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By the end of America s Golden Age of Magic, Chicago had taken center stage in front of an American audience drawn to the craft by the likes of Harry Houdini and Howard Thurston. Cashing in on a craze that rivaled big-band mania, magic shops and clubs sprang up everywhere across the Windy City, packed in customers and put down roots. Over the last century, for example, Magic, Inc. has outfitted magicians from Harry Blackstone Sr. to Penn and Teller to David Copperfield. Magic was an integral part of Chicago s culture, from its earliest venture into live television to the card sharps and hucksters lurking in its amusement parks and pool halls. David Witter keeps track of the shell game of Chicago s fascinating magic history from its vaudeville circuit to its contemporary resurgence.
The world's greatest and most celebrated magicians, conjurors and illusionists can make us believe the unbelievable, the impossible possible. But, of course, just like everybody else these conjurors had to start at a beginning. They too had to learn the simple (but effective) card tricks, the easy (but imaginative) coin tricks and the basic (but still mindboggling) sleight of hand tricks before advancing to more innovative and radical skills and techniques. Hey Presto! is a book full to the rafters with simple magic tricks, the perfect companion for a beginner as well as a wonderful gift book for those wishing to get into magic and are not sure how. The book contains over 40 card, coin and magic tricks for the beginner. If you want the ultimate introduction into the world of magic then, Hey Presto!, here it is!
100 Ways to Win a Tenner is a comprehensive guide to scams and swindles that are certain to make you a winner every time. Unlike traditional magic tricks, mastering these bets comes with a further fiscal incentive! And what's more, they all use everyday objects and require no special skills - just a lot of bravado. This is a complete insider's guide to winning at cards, pool, pub quizzes and anywhere else there is an opportunity to prosper.
88 new tricks (no duplication with Self-Working Card Tricks): impromptu card tricks, telephone tricks, shuffle setups, telepathy with cards, gambling secrets, tricks with torn and folded cards, card-forcing secrets, card tricks with props, vanishing cards, tricks with aces only, card deck that operates like a calculator, more. 96 illustrations.
A collection of classical practical jokes for everyone (except the victim) to enjoy. Leave your friends and enemies with egg on their face (literally) or humiliated (but happy!).
Whether you're trying to impress your friends or the girl across the bar, Scam School Academy is the ultimate guide to not impressing everyone around, but getting yourself some free drinks. With over eighty insane tricks, Scam School Graduate is the most advanced magic instruction book created to date. You become the life of the party (or the bar) with amazing tricks, including: The Jack-O-Lantern Stump them for Free Beers Coffee Creamer Flamethrower The Human Blockhead Eat Ball of Fire Be A (Fake) Lie Detector Win Cash at Darts And many more! Not only does Scam School Academy allow you to learn tricks with unprecedented depth, but there are hundreds of photographs to show you step-by-step on how to pull these clever scams off. Imagine the eye-popping surprise on your friend's face when you summon smoke from nowhere or the shock on a girl's face when you read her mind! Imagine knowing that in any bar, in any situation, you can be entertaining enough to spend the whole night drinking for free. That's where Scam School Academy comes in!
Master the art of illusion with this collection of nearly 200
easy-to-learn card tricks. Card wizard Karl Fulves reveals the
workings of some of his most successful card tricks--maneuvers that
can be performed by beginners and experienced card magicians alike.
These tricks create the illusion of magic, requiring neither great
dexterity nor long hours of practice. The steps involved are easy
to follow, and anyone with a little patience can learn them.
A collector's edition of the classic, illustrated, and comprehensive history of magic and the occult In the occult classic The Mirror of Magic, renowned Surrealist Kurt Seligmann (1900-1962) draws from his encyclopedic practitioner's knowledge and extensive antiquarian collection to offer a comprehensive, illustrated history of magic and the occult from Mesopotamia and ancient Egypt through the 18th century. He explores the gods and divinatory arts of the legendary Sumerians and the star-wise Babylonians, including the birth of astrology. He examines the afterlife beliefs of the ancient Egyptians and the dream interpretation practices and oracles of ancient Greece, including the mysteries of Eleusis and the magical philosophy of Plato, Socrates, and other Greeks. He uncovers the origins of Gnosticism and the suppression and banishment of magic by the post-pagan, Christian emperors of Rome. Seligmann reviews the principles of alchemy, sharing famous transmutations and allegorical illustrations of the alchemical process and explores the Hermetica and its remarkable adepts. Investigating the Middle Ages, the author discusses the work of European magicians of the time, including Albertus Magnus, Roger Bacon, Agrippa, Nostradamus, and Pico Della Mirandola. First published in 1948, this history of magic and the occult seeks to "mirror" the magical worldview throughout the ages. Beautifully illustrated with images from the author's rare library, this collector's edition features all of the artwork--more than 250 images--from the original 1948 edition.
