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You will find here a huge amount of magic tricks, illusions, moves, sleights, techniques, principles and concepts, starting from the earliest descriptions in the 16th century to the latest hot magic tricks performed by the likes of David Copperfield, Criss Angel or David Blaine. Regardless of if you want to find out more about Houdini or Erdnase, learn the best card tricks and methods from 'The Professor' Dai Vernon, or Roberto Giobbi, or study the classics as well as the latest developments in mentalism, this is the page to bookmark. Make sure to also drill down into the subtopics to find what you are looking for.

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Harlan Tarbell
10 Magical After Dinner Stunts by Harlan Tarbell

Here are ten fun-to-perform mysteries from arguably the best magical artist and instructor on the planet. Easy enough for the beginner, the varied routines will entertain any audience, regardless of the performer's skill level. Despite the title, you'll find yourself using one or more of these stunts wherever people gather: at the dinner table, at your favorite watering hole, at parties, or at get-togethers with friends and family. Each effect is painstakingly illustrated in Doc Tarbell's famous style, making them fun and easy to learn and perform.

Originally published in 1930, after the...

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Milbourne Christopher
100 Latest Tips on Tricks by Milbourne Christopher

This ebook is profusely illustrated by Ed Mishell and includes tricks, tips, presentations, publicity, patter and ideas. Clever and ingenious routines, many with standard props or none at all.

  • Preface
  • One Man's Opinion
  • Costly Cover
  • A Funny Bill Bit
  • Smooth Floating Ball
  • Karger's Coin Stack
  • Through The Ribbon
  • Cigarette Machine
  • Coin Catching Comedy
  • Flash Tv Frame
  • Brainwave Deck Gag
  • Baker Slate Tip
  • Much Into Little
  • Torn Center Tip
  • Buzz Saw Ideas
  • Four Ink Spots
  • Move For Mentalists
  • Knife Through Coat
  • Shooting A Candle
  • Bubble Gum Magic
  • Squaring The Circle
  • Silk In Box
  • Three...
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Pavel
100% Magic by Pavel

A selection of some thirty varied tricks for stage, parlor and close up, illustrating practical examples of magical plots and their solutions.

These are lecture notes for one of Pavel's lectures. Most of the descriptions are pictorial. Pavel intended this as a memory aid for people who attended his lecture. The descriptions are therefore not necessarily complete or very detailed in all cases.

[You might also be interested in Troy Murphie's notes he took after seeing this lecture.

  • Silk on Rope (plot)
    • Loop-a-Silk
    • Tenkai Neck Tie and Silk
    • Pavel's Rope through Neck (with Silk or Necktie)
  • Miracle Silk Pass
    • Silk Vanishers
    • The Ethereal...
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Troy Murphie
100% Magic Notes by Troy Murphie

I attended the Pavel 100% Magic Lecture when he visited Sydney, Australia sometime around 2005. I traveled the 2 hr drive home after the lecture and made sure to jot down notes about the effects that I was impressed with before I retired to bed that night. In hindsight I wish that I had written explanations for all the effects, but it was not to be. So what we have here are 8 items from this lecture explained in my own words. Along with the 100% Magic Lecture 'pictorial memory aid' which contains diagrams of the routines, you should have no trouble following the brilliant thinking behind these eight items.

  • Silk on...
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David Robbins
102 EZ Magic Tricks by David Robbins
  • 102 tricks you can learn quickly and amaze and mystify your friends
  • tricks with cards, coins, toothpicks
  • puzzles
  • mindreading
  • no special apparatus required
  • each trick is fully illustrated
Contents:
  • Checker Jumping
  • Goblet Juggling
  • Stars And Circle Trick
  • Levitation
  • Phantom Coin
  • One Or Two
  • He Drinks
  • Presto! Change - O!
  • Coin Vanish Secret
  • Painless Surgery
  • An Obedient Match Box
  • Mind Reader
  • Hole In Your Hand
  • Card Tossing
  • Houdini's Knife Trick
  • Vanishing Dime
  • Hypnotized Cigar
  • Takes Practice ... But
  • Do Your Eyes Lie?
  • Four Ace Production
  • Think Of A Number
  • Rising Cigarettes ...
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Howard Thurston
200 More Tricks You Can Do by Howard Thurston

This 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
    1. 1. An Amazing Discovery
    2. 2. Finding a Chosen Card
    3. 3. Maltese Crosses
    4. 4. Mysterious Coincidence
    5. 5. A Card Through the Plate
    6. 6. An Easy Four Ace Trick
    7. 7. The Paddle Trick
    8. 8. Telephone Telepathy
    9. 9. A Mysterious Card Trick
    10. 10. Card and Coin Trick
    11. 11. The Mysterious Joker
    12. 12. Card Changing Under Foot
    13. 13. United Kings and Queens
    14. 14. The Circle of Cards
    15. 15. The Rosette ...
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Howard Thurston
200 Tricks You Can Do by Howard Thurston

This 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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Ormond McGill
21 Gems of Magic by Ormond McGill

Ormond McGill describes this publication as a "Scrapbook of Magic" which includes chapters of Card Effects, Mindreading, Miscellaneous, Thoughts on Opening and Closing, and a Magical Sensation - Walking through a Keyhole.

