Compiled by Doug A
Last Update: 25 March 2016; Added over fifty additional book references.
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Lecture No. 1. 1960's, 18 pages. Includes "Follow the
Red Thimbles", a where is the thimble routine for the table-top
Percy: Magic for
Magicians. 1934, 64 pages, Abbott Magic Company.
Includes Four Thimble Vanish and Passing Thimbles.
Alborough, John: Mainly Manipulative Magic. 1979, 92 pages, Supreme Magic. Includes An Opening Thimble Routine, Production of Four Thimbles, Thimble Through Silk, and Slow Motion Vanish of Four Thimbles.
Bagshaw, Edward: E.D.
Proudlock's Routine With Thimbles. 1942, 30 pages,
L. Davenport. Holders, sleights, vanish of 5 and production of 10.
Beam, Steve: Digital Effects: The
Magic of Joe Mogar. 1997, 228 pages, Trapdoor Productions.
This is an extensive and thorough coverage of thimble
manipulation. Large format hardbound book.
Steve: Magic for the British Aisles. 1996, 20
pages, Trapdoor Productions. Includes two Joe Mogar thimble
effects - Sucker Punch & Macho Vanish.
Berland, Samuel: Tricks for Today and Tomorrow;
1970. 13 effects, including Knife Through Coat; Thimbles; Goldfish
Production, etc. 31 pages.
Samuel: Twenty Tricks with Wiztax. 1941, 16
pages. Includes Tricks With Thimbles, Thimbles Caught In a Glass
Magic and Methods of Ross Bertram. 1978, 163 pages,
Magic Limited. Includes the Toss Vanish of a Thimble, using the
Biro, Pete: Pete
Biro Lecture No. 1. 4 pages. Includes Pete's Peeper, a
Bobo, J.B. &
J.G. Thompson: Watch This One! 1947, 125
pages, Lloyd Jones. Includes Color Changing Thimble, Thimble
Change Over, Thimble Pop Up, and Exploding Thimble.
Modern Conjuring, 50 Novel Illusions. 1940s, 90
pages, Universal Publications. Includes The Thimble Trick.
Geoffrey: It's Easier Than You Think. 1952,
192 pages. Includes a chapter on Thimble Magic. This book was
later reprinted as three separate volumes, of which volumes 2 and
3 include some thimble magic.
Buckingham, Geoffrey: 1952 It's Easier Than You Think
Vol 2. 1952, 74 pages. Includes the chapter on
Buckingham, Geoffrey: 1952 It's Easier Than You Think,
Vol 3. 1952/1970, 74 pages. Includes several
Clucas: Hundred Best Tricks. 1930's, 250
pages, Hutchinson & Co., Ltd. Includes the Penetrating Thimble
The Book of Secrets. 2002, 369 pages, Carney Magic.
Includes Thimble Collection, a routine with extensive explanation
of the sleights
Hereward: Magic For Everyone. 1942, 138 pages,
World Publishing Co. Includes The Flying Thimble
Caveny, Mike: Magicomedy. Contains
a thimble act, signed bill in cigar, and more
Milbourne: Conjuring With Christopher. 1949,
72 pages, Holden's Magic Shops. Includes "A New Thimble Routine".
Milbourne & Hen Festch. Magic at Your Fingertips.
1947, 46 pages, Maryland Magic Studio. Includes Thimble Catch and
Four Thimble Vanish
React. 1994, 105 pages, Hades Publications. Includes
Thimble On Your Finger.
The Close-Up Magic of Daniel Cros. 1983, 16 pages.
Includes a Thimble Routine.
Darbyshire, Lydia (ed): The Magic Book. 1997,
224 pages, Quintet Publishing Ltd. Includes some simple
productions & vanishes
Session #1. 1980, 26 pages. Includes Ten Seconds With
Jack: Magic of the Masters. 1977, 240 pages,
Hamlyn Publishing Group. Includes a chapter on Magic With Thimbles
Dutt, A.K.: Silk
and Flower Magic. 1995, 26 pages, Sam Dalal. Includes
Fifth Dimension Thimbles (Werry Thimbles)
The Best in Magic (or Magic: 100 New Tricks). 1956,
235 pages, Harper & Bros. Includes Ghost Thimble (John A.M.
