Dark Legacy

On Boris Karloff’s TV show,  Thriller, one episode was titled  Dark Legacy — about a dying warlock who is also a great stage magician, who leaves his book of secrets to his nephew, a struggling stage magician.  Unfortunately, the nephew follows in his uncle’s occult footsteps, with fatal...
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Self-Working paper magic

Self-Working Paper Magic, by Karl Fulves
Self-Working paper magic – 81 foolproof tricks  by Karl Fulves  I’m a fan of Karl Fulves “self-working” series, and  Self-Working Paper Magic  is no exception.   It’s a collection of 81 ‘tricks’ that would work for any clown, magician, kid’s church worker, children’s pastor, etc.   It’s a collection of different tricks€ ranging...
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Magic change bag

Professional Change Bag - A Magic Performer's Essential
The magic  change bag  is a very versatile prop, that is used to make a small item disappear, or to change one small item into another.   One of its’ strengths is that the bag can be pulled inside-out to ‘prove’ that it’s empty – €”when it’s not, of course.  ...
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Magic for Dummies

Magic for Dummies - a reference for the rest of us by David Pogue - ''A book that all magicians of any age and level of experience will cherish and refer to for years to come''—Lance Burton, world-renowned magician - Includes favorite tricks from 35 top professional magicians! - over 90 easy-to-perform tricks using everyday items like money, silverware and playing cards! Conjure up a magical performance for any event or occassion - Photos, patter and presentation tips provided for every trick
Magic for Dummies  As a general rule, I dislike the “Dummies” series of books, simply because the titles seem to insult the reader.   However, I’ll make an exception for  Magic for Dummies  by David Pogue.   I’ve been familiar with David Pogue’s writing for the Macintosh community for several...
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Mysterio’s Encyclopedia of Magic and Conjuring

Mysterio's Encyclopedia of Magic and Conjuring - a complete compendium of astonishing illusions by Gabe Fajuri
book review of Mysterio’s Encyclopedia of Magic and Conjuring  Previously, I pointed to  Mark Wilson’s Complete Course in Magic  as my favorite, one-volume introduction to magic tricks.   That title has now been taken Mysterio’s Encyclopedia of Magic and Conjuring.   It is written as though the author, Gabe Fajuri, has...
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Maskelyne’s Book of Magic

Maskelyne's Book of Magic
Maskelyne’s Book of Magic  I frankly found  Maskelyne’s Book of Magic  to be very useful – but not for the tricks included in the book.   For the most part, I’ve seen most of them in other works, such as  Mark Wilson’s Complete Course in  Magic, and others are obsolete...
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Blackstone’s Tricks Anyone Can Do

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  Blackstone’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...
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