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Modern Magicians Hand Book

by William John Hilliar

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Modern Magicians Hand Book by William John Hilliar

What an excellent book. The quality of the material is outstanding. What makes this book particularly rare is a chapter on juggling and how to fake great juggle skills. I have yet to see another book on magic with such an extensive chapter on juggling. You will also find the obligatory chapter on shadowgraphy, a good write up of black art, and large sections on cards, coins, and tricks with many other props. You will find billiard ball manipulation as well as stage tricks with large apparatus.

1st edition, 1902, Frederick J. Drake & Co, Chicago; 440 pages; PDF 325 pages.

  1. Introduction


  2. Preliminary Observations
  3. The Magic Wand
  4. The Magician's Table
  5. The Magician's Dress


  6. General Principles of Sleight-of-hand Applicable to Card Tricks
  7.    The Cards
  8.    To Make the Pass (Sauter la Coupe)
  9.    To Force a Card
  10.    To Make a "False Shuffle"
  11.    To "Palm" a Card
  12.    The Continuous Back and Front Palm with Cards
  13.    To "Change" a Card (Filer la Carte)
  14.    The "Color" Change
  15.    To "Slip" a Card
  16.    To Spring the Cards from One Hand to the Other
  17.    To Throw a Card
  18.    The Bridge


  19. Card Tricks with Ordinary Cards, and not Requiring Sleight-of-hand
  20.    Simple Modes of Discovering a Given Card
  21.    The Four Kings Being Placed Under the Hand of One Person and the Four Sevens Under the Hand of Another, to Make Them Change Places at Will
  22.    To Name Cards Without Seeing Them
  23.    New Thought Card Sleights
  24.    The Lost Ace
  25.    To Name All the Cards in the Pack in Succession


  26. Tricks Involving Sleight-of-hand or the Use of Specially Prepared Cards
  27.    To Distinguish the Suit of Any Given Card by Weight
  28.    The "Three-Card" Trick
  29.    The Penetrating Card
  30.    The Long Card
  31.    The Ladies' Looking Glass
  32.    Torn Corner Card Trick


  33. Card Tricks Requiring Special Apparatus
  34.    The Cards Rising Through the Air
  35.    Changing Card-Boxes, and Tricks Performed With Them
  36.    Mechanical Changing Cards
  37.    The Crystal Frame
  38.    The Cabalistic Star for the Production of Cards


  39. Principles of Sleight-of-hand More Especially Applicable to Coin Tricks
  40.    To Secretly Change a Coin
  41.    The Continuous Back and Front Coin Palm
  42.    To Palm a Coin and Yet Show Both Sides of the Hand Empty


  43. Coin Tricks Without Apparatus
  44.    To Pull Four Half-dollars Through a Handkerchief
  45.    To Extract a Coin from a Folded Paper


  46. Tricks with Coin Requiring Special Apparatus
  47.    The Rattle-Box. To Make a Coin Vanish from the Box, Though Still Heard to Rattle Within It
  48.    The Demon Handkerchief (Le Mouchoir du Diable)
  49.    The Half-dollar Wand
  50.    The Shower of Money
  51.    New Coin Catching
  52.    To Produce Coins from a Lighted Candle


  53. Tricks with Watches and Rings
  54.    A Smashed Watch
  55.    A New Watch Trick
  56.    The Coin, Handkerchief, and Ring Trick
  57.    The Watch Box
  58.    Verbeck's Wedding Ring Trick
  59.    The Wandering Ring


  60. Tricks with Handkerchiefs
  61.    The Handkerchief That Cannot Be Tied in a Knot
  62.    To Exchange a Borrowed Handkerchief for a Substitute
  63.    The Locked and Corded Box
  64.    The Burning Globe
  65.    The Dissolving Handkerchiefs
  66.    Red, White and Blue
  67.    The Balanced Handkerchief
  68.    Multiplication of Handkerchief (A silk handkerchief made into two or more)
  69.    New Handkerchief Sleights
  70.    New Handkerchief and Egg Trick
  71.    The Egg and Handkerchief Shot
  72.    Handkerchief Production with the Aid of a False Finger
  73.    The Spirit Handkerchief
  74.    The Handkerchief Which Changes Color


  75. The Cups and Balls
  76.    1. To Palm the Ball
  77.    2. To Reproduce the Palmed Ball at the End of the Fingers
  78.    3. To Secretly Introduce the Palmed Ball Under the Cup
  79.    4. To Simulate the Action of Placing a Ball Under a Cup
  80.    To Produce a Ball from the Wand
  81.    To Return a Ball Into the Wand
  82.    To Pass One Cup Through Another
  83.    Pass I. Having Placed a Ball Under Each Cup, to Draw it Out Again Without Lifting the Cup
  84.    Pass II. To Make a Ball Travel Invisibly from Cup to Cup
  85.    Pass III. Having Placed a Ball Under Each of the End Cups, to Make Them Pass Successively Under the Middle Cup
  86.    Pass IV. Having Placed Two Balls Under the Middle Cup, to Make Them Pass Under the Two Outer Ones.
  87.    Pass V. To Pass Three Balls in Succession Under One Cup
  88.    Pass VI. To Place Three Balls One After the Other Upon the Top of One of the Cups and to Make Them Fall
  89.    Pass VII. To Pass Three Balls in Succession Upwards Through the Table Into One of the Cups
  90.    Pass VIII. To Pass Two Balls in Succession From One Cup to Another Without Touching Them
  91.    Pass IX. To Make Three Balls in Succession Pass Under the Middle Cup
  92.    Pass X. The "Multiplication" Pass
  93.    Pass XI. To Transform the Small Balls to Larger Ones
  94.    Pass XII. To Again Transform the Balls to Still Larger Ones


