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What you say during your performance is probably more important than what you do, except of course if you are performing a silent act. However, most magicians focus on technique. Nothing wrong about spending a lot of time on moves, but spend at least the same amount of time on honing your presentation, what you say, when you say it and how you say it.

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Wolfgang Riebe
100 Card Trick One-Liner Jokes by Wolfgang Riebe

The most popular magic tricks amongst magicians are card tricks, yet there are few jokes and sayings that cover those ‘quiet’ moments between tricks and moves. Here you will find many. What about just adding some comedy entertainment to your next card trick? Looking for the right quick one-line joke - you should find one, or many more here.

1st edition 2020, PDF 15 pages.

★★★★★ $3.99
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Wolfgang Riebe
200 Politically Correct One-Liner Jokes for Magicians by Wolfgang Riebe

The world has changed - radically! Being an entertainer and telling jokes has gone from 'having fun' with the audience to complaints about every possible issue. Political Correctness now rules. Whatever your view on the issue, the new reality is that all entertainers now need to be more aware than ever before not to offend an audience member. Hence the need for one-liner jokes that are non-political, non-religious, non-sexual, and just about non-everything.

As much as is humanly possible, jokes from past books and new ones have been combined in the ebook that will 'hopefully' not offend anyone....

★★★★★ $7.99
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George Mackenzie Munro
A Night with the Moon by George Mackenzie Munro

Old long-forgotten classics can be a real novelty for your audience. This is the case of the two very easy-to-do comical "sketches" or so-called chalk talks. Learning to draw the simple figures described in this hard-to-find manuscript, and you are always ready to entertain your audience.

From the introduction

The execution of the "sketches" included in the performance of these clever comical creations cannot fail to please the most exacting audience, the performer, be he or she ever so ignorant of the art of sketching, may produce them without much practice, and by their means, together...

★★★★ $4
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Geo DeLawrence
Another Vaudeville Magic Act by Geo DeLawrence

Two vaudeville comedy magic acts are described in terms of props stage setting and patter.

1st edition, 1922?, Geo DeLawrence; 25 pages.

  1. Introductory
  2. Props and Stage Setting (First Act)
  3. Props and Stage Setting (Second Act)
  4. Comedy Act: No. 1
  5. Patter for Act No. 2
★★★★ $2
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George Mackenzie Munro
Art in Ten Minutes by George Mackenzie Munro

A lightning sketch lecture.

The presentation of this amusing "Lightning Sketching" act involves no particular skill. Very little practice is required to produce the drawings that illustrate the booklet.

This ebook can also function as an introduction to learning to draw, because it takes the reader from the most simple beginnings of drawing (dots and straight lines) all the way to rather impressive sketches which can be achieved literally with a few well placed strokes.

  • Foreword
  • Presentation
  • Fishes
  • Notes On The "Birds" Sketch
  • The Restless Fays
1st edition 1922, 27 pages; PDF...
★★★★★ $5
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T. S. Barns
Bits of Patter by T. S. Barns

From the introduction:

I think that among the first requirements that people make of a magician, or of a "society entertainer," as some of our young stars term themselves nowadays, is that he be really clever, - clever not only with his hands, so that he can give a creditable performance without lumbering up their drawing rooms with a hack full of gorgeous hangings, but also with his mouth, in that he be able to talk to them in their own terms about the tricks he does.

  • Just a Word
  • Drum Head and Casatte
  • Orange and Ribbon
  • Astra Floating Ball
  • The Rice Bowls
  • The Hindoo Lota
  • The Cards...
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Brian T. Lees
Body Language by Brian T. Lees

As entertainers we must use every tool available to delivery our magic to the audience. Body language, often not considered, enhances the connection, compliments the communication and directly impacts the entertainment factor. This ebook identifies body language. It is an attempt to bring the skills associated with theater into the hands of the magician. We have to play to those in the back row and balcony. The best approach is to entertain using your full body.

