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Tom Sellers
Novel Necromancy by Tom Sellers

In this publication Tom Sellers introduced the world of magic with what became a classic effect. It is mostly known under the title "Just Chance" or "Bank Night".

  • Foreword
  • The Encyclopaedia Test
  • Obtaining Information
  • New Method Sum Trick
  • A Coin Date Mystery
  • A Table Trap Idea
  • "It's Only Chance"
  • Diminishing Matches
  • A Tube And Ball Mystery
  • Aces And Kings Transposition
  • Knots And A Ring
  • The Sympathetic Matches
  • Unique Production Box
  • A Coin Sleight
  • A Bran To Rabbit Box
  • The Magnetic Dish Of Water
  • A Neat String Tangle
  • Another Coin Sleight
  • Rope And Rod
  • A New Slate Idea
  • Rope, Rings...
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Harlan Tarbell
10 Magical After Dinner Stunts by Harlan Tarbell

Here are ten fun-to-perform mysteries from arguably the best magical artist and instructor on the planet. Easy enough for the beginner, the varied routines will entertain any audience, regardless of the performer's skill level. Despite the title, you'll find yourself using one or more of these stunts wherever people gather: at the dinner table, at your favorite watering hole, at parties, or at get-togethers with friends and family. Each effect is painstakingly illustrated in Doc Tarbell's famous style, making them fun and easy to learn and perform.

Originally published in 1930, after the...

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Tom Sellers
Scots Magic by Tom Sellers
  • The Spirit Guide
  • A Paddle Routine
  • The Impromptu Rising Card
  • The Elongated Cigarette
  • New Rising Cards
  • Flip Flap
  • The Tell Tale Scytale
  • The Ribbon Pyramid
  • Two Silks Vanish
  • Off And On Again
  • Change Over Cards
  • The Jumping Ring
  • The T.S. Find The Lady
  • Winged Cigarettes
  • On Again - Off Again
  • Balls And Pillar
  • An Old Trick Simplified
  • The Winner
  • It's Just Chance
  • The Name On The Slate
  • Living And Dead
1st edition 1939, 24 pages; PDF 20 pages.
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Tom Sellers
Subtle Sorcery by Tom Sellers
  • The Flying Coins
  • Ball Production For Club Workers
  • Thimble Production
  • Choice Restored
  • The Web Handkerchief Production
  • Black Art Milk Vanish
  • A "Stag" Party Pack
  • Tele - Refreshment Bar
  • The Hoop Un-Looped
  • The Surp-Rising Cigarette
  • Which End?
  • Finding A Card At Any Number
  • The Girl Behind The Door
  • Silk Sympathy
  • Bar And Chains Escape
  • Sleight For Gloved Workers
  • The T.S. Sack Escape
  • Date Plus Your Age
  • Lay-Out Speller
  • A Mental Tip
  • Entertaining With Words
    • (1) Marriage And Divorce
    • (2) Lazy Bones
    • (3) Backwards And Forwards
  • Effective Four Ace Trick
  • Leap Year Card Trick
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Hercat
Simple Tricks by Hercat

From the preface:

The title of this little brochure indicates its contents. Simple Tricks and simple tricks only. No apparatus is required and but little sleight-of-hand is needed in the performance of any of them. They consist of a series of tricks and problems, easily acquired, suitable for gatherings round the table on winter evenings. Some of them are new and many are old; but even the oldest are new to the rising generation. For six of the latest tricks, - "A Hindu Swindle," "The Elusive Match," "A Subtle Impromptu Effect with a Coin," "A Novel Card Effect," "An Artful Card Force," and...