[Note that if you own Bag-O-Trix you already have this ebook.

Contents

  • About the Author
  • INTRODUCTION

    A Thought About Openings

  • GEM No. 1—The Candied Bird

    Scrapbook Card Tricks

  • GEM No. 2—A Reversed Card Location
  • GEM No. 3—The Card and the Boy
  • GEM No. 4—The Card in a Mousetrap
  • GEM No. 5—The Card in the Pocket
  • GEM No. 6—The Bewitched Aces
  • GEM No. 7—The Confetti Rising Cards ...
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Hal Saxon
22 Thumb Tip Handling Positions by Hal Saxon

Can we move beyond the basic silk vanish? Can we do anything more magical than the old bill change? Can you improve on the basic salt vanish? The answer is, "Yes!". It all starts with your handling of the thumb tip.

I have almost 200 very magical effects that I perform with the basic thumb tip and people never see or even suspect a thumb tip. The secret to skyrocketing your thumb tip skills is to learn how to handle the thumb tip.

Not a day goes by that I don't get asked about how to match a thumb tip color to an individual skin tone. Everyone is concerned about someone seeing it. My...

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Dale A. Hildebrandt
23 by Dale A. Hildebrandt

A small collection of items previously published elsewhere, plus the images/templates for Tarot De Stick, the Stick Tarot.

Includes:

  • UGLY TIE CLUB: A simple presentation for a simple method
  • THREE LUCKY CARDS: A predicted card animates
  • HENRY THE BELOVED GHOST: A highly entertaining presentation for the lowly imp bottle
  • TAROT DE STICK: The images/template for Dale's stick man style tarot deck
  • POST PREDICTION PLOY: A subtlety and presentation for Mental Logs
  • LUNCH BUFFET: An exploration of the Out to Lunch principle.

1st edition 2019, 20 pages.

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Max T. Oz
3 Disk Monte by Max T. Oz

You will get both a PDF and a video (download from your digital shelf).

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3 Disk Monte is a variation of the street hustle often played with cards. Three black face down disks, one with a white dot, are mixed. The spectator tries to guess which disk is the one with the white dot. The disks have increasingly gained popularity due to their visibility and handling. This PDF illustrates and describes the various sleights that can be used while performing this effect. Topics include the basics plus some of the more advanced moves that can be used.

  • The Disks
  • The Mat
  • Working Height
  • The...
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Charles Sylber & T. A. Whitney
33 Deceptions with a Changing Bag by Charles Sylber & T. A. Whitney

You'll no doubt be surprised at the many sensational uses Sylber and Whitney have discovered for this reliable magician's prop. Nine out of ten people interested in magic own a change bag, but there are many who use it for just one trick, or leave it in their drawer of magic odds and ends. This isn't right. The changing bag probably has more uses than any other piece of magical equipment.

To fill this need, Sylber and Whitney have developed this compendium of 33 clever tricks, ideas and routines that you can do with the change bag. Many are effects that you'd gladly pay upwards of twenty...

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Ken de Courcy
33 Tricks with the PATEO Force by Ken de Courcy

Which is one of the best forces in magic? Undoubtedly the PATEO force! PATEO stand for "POINT AT TWO, ELIMINATE ONE", because that's exactly what happens.

The PATEO force is very easy to do end can be used not only with cards but with a variety of objects. It is a very strong force because the spectator seems to have very free choice. In this wonderful manuscript, Ken De Courcy give us, 33 ways to use the PATEO force. You will find card magic, mental magic, close-up magic, club magic, party magic and, yes, stage magic too. A real treasure house of good effects. You can surely find at least...

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Arthur P. Felsman
37 Effective After Dinner Tricks by Arthur P. Felsman

Dinner's over, so now what? Entertain your guests, that's what! Here's a clever collection of after-dinner magic to entertain friends, business associates, and even total strangers.

Written by a famous Chicago magic dealer, the effects run the gamut from close-up miracles to routines for club and platform. You'll find entertaining matrix effects, cut and restored mysteries, mindreading experiments, and much more. Includes a very nice two-person mental act that could be the hit of your next corporate show, banquet, or awards dinner.

Some of these effects were sold individually by magic...

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Scott K. Anderson
40 Tricks with a Hot Rod by Scott K. Anderson

The Hot Rod is one of those great items that can be used to perform dozens of very different effects. This ebook provides clear instructions and ideas for getting the most out of your Hot Rod or any color changing rod.

