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Harry Blackstone
Spirit Dancing Handkerchief by Harry Blackstone

[This is an edited and abridged version of a manuscript originally released by Harry Blackstone Sr. as The Spirit Handkerchief.

A borrowed white handkerchief takes on a life of its own, it moves and dances around the stage as though it has become a real spirit.

Exactly as performed by the great magician (and his successor son)! All the masterful comedy touches. Learn this electrifying effect as only the Blackstone's can perform it. Every beautiful move. Every innermost thought that has made the Spirit Dancing Handkerchief famous. Learn: The handkerchief in the cabinet. Learn: The handkerchief in the bottle. Learn: The handkerchief in the hat. Detailed directions for every move.

This...

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Harry Houdini
Handcuff Secrets by Harry Houdini

Houdini shines in this book. Handcuffs are his passion. He knows every little detail about them and every nuance in their mechanism. Houdini was not a particular good magician, but as an escape artist he is still unsurpassed. Thus, if you would like to know more about handcuffs and their inner workings, this book is for you.

1st edition, 1909, George Routledge & Sons, London; later reprinted by Magico Magazine, New York; 110 pages.

  1. Preface
  2. I.Introductory
  3. II.Opening Sealed Handcuffs
  4. III.Blunders of some Handcuff Exposers
  5. IV.Fake or Spoof Manacle
  6. V.American Manacles
  7. VI.French Letter...
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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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Howard Ray Lawrence
27 Illusions by Howard Ray Lawrence

This PDF would not exist, if it were not for one of those rare coincidences. The content of this ebook was locked away on a set of 16 microfiche since the mid-70s under a title and categorization inaccessible to magic keyword searches. No more than 50 people have seen it or are aware of its existence. And since most of those 50 folks have nothing to do with magic it is a publication completely unknown in the magic community.

It is a remarkable set of plans for 27 illusions which 27 students of architecture at Penn State University under the guidance of Prof. Howard Ray Lawrence produced during...

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Jack Potter
Black Light: ultra-violet rays in the service of the magician by Jack Potter

Black light or ultra-violet light allows one to create fascinating illusions and visually stunning entertainment. While this publication is certainly dated when it comes to contact addresses and some of the technical information, it is a unique source and collection of information for the black light enthusiast and performer who wants to make use of its properties.

1st edition 1969, 17 pages; 1st digital edition 2016, 21 pages.

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James Randi
How to Present a Jail Break and other Miracles by James Randi

This is to certify that on December 4, 1974 at the Sumter County Jail, the Amazing Randi was fastened in two pair of regulation police handcuffs (double-locked) and one pair of special-issue handcuffs with pin-tumbler locks plus a pair of ratchet leg-irons, and then locked into a maximum-security jail cell. Within thirteen minutes, without assistance of any kind, Randi freed himself, walking out of the jail cell minus the handcuffs and leg-irons, all to the popular acclaim of the several people gathered at the jail. This was Randi's 28th jail break.

Randi was a great addition to our Crime...

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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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JC Sum
Simple Showstoppers: easy illusion projects for magicians by JC Sum

Easy illusion projects for magicians for under $500.

While J C Sum is known for his modern illusion designs and solutions for working professionals, he has written an ebook for illusionists and magicians looking for simple but effective illusions for theatrical stage shows.

This ebook is a fantastic introduction to the world of modern grand illusion but also contains inexpensive illusion ideas for experienced illusionists.

If you have a theatre show, cruise ship show, charity show, talent contest or magic club performance where you want to stage a large-scale effect, you will find something...

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Jean Eugene Robert-Houdin & Professor Hoffmann
The Secrets of Stage Conjuring by Jean Eugene Robert-Houdin & Professor Hoffmann

Translated by Professor Hoffmann.

  • PREFACE
  • CHAPTER I. The Theatre Of Robert-Houdin
  • CHAPTER II. A Conjuror’s Stage Arrangements
  • CHAPTER III. Handkerchief Tricks
  • CHAPTER IV. The Light And Heavy Chest
  • CHAPTER V. The Hundred Candles Lighted By A Pistol Shot
  • CHAPTER VI. The Ghost Illusion
  • CHAPTER VII. The Indian Basket Trick
  • CHAPTER VIII. Spiritualistic Manifestations
  • CHAPTER IX. The Bust Of Socrates
  • CHAPTER X. A Curious Effect In Acoustics
  • CHAPTER XI. The Decapitated Speaking
  • CHAPTER XII. The Protean Cabinet
  • CHAPTER XIII. The Feats Of The Davenport Brothers
  • CHAPTER XIV. The Enchanted...
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Jerry Andrus
Ghost Grates and other Negative Realities by Jerry Andrus

I recommend you do NOT purchase this, unless you are a die hard fan of Jerry Andrus, connoisseur of optical illusions, and or a collector of strange and rare publications.

