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by Nevil Maskelyne & David Devant
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Our Magic by Nevil Maskelyne & David Devant

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Two things are noteworthy. One, it is a must read book for magic theory interested. Two, it has a 20 page biographical index of card tricks. This includes sleights as well. Anybody doing research on card moves or routines should have this index. It makes searching a lot easier. And this index might point you to interesting books you have not heard about or which are not in your possession. This book was rated one of the ten basic books for a working library of conjuring by H. Adrian Smith, historian, collector and owner of the largest private magic library in his time. Other books in this top 10 list are

1st edition, 1911, E. P. Dutton & Company; 2nd edition, 1946, Fleming; original 487 pages; PDF 265 pages.


    PART I: THE ART IN MAGIC by Nevil Maskelyne
  1. I: The Real Secrets of Magic
  2. II: The Three Degrees in Art
  3. III: Unity
  4. IV: Consistency
  5. V: Justification
  6. VI: Surprise and Repetition
  7. VII: Effects of Transition
  8. VIII: Climax
  9. IX: Presentation
  10. X: Rehearsal
  11. XI: Speed in Presentation
  12. XII: Patter
  13. XIII: Stage Manner and Personality
  14. XIV: Mental Attitude
  15. XV: The Importance of Artistic Principles
    PART II: THE THEORY OF MAGIC by Nevil Maskelyne
  16. I: Terminology
  17. II: General Analysis
  18. III: Misdirection
  19. IV: Styles of Magic
  20. V: Manipulative Principles
  21. VI: Principles of Mental Magic
  22. VII: Mechanical Principles
  23. VIII: Optical Principles
  24. IX: Acoustic Principles
  25. X: Electrical Principles
  26. XI: Chemical and Molecular Principles
  27. XII: Magical Inventions
    PART III: THE PRACTICE OF MAGIC by David Devant
  28. I: With Playing Cards. The Triangle
  29. Bibliographical Index of Card Tricks
  30. II: With Billiard Balls. Multiplication
  31. III: With Figures. Simple Addition
  32. IV: With a Borrowed Watch. The Forgotten Guest
  33. V: With a Borrowed Handkerchief. A Lesson in Magic
  34. VI: With Bells. Homing Bells
  35. VII: With Flags. The National Colours
  36. VIII: With Liquids. The Three Vases
  37. IX: With a Rabbit, a Ball and Two Hats. The Silver Ball
  38. X: With Fish and Letters. The Educated Fish
  39. XI: With Doves and Rats. The Point of View
  40. XII: With a Canary and a Target. "The Phoenix"

word count: 112190 which is equivalent to 448 standard pages of text

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Reviewed by martin christopher
★★★★★   Date Added: Thursday 16 March, 2006

This book is excellent if you care about magic as an art. I particularly enjoy the discussion on "effects of transition," that is tricks like the blooming bush and houdin's orange tree. this would also include the egg on fan and tabary's rope routine, etc.

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