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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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August Roterberg
The Modern Wizard by August Roterberg

Roterberg was a dealer, but he also wrote excellent magic books - four altogether. The Card Tricks and how to do them is an excerpt from New Era Card Tricks. So actually he wrote only three books. The Modern Wizard was his first one. It explains tricks with silks, eggs, glasses, billiard balls, coins, candles, pill boxes and more. Roterberg has a very efficient style of describing a trick. He supplies no patter or other fluff, but still manages to explain a trick thoroughly. He packs 68 tricks or methods into merely 120 pages. He closes his book with the chapter "The Art of Magic" where Roterberg gives a crash course in how to be a good magician....

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August Roterberg
Latter Day Tricks by August Roterberg

This book is the continuation of The Modern Wizard; same format almost same number of pages and same style. For example the 'handkerchief productions' are continued with methods twelve, thirteen fourteen, fifteen and sixteen. You will find many interesting plots with eggs, glasses, coins, silks, tubes, plates, flowers, nest of boxes, ...

1st edition, 1896; 112 pages.

  1. Robinson's Flying Handkerchiefs
  2. The Improved Soup Plate and Handkerchief Trick
  3. First Method
  4. Second Method
  5. Third Method
  6. Fourth Method
  7. The Four Soup Plates and Handkerchiefs
  8. The Handkerchief Coloring Trick
  9. Handkerchief Productions,...
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G. C. Hines
Modern Mysteries by G. C. Hines

To tell you the truth, I do not know much about the author, G. C. Hines. But this shouldn't distract us from the contents of this neat little booklet. He describes how you can dye your own handkerchiefs. You will find some routines with handkerchiefs and two methods for the rising card - one for a stage and one for a parlor setting; two floating ball routines and a flag vase routine.

1st edition, 1915, Modern Mysteries Co.; 12 pages

  1. A Word by the Author
  2. Table Levitation
  3. Dyeing Handkerchiefs
  4. Handkerchief Wand
  5. Flag between Handkerchiefs
  6. Rising Cards - Stage Method
  7. Rising Cards - Parlor...
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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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Louis Nikola
Magical Masterpieces by Louis Nikola

The most famous invention of Nikola is his card system, which is described in The Nikola Card System and in an abbreviated version in Encyclopedia of Card Tricks. Cards are not the only area Nikola excelled in.

From the inside cover: Magical Masterpieces is no mere fanciful title. It is an apt description of a selection from the accumulated repertoire of a practical magician whose outstanding characteristic is the painstaking perfection and stamp of individuality of all his productions. It is safe to say that if a new book of magic provides only one workable and suitable addition to the reader's store it is a sound investment. The magician...

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Giuseppe Pinetti
Physical Amusements and Diverting Experiments by Giuseppe Pinetti

This is a wonderful and extremely rare book. If you could find this book at all somewhere to purchase, you would need to put down around $5000. But it is not just its rarity which is so fascinating, it is its contents. This is a great magic book. Many outstanding tricks are taught. I found new routines and new principles I haven't seen and read anywhere else - and I consider myself as fairly well read in magic. I love this book. It is highly recommended.

It describes how to change the color of a rose. How to shoot a bird and bring it back to life. How to drown a fly for 24 hours and bring...

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Verrall Wass
Visible Magic by Verrall Wass

This booklet was inserted in volume 44 number 8 of The Sphinx. It was published as a gift to the loyal subscribers. Illustrations were done by Francis Martineau.

1st edition, 1944, Sphinx Publishing Corporation, USA; 11 pages.

  1. Preface
  2. Eyes Colour Blind
  3. Verrall's Visible Four Aces
  4. From Deception to Doll's House
  5. Verrall's Chameleon Carnations
  6. Verrall's "Bango!"
  7. Grandfather's Nightcap
  8. Verrall's Vanishing Vase
  9. It Hasn't Been Done Before!
  10. Decanting a Rainbow
  11. Francis Martineau
  12. Verrall Wass
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Ulysses Frederick Grant
Secrets by Ulysses Frederick Grant

The title "Secrets - Malini, Leipzig, Vernon, Jarrow, ..." suggests a lot, but these are merely the interpretations and versions of U. F. Grant to some of the classics of Malini, Leipzig, Vernon, Jarrow and others. Grant uses only one page to describe each effect and method. This book is therefore to some degree a disappointment. Nevertheless I think it is a cheap way to learn the plots and a method to several of the greatest tricks of all time. Just don't expect very detailed descriptions. Grant displays in this book an arrogant writing style with comments like 'This is good' or "The best method" or "Fools...

