Secrets Of The Conjurer's Craft
Will Dexter
Abbey Library (c1960)
In Collection
Magic tricks
Great Britain  eng
Dexter, Will: Secrets Of The Conjurer's Craft
©1960 1st Edition,
Published by The Abbey Library, London
Hardcover, 141 pages

Comments: An interesting book by Will Dexter, providing not the typical secrets of how tricks are done, but rather information on the magic community, such as Magic Societies, top performers, Magic shop, books, and more! A good read, though of course a bit dated today.


7 Introduction
9 Overture and Beginners Please!
11 And It Wasn't Up His Sleeve At All!
15 This is an Amateur's World!
18 So You Want to Be a Magician?
35 A Mindreader, Eh?
47 A Full Hand of Clubs
51 Meet the Magic Circle
63 The International Brotherhood Of Magician's
71 These Are Names to Conjure With
82 Top of the Bill
98 They Make the Magic
107 The Books of Magic
114 The Ephemera of Mystery
125 Glossary of Conjuring Terms
132 Magical Societies
139 Manufacturers and Suppliers of Magical Apparatus
141 Magical Periodicals

Product Details
No. of Pages 144
First Edition Yes
Personal Details
Read It No
Location Magic Library (Home) Shelf F
Condition Very Fine
Owner Bryan-Keith Taylor
London: Abbey. Good/No DJ. Hard Cover. Lge 8vo No date circa 1960s. Black cloth, gilt title to spine. No ownership inscription. B/w illustrations. 144 pages clean and tight. Contents: - THE SECRET FROM THE TOMB . . THE CUPS AND BALLS..ORACLES AND ROBOTS..ITS ALL DONE WITH MIRRORS . . THE LADY VANISHES.. THE TRICK THAT NEVER WAS .. SAWING A WOMAN IN HALF.. THE LEGEND OF HOUDINI. .. . MARKED CARDS.. THE FOUR ACES OF CARD MAGIC . .


Will Dexter
Born William Thomas Pritchard
September 13, 1906
St. Annes-on-Sea, England
Died November 05, 1985 (age 79)
St. Annes-on-Sea, England

Will Dexter (1906 - 1985) was a close-up worker, mentalist and writer.

Born William Thomas Pritchard in England, Dexter was a professional journalist who started in 1928. His duties were interrupted by World War II, in which he was later discharged as a Captain in 1945. He served as an editor for number of newspapers, and later as Editor and Publisher with Public Relations Industrial, London until his retirement in 1969.

In retirement, he became a Daily Telegraph crossword compiler.

He ghosted several books for Robert Harbin.

Dexter was a member of the Magic Circle, the British Ring, East Kent Magical Society, Nottingham Guild of Magicians and an Honorary Life Member of the Blackpool Magicians' Club.[1][2]

Challenge Memory Test (1953)
Identity Parade (1954)
Famous Magic Secrets (1955)
The Riddle of Chung Ling Soo (1955)
101 Magic Secrets (1955)
Sealed Vision (1956)
This is Magic (1956)
Everybody's Book of Magic (1956)
Feature Magic for Mentalists (1975)
Original Routines for a Forcing Pad (1975)
A Little Magic Among Friends (1981)
The Uncanny Power (1981)
The Tarot Reader (1981)
The Astro Reader (1981)
How to be a Wizard (1957)

Genii Magazine, Vol. 49, N0. 7, January 1986, Will Dexter, by Eddie Dawes, page 471
Obit Magicol No. 78 (February 1986)
The Magic Circular, Vol. 79, No. 861, December 1985, WILL DEXTER, by Eddie Dawes, page 494
The Linking Ring, Vol. 66, No. 3, March 1986, Broken Wand, WILL DEXTER, page 111
The Magic Circular, Vol. 102, No. 1105, August 2008, A rich cabinet of magical curiosities, by Edwin A. Dawes - 358. Will Dexter: The Busy Nineteen-Fifties and Sixties, page 236
The Magic Circular, Vol. 102, No. 1106, September 2008, A rich cabinet of magical curiosities, by Edwin A. Dawes - 359. Will Dexter: The Final Years and Return to St Anne's, page 276