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Charles Waller
Happy Magic Part 1 by Charles Waller

From the Introduction:

Here, as always, I have assembled a varied lot of material in the hope that all tastes will be satisfied. It is all original; or as much so as conjuring creations usually are. I am particular in this regard, for I am almost morbidly sensitive to any charge of "piracy." This is strange when one considers that mine is the honour of having introduced the Jolly Roger as a conjuring property.

  • Introduction
  • "A Rose By Any Other Name - "
  • Beelzebub's Bookmarks
  • Two Little Dicky Birds
  • Old Ted
  • Wet Paint!
  • Observation And Deduction
  • "Staring Me In The Face"
  • Little Willie's...
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Charles Waller
Happy Magic Part 2 by Charles Waller
  • Giant Blunderbore’s Matches
  • The Posy
  • Twin Souls
  • A Fake Blindfold
  • Card Jugglery
  • Carnival
  • Again, The Ring On The Stick
  • Snakes And Ladders
  • To And Fro
  • Carroty Kate And Sandy Sam
  • Apple Blossom And Peach
  • Confusion In The Ark
1st edition 1932, 30 pages; PDF 35 pages.
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Steve Sanders
Haven't a Clue by Steve Sanders

This ebook contains five full length effects, achieved with minimum sleights, all based on the plot, intrigue and characters from the popular board game Cluedo, or Clue, as it is known in the States. Each effect involves and engages the audience fully and are easy to do. All you need to do is provide the dramatic art bit!

Murdered (Again!)
As Dr. Black moves around each room in his mansion his killer anticipates every move. Moved by a spectator, with free choice of room or direction, around a plan of his home. Dr. Black is eventually cornered in a room previously predicted.

Choose your...

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Nelson C. Hahne & Joe Berg
Here's Magic by Nelson C. Hahne & Joe Berg

When one of magic's most clever minds teams up with an award-winning magician and illustrator, you know the result will be unique effects that play strong and is so clever that even magicians are fooled. And that's what you get with Hahne and Berg's Here's Magic.

There is literally something for every performer within these 96 pages. Effects with cards, coins, silks, a gambler's monte effect using a single matchbook, club magic, a stage illusion that predates Copperfield's Statue of Liberty vanish by some 50 years (but with a similar method), mentalism effects, the award-winning poker chip...

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Joe Berg
Here's New Magic by Joe Berg

Seven years in the making! Another great book by the co-author of Here's Magic.

Magician-dealer Joe Berg reveals 23 secrets of magic that, prior to the release of this book, had never before been divulged. With the assistance of Martin Gardner, Berg reveals his best, tested tricks and routines that magicians of every ilk will put to immediate use.

Featuring killer effects such as the "Adhesive Tape Thumb-Tie" that, unlike a $25 manuscript that uses red electrician's tape, works with any tape and uses no external gimmicks. Or how about "The Magical Hatchery" — a cute effect that's a hit for club workers.

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Bill Madsen & Al Forgione
Hex by Bill Madsen & Al Forgione

This is a great collection of tricks from a list of top-notch contributors.

From the introduction:

For six years, Al and I cooperated in a modest venture titled The New Jinx. It was a monthly magic journal conceived out of certain personal ambitions of mine. The first was to attempt a living memorial to the memory of Ted Annemann, creator of the original Jinx and an individual who has captured my interest more than any other single person I can think of. Next, I wanted to express my own personal viewpoints on the existing state of "professionalism" in stage magic and mentalism. Such a journal would...

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Mark Elsdon
Hidden Gems by Mark Elsdon

The best magic that you're not doing. This brand new eBook is a road map to great magic you already own...

For several years, the last item in my occasional Newsletters was a 'Hidden Gem' - a killer, overlooked trick that's already published somewhere; a book, magazine, eBook, blog or very occasionally a commercial release. Never from a DVD or video download. These are tricks that define the very concept of 'hidden in print'. In each entry I list the trick, where you can find it, why I love it and why you should look it up. I always describe the effect, occasionally the presentation, but never...

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Mark Elsdon
Hidden Gems 2 by Mark Elsdon

More killer magic that you're not doing. A guidebook to fabulous but forgotten material curated by Mark Elsdon.

He has been making notes and sticking Post-its in all his books for decades, so he has hundreds and hundreds of great tricks book-marked, annotated and logged, and after some (not so subtle) prompting by friends he finally decided to collect 100 of them together and publish them in an ebook.

