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ABRACADABRA
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    An insider's look at what goes on at a magic show behind-the-scenes. Schiffman explains the principles of deception, exposing those seemingly innocent motions that conceal vital actions from onlookers; how the conjurer uses misdirection of space and time to mislead the audience; how silly and simple optical illusions can fool us; and what to look for during a magic show. Also explores the world of offstage magic, the magicians who use various techniques to deceive and influence you:...

    BLACKSTONES TRICKS ANYONE CAN DO
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      HOUDINI ON MAGIC
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      Item #: 9780486203843 -

        Eight major sections include numerous tricks performed by Houdini, including Handcuffs and Restraints; Rope Magic; Houdini on Magicians; Challenges and Escapes; Spooks; Tricks; Miscellaneous Mystery; and Right Way to do Wrong. 280 pgs, paperback, 1953

        LADY LUCK AINT NO LADY
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          Cute collection of cartoons about situations and absurdities at the track and in casinos. Worth a few chuckles to relieve the tensions of play. 64 Pgs.1975

          LITTLE GIANT ENCYCLOPEDIA: CARD & MAGIC TRICKS
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          Item #: 9781402760051 -

            The world of magic is shrouded in mystery…until now! Little Giant Encyclopedia: Card & Magic Tricks reveals some of the basic secrets of conjuring and illusion. It begins with 30 pages of card handling methods that any beginner will find worthwhile. The magical card section features 83 mathematical tricks using special props and novelties, and you’ll also find 66 magical sleights of hand using coins, silks and handkerchiefs, string, rope and paper. There’s even a section...

            MAGIC AND SHOWMANSHIP: A HANDBOOK FOR CONJURERS
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            Item #: 9780486410876 -

              Highly instructive book by a noted authority on the subject analyzes every phase of conjuring, from sleights, devices, misdirection, and controlling audience attention to incorporating patter and the effective use of assistants. Provides recommendations on the use of body language, posture, positioning, and movement. 60 original routines -- from simple card tricks to major illusions. 322 pgs, paperback, 1969

              MAGIC IN THEORY
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              Item #: 616043914268 -

                There is more to magic than the specific secret that lies behind the specific trick. Psychology is central to the art of deception, and magicians recognize that an understanding of the psychology of magic is an important part of being a good magician. This book presents the theoretical and psychological elements of magic in a way that is accessible to a non-technical readership. It will provide magicians with a better understanding of the part psychology can play in developing their skills....

                MAGIC TRICKS & CARD TRICKS
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                Item #: 616043914282 -

                  Includes impromptu deceptions like Coin Through the Hand, Flying Dime, Down your Sleeve, Counting Chalk, Bill in the Egg. 35 magic tricks in all. 40 card tricks include card in the pocket, 13 principle, eight kings and others, along with methods of false shuffling, palming, gliding, preparing the cards. 94 pgs, paperback, 1954

                  MAGIC TRICKS & ILLUSIONS
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                  Item #: 9780804870344 -

                    Long out of print, this book takes the mystery out of magic and demonstrates how anyone can amuse and baffle people. Starts with simple routines and moves to elaborate maneuvers. Some of the tricks include the Vanashing Bird Cage, Chinese Egg Bag Trick, Flying Coin, Bodiless Lady Illusion, Talking Skull, Great Levitation, Table Lifting and the Escape from the Iron Trunk. 241 Pgs. 1990

                    MAGICIANS MAGIC
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                    Item #: 9780486431765 -

                      Curry incorporated thoroughly engrossing material with a style that was truly elegant. This book by a "magician's magician" discloses the secrets behind a collection of close-up marvels - including the author's "Out of the World," reputed to be the best card trick of the past century. Illustrations Indexed 269 Pages Paperbound 1965

                      MARKED CARDS
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                      Item #: 616043914305 -

                        You can mystify people with your magic ability with this deck of cards. Perform mind-defying feats with little practice as you  read the back of every card. Once the wrapper is removed, no one will know these cards are marked. Easy to read instructions are included.

                        MODERN COIN MAGIC
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                          Originally published in 1952, this edition contains four new chapters. Includes many illustrations for hundreds of coin sleights and tricks. 358 pgs, paperback, 1982

                          Mysterios Encyclopedia of Magic and Conjuring
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                          Item #: 9781594742637 -

                            Quirk's Amazing Magical Wonder Deck charmed amateur and professional magicians with its gorgeous aesthetic and fiendishly clever card tricks. Now these same readers can experience a complete course in magic with Mysterio's Encyclopedia of Magic and Conjuring a giant compilation of more than 300 tricks and variations. Here are illustrated step-by-step instructions for rope tricks, money magic, mind-reading effects, stage illusions, everyday magic, and plenty of all-new card tricks. Readers will...

