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Will Goldston

(23rd September 1878 - 24th February 1948)

Born in Liverpool, England. Stage name of Wolf Goldstone. British Jew. Inspired at age 11 or 12 by a box of tricks. Learned 1892 from visits with Prof. Alexander and reading Hoffmann's Modern Magic. Debut as apprentice at age 17 in 1898. Aka 'Carl Devo' c1898-1907, initially with Black Art. Pro magician to pro magic dealer. Managed the Conjuring, Theatrical, and Entertainment Departments at Gamage's 1905-14. Founded The Magicians' Club in 1911, serving as Treasurer throughout but running it as a one-man self-serving club, until it passed into limbo in WW II. Owner-manager of Aladdin House (Will Goldston Ltd) 1914-48 in London. Uncle of Dolly Spence.

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Magic for the Forces

Will Goldston

Magic for the Forces by Will Goldston
  • Preface
  • The Penny And Box Lids
  • Another Coin Trick
  • Thought-Reading With Cards
  • Sense Of Touch
  • Card Changes To A Rose
  • The Fountain Of Cards
  • The Ribbons And Flag
  • One From Fifty-Two
  • A Thought-Reading Trick
  • Passing A Thimble Through A Borrowed Silk Handkerchief
  • The Deceptive Half-Crown

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Sensational Tales of Mystery Men

Will Goldston

Sensational Tales of Mystery Men by Will GoldstonStories and anecdotes of the Who's Who of magic in the early 20th century. Several are about Houdini.
  • An Introduction
  • Foreword
  • The Truth About The Zancigs
  • The Tragedy Of Hanco
  • When G. W. Hunter Dried Up
  • How Denny And Will Goldston Escaped Gaol
  • The Truth Of Horace Goldin's Arrest
  • The Cornells And Their Ghastly Publicity Stunt
  • The Strangeness Of Lafayette
  • Dante Perplexed
  • Dante's Experience In Russia
  • Muller The Mystic
  • Was Chung Ling Soo Murdered?
  • A Handcuff Escape That Went Wrong
  • Ceeley And The Naked Lady
  • Frank Van Hoven's Tragic Failure
  • Frank Van Hoven And A Fellow Artist's Wife
  • Wishart And The...
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A Magician's Swan Song

Will Goldston

A Magician's Swan Song by Will GoldstonAn autobiographical history of magic, profusely illustrated with diagrams of magic tricks and photographs of Goldston's career.

From the foreword by J. C. Cannell:

The exposures he makes range from the most spectacular and elaborate illusions to the smallest pocket trick. His book, indeed, is the alpha and omega of magic. He conceals nothing, hides no secrets.

The careful researches which I had to make in order to tell the public exactly how Houdini achieved his escapes and performed illusions which seemed like miracles, led me to think that I had exhausted all the resources of magic. But,...

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Secrets of Famous Illusionists

Will Goldston

Secrets of Famous Illusionists by Will Goldston
  • Foreword
  • Chapter I The Truth About Chung Ling Soo
  • Chapter II The Romantic Story Of Carl Hertz
  • Chapter III The Great Lafayette - The Most Hated Magician
  • Chapter IV Maskelyne And The Psycho Sensation
  • Chapter V Houdini As I Knew Him
  • Chapter VI Did Houdini Fail?
  • Chapter VII Some More New Facts About Houdini
  • Chapter VII De Kolta's "Vanishing Lady" Secret
  • Chapter IX The Truth About The Indian Rope Trick
  • Chapter X Tricks Of Bogus Mediums
  • Chapter XI Why I Am A Spiritualist
  • Chapter XII Mediums I Have Sat With
  • Chapter XIII Magic And Crime
  • Chapter XIV The Great Kellar
  • Chapter XV Howard Thurston's Rise To Riches
  • Chapter XVI The...
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Tricks of the Masters

