Hay, Henry: Learn Magic
The Magician's Basic Tricks Explained Step by Step in 20 Simple Lessons
1947 Barrows Mussey, Perma Giants, Garden City Pub Co. Inc., NY
1975 Barrows Mussey, Dover Publications, NY
Paper, perfect-bound, 281 pages
ISBN 0486212386
Learn
              Magic
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Learn Magic - Dover
Dover Edition
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Comments: Illustrated by Hans Jelinek. Learn Magic is another classic magic book that provides excellent beginning instruction. While the Amateur Magician's Handbook provides a broad overview of Magic, Learn Magic provides detailed instruction in 20 different lessons. Recommended. The Dover edition is an unabridged reprint of the 1947 edition, although the author has prepared a new introduction and index, and has revised material in Chapter 2 for the Dover edition.

Contents:

v Foreword
vii Introduction To The Dover Edition (1974 Essay)
xiii Contents

1 Part I

1 Chapter 1: How To Watch A Magician:
2 The Greatest Magician?
4 Different Kinds Of Magic

9 Chapter 2: How To Be A Magician:
10 Rehearsal Before Practice
11 How To Get Applause
12 Your Personality And Your Patter
14 Planning
15 Learning A Trick
18 Enlarging Your Repertory
19 Book List

21 Part II

21 Lesson 1: The Flying Coin
21 The Flying Coin: One Coin Across With Detailed Lesson

29 Lesson 2: Handling A Deck Of Cards
31 Dealing Position
32 Overhand Shuffle
34 The Riffle or Dovetail Shuffle
36 Waterfall Finish
37 Second Split for the Dovetail Shuffle
39 Fanning The Cards
41 The Card At The Number
45 Mind Control

45 Lesson 3: The Lariat King
46 Inventing Magic
47 The Lariat King
48 How the Trick is Done

51 Lesson 4: The Afghan Bands And The Cut Turban
53 How to Make the Afghan Bands
54 How to Work the Turban Trick

59 Lesson 5: Finding A Selected Card, I - Forcing
62 Forcing And Forcing Decks
63 Svengali Pack
65 Forcing Sleights - The Fan
67 Forcing Sleights - The Slip
68 Another Knife Force
70 The Telephone Trick

71 Lesson 6: Finding A Selected Card II - Locations
72 False Shuffles
74 Tap Location
76 Glimpse
79 The Spelling Master
82 The Stripper Deck
83 The Long Card
84 Double Card
84 Short Card
85 Pass Or Shift
90 The Red And Black Aces

93 Lesson 7: Escapes:
94 The Kellar Tie
96 The Sack Escape
99 The Chair Tie

103 Lesson 8: The Egg Bag
112 Palming an Egg
115 Egg Production Routine

117 Lesson 9: Mind Reading
118 The Billet Test
119 The "All Alike" Gag
121 The "One Ahead" Gag
123 The Envelope Test
124 Getting Impressions
124 Torn Billet Reading
128 Stage Clairvoyance
128 Codes
128 - Pointer Codes
129 - Number Codes
130 - Talking Codes
131 - Silent Methods

132 Lesson 10: Revealing A Selected Card
133 The Turned Card - The Victim's Choice
133 Card Nailed To The Ceiling
135 The Jumping Cards
135 The Transferred Pack
137 The Rising Cards (3 Methods)
138 - First Method
139 - Second Method
140 - Third Method
143 The Mental Selection Spelling Master

146 Lesson 11: The Thumb-Tip
147 Cigarette Vanish
149 Torn And Restored Paper Ribbon
151 Handkerchief Vanish

152 Lesson 12: A Silk Routine Part I
154 Preparing for the Act
155 Handkerchief Production (Elbow)
156 Dissolving Knot
159 Shaking A Knot
161 Silk From Candle
161 Flying Knot
162 Handkerchief Production (Thread)
163 Sympathetic Silks

171 Lesson 13: A Silk Routine Part II
172 Preparing for the Act
173 Hand Silk Dyeing
175 Silk Dyeing (Paper Tube)
177 The Lamp Chimney Vanish

178 Lesson 14: The Miser's Dream
179 Coins for Magic
180 The Finger Palm
181 The Thumb Palm
182 The Regular Palm
183 The Edge Palm
183 Palming Several Coins
185 Back Palm
188 The Miser's Dream

194 Lesson 15: Card Palming
195 The Top Palm
197 Palming Several Cards
198 Williams' Card In Pocket
201 Color Changes
201 Clip Color Change
202 Erasing The Spot
203 The Side Steal Color Change
205 Reversing The Color Change
206 The Double Lift
207 The Back Palm
210 Five Card Vanish And Recovery

212 Lesson 16: Two Great Tricks Of Card Palming
212 Leipzig's Lightning Locations
214 The Cards Up The Sleeve
216 The False Count

219 Lesson 17: The Sponge Balls
220 The Basic Sponge Ball Move
221 The Routine

225 Lesson 18: The Multiplying Billiard Balls
227 The Conjurer's Clothes
228 The Trap Pass
229 The Change Over Palm
230 The Multiplying Ball Routine

235 Lesson 19: Thimble Magic
236 Silent And Talking Acts
236 Quieting A Noisy Crowd
237 Thimble Thumb Palm
238 Deliberate Vanish
239 Thimble Routine

243 Lesson 20: Your Magical Outfit
244 Magician's Table
245 The Black Art Table Top
249 Servantes
250 The Bottomless Glass
251 The Mirror Glass
251 Flying Silk
252 Candy Production
252 Wands
253 Programs
254 Stage Management

256 Part 3: How Stage Illusions Work
256 The Floating Lady
259 The Vanishing Performer
260 The Trunk Trick
261 The Mirror Principle
263 Lost In The Crowd
263 Bullet Catching
265 De Kolta's Cocoon
266 The Oyster Shell
266 De Biere's Costume Trunk
267 Goldfish Bowl
270 The Rapping Hand
271 Talking Skull
271 Merry Widow
272 Spirit Cabinet
273 Milk Can Trick
275 Basket Trick
277 Sword Cabinet
278 Sawing A Woman In Two

281 Index


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