Magician's Own Book
Arnold, George
Dick & Fitzgerald  (1864)
In Collection
Magic tricks
USA  eng
Arnold, George and Frank Cahill: The Magician's Own Book,
or Whole Art of Conjuring
©1864 Dick & Fitzgerald
Hardcover, 362 pages

price range 200 - 400

Comments: "Being a Complete Hand-Book of Parlor Magic, and containing Over One Thousand Optical, Chemical, Mechanical, and Magical Experiments, Amusing Transmutations, Astonishing Sleights and Subtleties, Celebrated Card Deceptions, Ingenius Tricks with Numbers, Curious and Entertaining Puzzles, Together wth All the Most Noted Tricks of Modern Performers, the Whole Illustrated with Over 500 Wood Cuts, and intended as a source of amusement for One Thousand and One Evenings."

The authors of this book are not listed in the book, but are suspected. (see a good article on this by Bill Palmer on The Magic Café:


iii Preface
v Index

1 The Young Conjuror

3 Sleight Of Hand
3 The Flying Dime
4 - Another Method
5 The Beads And Strings
5 To Get A Ring Out Of A Handkerchief
6 To Tie A Knot In A Handkerchief Which Cannot Be Drawn Tight
7 The Three Cups
8 To Tie A Handkerchief Round Your Leg, And Get It Off Without Untying The Knot
8 The Magic Bond Tc
8 The Old" Man And His Chair
10 To Tie A Knot On The Left Wrist, With-Out Letting The Right Hand Approach It
11 The Magic Handcuffs
11 To Pull A String Through Your Button-Hole
12 The Cut Strig Restored
12 The Gordian Knot
13 The Knot Loosened
13 To Conjure Nuts In Your Ear
14 To Crack Walnuts In Your Elbow
14 To Take Feathers Out Of An Empty Handkerchief
14 The Knotted Handkerchief
16 Houdini's Nut Trick
17 Conjuring A Ring
18 The Erratic Egg
19 The Obedient Dime
19 The Prisoner Released
19 Advantageous Wager
20 The Double Meaning
20 The Three Spoons
20 The Jugglers Joke
21 To Cause Water And Wine To Change Places
21 The Wizard's Wit, Or Is It Possible
21 The Toper's Stratagem
21 The Impossible Omelet
22 New Perpetual Rotary Motion
22 The Miraculous Apple
23 An Omelet Cooked In A Hat
23 The Infallible Prophet
24 Philosophy Cheated
26 The Disappearing Dime
27 The Hat And Die Trick
27 The Penetrative Cents
29 The Doll Trick
30 The Flying Coins
30 The Vanished Half Dime
30 The Restored Document
31 The Magic Rings
32 The Fish And Ink Trick
32 The Hat And Cannon Ball Trick
33 The Dime In The Ball Of Cotton
33 The Egg And Bag Trick
34 The Dancing Egg
34 The Bell And Shot Trick
35 The Burned Handkerchief Restored
35 The Fire Eater
36 The Egg Box Trick
36 The Globe Box Trick
37 The Coffee Trick
38 The Handkerchief Trick
41 The Magic Funnel
41 The Magic Bottle
42 The Bottle Trick
44 The Magic Quarter
44 To Change A Dime To A Quarter
46 Wyman's Gun Trick
46 The Hatched Bird
47 The Apple And Orange Trick
47 A Magician's Box Explained
48 The Enchanted Coin
49 The Mysterious Coin, Or How To Make Dollars Pass Through A Wine Glass, A China Plate, A Table, And Fall Into The Hand
50 The Egyptian Fluids, Or Impossibilities Accomplished
51 The Magician's Snow Ball
52 The Magnetized Cane
52 Wyman's Mode Of Performing The Egg Bag Trick