Simple, accessible spells and rituals for the modern woman who wants to stop wishing for a better life and start magically manifesting it - right now. Have you ever blown out the candles on a birthday cake and made a wish? Or tossed a coin into a fountain and crossed your fingers? You probably didn't know it, but you were practicing WishCraft. Within this book, you'll find spells, rituals and recipes to make all of your dreams come true, including to attract more money, boost your luck, deflect negativity, heal an illness or ailment, bring harmony and balance, draw down the power of the Moon, cleanse the energy around you, increase your psychic awareness, recall your dreams, pass an exam or test, reignite your passion, attract love, heal your heart, bring health and happiness... and more! Deep down in your heart you've always known that there's magick inside you... we all do! WishCraft will show you how to start manifesting amazing changes in your life with a little help from the Cosmos.
India's association with magicians goes back thousands of years. Conjurors and illusionists dazzled the courts of Hindu maharajas and Mughal emperors. As British dominion spread over the subcontinent, such wonder-workers became synonymous with India. Western magicians appropriated Indian attire, tricks and stage names; switching their turbans for top hats, Indian jugglers fought back and earned their grudging respect. This book tells the extraordinary story of how Indian magic descended from the realm of the gods to become part of daily ritual and popular entertainment across the globe. Recounting tales of levitating Brahmins, resurrections, prophesying monkeys and 'the most famous trick never performed', Empire of Enchantment vividly charts Indian magic's epic journey from street to the stage.
67 sure-fire mental feats to delight and mystify: mind reading with cards, instant ESP, identify the owners of objects given to you in random order, number prediction, magically reproduce drawings on slates, book tests, handwriting tricks, mind-reading done from a room away, much more. 73 illustrations.
This marvelous treasury of card magic presents the exact details of 155 professional card tricks that anyone can learn. The world's number-one card wizard, John Scarne, reworked an exciting series of classic card tricks to eliminate the need for sleight-of-hand. Simple instructions and clear diagrams illustrate Houdini's "Card on the Ceiling," Blackstone's "Card Trick Without Cards," Carlyle's "Piano Card Trick," Milton Berle's "Quickie Card Deal," and Scarne's own "Drunken Poker Deal" and "Knockout Card Trick." Scarne presents all tricks with advice on accompanying patter, offering helpful suggestions about the kinds of words and gestures that give performances a professional gloss. Introduction. Index.
The bible of card tricks - now with video clip downloads so you can see the tricks that other books only tell you about. The Royal Road to Card Magic is the `go to book' for card magic. Confound your friends, amaze your acquaintances, amuse and dazzle crowds at parties and gatherings using just a simple pack of cards. With the help of this book you can develop a versatile repertoire of first-rate card tricks. This new videobook edition of the greatest card magic book, offers the budding magician a brilliant introduction to sleight of hand magic. It includes more than 100 video clips to demonstrate the principles and practice of card magic. You will learn how to shuffle and present some astounding tricks. The Royal Road to Card Magic videobook: Includes QR codes for 110 video downloads that fully demonstrate the techniques that underpin the tricks; Presents simple sleights of hand and shuffles that you can amaze your audience with; Ideal for the amateur or a great refresher for the professional, this classic card magic reference book is written in an open style that teaches and entertains; Packed with key detail on each card trick, taking you through each trick step by step in text and video clips revealling the hand techniques to help you master your art; Foreword by Jack Delvin, President of the Magic Circle, the world's premier magical society. From classic principles and practice, to the art of presentation and a collection of astonishing tricks, everything you need is here. Learn how to do The Overhand Shuffle, The Riffle Shuffle, The Glide, The Glimpse, The Key Card, The Palm, The Backslip, False Shuffles and Cuts, The Double Lift and Turnover, The Hindu Shuffle, Top and Bottom Changes. Jean Hugard and Frederick Braue have inspired a generation of magicians with this classic card magic book. This new edition that includes the original text with new videoclips will inspire you to succeed in baffling any audience.
Magical, spooky and mysterious: welcome to the House on Hoarder Hill ...When Hedy and Spencer start receiving messages on dusty picture frames, Christmas at their grandfather's spooky house turns into a mission to solve the mystery of their grandmother's disappearance. What is their magician grandfather not telling them? With the help of a (talking) mounted stag head, an (also talking) bear rug, and other (currently) disembodied spirits, and against the resistance of gargoyles and ravens, Hedy and Spencer set out to find the truth.
Famed puzzle expert explains math behind a multitude of mystifying tricks: card tricks, stage "mind reading," coin and match tricks, counting out games, geometric dissections, etc. Probability, sets, theory of numbers clearly explained. Also, more than 400 tricks, guaranteed to work, that you can do. 135 illustrations.
80 different tricks with cards, coins, matches, tumblers, handkerchiefs; colorful, explained with model clarity for beginner. 89 illustrations.
Henry Box Brown is well-known in America for remarkably escaping slavery by being nailed up in a box and posted from Virginia to Philadelphia. The passing of the Fugitive Slave Act in 1850 made it unsafe for Brown to remain in America so he relocated to England. There, he had a very successful career, initially as a speaker on abolitionism, before he began speaking on other subjects and then branched out into other forms of entertainment including as a magician. He married again to Jane Floyd, who, along with their children, appeared in his acts. With his wife and surviving children, he returned to America in 1875 finally moving to Canada, where he died. This book tells his story, concentrating on the relatively unknown period of his life in Britain, detailing both how he was received and how he developed as a performer. It is the biography of a brave, intelligent individualist who was always willing to learn and to take chances, becoming the first black man to achieve landmarks in British law and entertainment.
