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Howard Thurston

200 Tricks You Can Do by Howard ThurstonThis book shows that Howard Thurston, sometimes refered to as the World's Master Magician, knew a lot about the Close-up side of magic, not just stage magic. He explains tricks with coins, cards, balls, matches, paper, ... There is something for everybody - easy and self-working tricks for the beginner, and more advanced ones for the intermediate skilled performer. Make sure to also check out More Tricks You Can Do

published 1926 by George Sully and Company; published 1939 as one volume together with "200 More Tricks You Can Do" as "400 Tricks You Can Do" by Blue Ribbon Books; 200 pages

  1. Preface
  2. A Brief Biography...
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Howard Thurston

200 More Tricks You Can Do by Howard ThurstonThis is the sequel to 200 Tricks You Can Do.

published 1927 by George Sully and Company; published 1939 as one volume together with "200 More Tricks You Can Do" as "400 Tricks You Can Do" by Blue Ribbon Books; 186 pages


  1. I. CARD TRICKS
  2. 1. An Amazing Discovery
  3. 2. Finding a Chosen Card
  4. 3. Maltese Crosses
  5. 4. Mysterious Coincidence
  6. 5. A Card Through the Plate
  7. 6. An Easy Four Ace Trick
  8. 7. The Paddle Trick
  9. 8. Telephone Telepathy
  10. 9. A Mysterious Card Trick
  11. 10. Card and Coin Trick
  12. 11. The Mysterious Joker
  13. 12. Card Changing Under Foot
  14. 13. United Kings and Queens
  15. 14. The Circle of Cards
  16. 15. The Rosette ...
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Harlan Tarbell

Tarbell Course by Harlan TarbellThe Tarbell Course is without a doubt the most comprehensive and most encompassing magic literary work in existance today. It has almost 1300 pages and nearly 2900 illustrations. It covers practically every form of magic: sleight of hand with cards, coins, thimbles, cigarettes, silks, ropes, ..., up to mentalism and illusions. It goes beyond the mere technique and teaches patter, routining, marketing and other often neglected facets of being a magician. There is no other book which comes even close in breadth and depth of the material covered. It is amazing that since the late 1920s nobody has...
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Edwin Sachs

Sleight of Hand by Edwin SachsThis is an all time classic with 57 beautiful illustrations. It is one of the most complete books written on magic, because it teaches both stage and close-up magic (cards, coins, silks, cups and balls, etc.), technique, presentation, and all the peripheral skills necessary for great conjuring.
"I beg to say that it is far and away the very best work of its kind ever published" - Harry Kellar

"My den contains a large collection of books on magic, but none has a cover so worn as 'Sleight of Hand' by Edwin Sachs." - David Devant

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Fritz Anders

Der Junge Tausendkünstler by Fritz AndersDieses Buch ist für den jungen angehenden Zauberkünstler geschrieben. Es ist in einem netten Dialog verfaßt und lehrt dem jungen Zauberkünstler alle wichtigen Lektionen. Einige Kunststücke sind recht schwierig und nicht unbedingt für den Anfänger geeignet. Die zweite Hälfte des Buches widmet sich dem Schattenspiel und dem Puppenspiel.

Inhaltsverzeichnis

    Erste Abteilung: Die große und die kleine Kunst
  1. Vorbericht
  2. Erster Abend: Vorbereitungen und Kleinigkeiten
  3. Zweiter Abend: Das Becherspiel und die Escamotage
  4. Dritter Abend: Die Kartenkästen, das Tinteglas, der Eierstab und Eierbecher,...
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Robert Kaldy-Karo

Karomania 3 by Robert Kaldy-KaroDieses Heft ist von einem der kreativsten Zauberer in Österreich, Kaldy-Karo, verfaßt. Er beschreibt Ideen für den Tisch, die Bühne, und einige Mental-Effekte. Kaldy-Karo wurde von der Deutschen Magiervereinigung zum Author des Jahres 1986 erchoren.