55 Tricks And Deceptions With Cards
55 To Make The Pass
55 To Tell A Card By Its Back
56 The Card Named Without Being Seen
56 The Card Told By An Opera Glass
58 The Four Kings
58 The Four Accomplices
59 To Tell The Card Thought Of, In A Circle Of Ten
59 To Guess The Card Thought Of
60 To Tell The Number Of Cards By Weight
61 Audacity
61 The Card Found At The Second Guess
61 The Card Found Under The Hat
61 To Call The Cards Out Of The Pack
62 Heads And Tails
62 The Surprise
63 The Revolution
63 The Slipped Card
63 The Nailed Card
64 To Ascertain The Number Of Points On Three Unseen Cards
64 To Tell The Numbers On Two Unseen Cards
64 The Knaves And The Constable
65 The Pairs Repaired
66 The Queens Digging For Diamonds
67 The Triple Deal
67 The Quadruple Deal
67 The Card Discovered By The Touch Or Smell
67 The Ingenious Confederacy
69 Hold It Fast
69 The Charmed Twelve
70 The Trick Of "Thirty-One"
71 To Tell The Names Of The Cards By Their Weight
73 The Cards In The Vase
74 The Metamorphosis
76 To Hold Four Kings, Or Four Knaves In Your Hand, And To Change Them Suddenly Into Blank Cards, And Then To Four Aces
76 To Change A Card In A Person's Hand
77 The Card In The Egg
78 The Fifteen Thousand Lives
79 Hints To Amateurs
80 Cure For Troublesome Spectators
81 The Secret of Ventriloquism

84 The Magic Of Chemistry
84 Sympathetic Or Invisible Inks
85 The Silver Tree
86 Cleopatra's Pearls
86 Wonderful Experiments In Combustion
86 Mimic Rain
87 Marine Illumination
88 The Mimic Explosion
88 The Shower Of Fire
88 The Magical Heat
89 The Magic Lamp
89 Surprising Experiments With Potassium
89 The Water Demon
89 A Flame Produced With Ice
90 The Chemical Chimney Sweep
90 The Magical Illumination
91 The Chemical Chimeleon
92 Crystallizations Of Metals
93 Beauties Of Crystallization
93 To Crystallize Camphor
94 To Do Tin
94 Crystals In Hard Water
94 Varieties Of Crystals
94 A Liquid Changed To A Solid, And Heat From Crystallization
95 Beautiful Experiment
95 A Solid Changed To A Liquid, And Intense Cold From The Liquefaction
95 Masfie Of Heat
96 Sublimation By Heat
96 Heat Passing Through Glass
97 Metals Unequally Influenced By Heat
97 Spontaneous Combustion
97 Inequality Of Heat In Fire Irons
97 Expansion Of Metal By Heat
98 Evaporation Of A Metal
98 A Floating Metal On Fire
98 Ice Melted By Air
98 Splendid Sublimation
98 Magic Inks
99 Chameleon Liquids
99 The Magic Dyes
99 Wine Changed Into Water
100 Two Colorless Transparent Liquids Be-Come Black And Opaque
100 Two Colorless Fluids, Make A Colored One
100 Change Of Color, By Colorless Fluids
100 To Change Blue Liquid To White
100 Veritable "Black" Tea
101 Restoration Of Color By Water
101 Two Liquids Make A Solid
101 Two Solids Make A Liquid
101 A Solid, Opaque Mass, Makes A Transparent Liquid
101 Two Cold Liquids Make A Hot One
102 Quintuple Transmutation
102 The Same Agent May Produce And Destroy Color
102 Union Of Two Metals Without Heat
102 Magic Breath
103 Two Bitters Make A Sweet
103 Visible And Invisible
103 To Form A Liquid Of Two Solids
104 The Spectral Lamp
105 Curious Change Of Colors
105 The Protean Light
105 The Chameleon Flowers
105 To Change The Colors Of Flowers
106 Changes Of The Poppy
106 Changes Of The Rose
106 Light Changing White Into Black
106 The Visibly Growing Acorn
107 Colored Flames
107 Orange Colored Flame
107 Emerald Green Flame
107 Instantaneous Flame
108 To Cool Flume By Metal
108 Proof That Flame Is Hollow
108 To Hold A Hot Tea Kettle On The Hand
108 Incombustible Linen
108 The Burning Circle
109 Water Of Different Temperatures In The Same Vessel
109 Warmth Of Different Colors
109 Substitute For Fire
109 Laughing Gas
110 Flame From Cold Metals
110 Phosphorus In Chlorine
111 Magic Vapor
111 Gas From The Union Of Metals
111 Camphor Sublimated By Flame
111 Green Fire
112 Brilliant Red Fire
112 Purple Fire
112 Silver Fire
112 Fiery Fountain
112 Cumbustion Without Flame
113 Combustion Of Three Metals
113 To Make Paper Apparently Incombustible
113 Heat Not To Be Estimated By Touch
113 Flame Upon Water
113 Rose Colored Flame Upon Water
114 To Set A Mixture On Fire By Water
114 Waves Of Fire On Water
114 Water From The Flame Of A Candle
114 Porniation Of "Water By Fire"
114 Boiling Upon Cold Water
114 Currents In Boiling Water
115 Hot Water Lighter Than Cold
115 Expansion Of Water By Cold
115 The Cup Of Tantalus
116 The Magic Whirlpool
117 Artificial Fire Balls
118 To Melt Steel As Easily As Lead
118 To Tell A Lady If She Is In Love
118 To Put An Egg In A Phial
118 To Astonish A Large Party
119 Magical Test Papers
119 Infinite Divisibility

