The Big Book of Magic published by Wolfe and selling for £4.50 is precisely what its title proclaims. Within its 300 odd pages can be found the secrets of a considerable number of what may be considered stock effects ranging from pocket tricks to illusions. The potential magician will find a wealth of material from which to construct an act whatever type of magic he wishes to adopt.
For intending manipulators there is valuable instruction on the front and back palming of cards, which includes information I do not recollect having seen in print before. A full chapter on thimble manipulation plus the Misers Dream will get them off to a good start.
The platform worker has thirty-one effects from which to choose, some of which use livestock. He will also find additional material among the rope, paper and liquid tricks apart from excellent instruction on the Linking Rings.
The really ambitious who see themselves as a future Doug Henning heading their own magic show are well catered for in the chapter on Magic Spectaculars which also includes Escapology.
For the less ambitious there are pocket tricks, sponge balls, cups and balls and many others.
To sum up, it is an extremely well written book being both in the lucid description of effects and the style in which it is written. Our readers are familiar with the latter, the author being our regular columnist Patrick Page. The illustrations are by our Art Editor, Eric Mason, and are second to none I have seen in any other magical publication.
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