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The Modern Conjurer

by Charles Lang Neil

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The Modern Conjurer by Charles Lang Neil

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This is my favorite magic book. The reason for this is that it was a ground breaking book at the time it appeared and its contents is excellent. It was the first magic book which had photos instead of drawings or engravings throughout. And the contents is fantastic. It is one of the few books with a large chapter on chapeaugraphy. Add to this great chapters on shadowgraphy, plate spinning and paper folding. A large part is devoted to card magic, magic with coins, balls, and handkerchiefs, and much much more. If I would have to select one book this would be it. It is a book not many people know about. But you will not be disappointed.
"The Modern Conjurer," by C. Lang Neil, explaining the tricks of such masters of conjuring as Maskelyne, Trewey, Bertram, Patrice, Kennard, and others is published by the J. B. Lippincott Company. Four hundred pictures from photographs of actual tricks are included in the book. The same firm publishes "Romance of Modern Invention," and account of airships, submarines, sun-motors, dirigible torpedoes, mono railways, telautographs, together with many anecdotes, by Archibald Williams, illustrated.

From the Notes and News section of the "New York Times", Nov. 22, 1902.

This book was rated one of the ten basic books for a working library of conjuring by H. Adrian Smith, historian, collector and owner of the largest private magic library in his time. Other books in this top 10 list are

1st edition, 1902, Lippincott; reprint, 1937, David Kemp & Company, New York; 386 pages.

  1. Two-handed Pass
  2. One-handed Pass
  3. To Palm Cards
  4. To Palm Cards from Bottom of Pack
  5. Continuous Back and Front Palm
  6. False Shuffle
  7. To Force Cards
  8. The Change
  9. Dealing Seconds
  10. Dealing Seconds from Bottom of Pack
  11. To Change Front Card
  12. Telling Cards Cut by Audience
  13. Catching a Chosen Card from Pack in the Air
  14. Novel Discovery of a Chosen Card
  15. To Shake a Card through a Handkerchief
  16. Manipulations with Cards
  17. Passing Twelve Cards up Sleeve
  18. The Diminishing Cards
  19. Back Palming and Recovery of Four Cards
  20. Discovering a Chosen Card Blindfolded
  21. The Three Card Trick (a new method)
  22. The Rising Cards
  23. The "Thurston" Rising Cards
  24. The Four-Ace Trick
  25. Passing Cards from Pocket to Pocket
  26. To Palm
  27. To Pass
  28. The Continuous Back and Front Palm
  29. The French Drop
  30. To Change a Coin
  31. To Extract a Coin from a Pocket-handkerchief
  32. The Cap and Pence
  33. Disappearance of a Coin Wrapped in Paper
  34. Ten Coins Passed from Left Hand to Glass in Right
  35. The Aerial Mint
  36. The Cups and Balls
  37. The Billiard-ball Trick
  38. Production of Hen's Eggs from a Handkerchief
  39. The Sun and Moon Trick
  40. The Handkerchiefs and Soup Plate
  41. Handkerchief, Watch, and Glass
  42. The Changing Handkerchiefs
  43. The Mysteriously Joined Handkerchiefs
  44. The Chinese Rings
  45. Coin, Card, and Paper
  46. The Mutilated Parasol
  47. The Flag Trick
  48. The Ring on Stick
  49. The Flower Trick
  50. The Tambourine Trick
  51. Two Corks
  52. Suspended Knife
  53. Safety Reading Lamp
  54. To Balance Plate on Needle
  55. Bottle Cannon
  56. Shark in Fish-pond
  57. Novel Soup Tureen Stand
  58. Simple Handkerchief Trick
  59. Dodge with a Sixpence
  60. Experiment with Corks
  61. Pins into Glass Full of Water
  62. Magnetised Paper
  63. A Simple Coin Trick
  64. To Pick up Floating Ball
  65. Home-made Cinematograph
  66. Egg and Bottle Trick
  67. Wineglass Puzzle
  68. To Pass Yourself through a Playing Card
  69. Perpetual Motion
  70. Housekeeper's Weighing Machine
  71. A Dangerous Trick
  72. Atmospheric Pressure
  73. To Lift Three Matches with One
  74. Cup of Tea on Knife
  75. To Balance a Pencil
  76. Brute Force Useless
  77. New Umbrella Stand
  78. Electricity on the Spot
  79. "Try-your-Lung Power"
  80. A Cheap Sprayer
  81. Cardboard Figure Blows Out and Lights Candle
  82. Superior to Spirit-level
  83. Objects Suspended without Support
  84. To Lift Four Straws with a Fifth
  85. A Ludicrous Experiment
  86. A Similar Feat
  87. Burnt Thread
  88. Dancing Bubbles
  89. Boring Hole through Halfpenny
  90. How Water Deceives
  91. Novel Way to Slice a Pear
  92. Japanese Ball Trick
  93. Magnetised Marionettes
  94. Bridge of Matches
  95. To Empty Glass of Water with Bottle
  96. Boring Hole through a Pin
  97. Egg Spinning
  98. Suspending Glass of Water
  99. A Scissors Puzzle
  100. The Travelling Egg
  101. Plate Spinning
  102. Chapeaugraphy
  103. Paper Folding
  104. Shadowgraphy

word count: 70794 which is equivalent to 283 standard pages of text

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