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George H. Little

Mahatma by George H. LittleAs Alfredson and Daily write in their Conjuring Periodical Bibliography, Mahatma is the 'first English language magical serial of any substance'. It is a fantastic resource for historians, researchers and other treasure hunters. A few of the prominent names you will find in Mahatma are Conradi, De Kolta, Downs, Elliott, Evans, Hilliar, Hoffmann, Houdini, Kellar, Leipzig, Plate, Selbit, Trewey and many more.

Some interesting facts about this periodical are:

  • Mahatma was printed in the rear of the storied Martinka's magic shop in New York City, then the central hub of all things magical.
  • Among the delightful period advertisements in Mahatma are some...
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P. R. S. Foli

Fortune Telling by Cards by P. R. S. FoliThis is a great book to get started on 'reading somebody from the cards'. It is also a great source for stories to go along with your magic tricks. It explains what each card signifies and even has a chapter on the history of cards. The bulk of the book is devoted to the various methods of reading cards, the French method, the Italien method, the Master method or Etteilla's Method.

123 pages.

  1. CHAPTER I: How we got our pack of cards
  2. CHAPTERII: What the individual cards signify
  3. CHAPTER III: The selected pack of thirty-two cards
  4. CHAPTER IV: The signification of quartettes, triplets, and...
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Reginald Scot

The Discoverie of Witchcraft by Reginald ScotReginald Scot intended his Discoverie of Witchcraft as a sensible argument disputing the existence of witches. It also features a small section on magic. The magic section starts with Booke 13 and Chapter 22. You will find rich full accounts of charges against witches, witch trials and practice of the black arts. Further, interviews with convicted witches, excerpts from inquisition, astrology, alchemy, charms, the names of demons, angels and other "words of power", spells, rituals, sabbats, biblical and Egyptian magic, and more. The Discoverie remains a much quoted primary source for those interested...
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Chris Wasshuber

The Sphinx Index by Chris WasshuberThe Sphinx Index is a 540 page PDF, indexing all 52 volumes of The Sphinx magazine. Three people worked for hundreds of hours to collect and categorize this information. It has more than 14,000 entries. The index covers all tricks, effects and articles, but does not include assembly reports and other short trip reports or news items. An interesting category is Portraits & Photos where all photos are indexed by the name of the person shown in the photo. This makes it easy to find image information about hundreds of magicians. The other index categories are: Articles - Biographical, Articles - Historical, Articles...
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Peter Duffie

Virtual Miracles by Peter DuffieVirtual Miracles is a collection of card tricks by some of the best close-up magicians. The contributors are: Jason Alford, Steve Hamilton, Robert Neale, Steve Beam, Pit Hartling, Jon Racherbaumer, David Britland, J. K. Hartman, Dave Robertson, Dave Campbell, Richard James, Robin Robertson, Aldo Colombini, Marty Kane, Fred Robinson, Paul W. Cummins, Peter Lamont, Gavin Ross, Daryl, Walt Lees, Allan Slaight, Peter Duffie, Val Le-Val, Roy Walton, Iain Girdwood, Gene Maze, Gary Ward, Phil Goldstein, George McBride, R. Paul Wilson, Paul Hallas, Peter McLanachan and Andrew Wimhurst.

first edition 2004; 107 pages

  • Sandwich Spread, Jason Alford
  • Remember & Forget, Steve Beam
  • AT003, David Britland
  • Sweet Little Lies, David Britland
  • The last Game, David Britland ...
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Ulysses Frederick Grant

Grant's Illusion Secrets by Ulysses Frederick GrantChuck Smith writes: "Twenty-four illusions as mysterious to audiences today as when they were performed years ago. Most are so easy to construct and execute that a teenager could do them. I know because I, as a student in highschool, built and entertained with several of them. A couple of three fold screens and a large sheet gives you the material for several of the illusions. Recently in a magic periodical I saw an ad for an illusion that looked extremely familiar. It was selling for over $5000. It's method, I'm sure, had it's roots in Grant's Super-Fine Suspension on pages 27-28 of this book....I...
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Jean Hugard

Close-up Magic by Jean HugardThis booklet doesn't deserve the name 'booklet', because it is packed with many wonderful effects using small objects, from cards and coins, to ropes and silks and everything inbetween. There is also a nice section on vesting and sleeving. Jean Hugard is one of the outstanding teachers and authors in magic. My friend Chuck has been vanishing an orange for the last forty years in much the same manner that this booklet reveals how to vanish a dinner plate. He also remembers reading of Blackstone Sr. performing some of these stunts. Whenever the author is Jean Hugard - read it!