Essentially this ebook has 7 pages of squiggly lines. That's it. If you know what they mean, if you have seen or experienced Jerry's optical illusion which goes along with this, then it will probably make sense to you. Otherwise I doubt you will know what it is for and what it all means. There is no explanatory text. These were the lecture notes for a seminar Jerry gave in April of 1986 at Harvard University.

1st...

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Jerry Andrus
Optical Illusions by Jerry Andrus

This is NOT a complete account of optical illusions created by Jerry Andrus. We are collecting here explanations and instructions for a few of Jerry's optical illusions. We simply do not want to have these things get lost. If you do have other instruction sheets of this kind, please contact us.

Illusions described are:

  • Tri-Zonal Space Warper
  • Nut and Bolt Optical Illusion
  • Box Impossible

1st edition 2015, 8 pages.

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Jim Kleefeld
The Arabian Tent Illusion by Jim Kleefeld

The Arabian Tent Illusion was created by Gen Grant, explored in Mark Wilson's Course in Magic and marketed by Creative Magic. It presents a unique palette on which to design an illusion theme. The flat framework panels present a rectangular peaked "house" structure that can be painted in any of myriad designs. This ebook explores many design concepts for this illusion and presents here original artwork and routines. The routines are completely planned, and employ a variety of techniques that use the Arabian Tent to produce and vanish characters and objects in original plots. Some involve simple re-decoration...

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Jon Gower
Dual Divide by Jon Gower

The unique division of two ladies contained with the same apparatus

This is the second published stage illusion design from Jon Gower. Jon's good friend Mark Parker, author of illusion books Vivify and 4E illusion Design has again added additional elements to the design to help mold a modern creation for today's audiences.

Dual Divide first came into existence in 2002 and was created to provide an alternative effect to other "cutting" illusions performed. This effect is a fast paced routine utilizing two assistants contained in one tiny cabinet suspended high off the floor within a metal...

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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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Ken Griffin & Roberta
Illusion Show Know-How by Ken Griffin & Roberta

The Ken Griffin illusion show toured the world for well over a quarter of a century. The priceless ideas and methods used by the Griffins in their climb to prominence and profit are fully explained.

Almost every magician has dreamed, at one time or another, of headlining his own mystery revue. He visualizes the glamorous side of the picture ... the stage flooded with colored and glittering lights, the dazzling scenery, the gorgeous assistants, breathtaking illusions, the music from the orchestra surging to a crescendo, the thunderous cymbal crash as the magician strides on stage for his...

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Kyle Peron
Chair Suspension Notes by Kyle Peron

Tips on performing and presenting the chair suspension illusion

This ebook is jammed full of information, tips on presentation, safety, routine ideas as well as step by step coverage of the best way to perform this illusion. This is one of the ONLY books in the history of magic devoted solely to helpful information on the performance of this classic illusion.

Find out how to add this illusion to any show and to add value to your client in the process. This illusion has been a classic of magic and can add tremendous value to your show at a fraction of the cost of some of the larger illusions...

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Laurie Ireland
Human Pin Cushion Torture Box by Laurie Ireland

This was the showstopper of Laurie Ireland's school show. This illusion is big and flashy while still lightweight, easy to handle, packs flat, is self-contained, requires no special stage conditions, and only requires one assistant. This ebook explains everything you need to construct, perform, and present this fantastic illusion.

Effect: An assistant enters a cabinet just big enough to accommodate her. Panels open to show head and feet. The magician then pushes five metal rods clear through the center of the box and right thru the ribs of the victim. Two more rods are then shoved through...

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Lewis Ganson
Zombie: The Floating Ball Teach-In by Lewis Ganson

Supreme moves, Will Ayling's routine, Luis Gavilondo's "Sacred Sun Ball". Photographed and written by Lewis Ganson. This was part of the famous Ganson Teach-In series originally published by Supreme Magic Inc. Rights are now owned by Martin Breese whom we thank for the kind permission to reproduce this booklet.

