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The Fine Art of Magic, 2nd Edition

by George G. Kaplan & Warren J. Kaps

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The Fine Art of Magic, 2nd Edition by George G. Kaplan & Warren J. Kaps

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Some have argued that George Kaplan's Fine Art of Magic is the best magic book ever published. Juan Tamariz, who wrote a foreword to this second edition, says: "Hardly a performance where I do not include an effect from this book. It's the only book that contains only good and excellent tricks."

This magic treatise has stood the test of time. It has become a standard magic reference work. The First Edition is one of the most sought after magic books and is now available in its Second Edition, which incorporates additions and corrections from Kaplan's own notes, as well as adds more than 25% new and unpublished magic.

The (e)book has been completely reformatted. The original illustrations by Frances Rigney have been preserved, and additional illustrations for new content have been created by Tony Dunn. The printed and digital editions are identical in terms of contents.

"Everything anyone could expect of a book on magic - An outstanding collection of new, completely practical and easily workable tricks. ... There are no idle dreams,... but practical effects which have been audience tested time and time again. The close attention given to detail, the simplicity of working and the various subtleties employed, all point to the fact that much careful thought has gone before and that only a result approaching perfection would suffice ... It's a fine book." - J.G. Thompson, Jr.

"I've spotted a dozen tricks I've put down for immediate use, and any number of other items I'll get into in the future. ... The material is good solid magic - there are no pipe-dreams ... I can't praise the book too highly." - Frederick Braue

"Here is a book of exquisite conjuring. I recommend it enthusiastically to every magician ... It's great." - John Crimmins

  • Contents
  • Forward To The First Edition
  • Introduction To The Second Edition
  • Preface
  • About George G. Kaplan
  • About Warren J. Kaps
  • Chapter 1 Corner-Short & Breather
    • The Corner-Short
    • The Secret Gadget
    • The Breather Crimp
    • Advantages Of The Corner-Short And Breather Procedure
    • The Pencil Dot
    • Locating The Corner-Short Or Breather, And The Delayed-Action Control
    • Avoiding Contrasts
    • To Bring The Corner-Short Or Breather To The Top Of The Pack
    • The Kaplan Fan Cut
    • To Bring The Corner-Short Or Breather To The Bottom Of The Pack
    • To Control A Selected Card By Means Of The Corner-Short Or Breather
    • The Kaplan Control Of A Glimpsed Card By Means Of The Corner-Short Or Breather
    • Retaining Control Of Several Glimpsed Cards By Means Of The Corner-Short Or Breather
    • Controlling Three Selected Cards By Means Of The Corner-Short Or Breather
    • To Bring A Prearranged Packet Above A Chosen Card By Means Of The Corner-Short Or Breather
    • Obtaining A Desired Packet Instantly By Means Of The Corner-Short Or Breather
    • Using The Corner-Short Or Breather To Retain A Prearranged Deck In Order
  • Chapter 2 Subtle Sleights
    • Master Card Control
    • The Rifle-Force - A New Angle
    • The Gambler's False-Cut
    • The Peek
    • The Step-Control Of A Peeked At Card
    • To Glimpse Or Sight A Card Secretly
    • Impromptu Marking Of Cards
  • Chapter 3 Tricks Employing Corner-Short Or Breather Crimp
    • Out-Of-The-Room Selection
    • The X-Ray Location
    • Double-Back Corner-Short Location
    • Mind-Reading With Two Subjects
    • The "Impossible" Discovery
    • The Twenty-Sixth Card Location - Using A Corner-Short
    • Au Naturelle
    • The Topsy-Turvy Fan
    • The Kings Arise
  • Chapter 4 Close-Up Card Tricks
    • Will-O'-The Wisp Routine
    • New Card Affinity
    • Revello Card Circle
    • The "Stop!" Fan Discovery
    • Kaplan's Clock Trick
    • A Lesson In Misdirection
    • Rex Card Mystery
    • Multiple Do As I Do
    • Follow The Arrow
    • The Card In The Shoe
    • The Royal Assembly
    • The Captain Kid Card (1st Version)
    • The Captain Kid Card (2nd Version)
    • Magnetic Thought Transference
    • The Jokers Are On Me!
  • Chapter 5 Platform Card Tricks
    • The Lie Detector
    • Giant Trio-Flight
    • Card-Stabbing
    • The Kaplan Rising Cards
    • The Card In The Balloon
    • A Winning Wager
    • The Kaplan Torn And Restored Card
    • The Chameleon Card
  • Chapter 6 Mind Reading Tricks With Cards
    • Ultra Modern Mentalism
    • The Calcutta Mystery (First Version)
    • The Calcutta Mystery (Second Version)
    • The Bombay Mystery
    • Think
    • Do As I Do
    • The Princess Card Trick
    • The Yogi's Secret
    • The New Brain-Wave Deck
    • Mahatma Thought Control
    • Psychic Sympathy
    • Twenty-One Cards - A Double Prediction
    • Crystal Clairvoyance
    • Dial
    • Information, Please!
    • The Medium's Card Test
    • Yogi Spelling Test
    • The Eighteen-Cards Spelling Trick
    • The Triple Spelling Trick
    • The Three-Billet Test No. 1
    • The Three-Billet Test No. 2
    • And Then There Were None
    • Zig-Zag
  • Chapter 7 More Mind-Reading Tricks
    • The Trance Quick-And-Dead Test
    • A Capitol Problem
    • An Improved Sealed-Message Reading
    • Mind-Figures
    • The Spirit-Slates And Magazine Test
    • A Cigarette-Paper Pellet Switch
    • The Three-Billet Test No. 3
    • Forcing Three Numbers
    • The Odd-Even Force
  • Chapter 8 Coin Tricks
    • The Kaplan Coin Switch
    • The Kaplan Okito-Box Presentation
    • I Do As You Do
    • The Stack Of Quarters
    • The Sympathetic Coins
    • Coin-Extraction Perfected
    • The Kaplan Coin Transposition
  • Chapter 9 Selected Tricks
    • The Spirit Handkerchief
    • A Billiard-Ball Transposition
    • The Brema Tube And Bill
    • The Cigarette Vanish In Handkerchief
    • The Trap-Door 'Kerchief
    • Tying The Knot For The Rope Trick
    • The Bent Pin And Nail
    • The Game Of "Thirty-One" Played With A Die
    • The Game Of "35"
    • The Fifteen Match-Sticks Puzzle
    • Calendar Trick
  • Chapter 10 Miscellaneous Platform Tricks
    • Ben Ali's Rope
    • The Lemon Trick
    • Card And Crystal Ball
    • The Gypsy Thread Trick
    • The Comedy Of Errors
    • The Kaplan Nest Of Boxes Routine
    • The Mystery Of The Red Block
  • Chapter 11 Amusement Area
    • Whats My Line
    • He Done Her Wrong
    • Solid Objects
    • High Finance
    • Mathematchsticks
    • In One Year And The Other
    • Magic Cross
    • On The Level
    • Affair Question
    • Party Lines
    • Hire Education
  • Chapter 12 Concluding Observations
1st edition 1948; 2nd edition 2019, 370 pages.
word count: 126930 which is equivalent to 507 standard pages of text

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