  • Body language
  • Body elements
  • Timing and body language
  • Body language comparisons
  • Wrapping it up
1st edition 2020, PDF 16 pages....
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Harlan Tarbell
Chalk Talk Stunts by Harlan Tarbell
  • Introduction
  • Preparations For A Chalk Talk
  • The Lazy Man’s Chalk Talk
  • Evolution Pictures
  • Roman Art
  • Upside Down Stunt
  • Holiday Suggestions
  • The Circle, The Triangle, And The Square
  • Easy Human Figure Drawing For Chalk Talks
  • Chalk Talk Phases Of The World War
  • A Novelty Telephone Stunt
  • Coloring A Picture
  • A Youthful Chalk Talker

1st edition 1926, 101 pages; digital edition 2017, 75 pages.

★★★ $8
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Edwin Hooper & Tommy Windsor
Collected Cartoon Stunts by Edwin Hooper & Tommy Windsor

An easy to do show that you can also perform online and via video-conference. Hints, tips, ideas, novelties, patter, presentation and surprises enabling you to easily present ... a complete lightning cartoon act.

Here is great material, the cream of material collected from several out-of-print publications - over thirty Cartoon stunts plus "How Stage Cartoonists draw their pay" by Tommy Windsor an article that is packed with valuable information and ideas to help you become a Lightning Cartoonist. A feature act for any program. A welcome break in an all-magic show. Skill in drawing is not...

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Wolfgang Riebe
Comedy Fillers: 200 Quips and One-Liners by Wolfgang Riebe

Are you a magician, comedian, speaker, entertainer or anyone that interacts with an audience? Do you have moments in your show/presentation that are quiet and you feel you need just one quip, joke or one-liner joke that would break the silence and add much needed humour?

Here are 200 short jokes and witty comments covering a wide variety of topics that are ideal to add into any show and help with continuity. The ebook is called "Fillers" because that is exactly what these jokes are ... filler material to keep your show running smoothly and put smiles on the faces of your audience.


★★★★★ $3.99
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P. T. Selbit
Conjuring Patter by P. T. Selbit

The reader will find in this volume witty and appropriate patter suitable for almost any and every trick. Including patter and hints for tricks with coins, eggs, birds, handkerchiefs, bird cages, oranges, ribbons, bottles, glasses, water, tubes, etc.

  • To The Reader
  • Opening Remarks
  • Patter For Aerial Treasury Act
  • Chosen Orange And Mystic Ribbon Trick
  • The Egg And Handkerchief Trick
  • Bagged Canaries And Cage Trick
  • Handkerchief Manipulation Act
  • How To Construct Patter
    • Bits About Bottles
    • Gags On Glasses
    • Tube Trifles
    • Water Witticisms

1st edition 1927, 14 pages; PDF 14 pages.

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P. T. Selbit
Conjuring Patter 2 by P. T. Selbit

A further selection of magical patter and other novelties, including chapeaugraphy and papertearing.

  • Patter for Card Manipulation Act
  • The Never-Empty Glass of Water
  • Selbit’s Sugar and Milk Trick
  • Paper Tearing
  • Chapeaugraphy
  • An Introduction to a Dumb Show
  • Miscellaneous Gags

1st edition 1927, 14 pages; PDF 12 pages.

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Graham Hey
Cool Ways to Select an Audience Member by Graham Hey

Here's a cool new ebook that everyone should have. How many hundreds of dollars have you spent on tricks you don't use? Well here's a priceless collection that includes some hilarious ways for you to 'select' someone to help you on stage or for close-up.

There are visual gags, a few one-liners and a dozen or so fun ways to involve your audience. From frisbees-to-fruit, you'll win them over before you even begin with these brilliant bits of business.

We love the 'Pineapple in the bag' gag which is so much fun and a guarenteed laugh-getter! Plus, there's a very clever bonus trick called...

★★★★★ $8
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John Wade
Do Get The Name Right by John Wade

The pro guide to better compèring.

From the introduction by Billy McComb:

He's written a leaflet ... I shall not call it a book ... on Compering ... this bearded idiot. I've read it and regrettably he seems to know what he's talking about. I have written a bit to make the omissions less glaring ... but blast me cups and balls, he does appear to know what he's on about. And he does get booked to do it ... and at good money too. Forgive me. I must leave you ...

1st edition 1984, 13 pages; PDF 14 pages.