123 Experiments In Electricity
123 The Rotary Tobacco Pipe
123 The Erratic Feather
124 The Attractive Sealing Wax
124 The Unneighborly Balls
124 The Electrified Paper
124 The Sociable Feather
124 The Eccentric Feather
124 The Discontented Pith Ball
124 The Dancing Bran
124 The Electrical Cat
125 Electrical Shock From A Sheet Of Paper
126 Light Under Water
126 Simple Means Of Producing Electricity
127 Attraction And Repulsion Exhibited
127 How To Make An Electrical Machine
128 Conductor
129 The Plate Electrical Machine
129 How To Draw Sparks From The Tip The Nose
129 How To Get A Jar Full Of Electricity
130 The Electrical Battery
131 Dancing Balls And Dolls
131 The Electrical Kiss
131 Ringing Bells
132 Working Power Of Electricity
132 The Electrified Wig
133 Imitation Thunder Clouds
133 The Lightning Stroke Imitated
134 The Sportsman

135 Experiments In Galvanism
135 Singular Galvanic Shock
135 The Flash Of Light
135 The Magical Cup
136 The Prisoner Leech
136 The Metamorphosed Knife
136 With Plates In Water
137 To Make A Magnet By Galvanism
137 Effects Of Galvanism On A Magnet
137 Change Of Color By Galvanism
138 The Galvanic Shock
138 A Galvanic Tongue
138 Influence Of Galvanism On Porter And Ale
138 The Galvanized Flounds

139 Experiments In Magnetism
139 The Impromptu Magnet
140 The Merry Iron Filings
140 Test Of Magnetic Power
140 To Make Artificial Magnets
140 How To Magnetize A Poker
141 To Show Magnetic Attraction And Re-Pulsion
141 Variation Of The Needle
141 Dip Of The Needle
141 To Suspend A Needle In The Air, By Magnetism
142 Magnetism By Hammering
142 Power Of The Electro-Magnet
142 The Mariners Compass
143 To Make Artificial Magnets Without The Aid Of Either Natural Load-Stone, Or Artificial Magnets
144 The Watch Magnetized
144 North And South Poles Of The Magnet
144 Polarity Of The Magnet
145 Magnetic Action And Reaction
145 To Pass Magnetism Through A Table
145 The Magnetic Table
145 Interesting Particulars Concerning The Magnet
146 Exaggerated Magnetism

148 The Magic Of Pneumatics And Aerostatics
148 Weight Of The Air Proved By A Pair Of Bellows
148 The Pressure Of Air Shown By A Wine Glass
148 The Pressure Of Air Shown By A Glass Jar
149 Elasticity Of The Air
149 The Air Pump
150 To Prove That Air Has Weight
150 To Prove Air Elastic
150 Air In The Egg
151 The Descending Smoke
151 Half Eagle And Feather
152 The Soundless Bell
152 The Floating Fish
152 The Mysterious Circles
154 The Diving Bell
154 The Air Balloon
155 How To Make An Air Balloon
156 How To Fill A Balloon
157 To Make Fire Balloons
157 The Mysterious Bottle
157 How To Make A Parachute
157 Caoutchouc Balloons