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Tom Sellers
That's Good by Tom Sellers
  • Through The Eye Of A Needle
  • Repeat Torn Paper
  • The Restored Spill
  • Sex Detection
  • Number Prediction
  • Dictionary Test
  • A Sliding Card Frame
  • The Rising Cards
  • A Card Flourish
  • A Colour Force
  • A Different "Pick-It-Out" Trick
  • Burnt And Restored
  • Blendo
  • Word Magic
  • Four Colour Change Pencil
  • Copper To Silver
  • Hand To Hand
  • Coin From Smoke
  • A Deceptive Coin Pass
  • Passe Passe Coins
  • The Separated Coins
  • Penetration
  • Coins And Papers
  • Rising And Revolving Candle
1st edition 1942, 20 pages; PDF 20 pages.
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Tom Sellers
Trick Tracks by Tom 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.

  • Foreword
  • A Production Box
  • Coin On Knife Or Sword
  • From Match To Match
  • "Give Me A Light, Please"
  • The Haunted Chair
  • A Magnetic Pencil
  • The Floating Paper
  • Spirit Rapping
  • The "Finder" Pencil
  • The Cork Returns
  • A New Changing Or Producing Canister
  • Calendar Book Test
  • Novel Book Test
  • A Flower Growth
  • Liquid Transposition
  • The Ghost Taps
  • "Mystify Yourself!" Ribbon And...
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Hercat
Latest Sleights and Illusions by Hercat

From the preface:

Although only three years have elapsed since Latest Sleights was published, Magic has made such rapid strides in that short time, and so many new tricks have come into existence, that I cannot allow another edition to go to press without thoroughly revising this book and making many most important additions.

  • PREFACE TO NEW EDITION
  • INTRODUCTION
    • The Wizard's Table
    • The Wizard's Dress
  • THE LATEST SLEIGHTS
    • The Latest Methods employed in the Money Trick, explaining the Improved System of Palming, the Bamboo Stick, and other New Inventions.
    • A Dozen Half-Crowns Produced...
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Samuel Berland
Still More Exclusive Tricks by Samuel Berland

Continuing with even more pro-quality close-up and platform effects, here's a worthy second volume of Berland's exclusive magic. Long out of print, this collection includes several miracles that Berland sold separately through magic dealers the world over.

Partial contents:

  • A Blockbuster Opening - A very colorful and surprising "Opening Trick" that can be performed under any conditions.
  • Routine for the Coin Through Borrowed Handkerchief - A handkerchief is apparently cut and restored. Also included is a variation of the trick in which a leaking fountain pen adds a hilarious comedy situation. ...
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Sultan Orazaly
Gum Pack by Sultan Orazaly

A most practical and visual restoration. This is a visual trick that will leave your spectators totally speechless. Gum Pack looks like real magic. Best of all, the gimmick is always ready to go at a moment's notice.

  • good angles
  • easy to make
  • easy to perform

1st edition 2021, video 8 min.

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Bobby Bernard
Bobby Bernard's Magic Clinic by Bobby Bernard

This is not a lecture - it is a clinic.

This is one of the first magic videos Martin Breese released. It was produced by Duncan Trillo and features Bobby Bernard teaching a number of great close-up moves and effects. Compared to today's slick videos this is a minimalistic low budget production. Occasionally you can even hear cars and traffic noises in the background. But what it lacks in slickness it has in spades in terms of teaching value for the magician. Bobby Bernard was a legendary magician and as this video demonstrates also a great teacher. I could watch him all day.

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Peter Wilker
The Creation of Magic by Peter Wilker

A practical guide to the invention of tricks plus newly created tricks.

"I must say that I was prepared to dislike this book ... Wilker's discussion, however, is so pleasant and unassuming that one can hardly disagree with him. In part, this is because Wilker seems to recognize the inherent problems in stating hard and fast rules about creativity and so limits his conclusions accordingly." - Stephen Hobbs

From the Preface:

This book reflects my own knowledge and thoughts on the subject of inventing tricks. Part 1 is devoted to this process and by reading its introduction you will, dear reader,...

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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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Will Blyth
Effective Conjuring by Will Blyth

From the introduction:

Every item has been presented by the author, not only before the general public, who may generally be relied on to give audible expressions of their likes and dislikes, but also before meetings of conjurers, where candid criticism has resulted in filling up several possible pitfalls and leaving everything fairly even and workable.