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Todd Diamond & Michael Wild
Bar Magician by Todd Diamond & Michael Wild

Michael Wild has teamed up with another hard core bar magician, Todd Diamond, to share with you their knowledge and great effects for the bar/pub venue. If you read Bar Magician it will become obvious that these two gentlemen have done magic in bars for quite some time. They explain their thinking and reveal some of their best effects. A bar can be a tough and sometimes rude place. Todd and Michael included one effect that matches this environment: "Two Cigarettes Having Sex". Be warned that this presentation may offend you. You might not want to do this for your in-laws next to the Christmas...

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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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Julian Bradbrook
Bar Tricks and Magic 1 by Julian Bradbrook

This is a neat little collection of bar tricks, stunts and simple magic effects. Some of it will be familiar to you, some have a new twist or plot and others might be completely new to you. Julian added photos to make it very easy to present these on your next visit to your favorite bar or restaurant. It is a good idea to have a few of these stunts ready when you are not prepared to do a full magic show, but still want to be the center of attention.

1st edition, 2004.

1. Red or Black
This trick will prove that your volunteer has ESP as they correctly predict whether cards are red or black. ...

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Daniel Skahen
Mastery in Magic by Daniel Skahen

This is an ebook for serious beginners. This book will not make you a master – that is not what is meant by the title. This book will, however, set you on what the author believes is the best path to mastery. You’re going to learn:

  • About learning magic and reaching mastery itself, the largest context.
  • Practical, time-tested sleights that cater to all venues of close-up.
  • Secrets of presentation for a memorable performance.
  • Skills you need to have that underlie everything else.
  • Amazing tricks and routines, both easy and powerful.
  • How to be a magician.

1st edition, 2005; 232 pages....

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Daniel Garcia
Next by Daniel Garcia

These are Daniel's impromptu magic notes.

"Cliptrip alone is worth the price of these notes!" - Chris Kenner

"Stretch is the best use of this old rubberband principle i have ever seen." - Dan Harlan

" .....(smile)...." - Paul Harris

Find out what has the top names in magic interested in Daniel Garcia's mind. This set of notes contains some of the strongest and most visual impromptu magic ever seen. Cliptrip - causes a paper clip to visually melt at your finger tips as openly as possible. Bad Habit - push a cigarette through the cellophane of its pack, and visually mend the melted holes. Stretch - An...
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Lewis Ganson & Dai Vernon
The Dai Vernon Book of Magic by Lewis Ganson & Dai Vernon

I was lucky that I stumbled across this book very early on in my magic development. It had a huge impact on how I approached magic and how I think today about magic. The introductory chapter "The Vernon Touch" should be mandatory reading for every magician. I would go so far as to recommend re-reading it every year. Martin Breese wrote: "One of the most important books of magic ever written." Max Holden said: "I consider Vernon the greatest man with a pack of cards of the present day." Many consider Dai Vernon, the professor, as one who had probably the biggest impact on magic in recent times. ...

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Walter A. Schwartz
Gimac by Walter A. Schwartz

Walter Schwartz a member of the SAM and IBM wrote for many magazines among them The Sphinx. A total of 38 practical tricks is presented in this booklet. Not all effects are Walter's own, but many are. You can find quite a number of mentalism pieces, some card tricks, even a rabbit production is described.

1st edition 1933; 38 pages.

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Jean Hugard
Modern Magic Manual by Jean Hugard

In this classic manual, the first Hugard wrote for people outside the inner circle of magic performers, he reveals the secrets of a host of mystifying tricks covering all major forms of close-up and stand-up magic: conjuring with coins, watches, rings, balls, eggs, silks, cigarettes, cigars, thimbles, flowers, ropes, bills, cards and mental magic.

This is a great primer for anyone aspiring to be a performing magician. The large amount of effects also holds gems for the intermediate and advanced performer. There is some overlap of material with other Hugard publications.

Paul Fleming wrote:

This...

