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Will Dexter

Will Dexter

(St. Anne's, England: 13th September 1906 - 5th November 1985)

Pen name of William Thomas Pritchard. Learned magic as youth from Neil's The Modern Conjurer. Journalist until retired in 1969. Designed crossword puzzles for Daily Telegraph 1970-84. Semi-pro magician, specializing in mentalism.

Wrote The Riddle of Chung Ling Soo (1955, 223pp); Identity Parade (1955, 11pp); Sealed Vision (1956, 66pp); Everybody's Book of Magic (1956, 183pp; repr as Famous Magic Secrets, [n.d.], 141pp); 101 Magic Secrets (London: Jun 1957, 158pp; US ed 1957); This is Magic (1958, 204pp; repr as Secrets of the Conjurer's Craft, [n.d.]); and Feature Magic for Mentalists (1975, 151pp).

Ghosted books for Robert Harbin. Edited Magic Circle Magic (1963, 265pp). Tricks in Hugard's Magic Monthly, Pentagram, Mantra, etc.

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Will Dexter
A Little Magic Among Friends by Will Dexter

Excerpt from the Preface:

So it's a mixed bag. But all the tricks have one thing in common; each can be performed to a small audience in the home. One or two (I have "Pseudo-Graphology" and "Question and Answer" especially in mind) are good for performance to a larger audience, as well as to just half a dozen friends.

Every one has been thoroughly tried out and is practical and entertaining. According to your personality and style, I am sure you will find something in this book to entertain your audiences.

  • Preface
  • Live 1,000 Years!
  • Tape Recording Tips
  • Goldstrike
  • Cash Match
  • Inflation...
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Famous Magic Secrets by Will Dexter

This is a thoughtful introduction to magic with everything you need to get started with this great hobby or even profession if you want to take it that far.

  • Introduction
  • Overture And Beginners, Please!
  • Chapter One: And It Wasn’t Up His Sleeve At All!
  • Chapter Two: This Is An Amateur’s World!
  • Chapter Three: So You Want To Be A Magician?
  • Chapter Four: A Mindreader, Eh?
  • Chapter Five: A Full Hand Of Clubs
  • Chapter Six: Meet The Magic Circle
  • Chapter Seven: The International Brotherhood Of Magicians
  • Chapter Eight: These Are Names To Conjure With
  • Chapter Nine: Top Of The Bill
  • Chapter...
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This Is Magic: secrets of the conjurer's craft by Will Dexter

This work is sort of a condensed history of magic. The story of some notable tricks. For example, what was the oldest conjuring trick in the world? What was the newest? Were the Piddingtons really telepathic? How does a magician saw a girl in half? Do conjurers use marked cards? How do they do the Indian Rope Trick?

  • A Word From The Publishers
  • Chapter One: The Secret From The Tomb
  • Chapter Two: The Cups And Balls
  • Chapter Three: Oracles And Robots
  • Chapter Four: It's All Done With Mirrors!
  • Chapter Five: The Lady Vanishes
  • Chapter Six: The Trick That Never Was
  • Chapter Seven: Up In The Middle...
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Feature Magic for Mentalists by Will Dexter

Great mentalism routines most don't know about.

  • Foreword
  • Chapter One: A Couple Of Starters
    • Is There A Mind-Reader In The House?
    • Technique Of The Swami
    • Swami Four-Thought
  • Chapter Two: Something More Than Coincidence?
    • A Word From Atlantis
    • The Ultimate Seventh Key To Baldpate
    • Will Dexter's Routine For - Seven Keys To Baldpate
  • Chapter Three: E.S.P. Of One Kind Or Another
    • Those E.S.P. Cards - Were They Designed By A Conjurer?
    • The Psychogram Test
    • The Third Eye
  • Chapter Four: They Need To Laugh Sometimes, Don't They?
    • Will Dexter's Spirit Message Slates
    • Electro-Static...
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Sealed Vision by Will Dexter

From the Foreword by Peter Warlock:

Within it you will find not only worthwhile ideas (ideas which can so easily be tested) but also suggestions for presentation, and, in fact, almost everything that an intelligent conjurer could require in making use of a fake blindfold for the purpose of one effect or a series of effects.

Illustrated by Jack Lamonte.

  • Foreword
  • Introduction
  • Part One Transparent Blindfolds
    • Unprepared Silk Foulard
    • The Divided Bag, (1)
    • The Divided Bag, (2)
    • The Felt Mask
    • The Leather Mask
    • The Perforated Coin
    • Painted Goggles
    • Magnetised Goggles
    • Polarised Goggles
    • Clear Spot Goggles ...
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