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Charles C. Eastman
French's Manipulative Magic with Additions by Charles C. Eastman

Manipulative or sleight of hand magic is undoubtedly the purest form of the conjuror's art. Now you can add more than 20 beautiful and entertaining effects to your routine. Edwin A. French was a true artist, as shown by the moves that are well described by Chas. C. Eastman. Add to this the line art by none other than Nelson Hahne, and you have a combination that is hard to beat.

In addition to French's artistry, this edition also includes additional effects by Murray Sumner, John Morin, Nelson Hahne, Joseph Walker, Bert Douglas and Sid Lorraine.

While it's hard to be partial, as we like all the material, the Penetration effect is especially...

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Alex De Vega
Selected Secrets by Alex De Vega

From the Foreword:

In selecting these Secrets, I have endeavoured to interest the Fraternity at large. Whether you are a manipulator, impromptu or spectacular worker I trust you will find herein some secret that will add to your reputation as a magician.

The secrets are chosen from over 300 which I classified when writing The Whirlwind of Wizardry and while many are not complete tricks or effects in themselves they are just what adds that little extra touch of smartness to an act, or that little effect to fill up a break.

  • Foreword
  • That Broken Match
  • Self Igniting Dove Pan
  • Knotted Changing Silks
  • Splinters:...
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Alex De Vega
More Selected Secrets by Alex De Vega

From the Foreword:

In presenting a further selection of secrets to the fraternity, I have again chosen these of general interest. It will be understood that these secrets are written for the advanced performer. Where the item is an improvement of a known effect. I have taken it for granted that the reader is familiar with the working of same; should he not be so, however, full descriptions will be found in the standard text-books on Magic.

  • Foreword
  • Patriotic Torn Paper
  • Dyeing Billiard Balls
  • The "Repeater" Smoke Trick
  • The Tobacco Trick (Simplified)
  • The "Lyford - Armour" Universal...
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Charles Waller
Happy Magic Part 1 by Charles Waller

From the Introduction:

Here, as always, I have assembled a varied lot of material in the hope that all tastes will be satisfied. It is all original; or as much so as conjuring creations usually are. I am particular in this regard, for I am almost morbidly sensitive to any charge of "piracy." This is strange when one considers that mine is the honour of having introduced the Jolly Roger as a conjuring property.

  • Introduction
  • "A Rose By Any Other Name - "
  • Beelzebub's Bookmarks
  • Two Little Dicky Birds
  • Old Ted
  • Wet Paint!
  • Observation And Deduction
  • "Staring Me In The Face"
  • Little Willie's...
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Charles Waller
Happy Magic Part 2 by Charles Waller
  • Giant Blunderbore’s Matches
  • The Posy
  • Twin Souls
  • A Fake Blindfold
  • Card Jugglery
  • Carnival
  • Again, The Ring On The Stick
  • Snakes And Ladders
  • To And Fro
  • Carroty Kate And Sandy Sam
  • Apple Blossom And Peach
  • Confusion In The Ark
1st edition 1932, 30 pages; PDF 35 pages.
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Alan Kennaugh
Bunny Topper by Alan Kennaugh

A triple effect with a sheet of paper. You can immediately print yourself the necessary pictures. This is the original description of the effect as sold by Supreme:

“What a fantastic pocket effect! .... What a great trick for you to use at kids' party-shows or your more intimate type dates. Nothing to carry but it's big, big, big, in effect. Based on an original effect given to us as a Supreme Exclusive; top magician, top journalist, Alan Kennaugh has come up with a brilliant idea which at once makes this into a new trick, an entertaining trick, a mystifying trick, and one which has a really...

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Walt Williams
Nu Trix with the Square Circle by Walt Williams

More than just a simple prop, the Square Circle is a terrific way to magically produce an incredible array of items ... right before the very eyes of your audience. Yet, there's no need to go out and buy one, when you can build your own, folding model Square Circle, using the convenient plans that are included in this handy guide. Profusely illustrated.

Already have a Square Circle? Great! You can use this ebook to get new ideas for loads and production items. Includes complete routines with patter for special occasions, exactly as presented by the author in nightclubs throughout the country...

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Joseph Elon Kemp
Emergency Full Evening Show by Joseph Elon Kemp

Imagine that an airline has lost your luggage, your props, and even your wallet ... yet you have a theater show to give in just a few days. What would you do?

This informative ebook explains how you can enter any strange city, cold turkey, without a cent in your pocket, without a bit of magical equipment to your name, and rent a large auditorium, put out publicity and advertising, pay your hotel and living expenses and prepare a sensational, full-evening magic show that will send your audience away happy and satisfied, and fill your pocket with cash.

Nothing is left to chance. The entire...

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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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Bob Solari & Tom Ogden
Nailed by Bob Solari & Tom Ogden

The performer displays two straight large nails held at his fingertips. Slowly the two nails visibly bend to a 45-degree angle. The nails continue to visibly bend to almost a 90-degree angle. The nails remain in view throughout this bending process. The nails continue to bend to almost a horseshoe angle. The spectator can actually hear the nails bending, immediately hand the bent nails out for examination. The nails can even be examined before the bending. Nothing concealed in the hand. Resets in seconds. Nails can be used over and over again. No, you do not need super strength to perform this...

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Dr. Edward George Ervin
Club Deceptions by Dr. Edward George Ervin

A choice collection of smart close-up and pocket tricks of the type for which Dr. Ervin was famous. Originally sold as four separate booklets, these have now been combined into a single, greatly enlarged volume, edited by Ralph W. Read and fully illustrated.

Contains tricks with bills, coins, cigarettes, tobacco, matches, silks, needles, playing cards, ropes, mind reading, livestock, and more. Comedy, straight magic, even a few stunts that will play well as bar betchas. There's plenty of variety to capture and keep any audience's attention.