  • Introduction
  • The Hot Rod
  • Various Moves
    1. Mouth
    2. Through Fist
    3. Swing
    4. D
    5. Little D
    6. Wheel
    7. Throw In Air
    8. Push Vanish
    9. Thumb Palm
    10. Finger Palm
    11. Thumb Vanish
    12. Another Vanish
    13. One In Each Hand
    14. Two In One Hand
    15. Lock
    16. Rubber
    17. Half And Half
  • Tricks With Household Items
    1. To A Pretzel
    2. To A Rolled Bill
    3. To Paper
    4. To A Cigarette
    5. To A Silk
    6. Through Silk
  • Tricks Made With Things...
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Ulysses Frederick Grant
45 Tricks by Ulysses Frederick Grant

This is a remarkable collection of 45 individual single sheet trick instructions, many of which are illustrated.

original 45 pages; PDF 49 pages.

  1. The Comedy Check
  2. Improved Psychic Padlock
  3. Any Card Called For Rises
  4. Jarrow Bill In Lemon
  5. Super Telephone Test
  6. Leipzig Cards Through Air
  7. Bag And Blindfold Trick
  8. Nu Ring Off String
  9. Hang-Ping-Ching Coin Trick
  10. Improved Gloves To Dove
  11. Half Dollar Through Ring
  12. The Spy Ring
  13. Head On Beer Trick
  14. Best Packing Box Escape
  15. Grant's Cut & Restored Light Wire
  16. Striking A Match On Air
  17. Leipzig Type Card Suspension
  18. Malini Card Stabbing
  19. Chinese Bowl Production ...
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Milbourne Christopher
50 Tricks with a Thumb Tip by Milbourne Christopher

Milbourne Christopher explains how to do fifty different tricks with one of magic's greatest gimmicks, the Thumb Tip. Tricks are clearly described and illustrated.

Paul Fleming wrote:

The thumb-tip has been exposed so often in books, pamphlets, magazines, and even newspapers, that one might suppose that its usefulness was about ended. But its continued ability to render service, in the face of mistreatment both in print and on magicians' thumbs, is a clear indication of the vitality of this good old fake, which, according to Milbourne Christopher, made its first appearance on the magic scene around...

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Brick Tilley
70 Top Effects From 70 Years of Magician's Magazines by Brick Tilley

Brick Tilley has been a student of magic for decades. In particular he read magic magazines and kept notes about the best and most interesting effects, tips, tricks and articles. In this unusual ebook, he shares the 70 best and most interesting items to read, taken from eight magazines, spanning the last 70 years.

However, note that you are only getting the reference where you will find the article and a short description of what it is and why it should be of interest to you. You don't get the actual articles. You need to have the magazines to read the articles. Several of them are available...

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William W. Larsen & B. W. McCarron
79 Tricks and Ideas for the Holidays by William W. Larsen & B. W. McCarron

Do you want those extra dates between Thanksgiving and Christmas? Then update and transform your act with one or more of these sparkling suggestions for timely holiday magic. Let your agent or webmaster know that you've added something special to your act for the holiday season and watch those bookings roll in.

If you're interested in earning those extra dollars, this updated ebook is for you. With 79 ideas for tricks and extra seasonal revenue with Christmas ornaments, Santa Claus, candles, holly wreathes, mistletoe, holly berries, tinsel garlands, gift-wrapped presents, etc.

But don't...

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Paul A. Lelekis
A Close Up Show by Paul A. Lelekis

Tired of just learning a bunch of tricks from books and videos? Now you will learn a terrific show that has three superb full-scale routines, all expertly spliced together by the author to produce an amazing close-up show. Whether you are performing for money, or at a party, or a gathering of any kind...you will now, always be ready to perform with these monster effects. Don't let the low price fool you. Plus a Bonus is included that has many different uses.

Video included with this e-book.

1) PASTEBOARD PRISON - This beautiful, colorful routine has many roots by Marlo, Mike Skinner, Alan Ackerman, Jim Surprise, and...

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Arthur Charles P. Medrington
A Dozen of Magic by Arthur Charles P. Medrington

  • I. The Bones of Contention
  • II. A Lesson in Deception
  • III. Name Your Choice
  • IV. One Handed Magic
  • V. A Promising Pupil
  • VI. The Wicked Wizard and the Perplexed Parson
  • VII. All Smoke
  • VIII. The Rude Spirit
  • IX. Inexplicable Precipation
  • X. The Zancig Cards
  • XI. A Mix Up
  • XII. Dressing Dolly
  • XIII. Make Weight

1st edition 1917, 32 pages; PDF 29 pages.

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George Johnson
A Few Jardine Ellis' Secrets by George Johnson

From the Foreword:

The late Jardine Ellis was a master of what is known to Conjurers as "close quarter work." The majority of his effects were designed to puzzle the single onlooker, and in this particular class of Magical deception he was a past master.

