Victor, Edward: Magic of the Hands
©1937 circa 1st Edition;
©1942 Max Holden edition
Softcover, stapled, 117 pages
Victor, Edward: More Magic of the Hands
©1938 (circa) 1st Ed; Printed in the U.K. by L. Davenport & Co.
Softcover, saddle-stitched, 133 pages
©1942 (circa) Max Holden edition
Softcover, 133 pages
These two books, feature a variety of suprising and well explained magical effects and sleight-of-hand with cards, silks, billiard balls, ropes, slates, thimbles, coins, gloves, penknives, matchboxes, chinese rings, and more! "The Magic of the Hands" is 117 pages long. "More Magic of the Hands" is the companion novel to "The Magic of the Hands", and is 132 pages long. Both novels feature black and white illustrations throughout and include one black and white illustration before the title page of each.
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Magic of the Hands:
1 Chapter 1: Some Useful Card Sleights I Have Proved Effective
2 The Pass
2 The E.V. Colour Change
4 The E.V. Invisible Double Lift
6 The New "Glide"
7 A One Hand Force: using a reversed bottom card
9 The "Book" Return: a control to bring center card to top
10 Sighting the Top Cards [Albert Verity]: a glimpse
11 A Substitute for the "In-Jog" [Albert Verity]
13 Chapter II Card Problems
14 Supreme Control: Impromptu effect. 8 cards are selected by 8 different spectators, and each is revealed in a different manner
19 The Expert Deal: Impromptu effect, a gambling or dealing demonstration using the 4 Aces and ending in a high straight
22 A Royal Exchange: a transposition of two cards in two separate glasses
27 Sign, Please!: Not-impromptu. a selection is placed between two deuces. Another card is signed and placed in the performer's pocket. The card sandwich is lost in the middle of the deck. When dealt, the selection is found to have transposed with the signed card
29 The "Deo-Ace" Trick: The deuces are dealt to the table, and the Aces layed aside. A card is chosen and returned to the deck. The Aces are returned to the deck, then dealt face down on the deuces. The suit of the selection is requested, and each of the other Aces are turned up. The final Ace is turned up, and found to have become the selection
32 The Thirty Card Trick (or "Cards from Pocket to Pocket"): a portion of cards pass from one spectator's pocket to another's
34 Chapter III Conjuring With Coins
34 A Silver Collection. As performed at Maskelyne's Theatre. Several coins are produced from the air and magically transfer to a glass held in the opposite hand
38 A Vanish for One or More Coins: sort of a "retention of vision" vanish
40 The Changing Coin: a "Spellbound" type effect with copper and silver coins
43 Chapter IV Handkerchief Magic
44 The "Super" Sympathetic Silks: a version of the sympathetic silks for the stage
50 Chapter V Billiard Ball Sleights
50 A Few Words on "Angles"
51 The "Direct Palm" Vanish
52 The "Throw-Up" Vanish: not as gross as it sounds
53 The "Push-In" Vanish
53 An Elbow Vanish
54 An Original Colour-Change
56 A Continuous Ball Production
58 Chapter VI Thimble Sleights
58 The Hopping Thimble: from finger to finger to finger
59 The "Little Finger" Sleight: getting the thimble to the pinky during multiplying thimbles
60 A "Slow Motion" Disappearance
62 A Triple Colour Change
64 A Sleight With Four Thimbles: four thimbles travel from one hand to the other
65 A New and Original Thimble Holder: how to make and use it
67 Chapter VII Cigarette and Cigar Sleights: note, many are also useful for color changing knife magic
68 The "Closed Fist" Vanish: useful
69 The "Pull-Out" Vanish
70 The "Thumb-Pivot" Vanish
70 The "Finger-Clip" Vanish
71 Method of Producing a Cigarette or Cigar at the Fintertips from the Palm
72 A Change Over Palm
72 Changing a Cigarette Into a Cigar (Sleight of Hand Method)
74 The Magnetic Cigar: clings to the performer's hand
75 Cigar to Money: a cigar changes into 4 pennies
76 The Diminishing Cigar: a gimmicked Cigar shrinks
77 Chapter VIII My Rope Trick
78 My Rope Trick. An Original Cut and Restored Rope Mystery. This is a well-done multi-phase cut and restored rope that ends in an examinable rope for the audience
94 Chapter IX An Idea for Slates
94 A Novel Production of Names and Drawings on Two Ordinary Slates: a method to eliminate the need of flapped slates, using ribbon to conceal the mystery writing
