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Illusions, Escape & Stage

The best illusionists of today, Lance Burton, David Copperfield, Penn & Teller, Siegfried & Roy and Criss Angel all use the same principles of deception you can learn here in these ebooks. They might have more stage hands and bigger stages, but the principles and methods are well known and you can learn about them. And concerning escapes, nobody has reached more popularity than Harry Houdini. Even decades after his death his name still is familiar and people know who he is. His magic was lousy his escape work and public relations acumen are unmatched. David Blaine tries to take Houdini's place, but boy does he have a long way to go to reach the master.

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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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B. Das
Sawing Illusion 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 sawing 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.

Illusions featured:

  • Sawing a woman in halves (Selbit’s Method)
  • Horace Goldin’s Method
  • Horace Goldin’s method (Using one girl)
  • Abott’s Method
  • Using circular saw and a plank
  • Vertical...
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Ulysses Frederick Grant
The Invisible Man Effect by Ulysses Frederick Grant

This is a very rare and seldom seen release of U. F. Grant. It was released in 1934 by Nelmar and was only available from him. In this short release Grant explains several methods for creating the effect of an invisible man on stage. The invisible man is heard walking out on stage and wearing a hat, but no visible body; which the performer removes. He is heard to converse with the performer and even rock in a rocking chair. The invisible man goes out into the audience and looks at cards selected by spectators and returns to the stage and whispers them in the performer's ear so the performer...

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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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Ulysses Frederick Grant
Floating Light Bulb by Ulysses Frederick Grant

Although the original title of this manuscript is "Close-Up Floating Light Bulb", this is not a close-up effect but a stage effect. The method would not allow you to perform this in an intimate close-up setting.

With the aid of a hoop you let a light bulb float, rise and descend.

6 pages

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Rupert Howard
Rupert Howard Magic Course: Lesson 23: Sensational Illusions by Rupert Howard

Table of Contents

  1. Content
  2. Enchanted Rickshaw
  3. Walking Through a Window
  4. The Death Penalty
  5. The Living Cremation
  6. Cheating the Hangman
  7. The Flying Huntsman
  8. Vanishing Carload of Girls
  9. The Scrap Book
  10. The Sword Box
  11. The Devil's Cage
  12. Sawing Through a Woman
You can also get the entire 25 lesson course on disc.

1st edition 1931; 22 pages.

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Rupert Howard
Rupert Howard Magic Course: Lesson 22: Publicity Feats and Escape Tricks by Rupert Howard

Table of Contents

  1. Content

    Publicity Feats

  2. Introduction
  3. The Blindfold Drive
  4. Under Water Escape
  5. The Living Burial

    Escape Tricks

  6. The Mail Bag Escape
  7. Paper Bag Escape
  8. Straight Jacket Escape
  9. Upside Down Escape
  10. Regulation Handcuff Escape
  11. Packing Case Escape
  12. Unprepared Packing Case Escape

  13. The History of Magic (part 8)

1st edition 1931; 18 pages.

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Rupert Howard
Rupert Howard Magic Course: Lesson 21: Stage Illusions by Rupert Howard

Table of Contents

  1. Content

    Audiences

  2. Children's Entertainments
  3. Church Socials
  4. Smoking Concerts
  5. Hotels

    Stage Presentation

  6. Technique of Stage Magic
  7. Music and Magic
  8. Getting Volunteers on the Stage

    Stage Illusions

  9. Stage Illusions
  10. The Vanishing Ghost
  11. The Bathing Beauty
  12. The Haunted Sentry Box
  13. Walking Away From Your Shadow
  14. The Floating Lady
  15. Performing Animals Regulation Act 1925

1st edition 1931; 23 pages.

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Rupert Howard
Rupert Howard Magic Course: Lesson 20: Oriental Magic by Rupert Howard

Table of Contents

  1. Content
  2. Introduction
  3. The Hindu Needle Mystery
  4. Oriental Productions
  5. The Indian Basket Trick
  6. The Hindu Mango Tree
  7. Flowers by Request
  8. The Wonderful Fertiliser
  9. The Hindu Turban
  10. Sands of the Desert
  11. The Chinese Rings

1st edition 1931; 23 pages.

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Oudini
Secrets of the Great Mysteries by Oudini

Clearly 'Oudini' is riding Harry Houdini's coat tails with his escape act. However, this publication is quite good and does describe a good number of escapes including how to escape from handcuffs, iron boiler, mail bag, glass case, iron box, coffin, band box, paper bag, iron bottle, rope chair, tramp chair packing case and straight jacket.

1st edition 1909, this digital edition 2013, 54 pages.

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Ulysses Frederick Grant
15 Great Illusions by Ulysses Frederick Grant

For the performer who plays carnivals, circuses, clubs or who just has a large stage show, this ebook is just what you need. The sensational illusions in this ebook can be built up after reading the directions. Add one or more of these effects for the coming season. Finely illustrated in detail, the clear instructions will enable you to build these feature illusions on your own at a small cost. A valuable manuscript for anyone.

  • The Book Of Life
  • The Rajah's Tent Illusion
  • Two On A Park Bench
  • Chen Lee's Screen Illusion
  • The Man Without A Head
  • Witch's Broom & Rope Illusion
  • The Human X-Ray ...
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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.

