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Stuff: A collection of Original Magic
by Eric Mason

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Stuff: A collection of Original Magic by Eric Mason

Stuff is a beautifully designed and produced book (now available as ebook) of top quality magic and contains detailed descriptions of several marketed props and routines. These include the Beta Wallet, the Breese-Mason Wallet, Cummupence, the Silver Retriever, the Golden Retriever and Pandora. Eric Mason was not only a brilliant inventor and magician; he was a creative and talented illustrator. You will find several examples of Mason's skill as illustrator in this ebook.

Eric Mason was a highly talented and exceptionally creative magician and illustrator. He was the Art Editor of Pabular magazine and illustrated countless books. He released many commercial magic effects including the Beta Wallet, the Breese-Mason Wallet, Cummupence, the Silver Retriever and the Golden Retriever and many of these effects are described in this ebook.

Eric used to share the spotlight with Fred Robinson at the Marlborough Arms public house near the Magic Circle on Monday evenings. There the alternative Magic Circle met and Eric was always ready to perform a seemingly impromptu miracle; seemingly impromptu because his pockets were always so jammed full of props that David Britland once described Eric as, ‘Rattling with magic as he walked’.

He was a great sleight of hand performer and was so adept with coin sleights that he could back-clip an old English penny and hold a half dollar coin in the palm of the same hand. He used to throw the half dollar up in the air and as it landed back on his palm he would back-clip it and simultaneously release and display the penny concealed between the back of his fingers. As far a spectator could see, Eric held a half dollar in his open hand tossed it up in the air and by the time it landed back in his hand it had changed into a penny.

Early in his career, Eric and his wife Eileen lived in a caravan in Cornwall for several years where Eric spent his time designing, painting and illustrating. Unusually, many of his paintings were published in miniature form on matchbox covers.

[In this digital reproduction we have added back, purely for historical reasons, the chapter "The Creation of a Magical Effect", which is a socialist rant.]

1st edition 1983, 2nd edition 1989; 170 pages; PDF 177 pages.

Table of Contents

  1. Contents
  2. Preface to Second Edition
  3. Introduction by Fred Robinson
  4. Introduction by Barrie Richardson
  5. Introduction by Gordon Bruce
  6. Forword
  7. Orringinal
  8. Framed
  9. Note in Cigarette
  10. Kapala
  11. Ashram
  12. Desiderata
  13. Overture
  14. Caboodle
  15. Eca Tuoba Ecaf
  16. Ubique Sed Non
  17. A Birthday Card
  18. The Wimbledon Aces
  19. Acemblage
  20. Put and Take
  21. Spread Eagled
  22. My Card - Your Card - Anybody's Card
  23. Topsyturvy
  24. One Million To One
  25. Banditry
  26. Anything For A Change
  27. The One Handed Fiddler
  28. Classical Bit
  29. The Problem Is
  30. Beauideal
  31. The Married Lady
  32. Billett-Doux
  33. Brainwave
  34. The Mason Spread
  35. Arise Comrades
  36. The Pit-A-Patter of a Tiny Feat
  37. Fred Trick The Great
  38. Sock It And See
  39. Uriker
  40. Amason
  41. Make A Note Of It
  42. Watch
  43. For A Borrowed Note
  44. Impromptu Coins Across
  45. Twenty To One
  46. Snap Backclip Throw
  47. The Coin In A Bottle
  48. A Pound With A Bottle
  49. A Peep Into A Bottle
  50. Come In Jimmy Herbert
  51. One Green Bottle
  52. Cumuppence
  53. Moniker
  54. Papier
  55. On Reflection
  56. N.C.R.
  57. Tactoscophy
  58. Kineto
  59. Magnifique
  60. The Cuffs
  61. The Silver & Golden Retrievers
  62. Pandora
  63. Reviews
  64. Collarboon
  65. Nefertiti
  66. Mental Magic Square
  67. Card In Cigarette Pack
  68. Pop
  69. Matchless
  70. Mason Colour Improvement to the Monahan Paddle
  71. Eric Mason Wallet
  72. Violistik
  73. The Creation of a Magical Effect

word count: 50564 which is equivalent to 202 standard pages of text