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This Is MagicLoring Campbell
Nicely illustrated routines of a full-time performer.
From the introduction:
"Why don’t you write a book on Magic?" I have been asked this question hundreds of times in the past several years, and my answer has been that I am too busy, or that I wanted to be the only Magician who did not write a Magic Book!
However, I have taken the time from my hundreds of shows en route each season to conduct a monthly column in TOPS Magazine and to write many articles and tricks for the Sphinx, Genii and Linking Ring. So when I was requested to compile all the tricks I had formerly written for these magazines...
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Thoughtful MagicHarry Leat
As 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.
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Three Classic Magic Tricks for ClownsBrian T. Lees
Clowns perform magic. The only difference is the size of the magic and the illusions themselves. I work both as a clown and a magician. I was asked to share some of the materials I use to teach new clowns. This ebook introduces three classic magic tricks, offers routines to get you started, and is illustrated to show the various manipulations. All items pack small, do not take up much space in your pocket and can be found at very reasonable prices.
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Thumb Tip Handling MasterclassHal Saxon
I want us to reimagine and revolutionize our tipistry. Tipistry means breathtaking thumb tip handling ability, competence, proficiency, and mastery. If we can pull this off, you'll also skyrocket your confidence with a thumb tip.
My methodology is to perform close up, with no weird or wacky moves. I just perform slow and deliberate with handling and moves that defy logic.
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Timely TrickeryJon Racherbaumer
While we all intuitively understand what time is, even a child can tell you what time it is, it is a hard concept to fully understand from a scientific point of view. It is hard to define, and wrap your head around. That is part of the intrigue of making it the topic of a magic effect. Particularly for an interested and sophisticated audience it can be a very effective plot line. Jon Racherbaumer explores how magicians have made use of it over the decades, and he has unearthed some remarkable gems.
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On a budget? Can't find audience-friendly magic at the magic shop? Then build your own with this great collection of 52 magic tips, ideas, patter and suggestions (or in other words, T.I.P.S.)
Even if you're all thumbs, the author's clear descriptions and illustrations makes it easy to craft amazing effects, props and utility items. He also reveals the source of an incredible building material, as well as finishing tips.
Magic reviewers, dealers and magicians everywhere all agree that TIPS contains the largest collection of new, easy to make practical magic than books five times the price....
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Tips on TricksMilbourne Christopher
Christopher reveals his favorite tips, ideas, gags, patter and effects from his own shows. Get more from the magic you already own.
Divided into three parts, you get Tips on Tricks; Nite Club Magic (featuring suggestions from the author and Russell Swann); and Up From the Audience - a chapter of practical tips for getting the best audience helpers up on stage to assist you.
A wealth of practical, tested material for any performer, written by the author who brought you Stretching A Rope. One of the finest values in magic.
"[A] non-padded presentation of bits, gags and "business" that any active wizard can...
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TNT: Twelve New TricksFabian
Fabian, in the role as literary and technical editor of Abracadabra magazine, selected and edited these routines.
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Top SecretsRobert J. Gunther & A. Sydney Fleischman
A delightful book of well-written and beautifully illustrated and top-quality magic. Contains seventeen tricks and tips, most suitable for close-up presentation. Illustrated by Bob Gunther, former Disney animator.
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Top Secrets of Magic 1J. G. Thompson Jr.
What a wonderful book on sleight of hand magic with small objects this is - profusely illustrated with more than 200 photos, by a recognized inventor, author, and reviewer of magic.
From the introduction by Blackstone:
But, there has always been a dearth of practical routines, probably due to the difficulty encountered by most magicians in linking tricks into a smoothly flowing series of mysteries and, perhaps, because of some innate trait of laziness found in most of us. That is why I am so impressed and pleased with the text of Jim’s book. It truly helps to fill an unfortunate gap in magical...
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Top Secrets of Magic 2J. G. Thompson Jr.
From the introduction by Milbourne Christopher:
I first heard of Jim Thompson in the pages of Ted Annemann's Jinx. Then his main interest was mental magic. I have never seen him perform but I have seen many magicians use the tricks he has put into print. I always visualize him as a mild mannered man who would make an excellent beacon in a blackout. See his "Moonlight Madness," page 301 in Annemann's Practical Mental Effects, or page 265 in My Best.
