In this book I deal with the latest and best small tricks. The majority of the professional conjurers to-day are presenting small tricks in their programmes. I have been asked by subscribers not to include illusions requiring stage traps, but to confine myself to secrets of tricks that can be done by the average performer, and the apparatus not to be costly.
I have taken care to meet with the wishes of all subscribers to this book. I have omitted complicated tricks and combinations likely to fog an audience. The magician to-day understands that he must be an entertainer to be successful. Such performers as Cardini, De Biere, Douglas Dexter and many others I could name have proved that audiences (with few exceptions) desire to be entertained and not puzzled.
This book was also published as 'book 2' in a four-part volume under the same title. The other three parts were: