Up His Sleeve - Original Creation for Magicians Hitherto Kept
Waller, Charles
F.G. Thayer (1920)
In Collection
Magic tricks
USA  eng
Waller, Charles: Up His Sleeve
©1920 F.G. Thayer, Los Angeles, CA
Hardcover, 86 pages

Abebooks Pprice range 50.00 - 224.00

Comments: "Original Creation for Magicians, Hitherto Kept "Up His Sleeve""


4 Publisher's Note
7 Introduction

8 Perverse Magic: magic happens despite the magician
8 - The Cantankerous Handkerchief
9 - The Golliwog Ball
10 - The Impish Card
12 The Secret Tube: device
12 - The Growth of Flowers
17 Nest of Boxes: borrowed ring to nest of boxes
20 The Rising Cards
23 The Mountain of Flags: fan production
30 A Four Ace Climax: showy finish
32 The "Turn-Over" Force: Force a number of cards
33 The Rainbow Force: a classic force
34 Full or Empty: a monte style effect with match boxes
35 The Big Production: production of objects from a cloth
37 - A Basket of Flowers
38 - The Big Bowl
39 The Fourth Dimension: a card revelation
41 Charlie Chaplin and Spooky Ookum: a Thayer item routine
44 The Utility Fans: ideas for silk tricks with flexible plaited fans
46 The Candle That Was: vanishing candle
49 The Garden of Long Ago: spirit paintings and a romance story
54 An April Shower: umbrella opener
58 The Leaky Bag: cannon ball penetrates a bag
59 The Floating Ball of Paper: for parlor
62 A Japanese Idyll: juggling feat with magic
66 The Bookworm: card and book test
69 A Patriot's Dovecote: dove vanishes and appears in a box
72 The Crystal Dyeing Tube: silk changes color as passed through a clear tube
75 A Bottle and Orange Mystery: bottle and orange transpose when covered by cylinders
78 The Turnstile: black art illusion
81 Silk Stockings: a double lady appearance from a box
83 The Screen of Life: another assistant production


Los Angeles, F.G. Thayer. 1920, 1920. 8vo. Publisher's dark green cloth with gilt title to upper board, marbled endpapers. Some black and white illustrations throughout, bookplate from former owner. Slight wear to top and tail of spine, boards show some use. A very good copy. Hardcover, 86pp with illustrations. Original magic from one of Australian's top thinkers.

An early magical text on the nature of sleight of hand tricks by the great Australian magician Charles Waller (real name William George Alma).

The first Australian IBM ring was named after him.

Product Details
No. of Pages 86
First Edition Yes
Rare Yes
Personal Details
Read It No
Location Magic Library (Home) Shelf Top
Condition Very Fine
Owner Bryan-Keith Taylor
Charles Waller

Charles Gordon Waller
December 08, 1879

May 30, 1960 (age 80)

Charles Waller (December 8, 1879 - May 30, 1960), born in Australia, was a businessman, amateur magician and author.

Waller met Levante in 1912 and became friends. He contributed articles to Magic Mirror, Thayer's Magical Bulletin, Magic Wand, The Sphinx, The Linking Ring and Genii.[1]. Australia's first I.B.M. Ring in Melbourne, no. 84, was named the Charles Waller Ring in his honor.

Up His Sleeve (1920)
For Magicians Only (1924)
Waller's Wonders (1926)
Magic from Below (1929)
Happy Magic (1932)
Magical Nights at the Theatre (1980)

1. The Life Story of Charles Waller by himself in Linking Ring July, 1928.


Will Alma (November 4, 1904 - May 6, 1993),

born Oswald George William Bishop in Melbourne, Australia, was described in March 1987 issue of The Linking Ring as "Australia's most famous magician" and "a successful club and vaudeville magician, manufacturer and dealer, teacher of magic, editor and publisher of conjuring periodicals, a writer and outstanding collector of magicana."

Alma's father was, Oswald Henry Bishop, a tinsmith by trade, but also performed professionally as "Alma, the Court Magician" and his mother, Rose, who was Australia's first "floating lady" in 1903.

Alma began doing magic against his family's wishes, studying David Devant's book Magic Made Easy (1903) while working at engineering firms (which helped him develop the skills in constructing apparatus). His father however deserted his them in 1913, making his way to American Samoa and finally settling in Hawaii.

From 1926 to 1931, Alma was touring country towns with his own illusion show.

In 1927 he married his dancing partner, Florence Stemming, but they eventually were divorced in 1947.

Alma was associated with the Will Andrade magic shops in Melbourne and Sydney before starting the Will Alma Magical Co., manufacturing equipment in the 1930s.

During 1940, Alma joined the Great Levante as adviser and technician in Australia.

From 1945 to 1948, Alma was chief mechanic for the Tivoli theatre in Melbourne and entertained troops at U.S.O. shows in Queensland.

In 1953 he married his second wife, Eileen Margaret Hastings, who remained his beloved wife, his closest friend and ally until her death in 1988.

During the Korean war, he performed for the troops along the 38th parallel, followed by engagements in North Borneo, Tokyo, Manila and Hong Kong.

From 1967, Alma devoted himself to collecting, acquiring more than 2,500 conjuring books, some 8,000 magazines, 1,500 photos, posters, scrap books, programs and cassettes. He donated it all to the State Library of Victoria where it is to be kept in a special area known as "The W. G. Alma Conjuring Collection".[1][2][3][4][5]

Honors and Awards
1958 was elevated to Member of the Inner Magic Circle with Gold Star.
1989, Presidential Citation from International I.B.M. President Edward Morris in recognition of his services to the Art of Magic.
1991, the Medal of the Order of Australia in the Queen's Birthday Honors for his services to magic.

1. http://www.slv.vic.gov.au/about/news/focus_on/alma.html
2. Obituary Magic Circular, Vol. 87, 1993 page 99
3. http://calisto.slv.vic.gov.au/latrobejournal/issue/latrobe-74/t1-g-t3.html
4. Obituary Linking Ring, July 1993.
5. Obituary Genii 1993 July