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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.
word count: 139596 which is equivalent to 558 standard pages of text
- Preface to the Second Edition
- Chapter I - Palming
- Chapter II - Tricks with Coins
- Chapter III - Tricks with Common Objects
- Chapter IV - Tricks with Cups and Balls
- Chapter V - Tricks with Handkerchiefs
- Chapter VI - Chinese Tricks
- Chapter VII - Tricks at Table
- Chapter VIII - Tricks with Cards
- Chapter IX - General Remarks
- Chapter X - The Table and Dress
- Chapter XI - Sleights and Properties for General Use
- Chapter XII - Tricks with Cards
- Chapter XIII - Tricks with Handkerchiefs and Gloves
- Chapter XIV - Tricks with Coins
- Chapter XV - Miscellaneous
- Chapter XVI - The Cornucopian Hat
- Chapter XVII - Tricks with Watches and Live Stock
- Chapter XVIII - Sham Mesmerism, Clairvoyance, &c.
- Chapter XIX - Final Instructions