  95. Ball Tricks Requiring Special Apparatus
  96.    The Ball Box
  97.    The Red and Black Ball Vases
  98.    Morison's Pill-Box
  99.    The Ball Which Changes to a Rose
  100.    The Obedient Ball
  101.    The New Billiard Ball Production
  102.    The Tube and Ball CHAPTER XIII
  103. Tricks with Hats
  104.    The Cannon-balls in the Hat
  105.    A Dozen Babies from a Hat
  106.    The Magic Reticules
  107.    The Drums from the Hat
  108.    The Birdcages from the Hat
  109.    The Cake (or Pudding) in the Hat
  110.    The Welsh Rabbit
  111.    The Bundle of Firewood
  112.    A Flower-Garden from a Hat
  113.    The Animated Cigar
  114.    The Wand Passed Through the Hat
  115.    The Magnetized Hat


  116. Second-Sight Tricks
  117.    Reading Blindfolded
  118.    Dr. Lynn's Second-Sight Trick
  119.    The Thinkophone
  120.    The Box of Numbers


  121. Miscellaneous Tricks
  122.    The Vanishing Gloves
  123.    The Rice and Orange Trick
  124.    The Drawer-Box
  125.    The Changing Ladle
  126.    The Inexhaustible Bottle
  127.    The Bottle and Ribbons
  128.    The Mysterious Funnel
  129.    The Box of Bran Transformed to a Bottle of Wine
  130.    The Bran Bottle
  131.    The Bran Glass
  132.    To Fire Borrowed Rings from a Pistol, and Make Them Pass Into a Goblet Filled with Bran and Covered with a Handkerchief, the Bran Disappearing, and Being Found Elsewhere
  133.    The Butterfly Trick
  134.    The Wizard's Omelet (Borrowed Rings and Live Doves Produced from an Omelet)
  135.    The Chinese Rings
  136.    The Cannon-Ball Globe
  137.    To Balance an Egg on the End of a Straw
  138.    The Obedient Candle
  139.    The Bran Plate
  140.    Bran Disappearing from a Glass, and Reappearing Under a Plate
  141.    The "Coffee Trick" - Improved
  142.    The Mysterious Coffe-Cups
  143.    The Enchanted Colored Sands
  144.    The Famous Egg and Bag Trick
  145.    The Wine and Water Transformation
  146.    The Tambourine and Ribbon Trick
  147.    The Transformation of Paper Shavings into Coffee and Milk
  148.    The Bewitched Fan
  149.    The Vanishing Canary Bird and Cage
  150.    The Floating Coin
  151.    The Mystic Afghan Bands
  152.    The Cross of the Orient
  153.    The Latest Cigarette Evanishment
  154. Stage Tricks
  155.    1. The Plain Trap
  156.    2. The "Wrist" or "Pressure" Trap
  157.    3. The "Rabbit" or "Dove" Trap
  158.    4. "Changing" Traps
  159.    Pistons
  160.    The Rabbit Trick
  161.    The Fairy Star
  162.    The Card Bouquet
  163.    The Demon's Head
  164.    The Magic Picture Frame
  165.    The Flying Watches and the Broken Plate
  166.    The Cabinet of Proteus
  167.    The Broken Mirror
  168.    The Bewitched Skull and Talking Hand
  169.    The Mystic Flight
  170.    The New Half-Lady Illusion
  171.    "Oh! Where Am I?"
  172. Black Art Up To Date
  173. The Art of Juggling
  174.    The Balanced Coins
  175.    The Centre of Gravity
  176.    Stick Breaking
  177.    Remarkable Swordsmanship
  178.    The Balancing Billiard Ball and Cue
  179.    Egg-Spinning Extraordinary
  180.    Blindfold Jugglery
  181.    The Spinning Hat
  182.    Ball Spinning
  183.    An Egg-and-Stick Balance
  184.    The Sword and Coin
  185.    The Whirling Hoop and Glass of Water
  186.    The Spinning Handkerchief
  187.    The Traveling Billiard Balls
  188.    Novel Hat Manipulation
  189.    A Complicated Balance
  190.    The Card, Candlestick and Cigar Balance
  191. Hand Shadowgraphy
  192.    Dog and Rabbit
  193.    A "New" Rabbit
  194.    French Chef and Frying Pan
  195.    The Man and the Bottle
  196.    President McKinley
  197.    Mr. Gladstone
  198.    Napoleon
  199.    The Giraffe
  200.    The Preacher
  201.    Woman and Spoon
  202.    The Swan
  203.    Man with Pipe
  204.    The Conductor and Lady Vocalist
  205.    The Horse
  206.    The Dentist
  207.    The Snuff-Taker
  208.    The Fowl
  209.    The Dancer
  210.    A French Advocate
  211.    The Woman at Her Toilet
  212.    Mr. and Mrs. Caudle
  213.    A Good Story

word count: 114278 which is equivalent to 457 standard pages of text

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