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Baker, Al: Our Mysteries
©1941 Sphinx Publishing Corporation
Illustrated by Harlan Tarbell
Hardcover, 63 pages
Available as an e-Book from
Our Mysteries
Image Courtesy Bryan-Keith Taylor

Comments: A collection of routines by some very famous magicians, one each. Includes effects by Al Baker, Roy Benson, Al Flosso, Robert Harbin, Leo Hartz (Horowitz), "Think-a-Drink" Hoffman, Eugene Laurant, Magini, Miaco, Russell Swann.

Al Baker lived from 1874-1951.

Contents: (numbers are not page numbers)

1 Table of Contents
2 Introduction: by John Mulholland
3 The Finger Knows - And Tells (Al Baker): magician determines which of 5 cards were thought of using a physiological secret
4 The Glass Trick (Roy Benson): a handkerchief vanishes from a glass
5 Seven Coins (Al Flosso): three coins in one hand, four in the other; suddenly there are all seven coins in one hand!
6 The Pierced Cards (Robert Harbin): two selections become threaded on a ribbon
7 Duo Flight (S. Leo Horowitz): two blue cards join a red deck that was sealed in an envelope
8 Beer and Milk ("Think-a-Drink" Hoffman): a picture of a keg produces beer, the picture is converted into a cow, and now spurts of milk are produced.
9 The Nest of Boxes (Eugene Laurant): several rings are borrowed from the audience, pounded into metal, shot toward a box, and all the rings are found tied to a ribbon in the box
10 Fishbowl Production (Magini): for stage
11 Production of Two Pigeons (Miaco): for stage
12 The Card in the Banana (Russel Swann): selected card is found in a banana; with a clever way to steal the card
13 Biographical Notes: of each featured performer