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Blackstone’s Tricks Anyone Can Do

Blackstone’s Tricks Anyone Can Do: the great magician’s 200 tricks which will entertain and mystify but may be performed in the living room—introduction by Walter Gibson

buy-from-amazon  Blackstone's Tricks Anyone Can DoBlackstone’s Tricks Anyone Can Do  is a good example of Walter Gibson’s (author of  The Shadow  among other things) ghost-writing ability.   As Gibson did for  Blackstone  many times (as well as others like  Houdini), this collection of magic tricks is typical Walter Gibson – a collection of tricks using cards and other household items, interspersed with puzzles and other things.

Book description of  Blackstone’s Tricks Anyone Can Do

Every year, magic is gaining greater popularity because it offers more rewards than almost any other hobby. The time spent learning tricks, practicing them and working out individual notions is a pastime in itself.

Harry Blackstone was one of the great magicians of the twentieth century. Along with his equally famous peers Houdini and Thurston, Blackstone’s feats of legerdemain dazzled audiences around the globe.

The present volume is Blackstone’s legacy to the parlor magician. All of the props required can usually be found in the average household and those not easily at hand may be purchased at a neighborhood shop. Indeed, here are 200 tricks – feats of magic – which will mystify and entertain but may be performed in anyone’s living room.

Table of Contents for  Blackstone’s Tricks Anyone Can Do

Chapter 1 – Bafflers

  1. The Mighty Match
  2. Knock it Away
  3. Take it Away
  4. The Coin Guess
  5. The Bill and the Bottles
  6. It Won’t Burn
  7. The Impossible Drink
  8. Pepper and Salt
  9. Coins on Edge
  10. Dime Under Glass
  11. Drop the Match
  12. Poker Puzzler
  13. Drink the Water
  14. Take it Off
  15. Jump Over It
  16. Button it Up
  17. Turn-Over Card
  18. Matchbox Toss
  19. The Lighter End
  20. Twelve Thousand – €”and What?
  21. The Balanced Coin
  22. The Dropping Coin
  23. Seeing Things
  24. Your Choice
  25. Full and Empty
  26. The Balanced Die
  27. Three Coin Shift
  28. Odd is Even
  29. Coins and Glass
  30. A Smoke Trick
  31. Drop the Cards
  32. Knotting a Cigarette
  33. The Jumping Flame

Chapter 2 – Table Tricks

  1. Floating Sugar
  2. Strong Straw
  3. Find the Matches
  4. Five Coin Twister
  5. Rolling the Bills
  6. Magnetized Knife
  7. Blackstone’s Paper Ball Trick
  8. Topsy Turvy Match Pack
  9. The Balanced Napkin
  10. X-Ray Sight

Chapter 3 – Card Sleights

  1. False Shuffles
  2. Dovetail False Shuffles
  3. Complete Pack Control
  4. Overhand False Shuffle (to control bottom card)
  5. Overhand False Shuffle (to control top card)
  6. Top and Bottom False Shuffle
  7. Overhand Shuffle with Complete Pack
  8. False Cuts
  9. Simple False Cut (with three heaps)
  10. Another False Cut (with four heaps)
  11. Special False Cut (with five heaps)
  12. Shuffle Cut
  13. False Cut Shift
  14. The Revolving Pass
  15. The Palm
  16. The Glide
  17. The False Count

Chapter 4 – Card Locations

  1. The Divided Pack
  2. The New Pack
  3. Easy Locations
  4. The Master Card Location
  5. The Slide Out
  6. The Push Through
  7. The Push Back
  8. A Neat Location
  9. The Fan Location
  10. A Card Detection
  11. The Pick Up Heaps
  12. Surpasso
  13. An Easy Force
  14. The Joker Force
  15. The Force Location
  16. Behind the Back
  17. The Glimpse

