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William W. Larsen
Genii Volume 01 (Sep 1936 - Aug 1937) by William W. Larsen

September 1936 - August 1937
Official Organ for The Pacific Coast Association of Magicians
William W. Larsen, Editor & Publisher

420 pages

  1. Genii - Volume 1, Number 1 - September 1936 - 36 pages
  2. Contents
  3. A Love Poem - T. Page Wright
  4. The Genii Speaks - editorial comments
  5. MAGIC
    1. The Error Aces - T. Page Wright & William Larsen
    2. Nothing New in Parasols - Dale Williams
    3. Felix, The Felicitous Feline - T. Page Wright & William Larsen
    4. The L. W. Stop Mystery - T. Page Wright & William Larsen
    5. McMillen-Wright Rising Cards - T. Page Wright & William W. Larsen
      1. The...
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William V. Ottaway & T. A. Whitney
Magic and Mentalism Mysteries by William V. Ottaway & T. A. Whitney

Originally published as Pleasure Moments with the Magic Man. A nearly impossible to find book of occult-themed magic and mentalism is now back and better than ever.

Updated text and graphics have been added to this vintage text, containing a nice bridge to the past and present. No difficult sleights are required. Instructions are included for constructing the necessary apparatus to present these fine demonstrations to your own audiences.

CONTENTS:

  • Preface
  • Foreword
  • "Spirit Guide" Card Location in the Dark
  • "Muscle Reading" Card Trick
  • No-Sleight Card Location
  • How to Use the "Peg Card"...
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William Symes Andrews
Magic Squares and Cubes by William Symes Andrews

A classic treatise on magic squares and related arrangements of numbers.

  • Publishers' Preface
  • Introduction
  • Chapter I. Magic Squares
    • The Essential Characteristics Of Magic Squares
    • Associated Or Regular Magic Squares Of Odd Numbers
    • Associated Or Regular Magic Squares Of Even Numbers
    • The Construction Of Even Magic Squares By De La Hire's Method
    • Composite Magic Squares
    • Concentric Magic Squares
    • General Notes On The Construction Of Magic Squares
  • Chapter II. Magic Cubes
    • The Essential Characteristics Of Magic Cubes
    • Associated Or Regular Magic Cubes Of Odd Numbers
    • Associated Or Regular...
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William S. Houghton
The Magic 36 by William S. Houghton

This ebook contains excellent variety for magicians and mentalists of all performing capabilities and experience levels. The effects and routines include apparatus tricks, mental stunts, spirit writing, predictions, magazine and book tests, thumb ties, and tricks with cards, silks, coins, cigarettes, billiard balls, sponge ball and a terrific rope routine.

Paul Fleming wrote:

This book derives its peculiar title from the fact that it contains 36 items. The text begins on page 5 and runs to page 71, making a total of 66 pages of more than average size; and there are 15 satisfactory line drawings. The...

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William Lee
Solar Wind by William Lee

Solar Wind - The Perpetual Floating Card - is not so much a magic trick as it is a piece of magic art. A card hovers above the deck...and just keeps on hovering. Leave it on a desk, table, or shelf and it could be enjoyed for years.

Is the method invisible? It depends on the surface, the background, and the lighting. Set up on a dark surface it is very difficult to see the mechanism, even from a couple of feet away. By choosing the right conditions it is possible to make it even more invisible. However, the method is not 100% invisible.

This is hard to build. Some of the steps require...

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William John Hilliar & Albert M. Wilson & John Mulholland
The Sphinx by William John Hilliar & Albert M. Wilson & John Mulholland

You get all 52 volumes (597 issues), almost 17,000 pages as color PDF files (one for each volume). We have added to that a complete index stretching over 540 pages. (Don't ask us how long it took to prepare this index because it will bring up painful memories.) Additionally you receive an introduction by Bill Kuethe, an article about The Sphinx by Gabe Fajuri, a presentation about The Sphinx also by Gabe Fajuri and the personal research A. M. Wilson's granddaughter, Mary Syphus, conducted about Wilson.

One could write long articles about The Sphinx. Two are included as introductions to this...

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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.