Will Goldston

Tricks of the Masters by Will GoldstonThis book covers a mix of stage illusions, manipulations, and parlor tricks. It is very nicely illustrated even featuring a couple of photos.
  • INTRODUCTION
  • CHAPTER I MY ATTITUDE TOWARDS SURVIVALISM
  • CHAPTER II FAKE MEDIUMS, TRICKS
    • The Duncan "Spirit" Message
    • A Good Release
    • A Faked Spiritualistic Padlock
    • The Spirits are Here!
    • Ottokar Fischer's Spirit Slate
  • CHAPTER III CARD FANNING AND MANIPULATIONS
    • Howard de Courcy
    • The Card Wheel
    • One-handed Fan
    • The Master Fan
    • The Master Fan
    • The Double Fan
    • The Runaway King
    • The Flower of Cards
    • The Giant Fan
    • Rapid Production of Card Fans from the Air
    ...
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Further Exclusive Magical Secrets

Will Goldston

Further Exclusive Magical Secrets by Will GoldstonThis is the third volume in the famous series of locked books by Will Goldston.

1st edition 1927; original 362 pages; PDF 198 pages.

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  1. Contents
  2. WILL GOLDSTON An Appreciation
  3. Introduction

    Part I. Pocket Tricks

  4. Shooting at a Match
  5. A Different Cigarette Paper Trick
  6. A Puzzle Box
  7. A Pliable Cigarette
  8. The Magnetic Thimbles
  9. A New Cut String Restored
  10. The Penny and the Pear
  11. The Changing Match Boxes
  12. The Coin Finder
  13. Goldin's Mysterious Rods
  14. Novel Thought Transference
  15. A String Problem

    Part II. Sleight-of-Hand Pocket Tricks

  16. G. W. Hunter
  17. The Magnetic Match-box ...
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More Exclusive Magical Secrets

Will Goldston

More Exclusive Magical Secrets by Will GoldstonThis is the second volume in the famous series of locked books by Will Goldston.

1st edition 1921; original 492 pages; PDF 275 pages.

Table of Contents

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  1. Contents
  2. Introduction to "More Exclusive Magical Secrets."

    Part I. Pocket Tricks

  3. The Cut String Restored
  4. A Cigarette Trick
  5. The Improved Chinese Bat
  6. The Mysterious Coins
  7. The Travelling Handkerchief
  8. An Easy Way of Making Money
  9. The Elusive Scent Bottle
  10. The Cigarette Vanisher
  11. The Magical Knife
  12. The Mallet
  13. Think of a Card
  14. Will Goldston's Disappearing Knot
  15. The Missing Money
  16. The Match Through the Tube
  17. The Conjurer's Will...
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Exclusive Magical Secrets

Will Goldston

Exclusive Magical Secrets by Will GoldstonThis is the first volume in the famous series of locked books by Will Goldston. He writes in his introduction about his motivation to publish this book: "My aim from the beginning has been to gather together from all sources everything new and big in magic that has not been fully explained before." And indeed we have contributions from the finest magicians living at that time: Chung Ling Soo, Harry Houdini, Servais Le Roy, Conradi, Chefalo, Oswald Williams and Chris Van Bern and others. And don't forget that Goldston himself was a prolific inventor of illusions, many of which are included in...
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Magician Annual 1911-12

Will Goldston

Magician Annual 1911-12 by Will GoldstonThis book has a broad range of contents, from stage juggling, to the history of playing cards (a really nice article), pocket tricks, illusions, biographical information, ... It is in the very same style as the other Magician Annuals. If you enjoyed those you will surely love this one, too.

1st edition, 1912, London; 99 pages.

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  1. Will Goldston, A Terrible Experience, Hohn Keyman
  2. Original Patter for Original Minds, Woolfe Clyne
  3. A Liner on Fire at Sea. An Original Lightning Painting Effect, Fred Velasco
  4. Stage Juggling, Fred Velasco
  5. Tricks for 1911-12, Jay Gee ...
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Magician Annual 1910-11

Will Goldston

Magician Annual 1910-11 by Will GoldstonThis book is filled with a variety of interesting articles, from trick descriptions to patter suggestions, from biographical information to theory. Among others there is a trick contribution by Houdini. This book is layed out beautifully, almost like a magazine. Overall a very nice and interesting book to read.

