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Heritage Films
Presto Magic and Mystery by Heritage Films

Under the title Presto Magic & Mystery, Heritage Films released a series of fifteen 8mm films (these are silent films) with magic performances during the 1950s/60s. This compilation includes eight of the fifteen films. They are:

  • Ken Brooke performing the floating pencil and a sponge ball routine (original #10).
  • Fred Lowe performs a safety pin routine, a burnt and restored handkerchief, and a cigarette and liquid-filled glass production.
  • Ken Brooke, channeling Tony Slydini, performs the paper balls and hat routine and finishes with a four paper ball assembly using two hats.
  • Fred Lowe performs a four ace production,...
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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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Horace Goldin
Mysterious Tricks by Horace Goldin
  • Introduction
  • A Few Hints
  • Hearing With The Teeth
  • To Cause A Coin To Vanish
  • The Vanishing Ring
  • Another Ring Trick
  • The Penetrating Pennies
  • The Vanishing Handkerchief
  • A Thought-Reading Trick
  • More Thought-Reading
  • The Vanishing Cigarette
  • A Hole In The Sleeve
  • The Four Coins
  • String Magic
  • The Latest Disappearing Sixpence
  • Three Hypnotic Tricks
  • The Candle And Flag Trick
  • Keda
  • "Figaro," Monday, 21st, 1930
  • Your Future Foretold

1st edition 1930, 34 pages; PDF 36 pages.

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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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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
The Thurston Magic Box of Candy by Howard Thurston

This is a little gem for collectors. Thurston produced a series of 50 tricks which were distributed in candy boxes. These are all tricks for beginners with largely common objects. They are very well described in a clear format (ghostwritten by Walter B. Gibson). First the title, then a block of illustrations followed by the trick description. That was followed by the sections "What You Need", "How To Do It" and "What To Say". Even a very young magician can follow these instructions and learn some neat tricks:

  1. A Broken Match Restored.
  2. The Fly-Away Coin.
  3. The Magic Knot.
  4. Matches That Walk. ...
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Howardi & B. W. McCarron
The Master Magician's Packet by Howardi & B. W. McCarron

Packed into this ebook are 20 wonderful magic and mental effects ranging from impromptu demonstrations for parties to club, platform and stage effects.

Long off the market, this updated and expanded edition includes new presentations, illustrations and bonus content. If it's comedy magic you're after, McCarron includes his Scandinavian Flying Fish, Budget Cuts and Whisky on the Brain routines. For a change of pace, Einstein the Educated Dove will have your audience believing that your dove is psychic. Mentalists and mental magic performers have not one, but two book tests to choose from....

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Hugh Mackay
Classical Conjuring by Hugh Mackay

Of particular interest are the various ideas to how to transmit information secretly.

  • INTRODUCTION
  • MISCELLANEOUS EXPERIMENTS
    • The Slave Bangle
    • Camouflage
    • Two Ropes And A Ring
    • A String Variation
    • A Marked Pack
    • Three Good Tricks (Will Goldston)
  • PROBLEMS WITH CARDS
    • Removing Under Difficulties
    • A Problem With Cards
    • A Card Square
    • Values
    • A Puzzling Location
    • Suitable "Key" Card
  • TRANSMISSION SIGNALS
    • Hands Of The Secret Service
    • Stage Billet Reading
    • The Interpreter
    • The Roll Call
    • The Carrier
    • Intelligent Fingers
    • Reconstruction
1st edition 1925, 28 pages; PDF 31 pages....
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Hugh Miller
Al Koran's Legacy by Hugh Miller

This is a completely new, revised, expanded and updated edition.

The ebook contains most of the original material but virtually everything has been re-written and benefits from the skill of an expert editor. There is a host of additional material written by Lewis Ganson and previously published in the Routined Manipulation series published by Harry Stanley.

Along with Graham Jolley, Martin Breese has always been a follower of Al Koran and his amazing material. Al Koran’s name appeared on almost every page of the Gen. And thanks to Harry Stanley his material has been preserved for future generations to study and use.

Graham Jolley...

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Hugh Miller
The Art of Eddie Joseph by Hugh Miller
"I consider Eddie Joseph one of the magical geniuses of this age." - John Braun (editor of the Linking Ring).

"Eddie Joseph's material isn't only good.....it's great." - Lloyd E. Jones writing in Genii

"His originations have won him world acclaim and a niche in Magic's Hall of Fame." - Eddie Clever

"Just how one man can be so good in so many fields, we don't know. We do feel, however, that the world of magic can consider itself lucky that there is such a person. At one time, we remember Joe Berg arguing with us that there wasn't such a person, that it was a phoney name dreamed up to mask some top professional." - Sid Lorraine

Eddie Joseph had...
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Hugh Miller
Baker's Bonanza by Hugh Miller

A wonderful ebook on the magic of Roy Baker, inventor of the PATEO force.