[Get the full collection of all 17 Teach-Ins at a huge discount.

1st edition 1977; original 35 pages; PDF 44 pages.

  1. Contents
  2. Introduction
  3. Supreme Moves
  4. - Requirements
  5. - Set-Up
  6. Performance
  7. - The Get-Ready
  8. - The Ball Rises
  9. - The Ball Rises Into View
  10. - The Ball Floats Along The Arm
  11. - Around The Body
  12. - The Ball Suspends...
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Lewis Ganson
The Floating and Dancing Cane Teach-In by Lewis Ganson

Including R. C. Buff's original routine for the Floating Walking Stick and Lewis Ganson's routine for the Dancing Walking Stick. This was part of the famous Ganson Teach-In series originally published by Supreme Magic Inc. Rights are now owned by Martin Breese whom we thank for the kind permission to reproduce this booklet.

[Get the full collection of all 17 Teach-Ins at a huge discount.

1st edition 1977; original 27 pages; PDF 34 pages.

  1. Contents
  2. The Floating and Dancing Walking Stick
  3. The Stick Dances
  4. The Stick Floats
  5. The Floating Walking Stick
  6. - "The Balance"
  7. - The Floating Moves
  8. - The Stick Rises And Falls
  9. - The Stick Floats ...
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Lex Schoppi
Quick Change: rapid costume changes for men by Lex Schoppi

Quick Change - rapid costume changes for men is the most reviewed book about costume changes on the market. Three print editions are now sold out. A decade ago we don't thinking about a next print edition. Instead, we offer it to you as a modern ebook.

Never before has there been such an extensive treatise on the subject.

  • 4 LESSONS
  • 7 CHAPTERS
  • 15 SECRETS
  • 112 PAGES
  • SEVERAL HUNDRED combination possibilities for Quick Change methods
The German book Quickchange (published in 2003) was the most comprehensive publication at that time and contained on 80 pages 5 different tried and tested...
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Mark Parker
Vivisectioned by Mark Parker

This is a beautiful and professional illusion. The effect is stunning and would fit into any Las Vegas type illusion show presented by headliners such as Lance Burton, Copperfield or Siegfried and Roy.

This ebook tells you how it is performed and how the apparatus works. However, this is not an easy illusion to build. This ebook does not include detailed blueprints you can immediately work from. You will understand how it works and you do get some very good illustrations, but you will need experience building illusions to actually build this.

1st edition 2008; 15 pages.

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Matt Garner & David Garner
Packing Crate Escape or Sub-Trunk Illusions Plan by Matt Garner & David Garner

This is a very clear description of how to build a Houdini-style Sub Trunk from readily available parts. Matt added several clear photos to illustrate various stages and subassemblies. If you have never built an illusion or if you don't know the secret of this classic trick, you will find this ebook very useful.

1st edition, 2004

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Mike Danata
Floating Golden Stick by Mike Danata

A golden stick floats in the air without any means of support. A hoop is passed across and around the stick yet it still floats until finally at the command of the magician it travels away from him, at least six feet, and gently comes to rest upon a table.

This effect can be performed in a large drawing room or whilst completely surrounded. It is a one man floating effect and no assistants are required. It should not be confused with the Finn Jon Floating Stick which uses an entirely different method. With this routine the stick actually floats away from the magician and if performed on a...

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Neil Foster
Tops Treasury of Illusions by Neil Foster

60 illusions

  • Artists' Dream Illusion
  • Beauty and the Least
  • Big Opener
  • Bikini Girl Illusion
  • Black Art Principles
  • Book of Life
  • Catch a Ghost Illusion
  • Chest Escape
  • Chinese Straight Jacket
  • Church of Life Illusion
  • Cinemagic (Motion Pictures to Life)
  • Close-Up Illusion
  • Club Performer's Spook Act
  • David Devant's Hindu Rope Trick
  • Don't Shoot, Mister!
  • Double "B" (Box Ballyhoo)
  • Double Exchange Illusion
  • Dramatique
  • Duel of the Ghosts
  • Dunninger's East Indian Rope Trick
  • Everything But the Kitchen Sink
  • Floating a Strange Lady
  • Floating Effects With Thread
  • Gallows Illusion
  • Gambol of the...
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