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Peter Duffie
Cards By All Means by Peter Duffie

This is the latest in a long line of excellent ebooks of Peter Duffie. It features many photos for a much clearer description of the sixteen routines. Beside his excellent ideas I just love his play with words in his trick titles. For example "Cannibalector" or "Witch Way?"

1st edition, 2001.

BLACK SHEEP: Two spectators each select cards from a packet, then you select one, but you leave your selection face up as proof of your actions. You spread the packet and remove your card along with the two cards on ether side. These prove to be the other two selections. As an afterthought, you point...

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Peter Duffie
Card Secrets Unlocked by Peter Duffie

This is the latest release from the prolific Peter Duffie. Card magic that is easy to do and very effective.

1st edition, 2005

CRYSTAL CLEAR TRANSPO: The classic transposition between two cards placed on the top and bottom of a glass. No duplicate cards are used.

A ROYAL ENIGMA: Based on "The Vernon Card Puzzle" in Early Vernon (1962). It was inspired by Peter Kane's "Royal Families" in A Further Card Session (1975) and by Roy Walton's "Split Up" in The Complete Walton Vol. 2 (1986).

MORE ROYAL ENIGMATICS: Can be used as a Follow-up routine to the previous effect, or a stand-alone trick....

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Peter Duffie
Hidden Agenda by Peter Duffie

Peter Duffie is a master in taking a published effect, refining it, combining it with new and other old ideas and/or reducing its necessary technical difficulty. Several of the 12 effects in this ebook are improved variations on existing themes. This also shows that Peter knows the literature of card magic well and consistently credits what has come befor him.

1st edition, 1992.

THE BEAST WITH FIVE FINGERS: A different approach to the Vernon Triumph effect which originally appeared in Stars of Magic.

CARTER'S FOOLER: This is included as a tribute to Arthur Carter who died recently. The...

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Peter Duffie
Covert Concepts by Peter Duffie

Peter Duffie is an extremely clever and skilled card man from the UK, a scotsman to be precise. In this ebook he will teach you 13 easy to do card effects with a normal deck of cards. Enjoy!

1st edition, 2000.

ACECRAFT: Two selections - four Aces - and an unexpected outcome. All in a day's work.

SUDDEN IMPACT: The audience believe you are going to cut to the Aces - they get a bigger surprise when you don't!

POPULACE: This very easy way of doing Roy Walton's Collectors has been my working repertoire for a while.

IMPOSSIBLE OPENER: Two spectators select cards in the fairest of manners. Your back...

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Jean Hugard & Fred Braue
Tricks and Sleights: Miracle Methods No. 4 by Jean Hugard & Fred Braue

Twenty-one original and impressive card effects plus eleven new, practical, useful, simple sleights by these two masters of the art of card magic.

Paul Fleming wrote:

This latest number in the Hugard and Braue Miracle Methods series might well have been called Tricks and Sleights with Cards, for it deals wholly with this most popular branch of magic. It is uniform in format with the first three volumes of Miracle Methods, and is bound in soft boards. It is a booklet of 32 pages, six of which are used to explain eleven card sleights and the remainder to teach twenty tricks with cards. There are twenty...

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Jean Hugard & Fred Braue
Prepared Cards and Accessories: Miracle Methods No. 3 by Jean Hugard & Fred Braue

A collection of feats of conjuring with cards, employing artificed cards and simple accessories. Embracing over 30 brilliant feats of card conjuring made possible by the use of prepared cards and simple accessories together with a complete exposition of Jean Hugard's superbly routined presentation of the famed card classic, The Aerial Cards.

Paul Fleming wrote:

This latest addition to the Hugard and Braue Miracle Methods series is a 32-page booklet, bound in soft boards and similar in format to these authors' No.1 ("Stripper Deck") and No.2 ("Shuffles"). It contains 32 tricks, nine of which depend upon...

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Jean Hugard & Fred Braue
Miracle Shuffles and Tricks: Miracle Methods No. 2 by Jean Hugard & Fred Braue

A treatise on the science and art of the stock, cull, odd-number, and cull-stock shuffles. Presenting the Braue system, bringing these useful stratagems within the reach of every performer, together with a full description of a number of brilliant card feats made possible by this amazingly simple system.

Paul Fleming wrote:

When Hugard and Braue's Miracle Methods made its appearance some six months ago, we had no warning that it would be followed so promptly by Miracle Methods No.2, so that the publication of this latest Hugard-Braue collaboration comes in the nature of a pleasant surprise. The first...

