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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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Zaw Shinn
Balancing by Zaw Shinn

Balance small objects on the edge of a card. The gimmick is easy to make but finicky to use. Also, watch your angles. Great for one-on-one or video shots but not so great with multiple spectators. The gimmick does not involve a thread, reel, or magnets.

1st edition 2022, video 12:10.

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Zaw Shinn
Mystery Bag 2 by Zaw ShinnLet small reasonably flat objects, such as tokens, chips, or coins, magically appear in a zip lock bag. This is based on the black art principle and thus requires a black background such as a black shirt. There is not much for you to prepare except for having a few of the necessary supplies.

1st edition 2022, video 11:43

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Zaw Shinn
Shake to Love by Zaw Shinn

The performer shows the back of a playing card. Suddenly the card has transformed into a foam heart. This is based on a black art principle and thus requires a black background. Arts and crafts are necessary to construct the gimmick.

1st edition 2022, video 24:34

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Zaw Shinn
Vanished by Zaw Shinn

Vanish small objects such as a coin, sponge ball, poker chip, card corner from your bare hand.

The construction of the gimmick requires some arts and crafts. The method produces a sound that you need to be able to mask with music or some other way. Also, you will have to watch your angles. This method works fine for a social media video or perhaps on stage but is otherwise not very practical.

1st edition 2022, video 9:49.

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Yu Sheng Chiam
Simple Ideas Huge Impact by Yu Sheng Chiam

Welcome to Simple Ideas Huge Impact, a collection of 6 close up magic effects utilizing everyday objects. All of these effects are simple to do and they require very little setup. Here are the effects:

King Split: A stunning two card production utilizing a double backed card. It can be used as great opener to any sandwich routine.

Simple Biddle: A simplified version of the classic Biddle trick with no Biddle Count.

Solvent Coin: A stunning way to change a drawing on a coin utilising a gimmick that most magicians are familiar with. No special ink.

Popcoin: A simple way to make a coin...

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Wolfgang Riebe
Easy Magic Tricks by Wolfgang Riebe

Easy to do magic tricks with everyday objects!

"I thought it was a joke. It isn’t! What unbelievable value for money. All the tricks are real easy to do, and for all ages. I cannot believe that Wolfgang is selling this E-Book for this price. Admittedly I took a chance when I bought it, really not expecting much. What a surprise. This is the best buy ever!”" - Brendan Trichardt

Easy to do with everyday items you can find around the home. Great for everyone, from children to business people. Tricks with coins, glasses, dice, eggs, paper clips, cards, rubber bands and bananas. Mind...

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Wolfgang Riebe
The Complete Works by Wolfgang Riebe

Wolfgang Riebe has been one of the most successful professional magicians in the world during the last 30 years with appearances in over 165 countries. This is not just an ebook on prestidigitation, but original routines and ideas that work. A unique feature is that most tricks have video links where you can see Wolfgang perform the effects and routines he shares. So you are not buying an ebook on 'theory', but on practical magic that works. As a bonus he shares links to select online teach-in videos too.

This is a man who has achieved a number of firsts in the magic world, had over 200 TV...

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Wolfgang Riebe
Sleightly Close-Up by Wolfgang Riebe

Close-up magic tricks for everyone - from cards to general close-up

This ebook is filled with various commercial close-up tricks and routines that have been tried, tested and performed for live audiences over many years. These are practical and commercial effects that will appeal to the working magician whose focus is on captivating and entertaining his audience.

You will find a mix of old and new items, original tricks, twists on old routines and ideas to tweak those close-up effects gathering dust in your cupboard.

For the card magicians, you will find sensational routines, such as...

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Wolfgang Riebe
It's A Stage I'm Going Through by Wolfgang Riebe

This ebook is filled with practical stage and parlor effects, includes patter for a number of well-known routines, plus numerous tips and ideas to enhance older classic effects. The focus is on commercial tricks that will appeal to the working magician who places emphasis on entertainment.

You will find a mix of old and new items, original tricks, twists on old routines and ideas to tweak your current favorite effects as well as those gathering dust in your cupboard. From silks, jumbo cards, crosswords, ropes, newspapers, illusions, gags and predictions to restorations and comedy.

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Wm. Ravetta & Otto Waldmann
Up-To-Date Magical Ideas by Wm. Ravetta & Otto Waldmann

Here's an ebook of clever and original ideas and routines for standard parlor and club effects.

Originally published as a limited edition booklet by the manufacturer of the Mysto Magic Set, the authors have contributed several excellent performance ideas that will delight your audience.

In addition, the authors have supplied instructions for creating updated fekes and gimmics to perform popular tricks, such as producing a rabbit from an empty hat or performing the Aerial Treasury effect. An excellent ebook of audience-tested magic.

Here's an example. Imagine if a magician walks up to you and asks...