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  1. 0. Einleitung
  2. 1. Close up Opener
  3. 1.1. Kreditkarte zu Geldschein
  4. 1.2. Breaking the Ice
  5. 2. Close up Tricks
  6. 2.1. Coin and Candle
  7. 2.2. Charmant, Charmant
  8. 2.3. Pyramide
  9. 2.4. Super Joker
  10. 2.5. Kreditkartenzauber
  11. 3. Mental
  12. 3.1. Super Mental Force
  13. 3.2. Once in a Million
  14. 4. Bühne
  15. 4.1. Supervitamin
  16. 5. Über den Autor...
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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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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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Henry Hatton & Adrian Plate

Magicians' Tricks by Henry Hatton & Adrian PlateThis 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. It is a magnificent book featuring tricks from Germain, Conradi, Goldston, Okito, Elliott, and others. It is very difficult to get a hardcopy these days. Other books in this top 10 list are

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Thomas Nelson Downs

The Art of Magic by Thomas Nelson DownsThe collaboration of T. Nelson Downs and John Northern Hilliard produced this wonderful book. Downs was the first to introduce an act with small objects onto the vaudeville stage. He was most famous for his coin manipulation, and in particular for his version of the "Miser's Dream". The Art of Magic covers sleights with cards, coins, and balls, and teaches many tricks and routines with detailed explanations from the master.

The card section in this book was epoch making. It features the first appearance in print of the side steal. Based on the number of pages dealing with card magic this is more a card book than...

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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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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 ...
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Professor Hoffmann

Later Magic by Professor HoffmannIt is the third volume of the Hoffmann trilogy. The 1911 edition was expanded by almost 200 pages with the chapters 'New Miscellaneous Tricks' and 'Recollections of Hartz the Wizard'. This expanded 1911 edition is what you will get here. 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
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Professor Hoffmann

Latest Magic by Professor HoffmannLatest Magic is the last book in Hoffmann's series Modern Magic, More Magic and Later Magic. Hoffmann had quite some problem finding a publisher for this book. The reason being the quality of the contents. When Modern Magic came out it explained new tricks and tricks which were performed at the time. Thus it was indeed 'modern'. It is also without a doubt the best book in the series. Latest Magic describes Hoffmann's own creations and dealt with a magic which was already considered old fashioned. From a historical perspective it still makes quite an interesting read.

1st edition, 1918, Spon & Chamberlain, New York; 2nd edition, 1919; 222...

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Professor Hoffmann

Magical Titbits by Professor HoffmannAfter writing Later Magic, Professor Hoffmann intended to follow it with a fourth book. However, advancing age and other engagements compelled him to abandon it. Nevertheless he wrote this volume, which is not really a part of his trilogy, but functioned as a place to put the material he already collected. A few Hartz items in this book have been already dealt with in Later Magic. Otherwise the contents is new.

It is interesting to note that although Hoffmann writes in the preface to Magical Titbits that he abandoned the book which should have followed Later Magic, he authored in 1918 a book called Latest Magic which according to the...

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Charles Thorton Jordan

Ten New Miscellaneous Tricks by Charles Thorton JordanThis is number three of Jordan's Ten New Tricks Series. Charles Jordan was an excellent and very innovative magician. He collected in this booklet tricks with balls, ring and rope, thimbles, a book mystery and more.

1st edition, 1920, Charles T. Jordan, Penngrove, CA; 23 pages.

  1. Preface
  2. 1. The Cord Restored
  3. 2. A New Ring Release
  4. 3. Coin Divination by James J. Moren
  5. 4. Another Date-Reading Trick
  6. 5. The Ubiquitous Poker Chips
  7. 6. The "Full-View" Color-Changing Thimble
  8. 7. The Letter-Mailing Mystery
  9. 8. A Clean Ball Production
  10. 9. A Manipulative Opening
  11. 10. The Book Mystery
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Charles Thorton Jordan

Ten New Pocket Tricks by Charles Thorton JordanThis is number five of Jordan's Ten New Tricks Series with contributions by Dr. E. G. Ervin and Louis C. Haley. It includes some of the most popular effects formerly marketed singly by Jordan.

1st edition, 1920, Charles T. Jordan, Penngrove; 23 pages.