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William W. Larsen
Evidence of Deception by William W. Larsen

Here's an entertaining, 40-60 minute lecture that you, the magical performer, can present on the topic of paying attention to avoid getting taken in by scams, cons and crooked politicians. And it's a money-maker, too.

Entertain your talk with magic: Your audience will not only be informed, but entertained with magic effects that you likely already have, or modestly priced items easily obtained from most any dealer. This newly revised edition also includes three effects recommended by Larsen, that you would previously have had to buy separately.

This lecture is in demand: Not a magic show...

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Aldo Colombini
First Aid Lines by Aldo Colombini

The cure for hecklers and other problems. In this ebook you’ll find an incredible amount of funny lines (different from the other books) to use when those inevitable accidents happen. It’s not a question of IF it will happen; it's a question of WHEN it will happen. You face a heckler, you drop something, you make a mistake, you hear a noise off stage, a baby cries, etc., knowing exactly what to say at the appropriate moment will show the audience that you are a real professional. Hundreds of comedy one-liners to cover virtually every accident.

1st edition 2009; 20 pages.

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Paul Voodini
Five Haunted Keys by Paul Voodini

Paul Voodini presents five perfectly frightful presentations for the haunted key. Stories to chill the blood, prick at the conscience, and send shivers down the spine, all eloquently scripted in the inimitable Voodini style.

Contained within this PDF are presentations for ornate haunted keys, and presentations for the more common 'ordinary looking' haunted key. These are stories you will take delight in telling, and your audiences will be mesmerised and terrified in equal measure.

If you have a haunted key that is currently unused, or if you want some truly novel and inspiring presentations...

★★★★ $14
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Aldo Colombini
Funny Stuff by Aldo Colombini

The second ebook on comedy with over 300 one-liners, jokes and bits of business. Keep the laughter coming with Aldo's follow-up book to Make 'Em Laugh. All different from the previous volume. Why not get both?

1st edition 2009; 11 pages.

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Jimmy Muir
Funny Stuff by Jimmy Muir

Have you ever wanted to be the life of the party? The fellow everyone counts on to deliver a good laugh? Or make light of a situation at just the perfect time?

Jimmy Muir has this knack. And he reveals all in this worthy successor to his Laugh Lines manuscripts with this booklet, packed to the gills with great material, including gags, one-liners, and good-natured heckler-stoppers which you can put to immediate use.

If you didn't know better, you'd think that Jimmy was Johnny Carson's brother, for they both had a knack for perfect timing and were masters of having fun ... more often at...

★★★★ $4
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Aldo Colombini
Gagbuster by Aldo Colombini

Funny stuff for magicians, MCs and other entertainers. For a pro just one new gag or bit of comedy that fits into his program is worth a lot of money. Even though Aldo demonstrates these gags not in front of a life audience, it is so much better to see a video and get a sense of how they have to be delivered, rather than just reading about them. Here you have a sampling of some great gags:

This is the funniest, most unusual download DVD on comedy ever produced. A collection of visual gags and comedy bits that you will...
★★★ $10
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Jim Kleefeld
Ghost Storytelling by Jim Kleefeld

Five haunted tales for bizarre magic performances. Includes the full script of each 5-10 minute story plus information and complete instructions on how to make and use a correlated magic effect in each presentation. Includes stories from Jim's professional working repertoire, The Invisible Man, Aunt Cora's Haunted Toy, The Ghost of the Lafayette Hotel, The Steampunk You, and the eerie, nostalgic and scary For Whom The Bell Tolls. Audience-tested routines just as they are used by Jim in his bizarre Ohio Spirits programs. Also includes a section on how to put together a spirit show, where to present...

★★★★ $24
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Harlan Tarbell
How to Chalk Talk by Harlan Tarbell

The chalk talk is an almost forgotten entertainment type. The only time I have seen a chalk talk was on a Saturday Night Live show. The idea of the chalk talk is to combine story telling with drawing usually in a funny way. Today one can do this with a whiteboard. You don't need to be a skilled artist to do a chalk talk.

1st edition 1924; PDF 70 pages.

★★★★ $5
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Gerry Findler
How To Do Chalk Cartoons by Gerry Findler

A simple and easy form of drawing that anyone can do.