  • Foreword
  • Thimble And Wine Glass
  • A Juggling Feat
  • The Rod And Ring
  • A Humorous Card Item
  • The Jardine Ellis Slate Mystery
  • An Experiment In Telepathy
  • Card Divination
  • The Holder Of The Egg
  • The Measured, Cut, And Restored String
  • Coin Levitation
  • The Magnetised Knife
  • The Floating Wand

1st edition 1925, 32 pages; 1st digital edition...

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Paul A. Lelekis
A Fix on Six! by Paul A. Lelekis

Underground magician, Paul A. Lelekis, presents six big effects designed for close-up and table-hopping. All the effects have been performed hundreds and even thousands of times. Included is excellent advice from a working professional with decades of experience.

Also included is some sage advice on approaching tables and making the spectators feel excited about your performances. This is what makes REAL magic! All patter is included. Photographs of Paul's hands explain every move.

Included effects:

  1. Inspector #1953 - If ever there was a great "ice-breaker" for approaching tables –...
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Rachel Colombini
A Host of Surprises by Rachel Colombini

Rachel Colombini's first DVD: Card magic, close-up, parlor and stage; tricks for everyone. Included is a special guest appearance by FANTASIO. Here are the routines:

  • ZODIAC CODE (Rachel & Aldo Colombini): You show seven glasses covered with colored bags. One card and one glass are selected. The selected card is revealed in the selected glass. The other glasses are full of money.
  • WILD CARD CASH (Rachel Colombini): Two Jokers shown front and back. A bill (money) appears between them.
  • PERFECT PREDICTION (Rachel Colombini): A spectator deals cards and stops anywhere; you predicted that card....
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Devin Knight
A Knight of Magic by Devin Knight

The lecture notes from Devin Knight's 2009 tour. More than a set of lecture notes this is almost a complete book in itself! Features mind-boggling effects including cards and mentalism. Effects that fooled the majority of magicians in attendance. These notes also contain directions for some of Devin's marketed effects that would cost your several hundred dollars to buy with props and tells you how to make them.

Includes such effects:

  • Sanda-Panda Box
  • Deal or No Deal
  • Hollow Light Bulb Effects
  • Paint Can Surprise
  • Streamlined Koran Paper Tear
  • Poker Tells
  • and others...
This ebook includes...
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Devin Knight
A Lifetime in Magic 1 by Devin Knight

A selection of some of the best creations by Devin Knight. (Please note that all effects have been released earlier as standalone products and are available individually on Lybrary.com. See product links throughout the product description.)

Improved Tri-Epic Deluxe - this is a clever three or even four way newspaper prediction effect reminiscent of David Copperfield's Graffiti Wall, but more portable and totally suitable for a one man act.

Psychic Money Sense - designed for an intimate close up show, this experiment apparently shows that a spectator has an excellent psychic sense as he achieves an impossible outcome using three...

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Devin Knight
A Lifetime in Magic 2 by Devin Knight

Volume 2 continues where A Lifetime in Magic Volume 1 left off with detailed explanations for over 20 Devin Knight masterpieces. (Note that this is a compilation of items that were released earlier. All of them are available individually on Lybrary.com. See links throughout the product description.)

It starts with three stunning effects that appear to be as near to real mindreading as you can get - Almost Real Mindreading Feats. Devin explains little known principles which will enable you to reveal repeatedly which hand a spectator is merely thinking of, to remove the card a spectator simply looked at in a fan, and to name a mentally chosen card...

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Scott F. Guinn
A Little Something by Scott F. Guinn

In this ebook you will find material that entertains and amazes, but more importantly, it is material that 'mere mortals' can actually do. Two dozen incredible routines. Cards, coins, and parlor/platform material is included.

Nothing is duplicated from Scott's other ebooks, lecture notes, or DVD--with one exception, and that has been greatly expanded and updated.

These routines bear the Guinn trademarks of clever thinking and thoughtful construction, from a man who has been called "one of our best close-up and stand-up performers" (Aldo Colombini, in The Linking Ring) and "one of the best writers in...

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Lewis Ganson
A Magician Explains by Lewis Ganson

This ebook contains routines by

CHARLES HARRISON. Member of the Inner Magic Circle, London. A fine performer who is a master at devising magic dependent upon subtle ideas and misdirection. His "Marvellous Marbles" is one of the finest close-up routines it has been Lewis Ganson's privilege to witness.

HARRY G. FRANKE of America who is well known for the clever ideas he has given to the magical fraternity through the pages of JEAN HUGARD'S excellent monthly magazine. "The Vanishing Lady" described herein is a terrific effect brought about with - just three cards.

CY ENDFIELD. Well known Film Director...

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