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Franklin M. Chapman

Twenty Stunners with a Nail Writer by Franklin M. ChapmanThe nail writer is an extremely powerful tool for the mentalist. It's origin is unclear. One of the earliest references can be found in the book Spirit Slate Writing and Kindred Phenomena, written by William. E. Robinson and published in 1898. Therein it was called "The Thumb Pencil Carrier". This booklet will give you an easy start using this gimmick.

You might also want to check out Swami Tech by Bob Cassidy.

first edition 1944, M. Kanter; 32 pages.

  1. Introduction
  2. Nail Writers: Types and Methods
  3. Identical Twins
  4. Light on the Subject
  5. A Whispered Selection
  6. Two-Way Telepathy
  7. Like an Open Book
  8. Word for Word
  9. Easy Mark
  10. The Quick or the Dead
  11. At the Bar
  12. Long Distance...
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Leo Boudreau

Psimatrika by Leo BoudreauLeo Boudreau's books have been out of print for a long time. Now that they are available again electronically, a new generation of magicians can learn and study the subtle methods Leo developed to produce true miracles. Some have said that his effects are the next best thing to real mind reading. I fully agree with this statement. The way he finds out which item the spectator selected is so subtle that it appears as if he is not doing anything. Here is a quote from Leo which Al Mann included in his introduction to Psimatrika:
"I can give a deck of cards to a person and tell him to secretly...
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Leo Boudreau

Skullduggery by Leo BoudreauAfter reading this ebook you will be able to divine the words selected at random from any borrowed dictionary or book; deal four straight winning hands of Blackjack without sleight of hand; teach anyone how to read minds convincingly in just 30 seconds; sense colors merely thought of; transform a borrowed pack of cards into a bizarre impression device.

Several effects in this ebook require what Leo calls The Nothing Book. It is a hard cover book with empty pages. You can also use an empty notebook.

first edition, 1989, The Rustic Press, Arlington; 128 pages.

  1. Introduction
  2. STRANGE TALES ...
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Leo Boudreau

Spirited Pasteboards by Leo BoudreauMax Maven writes in the introduction to Spirited Pasteboards:
There is an ancient Chinese curse which goes, "May you live in interesting times." Bearing this in mind, it is not without some playful malice that I inform you that you are now holding a tome which is extremely interesting.

As with the author's previous book, Psimatrika, the work in this text is primarily based upon stacking arrangements which generate information via binary codes. The principle is by no means new, but in its seventy-year history as a conjuring method it has remained little-known and woefully under-explored.

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Ted Annemann

Practical Mental Effects by Ted AnnemannThis book packs almost 200 mental miracles, many of which are creations of one of the masters of mental magic - Ted Annemann. You will find the best book tests, psychic codes, tricks with slates, blindfold reading, publicity effects, and much more. This book together with Annemann's Card Magic covers a good part of the famous Jinx magazine, of which Annemann was editor.

1st edition, 1944, Holden's Magic Shop, New York; reprinted 1983 with new title "Practical Mental Magic", by Dover Publications, New York; 310 pages.


    CHAPTER I: EFFECTS WITH BILLETS AND PELLETS
  1. Bert Reese Secrets
  2. Billet Switching
  3. A Question...
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Ted Annemann

Annemann's Complete One Man Mental and Psychic Routine by Ted AnnemannAnother great booklet from Annemann. It describes in detail his one man routine. Annemann wove together some of the greatest mental tricks. He discusses the question Magic vs. Mindreading and shares other invaluable advice with the reader. If you do mental magic you already know that anything from Annemann is a must read. If you just start with mental magic, read as much from Annemann as you can get your hands on.

first edition, 1935, Max Holden, New York; 24 pages.