From the introduction:

Much of the information given in this booklet is invaluable and some of it has not appeared in other publications; certainly, if you are considering including lightning cartoons in your repertoire, you will find items to interest you in this booklet.

  • CHAPTER 1: Equipment and Materials
  • CHAPTER 2: How to Sketch
  • CHAPTER 3: Novelties
  • CHAPTER 4: Secrets of the Lightning Cartoonists
  • CHAPTER 5: The Business Side of Entertaining

1st edition 1940, 43 pages; PDF 19 pages.

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How to Kill a Heckler by Barnaby

How to Kill a Heckler is a whimsical look at what an entertainer can face on stage from the bane of his existence – The Heckler. It analyzes The Heckler, categorizes types of hecklers and offers advice on how to silence them – for good – with any of a couple hundred one-liners. A must read for entertainers, speakers, or anyone for that matter, who could use some ammunition to do away with an annoying loudmouth.

This ebook does not only give you hundreds of lines to choose from and alter to fit your needs, Barnaby also analyses the various heckler types and the underlying psychology....

★★★★★ $12.97
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Jimmy Muir & B. W. McCarron
How to M.C. And Put A Show Together by Jimmy Muir & B. W. McCarron

Many performers are called upon, at one time or another, to host a show. Now you can prepare yourself in advance, to deliver a dynamic and exciting performance. Whether it's for a talent show, a two-hour evening show, or a variety telethon in front of a TV audience, being the Master of Ceremonies can be a fun and rewarding experience - if you know what you're doing.

The authors, who have performed as emcees for magic shows, beauty pageants, fairs, outdoor festivals, in hotels, and on theatre stages for hundreds of performances, reveal all their tips and secrets in this easy-to-understand...

★★★★ $8
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Larry Brodahl
How To Write A Script by Larry Brodahl

How to write a script that entertains and reaches your audience. Topics include BRAINSTORMING PLOTS as well as ANALYZING THE TRICK FOR WEAKNESSES and many others..

One of the most neglected and misunderstood aspects of performing is: What do I say - how do I say it - and why do I say it? In other words - SCRIPTING!

This ebook is written for the magician who performs for people and wants to have better patter than just "Hey, wanna see a trick?" It's written to be used by a performer who wants to amuse, entertain, and add an extra layer of deception to his magic.

It's for the magician...

★★★★ $10
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Aldo Colombini
Insults and Comebacks by Aldo Colombini

Yes, it’s here! Aldo's new comedy ebook is finally available. It contains hundreds of insults and comebacks for hecklers and every possible situation that may arise during a show. All one-liners are different from the previous books in this (now) famous comedy series. For magicians, comedians, you name it!

1st edition 2007; 13 pages.

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Bob Cassidy
Intuitively Yours by Bob Cassidy

This is a complete presentation for corporate and professional groups - performance rights included.

It's no secret that public and keynote speaking is one of the most lucrative markets for the skilled mentalist. Instead of earning $500 to $1500 for a typical program, the speaker generally makes ten times that. Many mentalists, though, feel a bit awkward with the idea of wrapping a piece of entertainment up as a serious lecture. Probably because of the natural feeling that's it's just a bit dishonest to use mentalism as a means of "selling" pop psychology or spurious science.

It was exactly...

★★★★★ $25
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Aldo Colombini
Keep'em Laughing by Aldo Colombini

The success of my previous comedy books ‘almost’ forced me to collect another incredible bunch of one liners and other funny material. The best compliment I had regarding these publications came from Ed Eckl (co-publisher of Precursor magazine), who said, “In the 60’s we had Robert Orben providing comedy material, now we have Aldo Colombini.”

Robert Orben was and still is my ‘hero’ and my mentor even though we have never met; so the words assume an even greater meaning to me. Here’s the content: HILARIOUS ONE LINERS, IRONIC AND FUNNY GRAFFITI, SMART HECKLERS REMARKS, and...

★★★★★ $10
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Paul Romhany
Keynote Speaking for Magicians by Paul Romhany

World class award-winning magician and key-note speaker Paul Romhany is releasing this ebook which is part of his best selling package Magician To Speaker; a guide to combining magic, humor and motivational speaking. This ebook will explain exactly how you can go from earning hundreds of dollars a show to thousands of dollars a performance by incorporating your magic and the power of humor.

