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Secrets of Magic
by Will Goldston


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Secrets of Magic by Will Goldston

This was Goldston's first magic publication, a mix of magic, some juggling, and a bit of other variety arts such as shadowgraphy and chapeaugraphy.

From the Introduction:

To make this work more attractive than the general run of books on Magic, the following articles have been introduced: - Hypnotism, Smoke Pictures, Hand Shadowgraphy, Elocution, Art of Making-up, Hoop Rolling, Ventriloquism, Stage Illusions, Lock Tricks, etc., in conjunction with Conjuring.

  • Introduction
  • The Wedding Ring passed through a Handkerchief
  • The Candle and Handkerchief Illusion
  • The Devo Card Trick
  • The Burnt Handkerchief Restored
  • The Mahatma Card Divination Illusion
  • The Magic Cone
  • Crystal Box and Handkerchiefs
  • The Mahatma Paper and Cigar Trick
  • Valuable Chemistry Secrets
  • The Jenkyn's Card Change
  • New Coin Illusion
  • Novel Flag or Handkerchief Trick
  • The Vanishing Bird Cage
  • The "Mahatma" Flag and Candle Illusion
  • The Laurie Flying Glass and Fluid Illusion
  • The Mysterious Cross
  • New Canary Bird Trick
  • New Revolving Servante
  • Effective Coin Vanish
  • New Sum Trick
  • Cards, Coins, and Glass Illusion
  • Latest Paper Tearing Trick
  • The Lee Bullet Illusion
  • Harry Houdini, "Champion Gaol Breaker and King of Locks."
  • Houdini Performs an Astounding Feat
  • Method to open Handcuffs without a Key
  • The Famous Spirit Collar Trick
  • Vanishing Lady on Horse's back
  • The Sybil Key Mystery
  • Mr. Martin Chapender
  • An Improved Torn Card Trick
  • The Changing Billiard Ball and Handkerchief
  • The Four Sympathetic Lady Friends
  • Mr. Horace Goldin
  • The Bodiless Lady illusion
  • A Celebrated Entertainer
  • New Card and Cigarette Trick
  • The Three Wonderful Cards
  • The New Card Trick
  • The best methods of Dealing Seconds
  • Indian Jugglery
  • Newest Wine and Water Trick
  • New Sensational Card Trick
  • Coloured Sands of Enchantment
  • New Programme, Ring, and Envelopes Trick
  • The Vanishing Performer Trick
  • Spirit Writing
  • The Mystic Celery Glass
  • The only Trick in Spiritualism that has fooled me
  • Latest Coin Illusion
  • Ventriloquism
  • Smoke Pictures
  • Paper Manipulating
  • Paper Folding
  • "Chapeaugraphy," or Twenty-five Heads under one Hat
  • Lesson on Hypnotism
  • Stage Hypnotism
  • The Great Everhart
  • Hand Shadows
  • A Popular Acting Manager
  • Elocution
  • The Art of Making-up
  • Items of Interest
1st edition 1903, 112 pages; PDF 105 pages.
word count: 35811 which is equivalent to 143 standard pages of text