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Magic has a rich and long history. You will read fascinating stories about Houdini, Robert-Houdin and their predecessors, or about long forgotten inventors of today's popular tricks. Maybe you have seen the movie "The Illusionist" or "The Prestige" and want to find out more about magic and some of the tricks from the movies. Here is a great place to start to wet your appetite and then later you can dive into the methods and how to ebooks.

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    Johnny Hart: International Star of Magic by Stephen Short    Around the world with a magician and a juggler by Hardin Jasper Burlingame    Inside Magic by George L. Boston & Robert Parrish    The Great Carmo by Val Andrews    The Old and The New Magic by Henry Ridgely Evans    Discover Your Magic by Wolfgang Riebe    Houdini: The Adventurous Life of a Versatile Artist by Harry Houdini    Danger in the Cards by Michael MacDougall    A Journey Through A History of Magic by David J. O'Connor    Sensational Tales of Mystery Men by Will Goldston    Victorian Seance and the Birth of Mentalism by Paul Voodini    Magicians in Action 1980 - 2015 (all three volumes) by Christian Scherer    Magicians in Action 1980 - 2015: P-Z by Christian Scherer    Magicians in Action 1980 - 2015: I-O by Christian Scherer    Magicians in Action 1980 - 2015: A-H by Christian Scherer    Dai Vernon in Britain 1958 by Lewis Ganson & Dai Vernon    The Autobiography of an Old Sport: Fifty years at the Card Table by Harry P. Dodge    Fred Culpitt: a brief biography by Val Andrews    Those Beautiful Dames by Frances Marshall    Abbott Compendium 2016 by Greg Bordner    Conjuring Contretemps by Anonymous    The James McKinney & Co Bankruptcy Files by National Archives (NARA)    A Lifetime in Magic by Percy Abbott    Chan Canasta: A Remarkable Man Volume 1 by David Britland    Lives of the Conjurers: Volume 2 by Professor Solomon    Piddington's Secrets: We know How They Did It! by Martin T. Hart    The Hunt For Erdnase: and the Path to Edward Gallaway by Chris Wasshuber    A Warlock's Wandering by Billy Benbo    Chris Van Bern: The Busy 'B' by Roger Woods    It's Alive: The World of Tony 'Doc' Shiels by Tony Shiels    Lives of the Conjurers: Volume 1 by Professor Solomon    Victor Farelli: A Magical Memoir by Paul Gordon    Percy Naldrett: A Man of Sussex, Conjurer and Poet by Paul Gordon    Edward George Brown: a magical life by Paul Gordon    Cues for Collectors by Edgar Heyl    Harry Houdin: The Great Polynational Mimic by Tom Interval    The Annals of Conjuring by Sidney W. Clarke    History of Magic and Magicians by Hardin Jasper Burlingame    Memorable Magical Moments by Solyl Kundu    WD40 by Wayne Dobson    Showmen or Charlatans? The stories of 'Dr' Walford Bodie and 'Sir' Alexander Cannon by Brian Lead & Roger Woods    Josephine Langley Lady Ventriloquist: The story of Mrs Edward Howarth by Roger Woods & Maurice S. Howarth    Houdini The Myth Maker by Brian Lead & Roger Woods    Harry Houdini Legend and Legacy by Brian Lead & Roger Woods    The Magic of Al Koran by Martin Breese    Classic Indian Street Magic by Martin Breese    Congregation: The Magic Trick Historically Known as Chink-a-Chink by Sean McWeeney    Okito on Magic by Okito    Annotated Discovery of Witchcraft by Stephen Forrester    Chan Canasta: A Remarkable Man Volume 2 by David Britland

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Johnny Hart: International Star of Magic by Stephen ShortThis is a wonderful opportunity to experience the life and times of one of the UK's major performance artistes, whose illustrious career started in the 1960's and spanned over 40 years. Not only does this ebook provide a carefully researched and fascinating look at Johnny himself, it also shines a light on the general showbiz scene of the same period, as Johnny rubbed shoulders with many of the greats from the entertainment and TV world.

The ebook runs to over 200 pages and is profusely illustrated with playbills and photographs that really help to conjure up a clear vision of showbiz in...

