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Okito on Magic: Reminiscences and Selected Tricks
by Okito & Robert Parrish

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Okito on Magic: Reminiscences and Selected Tricks by Okito & Robert Parrish

A fascinating glimpse into Okito's (Theo Bamberg) life and creations. The Bamberg dynasty had magicians spanning seven generations. Okito was a prolific inventor, builder of tricks, and exceptional performer. Learn the details of many of his most cherished secrets.

From the introduction by Dorny:

As the inventor of more magical effects than anyone else in the past half-century, he is constantly planning and building new tricks and illusions. In the construction of his miracles, he is a perfectionist. His finished work is always a masterpiece. Nothing is left to chance. With Theo, it must work.

  • Preface To Revised Edition
  • An Open Letter From Victor Farelli
  • Introduction
  • Foreword
    • I. The Elements Of Magic
    • II. The Progress Of Magic
    • III. Classical Conjurers
    • IV. Romantic Magicians
    • V. History Of The Floating Ball
    • I. Sleights And Techniques
      • Okito Sleeving Technique
      • Technique For The Barehanded Production Of A Silk
      • Notes On The Cups And Balls
      • Slydini Transcended
      • A Third Arm
      • "Vanishing" Cloths
      • A Hat Loading Device
      • A Deceptive Change Of A Card
      • Sleights With Cigars
      • Classical Technique For The Production Of Bowls
      • Bowls Of Cigarettes, Cigars, And Candy
      • The Rabbit From The Spectator's Coat
    • II. Small Magic
      • The Han Ping Chien Coin Trick
      • Three Malini Tricks
      • The Okito Coin Box
      • A Penetrative Coin
      • The Hindoo Talisman
      • The Knotted String
      • More On The Sixth Finger
      • The Silk Elixirs
    • III. Medium-Sized Magic
      • L'homme Masqué Rising Cards
      • Transposition Extraordinary
      • Okito's Card Mystery
      • The Bill And The Lemon
      • The New Envelope Mystery
      • The New Bewitched Blocks
      • The Sympathetic Colors
      • Okito's Handkerchief Tray
      • The Japanese Glass Shades
      • The Nested Tubes
      • An Egg And A Canary
      • The Enchanted Rice
      • The Mysterious Casket
      • The Triangular Mystery
      • The Tea Canister Mystery
      • Linkage
    • IV. Large Magic
      • A Note On The Mechanical Tricks
      • The Chimerical Foulards
      • Foulard And Candle
      • The Siamese Cylinders
      • Multum In Parvo
      • Birth Of The Lotus Flowers
      • Scare Mask And Dove
      • A Break-Away Casket
      • The Ubiquitous Duck
      • Where Do The Ducks Come From?
      • Bowl And Ducks
      • The Inexhaustible Bowl
      • Expanding Bowl
      • The Disappearing Bowl Of Water
      • The Production Of Eight Glasses Of Liquid
    • V. Magic With Living People
      • From Shadow To Life
      • Ming Toy
      • Hi-Strung
      • The Mandarin's Dream
    • Impossible Lit Cigarette Vanish
    • The Caliph's Dream
    • Okito's Ringer
    • The Impossible Escape
    • Thru The Needle's Eye
    • Oho!
    • Oho Extra!

1st edition 1952, revised 1973, 241 pages; PDF 185 pages.
word count: 70931 which is equivalent to 283 standard pages of text