This current volume of "Top Secrets" is the second in a planned trilogy. You have most of the objects needed for the feats described. If something special is required, Jim will tell you how to make it, or where to buy it....
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Top Secrets of Magic 3J. G. Thompson Jr.
From the introduction by Martin Gardner:
With this distinguished background it is little wonder that his latest series of books, Top Secrets of Magic, of which this is the third, is a veritable treasure trove of material, clearly and simply explained, and displaying a remarkable knowledge of what has been done and is being done today in every branch of conjuring. The large clear photographs make the text delightfully easy to follow. Magicians throughout the world will look forward now to volume 4, then 5, and as many more as Jim will find time to write, for he is putting together a series of such scope...
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Torn and Restored MagazineJohn Calvert
Many consider this the definitive version of this now classic effect. The recording includes not just the instructions but also the music for your actual performance. However keep in mind that this is not a royalty free music.
Additionally to the audio you will also download a PDF with many photographs taken to show a step by step method of constructing and performing this great effect. Photographs were taken by Martin Breese.
This is a licensed reproduction of the famous Magicassette and MagiCD series created by Martin Breese - now owned by Lybrary.com.
1st edition 1978
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PDF & MP3
Total Bundle: EverythingDale A. Hildebrandt
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In Tractare (a Latin word that means "to handle") the exploration of unusual effects continues. Tractare features magic that is easy to do, based on a subtlety or simple move, but nothing that really requires sleights or finger flinging. Here you are able to beguile your audiences while making them smile, laugh, engage and become part of your show.
From the preface:
This being a magic book, it's only appropriate to begin with a trick question:
What's a sleight?
Careful; I told you it was a trick question.
Forgetting dictionary definitions for the moment, as magicians we can rattle...
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Trade Show MagicMark Leveridge
The Professional Worker Series is a selection of targeted and focused ebooks which offer professional, sound advice on a number of key performance areas. The ebooks are written in an easy to understand style which cuts out all the waffle and padding, and instead gets right to the core of each subject.
Volume 2 in this series concentrates on how to use magic at trade shows and business exhibitions. For many years I have been working at business events using my strolling magic as a highly effective way to put across company messages and to help promote them at their exhibitions. My approach...
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Tragic MagicHarry Leat
An 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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Travel ChaosGraham Hey
Tricks about travel and more.
Here's a selection of cool self-working magic and mentalism tricks perfect for close-up and stand-up.
For example: The spectator freely selects a luggage label that has a holiday destination written on it. When a world map is opened, their chosen destination is circled.
Or how about this: A selection of postcards is shown - they're moved from the back of the pile to the front. When the spectator calls 'STOP!' the very next postcard is the only one with a hand-written message on it.
Or: Three luggage labels with vacation destinations written on them are...
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TreasuresAlexander de Cova
Alexander de Cova performs mostly stand-up, that means his magic is suitable for the small stage or platform. But many of his routines can also done close-up. In these lecture notes you will find some of his best effects, sleights, gimmicks, tips and ideas.
Alexander is a strong believer in utility sleights that can be used in different routines. Therefore you will find lots of material that deals with new techniques or variations on existing things which you can incorporate in your own routines and tricks.
1st edition 2004, 28 pages.
Table of Contents
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Trick Tac is an effect where you balance a Tic tac box in an impossible way on your finger. It is very easy to do and once you made the gimmick it lasts you for a long time.
1st edition 2016, length 7 min.
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Trick TechnicsRichard G. Kraus
This is number 4.5 of the Paul Diamond "Gems of Magic Book" series.
1st edition 1974, 23 pages; 1st digital edition 2015 PDF 23 pages.
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Trick TracksTom Sellers
From the foreword:
There are tricks that put us on the track of different (and sometimes better) problems. For example: the principle of the production box described in this booklet may be adapted for other purposes.
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Tricks and IllusionettesJoseph Ovette
Being a collection of easily built tricks and small illusions.
1st edition 1944, 30 pages; PDF 30 pages.
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Tricks and Magic Made EasyEdward Summers Squier
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