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JC Sum
Illusionism by JC Sum

From the author of the internationally critically acclaimed Urban Illusions, Illusionary Departures books and the producer of the best selling Behind the Illusions DVD comes a first-of-its-kind ebook dedicated to professional illusions and large-scale stage routines for mentalists and mental magic presentations.

Professional illusionist & illusion designer J C Sum details eight original illusions and stage routines for mentalism shows, complete with full presentations, full-colour illustrations and building plans.

Download the free sampler right now.

The routines offer an alternative...

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Timo Dante
Illusions for Beginner by Timo Dante

Timo Dante has published in this e-book a small compilation of illusions that can be accomplished with little effort and budget. From appearing to hovering and sawing up to swords and escapes, one can use the book to present his first little illusion show, or take one or two illusions as an enrichment to a possibly existing show. For beginners who would like to present illusions with little budget, it is a small entry into the world full of magic.

The e-book does not contain any dimensioned blueprints but only simple concept illustrations. The following illusions are explained

  • Mystery...
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Gordon Miller
Illusions Illusions by Gordon Miller

Gordon Miller compiled a great collection of magical illusions from various Abbott publications - most with complete and detailed workshop plans.

  • Abbott's Guillotine
  • Cyclops Lens
  • Caliph's Cutter
  • Abbott's Barrel Escape
  • Don Rose Miniature Doll House
  • Abbott's Packing Box Escape
  • Where's That Gal?
  • Levitation Deluxe
  • Abbott's Modern Sword Cabinet
  • Girl In Fish Bowl
  • Spike Illusion
  • Canvas Case Illusion
  • Phantasmo
  • Devil Illusion
  • Twin Boxes
  • Dancing Slippers
  • Abbott's Amazing Shrunken Living Head Illusion
  • Abbott's Mummy Cloth Of The Nile
  • Abbott's Mignon Illusion
  • Abbott's Enchanted Tent ...
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Rupesh Thakur
Impossible Motorcycle Appearance by Rupesh Thakur

The effect: Imagine this ....

Two large blocks are rolled on stage. Two people from the audience get some cans of spray-paint and paint their names on these blocks. The blocks are placed in the center of the stage. A large folding screen is roiled on, shown on ail sides and placed in a square around the two blocks. Before the front-screen is folded in place two assistants walk around the screens with a flashlight. You can see the light of the flashlight through the fabric. The front-screen is folded in place. The volunteers from the audience may walk round the square. There is nothing to...

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Derek Lever & Jack Hughes
Jack Hughes World of Magic Volume 1 by Derek Lever & Jack Hughes

Jack Hughes was a master builder and craftsman who created and built props for some of the biggest names in magic for decades. Most of the items he built were his own inventions. The few that were not he most often improved significantly.

Every item is carefully described in terms of its effect, apparatus, and performance. Nevertheless, the emphasis is on the prop with detailed drawings and dimensions to allow anybody handy to replicate these wonderful magic tricks. (The drawings are not blue-print type construction drawings, but rather sketches and illustrations with the main dimensions...

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Derek Lever & Jack Hughes
Jack Hughes World of Magic Volume 2 by Derek Lever & Jack Hughes

The following illusions and apparatus are described in this volume:

  • Auto-Rise
  • Break-A Way Box
  • Buttons
  • Sydney Sterk's Patter Routine For Buttons
  • Camera Dove
  • Can Can Polka
  • The Cardometer
  • Card - Ring
  • Card Rising Box
  • Change-Over Ring
  • Jack Hughes Clatter Box
  • The Comedy Clock
  • The Crown Jewel
  • Jack Hughes' Crystal Screen
  • More Crystal Screen Suggestions
  • Dolls House Illusion
  • Dovenus
  • Doves To Dog
  • Doves: Training and Breeding
  • Drooping Daisy
  • Evacuee Doll
  • Fantastic Figures Of Foo
  • Four Wrongs - Make A Right
  • Ghost Glass
  • Giant Dwarf
  • Gloves To Dove
  • Hats Off! The King!
  • Improved Tele-Flash ...
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Derek Lever & Jack Hughes
Jack Hughes World of Magic Volume 3 by Derek Lever & Jack Hughes