1st edition, 1910, The Magician Limited, London; 106 pages.

Table of Contents

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  1. Index
  2. The Editor to his Readers
  3. The Scribe, The Failure, and The Magician JOHN KEYMAN
  4. Amateur Conjurer's Accessories GEORGE JOHNSON
  5. The Magic of Suggestion PROFESSOR HOFFMANN
  6. New Patter for Popular...
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Magician Annual 1909-10

Will Goldston

Magician Annual 1909-10 by Will GoldstonThis book describes quite a number of card tricks and has a wonderful account of some of Buatier de Kolta's illusions, for example his famous "de Kolta Chair". An interesting story evolves around the cartoon on page 62, which depicts a famous magician's wife in a not very favorable light. Goldston released later a new edition which had this cartoon removed. Goldston also tried to buy back all the first editions but was not quite successful.

1st edition, 1910, London; 100 pages.

Table of Contents

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  1. The Editor to his Readers, Will Goldston
  2. An Interview and an Appreciation, Henry...
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Magician Annual 1908-9

Will Goldston

Magician Annual 1908-9 by Will GoldstonThis is the second volume in Goldston's Magician Annual series. It has a nice little section on Chapeaugraphy and a large section on patents. You will find there all kind of improvements to various apparatuses. And there is biographical information and recollections of famous magicians as well as a lot of photos of celebrities.

1st edition, 1909, London; 96 pages.

Table of Contents

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  1. The Editor to His Readers, Will Goldston
  2. Comedy Jugglers, The Great Weiland
  3. Famous Magicians, Robert Ankele
  4. Living Marionettes, Leah Laurie
  5. Card Tricks, Dr. Elliot
  6. My First Appearance on the Stage...
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Magician Annual 1907-8

Will Goldston

Magician Annual 1907-8 by Will GoldstonThis was the first Magician Annual Will Goldston compiled and edited. It covers quite some ground. From juggling and optical illusions, to ventriloquism and palmistry. Of course you will find also magic illusions, tricks and patter. And if you want to read a little bit about hoop rolling, you can, too. These Magician Annuals are real fun to read. They are a great window into the past.

1st edition 1908, Gamage Ltd., London; 98 pages.

Table of Contents

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  1. The Editor to His Readers, Will Goldston
  2. Juggling Manipulations, Paul Cinquevalli
  3. Crayon Drawing for the Stage, J. F. Burrows ...
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Annual of Magic 1915-16

Will Goldston

Annual of Magic 1915-16 by Will GoldstonThis is the last book in the 'Magician Annual' series of Goldston. It carries a slightly different title, 'Annual of Magic' instead of 'Magician Annual', but otherwise is kept in the very same style and type of contents as all the other books in this series. Beside tricks, illusions and patter, you will find a lot about magicians of this era. For example the "Who's Who and Why" is an interesting article.

1st edition, 1916, Will Goldston, London; 72 pages.

Table of Contents

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  1. Abbott's Spirit Paintings Illusion
  2. Adhering Pips and Blank Cards
  3. Advertise, How to
  4. Advice for the Student ...
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Tricks and Illusions

Will Goldston

Tricks and Illusions by Will GoldstonThis book has an excellent illusion section, a decent chapter about escape artistry and also a fairly large trick section with all kinds of routines with cards, silks, ... The really good part are the illusions. You will find several clever ideas. Will Goldston was himself a craftsman and illusion builder. He can therefore write with authority.

1st edition, 1908?, George Routledge & Sons, London; 259 pages.

Table of Contents

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  1. Introduction
    PART I - TRICKS
  2. New Card Catching on Plate
  3. The Floating Disc Mystery
  4. The Devo Torn Card
  5. The Hildyard Target and Cage Illusion
  6. The Handkerchief...
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