chapter VII: Tricks With Cups And Balls
  • Chapter VIII: Tricks With Rings
  • Chapter IX: Tricks With Hats
  • Chapter X: Tricks With Watches
  • Chapter XI: Tricks With Dice And Dominoes
  • Chapter XII: Tricks With Electricity
  • Chapter XIII: Miscellaneous Tricks
  • Chapter XIV: Spiritualism And Mesmerism

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Magic Up To Date

William Henry James Shaw

Magic Up To Date by William Henry James ShawW. H. J. Shaw was a magic dealer and apparatus manufacturer in Chicago. Like his magic dealer competitor August Roterberg he decided to write a magic book almost at the same time.
  • Preface
  • The Mystic Percolator
  • Water Into Ice
  • The National Ball Transformation
  • New Spirit Ghost Seance
  • Spirit Bell On Glass Top Table
  • The Spiritual Ring Test
  • The Extinguished Cigar
  • The Charmed Organ Pipes
  • D’Alvini’s Album Trick
  • Lightning, Slate And Blackboard Test
  • The Egyptian Cremation
  • New Hat Fake
  • The Diamond Mystery
  • The Spirit Scribe
  • A Live Hat
  • Changing Decapitation
  • The Wonderful Lager-Beer Glass And Paper...
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Tricks and Diversions with Cards

Professor Miller

Tricks and Diversions with Cards by Professor MillerInteresting here are not only the many card tricks described but also a section on crooked gambling at the very end.

[Note that pages 11-14 are missing in our original from which this digital edition has been prepared.]

  • Instructions For Amateurs
  • How To Make The Pass
  • Forcing A Card
  • The "Long Card"
  • The Divining Card
  • Deceptive Shuffles
  • To Smuggle A Card
  • To Slip A Card
  • To Carry Away A Card
  • To Place A Card
  • The Ten Duplicate Cards—To Reveal A Person’s Thoughts
  • The Changeable Ace
  • The Convertible Aces
  • The Metamorphosed Cards
  • The Gathering Of The Clans
  • To Tell The Number Of Cards By The Weight
  • To Make A Card Pass From One Hand Into The Other
  • The Card Hit Upon By Guess
  • Ups...
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W. H. J. Shaw Catalog 1893

William Henry James Shaw

W. H. J. Shaw Catalog 1893 by William Henry James ShawA Chicago dealer who did manufacture his own apparatus.

1st edition 1893, 24 pages.

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Conjuring Contretemps

Anonymous

Conjuring Contretemps by AnonymousThis is a fun and informative article by an anonymous amateur magician detailing various mishaps of magic performances. Along the way we learn the modus operandi of all kinds of illusions, from Buatier de Kolta's vanishing cage all the way to the bullet catch.

This article was originally published in Chamber's Journal of December 16th, 1882.

1st edition 1882, 5 pages; digital edition 8 pages.

2016 / 7 / 27
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The 52 Wonders: Cards Manipulated by Science

C. H. Wilson

The 52 Wonders: Cards Manipulated by Science by C. H. WilsonThis is quite an interesting relatively early book on card moves, tricks and cons. It was published in 1877. Some believe that the author C. H. Wilson could be the elusive Erdnase, the author of The Expert at the Card Table, because the S.W.E. Shift is explained in The 52 Wonders.

Chapters are:

  • Chapter I: The Double and Single Passes
    • The Long Pass
    • The Short Pass
    • The Magic Pass
    • The Rolling Pass
    • The Grand Pass
    • The Invisible Pass
    • The Vizard Pass and Change
    • The Circle Pass
    • The Dovetail Pass
    • The Single Short Pass
  • Chapter II: Miscellaneous Passes
    • The Elbow Pass
    • The Side Pass
    • The Monte Pass
    • The Table Pass ...
2015 / 1 / 10
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Mahatma Volume 3

George H. Little

Mahatma Volume 3 by George H. LittleOn the covers are:
  • F. Robert Lanskail
  • John Hamley
  • John Henricks
  • Hal Merton
  • C. Milton Chase
  • John Whalen
  • Zanzic
  • Walter G. Peterkin
  • Ellis Stanyon
  • The White Yogi
  • J. Witt Dougherty
126 pages

Note: Page numbers refer to those in the PDF files when the collection was assembled. Originally each issue began with page 1.

  1. Mahatma - Volume III, Number I - July 1899 - 12 pages
  2. F. Robert Lanskail - photo & cover story
  3. New Card Tricks - Elliott
    • New Card Reading
    • Mystic Flight of Card
  4. The Modern William Tell - Chas. L. Burlingame - continued
  5. Juggling Tricks - Wm. E. Robinson ...
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Mahatma Volume 2

George H. Little

Mahatma Volume 2 by George H. LittleOn the covers you will find:
  • Sargent
  • Soto Sunetario
  • Stevenson
  • Robert Ankele
  • Leon Herrmann
  • J. Burlingame of Chicago
  • Adrian Plate
  • Albert E. Smith - the popular Lyceum prestidigitateur
  • Prof. Samri S. Baldwin
  • Francis J. Werner
  • T. Nelson Downs
  • Marshall the Mystic 136 pages
    1. Mahatma - Volume II, Number I - July 1898 - 8 pages
    2. Sargent - biography
    3. Manchester Notes - news
    4. Boston News
    5. Is Magic Dead - Sargent, The Merry Wizard
    6. Spiritualism - F.D. Hewes
    7. News of the Day
    8. My First Performance as a Star - tory by J.W.
    9. Postal Card Trick
    10. Wine and Water Trick
    11. New Vanishing Performer...
2009 / 1 / 30
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Mahatma Volume 1