The following illusions and apparatus are described in this volume:

  • The Chinese Rising Cards
  • The Wrist Spiker Illusion
  • Needle Thru' Body
  • Doves To Poodle
  • The Sword Maiden Illusion
  • Visibly Sawing Thru' A Person
  • The Girl Through Glass Illusion
  • The Buzz Saw Illusion
  • The Card Target
  • Edwin's Sponge Ball Routine 'Roger The, Lodger'
  • Beado
  • Knife Thru' Girl Illusion
  • The Middle For Diddle Illusion
  • The Modern Cabinet Illusion
  • The Vanishing Cage And Girl Illusion
  • Slicing A Slave Illusion
  • Cabaret Girl Vanish
  • The Striptease Illusion
  • The Girl's Gone Illusion
  • The Revolving Broomstick Suspension ...
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Derek Lever & Jack Hughes
Jack Hughes World of Magic Volumes 1, 2 and 3 by Derek Lever & Jack Hughes

The trilogy contains all of Jack Hughes creations, a staggering amount of illusions, apparatus and props. Each illusion comes with drawings that depict its construction and its main dimensions. While the drawings and sketches do show all the pertinent details, these are not blueprints that have every little dimension spelled out. Nevertheless, anybody who has built a box before will have no problem in building any of these apparatus. It is a tremendous source book for ideas for any prop builder and illusion builder.

★★★★ $99
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Jon Gower & Mark Parker
Labyrinth Illusion by Jon Gower & Mark Parker

Labyrinth - The Illusionary journey of a lady through ever changing narrow pathways within a small elevated structure ending with a surprising vanish.

This is the first published illusion design from Jon Gower. Jon has collaborated with his good friend Mark Parker, author of illusion books Vivify and 4E illusion Design.

Labyrinth came into existence in 2007 and was born out of the many "puzzle" illusions performed. Wanting get away from the usual "girl in a box" routine this effect has the premise of a girl contained within and travelling through ever changing narrow pathways created within...

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unknown
Learn How to be a Handcuff King and Mystery Man by unknown

This booklet covers a good selection of Houdini-style escape illusions. Among others you will learn how to escape from a safe or vault or trunk. It teaches several rope ties, how to pick locks and how to escape from handcuffs. This is a worthwhile addition to your escapology library.

24 pages.

  1. Preface
  2. No 1: A Great Handcuff Trick
  3. No 2: Escape From A Safe Or Vault
  4. No 3: The Vanishing Assistant
  5. No 4: The Crack Marksman
  6. No 5: The Marvelous Levitation Act
  7. No 6: The Excelsior Rope Tie
  8. No 7: The Wonderful Trunk Escape
  9. No 8: Escape From 75 Feet Of Rope
  10. No 9: The Siberian Chain Escape ...
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B. Das
Levitation Secrets by B. Das

This is not an ebook of illusion blue prints, and it is not intended to be complete. As the title suggests, it is a book of “secrets”, illustrating how each levitation is performed. The illustrations and descriptions are sufficient for an experienced builder to translate into finished illusions. This ebook also satisfies the mere curious who would like to know how some of these illusions are accomplished.

Featured are:

  • INDIAN LEVITATION
  • FLOATING GIRL
  • MYSTERY OF LHASA
  • AGA
  • SWORD AERIAL
  • BED OF ARROWS
  • FAN ILLUSION
  • WALKING ON SWORDS
  • FLYING CARPET
  • ONE MAN LEVITATION
  • CHAIR SUSPENSION ...
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Brian T. Lees
Lights, Curtain, Music, Problem by Brian T. Lees

The house is packed. Standing room only! Your music starts and you walk out to begin the show and everything goes wrong. The music fails, you forgot to load some of the magic. Your favorite routine comes apart and you are standing in front of a large audience with no clue what do to next.