Most of my previous works on conjuring have dealt with specific subjects, such as paper, match-sticks, handkerchiefs, coins, etc. The present volume, however, contains a variety of useful effects which, if presented with due regard to the...

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Lewis Ganson
Mystery of Magic by Lewis Ganson

This rare booklet contains some real gems. The routines are described concisely and with lots of clear photos.

  • Introduction
  • Fooling with Hoola Fooler
  • A Ring and some rope
  • Matched Up
  • Card Production
  • Phoa Yan Tiong's Cut and Restored Handkerchief
  • Coin Manipulation
  • Eddie Wards Card rise
  • Quick Tricks
  • Malini's Vanish of Note from a Handkerchief
  • An effective routine for Equally Unequal Ropes
  • Giant fans
PDF 14 pages.
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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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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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Percy Naldrett
More Collected Magic: Collected Magic Series Volume 2 by Percy Naldrett

This is volume 2 of the 8-volume Collected Magic Series.

  • Compilers Preamble
  • "Jack Sheppard" A Mysterious Release
  • The Enchanted Fan
  • "Shades & Shapes" A Pretty Effect with Silks
  • "The Zodizignz" An Ancient Oracle
  • The "Debur" Afghan Bands
  • "The Red Hand!" A Perpetration
  • An Ingenious Hat Load
  • "A Means to an End"
  • The Elusive Stop
  • Another Ingenious Hat Load
  • The Diving Ball
  • The "Regimental" Effect
  • "Woolly Wizardry''
  • On Card Levitations
  • An Easy Hat Production
  • "Dissolving Silk"
  • The Bretma "Glasgow" Tray
1st edition 1921, 91 pages; PDF 59 pages.
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Senor Mardo
Applause by Senor Mardo

Sixteen beautiful routines, moves, and effects that, like the title says, will earn you plenty of audience applause. Most of the audience-pleasing routines use props that you likely already own, such as a Vanishing Cane, Comedy Funnel, Liquid Appear, silks, rope, magic wand, and other standard items.

Plus, Mardo tips a trio of coin effects that use standard coins and a modicum of sleights to accomplish the magic. And a swell card flourish that was later featured in the movie "The Sting," starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford.

Paul Fleming wrote:

This little book is a sequel to Routined Magic, by...

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Peter Wilker
Magic From Germany by Peter Wilker

From the introduction:

In English-speaking countries very little is known about magic in Germany, let alone in other countries like Poland, Switzerland or Spain. Unless a magician from one of these countries attends conventions in Britain or America regularly, and unless he speaks English, he will rarely be known. The two German magicians I want to talk about in these Lecture Notes - one from each side of the former Berlin wall - are perhaps the two best known in Germany today. Their names are Joro and Jochen Zmeck - how many of my readers, however, have ever heard of them?

Joro's real name is Bruno...

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Paul Curry & Oscar Weigle
Sealed Miracles No. 1 by Paul Curry & Oscar Weigle

Here's an expanded and updated edition of a Paul Curry manuscript that contains not one, but two powerful effects that will give you a reputation as an outstanding magician and psychic entertainer.

Probability Zero

A batch of business cards are numbered and mixed, with their number sides down. A truly sensational climax is reached when a spectator, although he selects the cards at random and doesn't know the numbers on the cards, succeeds in arranging them in numerical order. Is it just chance? Not likely - the odds are over 300,000 to 1 against it.

The Color-Changing Deck

A new...

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Paul Curry
Sealed Miracles No. 2 by Paul Curry

Here's an expanded and updated edition of the second and final Paul Curry manuscript in the series with a pair of powerful effects that'll give you a reputation as an outstanding magician and psychic entertainer. Both of these card miracles exhibit the brilliant methodology that you've come to expect from Paul Curry.

Think Of A Card

A spectator merely thinks of a card. The performer jots down the name of a card. The spectator names his card and the performer shows what he wrote - it's the name of the thought-of card. A clean-cut, logical effect.

Follow-up

This is a variation of the...

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