Encyclopedia Of Mind Reading - or Fifty Sealed Message Reading Methods
Burling Hull
Stage Magic (1944)
In Collection
USA  eng
Hull, Burling: Fifty Sealed Message Reading Methods
©1944 Published by Stage Magic, Woodside, LI, NY
Hardcover, 56 pages


Contents (numbers are not page numbers)

1 Section One for Stage Use Using Assistants
1 Stage Mind Reading: The Introductory Lecture
2 Method One - Hold Out
3 Method Two - Box
4 Method Three - Basket
5 Method Four - Switch
6 Method Five - Collection
7 Method Six - Brass Ball
8 Method Seven - Mirror Ball
9 Method Eight - Bag Idea
10 Method Nine - Communicate
11 Method Ten - Wireless
12 Method Eleven - Direct
13 Method Twelve - Metal Ball
14 Method Thirteen - Stand
15 Method Fourteen - Rollers
16 Method Fifteen - Projector
17 Method Sixteen - Blackboard
18 Method Seventeen - Sleeve
19 Method Eighteen - Water
20 Method Nineteen - Faro Box
21 Method Twenty - Lead-off
22 Method Twenty-a - Chicago Ball
23 Method Twenty-one - Eureka Idea
24 Method Twenty-two - Hull's
25 Method Twenty-three - De Luxe Question Transmitter
26 Method Twenty-four - Super Stage Method Mind Reading Act

27 Complete Acts and Systems for Club, Banquet And Parlor
28 No. 25 Hull Sealed Readings
29 No. 26 Mind Devination
30 No. 27 Puhl's Reading Supreme
31 No. 28 Unique Question Act
32 No. 29 Envelope Stylus Act
33 No. 30 Hull Tray Reading Act
34 No. 31 Envelope Package Reading
35 No. 32 Book Reading Method
36 No. 33 Gysels Envelope Pile

37 Miscellaneous Methods for Close Work and Club Acts
38 No. 34 Hull Sheet Readings
39 No. 35 Reado Method System
40 No. 36 $25 Sealed Test
41 No. 37 Mens Revelo Test
42 No. 38 Burling Hull Test
43 No. 39 The Fay Readings
44 No. 40 Hull's Club Stationary

45 Clairvoyant Type Readings for Close Work
46 No. 41 Sealed and Burned
47 No. 42 Hull Box and Ashes
48 No. 43 Hull Folded Billet
49 No. 44 Envelope Reading
50 No. 45 Dark séance
51 No. 46 Dr. Q. Readings
52 No. 47 Writing-table
53 No. 48 Wood-board Method
54 No. 49 Cardboard Clipboards
55 No. 50 HULL-Poole Universal Reading Act

Product Details
No. of Pages 56
First Edition Yes
Personal Details
Read It No
Location Magic Library (Home) Shelf M
Condition Very Fine
Owner Bryan-Keith Taylor
Burling "Volta" Hull was an expert manipulator, mentalist, escape artist, illusionist, night-club performer, TV pioneer, and master marketer.

Burling Hull (September 9 1889 - November 1982) (alias "Volta, "Volta the Great", and "The White Wizard" ) was an inventive magician, self-styled "the Edison of magic," specializing in mentalist and psychic effects. During the greater part of his life he lived in DeLand, Florida.

In his earlier years he performed a skillful manipulation act, making billiard balls and silks vanish, multiply and reappear, while dressed entirely in white. [1]

Hull claimed to be -- and is generally credited as -- the inventor of the Svengali deck of cards, which he patented in 1909. He was a prolific writer, with 52 published books to his name. He wrote on a wide variety of magical subjects, including card tricks, mentalism, escapes, razor blade swallowing, sightless vision, billiard ball manipulation, silk magic, publicity and showmanship. His 33 Rope Ties and Chain Releases, written in 1915, is still popular today.

A shrewd businessman and marketer, Hull not only produced many titles about magical effects, he gave talks to magic conventions on business methods for entertainers. He was active in the movement to protect magic trade secrets by both patent on the gimmicks and copyright on the texts, as applicable, but he undercut his own ethical stance against plagiarism by publishing secret material from other magicians who had stolen from him, in order to get revenge for having been plagiarized.

Hull's weighty three-volume Encyclopedic Dictionary of Mentalism, published in 1961, was the largest compilation of mentalism sleights, gimmicks, effects, patter, and illusions in one collection up to that date. This work was also notable as the venue in which Hull carried out his excoriating feud with the equally famous mentalist Robert A. Nelson, whom he accused in print of teaching mentalism to gamblers and racketeers in order that they might commit what Hull called "thievery of the public", and whom he criticised for selling hoodoo folk magic curios that Hull said were used in rituals of "black magic and Devil worship". [2]

In the late 1950s he published a sort of newsletter called The G_d D__n Truth About Magic, mainly for the purpose of criticizing Nelson and supposedly written by one Gideon ("Gid") Dayn, but it didn't take much imagination to know what the first words actually stood for. [1]

In his final years he lost his eyesight, a loss he never learned to accept, and he died at the age of 93 in a nursing home. [1]

1. a b c Francis Marshall in the introduction to a reprint of The G_d D__n Truth About Magic.
2. Hull, Burling. Encyclopedic Dictionary of Mentalism. 1961.