Speak with any entertainer and they will confirm that mistakes and problems are part of the performance. These situations are not reserved for any specific magician. Young or old, just beginning or seasoned veteran, we all experience problems at some time or another.

This ebook helps identify ways to...

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Guy Jarrett
Magic and Stage Craft by Guy Jarrett

This is one of the most important books on stage illusions. Many experts consider it among the best 10 illusion books ever published - some even have it in their top three. Besides describing a list of startling illusions Guy Jarrett mixes in stories about show business and there in particular his opinion about some of the big names in magic. Particular Howard Thurston receives a lashing from Jarrett. This book has a refreshing honesty and directness that is missing from most other magic books. Jarrett even describes a few card effects and other parlor tricks he has performed.

Unfortunately...

★★★★ $19.50
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Science and Mechanics
Magic Handbook (Science and Mechanics) by Science and Mechanics

This is the only all magic issue of Science and Mechanics magazine. It includes a cross section of magic effects from illusions with building instructions, to various close-up effects and mentalism. The emphasis with this magazine was to encourage readers to build their own. It therefore has a distinct DIY feel. The magic consultants for this issue were William B. Gibson, Sidney H. Radner, Litzka Raymond, and Victor D. Dressner.

  • COVER STORY: Famous Knife Box Illusion
  • EXCLUSIVE FEATURE: Escapes—Special Form of Magic
  • GENERAL FEATURES
    • About Magic
    • Magic Black-Art Table
    • Magical Appliances ...
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Albert A. Hopkins
Magic: Stage Illusions and Scientific Diversions including Trick Photography by Albert A. Hopkins

A massive collection of information with a huge amount of beautiful illustrations mostly compiled from the pages of Scientific American magazine. The introduction is by Henry Ridgely Evans.

During the 1890s, Scientific American magazine published detailed explanations of magic illusions. The informant for the magazine was no other than William E. Robinson, aka Chung Ling Soo, who at that time was the stage manager for Harry Kellar. Kellar was upset once he found out that he had a mole in his company who would feed the descriptions of some of his most popular illusions to the magazine, including the rope tie that formed the basis of his Spirit...

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Harry Houdini
Magical Rope Ties and Escapes by Harry Houdini

This is one of the best books by Houdini, because here he writes about something he really knows a lot about. With many of his escapes he had to be very familiar with the knots he was tied up. This book has many good illustrations and several photos where Houdini himself demonstrates certain ties. It is a great collector item as well as source of information. If you can only buy one book by Houdini, by this one.

1st edition, 1920, Will Goldston Limited, London; 80 pages.

  1. Photograph - Ira E. Davenport and "Houdini".
  2. Foreword
  3. For Opening of Rope Act
  4. A Simple Release
  5. The Kellar Tie ...
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Devin Knight & Ulysses Frederick Grant
Magician, Ghost and Girl Illusion by Devin Knight & Ulysses Frederick Grant

NOTICE: This is an expanded version of an illusion described in Grant's Lost Illusion Files. It gives you far more information.

Although this illusion can be done year-round, this makes a great illusion for spook shows or Halloween shows. For those affairs, it is the perfect illusion and it would be hard to find an illusion more suited for those occasions.

EFFECT: The magician shows a three-fold screen with a black interior. He forms the screen into a three-sided cabinet with opening at the front. The performer says that he is going spook hunting. As the saying goes, it takes a thief to catch a thief.

The performer...

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Glenn Coleman
Magician's Guide to Making and Using Lockpicks by Glenn Coleman

For entertainment purposes only!

This ebook is divided into three sections: how to make tools, how locks operate, and the secrets behind lock picking.

1st edition 1988, 26 pages.