  • Preface
  • Section 1: General Magic
    • Baker’s Beakers
    • Bisected Balloon
    • Air-Lite
    • Flap-Doodle Bag
    • Super Silks
    • Electro-Van
    • T and R Gag
  • Section 2: Card Magic
    • The Last of the Last Cards
    • Name Your Card
    • Star Location
    • Fantastic Aces
    • Ah-Bee Card in Envelope
    • Crazy Speller
    • Forceful Revelation
    • Blindfold Discovery
    • Psycho Card
    • Drunk Card
  • Section 3: Close up Magic
    • Bewildering Matches
    • Three Trees
    • Hat-Tissue!
    • Going Through the Rye
    • Ring Off
    • Shooting Star
    • Spoon on Nose
    • Coins Across
  • Section 4: Mentalism
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Hugh Miller
A Pocketful of Miracles by Hugh Miller

The Handbook for Impromptu Magic

  • Preface
  • At The Dinner Table
    • Coin Through Saucer
    • Coin Vanish
    • Coin And Glass Of Water
    • Inflation
    • Coin Tester
    • Balancing Coins
    • Phoenix Matches
    • Smokeless Cigarettes
    • Multiplying Matches
    • Musical Cutlery
    • Telepathic Tapping
    • Psychic Steam
    • Burning Sugar
    • Production Of A Glass Of Wine
    • Bending A Spoon
    • Salt Transposition
    • Seven-Cornered Napkin
    • Surprise Penetration
    • Vanishing Shaker
  • Impromptu Magic ... Anywhere!
    • Evaporating Scent
    • Disappearing Pen
    • Drink Cards
    • Horrific
    • Telekinesis
    • Vanishing Ring
    • Maxwell's Miracle
    • Coin Penetration
    • Optical Change ...
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Ian Adair
Ian Adair Lecture Demonstration by Ian Adair

Adair has always been a prolific creator of magical effects. Several stage magic and card magic effects are explained with beautiful illustrations. Some of the effects you will find explained are:

SEE - THROUGH FOLDER
This is a quick appearance of four silks in a simple folder. The silks appear visibly and are seen through a window in the folder.

SILKEN BUTTERFLY
A pretty conceit with a plaque, showing a picture of a butterfly and with four cut-out holes on the butterfly wings. Coloured silks represent the colours on the butterfly, they are removed, placed into a beaker from which they...

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Ian Adair
A1 Magic by Ian Adair

First class magic from Ian Adair. In this ebook there is something for everyone. A lot of children magic, general magic, mental magic, card magic and close-up magic, all in the classic Adair's style. All the tricks described in the ebook are easy to do.

Here is a list of the tricks explained in the ebook:

  • PERSONALITY PIPE
  • BANG-BANG SILK
  • SUCKER SILK CHANGE
  • SILKEN SPACE SORCERY
  • LINK-UP
  • MICKMORENCY THE MOUSE
  • NOT-A-SAUSAGE!
  • INKED!
  • FREE CHOICE BOOK TEST
  • TWO USING THE CLASSIC SAND FRAME
  • RATTLE BELLS
  • BAFFLING BOOK-TEST
  • A PASSING DOUBLE
  • HINGE-OVER PRODUCTION TUBE
  • 3 FROM IAN ADAIR ...
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Ian Adair
The Whiteboard Bat by Ian Adair

The whiteboard bat is a paddle with whiteboard surfaces that allow you to write or draw pretty much anything on it with an erasable marker. This allows you to customize the classic paddle trick to your heart's content. Ian Adair developed this idea in the 1970s from an older version that used a blackboard material and chalk. In this ebook you will find loads of ideas what to do with it.

Note that no paddles are included with this download. But it is not too difficult to make these yourself from self-adhesive whiteboard material.

  • The Origins Of The 'Whiteboard Bat'
  • About This Model
  • The...
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Ian Kendall
Razor Blades by Ian Kendall

Swallowing the razor blades is a classic routine of magic. In this two video pack Ian shares everything about the routine that he has used on stage and on the streets all over the world for almost twenty years. Nothing is held back as you see clips from several different live performances to illustrate what is being taught. This is a full professional routine for a fraction of the price of other versions.

length 40 minutes.

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Ian Kendall
Basic Training by Ian Kendall

Between 2009 and 2011 a very special column appeared in M-U-M, the in-house magazine for the Society of American Magicians. Conceived to be an introduction to sleight of hand aimed at beginners, the thirty-six lessons ended up being one of the most detailed courses in conjuring to date. The topics covered included all aspects of magic; cards and coins, balls, ropes and cups, stand up and close up, interspersed with real-world performance hints and tips from someone who has spent time in the trenches.