  1. Preface
  2. 1. The Mesmerized Alarm Clock
  3. 2. A Silk Production From Empty Hands
  4. 3. The Bewitching Umbrella
  5. 4. The Vanishing Coin
  6. 5. Paper Tearing Supreme
  7. 6. New Coin Trick
  8. 7. The Psychic Ring Release
  9. 8. The Impromptu Mind Reader
  10. 9. Up Your Sleeve
  11. 10. The Mystic Knife
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P. T. Selbit

The Magician's Handbook by P. T. SelbitThe inventor of "sawing a lady in half" has written quite an interesting book. It covers a good range of topics. Particularly the inclusion of fringe fields to magic, such as juggling and black art, makes this book unique. Certainly this is mainly a magic book, so tricks with handkerchiefs, and balls are many to be found as well as several interesting illusions. This book is in one other respect quite different to other books. The table of contents is in alphabetical order. So Selbit has kind of combined contents and index - interesting.

1st edition, 1901, Marshall & Brookes, London; 188...

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Ellis Stanyon

Magic by Ellis StanyonA great little book from a great author. It is similar in style to the Hoffmann trilogy, though not as exhaustive. It covers the spectrum from little table tricks to grand illusions.

1st edition, 1901, Penn Publishing Company; 244 pages.

  1. Preface

  2. I. Introduction
  3. The Dress
  4. The Table
  5. The Servante
  6. The Wand
  7. Concluding Observations

  8. II. Principles of Sleight of Hand Applicable to Small Objects
  9. Palming
  10. Le Tourniquet
  11. The Finger Palm
  12. To Change a Coin

  13. III. Tricks with Coins
  14. Magical Production of a Coin
  15. A New Coin Fold
  16. Coin and Candle
  17. The Invisible Flight
  18. Vanish for Duplicate
  19. To Pass...
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Charles Lang Neil

The Modern Conjurer by Charles Lang NeilThis is my favorite magic book. The reason for this is that it was a ground breaking book at the time it appeared and its contents is excellent. It was the first magic book which had photos instead of drawings or engravings throughout. And the contents is fantastic. It is one of the few books with a large chapter on chapeaugraphy. Add to this great chapters on shadowgraphy, plate spinning and paper folding. A large part is devoted to card magic, magic with coins, balls, and handkerchiefs, and much much more. If I would have to select one book this would be it. It is a book not many people know...
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The Art of Modern Conjuring by unknownToday we have the Masked Magician exposing magic secrets. Eighty years ago it probably was done by writing a book without the author's name given. I do not know if this book falls in the category 'exposure'. It certainly is a book which clearly reveals a lot of interesting tricks. One is the bullet catch. It has nearly 200 excellent photographs. Card and coin manipulation is dealt with in great detail. Overall a very good book. The photographs is the outstanding part.

222 pages.


    CHAPTER I
  1. INTRODUCTORY HINTS
    CHAPTER II
  2. THE DRESS, SERVANTES, PULLS AND APPARATUS
    CHAPTER III
  3. CARD TRICKS ...
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Donald Holmes

The Magic Art by Donald HolmesThe Magic Art is a book very much in the style of the Hoffmann books. It describes in particular the tricks invented or used by Mr. Holmes. Tarbell calls this book 'excellent' in the Tarbell Course. Holmes was a prolific author who wrote several other titles as well. In this volume he deals with all kind of props from pill boxes to cards, coins, handkerchiefs, gaffed glasses and the list continues.

1st edition, 1920, by author; 234 pages.

  1. The Tea Chests of Wang Foo
  2. Preface
  3. The History and Psychology of Natural Magic
    CHAPTER 1
  4. THE FAIRYLAND OF MAGIC
    CHAPTER 2
  5. SOME ACCESSORIES AND ARTIFICES OF GENERAL UTILITY ...
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Harlan Tarbell

Tarbell Post-Graduate Service in Magic No. 1 by Harlan TarbellAfter Tarbell finished his 60 lesson Tarbell Course he decided to continue with post-graduate lessons. The name post-graduate stems from the fact that Tarbell sent out graduation diplomas for all who followed along his 60 lesson course. To my knowledge he only published one such post-graduate lesson. If you know about more such lessons I would be delighted to hear from you.

