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Zaw Shinn
Coins from Air by Zaw Shinn

Performer shows a clearly empty card box with the cellophane pulled off a little bit so that the cellophane creates a little pocket under the box. A little shake and a coin just materialized inside the cellophane pocket. Another shake and a second coin appeared.

1st edition 2022, video 12:40.

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A. Anderson
How to Make Magic Toys by A. Anderson

Containing full directions for making magic toys and devices of many kinds.

  • Jumping Jack
  • The Magic Mouse
  • The Indian Tumbler
  • The Dancing Dolls
  • The Skip-Jack
  • The Magic Cube Box
  • The Weather Prophets
  • The Rooking Ship
  • The Prancing Horse
  • The Automatic Tumblers
  • The Spring-board Dancing Sailor
  • The Automaton Smoker
  • The Bottle Imp
  • The Magic Candle
  • Dancing Marionettes
  • The Camera Obscura
  • The Magic Lantern
  • The Ludion
  • The Salamander, or the Dancing Ring
  • The Fountain Top
  • The Zoetrope
  • The Praxinoscope
  • A Magic Microscope
  • How to See Through a Brick Wall
  • To Show that Rays of Light do...
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Card and Conjuring Tricks and Book of Riddles by unknown
    • The Certain Guesser
    • The Disappearing coin
    • Money Makes Money
    • A Good Variation
    • The Magic Coin Box
    • Catching the Falling Pile
    • The Flexible Watch
    • Coin and Bottle Trick
    • Needle Dart
    • The Magic Double Ring
    • The Magic Ribbon
    • The Burnt Handkerchief
    • The Vanishing Ball
    • The Wand and Ring Trick
    • Swallowing the Knife
    • The Vanishing Coin
    • Telling a Selected Card
    • A Wonderful Discovery
    • The Twenty-one Card Trick
    • Naming all the Cards in the Pack
    • Forcing the Choice
    • The Chosen Card
    • Divination
    • Further Divination
    • The Seven Heap
    • Spelling the Cards
    • Changing...
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Brick Tilley
Albert's Spongeballs by Brick Tilley

When you think of Albert Goshman what usually comes to mind is his coins under the saltshakers. Unfortunately, this, like Rene Lavand's crumb trick, takes a lifetime of devotion to master. But Albert left us something else, his revolutionary take on the sponge balls. This startling effect is within the skill range of every serious student of magic. If you already perform this in some form, you can add his version in minutes, after acquiring a few easily obtained supplies. You may already have them among your props.

Also included is a suggestion for an astounding opening effect to add to your sponge ball...

★★★★ $10
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Graham Hey
Pineapple Crush by Graham Hey

Here's a fun trick that has everyone laughing and a cool twist at the end provides the magic. It's self-working and perfect for either close-up or stage.

The effect: A prediction in a bag is placed on the table - the top of a pineapple is sticking out of the top. A selection of cards is shown - each has the name of a fruit on its face. A spectator freely selects any card - they select: 'Orange'. Oh no, that's not going to work! But then a great twist means the magician manages to save face. Forget those effects that cost you $40 bucks and you never use - get Pineapple Crush and add some...

★★★★★ $8
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Augustus Rapp
The Life and Times of Augustus Rapp the Small Town Showman by Augustus Rapp

Excerpt from the introduction by Robert Parrish:

It appears that there have always been roving showmen: minstrels, montebanks, travelling players. Being such a trouper is a bit different from being an actor, or performing artist per se. You are not booked, your coming is not arranged for. You do not depend upon any of the machinery that makes the showman an organization man. You just take to the road and keep moving.

Such showmen differ from pure vagabonds in that they have a calling; to perform. This distinguishes them from the great American character the Confidence Man, although the Confidence...

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Davide Rubat Remond
The Third Eye by Davide Rubat Remond

I started from Karl Fulves' idea called "Voodoo Cards", published on pp. 588-589 of The Pallbearers Review, Vol. 5-8 (November 1969 - October 1973), where a series of five effects proposed as bets are described, with the use of only three cards or tickets written on the spot. Always winning bets and of immediate revelation at first glance, also considering the fact that there are very few elements at stake and the (perceived) probability of success is 50%.

I propose an evolution of Fulves' work with three effects based on the same kind of principle, characterized by an apparent increasing difficulty,...