This e-book version contains all thirty six Basic Training columns, plus two extra lessons...

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Ian Kendall
Basic Training for Breakfast by Ian Kendall

From the introduction:

Magic lectures, and more relevantly their notes, are a strange thing. While some are an endless parade of tricks and their explanations, some are thinly disguised dealer dems and some are virtuoso displays of unattainable sleight of hand, there are occasionally lectures that offer the inside information on performing for real people. Where it's not just the tricks that matter, it's all the little bits and pieces that lie in between the lines that make the difference between 'doing a trick' and 'making magic happen'. Guess which one I'm aiming for here.

The goal is...

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Incredible Rohit
Magic Moments by Incredible Rohit

Close-up magic routines.

Excerpt from the introduction:

In this book you will see that most of the effects are simple. Although some of them require a few basic counts and moves they are all entertaining. In fact all the effects can be good openers. Many of the card tricks use playing cards with unusual pictures. From my past experience I have seen that people prefer these kinds of cards more than the usual playing cards. As much as possible I have tried to avoid "select a card" effects, but for one which I feel is a very strong one. I don't claim that everything in this book is original...

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J. B. Bobo
Watch This One! by J. B. Bobo

This ebook features a variety of strong and easy to perform tricks. Of course, as the author of Modern Coin Magic Bobo includes a solid section on coin tricks, but he also teaches routines with cards, thimbles, rope, and there is also a detailed section on sleeving. Bobo was a master of it.

  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • Chapter I: New Card Technique
    • Multiple Card Control
    • Bottom Up
    • Bottom Peek
    • Top Peek
    • U Peek, I Peek
    • Color Change
    • The Ebling Crimp
  • Chapter II: Keys And Tricks Therewith
    • A New Key Card
    • The Isolated Key
    • Stop Card Trick
    • Found
    • Bobo Locatrix
    • In His Hands
    • Telepathic Miracle
    • Two Backward...
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J. C. Cannell
Modern Conjuring by J. C. Cannell
  • Card Tricks
    • The Four Burglars
    • Divination
    • An Exhibition of Thought-Reading
    • The Disappearing Ace
    • Another Thought-Reading Trick
    • Hypnotic Selection
    • The Four Burglars Again
  • Tricks with Ordinary Handkerchiefs
    • Parachute
    • Doubling the Allotment
    • The Puzzle Knot
    • The Stretched Handkerchief
    • The Salamandic Handkerchief
    • The Flash Handkerchief
    • The Acrobatic Handkerchief
    • Handkerchief Knotting Act
    • The Instantaneous Knot
    • One-Handed Knot
    • Double Instantaneous Knot
  • Paper Magic
    • Trough
    • Easy Aeroplane Fold
    • Chrysalis Beads
    • Christmas Crackers
    • Slap Bang
    • Doorway Scoring Game
  • Conjuring...
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J. C. Cannell
The 100 Best Tricks by J. C. Cannell

From the introduction:

In this book there are actually many more than a hundred tricks and all of them could be performed by the average person. I have included no trick which would involve the use of expensive apparatus. Besides devoting a whole chapter to the best card tricks, I have included a number of simpler tricks with cards in other parts of the book.

  • AUTHOR'S NOTE
  • THE PRINCE OF WALES AS A CONJURER
  • THOUGHT-READING TRICKS
    • Mind-Reading Magic
    • Seeing Through the Envelopes
    • Reading the News
    • A Remarkable Card Trick
    • Another Code
    • The Domino Trick
    • The Tell-Tale Touch
    • A Six-Fold...
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J. C. Wagner
Glass Through Bar by J. C. Wagner

Glass through table is a classic of magic that is at least a hundred years old. You can even find it described in children magic books. The key to this effect is misdirection which requires a good amount of showmanship and spectator handling. Otherwise it is pure simplicity. With the tips and presentation by J.C. Wagner you will turn this classic into a modern and entertaining miracle.

runtime 6min 30s

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J. F. Burrows
Some New Magic by J. F. Burrows
  • Preface
  • The Vanishing Fan
  • The Fountain Of Fire
  • New Candle And Handkerchief Illusion
  • New And Novel Watch Manipulation
  • A New Impromptu Card Trick
  • New Handkerchief Illusion
  • Novel Transformation Of A Billiard Ball To A Bouquet
  • A New Vanish For Coins
  • A New Tub For The Production Of Live Stock
  • Soup Plate And Handkerchiefs
  • The Great Slate Mystery
  • An Improved Coin Holder
  • A New Card Trick
  • A New Coin Trick
  • Novel Change Of Handkerchief To Streamer
  • Sensational Flag Production
  • Anti-Gravity Ball
  • New Card And Bird Trick
  • Latest Omelette In Hat
  • Billiard Ball Manipulation
  • A Few Wrinkles ...
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