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Not Primigenial
by Roger Montandon & Logan Wait


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Not Primigenial by Roger Montandon & Logan Wait

These two funnymen have combined to present twenty-six effects, bits, and gotchas for magicians and mentalists to liven up your act. The various items used include money (bills and coins), cards, cigarettes, cigars, and rope. Especially good is "It's a Matter of Money," which is based on an Annemann principle but uses money instead of cards. It's one you will want to put in your act right away.

Here's a look at the table of contents:

  • Elusive Bill
  • The Invisible Rope
  • Don't Waste It
  • Snakes Alive
  • Anyone Have a Ten?
  • It Slipped In
  • Holding the Bag
  • Optical Delusions
  • Turn-Over
  • Pipe Dreams
  • Banker's Dilemma
  • Through the Center
  • Read It
  • Doubles
  • Don't Take Any Wooden Nickels!
  • Not Loaded
  • In Triplicate
  • Whose Picture?
  • Ear Muffs
  • For Magicians Only
  • Pop-Out Cigar
  • You'll Be More Comfortable!
  • A Matter of Money
  • Match From Somewhere
  • You're Crazier Than I Am!
  • Military Miser's Dream
Professional entertainers gladly pay $100 each for a single joke or gag to add to their act. In that case, there are thousands of dollars worth of great material here. You can't afford NOT to add it to your working library, and from there into your act. Gordon M. Howatt's illustrations help capture the funny mood, as well.
"Not Primigenial contains eighteen tricks or stunts with money, matches, smokes and other objects always at hand; also eight good laugh gags. Some are indeed "not original," as the title intimates, but we feel all readers will find items fresh and pleasing to their fancy, as we did. Further, by using either of the cute bill bets explained, you can readily make yourself several times the price of this appealing, illustrated booklet." - Tom Bowyer (The Linking Ring review)

1st edition 1942. Expanded digital edition 2017, 31 pages.
word count: 6970 which is equivalent to 27 standard pages of text