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Around the world with a magician and a juggler by Hardin Jasper BurlingameWonderful biographical information about magician Baron Hartwig Seeman, and juggler William D'Alvini. Also includes a chapter on the German magician Bellachini and a fascinating chapter on the psychology of conjuring.
  • CHAPTER I. Introductory Remarks
  • CHAPTER II. Life Of Professor Seeman
  • CHAPTER III. Thrilling Experiences With Ole Bull
  • CHAPTER IV. A Visit To The Pyramids
  • CHAPTER V. The Czar Befriends The Magician
  • CHAPTER VI. To England, Africa And India
  • CHAPTER VII. Experiences With A Great Fakir
  • CHAPTER VIII. A Problem Solved
  • CHAPTER IX. Martin Luther's Wedding Ring
  • CHAPTER X. William...
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Inside Magic by George L. Boston & Robert ParrishIn this ebook, George Boston, old time magician, takes his readers behind the scenes of the magic shows. Associate and confidant of the great men of magic, he recalls the greatest "tricks" in his memory and in many cases tells "how it was done." The great names of magic - Thurston, Blackstone, Houdini, Kellar, Carter and Nicola - appear in these pages. The book is liberally illustrated with many photographs, and is written in the highly readable style that has made Robert Parrish's For Magicians Only and New Ways to Mystify such popular favorites.
  • About the Authors
  • Introduction
  • 1 How I Became a Magician
  • 2 The Illusion Show
  • 3 Thurston's Mysteries of India ...
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The Great Carmo by Val AndrewsThe Colossus of Mystery.
  • The Author's Acknowledgements
  • Finding A Gravestone
  • CHAPTER ONE: I Discover "The Great Carmo"
  • CHAPTER TWO: From Cameron To Carmo
  • CHAPTER THREE: Learning The Ropes, The Hard Way
  • CHAPTER FOUR: Servais Le Roy
  • CHAPTER FIVE: "Alma"
  • CHAPTER SIX: Rita
  • CHAPTER SEVEN: The Big Circus
  • CHAPTER EIGHT: The Canvas Inferno
  • CHAPTER NINE: The Last Ditch Fight
  • CHAPTER TEN: Every Night, Something Awesome
  • LA PETITE CARMO
  • ADDENDUM

1st edition 2001, 80 pages; 1st digital edition 2019, 53 pages.

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The Old and The New Magic by Henry Ridgely EvansFrom the introduction:
The very word magic has an alluring sound, and its practice as an art will probably never lose its attractiveness for people's minds. But we must remember that there is a difference between the old magic and the new, and that both are separated by a deep chasm, which is a kind of color line, for though the latter develops from the former in a gradual and natural course of evolution, they are radically different in principle, and the new magic is irredeemably opposed to the assumptions upon which the old magic rests.

Magic originally meant priestcraft. It is probable...

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Discover Your Magic by Wolfgang RiebeThis is basically Wolfgang's life story, a great motivational blueprint to achieve your dreams.

How to gain the competitive edge in your life and business. Become aware of everything around you. Clarify and achieve all your goals. Learn to adapt to change. Create a positive image with every one around you. Wolfgang has inspired and motivated more than a million people around the world. This is a comprehensive study on how to gain mastery over your own life, whether in the corporate, or personal field. Every aspect is clearly presented, without losing the true sense or heart of the matter....

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Houdini: The Adventurous Life of a Versatile Artist by Harry HoudiniA promotional book with photos and newspaper reports retelling various stunts and performances of Harry Houdini.
  • Official Police News From Germany!
  • In The Name Of The King
  • Royal Police Presidium
  • Mighty Audience
  • Houdini Handcuffed
  • False Hope Overthrown
  • A Welcome Concession
  • Frock Coat Sacrificed
  • Victory
  • Presentation Model
  • A Sportsman's Telegram
  • An Episode In Houdini's Life
  • Condemned Murderers Released By Houdini
  • Crowd Quickly Gathers
  • Ponderous Barred Door
  • Prisoners Are Dumbfounded
  • Some Of The Great Feats Accomplished By Houdini
  • Wizard In Gaol
  • Surrenders To Police
  • Startled...
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Danger in the Cards by Michael MacDougallA fascinating casebook of true stories from the self-styled "Card Detective" that reveals the inner workings of backroom poker cheats, dice scams, bunco artists, horse race swindles, rigged games of the carnival and midway and much, much more.