★★★★ $4
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Devin Knight & Ulysses Frederick Grant
Marvelous Devil Illusion by Devin Knight & Ulysses Frederick Grant

This is called the Marvelous Devil Illusion because you will marvel at its cleverness. Imagine producing the Devil, surrounded by a committee from the audiences, under test conditions. This is an almost forgotten U. F. Grant idea that has been revised and updated for today's magicians by Devin Knight.

Here is the original Grant ad copy:

Several people from the audience are invited to step up and surround a cloth cabinet. It is quite empty! While they are still watching the cabinet closely, from all sides, a person dressed up in a devil costume appears inside of same. He takes a bow, steps...

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The Great Leon
Miniature Haunted House by The Great Leon

Do it yourself plans, patter, and complete routine.

Seven times a trophy winner at conventions. Invented, designed and routined by the famous professional, The Great Leon, this is not just a trick - it is a complete act - a show in itself. In fully illustrated building plan form, with every detail of the many brilliant effects, patter, presentation, plus many photographs showing the "House" in action. Large detailed Eugene Gloye drawings, all to make it simple to create your own "Haunted House." Act can run to 30 minutes. No assistants. Use anywhere; has been done before 7500 people. Sets...

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Ulysses Frederick Grant
Modern Illusions by Ulysses Frederick Grant

Although published anonymously, this was very likely written by U. F. Grant. 19 easy to build illusions.

  1. Atomic Sight
  2. The Bunny Girl Illusion
  3. Chen Lee’s Laundry Bag Illusion
  4. Flat Model Head Vanish
  5. The Gate - Way Illusion
  6. Ghost & Witch
  7. Resista
  8. The Miracle Dove Act
  9. Modern Sawing Thru A Girl
  10. Nu-Way Doll House
  11. Nu-Tronic Spirit Cabinet
  12. Shooting Thru A Girl
  13. Spot-Lite Girl Vanish
  14. Superior Dove Vanish
  15. The Girl In The Balloon Illusion
  16. Torture Of A Princess
  17. The Victory Girl Production
  18. Witch's Broom & Rope Illusion
  19. The Zig Zag
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Tom Palmer
Modern Illusions by Tom Palmer

The important thing about these most practical and usable illusions is that they were created with the idea that the modern performer had to carry them in his car, use them on small platforms and stages, or in clubs, and yet had to give the impression of doing a big show. Here you have eleven easy to build illusions which fit all the above requirements, and they are mysterious, exciting and applause getting, to boot. Plenty of good illustrations will help you build these good, practical tricks. A minimum of carpenter work is required. Light and easy is the motto for this line of tricks.Large...

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Ulysses Frederick Grant
Modern Levitations by Ulysses Frederick Grant

Five easy to build and practical levitations by the creative master of thrift, U.F. Grant. One could even be called an impromptu levitation because most supplies are available in a typical household. Every levitation is illustrated.

Paul Fleming wrote:

The "levitation" illusion has long been a favorite among magicians. Robert-Houdin featured it approximately a century ago, in the form of "The Aerial Suspension," which we saw presented effectively by William Neff only a year or two ago. Early in the Twentieth Century, Harry Kellar was performing "The Levitation of Princess Karnac," the greatest piece...

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Percy Abbott
Nite Club Illusions and Illusionettes by Percy Abbott
  • Abbott's Chinese Chopper
  • The Chinese Straight Jacket
  • Cutting A Woman In Half
  • Walking Through A Ribbon
  • Spikes Through The Wrist
  • The Girl With The Pincushion Head
  • The Doni Rose Miniature Doll House
  • Abbott's Rod Through Girl
  • The Hindu Basket Trick
  • Nite-Club Girl Vanish
  • The Sword Box
  • The Cane Cabinet
  • Sword Cabinet Illusion
  • The Golem Illusion
  • Modernistic Amputation

1966 edition; PDF 31 pages

★★★★★ $15
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