                            PRINCIPLES AND DECEPTIONS
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                              Another great trilogy book from Arthur Buckley (the other being Gems of Mental Magic). He discusses some theoretical aspects of magic and then goes into detailed instructions of moves and routines with coins, cards, and billiard balls.Professional coin work presented by the author-expert and friends. Discusses Showmanship Timing and Pace; Magic With Coins, including Sleeving, the Pinch and Turnover Pass; Palms; Borrowed Money, The Steal, the French Drop, and Magic with cards and billiard...

                              PROFESSIONAL MAGIC FOR AMATEURS
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                              Item #: 9780486230122 -

                                Contains 50 easy yet well-known tricks used by professionals. Takes the amateur through every stage of each trick; gives an overview of how the trick appears to the audience; explains the mechanism behind the trick. Emphasis is on tricks that can be performed informally for a small group. 225 pgs, paperback, 1947

                                SCARNES MAGIC TRICKS
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                                Item #: 9780486427799 -

                                  Contains 200 tricks that can be performed with little or no prior skill, training or special equipment. Includes the talking Mirror, The Dollar That Wouldn't Burn, Matchless Matches, Scarne's Fire Trick, Test of Strength, Hindu Magic Papers, Pulse Control, Liquid Suspension, Gravity Defied, Rope Through the Neck and more. 256 pgs, paperback, 2003

                                  SELF-WORKING CLOSE-UP CARD: 56 FOOLPROOF TRICKS
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                                  DOVER PUBLICATIONS INC. Item #: 1758 -

                                    For the beginner or veteran, this book shows some excellent show openers to get the audience's attention, including memory tricks, gambling tricks, gimmicks. Simple instructions and carefully drawn illustrations lead the reader from start to finish without requiring long practice sessions or much dexterity. 120 Pgs. 2003

                                    SELF-WORKING COIN MAGIC
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                                    DOVER PUBLICATIONS INC. Item #: 1759 -

                                      Clearly worded instructions and 251 illustrations show beginner or veteran conjurers how to pluck a seemingly endless number of coins from the air, make a coin penetrate a tabletop, and perform psychic tricks with coins and bills. Tricks include 'printing' a $5 bill on a blank sheet of paper, exposing shortchange artists, metal bending, tower of nickels, balancing act, through the ring, immovable object, sealed box mystery and others. No experience necessary to perform these tricks and most...

                                      SLEIGHT OF HAND
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                                      Item #: 9780486239118 -

                                        Covers every significant aspect, from palming to clairvoyance, vanishing and producing an object, using essential apparatus, etc. Explains hundreds of astonishing tricks with coins, cups and balls, handkerchiefs, cards, more. A book with an excellent reputation among professional magicians for its teaching techniques. 408 pgs, paperback, 1980

                                        THE NEW MODERN COIN MAGIC
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                                        Item #: 616043914381 -

                                          Contains more than 600 illustrations to complement hundreds of sleights and tricks to perform with coins. 544 Pgs. 1998 hardcover

                                          THE SECRET LIFE OF HOUDINI
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                                            Handcuff King. Escape Artist. International Superstar. Since his death eighty years ago, Harry Houdini's life has been chronicled in books, in film, and on television. Now, in this groundbreaking biography, renowned magic expert William Kalush and best-selling writer Larry Sloman team up to find the man behind the myth. Drawing from millions of pages of research, they describe in vivid detail the passions that drove Houdini to perform ever-more-dangerous feats, his secret life as a spy, and a...

                                            THE SECRETS OF HOUDINI
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                                            Item #: 9780486229133 -

                                              Classic study exposing closely-kept professional secrets and revealing, in general terms, the whole art of stage magic.

                                              VATICAN TO VEGAS
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                                              Item #: 9781565848030 -

                                                A guided tour through special-effects environments from 1550 to the present, Norman Klein's The Vatican to Vegas: The History of Special Effects demonstrates how Renaissance and early Baroque artists pioneered interactive, cinematic, and even digital environments. As in our era, sixteenth- and seventeenth-century illusion serviced a global culture and even relied on software of a kind: solid geometry for architecture, optics, sculpture, painting and theater. As if from a cryonic thaw, these...