Introduction

In presenting "Magic" to his numerous patrons, and all whom it may concern, the Editor desires to express his sincere thanks for the flattering reception given to his various works on Conjuring and Sleight of Hand, and to express the hope that " Magic" will be equally well received.

It is the desire of the Editor to popularize the Art of Sleight of Hand which at the present day is so little known. He is thoroughly convinced that the more the art becomes known the more it will be appreciated by the public at large, and thus, apart from injuring the interests of any portion of the magical fraternity, all magicians, whether Amateur or Professional performers, will alike derive benefit.

The entertainer, in the sense of the term, provides amusement for his audience whether or no they are acquainted with the secrets of certain tricks ; in other words, mechanical effects play but a secondary part in connection with a so-called magical entertainment; another proof that the interests of magicians suffer no material injury by an exposé of their secrets.

In conclusion, the Author strongly recommends the study of Sleight of Hand and Conjuring as a hobby, and can assure those (ladies or gentlemen) who have the'time and inclination to take it up, that it will prove one of the most delightful and fascinating pastimes possible, and afford infinite relaxation from the severe and trying tasks of life in the 20th century.

" School of Magic,"

76 Solent Road, West Hampstead, London, N. W.

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