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Principles and Deceptions

by Arthur Buckley
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Principles and Deceptions by Arthur Buckley

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Another great book from Arthur Buckley. He discusses some theoretical aspects of magic and then goes into detailed instructions of moves and routines with coins, cards, and billiard balls. I can highly recommend this book.

1st edition, 1948, Arthur Buckley; original 222 pages; PDF 185 pages.

  • CHAPTER ONE
    1. Photograph of the Author
    2. Dedication
    3. Introduction by Theo Bamberg (Okito)
    4. Foreword by the Author
    5. The Principles of Magic
    6. Manipulation
    7. Substitution
    8. Duplication
    9. Camouflage
    10. Imitation
    11. False Partition
    12. Concealed Mechanism
    13. Falsification
    14. Arrangement
    15. Preparation
    16. Misdirection
    17. Concealment
    18. The Entertainment Value
    19. Showmanship
    20. Sleight of Hand
    21. Something New
    22. Invention
    23. Talking Acts Versus Silent Acts, and Pantomine
    24. The Practice of Leaving the Stage Unattended
    25. Assistants from the Audience
    26. Fakes and Accessories
    27. Gimacs
    28. The Plot
    29. Timing, Rhythm and Pace
    30. Footwork
    31. Presenting the Act in Public
  • CHAPTER TWO - Magic with Coins
    1. Sleeving
    2. The Muscle Pass with One Silver Dollar
    3. Chinese Coin Mystery
    4. A Coin, A Ring and a Handkerchief
    5. The Bounce Vanish
    6. The Rear of the Thumb Palm
    7. The Pencil and the Silver Dollar
    8. The Turnover Pass With One Coin
    9. The Pinch Pass With a Single Coin
    10. A Very Pretty Disappearance
    11. Allan Shaw's Vanish of a Coin
    12. Front and Back of Hand Transfer of a Coin
    13. Three Methods of Producing a Coin
    14. Downs' Palm (first method)
    15. Downs' Palm (second method)
    16. The Vanish of a Coin From the Fold of the Pants Leg
    17.   Second Method
    18.   Third Method
    19. To Pass Four Coins From Hand to Hand, Through Your Head One At a Time
    20. The French Drop and the Eye-glass
    21. The "Roll Down" Production for Four Coins (Buckley Method)
    22. The Downs "Click Pass" Viewed from a New Angle (improved)
    23. An Illusive Pass (original)
    24. The Click Pass and the Table
    25. The Spread Vanish (Allen Shaw)
    26. The Color Changing Discs (original)
    27. A Fine Coin Transfer Pass (by Downs)
    28. The Throw Away Vanish of Five Coins (original)
    29. The Appearance of Five Coins One After Another At the Finger Tips (Allan Shaw)
    30. The Surprise Appearance of a Coin (by Ron Leonard)
    31. The Magnetic Pass With One Or Several Coins
    32. Silken Silver (by Frank Cruse)
    33. Borrowed Money
    34. John Mulholland's Slide Pass With a Single Coin
    35. Another Very Effective Production of Five Coins in the Left Hand (original)
    36. The Lynn Pennies (by Terry Lynn)
    37. The Steal (my method)
    38. Passing Several Coins Through the Table At Which You Are Seated
    39. The French Drop (improved)
    40. Another Original Five Coin Pass
    41. The "Miser's Dream"
    42. Finale To "The Miser's Dream" (by W. J. Alkinson)
    43. Coin Through Handkerchief (original)
    44. A Coin Vanish and Reappearance By That Clever Artiste (Carlyle)
    45. The Steal (by Cardini)
    46. Twenty-one Cents (by Ross Bertram)
    47. Coins Pass One By One From the Left Hand to the Right Hand
    48. The Transfer of a Silver Dollar From One Hand to the Other
    49. John Platt's Chinese Coin on Pencil Illusion (with permission)
    50. Five Silver Dollars and a Handkerchief Routine
    51. An Invisible Journey (improved)
    52. The Eureka Vanish (by T. Nelson Downs)
    53. Production of Five Coins One By One At Fingertips and An Original Change Over
    54. The Thumb Pass With a Silver Dollar
    55. Split Fans and Coin Production (original)
    56. A Production of Twenty-four Coins in a Series of Fans, An Original Routine (by John Brown Cook)
    57. "The Multiple Roll Out" (by John Brown Cook)
    58. A Phantasy in Silver - A Complete Act with Coins, Fully and Carefully Explained and Illustrated
    59. A Phantasy in Silver - A Complete Act as it was presented by the Author at the I.B.M. Show, Chicago, on Jan. 17, 1948.
  • CHAPTER THREE - Magic with Cards
    1. Magic With Cards
    2. Foreword to Chapter Three
    3. Opening For a Card Act
    4. A Finish for a Card Act
    5. The Buckley False Shuffle
    6. Cards to Pocket, With Ten Cards (with improvements)
    7. The Count (original)
    8. The False Count for More
    9. My Card in Cigarette Illusion (with improvements)
    10. The Thirty Cards and Two Assistants (with improvements)
    11. Ten and Ten
    12. The Vanish of the Last Two Cards in Presenting the Ten Cards to Pocket
    13. Method of Double Cutting Cards
    14. The Triple Climax (original)
    15. An Amazing Card Illusion, Just Think of a Card
    16. The Crimp (one hand)
    17. Exchanging a Card in Passing
    18. The Peek Location
    19. The Hofzinser Force
    20. The Slap Shift
    21. Sighting While Fanning the Cards
  • CHAPTER FOUR - Magic With Billiard Balls
    1. My Original Billiard Ball and Card Harness
    2. Pointers
    3. The Production of a Ball From Behind the Left Hand followed by the Take Away Vanish
    4. A Ball Held in the Finger Palm Position by the Left Hand is Secretly Removed by the Right Hand in Passing
    5. The Wrist Roll
    6. The Production of a Ball on the Fist
    7. Moving the Ball Down from the Fist Position to the First and Second Finger
    8. The Production of a Ball Between the Middle Fingers from the Palm Without Aid from the Thumb
    9. The "De'Biere" Production of a Ball
    10. The Ball Roll from Finger to Finger
    11. The Ball Roll with Another Ball Concealed in Your Palm
    12. The Knee Roll Vanish
    13. The Strike Vanish
    14. The Wrist Roll and Palm Off Vanish
    15. Concealing a Ball Behind the Hand While Both Palms Are Shown
    16. Color Changes (first method)
    17.   (second method)
    18.   (third method)
    19.   (fourth method)
    20. The Ball and the Handkerchief
    21. Production of Eight Solid Balls at the Finger Tips Without a Shell
    22. Concluding Remarks

word count: 67205 which is equivalent to 268 standard pages of text

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