1st edition, 1926, Tarbell System Inc., Chicago; 33 pages.

  1. Tarbell Post-Graduate Service in Magic
  2. The Original Rope Release
  3. Three Silk Handkerchiefs Released from Ropes
  4. A New Ghost Ring
  5. A Button Off the Vest
  6. The Kick-Back Card...
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Harry Leat

Thoughtful Magic by Harry LeatAs Harry Leat writes in his introduction, the tricks in this book are not pocket tricks, but ones which rely on some clever piece of apparatus. Some of his ideas are ingenious and have never been published before. Harry Leat was quite a character and it shows in his creations and ideas.

1st edition, 1923, Harry Leat, London; 111 pages.

  1. Introduction
  2. The Mysterious Box of Parvo
  3. "Bloodless" Writing on the Arm
  4. Improved Card Frames
  5. Mister Makeshift
  6. The Necromantic Mummy
  7. Improved Passe-Passe Bottles
  8. The Only Bug
  9. The Real Magic Funnel
  10. The Travelling Glass
  11. A Magical Accessory
  12. Patter ...
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Harry Leat

Tragic Magic by Harry LeatAn original blurb read: Tragic Magic containing original magical sketches, tricks, some humour, and many interesting items that will grip you.

From The Sphinx: And here is another one that awakens my cereberzation - Harry Leat's Tragic Magic. Here is a book of 122 pages of the queerest conglomeration of sense and non-sense, good magic and irrelative matter - yet relating to magic - that has yet crossed my rugged editorial path. The table of contents lists 42 items, and I advise the purchaser of the book not to skip a single one of them. I do not know why the book is named Tragic Magic, for the magic...

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Harry Leat

Diversified Magic by Harry LeatFrom The Sphinx: Diversified Magic is Harry Leat's latest contribution to magical lore. Diversified rightly describes the contents of the book. The variety is great, the quality superior, the originality genuine. Of the twenty chapters it is difficult to say which is the most interesting, and of the tricks and other effects, which is the best. The Organ Pipe Pagoda, and the Eclipse Ventriloquial Figure are alone worth more than the price of the book. Mr. Leat's introduction is full of matter for serious thought and consideration. The patter for the tricks, and the dialogue for the vent. figure are lively,...
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Harry Leat

Magic of the Depots 1924 by Harry LeatThis book is based on an interesting idea. Line up the best magic dealers and let each one contribute a series of tricks and routines. Not a bad idea indeed. Some of the dealers who participated are Davenport & Co., Gamage Ltd., Hamley Bros., The Magical Apparatus Co., ...

1st edition, 1924, Harry Leat, London; 100 pages.

  1. Introduction.
    L. DAVENPORT & CO.
  2. New Ball Holder.
  3. New Card Drawer.
  4. New Cigarette to Handkerchief.
  5. Triangle Coin Stand and Box.
  6. The New Production Box.
  7. The Vanishing Lamp.
  8. New Coffee Trick.
    PROFESSOR EDGAR.
  9. Productive Candle Shade.
  10. The "New Cut" Card Locator. ...
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Harry Leat

Depot Magic by Harry LeatJust as the last release Magic of the Depots 1924, Depot Magic lines up several dealers to describe a few tricks each. However the most interesting article in this book is by Leo Rullman and is entitled "The Hobby of Book Collecting".

1st edition, 1925, Harry Leat, London; 92 pages.

  1. A Bad Trait.
  2. Liberty.
  3. Introduction.
    Mr. CHARLES R. BRUSH
  4. Two Handkerchief Secrets.
  5. A Colour Study.
  6. Magician's Wax.
  7. The Cigarette Stand.
  8. Magician's Elastic.
  9. His End.
    MESSRS CHICAGO MAGIC Co.
  10. The Magicians Card Box.
  11. The Penetrated Card.
  12. Improved Glass of Water Through Hat.
  13. The Enchanged Tube.
    MESSRS B. L. GILBERT MAGIC...
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Will Goldston

Annual of Magic 1915-16 by Will GoldstonThis is the last book in the 'Magician Annual' series of Goldston. It carries a slightly different title, 'Annual of Magic' instead of 'Magician Annual', but otherwise is kept in the very same style and type of contents as all the other books in this series. Beside tricks, illusions and patter, you will find a lot about magicians of this era. For example the "Who's Who and Why" is an interesting article.