Bobby Denise feels no guilt for what he did. So please: stop asking him about it. In 1985, one of the best stage magicians in Las Vegas ended his career in front of a horrified paying audience. When Dusty, his prized white tiger, mauled and killed an audience member during a sold-out show, Bobby Denise did something awful that he's been trying to live with ever since. Thirty-one years later, Bobby is back: out of jail, out of friends, out of everything. Retreating to his plush LA apartment where he hopes to live out his days in peace, Bobby finds that the entertainment community is not quite ready to forget him. Stalked by a tenacious journalist, beguiled by his neighbour's domestic Siamese, incensed by a litany of former colleagues, over-reaching has-beens and deluded hangers-on, Bobby is dragged back into the Vegas spotlight to make amends for his past actions. It does not go well.
The most complete treatise on sleight-of-hand coin conjuring, including best traditional methods and modern innovations. Guides you systematically from basic techniques, through integrated tricks to complete routined acts (18 in all). 510 clear illustrations by Nelson C. Hahne. The best manual for amateurs, an encyclopedic source for professionals.
Beginners interested in learning how to perform card tricks will find this volume an excellent guidebook. Diagrams and easy-to-follow directions provide the novice with fundamentals for successfully mastering more than 50 impressive techniques, among them The False Shuffle, The Corner Crimp, Finger Tips, Palming, The Glide, Sensitive Finger Tips, The Slip Force, and Reading the Pack. There is special emphasis on presenting magic for the spectator's entertainment. ..". extremely well done." -- "Hugard's Magic Monthly."
Penn Jillette's New York Times bestselling account of his "extremely funny and somewhat profane journey to discovering a healthy lifestyle...that will motivate others to seek weight-loss solutions" (The Washington Post). More than three hundred and thirty pounds and saddled with a systolic blood pressure reading at dangerous heights, legendary magician Penn Jillette found himself at a crossroads. He needed a drastic lifestyle change if wanted to see his small children grow up. Enter Crazy Ray. A former NASA scientist and unconventional, passionate innovator, Ray Cronise changed Penn Jillette's life with his wild "potato diet." In Presto, Jillette takes us along on his journey from skepticism to the inspiring, life-changing momentum that transformed the magician's body and mind. He describes the process in hilarious detail, as he performs his Las Vegas show, takes meetings with Hollywood executives, hangs out with his celebrity friends and fellow eccentric performers, all while remaining a dedicated husband and father. Throughout, he weaves in his views on sex, religion, and pop culture, making his story a refreshing, genre-busting account. Outspoken, frank, and bitingly clever, Presto is an incisive, rollicking read. In the end, it is "undeniably inspiring" (Booklist).
'A spectacular treasury of treats. Page after page of utter joy: I can't tear my eyes away' - Derren Brown In The Spectacle of Illusion, professional magician-turned experimental psychologist Dr. Matthew L. Tompkins investigates the arts of deception as practised and popularised by mesmerists, magicians and psychics since the early 18th century. Organised thematically within a broadly chronological trajectory, this compelling book explores how illusions perpetuated by magicians and fraudulent mystics can not only deceive our senses but also teach us about the inner workings of our minds. Indeed, modern scientists are increasingly turning to magic tricks to develop new techniques to examine human perception, memory and belief. Beginning by discussing mesmerism and spiritualism, the book moves on to consider how professional magicians such as John Nevil Maskelyne and Harry Houdini engaged with these movements - particularly how they set out to challenge and debunk paranormal claims. It also relates the interactions between magicians, mystics and scientists over the past 200 years, and reveals how the researchers who attempted to investigate magical and paranormal phenomena were themselves deceived, and what this can teach us about deception. Highly illustrated throughout with entertaining and bizarre drawings, double-exposure spirit photographs and photographs of spoon-bending from hitherto inaccessible and un-mined archives, including the Wellcome Collection, the Harry Price Library, the Society for Physical Research, and last but not least, the Magic Circle's closely guarded collection, the book also features newly commissioned photography of planchettes, rapping boards, tilting tables, ectoplasm, automata and illusion boxes. Concluding with a modern-day analysis of the science of magic and illusion, analysing surprisingly weird phenomena such as ideomotor action, sleep paralysis, choice blindness and the psychology of misdirection, this unnerving volume highlights how unreliable our minds can be, and how complicit they can be in the perpetuation of illusions.
Highly instructive book analyzes every phase of conjuring-from sleights, devices, misdirection an, controlling audience attention, to incorporating patter and the effective use of assistants. Includes 60 original routines, plus advice for their presentation. For novices and veteran conjurers alike.
Dazzling feats of conjuring created by legendary figure in the field of magic. Tricks newly updated and edited by noted contemporary authority. Baffle friends, relatives, even professional magicians with over 190 mind-boggling feats, including "Long-Distance Mind-Reading," "Satan's Touch," "The Jordan Count," many more. Over 200 line illustrations clarify text. Introduction.
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