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The Art of Modern Conjuring Magic and Illusions

by Henri Garenne
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The Art of Modern Conjuring Magic and Illusions by Henri Garenne

From the introduction:

I have written this work not as an exposure of the art of Conjuring and Magic, but simply to act as a guide for amateurs and young beginners; therefore I shall enumerate many tricks and illusions that my young friends can perform at home amongst their numerous friends. In addition to this, I shall also enumerate those tricks and illusions which demand a larger amount of room, and also require specially constructed apparatus; such tricks the amateur would do well not to attempt, as they are only suitable for performance on a stage. I shall give a description of most of the numerous tricks and illusions as performed by most of the leading “wizards” of the past and present day. I shall also give a detailed account of many of the so-called spiritualistic illusions, manifestations, and séances, also a few hints and remarks upon the so-called latest novelty, thought-reading. My intention in these pages is to touch on sleight of hand generally, as well as other more particular and effective tricks and illusions. The reader, if he follows diligently the instructions that I will give him, will be able in a short time to astonish his numerous friends with his acquired knowledge.

  • CHAPTER 1 INTRODUCTION
    • The Author's Views and Intentions
    • Rules to Be Remembered
    • The Magician's Wand
    • The Magician's Tables
    • The Magician's Dress
    • Talking to the Audience
  • CHAPTER 2 HINTS ON PALMING
    • Preliminary Remarks
    • Modes and Methods of Palming: Palming Coins
    • Passes with Coins
    • Cautions Respecting Passing
    • Utility of Passes
    • Ringing
  • CHAPTER 3 TRICKS WITH CARDS
    • Cards and Cardplaying
    • Suitable Cards for Card Tricks
    • To Make the Pass
    • To "Force" a Card
    • To Make "False Shuffles"
    • To "Palm" a Card
    • To "Change" a Card
    • To Get Sight of a Drawn Card
    • To Draw Back a Card
    • To Make Four Cards Change from Eights to Twos, and from Black to Red
    • To Nail a Chosen Card to the Wall
    • To Change the Ace of Clubs to the Ace of Diamonds
    • The Rising Card Trick
    • Catching a Card on the Point of a Sword
    • To Make a Card Stand Upright on the Table
    • The Mechanical Card Box
    • The Card and Bird Box
    • Mechanical Cards
    • The Spelling-Bee Trick
    • The Three-Card Trick
    • The Card Table
  • CHAPTER 4 TRICKS WITH COINS
    • To Make a Quarter and a Penny Change Places
    • To Pass Two Marked Coins Wrapped in Separate Handkerchiefs into One Handkerchief
    • To Pass a Marked Penny into the Center of an Orange
    • The Multiplied Coins
    • To Pass Three Coins into a Tumbler
    • To Change a Quarter into a Penny
    • The Flying Coins and Handkerchief
    • To Cause a Coin to Leave a Handkerchief and Pass into an Orange Covered with a Glass
    • The Multiplying Money Plate
    • The Rattling Coin Box
    • The Pepper Box
    • The Plug Box
    • The Magic Cabinet
    • The Miraculous Money Casket
    • The Vanishing Plate
    • The Tray of Proteus
    • To Pass a Penny into a Corked Bottle
  • CHAPTER 5 TRICKS WITH RINGS
    • The Vanishing Ring
    • To Pass a Ring from One Hand onto Any Finger of the Other
    • The Suspended Ring
    • To Pass a Ring from the Center of a Handkerchief into a Real Egg
    • To Pass a Ring Through a Table
  • CHAPTER 6 TRICKS WITH HANDKERCHIEFS
    • The Vanishing Handkerchief
    • The Handkerchief That Cannot Be Tied
    • The Knotted Handkerchiefs
    • The Rope and Handkerchief
    • The Demon Handkerchief
    • How to Exchange a Borrowed Handkerchief for a Substitute
    • The Magic Plumes
    • To Produce a Shower of Sweets from a Borrowed Handkerchief
    • To Produce Any Number of Eggs from a Handkerchief
  • CHAPTER 7 TRICKS WITH BALLS
    • The Cups-and-Ball Trick
    • The Ball Box
    • The Red and Black Ball Vases
    • To Change a Ball into a Rose
    • The Obedient Walking Ball
  • CHAPTER 8 TRICKS WITH HATS
    • Suitable Introduction to Hat Tricks
    • The Cannonballs
    • A Dozen Babies from a Hat
    • To Produce a Hundred Goblets from a Hat
    • A Dozen Handbags from a Hat
    • To Produce Two Birdcages from a Hat
    • To Produce Two Hundred Yards of Colored Ribbon from a Hat
  • CHAPTER 9 MISCELLANEOUS TRICKS
    • The Miraculous Candles
    • To Cut a Piece off a Person's Nose
    • To Pass an Egg into a Bottle
    • The Cut String Restored
    • The Mysterious Columns
    • The Mysterious Balls and String
    • The Chinese Rope, Coat, and Rings
    • The Magical Mirror
    • To Pull Yards and Yards of Paper from Your Mouth
    • Blood Writing on the Arm
    • The Dancing Sailor
    • The Enchanted Dancing Skeleton
    • To Produce Eggs from a Person's Mouth
    • The Magic Coffers
    • The Orange and Rice Trick
    • The Flying Glass of Water
    • To Change a Bowl of Ink into a Bowl of Water
    • The Mysterious Pigeon
    • To Produce Colored Ribbons from a Bottle of Water
    • The Egyptian Pyramids
    • The Magic Funnel
    • To Change a Bottle of Wine into a Vase of Flowers
    • To Change a Box of Bran into a Bottle of Wine
    • The Drawer Box
    • The Unfolding Drawer Box
    • Changing Caddies
    • The Magical Caddy and Vase
    • The Inexhaustible Box
    • The Demon's Cauldron
    • To Cause a Rose to Appear in a Glass Vase
    • The Chinese Ring Trick
  • CHAPTER 10 STAGE TRICKS AND ILLUSIONS
    • Apparatus for Stage Tricks
    • The Plain Trap
    • The Wrist Trap
    • Dove or Rabbit Trap
    • The Changing Trap
    • The Bellows Table
    • The Magic Picture and Chosen Cards
    • The Magic Bell
    • The Crystal Cash Box
    • The Demon Drum
    • The Electrical Table
    • The Aerial Suspension
    • The Indian Basket Trick
    • The Sphinx or Decapitated Head
    • The Globe of Fish and the Living Head
    • The Living Head in a Bottle
    • The Mysterious Head
    • The Bodiless Lady
    • A Lady Suspended in the Air Without Any Visible Support
    • The "Thauma" Illusion
  • CHAPTER 11 SPIRITUALISTIC ILLUSIONS, SÉANCES, AND MANIFESTATIONS
    • Spiritualism: An Imposture
    • The Sack Feat
    • The Spiritualistic or Animated Skull
    • The Spiritualistic Collar and Handcuffs
    • The Protean Cabinet
    • The Davenport Brothers' Feat
    • The Ghost Illusion
  • CHAPTER 12 THOUGHT READING
    • The Art Possible to All
    • Planchette
    • Thought Reading Explained
    • How to Begin in Thought Reading
    • Subsequent Progress in the Art
    • A Simple Experiment
    • Reading Papers Written by the Audience
  • CHAPTER 13 CONCLUSION

1st edition 1886, 206 pages; PDF 125 pages.
word count: 49870 which is equivalent to 199 standard pages of text


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