1st edition, 1916, Will Goldston, London; 72 pages.

    A
  1. Abbott's Spirit Paintings Illusion
  2. Adhering Pips and Blank Cards
  3. Advertise, How to
  4. Advice for the Student
  5. Aeroplane and Trunk...
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Will Goldston

Magician Annual 1907-8 by Will GoldstonThis 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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Will Goldston

Magician Annual 1908-9 by Will GoldstonThis 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 1909-10 by Will GoldstonThis 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
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Will Goldston

Magician Annual 1910-11 by Will GoldstonThis 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 1911-12 by Will GoldstonThis 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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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....
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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.

  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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G. C. Hines

Modern Mysteries by G. C. HinesTo 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
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William John Hilliar

Modern Magicians Hand Book by William John HilliarWhat 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.

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Louis Nikola

Magical Masterpieces by Louis NikolaThe most famous invention of Nikola is his card system, which is described in The Nikola Card System and in an abbreviated version in Encyclopedia of Card Tricks. Cards are not the only area Nikola excelled in.

From the inside cover: Magical Masterpieces is no mere fanciful title. It is an apt description of a selection from the accumulated repertoire of a practical magician whose outstanding characteristic is the painstaking perfection and stamp of individuality of all his productions. It is safe to say that if a new book of magic provides only one workable and suitable addition to the reader's store it is a sound investment. The magician...

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Giuseppe Pinetti

Physical Amusements and Diverting Experiments by Giuseppe PinettiThis is a wonderful and extremely rare book. If you could find this book at all somewhere to purchase, you would need to put down around $5000. But it is not just its rarity which is so fascinating, it is its contents. This is a great magic book. Many outstanding tricks are taught. I found new routines and new principles I haven't seen and read anywhere else - and I consider myself as fairly well read in magic. I love this book. It is highly recommended.

It describes how to change the color of a rose. How to shoot a bird and bring it back to life. How to drown a fly for 24 hours and bring...

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Verrall Wass

Visible Magic by Verrall WassThis booklet was inserted in volume 44 number 8 of The Sphinx. It was published as a gift to the loyal subscribers. Illustrations were done by Francis Martineau.

1st edition, 1944, Sphinx Publishing Corporation, USA; 11 pages.

  1. Preface
  2. Eyes Colour Blind
  3. Verrall's Visible Four Aces
  4. From Deception to Doll's House
  5. Verrall's Chameleon Carnations
  6. Verrall's "Bango!"
  7. Grandfather's Nightcap
  8. Verrall's Vanishing Vase
  9. It Hasn't Been Done Before!
  10. Decanting a Rainbow
  11. Francis Martineau
  12. Verrall Wass
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Ulysses Frederick Grant

Secrets by Ulysses Frederick GrantThe title "Secrets - Malini, Leipzig, Vernon, Jarrow, ..." suggests a lot, but these are merely the interpretations and versions of U. F. Grant to some of the classics of Malini, Leipzig, Vernon, Jarrow and others. Grant uses only one page to describe each effect and method. This book is therefore to some degree a disappointment. Nevertheless I think it is a cheap way to learn the plots and a method to several of the greatest tricks of all time. Just don't expect very detailed descriptions. Grant displays in this book an arrogant writing style with comments like 'This is good' or "The best method" or "Fools...
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Todd Diamond & Michael Wild

Bar Magician by Todd Diamond & Michael WildMichael Wild has teamed up with another hard core bar magician, Todd Diamond, to share with you their knowledge and great effects for the bar/pub venue. If you read Bar Magician it will become obvious that these two gentlemen have done magic in bars for quite some time. They explain their thinking and reveal some of their best effects. A bar can be a tough and sometimes rude place. Todd and Michael included one effect that matches this environment: "Two Cigarettes Having Sex". Be warned that this presentation may offend you. You might not want to do this for your in-laws next to the Christmas...
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unknown