Chapter 5 – Card Discoveries

  1. The Knock-Out
  2. Card from Pocket
  3. Any Number
  4. A Reversed Card
  5. One Reversed Card
  6. Three Reversed Cards
  7. Out of the Hat
  8. Blackstone’s Cut Trick
  9. Card in Cigar Box
  10. Card Elimination
  11. The Magnetic Card

Chapter 6 – Cigarette Magic

  1. The Balanced Cigarette
  2. Cigarette and Bottle
  3. Mutual Attraction
  4. The Pliable Cigarette
  5. The Magnetized Cigarettes
  6. The Fireproof Necktie
  7. The Hypnotic Cigarette Pack
  8. Three on a Match
  9. The Surprising Cigarette

Chapter 7 – Easy Card Tricks

  1. Card Found in Hat
  2. Two Number Trick
  3. Bottom to Top
  4. Thought Discovered
  5. Twenty-Five Cards
  6. A Double Prediction
  7. Vanished Card
  8. The Reversing Card
  9. The Mystic Discovery
  10. The Same Number
  11. Mathematical Discovery
  12. Three Heaps
  13. Many Heaps

Chapter 8 – Divination Tricks

  1. Dollar Divination
  2. Find the Pencil
  3. The Favorite Brand
  4. Move the Cigarettes
  5. With Sugar Lumps
  6. Pick the Pack
  7. Colored Crayons
  8. Name the Flavor
  9. Ribbons and Pins
  10. Divining the Colors
  11. Cards and Envelopes
  12. Six Bottle Choice

Chapter 9 – Spelling Tricks

  1. Simplicity Speller
  2. Spread-Out Speller
  3. Four Heap Speller
  4. Mental Speller
  5. The Progressive Speller
  6. A Spelling Trick
  7. Automatic Spelling
  8. Twelve Card Speller
  9. Yankee Doodle
  10. The Repeat Speller

Chapter 10 – Strings and Ropes

  1. Automatic Knots
  2. The Double Loop
  3. Snap a Knot
  4. Loop to Loop
  5. On and Off Match Box
  6. Loop On, Loop Off
  7. Ball on Rope
  8. The Impossible Knot
  9. Rope and Vase Mystery
  10. The Strung Cards
  11. The Trapped Trapper
  12. String the Rings

Chapter 11 – Different Tricks

  1. Torn and Restored Paper
  2. Pencil from Matchbox
  3. Knife Through the Handkerchief
  4. Through the Coat
  5. Self-Rising Match-Box
  6. Whisk Away Coin
  7. Twice Around
  8. Off with his Head
  9. Safety Pin Snapper
  10. The Adroit Dollar Bill
  11. The Passing Knots
  12. The Amazing Bead Trick
  13. Rice and Chopstick
  14. Color Changing Balloon
  15. Balanced Match Boxes
  16. The Upright Handkerchief
  17. Vanishing Pencil
  18. The Changing Match Pack

Chapter 12 – Mental Mysteries

  1. Choose Your Word
  2. The Calendar Mystery
  3. The Mental Number
  4. The Equal Rows
  5. The Three Heap Mystery
  6. Add the Dice
  7. Naming the Number
  8. Boards and Cards
  9. Five Cards and Five Pellets
  10. The Mysterious Name
  11. Finger Fantasy
  12. Total Foretold
  13. Spell Your Choice
  14. Five Card Mystery

Chapter 13 – Special Card Tricks

  1. The Ten Card Circle
  2. Deal the Number
  3. A Mystic Prediction
  4. Double Discovery
  5. The Card Foretold
  6. Passe Passe Cards
  7. Cards and Envelopes
  8. Pocket to Pocket
  9. A Four Ace Trick
  10. The Knife in the Pack
  11. The Spectator’s Trick
  12. Do as I Do
  13. Card in Pocket
  14. Four Ace Change
  15. Three Card Monte
  16. The Traveling Ace
  17. The Hoax with Aces
  18. The Improved Ace Hoax
  19. Traveling Card Trick
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