Enochs, Lloyd: Master Manipulation of Thimbles, Nice 37
Ottokar: Illustrated Magic. 1931, 206 pages,
Macmillian Company. Under Chapter V Fakes & Gimmicks, includes
a page on Thimble Tricks.
The Eighth Wonder. 1940's, 41 pages. Includes A
Sucker Thimble Effect
For My Next Trick. 1986, 184 pages, Supreme Magic.
Includes Popper Thimble Vanish, Triple Thimble Vanish
Magic Tricks. 1956, 128 pages, Sterling Publishers.
Includes two thimble vanishes and a thimble through handkerchief.
Galloway, Andrew: The Ramsay Legend, the
Magic of John Ramsay. 1969, 62 pages, Goodliffe. Includes two
chapters on thimble magic.
Lewis & Geissler-Werry: A Fantasy in Thimbles -
Werry's Fantastic Thimbles. 1979, 33 pages. Part of
the Ganson Teach-In series
Art of Close Up Magic Volume 1. 1967, 401 pages,
L&L Publishing (1996 reprint); Includes Thimble Box by Bob
Lewis: Dai Vernon Book of Magic. 1957, 239
pages, Harry Stanley. Includes Chapter 22 Paul Rosini's Impromptu
Reelistic Magic. 1961, 66 pages, Harry Stanley.
Includes Thimble Vanish ad Dropped Thimble
Ganson, Lewis: Routined Manipulation Parts I & II.
1950, 251 pages, Harry Stanley. Chapter on Thimble manipulation
includes Wilfred Bader's Thimble Routine, and alternative
Ganson, Lewis: Routined Manipulation Finale. 1954, 255
pages, Harry Stanley. Chapter 19 covers John Lewis' Colour
Lewis: Unconventional Magic. 1956, 60 pages,
Harry Stanley. Includes Frederica's Close Up Thimble Routine.
Martin Gardner Presents. 1993, 424 pages, Kaufman
& Greenberg. Includes Thimble Transposition
Gaultier, Camille: Magic Without Apparatus.
1945, 527 pages, Fleming Book Company. Part Four includes two
chapters on Thimble Magic.
Walter: What's New in Magic. 1956, 222 pages,
Doubleday and Co. Includes Thimble-Thimble (impromptu) and Jumping
Will: Further Exclusive Magical Secrets. 1912,
362 pages. Includes The Magnetic Thimbles, The New Thimble Rigging
Young Conjuror Volume II. 1912, 96 pages, George
Routledge and Sons, Ltd. Includes A Colour-changing Thimble
Grippo, Jimmy: The
Magic of Jimmy Grippo. 1981, 218 pages, G-M
Publications. Includes chapter 5 on Thimbles.
Gross, Henry: Pure
Magic. 1978, 225 pages, Charles Scribener. Includes
Chapter 13 on Thimble Magic.
Hahne, Nelson C.
& Joe Berg: Here's Magic. 1930, 64 pages.
Includes Berg's Color Changing Thimble.
Hay, Henry: Amateur
Magician's Handbook. 1950, 414 pages, Harper &
Row. Chapter 11 is on "Hand Magic with Thimbles", including the
Thumb Palm, Steal Pass, Thimble Changes, and the Multiplying
Hay, Henry: Cyclopedia
of Magic. 1949, 498 pages, David McKay Co. Includes an
article on Thimble Tricks, describing production, multiplying and
Hay, Henry: Learn
Magic. 1947, 281 pages, Perma Giants. Includes Lesson
19 Thimble Magic.
Hilliard, John Northern: Greater Magic. 1938,
1004 pages (original edition). There are actually only a couple of
thimble tricks here - The Tricky Thimble, A Novel
Thimble Vanish, and Thimble Ball.
Professor: Later Magic. 1904, 738 pages,
Dutton & Co. The Flying Thimble, Patriotic Thimble, etc
Rupert Howard Magic Course. 1931,
556 pages. Lesson 12 is Thimble Magic and Watch Tricks.
Jean: Handkerchief Magic. 1974, 85
pages. Includes vanish by the Thimble Palm, & From a
Hugard, Jean: Modern Magic Manual. 1939, 384 pages, Harper & Brothers. Includes Chapter 11, Thimble Thaumaturgy.
Hugard, Jean: Thimble Magic. 1955, 44
pages, Louis Tannen. Nine chapters of thimble
Burling: Bulletin of Latest Sleights and Tricks.