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Jean Hugard
Magic Annual 1937 (Hugard's Annual of Magic) by Jean Hugard

In general magic books cover a certain subject area. Here a slice through time is offered. The 'Magic Annual' describes the best and most popular effects from one year. (There is a second volume in this series Magic Annual 1938-1939.)

Max Holden writes in the introduction: "Some of the items are new, some are old tricks given a novel twist, while other effects, although known in a general way, are now published in detail for the first time - among these latter, the Hugard Fire Eating Act, Hugard's Bullet Catching Feat and my own presentation of Smoke Pictures. Jean Hugard has given his best, as usual, and I am...

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Jean Hugard
Magic Annual 1938-1939 (Hugard's Annual of Magic) by Jean Hugard

The second and last book in the Magic Annual series Jean Hugard wrote for Max Holden. (Also consider the first volume Magic Annual 1937.)

Paul Fleming wrote:

Hugard's Annual of Magic for 1938-1939 is similar to its 1937 predecessor in size and format. It is a volume of 126 pages (137 minus 11, since the text begins on page 11), and has good illustrations by Nelson Hahne, good paper, good printing, and a good-looking cover of blue, gold-stamped fabrikoid. Like the earlier Annual, it deals with sleights and tricks in several branches of conjuring.

Mr. Hugard begins this book auspiciously with an eight-page essay on extempore...

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Jim Coles
Mystery Makers by Jim Coles

Jim Coles, who is the author of the best selling PK Revolution, describes in this ebook four stunning routines with cards, coins and cigarettes.

Mirror Image
Showing his hands to be unmistakably empty, the performer displays a small mirror and a half dollar. Holding the half dollar above the mirror, he tilts the mirror forward, making the coin's reflection slide off the mirror's surface and become a perfect duplicate of the coin he holds! No shell. Everything may be examined.

Shadow Of A Thought
Do thoughts have physical substance? Can that substance be captured? Using a pack of cigarettes as an...

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Lewis Ganson & Tony Slydini
The Magic of Slydini by Lewis Ganson & Tony Slydini

This is a classic book, probably the best book on close-up magic ever written. Now available as an ebook with an improved layout. The original book had 448 photos grouped together in full-page photo plates. This meant that most photos were removed from the text which goes along with the photos. We have corrected this error in this digital edition. All photos have been inserted in the text where they are referred to.

Slydini was a genius of misdirection. Every movement and every word is deliberately chosen to direct the attention of spectators as well as to produce a graceful and engaging...

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Tim Shoesmith
Fountains and Acorns for big people by Tim Shoesmith

This ebook contains Tim's thoughts on close up magic. It includes a ring on string routine and a version of Jon Allen's Double Back which leaves you clean. It also discusses his theories on dealing with difficult people and his take on the watch steal. It finishes with his four card location and the ambitious card routine which won him the Rovi trophy at the IBM and second place in the Magic Circle Close up Competition.

1st edition 2006; 34 pages.

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Ron Jaxon
Perpetuity Tube by Ron Jaxon

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The Perpetuity Tube is a perfect follow up for one of Ron's other ebooks called Bill Burner because it uses an objects that's logical to have with a lighter (a small cigar tube). In other words it's a perfect place for the vanished bill to magically (and visually) travel into.

But that's not all you can do with these little tubes. Just about anything that can fit in them can be made to magically and visually appear, vanish or turn into other objects in a very visual manner. Just to give you an idea of the kinds of things you can accomplish with the Perpetuity tubes:

  • A rolled up dollar bill...
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Leo Behnke
Entertaining Close Up by Leo Behnke

Various tricks for the dinner table or other close-up occasions with sugar, matches and business cards.

  • MY TWO FAVORITE QUOTATIONS
  • MY CARD
    1. "Any Comment?"
    2. My Card - Your Card
    3. Follow the Leader
    4. Magic Square
    5. A Thought
  • THAT'S SWEET
    1. Sugar Supply
    2. Card Cubes
    3. Sweet Smash
    4. Spot Everywhere
  • HOT STUFF
    1. 20 plus 1
    2. "Allow Me"
    3. Matching Ads
  • THINGS AND STUFF
    1. Fortune Stars
    2. Long John Silver
    3. In the Center
    4. Up with the Olio

1st edition 1962; 14 pages

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