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From the preface:
In the following pages it has been my aim to give such plain and practical instructions, as shall enable the amateur conjurer to perform with confidence and success. In the limits of a book of this size, it is impossible to describe more than one-tenth of the various tricks in modern magic in vogue at the present day, and I have therefore carefully excluded the larger professional apparatus, such as are used only on the public stage, believing that what is most needed is a sound treatise on drawing-room magic, and I trust in the following pages the reader will find such suggestions and advice as will help him, with careful practice, to perform a very creditable programme in an amazingly short time.
1st edition 1880, 144 pages; PDF 69 pages.word count: 27318 which is equivalent to 109 standard pages of text