George H. Little

Mahatma Volume 1 by George H. LittleOn the covers you will find:
  • Robert Houdin - father of modern magic
  • Herrmann - prince of conjurers
  • Jewett - the greatest coming 20th century magician
  • Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Robinson
  • W. D. Leroy
  • Davenport Brothers
  • Frederick Eugene Powell
  • David Devant and his spirit wife
  • Frencesca Redding and Hugh Stanton
  • A. J. Martyne
  • Bernice Nata
  • Imro Fox
  • Harry Kellar
  • Clivette
  • Prof. Ziska
  • Prof. Elliott
184 pages

Mahatma, Volume 1, George H. Little, editor

[Note: Page numbers refer to those in the PDF files when the collection was assembled. Originally each issue began with page 1. However, the original page numbers were retained for issues of The Vaudeville and Artist Era.]

184 pages

  1. Mahatma - Volume I, Number I - March 1895 - 8 pages
  2. Robert Houdin: Father of Modern Magic - biography
  3. To Our Readers...
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The Secrets of Conjuring

Jean Eugene Robert-Houdin

The Secrets of Conjuring by Jean Eugene Robert-HoudinThe original title is "Les Secrets de la Prestidigitation et de la Magie". It was the collection of lessons and information Robert-Houdin intended to teach his sons to make them expert magicians. However, his sons did have other interests, mechanics and military, which led him to publish his recordings as book. Prof. Hoffmann has translated this masterpiece into English.

1st French edition, 1868; translation 1877; this ebook 351 pages.
2006 / 2 / 3
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Hellerism

Harry Hermon

Hellerism by Harry HermonThis is a wonderful course for a two person act based on a verbal code. It has many exercises and examples and covers a lot of other important points beside the code, such as opening and closing speech.

1st edition, 1884, Lee and Shepard, Boston; 129 pages.

2005 / 9 / 9
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New Era Card Tricks

August Roterberg

New Era Card Tricks by August RoterbergNew Era Card Tricks is the masterpiece of Roterberg's publishing efforts. Scholars are pretty sure that the elusive Erdnase must have known and read this book. It is still today an extremely good and important work on cards. It is a book any serious card man should read. This is to a large part the foundation on which a lot of the later card work has been built. A good part of this book is essentially a translation of the German work Der Moderne Kartenkünstler by Friedrich W. Conradi. Richard Hatch wrote a wonderful introduction that by itself is worth reading. He starts:
August Roterberg is chiefly remembered today as a pioneering early twentieth...
2005 / 9 / 9
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Latter Day Tricks

August Roterberg

Latter Day Tricks by August RoterbergThis book is the continuation of The Modern Wizard; same format almost same number of pages and same style. For example the 'handkerchief productions' are continued with methods twelve, thirteen fourteen, fifteen and sixteen. You will find many interesting plots with eggs, glasses, coins, silks, tubes, plates, flowers, nest of boxes, ...

1st edition, 1896; 112 pages.

Table of Contents

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  1. Robinson's Flying Handkerchiefs
  2. The Improved Soup Plate and Handkerchief Trick
  3. First Method
  4. Second Method
  5. Third Method
  6. Fourth Method
  7. The Four Soup Plates and Handkerchiefs
  8. The Handkerchief Coloring...
2005 / 9 / 9
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The Modern Wizard

August Roterberg

The Modern Wizard by August RoterbergRoterberg was a dealer, but he also wrote excellent magic books - four altogether. The Card Tricks and how to do them is an excerpt from New Era Card Tricks. So actually he wrote only three books. The Modern Wizard was his first one. It explains tricks with silks, eggs, glasses, billiard balls, coins, candles, pill boxes and more. Roterberg has a very efficient style of describing a trick. He supplies no patter or other fluff, but still manages to explain a trick thoroughly. He packs 68 tricks or methods into merely 120 pages. He closes his book with the chapter "The Art of Magic" where Roterberg gives a crash course in how to be a good magician....
2005 / 9 / 9
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More Magic

Professor Hoffmann

More Magic by Professor HoffmannThis is the second volume of the Hoffmann trilogy. If you liked Modern Magic you will love More Magic. There is too much to list. Refer to the 'Table of Contents' below for details. 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
2005 / 9 / 7
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Modern Magic

Professor Hoffmann

Modern Magic by Professor HoffmannEvery generation a magician comes along, whose intention is to record magic in an encyclopedic fashion. Professor Hoffmann was the first in recorded history to attempt such a feat with his trilogy Modern Magic, More Magic, and Later Magic. Certainly many magic books have been published before him, mostly copying from each other. But none reaches the depth and breadth of Prof. Hoffmann's work. The material in these three books records the state of the art of magic in the late 19th century. Today we know more tricks and we have also refined our techniques and methods. But it is astounding how much was already known...
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