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Davide Rubat Remond
Il Terzo Occhio by Davide Rubat Remond

Sono partito dall’ idea di Karl Fulves chiamata “Voodoo Cards”, pubblicata alle pp. 588-589 della raccolta The Pallbearers Review, Vol. 5-8 (Novembre 1969 - Ottobre 1973), dove sono descritti una serie di cinque effetti proposti come scommesse, con l’utilizzo di sole tre carte o biglietti scritti sul momento. Scommesse sempre vincenti e di rivelazione immediata a una prima occhiata, considerando anche il fatto che gli elementi in gioco sono davvero pochi e la probabilità (percepita) di riuscita è pari al 50 %.

Propongo un’evoluzione del lavoro di Fulves con tre effetti basati...

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Ian Baxter
Chased Marriages by Ian Baxter

Australian card man Ian Baxter presents a brand-new, revamped handling of that timeless classic, Royal Marriages.

Totally impromptu and free of sleights, fakes, stranger cards, accessories and the like. You won't find so much as a camouflaged in-jog here in this modernised gem where the Kings and Queens of the pack magically pair up in their correct suits. Just eight cards are used, the four Kings and four Queens from any deck.

Reviewer David Jones sums it up: "A simple and effective little mystery. Short, stunning and entirely sleight free. Another winner from Ian Baxter."

And the...

★★★★★ $6
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Paul Curry
Something Borrowed Something New by Paul Curry

Back at long last is this masterpiece of close-up work featuring cards, coins and mental effects. The genius of Paul Curry lives on in this newly expanded edition. The privately printed first edition is now a prized collector's item. When one does come up for sale, it fetches a high price. Indeed, a soft cover first edition recently sold on the big auction site for well over $100.

The tricks in this ebook were created, as all tricks should be, with an accent on the effect. Take a look to see what is included:

  • About This Book
  • Introduction
  • Foreword
  • I.O.U.
  • Think Of A Card
  • Next!
  • Follow...
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Biagio Fasano & Renzo Grosso & Davide Rubat Remond
Bending Minds 3 by Biagio Fasano & Renzo Grosso & Davide Rubat Remond

Bending Minds Vol. 3 ends the collection of effects centered on the principle of the binary system, according to a new and innovative vision. In this third volume, not only playing cards will be used to tell our magical stories, but also tickets or some business cards.

You will find 4 new effects and an extra bonus one, using cards or just some tickets, with a number of elements varying from 3 to 7. Throughout the course of the effect, the cards are subject to a dynamic, the positions are constantly changing, each time in a different way. Even more than in the first two volumes you will...

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The New Conjuror's Museum and Magical Magazine by unknown

For magicians most interesting is a section with arithmetic tricks and another with legerdemain featuring effects such as letting a pen-knife jump out of a goblet, some card tricks, coin tricks, and chemical tricks.

  • Of Astrological Influence
  • Lives Of The Most Eminent Magicians, Astrologers, Conjurers, &c.
  • On The Interpretation Of Dreams
  • Apparitions, Witchcraft, &c.
  • Philolosphical And Ingenious Amusements
    • A person having fixed on a number in his mind, to tell him what number it is
    • Another method of discovering a number thought on
    • A quantity of eggs being broken, to find how many there...
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Zaw Shinn
Vanished by Zaw Shinn

Vanish small objects such as a coin, sponge ball, poker chip, card corner from your bare hand.

The construction of the gimmick requires some arts and crafts. The method produces a sound that you need to be able to mask with music or some other way. Also, you will have to watch your angles. This method works fine for a social media video or perhaps on stage but is otherwise not very practical.

1st edition 2022, video 9:49.

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Joseph B.
Esoteric ACAAN by Joseph B.

Esoteric ACAAN is an effect with two completely normal decks of cards. No gimmick. An original method to perform the famous Any Card At Any Number effect. The spectator will be able to name any card. Instant reset. It's really easy to do. No sleight of hand.

1st edition 2022, video 18:21

★★★★★ $7
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Steve Sanders
Charles Oswald Williams and the Golden Age of Magic by Steve Sanders

Charles Oswald Williams was a good friend of Professor Hoffmann, Chung Ling Soo and many other notable magicians. He was also a magic dealer and inventor, amongst his customers was a young Cardini. Williams also had the honour of being one of the first magicians to perform in The Magic Circle's inaugural show.

Charles Oswald Williams was at the inception of the Golden Age of Magic and his life story followed the development of Magic as we now know it. This ebook chronicles his life story in parallel to the rise of Magic. In addition, it contains a full account of The Magic Circle's first show in London in 1906, describing...