That book - Hidden Gems - proved far more popular than he ever expected. So here we are with Vol. 2 and another 100 killer tricks that most of us have either forgotten about or never even seen before....

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Mark Elsdon
Hidden Gems 3 by Mark Elsdon

As previously recounted, I've been making notes and sticking Post-its in all my books for decades, so I still have hundreds of great tricks book-marked, annotated, and logged. The first two Hidden Gems ebooks proved far more popular than I could have reasonably expected, so here we are with Volume 3 and another 100 great tricks that most of us have sadly forgotten about.

These are tricks that define the very concept of 'hidden in print'. In each entry, I list the trick, where you can find it, why I love it and why you should look it up. I always describe the effect, occasionally the presentation,...

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Mark Elsdon
Hidden Gems 4 by Mark Elsdon

More excerpts from my notebooks, listing fantastic tricks that have caught my eye over the years. The first three Hidden Gems ebooks have been very, very popular so here we are with Volume 4.

These are tricks that define the very concept of 'hidden in print'. In each entry, I list the trick, where you can find it, why I love it and why you should look it up. I always describe the effect, occasionally the presentation, but never the method. Most are in books that you already own (or should!), some are in magazines that you can easily get access to and the odd one or two entries will send...

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Mark Elsdon
Hidden Gems 5 by Mark Elsdon

More excerpts from my notebooks, listing fabulous tricks that have caught my eye over the years. The first four Hidden Gems ebooks have been incredibly popular so here we are with Volume 5.

These are tricks that define the very concept of 'hidden in print'. In each entry, I list the trick, where you can find it, why I love it and why you should look it up. I always describe the effect, occasionally the presentation, but never the method. Most are in books that you already own (or should!), some are in magazines that you can easily get access to and the odd one or two entries will send you...

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Ben Berger
Highlight Magic by Ben Berger

Highlight Magic contains top flight routines for close-up, parlor, and stage. While not every effect requires some knowledge of sleights, some require mid-level skill. Nelson Hahne did the pen and ink illustrations, and as usual, his work is top notch, too.

Contents

  • Foreword.
  • From the Publisher. Introductory comments from John Snyder, Jr., magic dealer and past president of the IBM.
  • THE SPIRIT OF THE COBRA. Three cards selected and returned to deck are tossed into a lidless box. Patter about a Cobra and a card peeps over the edge of the box and rises. Other cards are seen to be surprisingly...
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Hereward Carrington
Hindu Magic by Hereward Carrington

The magic of India comes to life in Dr. Carrington's colorful look at the fables, feats, and magic of the mystical fakirs of India.

You'll learn the inner workings of the Basket of Death, Mango Seed to Tree, Buried Alive illusion, Flying Rabbit, the Dry Sands Trick, the Beans and Scorpion Trick, Snake Charming, and more.

Want to add something different to your act? Perhaps one of your primary assistants can adopt the role of a Hindu fakir and present one or two of these effects as an added attraction in your existing magic or hypnosis show.

For magic historians, Carrington provides...

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unknown
Hocus Pocus Junior by unknown

This 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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Horace Bennett & Hugh Miller
Horace Bennett's Prize Winning Magic by Horace Bennett & Hugh Miller
  • Foreword
  • Bennett's Silken Sorcery Routine
  • Perfected Silk Production
  • Take Five
  • Eight Ball Routine

1st edition 1978, 80 pages; 1st digital edition 56 pages.

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Vick Lawston
House of a Thousand Mysteries by Vick Lawston
"It is a great, great read, especially your recounting of how Mr. Lawstone substituted workshop sheets for the actual apparatus." - Christopher Kenworthey
Many of you remember Vick Lawston's House of a Thousand Mysteries catalog. Most baby boomers that became magicians got their start from his catalog. They remember his slogan, "When you think of tricks, remember Vick's."

Inside his catalog he included three free tricks that you could try on your friends. These were decent tricks and were some of the first tricks I ever did. They have been re-written and included in this release. His...

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A. Anderson
How To Do The Black Art by A. Anderson

Containing a complete description of the mysteries of magic and sleight of hand, together with many wonderful experiments.

Excerpt from the introduction:

The chief requisites for success in the performance of the black art is manual dexterity and self-confidence; nimble fingers and a cool temper. Any one who exhibits feats of legerdemain, will do well to remember that one of the best methods of diverting the attention of the audience from the action of your fingers, is to keep talking; the more diverting your talk, the less attention will the audience give to your manipulation of the object...

