Houdini, Harry: Houdini's Paper Magic
©1922 E.P. Dutton & Co, NY
Hardbound, 206 pages
Houdini's Paper Magic
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Comments: "The Whole Art of Performing with Paper, Including Paper Tearing, Paper Folding, and Paper Puzzles". A few illustrations.


1 Part One Paper Tricks
3 The Travelling Paper Balls: two in the hand, one in the pocket effect with pea-sized paper pellets
8 Ring and Program: borrowed finger ring destroyed and restored
13 The Cigarette-Paper Tear: torn and restored cigarette paper
20 The Torn Paper Ribbon: uses TT
24 The Restored Calendar: torn and restored with matching corner
29 The Selective Touch: performer pulls out handful of papers of selected color
33 The Dancing Sailor: an animated cardboard puppet
37 The Spirit Communication: question and answer papers transpose
40 The Knife and Paper Sleight: an effect for the paddle move
43 The Chameleon Confetti - First Method: colors produced from papers mixed in a box upon command
45 The Chameleon Confetti - Second Method: another way
46 The Chameleon Confetti - Third Method: yet another approach
49 Production of Confetti: wet tissue is fanned and produces a cloud of confetti
51 Another Confetti Change: glasses of different colored confetti change places
54 Watered Confetti: dry confetti produced from a bowl of wet confetti
57 The Floating Ball: animated floating paper ball
61 The Japanese Butterflies: animated paper butterflies
65 The Shaving Stick: a shaving stick and confetti transpose with this clever gimmick
69 The Paper Flags: papers to flags
71 The Pig and the Ring: paper and glass tumbler transpose, with a surprise finish
79 Coffee, Milk and Sugar: brown paper to coffee, white paper to milk, and bran to sugar!
83 The Ballot or Pellet Test: magician answers questions without seeing them (various approaches described)
93 Paper Clippings and Water: papers return to their box, and water turns the remains to a ribbon
99 Werner's Bill Tearing Trick: a torn and restored bill effect
110 An Effective Finish: a thirty foot flag pole from a cylinder of confetti

115 Part Two Paper Folding
117 The Japanese Bird: with flapping wings
122 The Bullfrog: with inflatable body
127 Puzzle Box for Sweets
130 Trouble Wit: details on construction are NOT provided, only references to where they can be found
133 The Chapeau: a soldier's hat
136 Japanese Paper Purse
139 Japanese Hexagon Puzzle Box

143 Part Three Paper Tearing
143 Trewey's Paper Rings: What we call Mobius rings
147 Jacob's Ladder: paper tear ladder
159 The Trellis: another ladder
152 The Fir Tree: a tall tree
154 The Dancing Skeletons: a string of skeleton "dolls"
159 Grandma's String of Dolls: similar, but girls in dresses
161 The Dancing Girls: another version
163 Paper Pictures: quick pictures from torn paper
167 Circular Designs: artistry with circular designs - requires much practice
176 The Five Pointed Star: with one cut
178 Tearing the Pack: of cards

181 Part Four Paper Puzzles
183 Paper Puzzles: Tanagrams
188 The Symmetrical Square Puzzle: form a square from the pieces
189 The Stairs: puzzle
190 Hexagon Puzzle: form a hexagon
191 The Octagon Puzzle: form an octagon
192 The House and Ell Puzzle: make a square and an "el" from pieces
193 The Cross and Crescent:
194 The Latin Cross
196 The Short Dozen
197 The Right Angle Triangle
198 The Greek Cross Puzzle
199 The Square Deal Puzzle
200 To Pass through a Card: How to cut it
202 The Liberty Bell: clever puzzle to remove a cardboard bell without bending it
204 The Cross Cut Puzzle: cut a shape to form a square
205 The Three Crosses: form three cross styles with a single cut