159 The Magic Of Optics
159 Light As An Effect
159 Refraction
159 The Invisible Coin Made Visible
160 The Multiplying Glass
160 Transparent Bodies
160 The Prism
161 To Make A Prism
161 Composition Of Light
162 A Natural Camera Obscura
162 Bullock's Eyes Experiment
162 The Camera Obscura
163 The Magic Lantern
164 The Camera Lucida
164 Painting The Slides
165 To Exhibit The Magic Lantern
165 Effects Of The Magic Lantern
165 Ten-Pest At Sea
166 The Phantasmagoria
167 Dissolving Views
167 How To Praise A Ghost
168 The Thaumatrope
168 The Bird In The Cage
168 Construction Of The Phantasmaescope
169 Curious Optical Illusion
170 - Another
170 - Another
171 The Picture In The Air
171 Breathing Light And Darkness
172 To Show What Pays Of Light Do Not Obstruct Each Other
172 To See Through A Philadelphia Brick
173 The Stereoscope
175 Ocular Spectra
176 Brilliant Water Mirror
176 Optics Of A Soap Bubble
176 The Kaleidoscope
177 Simple Solar Microscope
178 Anamorphoses
180 The Cosmorama
180 Distorted Landscapes
181 The Magic Coin

182 Tricks In Mechanics
182 Importance Of Mechanics
182 The Laws Of Motion
182 Experiment Of The Law Of Motion
183 Balancing
183 The Prancing Horse
183 To Construct A Figure, Which, Being Placed On A Curved Surface, And Inclined In Any Position, Shall, When Left To Itself, Return To Its Former Position
183 To Make A Carriage Run In An Inverted Position, Without Falling
184 To Cause A Cylinder To Roll Of Its Own Weight, Up Hill
184 The Balanced Stick
184 The Chinese Mandarin
184 To Make A Quarter Dollar Turn On Its Edge On The Point Of A Needle
185 The Self-Balanced Pail
185 To Lift A Bottle With A Straw
186 The Dancing Pea
186 The Toper's Tripod
187 The Magical Snake, Or The Obliquity Of Motion
187 The Bridge Of Knives
188 Sand In The Hour Glass
188 Resistance Of Sand

189 Tricks In Hydraulics And Hydrostatics
189 The Science Of Hydraulics
189 The Fountain And Pump
190 The Hydraulic Dancer
191 The Syphon
191 The Water Snail, Or Archimedean Screw
192 The Bottle Ejectment
192 The Magic Of Hydrostatics With The Ancients
192 To Empty A Glass Under Water

193 Tricks In Acoustics
193 The Science Of Acoustics
193 Difference Between Sound And Noise
193 Visible Vibration
194 Transmited Vibration
194 Double Vibration
194 Champagne And Sound
195 Music Of The Snail
195 The Tuning Fork A Flute Player
195 Musical Bottles
195 Theory Of Whispering
196 Theory Of The Voice
196 To Tune A Guitar Without The Assistance Of The Ear
196 Progress Of Sound
196 To Make An Aeolian Harp
197 The Invisible Girl
198 Magic Of Acoustics With The Ancients
198 To Show How Sound Travels Through A Solid
198 To Show That Sound Depends Upon Vibration