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Jean Hugard & Fred Braue
The Stripper Deck: Miracle Methods No. 1 by Jean Hugard & Fred Braue

The Stripper Deck has nothing to do with a girl shedding off her clothes, but rather is a specially gaffed deck. However, the gaff or preparation is not noticeable with the naked eye. It can even be handed out to spectators for shuffling and cutting. This manuscript outlines various moves as well as tricks with the Stripper Deck. Practically all effects can be achieved with pure sleight of hand using an unprepared deck. But the Stripper Deck simplifies the handling and makes miracles possible without difficult moves, leaving you time to focus on the presentation.

Paul Fleming wrote:

This is not one...

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Jean Hugard & Fred Braue
The Invisible Pass by Jean Hugard & Fred Braue

It is supposedly the first book devoted to a single sleight - beautifully layed out with photos as well as drawings off all stages of the invisible pass. A detailed and thorough explanation of this form of the pass. The pass is a difficult move. Many books barely scratch the surface when they try to teach a shift or pass. This book is entirely devoted to a single move and leaves no open questions.

In a letter to Paul Fleming Nov 5th 1944 Fred Braue talks about his "invisible pass" for the first time: "...I mentioned earlier a special interest in the "pass". Jean and I are doing another little...

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Geo DeLawrence
Pithy Patter by Geo DeLawrence

This is another of DeLawrence's humorous patter booklets. Among others you will find patter for 'rising cards', 'spirit slates', 'multiplying billiard balls' and 'card in egg'. The humor is almost 100 years old but still makes one laugh or smile and could therefore be a good source of inspiration for a new and modern presentation. Don't dismiss the old stuff just because it is old.

1st edition, 1920, Heaney Magic Co., Wisconsin; 31 pages.

  1. Introductory
  2. Opening Patter
  3. Opening Patter for a Stage
  4. Another Variety of Opening Patter
  5. Rising Cards
  6. Here, There, or Where?
  7. The Card in the Egg ...
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Geo DeLawrence
Another Vaudeville Magic Act by Geo DeLawrence

Two vaudeville comedy magic acts are described in terms of props stage setting and patter.

1st edition, 1922?, Geo DeLawrence; 25 pages.

  1. Introductory
  2. Props and Stage Setting (First Act)
  3. Props and Stage Setting (Second Act)
  4. Comedy Act: No. 1
  5. Patter for Act No. 2
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William John Hilliar
Modern Magicians Hand Book by William John Hilliar

What an excellent book. The quality of the material is outstanding. What makes this book particularly rare is a chapter on juggling and how to fake great juggle skills. I have yet to see another book on magic with such an extensive chapter on juggling. You will also find the obligatory chapter on shadowgraphy, a good write up of black art, and large sections on cards, coins, and tricks with many other props. You will find billiard ball manipulation as well as stage tricks with large apparatus.

1st edition, 1902, Frederick J. Drake & Co, Chicago; 440 pages; PDF 325 pages.

  1. Introduction ...
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G. C. Hines
Modern Mysteries by G. C. Hines

To tell you the truth, I do not know much about the author, G. C. Hines. But this shouldn't distract us from the contents of this neat little booklet. He describes how you can dye your own handkerchiefs. You will find some routines with handkerchiefs and two methods for the rising card - one for a stage and one for a parlor setting; two floating ball routines and a flag vase routine.

1st edition, 1915, Modern Mysteries Co.; 12 pages

  1. A Word by the Author
  2. Table Levitation
  3. Dyeing Handkerchiefs
  4. Handkerchief Wand
  5. Flag between Handkerchiefs
  6. Rising Cards - Stage Method
  7. Rising Cards - Parlor...
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Jean Eugene Robert-Houdin
Memoirs of Robert-Houdin by Jean Eugene Robert-Houdin

This is a great book written by one of the greatest magicians of all time, Robert-Houdin. He describes in his own words his development from a little boy to a star performer. How he started as a watchmaker, performed in the St. James Theater, and ended up helping France with a conflict with the Marabouts. Read it. Highly recommended.

Paul Fleming wrote:

Eighteen hundred and forty-five was a great year for magic, and July third of that year a memorable date for all who love conjuring. For on that day Jean Eugene Robert-Houdin first presented his soirees fantastiques in his own little theater - on what...

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August Roterberg
New Era Card Tricks by August Roterberg

New 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 century...

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August Roterberg
Roterberg Catalog 15 by August Roterberg

August Roterberg was a very successfull magic dealer working from Chicago in the 19th century. His catalogs and books are collector items. One of his catalogs, number 15, is reproduced in this ebook. Catalogs help collectors identify and date pieces in their collection. Reading through catalogs is for me an exercise in creativity. When I read an effect description I try to think of a method to achieve it, not knowing the secret behind the trick sold. I am sure you will enjoy browsing through this beautiful catalog with lots of illustrations.