1914, 27 pages, American Magic Corporation. Includes A Unique
Thimble Move, Burling Hull Thimble Production
Ireland, Laurie: Ireland Writes a Book. 1931, 36 pages,
Laurie Ireland. Includes Four Thimble Vanish
Few Jardine Ellis' Secrets. 1925, 32 pages, George
Johnson. Includes Thimble and Wine Glass
Thorton: Ten New Miscellaneous Tricks. 1920,
23 pages. Includes the "full-view" color-changing thimble
Leech; Al: Al
Leech's Legacy. 1980, 125 pages, Magic Inc.
Includes several thimble routines.
Leech, Al: Manipulating
With Leech. 1981, 30 pages, Magic, Inc. Includes
Stoplight Thimbles, Multiplying Thimbles, color changing knives,
cards, and more.
A Real Book About Magic. 1951, 190 pages, Garden City
Books. Reprinted by Dover Publications. Includes a chapter on
Tricks Any Boy Can Do. 1938, 237 pages,
Appleton-Century. Includes the Thimble Palm, Multiplying Thimble,
Magic Lecture. 1995, 18 pages. Thimble Exercise.
Stuff You'll Use. 8 pages. Thimble Vanish.
Harry: Apocalypse Volumes 6-10. 2000, 719
pages, L&L Publications. Includes Thimble Opening by Peter
Samelson, Cigarette from Thimble, and Routine Finale.
Harry: Apocalypse Volumes 11-15. 2001, 719
pages, L&L Publications. Includes Timblast by Hippie Torrales,
a thimble routine.
Adventures of Winston Freer. 2008, PDFs on CD (over
200 pages), Miracle Factory. Includes New Century Thimble Routine.
Koran, Al and Jack Lamonte:
1947. Includes Koran Master Thimble Move, High Speed Visible
Thimble Vanish, Koran's No Steal Thimble Routine
MacCarthy, E. Brian: Slow Sleights. 1934, 20 pages, George Johnson. Includes A "Steal" Thimble Vanish; The "In and Out" Thumb Vanish; and Vanish of Two Thimbles
Majax, Gerard: Magie Des Close Up. 1979.
Thimble Magic. French & English text.
Mardo, Senor: Routined
Magic. 1945, 29 pages, Max Holden. Includes a
thimble routine (1 to 4 with streamer climax), and a thimble
acquitment, plus much more magic.
Miller, Gordon (editor):
Tops Treasury of Thimble Magic
(Abbott's). Reprint of Duke Stern's Latest Thimble Magic,
John Goodrum's Lessons in Thimble Magic, and a collection of
thimble magic from the pages of Tops and New Tops magazine. 197
Ouellet, Gary: Close Up
Illusions. 1990, 350 pages, Camirand Academy of
Magic. Includes the Impossible Thimble Vanish & The New Wave
Ouellet, Gary: Classy Close Up Lecture Notes.
1980, 14 pages, Camirand Academy of Magic. Includes
impossible thimble vanish
Patrick: Big Book of Magic. 1976, 304
pages, Doubleday. Includes chapter 8 Thimble Manipulation.
Patrick: Patrick's Pages of Magic. 1976, 33
pages, Magic, Inc. Al Koran Thimble Routine - climax only for an 8
Magician's Only. 1944, 121 pages. Includes Thimble
Trickery and The Trouble With Thimbles.
Robert & John Goodrum: You'd Be Surprised.
1963, 66 pages. Includes a chapter on Thimble Magic.
Mike: Complete Mike Rogers. 1975, 250 pages,
Magic, Inc. Includes Multi-thimble Vanish at the Table.
T.: Sleight of Hand. 1877, 400 pages, Upcott
Gill. Includes Devant's Thimble Palm.
A.: CIGAM. 1931, 62 pages. Includes
Penetrating Thimble and Passe Thimbles.
& Mechanics: Magic
Handbook. 1961, 152 pages. Nimble Thimble (thru
Magic Hits. 1937, 20 pages, George Johnson. Thimble
Sewell, Len J.:
Magi Magic. 1940 Magic Wand Pub. Co. Includes
Patriotic Thimbles and Twentieth Century Thimbles
Ellis: Conjuring for Amateurs. 1897, 122
pages, L. Upcott Gill. Includes The Ubiquitous Thimble
Stern, Duke: Latest Thimble Magic: also reprinted in Tops Treasury of Thimble Magic, and included in the Nimble Thimble set.