199 The Magic Of Numbers, Or Curious Tricks In Arithmetic
199 Aphorisms Of Number
200 Palpable Arithmetic
201 The Abacus
202 Napier's Rods
203 The Arithmetica Boomerang
203 To Find A Number Thought Of
204 - Second Method
205 - Third Method
205 - Fourth do.
206 - Fifth do.
206 Sixth do.
206 To Discover Two Or More Numbers That A Person Has Thought of
207 How Many Counters Have I In My Hands?
208 The Mysterious Halvings, To Tell A Number A Person Has Thought Of
209 - Second Method
211 Who Wears The Ring?
212 What Is Probable?
213 Variations
214 Amusing Combinations
217 The Visitors To The Crystal Palace
217 How Many Changes Can Be Given To Seven Notes Of A Piano?
217 The Arithmetical Triangle
218 How Many Different Deals Can Be Made With Thirteen Cards Out Of Fifty Two
218 The Three Graces
219 - Second Method
220 - Third Method
221 The Fortunate Ninth
222 The Ten Ten's
223 Dividing The Beer
224 The Difficult Case Of Wine
224 Decimation Of Fruit
225 The Wine And The Tables
225 The Three Travelers
226 What Counter Has Been Thought Of Out Of Sixteen
227 Magic Squares
227 Odd Magic Squares
229 The Square Of Gotham
230 The Mathematical Blacksmith
230 Curious Properties Of Some Figures
234 The Industrious Frog
235 The Council Of Ten
235 The Two Travelers
237 Arithmetical Trick
237 The Money Trick
237 The Philosopher's Pupils
238 To Discover A Square Number
238 The Sheep, And The Sheep Fold
238 The Countrywoman And The Eggs
239 To Rub Out Twenty Chalks At Five Times, Rubbing Out Every Time An Odd One
239 The Impossible Triangle
239 Odd Or Even
240 The Figures, Up To 100, Arranged As To Make 505 In Each Column, When Counted In Ten Columns Perpen Dicularly, And The Same When Counted In Ten Files Horizontally
240 The Old Woman And Her Eggs
241 The Mathematical Fortune Teller
242 The Dice Guessed Unseen
242 The Sovereign And The Sage
243 The Knowing Shepherd
243 The Certain Game
244 The Astonished Farmer
244 The Magical Century
245 The Hatter Cheated
245 The Basket Of Nuts
246 The United Digits
246 December And May
246 The Two Drovers
246 The Basket And Stones
247 The Famous Forty-Five
247 Trick In Subtraction
247 The Expunged Figure
248 The Mysterious Addition
249 To Tell At What Hour A Person Intends To Rise
249 To Find The Difference Between Two Numbers, The Greater Of Which Is Unknown
250 The Magic Remainder
250 A Person Having An Equal Number Of Counters, Or Pieces Of Money, In Each Hand, To Find How Many He Has Altogether
251 The Three Jealous Husbands
251 The False Scales
252 The Apple Woman
252 The Graces And Muses
252 The Jesuitical Teacher
253 Nine Quaint Questions
253 The Fox, Goose And Corn
253 Multiplying Money By Money
255 The Unfair Division
255 A Popular Fallacy

256 Curious Tricks In Geometry
256 The Inventor Of Geometry
256 Geometrical Definitions
257 The Five Geometrical Solids
258 How To Make Five Squares Into A Large One Without Any Waste Of Stuff
258 Deceptive Vision
259 The Carpenter Puzzled
260 The Bricklayer Puzzled
260 Triangular Problem
261 To Form A Square
262 Squaring The Circle

265 Practical Paradoxes and Puzzles
266 Alexander The Great's Puzzle
266 The Chinese Cross
267 The Parallelogram
267 The Divided Garden
267 The Endless String
268 Chinese Maze The Willow Pattern Plate
268 The Vertical Line Puzzle
269 The Three Rabbits
269 The Accommodating Square
269 The Circle Puzzle
269 The Cardboard Puzzle
269 The Button Puzzle
269 The Quarto Puzzle
270 The Puzzle Of Fourteen
270 The Square And Circle Puzzle
270 The Scale And Ring Puzzle
271 The Heart Puzzle
272 The Cross Puzzle
272 272 The Yankee Square
272 The Card Puzzle
273 The Three Square Puzzle
273 The Cylinder Puzzle
273 The Four Tenants
274 The Puzzle Wall
274 The Twenty-Four Nuns
274 The Horse Shoe Puzzle
275 The Card Square
275 The Dog Puzzle
275 Puzzle Of The Two Fathers
276 The Triangular Puzzle
276 Cutting Out A Cross
276 Another Cross Puzzle
276 The Fountain Puzzle
277 The Puzzle Of The Stars
277 The Counter Puzzle
277 Japan Square Puzzle
277 The Cabinet Maker's Puzzle
277 String And Balls Puzzle
278 Double Headed Puzzle
278 Arithmetical Puzzle
278 Grammatical Puzzle
279 The Tree Puzzle
279 Puzzling Epitaph
279 Curious Letter
279 A Puzzling Inscription
279 Puzzling Rings
283 The Knights Puzzle
284 Another Method
287 Another Method
287 Rosamond's Bower
288 The Labyrinth
289 The Chinese Puzzle
290 Trouble-Wit

