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From the preface by John Ramsay:
The author, my friend Douglas Francis, has handed me part of the manuscript of this book, and he has also given me a personal demonstration of some of the effects described therein. Every trick proved entertaining and convincing in his capable hands, and, consequently, I can recommend them with every confidence to all exponents of "Close-up" Magic.
From the foreword:
As the title suggests, the contents of this book are confined to that type of effect that can be literally performed right under the nose of the spectator, in other words - Close Quarter Magic.
1st edition 1947, 36 pages; PDF 23 pages.word count: 6511 which is equivalent to 26 standard pages of text