Stiles, Kirk: Thimbles With a Light Touch. 1971, 33 pages, Micky Hades Enterprises. A good book of Thimble magic.
Tarbell, Harlan: Course In Magic Vol 4 1927, 416 pages,
Tannen Magic. Lesson 47 is on Thimble Magic. Includes a thimble
routine, palms, a Thimble Act Routine, Miser's Dream with
Thimbles, and some vanishes
Tarbell, Harlan: Course In Magic Vol 5 1927, 417 pages,
Tannen Magic. Includes Bob Ellis' Thimble Production.
Tarr, Bill: Now
You See It Now You Don't 1976, 224 pages, Vintage
Books. Includes thimble palming, gimmicks, vanish and the jumping
200 Tricks You Can Do 1926, 200 pages, George Sully
& Col. Includes chapter 16 on Thimble Tricks.
Howard: 400 Tricks You Can Do. 1940, 240
pages, Blue Ribbon Books. Includes the Thimble Tricks from 200
Tricks book plus more.
Elsden, Teach Your Self Magic (Originally
printed as Conjuring). 1956, 182 pages, Emerson Books.
Includes chapter 9 on Thimble and Cigarette Tricks
Edward: Further Magic of the Hands. 1946, 113
pages. Includes an impromptu handkerchief and thimble routine, and
a palming routine using a thimble.
Victor, Edward: Magic of the Hands.
1937, 112 pages. Includes Chapter Four Thimble Sleights.
Magic of the Hands. 1938, 133 pages.Includes "Pop"
thimble vanish, with an audible convincer.
Wiersbe, Warren: Tantalizing Thimbles. 1948, 40 pages. Vanishes, color changes, and tricks.
Willane: Complete Methods for Miracles
(edited by Rae Hammond). 1985, 246 pages, L. Davenport.
This is a collection of the previously released Willane's Methods
for Miracles, released in 14 volumes. Volume 13 Thimble
Manipulation was originally released in 1954
Phillip: James P. Ryan Bar Magic. 1977, 17
pages. Includes Thimble Fun!, thimble routine with a hat
Now-U-C-It Now-U-Don't. 1990, 47 pages, Meir Yedid
Magic. Includes a Thimble Production.
Buckingham, Geoffrey: The Magic and Manipulation of
Geoffrey Buckingham DVD. L&L Publishing. Includes
Single Thimble Silk Penetration; Multiple Thimble Silk
Penetration; Thimble Thumb Palm; Multiple Thimble Palms; The
Simple Thimble Holder;
Buckingham, Geoffrey: Videonics #01 Buckingham Vol 1. Coins, handkerchiefs, and thimbles.
Burt, Brad: Basics of Expert Billiard Ball and
Flip: Very Best of Flip Volume 5, Flip-pical Parlour Magic - Part One. DVD, L&L Publishing. Includes thimble routine
HotTrix: White & Rainbow Movie: Video
accompany Automatic Thimbles from Creative Enterprises.
Majax: Greater Magic Video #48, The Magic
of France. Includes Majax Fantasy with Thimbles
McBride, Jeff: World Class Manipulation Volume 1
L&L Publishing. Includes a section on Thimbles: Finger &
Thimble Magic; Types of Thimbles to Use; Basic Vanish &
Reproduction; Thumb Palm; Downs Palm; Retention Vanish; Basic
Acquitment; Repeat Thimble Production; Finger Switch Technique;
Confidence & Practice; Pinky-Dinky-Doo Vanish; Over-the-Top
Vanish; Thumb Vanish; Costume, Props & Backdrops; In The
Mouth!; The Pop-2 Versions; Repeat to Pocket; Jumbo Finale; Simple
Flash Four Production; Infinite Thimble Routine; Silk Vanish;
Thimbalistic (Bobby Baxter)
McBride, Jeff: World Class Manipulation Volume 3 L&L Publishing. Thimbles section includes Thimble Rigger; Twinkle Vanish; Martineau's Thumb Transfer; Dexterity Exercises; Mogar's Explosion Move; An 8 Thimble Routine; Jumping Thimbles; Holders, Steals & Misdirection;
Ogawa, Shoot: Shoot In Hollywood DVD.