  • Introduction ...
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William John Hilliar
The Sphinx Volume 1 (Mar 1902 - Feb 1903) by William John Hilliar

VOLUME 1

NO. 1: MARCH 1902
Editor's Notes.2
A Humorous Glass Trick.2
Novel Apparatus: The Hilliar Rising Card.2
The Magician of the Month: Harry Kellar.3
The Great Hindoo Tongue Trick. By Ali Ben Nabob.3
Hand Shadows. By Hilliar.3
The Great Goldfishing Trick. Its Invention, History and Explanation.4
A Card Trick. By Thos. Peters.4
New Books: The Magician's Handbook, by Selbit.5
A Novel Match Trick. By T. Nelson Downs, "King of Koins."5
Novel Sleights: A Pass with Thirty Coins.5
The Fairy Coins and Tumbler.5
Ching Ling Foo's Paper Tearing Trick.6
Magicians Doings:6
- Chicago,...
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William Henry James Shaw
W. H. J. Shaw Catalog 1893 by William Henry James Shaw

A Chicago dealer who did manufacture his own apparatus.

1st edition 1893, 24 pages.

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William Henry James Shaw
Magic Up To Date by William Henry James Shaw

W. H. J. Shaw was a magic dealer and apparatus manufacturer in Chicago. Like his magic dealer competitor August Roterberg he decided to write a magic book almost at the same time.

  • Preface
  • The Mystic Percolator
  • Water Into Ice
  • The National Ball Transformation
  • New Spirit Ghost Seance
  • Spirit Bell On Glass Top Table
  • The Spiritual Ring Test
  • The Extinguished Cigar
  • The Charmed Organ Pipes
  • D’Alvini’s Album Trick
  • Lightning, Slate And Blackboard Test
  • The Egyptian Cremation
  • New Hat Fake
  • The Diamond Mystery
  • The Spirit Scribe
  • A Live Hat
  • Changing Decapitation
  • The Wonderful Lager-Beer Glass And Paper...
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William Henry James Shaw
New Ideas in Magic by William Henry James Shaw

Shaw was a dealer in Chicago during the time of Erdnase, who specialized in manufacturing trick apparatus, illusions, and gimmicks. Most of the effects described in this work are apparatus type of magic. There is also a sizable section on Chapeaugraphy.

New Ideas In Magic

  • The Demon Cards Of Faust
  • Mystic Envelopes And Cards
  • The Magic Growth Of Flowers
  • The Changing Cards
  • The Birth Of Floris
  • Cassadaga Propaganda
  • New Knotted Handkerchiefs
  • New Color Changing Handkerchief
  • Three Legged Lady
  • Four Legged Lady
  • The Soldier's Fate
  • The Mysterious Glass Jar And Coins
  • The Crystal Decanter And Mysterious...
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William Frederick Pinchbeck
The Expositor by William Frederick Pinchbeck

A series of letters, between an unidentified friend and his correspondent (William Frederick Pinchbeck) comprising of how to train a pig, invisible lady and acoustic temple, philosophical swan, penetrating spy glasses, several magic tricks, such as how to catch a bullet, and reflections on ventriloquism.

This book includes the first known description of the "Eight Kings" card stack.

  1. Method of teach the Pig – from Letter I. to IX. See also Letter V. Appendix
  2. Principles of the Acoustic Temple – from Letter IX. To XIV. See also Letter II. Appendix.
  3. A Demonstration of the philosophical...
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William Ellsworth Robinson
Spirit Slate Writing and Kindred Phenomena by William Ellsworth Robinson

This work has the earliest known reference to a nail writer. It has an interesting section on appearing inks and covers in fascinating detail slates, ties, table lifting as well as a few other stage magic effects.

1st edition 1898; original 148 pages; PDF 80 pages.

  1. PREFACE
  2. CONTENTS
  3. CHAPTER I. The Single Slate.
  4. - Inks that Appear through Heat.
  5. - Inks that Appear under the Influence of Light.
  6. - Inks Appearing through Reagents.
  7. CHAPTER II. The Double Slate.
  8. CHAPTER III. Miscellaneous Slate Tests.
  9. CHAPTER IV. Mind Reading and Kindred Phenomena.
  10. CHAPTER V. Table Lifting and Spirit Rapping. ...
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William B. Rugh
A Comparison of the Gravatt and Hugard Encyclopedias of Card Magic by William B. Rugh

This work compares the contents of Jean Hugard's Encyclopedia of Card Tricks, Encyclopedia of Self-Working Card Tricks, and The Second Encyclopedia of Card Tricks by Glenn G. Gravatt, to see which effects and discussions were kept, altered, or deleted by Hugard. It will also identify those effects added by Hugard.

1st edition 2020, PDF 19 pages.

