In 1853 the French La Nouvelle Magie Blanche Dévoilée by Jean Nicolas Ponsin was published. It was the first book to explain exactly how the leading magicians of the day in France performed their most prized effects. Sam Sharpe translated it to English and Wilf Huggins added a couple of clarifying illustrations.
This ebook is filled with intriguing effects with cards, coins and an entire section on the Cups and Balls. Surprisingly you will find here the idea of using metal balls, the same idea with which Paul Gertner created a sensation. You can find everything from mental miracles, to impromptu effects, routines with dice, watches, handkerchiefs and so much more.
[Note that this is not a full translation of the original work. Some parts have been left out. It has also been said that Sam Sharpe wasn't a particular good translator from French to English and consequently there are errors in his translation. Nevertheless, for those who do not speak French this is currently the best we have. Anybody interested to create a completely new translation please contact Lybrary.com.]
Second printed edition 1987, 177 pages. Digital edition 2014, 77 pages (newly formatted).
word count: 34752 which is equivalent to 139 standard pages of text