291 Answers To Puzzles
291 The Chinese Cross
291 The Parallelogram
292 The Divided Garden
292 The Endless String
292 Chinese Maze
293 The Vertical Line Puzzle
293 The Three Rabbits
293 The Accommodating Square
293 The Circle Puzzle
294 The Cut Card Puzzle
294 The Button Puzzle
294 The Quarto Puzzle
294 The Puzzle Of Fourteen
295 The Square And Circle Puzzle
295 The Scale And Ring Puzzle
295 The Heart Puzzle
295 The Cross Puzzle
295 The Yankee Square
296 The Card Puzzle
296 The Three Square Puzzle
296 The Cylinder Puzzle
296 The Four Tenants
297 The Puzzle Wall
297 The Twenty-Four Nuns
297 The Horse Shoe Puzzle
297 The Card Square
298 The Dog Puzzle
298 The Two Fathers
298 The Triangular Puzzle
299 Cutting Out A Cross
299 Another Cross Puzzle
299 The Fountain Puzzle
300 The Star Puzzle
300 The Counter Puzzle
300 Japan Square Puzzle
300 Cabinet Maker's Puzzle
301 String And Balls Puzzle
301 Double Headed Puzzle
301 Arithmetical Puzzle
301 Grammatical Puzzle
301 The Tree Puzzle
302 Puzzling Epitaph
302 A Curious Letter
302 A Puzzling Inscription

303 The Magic Of Art
303 To Trace An Oval
303 An Endless Source Of Amusement
303 The Magic Of The Oval
304 Variations Of The Oval
305 What May Be Done With A Square
306 How To Make A Circle
307 Importance Of The Circle In Drawing
307 Variation Of The Square And Circle
308 Importance Of The Triangle
309 How To Construct A Triangle
310 The Triangle Works Wonders In Perspective
311 Exaggerated Drawing
312 The Parallelogram And Triangle In Combination
312 Two Parallelograms In Combination
313 Magic Of The Parallelogram
313 The Secret Of Comic Drawing
314 Caricature Sketching
315 Simple Elements Of "The Profile
316 Comic Profiles
316 "Punch," And "Mother Hubbard"
316 Comical Beards
317 The Human Figure
318 Proportions Of The Human Figure
318 Standard Height Of The Body
319 Comical Drawing Of The Human Figure
320 The Centre Of Gravity
320 A Central Line Through Everything
321 The Curved Line Pervades All Nature
323 The Droll Landscape
324 Attitude Formed Upon The Curved Line
325 How To Draw Upon Glass, For Magic Lantern Slides

326 The Magic Of Secret Writing
326 The Art Of Secret Writing Very Ancient
327 Various Modes Of Communicating Secret Intelligence
327 Chemistry An Agent In Secret Writing
328 Ingenious Mode Of Secret Writing
328 The Chiffre Indechiffrable
330 A Lock For Mr. Hobbs To Pick
331 The Circular Cypher
332 Another Method
333 The Musical Cypher

