" The Third Collectors' Annual ", 1951. (Published by
J. B. Findlay, Firbank Private Hotel, Crescent
Road, Shankljn, Isle of Wight.)
A most interesting aspect of the annuals which Jimmy produces, and undoubtedly will go on producing, is the fact that each one gets bigger in size without any deterioration of quality. This copy, which runs to some thirty-odd pages is very nicely printed on heavy art paper, the page size being approximately 7^in. x ioin.
The first article is by our old friend '' Ptinos '', who gives some more magazine history, the magazines covered beiing '' The Akarshani '', the '' Impromptu Trixter ".
" A Chat on Little-known Editions " is a most informative but all too short article frotn the pen of Stanley Collins. George Jenness, who as many know-specialises in Maskelyne memorabilia, gives a list of the many items he possesses in his collection. Edgar Heyl, who readers may remember had a very nice article on Medals and Tokens in the " Sphinx ", gives some informative notes on Conjurer's Medals and Tokens. " Andersoniana in the Collection of Allan Jamieson " is a list of items that makes one's mouth water.
From the pen of Jimmy Findlay comes a short article on the Yorkshire conjurer Thomas Denton, and also under the title of " Varia " some notes regarding book jackets and many other items.
To bring this delightful compilation to a close, George Johnson adds some random notes. Excellent reading whether you are a collector or not.
Routined Manipulation, Part 2 by Lewis Ganson
(Published by Harry Stanley, price 18/-).
After " Routined Manipulation Part 1 " one expects something good to follow. The second part is more than a worthy follower. In fact we think it better than Part 1.
In this book, we don't just find a collection of tricks but rather a series of clearly explained lessons. Although Lewis Ganson has been responsible for the main part of the book there are a number of items collected from fellow magicians all of which reach a high standard. Let us take these guests first. Wilfred Bader contributes a well devised thimble routine. The description is excellent covering some fifteen pages and being accompanied by a matter of some twenty 3~ven photographs.
A Chapter goes to Ken. Brooke and in It he gives his version of the Cap and Pence together with a clean prediction effect. and effect which is delightfully impromptu. The next guest. Cecil Keech contributes " Ropan Silk " which is one of the plums of the book. The reason being that in the finale of this effect the originator has the most logical and most deceptive version of the " rope stretching " effect that you will ever find.
An effective Dice routine with a good story is contributed by Dr. Geimer, and Al Koran taking as the basic effect, " Hen " Fetsch's " In the Mind," has added Lyons's " Mental Rescue " and three other effects to make up a complete genuinely blindfolded card routine. Despite the handicap that is imposed upon the performer' the effects, being cumulative in effect, make for an amazing performance. This routine could well have sold by itself at a price higher than the cost of the book.
Harold G. Beaumont (We're not sure which one this is!) contributes a nice " Quartet " of effects and Will Ayling streamlines an oldie under the title of " Fashion Parade."
The guests depart and we turn to the author. His contributions cover routines with pocket knives, cards, coins, silks, a remarkably fine trick with an egg and a bag and billiard balls. To the last, he has devoted some thirty pages and a matter of seventy photographs. Not since the monumental work of Burling Hull, has the enthusiast for this form of manipulation been so well catered for. Every need, care and type of manipulation is touched upon and here again is something that quite easily might have been sold as a separate publication.
Lewis Ganson has well lived up to the reputation in this his third book. It will make him many more friends for there is literally something for every type of magician.
The book runs to some one hundred and thirty pages, is printed on art paper and carries a matter of a 'roupie of hundred illustrations, mainly photographs. If the price charged were five pounds it would still be cheap. At J 8 - it is a very generous gift. Excellent!
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by Maurice Sardina
(Translated by Victor Farelli)
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should read this great we nave produced a special cneap edition. It is still beautifully produced, on heavy art paper, but because the type and blocks were already set it was cheaper to have some more run off, and cost has been saved on the binding, which instead of being heavy cloth covers is now soft boards. The saving is thus passed on to all those who, as yet, have not read this great answer to Houdini's " Unmasking of Robert-Houdin."
If, as a change from the search for " the latest tricks " you would like to acquire some background knowledge of our great art, or if you are already interested in the history of magic, then you cannot do better than study this monumental work.
Here you will find unfolded, step by step, the truth about Robert-Houdin's great inventions, his " Orange Tree Trick," the "Writing and Drawing Figures," "The Pastrycook of the Palais Royal," "The Obedient Cards" "The Cabalistic Clock," "The Trapeze Automaton," "The Inexhaustible Bottle." "Second Sight Act," "The Suspension Trick," and " The Disappearing Handkerchief."
The book is profusely illustrated with photographic reproductions of rare old prints, photographs, wood-cuts and play-bills etc., and in its 120 pages there are many hours fascinating reading.
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