Down tnrougn the years have come many books on the art of magic and allied subjects. Of late the production of such literature has increased until hardly a week goes by without the appearance of a book, brochure or manuscript. Many are good and many are not. The titles given here is an Impartlal and unbiased opinion of my own as to what books constitute a working library on the art of mystifying.
Every included work has its value and I take my stand now that the shelf of magic as herein llstec covers every phase and known principle necessary to a modern performer. There are hundreds of other book* magazines and pamphlets which contain excellent and practical effects but I'm not listing trick books alone. I'm listing what-I think are textbooks and if an absolute stranger to magic asked me tomorrow what books he should buy I'd give him this list. Cheok it over carefully and see if you can think of a subject connected with mystifying that isn't covered with the best book (my opinion) obtainable.
Books from this list can all be secured through Lec Rullman - 203 Best 8lst Street - New York City. Mr. Rullman looked this over and estimated the cost of such a shelf at about ¿125.00. This does not include a file of The Sphinx to date. For thousands of good tricks and for a perfect insight into and knowledge of the trend of modern magic there is no better file to have on hand, but for specialised works take the list as given. I oonslder the complete file of St any on's Magic as the most important followed by Tarbell1s monumental course. These two Items alone make a working library. From there on it is a matter of speciality.
Bring me a person who has assimilated the knowledge sontalned within this list and I'll back hla aca-demleally against the world of magic to-day.
Stanyon, Mafllc (periodical, 15 vols., complete) Tarbell, Tarbell Course of Magic Stanyon, The Stanyon Serials,(1-21) Downs, The Art of Magic
Hilllard, (Sequel to above now being published)
Sachs, Sleight of Hand
Maskelyne and Devant, Our Magic
Hoffmann, Modern Magic
Hatton and Flate, Magician's Tricks
Clarke, Annals of Conjuring (Magic Wand Nos.121-140)
Houdin, The Secrets of Conjuring and Uagio
Thurston, 200 Tricks You Can Do
Thurston, 200 More Tricks You Can Do
Erdnase, The Expert at the Card Table
Annemann, 202 Methods of Forcing
Johnson, The Open Book
Lloyd, Thimble Manipulation
Deveen, Expert Cigarette Manipulation
Hull, Billiard Ball Manipulation (2 parts)
Llppy, Chemical Magio
Houdinl, faper Magic
Hull, 33 Rope Ties and Chain Releases
Gibson, Houdinl's Escapes
Hurst, The Georgia Wonder
Houdinl, Miracle Mongers de Laurence, Medical Hypnosis and Magnetic Hypnotism de Laurence, The Book of Black Magic and of Pacts Prince, The Whole Art of Ventriloquism Roth, Roth Memory Course
Carrlngton, The Physloal Phenomena of Spiritualism Abbott, Behind the Scenes with the Mediums Alexander, The Life and Mysteries of Dr.'Q' Hull, How To Answer Questions Dusenbery, Making Magic Pay Glen, The Road To Fame
Funk and W agnail's, The Practical Standard Dictionary Globe Book Compaay, Elementary Grammar
TRANSIENT MONEY. (E. D. Wolff)
Different sized envelopes are used, three in all.
Three spectators are asked to step forward for a simple test of matter tiirough matter. Each is giver an envelope to examine. This being done, one man seals the smillest envelope and marks his initlale acrocG the pasted flap. He himself puts it into the next lar-er size envelope. The holder of that one seal: and Initials In the same manner as the first. This set of t?/o he places in tne largest envelope and the third person seals and initials, the nest of three oealed and marked envelopes being then placed in full view with the initialed side towards audience.
One bill of any denomination is borrowed ar*i the owner initials It first. Folding the bill several times, the performer causes it to vanish in a toss towards the envelopes. Picking up the set the performer opens the large envelope. The set of two Is removed and the outside envelope given first spectator to identify. Next the middle one is opened and this is acknowledged by second person as his. Lastly the smallest of the three is opened and from the inside Is very openly taken the borrowed bill which Is returned to and identified by the owner.
In use is that dear old friend, the thumb tip. TUB sealing of the envelopes is fair in every way and need not be covered again. While the bill is being ootalned the tip is secured from a left pocket and after the folding and while bill Is being shown In right fingers the tip Is pulled off left thumb into left fist this leaving it mouth upwards In the curled left fingers. The bill Is openly pushed into left hand followed by right thumb which steals the tip away. A blow and the bill has vanished. Now the envelope Is opened by tearing off an end. The right thumb (wearing tip) and forefinger are used to remove the set of two from inside and the opened envelope is handed first person. The action is repeated with the next envelope. Lastly the end Is torn from the smallest but this time the thumb only enters, the tip Is grasped through envelope from outside by left fingers and the thumb is withdrawn bringing the bill openly from within the envelope. It is immediately handed owner to Identify and then returning to the front envelope is handed last person to keep. This maneuvre gives ample time for rlgnt thumb to secure tip and pocket.
One seldom finds an effect as clean out and direct as this. It appeals as being difficult but Is absurdly simple. Try it out a few times for a reaction.
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