334 The Magic Of Strength
334 Mechanical Inventions Of The Ancients Few In Number
334 Ancient And Modern Feats Of Strength
335 Feats Of Eckeberg Particularly Described
335 One Man Drawing Against Two Horses
336 Breaking The Rope
336 The Anvil Feat
337 Breaking Stones
337 The Chair Feat
338 The Knee Feat
338 The Cannon Feat
339 Twisting Iron Bars
339 General Explanation On All The Above Feats
340 Real Feats Of Strength Performed By Thomas Topham
341 Remarkable Power Of Lifting Heavy Persons When The Lungs Are Inflated
342 Pyramids Of Men

343 Miscellaneous Curious Tricks And Fancies
343 An Artificial Memory
344 The Magician's Mirror
345 The Perspective Mirror
346 The Magical Gyroscope
348 Artificial Landscape
349 Easy And Curious Method Of Foretelling Rainy Or Fine Weather
350 The Magical Measure
350 The Boundless Prospect
352 The Magical Watch Lamp
352 The Hour Of The Day Or Night Told By A Suspended Shilling
352 The Enchanted Palace
353 To Know Which Of Two Different Waters Is The Lightest, Without Any Scales
353 To Know If A Suspicious Piece Of Money Is Good Or Bad
354 The Pyramid Of Alum
354 The Dancing Automaton
355 To Melt A Piece Of Money In A Walnut Shell Without Injuring The Shell
355 The Invisible Springs
356 The Flight Of The Ring
357 Musical Figures Resulting From Sound
357 To Make A Card Jump Out Of The Pack
357 The Tell-Tale Cards
358 The Double Dozen
359 The Housebreakers
360 The Magic Book
360 The Tape Trick
361 More Than Full
361 Floating Needles
361 The Knotted Thread
362 The Bacchus Experiment
362 Curious Method Of Measuring The Height Of A Tree
362 The Transposable Pieces

Binding is shaken, hinges are cracked. The covers and spine are rubbed, with a few scattered chips and fraying to the corners, cover edges, spine ends, and along the exterior hinges. The spine gilt is only very lightly faded. Cover gilt remains bright and vivid. There are no loose, torn or missing pages that I saw, with the exception of a small closed end tear (with tape repair) to the edge of one page. The interior is clean, with the exception of some very light foxing to a few scattered pages, as well as an occasional small, faint soil mark. Overall, this book is in GOOD condition, especially considering its age of 144 years old! As with any book this old, some ageing and minor imperfections should be expected
Product Details
No. of Pages 362
Rare Yes
Personal Details
Read It No
Location Magic Library (Home) Shelf A
Condition Good
Owner Bryan-Keith Taylor

The publishers of this interesting volume do not conceive that it requires an elaborate introduction to the reading public. Some brief remarks, however, may not be inappropriate as a preface to The Magician's Own Book, since the " black art," as in lessen lightened ages the practice of all these innocent and interesting feats was termed, is not yet as popularly understood in this country as it is abroad. There is a charm in legerdemain, or sleight of hand, that all, whether young or old, can readily appreciate. There is a mystery in it that piques the understanding as well as provokes the curiosity of the spectator. If the trick be executed with address, it excites our admiration; and the simpler it appears, the more it engages our fancy and fascinates our attention. And it is not only when we are mystified in public, cajoled in great saloons, and in the presence of crowds, that these effects are developed. They are called forth by the performances even of some humble artist in the family circle, whose ingenuity of mind has enabled him to gather up the more available of these practical puzzles. It would seem, therefore, a useful thing to place this source of harmless amusement within the reach of all who can relish its eccentricities, and instead of leaving it in the hands of "professors," as a pecuniary speculation, to enable the domestic group to master and enjoy it in all its ever-varying phases of novelty and gratification. To do this is what the publishers propose in the issue of this volume; and they flatter themselves, that if carefully studied, it will prepare the Toung Conjuror to convert the parlor, at any desirable moment, into a place of genuine entertainment for himself and his companions, and ample repay him for the little time and thought he may devote to the acquisition of the necessary skill and dexterity. Sleight of hand, magic, necromancy, &c., are all terms of art applicable to the same series of performances. The parlor student, therefore, once familiar with the general principles upon which these "experiments" are effected, will find little difficulty in comprehending at a glance, notwithstanding all the show of gorgeous paraphernalia and auxiliary machinery employed, the modus operandi of every one of them he may witness in public. This will be a new source of pleasure to him, independent of his ability to turn "Conjuror" on his own account at home. Nor can we well conceive of any rational objection likely to be urged against a kind of knowledge, so unimpeachable in its nature, and so mirth provoking in its results. Acting Charades are common, even among the most fastidious families. Enigmas and puzzles, in pantomime and speech, afford innoxious amusement to thousands. The publishers only consider The Magician's Own Book a new addition to the current list of entertainments of that character; for what is a sleight of hand feat but an enigma placed before the spectator for solution ? What is a trick in "natural magic" but a puzzle repeated to those who behold it, each one of whom is tacitly expected to guess how it is accomplished, while the little practitioner only holds the key to the mystery? In truth, the parlor needs some increase in its means of social amusement. The number it embraces is extremely limited. They soon weary. This weariness creates an appetite for outside attractions, not always wholesome, and too often insidiously pernicious. The Magician's Own Book nicely fills up, therefore, the void in the category of parlor recreations. It may be made to present an ever-changing, always tempting, stay-at-home inducement, and in this shape becomes a moral assistant of no unimportant description, as well as the piquant source of good humored bamboozlement.