Written in a breezy style, "Mickey" MacDougall takes the reader along for an entertaining and informative ride as he consults with casino bosses and card room owners to stamp out cheaters and grifters.

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A Journey Through A History of Magic by David J. O'Connor

A Journey Through a History of Magic traces the lives and times of famous magicians throughout history through to many popular present day performers. With pictures and photos that introduce you to many almost forgotten performers who have gained fame.

Featuring a few of the performers who have shaped the art and craft of magic through the ages.

  • The History of Magic
  • The Conjuror Painting
  • Dedi the Magician
  • Matthias Buchinger
  • Hieronymous Scotto
  • John Nevil Maskelyne
  • Joseph Pinetti
  • Louis Hasselmayer
  • Robert Houdin
  • John Henry Anderson
  • Chung Ling Soo
  • Charles Dickens
  • Fox Sisters
  • Annie Abbott
  • Great Lafayette ...
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Sensational Tales of Mystery Men by Will GoldstonStories and anecdotes of the Who's Who of magic in the early 20th century. Several are about Houdini.
  • An Introduction
  • Foreword
  • The Truth About The Zancigs
  • The Tragedy Of Hanco
  • When G. W. Hunter Dried Up
  • How Denny And Will Goldston Escaped Gaol
  • The Truth Of Horace Goldin's Arrest
  • The Cornells And Their Ghastly Publicity Stunt
  • The Strangeness Of Lafayette
  • Dante Perplexed
  • Dante's Experience In Russia
  • Muller The Mystic
  • Was Chung Ling Soo Murdered?
  • A Handcuff Escape That Went Wrong
  • Ceeley And The Naked Lady
  • Frank Van Hoven's Tragic Failure
  • Frank Van Hoven And A Fellow Artist's Wife
  • Wishart And The...
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Victorian Seance and the Birth of Mentalism by Paul VoodiniPaul Voodini presents Victorian Seance and the Birth of Mentalism, recounting the rise of Spiritualism in the 1800s, the antics, tricks, and techniques of the fraudulent mediums, and how this led directly to the birth of that branch of the magical arts known as 'mentalism.'

This detailed manuscript outlines and explains such techniques and methods as mesmerism and hypnosis, table-tipping, slates, automatic writing, book tests, 'reading' techniques and Q&A, spirit manifestations, the Ouija board, and much, much more. The text also touches on escapology, quick change, and other magical techniques. ...

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Magicians in Action 1980 - 2015 (all three volumes) by Christian SchererA unique documentary containing photos accompanied by autobiographical and anecdotal texts, featuring 250 magicians from 28 nations.

The photos were taken by the author from 1980 to 2015 during performances of the magicians in Europe. The texts were contributed by the artists. Foreword by Eberhard Riese.

"A Special Book. An extraordinary book. A history of magic of a different kind." - Eberhard Riese

"These large, beautiful volumes provide an opportunity to spend time with hundreds of magicians who share - in their own words - anecdotes, philosophy, and a bit of themselves. This is...