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William (Bill) Simon
Controlled Miracles by William (Bill) Simon

The magic in Controlled Miracles is a composite of both skill and subtlety. Subtlety has been invaded to the maximum; skill has been kept at its minimum point. The majority of the effects are with cards. At the back of the ebook you will find a few tricks with coins and cigarettes.

Edited by Bruce Elliott and illustrated by Frank Garcia.

1st edition 1949; PDF 36 pages.

Table of Contents

  1. Contents
  2. Foreword
  3. A Matter Of Miracles
  4. Cut Control
  5. The Chinese Cut
  6. Simpl—Speller
  7. Simon False Table Cut
  8. The Stab Force
  9. Miller’s Card Change
  10. The Card In The Hat
  11. Dual Discovery
  12. The Grippo...
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William (Bill) Simon
Sleightly Sensational by William (Bill) Simon
  • written by Bill Simon
  • illustrated by Ed Mishell
  • edited by Bruce Elliott
  • introduction by Dai Vernon
A collection of mostly original card routines. And a coin trick and a ring on wand routine.

1st edition 1954; PDF 33 pages.

Table of Contents

  1. Table Of Contents
  2. Foreword
  3. Introduction
  4. In General
  5. Card Effects
  6. - The Mathemagician
  7. - Eye Doubt It
  8. - The Flash Change
  9. - The Turnabout
  10. - The Impulsive Ladies
  11. - The Four Packet Shuffle
  12. - Two Up
  13. - The Vital Prediction
  14. - The London Illusion
  15. Miscellaneous Effects
  16. - Sponge Surprise
  17. - The Ring On Wand
  18. - The Coin Transposition And Climax
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William (Bill) Simon
Effective Card Magic by William (Bill) Simon

This book was edited by Jean Hugard and illustrated by Stanley Jaks.

Martin Gardner had the following to say:

"Bill Simon has achieved an astonishing mastery of the medium. His mind is constantly probing for new and subtler moves, and bold effects which break fresh paths in the card jungle. In this book he has given generously the fruits of his thinking and experience. The result is a book almost certain to become one of the basic texts of modem card conjuring."
This ebook covers many entertaining plots, novel sleights, shuffles and fancy cuts as well as useful information on practice, structuring, presentation, audience...
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William (Bill) Simon
Controlled Miracles (used) by William (Bill) Simon

Booklet stapled in very good condition. For details on the contents see the digital edition.

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Will L. Lindhorst
Dick Daring's New Bag of Tricks by Will L. Lindhorst

This work was sponsored by the Quaker Oats Company and includes ads for their Puffed Wheat and Puffed Rice products.

  • How to Tear Paper Napkin After It Is Twisted
  • Mysterious Trick With Paper
  • Trick of Unsmashable Match Box
  • Here Is a Number Trick With Which to Baffle Your Friends
  • How to Remove Dime Under Glass Without Touching Either
  • How to Invert Glass of Water Without Spilling It
  • How to Fill Glass Twice Without Emptying First Contents
  • Tells How to Blow Candle Out Through Bottle
  • Here's How You Can Add Five Matches to Six and Make Nine
  • Three Matches Can Be Lifted With One
  • How You Can...
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Will L. Lindhorst
Dick Daring's New Bag of Tricks (used) by Will L. Lindhorst

Softcover in very good condition. For details on the contents see the digital edition.

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Will Goldston
Latest Conjuring (used) by Will Goldston

Hardcover in green cloth stamped. Former retail sticker on back. For details on content see the digital edition.

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Will Goldston
Will Goldston's Card System of Exclusive Magical Secrets (used) by Will Goldston

Hardcover in landscape bound with string. This copy is in excellent condition. For details on the content see the digital edition.

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Will Goldston
Secrets of Magic (used) by Will Goldston

Softcover with damage to cover, spine and binding. Cover reattached with tape. For details on the content see the digital edition.

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Will Goldston
Great Tricks Revealed by Will Goldston

From the introduction by Horace Goldin:

The present book is, I think, one of Will Goldston's best perhaps - the best. I am quite certain that the man who cannot learn magic from this book will never be a magician. All kinds of tricks are clearly explained and, to make quite sure that his readers will understand every word, the author has supplemented his clear explanations of tricks with numbers of equally clear illustrations. Looking through the book I find that in many places the letterpress is hardly necessary; the pictures "do the trick".

I should like to add a word of advice to any young man who...

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