The ideal way of learning magic is, it almost goes without saying, to obtain lessons from a magician who is not only a skilful performer but who has also the gift of teaching. The number of such magicians is small. Skilful performers there are in plenty; but the gift of teaching is a rare one. Many a man knows his subject thoroughly, yet cannot impart his knowledge to others.
This ideal way is therefore a difficult one. The learner has first to find an efficient instructor. He may be able to do so if he lives in or near one of the great cities. But if not he will probably find the task insurmountable. The ideal way is also an expensive one. For the efficient instructor knows the value of his lessons and charges for them accordingly.
Is it possible for such lessons to be obtained by all, however remote their places of residence, and to be obtained at a reasonable cost? I think that I have made it possible. These “Seven Lessons in Magic” are intended to give the beginner—and I am confident will give him—a thorough knowledge of the groundwork of magic.