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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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Ulysses Frederick Grant & T. A. Whitney
The Farmer and the Witch Illusion by Ulysses Frederick Grant & T. A. Whitney

Here's a stage illusion that fits in a suitcase. A miracle that your audience will talk about long after the curtain drops. Two children volunteers are selected and come up to the stage. A boy is dressed in a farmer's costume with mask and a girl is dressed in a witch's costume with mask and broom. The performer tells a story of how an old witch called at the farmer's door for food and water and how the farmer turned her away. But the old witch had magical powers and changed places with the farmer, to teach him a lesson.

The magician asks the farmer to remove his mask and in place of the...

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Supreme-Magic-Company
The Living Head Illusion by Supreme-Magic-Company

The magician displays a medium-sized fancy box, saying that it is the home of a young lady who has no body. The box is placed on a slender type of table. The door of the box is opened, disclosing a head that is very much alive. A dialogue is carried on between the magician and the head etc. There does not seem to be any possibility of concealing the body anywhere, as the audience has an unobstructed view under the table at all times.

Simple workshop plans and instructions.

1st edition 1958, PDF 3 pages.

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Ulysses Frederick Grant
Grant's Illusion Secrets by Ulysses Frederick Grant

Chuck Smith writes: "Twenty-four illusions as mysterious to audiences today as when they were performed years ago. Most are so easy to construct and execute that a teenager could do them. I know because I, as a student in highschool, built and entertained with several of them. A couple of three fold screens and a large sheet gives you the material for several of the illusions. Recently in a magic periodical I saw an ad for an illusion that looked extremely familiar. It was selling for over $5000. It's method, I'm sure, had it's roots in Grant's Super-Fine Suspension on pages 27-28 of this book....I...

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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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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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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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Collins Pentz
Stage Tricks Illusions and Escapes by Collins Pentz

From the preface:

To nearly every present day magician all these tricks will be new, as it was fifteen to twenty years ago that they appeared in The Eagle Magician. These tricks have been carefully selected from nearly six volumes of this valuable little magazine and accurately revised and condensed to fill this valuable book. But few of the old-timers and collectors have any of these magazines, so to the present day magi's they will be an invaluable addition to their act.

In the old days smokers used to roll their own. Today many magicians like to make their own; "Magic Tricks", To fill...

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Devin Knight
Shooting Through A Woman Illusion by Devin Knight

THIS ILLUSION IS 100% SAFE AND NOBODY CAN BE HARMED. IT IS JUST AN ILLUSION, BUT ONE OF THE MOST CONVINCING YOU WILL EVER SEE.

"The method is brilliant! It is important to realize that in this trick, like in the buzz saw illusion, no one is hurt, injured or killed. Also, no state or federal laws are broken." - Ron Levy
This has proven to be the most controversial release that Devin Knight has ever released. Granted, it is not for everyone, but under the right conditions, this can be the most emotional effect you can perform. Devin used this for two years in his mid-90s tour of his illusion show....
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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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Will Goldston
Secrets of Famous Illusionists by Will Goldston
  • Foreword
  • Chapter I The Truth About Chung Ling Soo
  • Chapter II The Romantic Story Of Carl Hertz
  • Chapter III The Great Lafayette - The Most Hated Magician
  • Chapter IV Maskelyne And The Psycho Sensation
  • Chapter V Houdini As I Knew Him
  • Chapter VI Did Houdini Fail?
  • Chapter VII Some More New Facts About Houdini
  • Chapter VII De Kolta's "Vanishing Lady" Secret
  • Chapter IX The Truth About The Indian Rope Trick
  • Chapter X Tricks Of Bogus Mediums
  • Chapter XI Why I Am A Spiritualist
  • Chapter XII Mediums I Have Sat With
  • Chapter XIII Magic And Crime
  • Chapter XIV The Great Kellar
  • Chapter XV Howard Thurston's Rise To Riches
  • Chapter XVI The...
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Devin Knight & Ulysses Frederick Grant
Walking Through a Woman Illusion by Devin Knight & Ulysses Frederick Grant

At last, here is a new illusion effect and one that any performer may own. Yet, here is an illusion which will compete with the best of them and it will not cost you several hundred dollars to own it or even a tenth of that. In my opinion this is more effective than the Interlude Illusion at a fraction of the cost.

EFFECT: Setting at the center of the stage are four chairs, in a row facing the audience. There is a space between the two center chairs wide enough for the performer to walk through. A girl assistant is then placed in a reclining position across the seats of the four chairs....

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Devin Knight & Ulysses Frederick Grant
How To Make Santa Clause Appear by Devin Knight & Ulysses Frederick Grant

NOTICE: This is an expanded version of Santa Clause Arrives in Grant's Lost Illusion Secrets. There are more ideas in this PDF.

Yes, Santa Clause arrives - and in such a manner that any performer can bring about his appearance. There is no elaborate or expensive equipment required. Indeed, you can build the necessary items right in your own home without any difficulty. If desired, some of the items may be purchased at a very low cost. Yes, you can have a full stage illusion for less than you have to pay for many club effects.

Here is an illusion which has eye appeal, will mystify your audience and, most important,...

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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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Will Goldston
Stage Illusions by Will Goldston

From the introduction:

This is an age in which, in order to succeed, one must specialise. One conjuror will specialise in thought-reading tricks, another in silent illusion acts, another in sleight-of-hand tricks, another in the presentation of what I may call “large apparatus” tricks. This book will appeal primarily to illusionists, but I fancy that other magicians will find that it is well worth perusal. I have heard of illusionists who have produced some of their best effects by merely enlarging small sleight-of-hand tricks, and I have no doubt that some sleight-of-hand performers...

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