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Goldston, Will: Exclusive Magical Secrets
©1912 Will Goldston
Hardcover, 506 pages

©1977 Dover Publications
Softcover, perfect-bound, 506 pages
              Magical Secrets
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Comments ( This is the first volume in the famous series of locked books by Will Goldston. He writes in his introduction about his motivation to publish this book: "My aim from the beginning has been to gather together from all sources everything new and big in magic that has not been fully explained before." And indeed we have contributions from the finest magicians living at that time: Chung Ling Soo, Harry Houdini, Servais Le Roy, Conradi, Chefalo, Oswald Williams and Chris Van Bern and others. And don't forget that Goldston himself was a prolific inventor of illusions, many of which are included in this work.


6 Contents
10 Introduction to "Exclusive Magical Secrets"
13 Additional Notes

18 Part I Pocket Tricks
18 The Chefalo Disappearing Knots
20 A Loop of String and a Finger
21 Caught with a Loop
23 From Hat to Hat
24 The Handkerchief and the Wand
25 The Mesmerised Match Box
27 The Mystic Matches
28 A New Match Trick
29 The Animated Cigar
30 The Coin and the Glasses
31 The Missing Sixpence

33 Part II Drawing-Room Tricks
33 Three Card Tricks Including Two Novel Ways of Finding Chosen Cards
37 The Mysterious Couple
38 A New and Original Thought-Reading Trick with Cards
40 An Entirely New Method for Discovering a Chosen Card
41 The Spelling Spirit
43 The Changing Envelope
45 Automatic Chessmen

52 Part III Stage Tricks
52 The "WG" Glass Casket
55 The Travelling Die
56 Silent Thought Transmission
58 The Plume and the Tube
60 A Bird Cage Illusion
62 The Animated Sketch
64 Two New Clock Tricks
66 The Flying Lamp
68 Bertram's Walnut Trick
69 The Lemon and Bank Notes
71 The Dissolving Ball
73 Chefalo's Candle and Handkerchief Trick
75 The Accommodating Bottle
76 Loading the Big Drum
77 The Travelling Eggs
79 The "New" Dove Bottle
80 The Latest Thought-Reading Trick
83 Two Mysterious Cigars
85 The Magical Production of an Umbrella and an Umbrella Stand
87 The Crystal Cylinders
89 The Best of all Handkerchief Swords
91 The Glass of Water and the Hat
92 A Palm from a Walking Stick
94 A New Restored Card Trick
95 The Cards through the Hat
98 The Rising Cards with the Swinging Houlette
101 The Best Rising Card Trick
103 The Rising Card Box
105 Cards Rising from a Closed Box
109 A Complete Watch Act
119 The Stool and the Prophet
121 The New Die and Hat Trick
124 The Changing Rabbit
125 The Magical Production of a Large Aviary
127 The New Fish Bowl Trick
129 The Chefalo Duck Tub
131 The New Spirit Pictures
132 From Decanter to Wine Glasses

136 Part IV Chinese Magic
136 The New Rice Bowls
137 The Sugar Stick Trick
138 Chefalo's Chinese Duck Production Act
139 The Production of a Barrel of Water
140 The Chinese Pagoda
141 The Tea Chest Mystery
144 The Magic Cauldron
147 The Buddha Mystery
148 The Umbrella and the Handkerchiefs
152 A Bowl of Water and Some Confetti

156 Part V Magical Tips
156 An Electric Coin Ejector
157 The Best of all Pulls
158 The Best Throw-out
159 The "Shutter" Trap
159 A Double Trap
160 The Elevator Trap
163 The "WG" Step-Ladder for Trap
164 How to Protect One's Secrets during a Performance
165 Martin Chapender's Diminishing Cards
167 The "MA" Automatic Servante
167 Methods for enabling a Performer to change Places with his Assistant

170 Part VI Harry Houdini's Tricks
170 Houdini's Rope Tie
172 Houdini's Escape from Two Boxes
176 Houdini's Ice Pick Release
176 The Houdini Pillory Illusion
178 The Houdini Challenge Handcuff

187 Part VII Buatier de Kolta
187 Buatier de Kolta's Expanding Cube Illusion

200 Part VIII Comedy Tricks
200 A Novel Hat and Rabbit Trick
201 Furnishing a Flat
205 The Mysterious Production of a Coil of Rope
207 A Weird Dinner Table
211 The Production of a Girl on a Chair
212 A Novel Cigar Lighter
214 The Lazy Smoker
215 A Mysterious Bouquet
216 A Curious Dream
217 The Acrobatic Dog
218 The Winking Cat
218 A Beard in a Second

221 Part IX Quick Changes
221 Some Quick Changes
226 Quick Change Effect

230 Part X Automata
230 The Whist-Playing Automaton

237 Part XI Juggling
237 The Self-Lighting Candle
238 A Juggling Feat with an Envelope, a Pair of Scissors, and a Pen
240 Balancing a Feather
241 "The" Billiard Ball Balance
242 A Billiard Ball Balance
243 A Fine Balancing Feat with Billiard Balls
244 The Billiard Ball and the Fan

248 Part XII Stage Illusions
248 The Disappearing Piano
250 The Lady and the Lion
253 The Revolving Piano
256 Denton's Cabinet Trick
258 The Electrocution Chair
261 Kellar's Floating Lady
264 The Tea Chest and Tea Boxes
266 The Mirror Illusion
268 The Cannon and Crystal Box
270 The Three Graces
271 Will Goldston's Glass Box Illusion
272 The Swing Illusion
274 The Target Illusion
275 Vendetta
277 The Mysterious Iron Cage
279 The Growing Box
281 Canned Goods
283 The Pretty Bird
284 The Girl and Handkerchief Illusion
286 Watch Her Go!
288 Gee Whiz!
291 The Lady who Revolves in Mid-Air
293 Chefalo's Cage Cabinet
294 The Merry Widow Illusion
296 The Servais Le Roy Illusion 296

299 Final Notes