Hocus Pocus Junior by unknownThis book includes detailed work on the "Cups and Balls," and the first version of the "Stack of Pence" (i.e., "Stack of Quarters"). It is probably the first English book written from the viewpoint of a performing magician. Any serious magician should read this book, not to learn a lot of new tricks, but to realize how much has been known for a long time. This book is part of our history. I understand that $60 or more for a paper reprint is hard to justify, but now for a few bucks there should be no excuse to not read this wonderful little treasure.

1st edition, 1634; 52 pages.

  1. The Epistle...
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Julian Bradbrook

Bar Tricks and Magic 1 by Julian BradbrookThis is a neat little collection of bar tricks, stunts and simple magic effects. Some of it will be familiar to you, some have a new twist or plot and others might be completely new to you. Julian added photos to make it very easy to present these on your next visit to your favorite bar or restaurant. It is a good idea to have a few of these stunts ready when you are not prepared to do a full magic show, but still want to be the center of attention.

1st edition, 2004.

1. Red or Black
This trick will prove that your volunteer has ESP as they correctly predict whether cards are red or black. ...

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Daniel Skahen

Mastery in Magic by Daniel SkahenThis is an ebook for serious beginners. This book will not make you a master – that is not what is meant by the title. This book will, however, set you on what the author believes is the best path to mastery. You’re going to learn:
  • About learning magic and reaching mastery itself, the largest context.
  • Practical, time-tested sleights that cater to all venues of close-up.
  • Secrets of presentation for a memorable performance.
  • Skills you need to have that underlie everything else.
  • Amazing tricks and routines, both easy and powerful.
  • How to be a magician.

1st edition, 2005; 232 pages....

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Daniel Garcia

Next by Daniel GarciaThese are Daniel's impromptu magic notes.
"Cliptrip alone is worth the price of these notes!" - Chris Kenner

"Stretch is the best use of this old rubberband principle i have ever seen." - Dan Harlan

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Find out what has the top names in magic interested in Daniel Garcia's mind. This set of notes contains some of the strongest and most visual impromptu magic ever seen. Cliptrip - causes a paper clip to visually melt at your finger tips as openly as possible. Bad Habit - push a cigarette through the cellophane of its pack, and visually mend the melted holes. Stretch - An...
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Lewis Ganson & Dai Vernon

The Dai Vernon Book of Magic by Lewis Ganson & Dai VernonI was lucky that I stumbled across this book very early on in my magic development. It had a huge impact on how I approached magic and how I think today about magic. The introductory chapter "The Vernon Touch" should be mandatory reading for every magician. I would go so far as to recommend re-reading it every year. Martin Breese wrote: "One of the most important books of magic ever written." Max Holden said: "I consider Vernon the greatest man with a pack of cards of the present day." Many consider Dai Vernon, the professor, as one who had probably the biggest impact on magic in recent times. ...
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Walter A. Schwartz

Gimac by Walter A. SchwartzWalter Schwartz a member of the SAM and IBM wrote for many magazines among them The Sphinx. A total of 38 practical tricks is presented in this booklet. Not all effects are Walter's own, but many are. You can find quite a number of mentalism pieces, some card tricks, even a rabbit production is described.

1st edition 1933; 38 pages.

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Jean Hugard

Modern Magic Manual by Jean HugardIn this classic manual, the first Hugard wrote for people outside the inner circle of magic performers, he reveals the secrets of a host of mystifying tricks covering all major forms of close-up and stand-up magic: conjuring with coins, watches, rings, balls, eggs, silks, cigarettes, cigars, thimbles, flowers, ropes, bills, cards and mental magic.

This is a great primer for anyone aspiring to be a performing magician. The large amount of effects also holds gems for the intermediate and advanced performer. There is some overlap of material with other Hugard publications.

  • I. The Wand
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