Includes Performance Only of a manipulative routine with thimbles.
Ogawa, Shoot: Busters 3 Techniques of Magic DVD presented by Wizards' Inn. Dedicated to Magic Technique. Includes Shoot's Thimble Routine (some overlap with the one performed on "Shoot in Hollywood")
Page, Patrick: London Stage Lecture video.
Billiard Ball Vanishes, Thimble Vanishes & Manipulations, The
Art of Topit, The Miser's Dream, The Bare Hand Flower Production,
The Art of Misdirection
Page, Patrick: Secret Seminar of Magic with Pat Page,
Volume 6. Includes Page’s Phallic Thimbles.
Page, Patrick: Super Tricks Video: Over 24 routines, effects, sleights & ideas including: The Auto Force Deck, Behind Your Back, The False Shuffle, The Riffle Shuffle (False), Gimmicks Old and Rare, Coins to Handkerchief, My Drink Trick (performance only), Prof. Missing Ball Production, Thumb Tips I Have Known, Bill, Silk & Thumb Tip, Snip Snip Coin Trick, Some Trick Decks (My Nudist Deck Routine, The Optica Deck, Svengali Two Way Forcing Deck), The Diminishing Handkerchief, More Rare Gimmicks, Page's Phallic Thimbles, Card Fans & Deck Vanish, Variation on a Theme, The Everlasting Cut & Restored Rope Trick, My First Coin Trick, Any Card Called For, Animated Handkerchief, The Rough and Smooth Deck (perf only), The Mene Tekel Deck (perf only), A Coin Vanish, Pat Talks About Magic Today, Impromptu Haunted Deck
Shereidan, Jeff: Genius at Work, Volume 4 DVD.
Stand-Up Stunners. Thimbles manipulative interlude
Shimada: Greater Magic Library V3. Thimbles, card fans, card productions, billiard balls
Skinner, Michael: The Legendary Repertoire of Michael Skinner Volume 1. Performance only video in non-studio setting. Includes Rosini Thimbles
Funtime Magic: Nested Thimble Pairs (India): Two nested thimble pairs (4 thimbles total). Comes with routines.
Fakini: Thimbles. Made of high quality silicone with unique fluted design for ease in palming and manipulation. Set of five thimbles, four of one color and one of a contrasting color. No routine included. Specify colors: Red, white, green, yellow, blue, or orange.
HotTrix: Automatic Thimbles. Plastic thimbles set in glow-in-the-dark white or rainbow. These are nesting thimbles. A video is also available.
Magic Effex: Maxi-Thimble. A normal sized thimble is displayed and visibily transforms it into a giant thimble. Maxi-Thimbles are 300% larger than the standard thimbles used and works with many different brands. Comes Complete With One Normal Size Thimble And The Maxi-Thimble Gimmick Made From Precision-Crafted Plastic. Available in Blue, White, Red, Yellow and Green.
Mogar, Joe: Manipulative Thimbles. Sets of 15 (5 each three colors) Polystyrene. Thimbles are knurled for good grip. As featured in "Digital Effects" (click for image: Mogar Thimbles)
Porper, Joe: Porper Thimble Set. Brass
thimbles with perfectly machined matching shells. Come in a
beautifully made wooden display case.
Radtke, Frank: Radtke Thimbles. Made of a latex type subtance that makes them very easy to use.
Royal Magic: Nimble Thimbles by Duke Stern and Ken Decourcy. Set of 7 nesting pairs of smooth plastic thimbles, known as "Werry" thimbles. Set comes with 4 pairs of white and three pairs of blue, yellow, and red thimbles. Includes an excellent 20pg booklet with a reprint of Duke Stern's Latest Thimble Magic and additional material specifically for nesting thimbles by Ken Decourcy. (click for image: Nimble Thimbles)
Scanlan, Jeff: Universal Thimble Set. Painted wooden thimbles. 8 red, three colored, two holders, and a booklet of basic instructions.
Vernet: Thimbles. Set of 8 pairs of smooth plastic nesting thimbles. Comes with 4 pairs of white, and 4 pairs in blue, yellow, red, and green thimbles. Similar to Nimble Thimbles. Nice routine booklet. Also available in 8 thimble silver set. (click for image: Vernet Thimbles)