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William W. Larsen & T. Page Wright
The L. W. Pocket and Parlor Mysteries by William W. Larsen & T. Page Wright

Long out of print, we're pleased to bring you this collection of baffling close-up and small group effects for magicians and psychic entertainers, from the minds of Larsen and Wright.

The material in this ebook was chosen for its entertainment value, its suitability for small audiences, and to ensure that the methods are new and novel. Not a rehash of old content, this is magic that your audiences will enjoy as much as you will enjoy performing it.

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The Magic Mail - The magician forgets to stamp a letter. A spectator chooses a denomination from among 16 choices and holds the...

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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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William W. Larsen
The Gyp Artist by William W. Larsen

Here's an entertaining, 25- to 60-minute lecture that you, the magician or mentalist, can present on the topic of scams and cons. And it's a money-maker.

Become an Expert on Cons and Swindles...
Or just talk like one. This is a new field for most magicians and mentalists, allowing you to give your lecture to civic groups, security seminars, government agencies, corporations -- anywhere people gather. And these organizations have deep pockets, too, able to pay you well for your time.

Fabled Bunco Games of History...
Now become practical, effective tricks in the magician's hands, each...

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William W. Larsen
Tricks for Television by William W. Larsen

Learn what and what not to do when presenting magic for a TV audience. In no other field is it as easy to go wrong, or as easy to do right - if you're prepared with the proper information. Discover why these tricks are not good for television broadcasts: Twentieth Century Silks, Sucker Sliding Die Box, Zombie, Sympathetic Silks, Gloves to Dove, Cigarette Manipulations. Do you know the answers to why the above - and scores more like them - are so often performed poorly on TV? If not, you need this ebook, which gives you all the answers.

Written by a former television artist, Tricks for Television...

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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 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 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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Will Goldston
Annual of Magic 1915-16 by Will Goldston

This is the last book in the 'Magician Annual' series of Goldston. It carries a slightly different title, 'Annual of Magic' instead of 'Magician Annual', but otherwise is kept in the very same style and type of contents as all the other books in this series. Beside tricks, illusions and patter, you will find a lot about magicians of this era. For example the "Who's Who and Why" is an interesting article.

1st edition, 1916, Will Goldston, London; 72 pages.

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    1. Abbott's Spirit Paintings Illusion
    2. Adhering Pips and Blank Cards
    3. Advertise, How to
    4. Advice for the Student
    5. Aeroplane and Trunk...
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Will Goldston
Magician Annual 1907-8 by Will Goldston

This was the first Magician Annual Will Goldston compiled and edited. It covers quite some ground. From juggling and optical illusions, to ventriloquism and palmistry. Of course you will find also magic illusions, tricks and patter. And if you want to read a little bit about hoop rolling, you can, too. These Magician Annuals are real fun to read. They are a great window into the past.

1st edition 1908, Gamage Ltd., London; 98 pages.

  1. The Editor to His Readers, Will Goldston
  2. Juggling Manipulations, Paul Cinquevalli
  3. Crayon Drawing for the Stage, J. F. Burrows
  4. Barrel and Packing-Case Tricks,...
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Will Goldston
Magician Annual 1908-9 by Will Goldston

This is the second volume in Goldston's Magician Annual series. It has a nice little section on Chapeaugraphy and a large section on patents. You will find there all kind of improvements to various apparatuses. And there is biographical information and recollections of famous magicians as well as a lot of photos of celebrities.

1st edition, 1909, London; 96 pages.

  1. The Editor to His Readers, Will Goldston
  2. Comedy Jugglers, The Great Weiland
  3. Famous Magicians, Robert Ankele
  4. Living Marionettes, Leah Laurie
  5. Card Tricks, Dr. Elliott
  6. My First Appearance on the Stage as a Magician, W. N. Winget
  7. Episodes...
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Will Goldston
Magician Annual 1909-10 by Will Goldston

This book describes quite a number of card tricks and has a wonderful account of some of Buatier de Kolta's illusions, for example his famous "de Kolta Chair". An interesting story evolves around the cartoon on page 62, which depicts a famous magician's wife in a not very favorable light. Goldston released later a new edition which had this cartoon removed. Goldston also tried to buy back all the first editions but was not quite successful.

1st edition, 1910, London; 100 pages.

  1. The Editor to his Readers, Will Goldston
  2. An Interview and an Appreciation, Henry Byatt
  3. Apparatus for Amateurs,...
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Will Goldston
Magician Annual 1910-11 by Will Goldston

This book is filled with a variety of interesting articles, from trick descriptions to patter suggestions, from biographical information to theory. Among others there is a trick contribution by Houdini. This book is layed out beautifully, almost like a magazine. Overall a very nice and interesting book to read.

1st edition, 1910, The Magician Limited, London; 106 pages.