Our favorites include a very clever Thumb Tie that uses...

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Supreme-Magic-Company
Fantastic Five by Supreme-Magic-Company

Five effects with simple objects.

All of the effects are easy to do . . . are varied in effect. None of them requires elaborate properties.

Effect No. 1. Invisible Dice. A clever novelty. A prediction with a box of matches and invisible dice. No matter what number a spectator "throws," you show your prediction to be correct. A trick that will become one of your favorite pocket tricks.

Effect No. 2. Fire! A gag - but an unusual one you can use in many ways. Any time you need a light, i.e. in the Dove Pan routine, Burnt and Restored note, etc., you say you will show the Magician's way of...

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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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Ken Muller
Ghost White by Ken Muller

A simple but dramatic magic effect just for Halloween. A paper sack is blown up and popped for aloud Bang! A second sack has a multi-colored scarf dropped in by a spectator, then inflated and popped. Bang! But this time there is a shower of colored specs in the air as a ghostly white silk floats to the ground.

1st edition 2021, PDF 1 page.

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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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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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Someeran
Watch This Closely by Someeran

Excerpt from the preface:

This is a book on close-up magic. The effects described in this book are not only mystifying but vastly entertaining. I know they are practical and popular, because I do them all the time, and I love them. Some of the effects in this book were originally published in different magic magazines like Magigram, Mantra etc. While re-writing them for this book, I have updated the effect, handling and presentation, based on my experience of performing them several times, to make them more interesting and entertaining. Even readers who may have read the original versions will find something...

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Junior Shankar
How's That? by Junior Shankar

A selection of close-up routines.

Excerpt from the introduction:

It is true that most of the ideas we get are from the books, Magazines etc. but many such ideas are left in a corner as they are difficult to prepare or the materials are not available. Whenever I get such ideas, I think of ways to make them easy and possible for performance.

  • Introduction
  • Gamblers Secrets
  • The Poor Man’s Rainbow
  • Way Out
  • Jazz Cards
  • Chopped Cards Through Table
  • Copper And Silver Plus
  • Magician Gets his Wish
  • Tall Fat Lady
  • Nu Way Coins Across
  • Impossible Prediction
  • E Zee Center Tear
  • Meet Junior...
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Mahadevananda
The Magic of Mahadevananda by Mahadevananda

Excerpt from the introduction:

My real forte is, I think, being able to take a couple of standard effects and shove them together and get a bit of a different effect. I also enjoy reading old magazines on Magic and reviving some of the good things that have been covered in dust for years. Who said, if you want to keep an original idea secret, publish it in a magazine? Truly, many real gems can be unearthed by plowing through old books and magazines.

  • Introduction
  • This is the drink I want
  • Simplex Shower of Sweets
  • Do It In Their Hand
  • My Chop Cup Routine
  • No Chance
  • Magic Drinks Maker ...
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Solyl Kundu
Magic of Merriment by Solyl Kundu

In this ebook Solyl gives you an assortment of practical entertainment, from clever close-up with a plug for a prospective booking, to colourful, entertaining, and very impressive conjuring and stage magic. All simple to perform, and enjoyable to watch.

Excerpt from the introduction:

I do not claim that this book is full of novel notions which are mind boggling and which will set the magic world ablaze. But I must say, keeping modesty aside for a moment, that the contents are all 'practical goodies'. Not always very original, but their dressing has fetched me laughs, applause, rewards,...

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Arun Bonerjee
Show us a Trick! by Arun Bonerjee

Excerpt from the Introduction:

Here is a bunch of my creations in the field of intimate type close-up magic, that I have been using for long in my close-up work. In fact, many of the tricks in this book have been published earlier in Abra, and Magigram. However due to repeat performances, these have been further polished, and the articles are rewritten for this book, including these improvements.

  • Introduction
  • Have Faith In Me
  • Magical Strike
  • Thru The Barriers
  • Magical Gambling
  • Flight-O-Disc
  • Vibrations
  • ESP Stacking
  • On Time
  • Floating Match Box
  • What’s In a Name
  • In the Cards
  • Introducing...
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Henry Hatton & Adrian Plate
Magicians' Tricks by Henry Hatton & Adrian Plate

This book was rated one of the ten basic books for a working library of conjuring by H. Adrian Smith, historian, collector and owner of the largest private magic library in his time. It is a magnificent book featuring tricks from Germain, Conradi, Goldston, Okito, Elliott, and others. It is very difficult to get a hardcopy these days. Other books in this top 10 list are

Paul Fleming wrote:

In 1910, Henry Hatton, a well-known writer on magic, and Adrian Plate, an equally well-known performer, collaborated in writing Magicians' Tricks: How They Are Done. The book promptly took its place as a standard work on the subject, and could be found in...

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Professor Hoffmann
More Magic by Professor Hoffmann

This is the second volume of the Hoffmann trilogy. If you liked Modern Magic you will love More Magic. There is too much to list. Refer to the 'Table of Contents' below for details. This book was rated one of the ten basic books for a working library of conjuring by H. Adrian Smith, historian, collector and owner of the largest private magic library in his time. Other books in this top 10 list are

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Carl Martell
The Modern Manipulator by Carl Martell

This, originally written in 1910, juggling and magic book is (for the most part) still very relevant. Besides the insights you will gain about juggling and magic in the late 1800s, you will also learn about forgotten routines that you can use to enrich your repertoire with and that would still play very well in your act today. You will get the original script as written by Carl Martell. It is an exciting read for jugglers, variety performers; and sleight of hand, close-up, and stage magicians alike. You will read about the workings behind some long-forgotten vaudeville juggling stunts, magic...

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