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Magical Masterpieces
by Louis Nikola

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Magical Masterpieces by Louis Nikola

The most famous invention of Nikola is his card system, which is described in The Nikola Card System and in an abbreviated version in Encyclopedia of Card Tricks. Cards are not the only area Nikola excelled in.

From the inside cover: Magical Masterpieces is no mere fanciful title. It is an apt description of a selection from the accumulated repertoire of a practical magician whose outstanding characteristic is the painstaking perfection and stamp of individuality of all his productions. It is safe to say that if a new book of magic provides only one workable and suitable addition to the reader's store it is a sound investment. The magician who cannot find many more than one acceptable item herein must indeed be hard to please. A wealth of valuable material is offered. This is not a book for idle reading alone, although even as such it is an entertainment in itself. It is a book for reading and reading again and oft repeated reference. It is a store-house of ideas to be placed in the magician's library and taken out from time to time for reference. Today he may find something for immediate addition to his programme. A year hence, two years hence, many years hence, he may still find something new. If he reads between the lines, he will not only absorb new ideas, he will learn something of the writer's secret of developing ideas and acquire habits of thought that will enable him to do likewise. Unhampered by confinement to a single type, the keynote of the volume is variety, and its contents range from subtle sleight-of-hand tricks without visible appliances to elaborate mechanical devices of extreme intricacy and some entirely new suggestions in the way of self-contained illusions.

1st edition, 1934, Will Goldston; 256 pages.

  1. Inside cover
  2. The Feast of Lanterns - Frontispiece
  3. Introduction
  4. The Disappearing Cloak
  5. A Disappearing Walking Stick
  6. Fire and Water
  7. Catching a Card on a Knife Point
  8. A Treacle Trick
  9. Card Cricket
  10. Magic Photography
  11. A Transforming Card Table
  12. Dyeing Silks
  13. "Bunglo"
  14. Dyeing Silks. Ne Plus Ultra
  15. The Great Lemon
  16. A Ring and An Orange
  17. A Ring and A Dove
  18. With A Watch
  19. The Nest of Boxes
  20. A New Method in the Smoke Trick
  21. The Incorrigible Cigars
  22. A Super Rice Bowls Trick
  23. How I Saw the Great Indian Rope Trick
  24. The Truth? About the Indian Rope Trick
  25. Transit of Wine
  26. The Recipe for Diamonds
  27. Off With His Head
  28. An Extemporised Drum Production
  29. Another Drum Load
  30. Optical Delusion
  31. The Power of Suggestion
  32. A Message From Mars
  33. Marvellous Addition
  34. A Magic Spell
  35. Reading By Touch
  36. Patriotic Drill
  37. Flying Colours
  38. On The Line
  39. Transposing Milk and Sugar
  40. The Topsy Turvy Tea Table
  41. Under The Pillar Box
  42. Tricky Tennis
  43. Aerial Angling
  44. Hoffmann's Bullet Trick
  45. The Feast of Lanterns
  46. The Junior Feast of Lanterns
  47. The Housing Problem
  48. The Rajah's Pearls
  49. Aqua Vitae
  50. Squeezed To A Jelly
  51. What Happened To Smith Minor

word count: 61084 which is equivalent to 244 standard pages of text