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Robert D. LaRue, Jr.
Tips on Tips: How to maximize your restaurant performance income by Robert D. LaRue, Jr.

Are you performing in or thinking about entering the fun and profitable field of entertaining with magic at family restaurants? Whether you are a skilled beginner or an experienced magician, this ebook will help you enhance your restaurant income. The focus here is on improving your ability to generate tips. The 85+ ideas inside come from the combined experience of more than a dozen performers. You will learn how understanding the insight that, "Magic routines are intricately crafted emotion machines," can endear you to your audiences, who respond with tips and bookings.

"Robert LaRue is...

★★★★★ $9.95
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Val Evans
Stacks and Stacks of Cards by Val Evans

Excerpt from the introduction:

About ten years ago the writer spent some time in 'doping' out a few poker deals as well as other games. He was fairly successful as the following stacks will attest. They are not all perfect and possibly may be bettered and improved, but he will say this much, he has not as yet run across any prearrangements that equal them. Incidentally one of the best poker deals on the market retailing for over two dollars is based on an arrangement that the writer created around 1920.

  • Progressive Poker Hands
  • Poker Memory
  • The Ten Game Challenge
  • The Seven Game Stack ...
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Irv Weiner
Irv's Triple Transposition by Irv Weiner

Add to your arsenal of outstanding close-up effects with this hard-to-find manuscript from a recognized master of deception. The effect is simple and direct: Four Aces change places with four Kings, which are later found face-up in the deck.

Meanwhile, in the pile formerly occupied by the Kings, are cards that match one previously selected by a spectator.

Or, as Canadian reviewer Sid Lorraine says:

"Aces in one pile, Kings in another. The Aces and Kings change places; then the Kings jump into the deck face up and the four remaining cards on the table turn out to be the four Queens."


★★★★★ $6
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Zaw Shinn
Color Pips 2 by Zaw Shinn

A magician shows a card with cut-out pips and puts it into a playing card box. The spectator selects a card. When the magician takes out the cut-out pips card from the case and shows it one more time, it suddenly changes to a card without cut-out pips, and when turned face-up it has changed into the spectator's card.

Requires arts and crafts to construct the gimmick.

1st edition 2022, video 38:01.

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Chicago Herald
How To Win At Poker by Chicago Herald

This article describes in particular one marking system of cards. It includes illustrations depicting how the cards were marked. It also touches on a few other ways to cheat.

The article appeared in the Chicago Herald during Mayor Roche's time.

1st edition ~1887, PDF 5 pages.

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Blakely Hall
You Can't Beat the Game by Blakely Hall

An account of faro gambling and cheating in New York City.

The newspaper that ran this article is not known. The time frame of the article is somewhere in the vicinity of 1890.

PDF 3 pages.

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Camille Gaultier
Magic Without Apparatus by Camille Gaultier

A sleight-of-hand reference work for cards, coins, billiard balls, and thimbles.

Magic without Apparatus is the first English translation of La Prestidigitation sans Appareils, which has been recognized by authorities on magic as the world's greatest treatise on legerdemain with cards, coins, billiard balls, and thimbles. The French edition elicited such comments as these:

Leo Rullman (Connoisseur of magical literature): "The greatest work on pure sleight-of-hand in any language."

Professor Hoffmann (Author of Modern Magic, More Magic, Later Magic): "A contribution of the first rank to the literature...

★★★★★ $39.50
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Joseph B.
Best of the Best by Joseph B.

Best of the Best is an effect that makes most of the potential of the pre-ordered deck. But don't worry because to perform it you will not need memory work and no complicated mathematical operations. Everything is super impossible but really simple to do. Three divinations plus a prediction, a surprising climax. The method behind this effect is truly amazing and fascinating.

  • A normal deck
  • No memory work
  • No complicated mathematical operations
  • No gimmick

1st edition 2022, video 17:34.

★★★★ $8
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Graham Hey
Cool Ways to Select an Audience Member by Graham Hey

Here's a cool new ebook that everyone should have. How many hundreds of dollars have you spent on tricks you don't use? Well here's a priceless collection that includes some hilarious ways for you to 'select' someone to help you on stage or for close-up.

There are visual gags, a few one-liners and a dozen or so fun ways to involve your audience. From frisbees-to-fruit, you'll win them over before you even begin with these brilliant bits of business.

We love the 'Pineapple in the bag' gag which is so much fun and a guarenteed laugh-getter! Plus, there's a very clever bonus trick called...

★★★★ $8
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