  1. Introduction
  2. Requisites
  3. Billet Switching
  4. Magic vs Mindreading
  5. The Telephone Drama
  6. The Dead Name Test
  7. The New Nile Divination ...
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Ted Annemann

202 Methods of Forcing by Ted AnnemannIf you have ever wondered what is the best way to force a card or number or item in a certain situation, then you can stop wondering. This booklet is nothing but forcing methods. It is ideal if you design your own routines and would like to find the most suitable force. It is also great for people who have problems with one or another force, since here they will find other methods to reach the same outcome. Very simply said, get this ebook and stop worrying about your forces.

You could also get the version which includes Victor Farelli's notes: 202 Methods of Forcing - with Victor Farelli Notes.

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Ted Annemann

Annemann's Mental Bargain Effects by Ted AnnemannThis booklet is indeed a bargain, with effects by Hewitt, J. G. Thompson and Annemann. Among the effects you will find the famous Mental Masterpiece from Annemann.

1st edition 1935, PDF 16 pages.

  1. Annemann's Diabolo Pellet Reading
  2. The Modern Mindreader (Hewitt)
  3. Annemann's Psychic Writing
  4. Annemann's Mental Masterpiece
  5. The New Double Telepathy Routine (Annemann)
  6. Greta Annemann's Eyes of the Unknown
  7. 30th Century Television (Hewitt and Annemann)
  8. Coincidence (Hewitt)
  9. Penetrating Vision (J. G. Thompson)
  10. The Impromptu Mind Reader
  11. GETIT! (Annemann)
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Ted Annemann

The Incorporated Strange Secrets by Ted AnnemannAnnemann teaches thirteen commercial mentalism pieces with slates, cards, dollar bills, telephone books and cigarettes. The majority of routines involves cards. Annemann's unique direct style is felt in each one of these effects.

first edition, 1939, Max Holden, New York; 20 pages.

  1. Insto-Transpo
  2. Stop
  3. The Dollar-Cigarette Challenge
  4. Remote Control Improved
  5. The Accessory
  6. Mental Dollars
  7. 'Number, Please'
  8. Sensitive Thoughts
  9. The Card Doctor
  10. Slates and Aces
  11. Poker Plus
  12. Thought, In Person
  13. A Mental Headache
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Ted Annemann

Annemann's Buried Treasures by Ted AnnemannA collection of twelve typically ingenious Annemann creations, from the pages of The Sphinx.

first edition, 1952, Sphinx Publishing Corporation; 16 pages.

  1. East Indian Needle Feat
  2. Cigarette in Bill Again
  3. Mentalex?
  4. Telephone Mystery
  5. Attention Mentalists
  6. No Title at All
  7. Three Card Monte Outdone
  8. The Master Mind
  9. My Original Swami Test
  10. Improvement 8,000
  11. Slate Writing Wrinkle
  12. Club or Stage Mental Number
  13. A Mediumistic Stunt
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Ted Annemann

The Book Without a Name by Ted AnnemannThis was the first book Annemann wrote. It has a glowing introduction by Al Baker, although later in their lives Al and Ted were not always the best of friends. As Annemann himself writes in the foreword, you will find routines employing simple methods and direct to-the-point presentations. This is mentalism at its best without any clutter confusing the effect. A few rare photos of Annemann performing can be found as well.

first edition, 1931, Max Holden; 62 pages

  1. Introduction
  2. Foreword
  3. The 'Really New' Locator Card
  4. An Original Set Up Discovery
  5. One in Fourteen
  6. A New Thought Card Spelling Effect ...
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Ted Annemann

En Rapport by Ted AnnemannA complete, routined act of telepathy, mind reading, and clairvoyance, designed for two people, and possible of being presented before a most critical audience. The minimum of preparation is necessary for the maximum of effect.

first edition, 1937 Ted Annemann; 24 pages.

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Ted Annemann

Sh-h-h--! it's a secret by Ted AnnemannAnnemann describes a wealth of forty pieces in this wonderful booklet. The first, "Call me up sometime" is a beautifully direct telephone miracle. This is a prime example of Annemann's mantra of 'effect before method'.

I found the following line from Annemann's introduction funny:

I like to do these things so well that someday I'm going to write a twenty page introduction and follow it with one trick! Trouble is, however, that after that harangue the trick will HAVE to be good.
1st edition 1934; 50 pages.
  1. Call Me Up Sometime
  2. The Borrowed Deck Tragedy
  3. Help Wanted In The Dark
  4. A Thought...
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