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The Magician's Handbook
by P. T. Selbit


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The Magician's Handbook by P. T. Selbit

The inventor of "sawing a lady in half" has written quite an interesting book. It covers a good range of topics. Particularly the inclusion of fringe fields to magic, such as juggling and black art, makes this book unique. Certainly this is mainly a magic book, so tricks with handkerchiefs, and balls are many to be found as well as several interesting illusions. This book is in one other respect quite different to other books. The table of contents is in alphabetical order. So Selbit has kind of combined contents and index - interesting.

1st edition, 1901, Marshall & Brookes, London; 188 pages.

    The Art of Juggling
  1. Balanced Coins, The
  2. Balancing Billiard Balls and Cue, The
  3. Ball Spinning
  4. Blindfold Jugglery
  5. Card Candlestick and Cigar Balance, The
  6. Centre of Gravity, The
  7. Complicated Balance, A
  8. Egg and Stick Balance, An
  9. Egg Spinning Extraordinary
  10. Marvellous Egg Balance, A
  11. Novel Hat Manipulation
  12. Remarkable Swordsmanship
  13. Spinning Handkerchief, The
  14. Spinning Hat, The
  15. Stick Breaking
  16. Sword and Coin, The
  17. Travelling Billiard Balls, The
  18. Whirling Hoop and Glass of Water, The
    New Miscellaneous Magical Effects
  19. Balanced Handkerchief, The
  20. Chinese Bat, The
  21. Cross of the Orient, The
  22. Enchanted Flag and Ring, The
  23. Great Slate and Photograph Trick, The
  24. Latest Cigarette Vanish, The
  25. Mahatma's Torn Card Trick
  26. New Billiard Ball Moves
  27. New Billiard Ball Production, The
  28. New Coin Catching
  29. New Colour Changes
  30. New Handkerchief Sleights
  31. New Vanishes
  32. New Watch Trick, A
  33. Novel Billiard Ball Manipulation
  34. Sleights with Match Boxes
  35. Sword Swallowing
  36. Trooping the Colours
  37. Ventriloquism
  38. Watch It
    The Tricks and Illusions of Modern Magicians
    Photographs and Memoirs of the Contributors
  39. Chung Ling Soo (Wm. E. Robinson)
  40. Downs, T. Nelson
  41. Evans, Henry Ridgely
  42. Fields, Wm. C.
  43. Garland, Maurice
  44. Macaire, Sid
  45. Pickering, Rowland N.
  46. Thurston, Howard
  47. Valadon, Herr
    Tricks and Illusions
  48. Another Man Cut Up To-night
  49. Caught by the Finger Tips
  50. Chinese Miser's Dream
  51. Coin Handkerchief and Ring Trick
  52. Floating Coin, The
  53. From Water to Wine - Then Back Again
  54. Gold or Silver
  55. Great Cigar Box Trick, The
  56. Great Change Trick, The
  57. History of Playing Cards and Their Manipulation, A
  58. Magic Coin Box, The
  59. Modern Cigar Manipulation
  60. New Century Bottle, Egg, Orange, and Bird Trick
  61. New Handkerchief Production
  62. New Handkerchief Vanish, A
  63. New Hat and Cigar Effect, A
  64. New Rising Card, A
  65. Photographic Deceptions
  66. Rice Bowls and Mystic Coin, The
  67. Tambourine Trick, For the
  68. Trewey
  69. Useful Accessory
    New Illusions and Black Magic
  70. Black Art Up-to-Date
  71. Death, Decapitation, and Resurrection
  72. Gravity Defied
  73. Mystic Flight, The
  74. Mysterious Production, The
  75. New Half Lady Illusion, The
  76. New Vanishing Lady, The
  77. Oh! Where Am I?
  78. Advice to the Reader

word count: 62654 which is equivalent to 250 standard pages of text