This is the second part of the masterfully written classic work on magic. Together with Routined Manipulation Part One and Routined Manipulation Finale it is an excellent work on sleight-of-hand magic. The effects taught are suitable from stage and parlor to intimate settings of close-up magic.
This book is a sequel to Mr. Ganson's Routined Manipulation (examined in our Review No. 153), and, like its predecessor, covers a wider range of conjuring than one might expect to find in a treatise labeled "manipulation." Cards, coins, billiard balls, knives, handkerchiefs, thimbles, and other objects are used in the tricks that make up the contents of this 132-page book, which is printed on coated paper of good quality, illustrated with 178 line drawings and photographic reproductions (predominantly the latter), and bound in cloth with the title gold-stamped on the spine.
Outstanding in the 21 pages of card tricks are the author's Opening Card Routine of fan productions (4 pp., 4 ill.) and Al Koran's Blindfold Card Act (6 pp.) which consists of seven feats that are effective but not difficult. In the field of coins are Ken Brooke's neat version of The Cap and Pence (5 pp., 9 ill.), Henry Hay's excellent Coins Up the Sleeve (3 pp., 2 ill.), and a trick called Money Attracts Money in which four coins are made to pass, one by one, from right to left hand. For lovers of silk handkerchief magic there is a combination entitled Color-Change, Penetration, and Vanish (6 pp., 8 ill.). The Color-Changing Knife (9 pp., 17 ill.) is a detailed treatment of six sleights and a full routine. Thimble Manipulation (16 pp., 28 ill.) is second only to billiard-ball magic in breadth of coverage; for the author here describes several kinds of thimbles and holders, explains sleights, and winds up with a thimble production routine, and even a special thimble routine for children's audiences.
But it is the section called Modern Billiard-Ball Manipulation (40 pp., 72 ill.) that constitutes the piece de resistance of the book. Types and sizes of balls; care and preparation of the hands; productions, vanishes, and acquitments of balls; manipulation of the shell; ball holders - all these and other important aspects of billiard-ball conjuring are explored in detail. Finally, there are three full, step-by-step routines, including one which ends with the performer holding eight solid balls that have been produced magically from his bare hands.
Lewis Ganson's first book, Expert Manipulation of Playing Cards, promptly took its place as the best treatise in print on fan-productions and the back-hand palming of cards. His Routined Manipulation: Part I was equally well received by magicians, and speedily became a best-seller. In the few months that Routined Manipulation: Part II has been available, it too has won recognition as a most excellent book, and one which (like the earlier Ganson works) belongs definitely among the "best buys" in magical literature. Mr. Ganson is a writer of whom we have no fear of tiring, and we welcome the rumor that he may by and by give us yet another book entitled More Routined Manipulation.