With over three decades of performance experience, including fifteen years as a world renowned motivational speaker, Paul Romhany has circled the globe presenting the Humor Seminar outlined in this ebook...

★★★★★ $36
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Paul Romhany
Laugh Yourself Well by Paul Romhany

This is the 2nd book in a series of books Paul has in his package called 'Magician To Speaker'. (The first one was Key Note Speaking for Magicians). If you are considering becoming a key-note speaker or after dinner speaker then you will need this ebook. It is full of research, tips, advice and includes 150 ways you can add humor to the workplace or your life. It is full of examples that you can pass on to others during your key note address.

This ebook goes in to detail on how to bring humor to the workplace. For any magician who wants to get in to motivational speaking then this ebook is a must. It contains years of...

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Aldo Colombini
Laughing Out Loud by Aldo Colombini

Here’s the third volume of my comedy series that started with Make’ em Laugh and continued with Funny Stuff. Laughing Out Loud has over 500 one liners! I’m sure you will use these jokes either in your acts or simply among friends in informal situations and gatherings. No matter what, MAKE’ EM LAUGH using this FUNNY STUFF and you’ll leave them LAUGHING OUT LOUD!

1st edition 2009; 15 pages.

★★★★★ $10
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Aldo Colombini
Life Saver Lines by Aldo Colombini

An entertaining, fun-filled ebook written for anyone who wants to be a comedian! It contains:

The fifth book of the new amazing encyclopedia of humor!

1st edition 2009; 23 pages.

★★★★★ $10
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Deepak Roy Chowdhury
Magic and Story by Deepak Roy Chowdhury

Excerpt from the Preface:

Magic is an art. And I believe art depicts life. So it is obvious that magic must also depict life. But a mere trick can not depict life. Hence a trick is not art.

The trick with its secret and the strength within it to create surprise is a mere gadget. Utilising this gadget (trick) the magician creates the art which is called Magic. It has got similarity to other art forms also. A Painter creates a picture with brush and colour. A Sitar Player plays a sitar to create Ragas. Similarly the Magician creates Magic with the use of a trick. The more the presentation...

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Jim Kleefeld
Magic Around the World by Jim Kleefeld

This complete show is Jim's geography-themed program performed for libraries all over Ohio and is aimed at children. It uses several standard props, some commercial tricks no longer made, but which may be available on used lists, and a couple of original effects especially created. The goal in this show was to give audiences a wide range of surprising magic routines that each involved a separate country and culture. Jim deliberately chose old and new tricks, and intermixed them with old and new cultures to give some sense of current world situations as well as some historical perspective. ...

★★★★ $20
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Val Andrews
Magic of Christmas by Val Andrews

Val Andrews sent this booklet to his customers during the 1988 Christmas season. It features stories and recollections involving Christmas and magic.

  • It's the Thought that Counts!
  • The Christmas when 'Pimpo' came to Brighton
  • Christmas Day in the Workhouse
  • A Gathering of Greats
  • Abanazer

1st edition 1988, 12 pages; PDF 14 pages.

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George Schulte
Magical Monologues by George Schulte
  • Introduction
  • Opening Patter
  • The Chinese Rice Bowls
  • Coffee, Milk and Sugar Trick
  • The Enchanted Bird Cage
  • The Aerial Treasury
  • The Magic Duck Pan
  • The Flying Bird Gage
  • The Mysterious Clock Dial
  • The Traveling Bottle and Glass
  • The Rising Cards
  • The Multiplying Billiard Ball
  • The Floating Ball
  • The Ten Ichi Thumb Tie
  • The Mysterious Linking Rings
  • The Japanese Wonder Bowl
  • Closing Patter
1st edition 1919, 42 pages; 1st digital edition 2017, 33 pages.
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Will Andrade
Magical Patter by Will Andrade

A compilation of humorous patter routines, suitable for various tricks and illusions. Specially arranged for the magical entertainer. Gags to suit every situation.

PDF 16 pages

★★★★★ $4
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