1st edition 1913, 216 pages.

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August Roterberg
Latter Day Tricks by August Roterberg

This 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.

  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 Trick
  9. Handkerchief Productions,...
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August Roterberg
The Modern Wizard by August Roterberg

Roterberg 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....

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August Roterberg
Card Tricks and how to do them by August Roterberg

Here is a historical ad from the Charles T. Powner Co. in Chicago: "This book gives, with careful and easy instructions, the newest card tricks and sleight-of-hand yet offered to professionals and amateurs. Not only does this book contain all of the new tricks, but nearly every one known is fully explained and exposed by explicit directions and carefully prepared illustrations. 160 pages, 80 fine illustrations. Price Postpaid $0.50"

I cannot offer this book at $0.50 as originally sold in 1902, but our prices are almost as good as 100 years ago prices. This book is the small version of Roterberg's famous...

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Will Goldston
Magician Annual 1911-12 by Will Goldston

This book has a broad range of contents, from stage juggling, to the history of playing cards (a really nice article), pocket tricks, illusions, biographical information, ... It is in the very same style as the other Magician Annuals. If you enjoyed those you will surely love this one, too.

1st edition, 1912, London; 99 pages.

  1. Will Goldston, A Terrible Experience, Hohn Keyman
  2. Original Patter for Original Minds, Woolfe Clyne
  3. A Liner on Fire at Sea. An Original Lightning Painting Effect, Fred Velasco
  4. Stage Juggling, Fred Velasco
  5. Tricks for 1911-12, Jay Gee
  6. The Magic Reel of Cotton,...
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Will Goldston
Magician Annual 1910-11 by Will Goldston

This book is filled with a variety of interesting articles, from trick descriptions to patter suggestions, from biographical information to theory. Among others there is a trick contribution by Houdini. This book is layed out beautifully, almost like a magazine. Overall a very nice and interesting book to read.

1st edition, 1910, The Magician Limited, London; 106 pages.

  1. Index
  2. The Editor to his Readers
  3. The Scribe, The Failure, and The Magician JOHN KEYMAN
  4. Amateur Conjurer's Accessories GEORGE JOHNSON
  5. The Magic of Suggestion PROFESSOR HOFFMANN
  6. New Patter for Popular Problems WOOLFE CLYNE
  7. Wine v. Water CHRIS VAN BERN
  8. Telepathic...
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Will Goldston
Magician Annual 1909-10 by Will Goldston

This book describes quite a number of card tricks and has a wonderful account of some of Buatier de Kolta's illusions, for example his famous "de Kolta Chair". An interesting story evolves around the cartoon on page 62, which depicts a famous magician's wife in a not very favorable light. Goldston released later a new edition which had this cartoon removed. Goldston also tried to buy back all the first editions but was not quite successful.

1st edition, 1910, London; 100 pages.

  1. The Editor to his Readers, Will Goldston
  2. An Interview and an Appreciation, Henry Byatt
  3. Apparatus for Amateurs,...
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Will Goldston
Magician Annual 1908-9 by Will Goldston

This is the second volume in Goldston's Magician Annual series. It has a nice little section on Chapeaugraphy and a large section on patents. You will find there all kind of improvements to various apparatuses. And there is biographical information and recollections of famous magicians as well as a lot of photos of celebrities.

1st edition, 1909, London; 96 pages.

  1. The Editor to His Readers, Will Goldston
  2. Comedy Jugglers, The Great Weiland
  3. Famous Magicians, Robert Ankele
  4. Living Marionettes, Leah Laurie
  5. Card Tricks, Dr. Elliott
  6. My First Appearance on the Stage as a Magician, W. N. Winget
  7. Episodes...
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Will Goldston
Magician Annual 1907-8 by Will Goldston

This was the first Magician Annual Will Goldston compiled and edited. It covers quite some ground. From juggling and optical illusions, to ventriloquism and palmistry. Of course you will find also magic illusions, tricks and patter. And if you want to read a little bit about hoop rolling, you can, too. These Magician Annuals are real fun to read. They are a great window into the past.

1st edition 1908, Gamage Ltd., London; 98 pages.

  1. The Editor to His Readers, Will Goldston
  2. Juggling Manipulations, Paul Cinquevalli
  3. Crayon Drawing for the Stage, J. F. Burrows
  4. Barrel and Packing-Case Tricks,...
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