Schindler, George: Presto Magic for the Beginner
©1990 Dorset Press; Dover Publications 2010
Hardcover, 5 3/8 x 8 1/2, 192 pages
ISBN 13: 9780486477596

Presto Magic for the Beginner
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Comments: Dover edition is paperback. From the Dover description: "No experience is needed—this easy guide will walk you through all the steps. You'll learn to master three kinds of magic: close-up, club and parlor, and stage magic. With a little practice, you'll be able to make objects disappear, conjure something from nothing, levitate, and perform a host of other classic illusions, including a variety of card tricks...Reprint of the Barnes & Noble, New York, 1999 edition."

Contents:

11 Preface

13 Chapter 1 Introduction to Magic
13 Some History
15 Three Categories
16 - Closeup Magic
16 - Club or Cabaret Magic
16 - Grand Illusion
17 Misdirection - Key to Magic

20 Chapter 2 Making Things Disappear
20 The Vanish
21 - The French Drop
23 - Palming
25 - Classic Palm Vanish
26 - Classic Coin Vanish
28 - Never Was
28 - You're Too Late
29 - Table Sweep
31 - Back of the Hand
34 Mechanical Devices
34 - The Pull
36 - More Pulls
36 Down the Tube
38 Amedeo's Vanish
41 - Lightning Bill Vanish
43 - Satan's Cloth
46 - Paper Bag Vanisher

48 Chapter 3 Something From Nothing
48 The Production
49 - Where to Hide Things
49 - Let's Have a Drink
50 - The Candy Bag
52 - It Pays to Advertise
54 Boxes and Tubes
54 - Mirror Box
55 - Tip-over Box
56 - Tube of Plenty
58 - And a Glass of Milk
58 - Milk Through
60 - Out of a Hat
61 - Milk and Cookies
63 - Black Art
64 - The Drinks Are on the House
65 - That's All, Folks!
66 Producing Money
67 - The Downs Palm
69 - The Miser's Dream

71 Chapter 4 Presto—change!
71 Changing One Object into Another
72 Color-Changing Wand
73 Changing Silks
74 Magic Washing Machine
76 Flag Transformation
76 Money—Money—Money
78 Silk to Egg
79 Color-Changing Knife

82 Chapter 5 Transpositions
82 Changing Places
83 Flying Rope
84 Ribbon of the Orient
87 The Devil Loses

92 Chapter 6 Restorations
92 Back to Normal
92 Cutting and Restoring a Rope
92 Classic Method
96 Square Knot, Please
98 Pull It Away
99 Restoring Humpty-Dumpty
100 M'Lady's Necklace

103 Chapter 7 Solid Through Solid
103 Penetrations
104 Cups and Balls
108 Persian Beggar's Rink Trick
110 Scissors Through
112 Link It
114 Walk Right Through
115 Comedy Shirt Trick

118 Chapter 8 Escapes
118 Escapes and Releases
119 Kellar's Rope Tie
121 Comic Rope Escape
123 Laundry Bag Escape

125 Chapter 9 Levitations And Suspensions
125 lighter than Air
126 Floating Ball Illusion
128 Elevator Ring Illusion
129 Lifting Wand
131 Simple Suspension
133 Rising Cards
135 Impromptu Method
136 The Princess Floats

140 Chapter 10 Mindreading And ESP
140 Mentalism
141 Newspaper Test
143 Gypsy Method
146 Four at a Time
147 Book Test
151 Magazine Mystery
152 Predictions
153 Number Forces
154 Star Prediction
156 Answering Sealed Questions

159 Chapter 11 Magic With Cards
159 Card Tricks
160 Your Card Is in Chicago
161 Coincidence 161
162 The Force 162
163 Phantom Photo 163
165 Key Cards 165
165 Card Stabbing 165
167 Hieroglyphics 167
168 Short Corner Key 168
169 Quick Reversal 169
170 A Good Ear for Clubs 170
170 Out of the Pocket 170
171 Eight Kings 171
172 X-Ray Eyes 172
172 Triple Reversal 172
174 Handling Your Deck 174
174 Key Cut 174
175 Overhand Shuffle 175
176 Spreading the Cards 176
177 Switching a Deck 177

178 Chapter 12 Props
178 A Few Words about Props 178
179 Borrowing 179
180 Gimmicks

181 Chapter 13 Entertain
181 Routining + Patter + Presentation = Entertainment
182 Routining
183 Patter
185 Presentation
188 Final Words

189 Bibliography
190 Index



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