99 Chapter X Miscellaneous Magic
100 Visiting. An Impromptu Effect With Four Borrowed Visiting Cards: A matrix type effect with borrowed business cards.
102 The Cigarerette Paper Effect: torn and restored cigarette paper
106 A Match Divination: the performer's matchbox is shaken to compare with the number of matches found in a spectator's matchbox and the total number is revealed
107 A Novel Matchbox Transposition: a number of coins in one matchbox travel to another
109 A Useful Tip: using a cut-down matchbox
110 L'Envoi [Edward Victor]: end note
111 Ad for "More Magic of the Hands"
112 Ad for Anneman's "En Rapport" and "Complete One Man Mental and Psychic Routine"
More Magic of the Hands:
1 Table of Contents
2 Author's Foreword
3 Chapter I: Further Card Sleights and Their Uses
3 The "Pass" Again: two handed pass keeping bottom portion intact
4 The Kings and Tens: transposition of Kings and Tens using above
5 The E.V. Semi-Circular Colour Change
7 A Color Change Card Effect: a card instantly changes to the selection
9 Method of Reversing the Bottom Card
11 A Move for the "Rising Cards" (Sleight of Hand Method)
12 "Face to Face" Pack Effects: Deck is cut in half and two packets are placed face to face, then right themselves. Two methods provided
17 A "Fan" Card Change: a single card change
19 A "Quick" Reversed Card Trick: a chosen card reverses itself twice (uses above change)
21 A False "Riffle Shuffle"
26 Chapter II
26 The Cards and Handkerchief Effect: four cards penetrate a handkerchief
31 The Four Mental Cards: four cards are taken from the deck and one selected. They are replaced and mixed in the deck. The chosen card is stated, and the magician immediately removes it from the deck
35 The Sense of Touch: a glimpse with an appropriate card effect described
38 The Magnetized Cards (Sleight of Hand Method): an interesting stunt in which half the deck can appear to be mysteriously adhered to the palm in a fanned out condition
44 Chapter III:
44 A Restored Tape and Ring Effect. Introducing a Novel Principle: a length of ribbon or tape has a spectator's ring tied to the bottom. It is cut in the middle, and the ends are tied. The spectator pulls his ring, and the ribbon is restored. The ring must be untied to be removed.
54 Chapter IV
54 The Chinese Rings. Author's Original Method of Presentation: Each ring is examined early, the "key" not being used until later in the routine. Two, three, four, then five rings are linked and examined. They are then taken back and several are unlinked. A ring is released from a handkerchief, rings are re-linked, and finally all are linked to a single ring.Uses a set of 9 rings: the basic 8 ring set plus an additional single ring. Also uses a shallow tray, and a 1 yard square silk.
57 Move 1: Linking Two Rings
58 Move 2: Linking Three Rings
60 Move 3: Unlinking Three Rings
64 Move 4: Matter Through Matter
66 Move 5: "Do As I Do"
67 Move 6: Linking Five Rings
68 Move 7: The Travelling Ring
69 Move 8: A Bunch of Keys
71 Chapter V: Handkerchief Section
71 Dying By Wireless (presented at St. George's Hall, London): a white silk is changed to various colors by use of a "wireless" electronic box. Finally, a rainbow silk is dyed. Explains an electrical device that would be much easier to build today than in the 1930's!
82 Chapter VI: Billiard Ball Section
82 An Effective Vanish and Recover
84 A Comedy Ball Move: a gimmicked ball allows for a rapid re-appearance. Includes a routine for the production of four billiard balls
87 A "Passe-Passe" Billiard Ball Effect: an approach to the color billard ball transposition using a silk and a candlestick holder
91 Chapter VII: Cigar Section
92 Production of Cigars from a Purse: gimmicked purse
94 Series of Sleights and Moves for the Production of Four Cigars: a discussion of wooden cigars
94 Move 1: Production of the First Cigar
97 Move 2: Production of the Second Cigar
98 Move 3: Production of the Third Cigar
99 Move 4: Production of the Fourth Cigar
104 Chapter VIII: Miscellaneous Section
104 A Vanishing Glove Effect: an opener. The first glove is merely touched and it vanishes. The 2nd is removed, tossed up, and vanishes.
107 The "Pop" Thimble Vanish: deceives the ear as well
108 An Original Coin Production: a Miser's Dream effect; coins are produced at the extreme fingertips
112 The "Rainbow" Penknife: a color changing knife routine. White knife changes to blue, then back. It vanishes, and is removed from the pocket. It is wrapped in red tissue, where it turns red. It is changed back to white. It is wrapped again, but now vanishes, again to be removed from the pocket. The white knife now turns green. It is stroked with a white handkerchief where it becomes white again, and can be examined. Requires 1 regular knife, three gimmicked knives, red tissue paper, a handkerchief, and a special holder is described.
122 A "Matter-Thro'-Matter" Penknife Effect: a knife penetrates a handkerchief, the handkerchief is unharmed
127 An Impromptu Knife and Salt Trick: a simple dinner table trick utilizing the paddle move with a butter knife
129 The Flying Salt: salt is poured into the left hand, where it proceeds to pass into the right
131 A Word on Tables: use only a few tables, and some tips
133 Ad for Magic of the Hands!
British magician (born Edward Victor Neuschwander) who specialized in card manipulation and hand shadows. Author of several magic books and manufacturer of the world's smallest magic kit, called 20 Tricks in a Matchbox. Many of his magic creations inspired later variationa and adaptations. His creations include the famous Eleven-Card Trick, which inspired Dai Vernon's Spellbound. Victor's sleights inspired Tilt, Convincing Control and many others.
Wrote: Magic Of The Hands Trilogy, Classic Card Tricks