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Magical Titbits
by Professor Hoffmann


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Magical Titbits by Professor Hoffmann

After writing Later Magic, Professor Hoffmann intended to follow it with a fourth book. However, advancing age and other engagements compelled him to abandon it. Nevertheless he wrote this volume, which is not really a part of his trilogy, but functioned as a place to put the material he already collected. A few Hartz items in this book have been already dealt with in Later Magic. Otherwise the contents is new.

It is interesting to note that although Hoffmann writes in the preface to Magical Titbits that he abandoned the book which should have followed Later Magic, he authored in 1918 a book called Latest Magic which according to the chosen title is this fourth book initially abandoned.

1st edition, 1911, George Routledge & Sons, New York; 221 pages.

  1. Preface
  2. The Rice and Water Trick
  3. The Vanishing Rice
  4. Tao Li Tao, The Chinese Mystery
  5. Balloons from a Hat
  6. To Discover and Pocket (Before Asking any Question) the Card Thought of by a Spectator
  7. A New Purse Trick
  8. A Silk Handkerchief Changed into a Flag
  9. The Changing Handkerchief Boxes
  10. The Demon Digits
  11. The Acrobatic Cards
  12. The Ball of Wool Trick. (Improved)
  13. The New Card Frame
  14. Outwitting the Conjurer
  15. The Great Book Mystery
  16. The Crystal Balls. (Improved Method)
  17. Biographical Notice
  18. A Devil of a Hat
  19. The Inexhaustible Handkerchief
  20. The Improved Money Column
  21. The Multiplication of Money
  22. The Mysterious Addition
  23. The Inverted Glass of Water
  24. The Multiplying Billiard Ball
  25. The Dematerialised Glass of Water
  26. Card, Coin, and Candle
  27. The Wine and Water Trick
  28. The Witches' Kettle and Magic Punchbowl
  29. The Automatic Rising Cards
  30. The Portfolio Trick
  31. The Second-Sight Trick
  32. The Pocket-Picking Trick
  33. The Aerial Walking-Cane
  34. The Egg and Rings Trick
  35. Contrivances for "Passing Off"
  36. The Hartz "Hook", for Working Mechanical Pieces of Apparatus
  37. The Magic Bell
  38. The Crystal Cashbox
  39. Hartz's Bird-Cage Trick
  40. The Mystic Glove and Rings
  41. L'envoi

word count: 56265 which is equivalent to 225 standard pages of text