  1. Index
  2. The Editor to his Readers
  3. The Scribe, The Failure, and The Magician JOHN KEYMAN
  4. Amateur Conjurer's Accessories GEORGE JOHNSON
  5. The Magic of Suggestion PROFESSOR HOFFMANN
  6. New Patter for Popular Problems WOOLFE CLYNE
  7. Wine v. Water CHRIS VAN BERN
  8. Telepathic...
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Will Goldston
Magician Annual 1911-12 by Will Goldston

This book has a broad range of contents, from stage juggling, to the history of playing cards (a really nice article), pocket tricks, illusions, biographical information, ... It is in the very same style as the other Magician Annuals. If you enjoyed those you will surely love this one, too.

1st edition, 1912, London; 99 pages.

  1. Will Goldston, A Terrible Experience, Hohn Keyman
  2. Original Patter for Original Minds, Woolfe Clyne
  3. A Liner on Fire at Sea. An Original Lightning Painting Effect, Fred Velasco
  4. Stage Juggling, Fred Velasco
  5. Tricks for 1911-12, Jay Gee
  6. The Magic Reel of Cotton,...
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Will Goldston
Exclusive Magical Secrets by Will Goldston

This is the first volume in the famous series of locked books by Will Goldston. He writes in his introduction about his motivation to publish this book: "My aim from the beginning has been to gather together from all sources everything new and big in magic that has not been fully explained before." And indeed we have contributions from the finest magicians living at that time: Chung Ling Soo, Harry Houdini, Servais Le Roy, Conradi, Chefalo, Oswald Williams and Chris Van Bern and others. And don't forget that Goldston himself was a prolific inventor of illusions, many of which are included in this work.

The contents spans...

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Will Goldston
More Exclusive Magical Secrets by Will Goldston

This is the second volume in the famous series of locked books by Will Goldston.

1st edition 1921; original 492 pages; PDF 275 pages.

Table of Contents

  1. Contents
  2. Introduction to "More Exclusive Magical Secrets."

    Part I. Pocket Tricks

  3. The Cut String Restored
  4. A Cigarette Trick
  5. The Improved Chinese Bat
  6. The Mysterious Coins
  7. The Travelling Handkerchief
  8. An Easy Way of Making Money
  9. The Elusive Scent Bottle
  10. The Cigarette Vanisher
  11. The Magical Knife
  12. The Mallet
  13. Think of a Card
  14. Will Goldston's Disappearing Knot
  15. The Missing Money
  16. The Match Through the Tube
  17. The Conjurer's Will Power ...
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Will Goldston
Further Exclusive Magical Secrets by Will Goldston

This is the third volume in the famous series of locked books by Will Goldston.

1st edition 1927; original 362 pages; PDF 198 pages.

Table of Contents

  1. Contents
  2. WILL GOLDSTON An Appreciation
  3. Introduction

    Part I. Pocket Tricks

  4. Shooting at a Match
  5. A Different Cigarette Paper Trick
  6. A Puzzle Box
  7. A Pliable Cigarette
  8. The Magnetic Thimbles
  9. A New Cut String Restored
  10. The Penny and the Pear
  11. The Changing Match Boxes
  12. The Coin Finder
  13. Goldin's Mysterious Rods
  14. Novel Thought Transference
  15. A String Problem

    Part II. Sleight-of-Hand Pocket Tricks

  16. G. W. Hunter
  17. The Magnetic Match-box
  18. Pushing...
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Will Goldston
Tricks of the Masters by Will Goldston

This book covers a mix of stage illusions, manipulations, and parlor tricks. It is very nicely illustrated even featuring a couple of photos.

Paul Fleming wrote:

Will Goldston has been writing books on magic for many years. He is probably the most popular of magical authors, judged by the number of books he has written and the extent of their sales; for his writings on the subject now number several dozen titles, and a good many of them have run through a number of printings. We are somewhat at a loss to account for this popularity, since we personally have never regarded Mr. Goldston as our best teacher...

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Will Goldston
A Magician's Swan Song by Will Goldston

An autobiographical history of magic, profusely illustrated with diagrams of magic tricks and photographs of Goldston's career.

From the foreword by J. C. Cannell:

The exposures he makes range from the most spectacular and elaborate illusions to the smallest pocket trick. His book, indeed, is the alpha and omega of magic. He conceals nothing, hides no secrets.

The careful researches which I had to make in order to tell the public exactly how Houdini achieved his escapes and performed illusions which seemed like miracles, led me to think that I had exhausted all the resources of magic. But,...

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Will Goldston
Magic for the Forces by Will Goldston
  • Preface
  • The Penny And Box Lids
  • Another Coin Trick
  • Thought-Reading With Cards
  • Sense Of Touch
  • Card Changes To A Rose
  • The Fountain Of Cards
  • The Ribbons And Flag
  • One From Fifty-Two
  • A Thought-Reading Trick
  • Passing A Thimble Through A Borrowed Silk Handkerchief
  • The Deceptive Half-Crown

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