"Card Tricks Without Skill", by Paul Clive.

This is a new edition of a book originally published in 1946. This edition is far easier on the eye, having larger pages and a more modern type. (The original was in Gil Sans). There are some 264 pages covering well over a hundred tricks.

Many sources have been tapped to provide this feast of easy to do magic and credit has been given to that source when known. To this edition there has been added an extra chapter which should bring the new reader up to date; it deals with contemporary books dealing with card magic.

The book would make a nice present to a newcomer to magic, for from its varied contents he would have not only a large number of varied card tricks brought well within his capabilities, but he would be brought into contact with the better known creators of subtle and sleight free card magic.

'Magic of the Mind'.—Compiled by Lewis Ganson

(Published by Harry Stanley, Price 20/-)

This is a beautifully produced book of more than a hundred plages dealing exclusively with mental magic. Apart from the general make-up of the book it has the distinction of being the first book to be composed in England on a 'Monophoto' Filmsetter.

The dedication is to Dr. Jaks, one well deserved for there is certainly nobody better deserving of the compliment.

There are some nine sections each dealing with a particular phase of mentalistic technique or artifice. The headings of these sections are Predictions, Book Tests, Alive or Dead, Mentalism with Playing Cards, Mentalism with Slates, Mentalism by Numbers, Miscellaneous Mysteries, Mentalism by Design, and Aids for Mentalists. Whether the reader be new or not to mentalism he will find the sixty effects and subtleties within these sections very much to his liking, in fact he will, if he so troubles, find effects that can prove sensational, worked in the right manner.

In his editing Lewis Ganson has been wise in taking so many varied treatments of mental effects, and it is because of this that there is something for every conjurer who wishes to add a mental item to his act.

Books dealing with the practical side of mentalism are all too rare, and so, this present publication is all the more welcome. An excellent 'buy' which no reader of this paper can afford to miss.

Eddie Joseph's Sensational Subtleties 'Vacant Vision*

Originated and sold by Eddie Joseph, of 24, Kilburn Priory, N.W.6., price 51-

Here is a lovely little trick using three cards, in which the performer proves the lack of observation of his audience. Though a faked card is used the handling which is minutely described in conjunction with a set of some eight photographs completely disguises such a fact, and the buyer has a baffling little mystery at a most modest price.

'The Manual of the Three Shell Game' by Eddie Joseph

(Published by George Armstrong, price 12/6)

With the ever-increasing desire for magicians to add close-up effects to their repertoire, the present publication dealing with advanced development of the old 'thimble-ring' is most welcome.

With the usual thoroughness that one associates with Eddie Joseph, he has used some thirty large pages of text and illustrations to describe some twenty-odd 'moves' and three complete routines- As well as this he has taken pains to give his reader the necessary information which is so vitally necessary in preparing the shells that are to be used.

An excellent publication, easy to read, and one which with study should make the student expert in this particular phase of close-up magic.

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