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Gibson, Walter: World's Best Book of Magic
©1927 Penn Publishing Co, Phila, PA
Hardcover, 316 pages
World's Best Book of Magic
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Walter Gibson: World's Best Book of Magic

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Contents:

7 Foreword
11 Preface
13 The Romance Of Magic
30 The Art Of Misdirection
36 Classes Of Magic

41 Section 1 - Tricks Without Sleight Of Hand Or Apparatus

44 Chapter I Tricks with Pencil, Paper, and Figures
54 Chapter II Magic with a Match-Box
61 Chapter III Simple Coin Tricks
77 Chapter IV Sorcery with String
83 Chapter V Easy Card Tricks
99 Chapter VI Handkerchief Mysteries
103 Chapter VII Dinner Table Tricks
109 Chapter VIII Tricks with Various Objects

115 Section II The Principles And Application Of Sleight Of Hand

117 Chapter I Sleight of Hand with Coins
137 Chapter II Sleight of Hand with Thimbles

143 Chapter III Sleight of Hand with Cards
144 A. Preliminary Sleights
161 B. Sleight of Hand Tricks
173 C. Advanced Sleights and Flourishes
188 D. Further Card Tricks

193 Section III Magic With Small Apparatus

196 Chapter I Card Tricks
197 1. The Self-Forcing Pack
199 2. The Self-Shifting Pack
200 3. The Color Changing Pack
202 4. The Revelation Pack
204 5. The Short and Narrow Pack
205 6. The Instanto Pack

208 Chapter II. Coin Tricks
208 1. The Coin Box
209 2. The Vanishing Coin Bank
210 3. The Coin Glass
210 4. The Single Coin Vanisher

212 Chapter III. Handkerchief Tricks
212 1. The Handkerchief Pull
213 2. The Color Changing Pull
213 3. The Handkerchief and Wand
214 4. The Finger-Tip
215 5. Handkerchief Production

217 Chapter IV. Miscellaneous Tricxs
217 1. The Cigarette Vanisher
217 2. Cigar and Cigarette Vanishes
218 3. The Vanishing Pencil
219 4. Torn and Restored Paper
219 5. The X-Ray Clock
220 6. The Divination Candles
222 7. The Patriotic Rockets

223 Section IV Carl Brema's Exclusive Mysteries

226 1. The Yogi Coin Box
228 2. The Demon’s Bars
230 3. The Disc and String Trick
231 4. The Dollar Bill and Tube Trick
233 5. The New Egg Production
234 6. The Improved Cigarette Catcher
235 7. The Cigarette Wand
236 8. The Cigarette Tube
237 9. The Sliding Coin Box
239 10. The Silver Boxes
243 11. The Devil’s Ladder
246 12. The Hindu Wand
253 13. Confetti and Flower Bowls
255 14. The Illusion Top Table

257 Section V Platform Magic

260 Chapter I. Black Art Tables

263 Chapter II. Handkerchief Tricks
263 1. The Passe Passe Handkerchiefs
265 2. The Red Cross and the Stars and Stripes
267 3. The Cylinder and the Glass
268 4. The Patriotic Handkerchiefs

270 Chapter III. Production Tricks
270 1. The Wonder Screen
271 2. The Wonder Cabinet
272 3. The Breakaway Cabinet
273 4. The Flag Vase

274 Chapter IV. Miscellaneous Tricks
274 1. The Sucker Die Box
277 2. Solid Through Solid
279 3. The Vanishing Alarm Clock
281 4. The Vanishing Bowl
282 5. The New Rice Bowls

284 Chapter V. Spirit Tricks
285 1. The Rapping Hand
285 2. The Improved Rapping Hand
286 3. The Rapping Hand on the Board
286 4. The Talking Skull
287 5. The Rising and Falling Rail
289 6. The Spirit Beil
289 7. The Spirit Clock
291 8. Spirit Seance in Full Light

293 Section VI Stage Illusions
298 1. The Threefold Screen
298 2. The Mummy Case
299 3. The Japanese Cabinet
302 4. The Cabinet of Proteus
303 5. The Throne Illusion
303 6. The Human Die Box
306 7. The Shower Bath Illusion
307 8. The Ladder Illusion
308 9. The Spirit Cabinet
311 10. Mephisto and Faust
313 11. The Sword Cabinet
315 12. The New Sword Cabinet

316 Conclusion


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