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Magicians in Action 1980 - 2015: P-Z by Christian SchererA unique documentary containing photos accompanied by autobiographical and anecdotal texts, featuring 250 magicians from 28 nations. This third volume includes names from P-Z:
  • P
    • Pad Alexander
    • Pat Page
    • Pat Perry
    • Patrice Curt
    • Patrick Lehnen
    • Paul Gertner
    • Paul Harris
    • Pavel
    • Pedro
    • Pedro Lacerda
    • Peps Zoller
    • Perkeo
    • Perplex & Tiffany
    • Peter Honegger
    • Peter Löhmann
    • Peter Paul Merlin
    • Peter‘s Magic Show
    • Peter Woerde – De Valsspeler
    • Phantomas / The Magic Phantoms
    • Philius
    • Pierric
    • Pino Pan
    • Pit Hartling
    • Pop Haydn
    • Professor Dr. Bindli
  • R
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Magicians in Action 1980 - 2015: I-O by Christian SchererA unique documentary containing photos accompanied by autobiographical and anecdotal texts, featuring 250 magicians from 28 nations. This second volume includes names from I-O:
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    • Irina
    • Ivan Matveyevich Necheporenko
  • J
    • Jad
    • Jakob Mathias
    • Jan Logemann
    • Jean de Merry
    • Jean Olivier
    • Jean-Philippe Loupi
    • Jochen Zmeck
    • John Carney
    • Johnny Lonn
    • Jörg Alexander
    • Jörg Willich
    • José Carroll
    • Juan Carlos Rodarte
    • Julius Frack
    • JUNGE JUNGE!
    • Juno
  • K
    • Kovari
    • Kuli
    • Kurt Freitag
  • L
    • Lars Herren
    • L'Enchanteur
    • Lennart Green
    • Leo Nifosi
    • Lionel
    • Little Green
    • Lorenz Schär
    • Lou DeMilla
    • Lubor Fiedler
    • Lucca ...
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Magicians in Action 1980 - 2015: A-H by Christian SchererA unique documentary containing photos accompanied by autobiographical and anecdotal texts, featuring 250 magicians from 28 nations. This first volume includes names from A-H:
  • Foreword by Eberhard Riese
  • Introduction
  • About the Author
  • A
    • Adrian Guerra
    • Alan Shaxon
    • Aldo Colombini
    • Alexander Lehmann
    • Alexis
    • Alex Porter
    • Alfred Kellerhof
    • Ali Bongo
    • Almeico
    • Amos Levkovitch
    • Anatoli Kartashkin
    • Andreas Axmann
    • André Dubach
    • Andy Mayno
    • Arino
    • Arsène Lupin
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    • Bagattello
    • Bellachini XIII
    • Bert Rex
    • Blake Eduarado
    • Bob Little
    • Bob Sheets
    • Boretti
    • Boris Wild
    • Buccini
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    • Camilo Vásquez
    • Carlos Barragàn
    • ChaPeau ...
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Dai Vernon in Britain 1958 by Lewis Ganson & Dai VernonA silent film record of Dai Vernon's visit to Britain in 1958.

If you have only read about the Professor Dai Vernon but never seen him in real life, then here is your chance for a glimpse into what he was like. You will see him sightseeing and you will see him perform several of his feature routines such as the Symphony of the Rings, card production, color change, wand spin vanish and more.

  • Portsmouth: H.M.S. Victory and Dicken's Birthplace
  • Polo at Cowdrey Park
  • Stratford-on-Avon
  • Fellow Magicians
  • Leipzig's Card Levitation
  • Card Production
  • The Symphony of the Rings
  • Colour Change
  • Wand spin Vanish
  • Jumping Jack
  • Charlie Miller's Diminishing Cards ...
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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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Fred Culpitt: a brief biography by Val Andrews
  • A Typical Culpitt Performance
  • The Vanishing Stick (Or "Culpitt's Cork")
  • The Abanazer Fan Vanish
  • Torn And Restored Newspaper
  • The Bathing Costume Trick
  • A Rabbit From A Hat
  • Culpitt's Clock
  • Cards Ala Culpitt
  • Egg-Bag Ruses
  • Production Of Eggs From A Net-Fronted Bag
  • The Doll's House Illusion
  • Culpitt's Silk Loader
  • Culpitt Card Box
  • Reward Poster
  • "On Toast"
  • Rabbit To Silks
  • A Culpitt Card Sleight
  • Thumb-Nail Sketch

1st edition 2001; 1st digital edition 2016, 43 pages.

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Those Beautiful Dames by Frances MarshallAn ebook honoring those great women in magic, some from the past centuries. A world survey of "Those Beautiful Dames." Featuring among others Debbie Henning. Dan Waldron has a section on the Blackstone Saga, covering the magical life of Harry Senior, then the Blackstone, Jr. we know. Beautiful and talented women figured in both their lives, with Gay Blackstone a star in the Blackstone show. Marion Nicola writes of her show and life with the Great Nicola, Val Andrews covers many famous lady assistants. Carol Roy, Mrs. Electric releases the inside story of their adventures in odd parts of the...
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Abbott Compendium 2016 by Greg BordnerThis is the most complete history of Abbott's Magic, and in particular it covers the long history of the Abbott's Get Together.
  • Welcome to the 2016 Abbott Compendium
  • Abbott's Historical Documentation
  • Art of the Abbott Catalog
  • Art of the Get Together
  • Complete Get Together Performer List
  • Timeline of Abbott's and the Get Together
  • 2016 Magic Capital Events
  • 79th Get Together August 3-8 2016

1st edition 2016, 521 pages.

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