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Sleight of Hand

by Edwin Sachs

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Sleight of Hand by Edwin Sachs

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This is an all time classic with 57 beautiful illustrations. It is one of the most complete books written on magic, because it teaches both stage and close-up magic (cards, coins, silks, cups and balls, etc.), technique, presentation, and all the peripheral skills necessary for great conjuring.
"I beg to say that it is far and away the very best work of its kind ever published" - Harry Kellar

"My den contains a large collection of books on magic, but none has a cover so worn as 'Sleight of Hand' by Edwin Sachs." - David Devant

The official byline read: The standard texbook on how to become a magician. Sleight-of-hand feats and tricks with apparatus for amateur and professional conjurers, and for both parlor and stage performance.

Sachs' articles on sleights were first serialized in the Exchange & Mart magazine and later reprinted as the book Sleight of Hand.

2nd edition, 1885, L. Upcott Gill, London; reprint, 1980, Dover Publications, New York; 399 pages.

  1. Preface to the Second Edition
  2. Introduction
  3. Chapter I - Palming
  4. Chapter II - Tricks with Coins
  5. Chapter III - Tricks with Common Objects
  6. Chapter IV - Tricks with Cups and Balls
  7. Chapter V - Tricks with Handkerchiefs
  8. Chapter VI - Chinese Tricks
  9. Chapter VII - Tricks at Table
  10. Chapter VIII - Tricks with Cards
  11. Chapter IX - General Remarks
  12. Chapter X - The Table and Dress
  13. Chapter XI - Sleights and Properties for General Use
  14. Chapter XII - Tricks with Cards
  15. Chapter XIII - Tricks with Handkerchiefs and Gloves
  16. Chapter XIV - Tricks with Coins
  17. Chapter XV - Miscellaneous
  18. Chapter XVI - The Cornucopian Hat
  19. Chapter XVII - Tricks with Watches and Live Stock
  20. Chapter XVIII - Sham Mesmerism, Clairvoyance, &c.
  21. Chapter XIX - Final Instructions

word count: 139596 which is equivalent to 558 standard pages of text

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