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A. Anderson
How To Do Tricks by A. Anderson
  • Card Tricks And Magic
    • Useful Rules To Follow
  • Tricks With Cards
    • To Call For Any Card In The Pack
    • To Make Another Person Draw The Cards You Call For
    • To Name The Cards Of A Pack Concealed Under A Handkerchief
    • To Call The Cards Out Of The Pack
    • A New Method To Name All The Cards In Succession Without Seeing Them
    • To Discern One Or More Drawn Cards
    • The Knaves And The Constable
    • To Show A Card Now On The Top, And Now At The Bottom Of The Pack
    • The Same Trick In Another Manner
    • The Same Trick In A Still More Surprising Manner
    • The Double Confederates
    • The Card In The Pocketbook
    • Of...
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Devin Knight
How To Make Your Eyes Flash by Devin Knight

A classic effect from the early days of magic catalogs. An effect that every kid wanted to order so he could impress his friends. Ads for this trick appeared in early Boy's Life and in comic books. It's an effect that is still effective today but is almost forgotten.

It is a little known secret that is even being used by some rock bands today to make their eyes flash during concerts.

Here is the ad copy from an early Vick Lawston magic catalog.

EFFECT: Create a real magical effect! Used by many magicians. By simply blinking your eyes open and shut, it seems as if streaks of lightning...

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David Devlin
How To Sell Bridges: a book of dirty tricks and bamboozlers by David Devlin

When David Devlin was in high school he never had a job. Not a summer job, not a part-time job, no nothin'. All of his friends did, but not David. That is not to say that he never had money. He always had plenty of cash in his wallet. He never stole money. He earned it. But how can this be if David did not have a job of any kind? The fact is that he scammed and hustled it from the friends who had jobs.

If you love scams, hustles, cons, bar betchyas, flim-flam, stings, snow jobs, bamboozles, chicanery, shams, fixes, baloney, and other dirty tricks then this book is for YOU!

In this eBook,...

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David Devlin
How To Sell Snake Oil by David Devlin

If you love scams, hustles, cons, bar betchyas, flim-flam, stings, snow jobs, bamboozles, chicanery, shams, fixes, baloney, and other dirty tricks then this ebook is for YOU!

In this follow-up to his popular eBook How to Sell Bridges, David Devlin teaches the finer points of some of the many scams and hustles that have made him a lot of money. He also discusses some of the more elaborate cons that have been used throughout history and the cons who pulled them off. Also discussed are cons used today including selling ridiculous products, phony business "opportunities", scamming major corporations out of thousands...

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Junior Shankar
How's That? by Junior Shankar

A selection of close-up routines.

Excerpt from the introduction:

It is true that most of the ideas we get are from the books, Magazines etc. but many such ideas are left in a corner as they are difficult to prepare or the materials are not available. Whenever I get such ideas, I think of ways to make them easy and possible for performance.

  • Introduction
  • Gamblers Secrets
  • The Poor Man’s Rainbow
  • Way Out
  • Jazz Cards
  • Chopped Cards Through Table
  • Copper And Silver Plus
  • Magician Gets his Wish
  • Tall Fat Lady
  • Nu Way Coins Across
  • Impossible Prediction
  • E Zee Center Tear
  • Meet Junior...
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Devin Knight
Howard Thurston's Kid Hair Raising Trick by Devin Knight

A forgotten trick from the past that was first invented by Howard Thurston and used in his big show. The effect is that the magician invites up a boy from the audience and without touching the boy, he gestures toward the boy and the boy's hair stands on its end running from the front to back the back of his head, like a magical ripple. The hair falls down back to normal.

The magician raises his hand and the boy's hair once again stands on its end to the amazement of the audience. The magician quickly drops his hand and the boy's hair once again falls down, being normal again. The boy can then be used in...

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Scott Xavier
I Always Get Stuck With The Bill by Scott Xavier

A magician stands before the crowd. He borrows a dollar bill from a spectator. The bill is given to another spectator, who is working as the security guard for this trick. The pseudo-security guard records the serial number from the bill onto a large dry erase board so everyone can experience the magic to come. A third spectator is given a paper bag and a knife.

The magician then asks for the bill to be placed inside of a small dish. The bill is dowsed with lighter fluid and then ignited with a barbecue lighter. The bill bursts into flames and eventually settles into a burned mess of ashes. ...

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