Sleight of Band Tricks

The Flying Dime
The Flying Dime, (another method,)
The Beads and Strings
To get a Ring out of a Handkerchief
To tie a Knot in a Handkerchief which Cannot be drawn Tight
The Three Cups
To tie a Handkerchief round your Leg, and get it off Without Untying the Knot
The Magic Bond tc
The Old" Man and his Chair
To tie a Knot on the Left Wrist, with-out letting the right hand approach it
The Magic Handcuffs
To pull a String through your Button-hole
The Cut Strig Restored
The Gordian Knot
The Knot Loosened
To Conjure Nuts in your Ear
To Crack Walnuts in your Elbow
To Take Feathers out of an Empty Handkerchief
The Knotted Handkerchief
Houdin's Nut Trick
Conjuring a Ring
The Erratic Egg
The Obedient Dime
The Prisoner Released
Advantageous Wager
The Double Meaning
The Three Spoons
The Jugglers Joke
To Cause Water and Wine to Change Places
The Wizard's Wit, or Is it Possible
The Toper's Stratagem
The Impossible Omelet
New Perpetual Rotary Motion
The Miraculous Apple
An Omelet Cooked in a Hat
The Infallible Prophet
Philosophy Cheated
The Disappearing Dime
The Hat and Die Trick
The Penetrative Cents
The Doll Trick
The Flying Coins
The Vanished Half Dime
The Restored Document
The Magic Rings
The Fish and Ink Trick
The Hat and Cannon Ball Trick
The Dime in the Ball of Cotton
The Egg and Bag Trick
The Dancing Egg
The Bell and Shot Trick
The Burned Handkerchief Eestored
The Fire Eater
The Egg Box Trick
The Globe Box Trick
The Coffee Trick
The Handkerchief Trick
The Magic Funnel
The Magic Bottle
The Bottle Trick
The Magic Quarter
To change a Dime to a Quarter
Wyman's Gun Trick
The Hatched Bird,
The Apple and Orange Trick
A Magician's Box Explained
The Enchanted Coin,
The Mysterious Coin, or How to Make Dollars pass through a Wine Glass, a China Plate, a Table, and fall into the Hand
The Egyptian Fluids, or Impossibilities Accomplished
The Magician's Snow Ball
The Magnetized Cane
Wyman's Mode of performing the Egg Bag Trick
The Dancing Automaton
The Invisible Sprines
The Flight of the Ring
The Magic Book
The Tape Trick
The Knotted Thread
The Transposable Pieces

Tricks and Deceptions with Cards.

To Make the Pass,
To Tell a Card by its Back
The Card named without being seen
The Card told by an Opera Glass
The Four Kings
The Four Accomplices
To Tell the Card thought of, in a Circle of Ten
To guess the Card thought of
To tell the number of Cards by Weight
The Card found at the second guess
The Card found under the Hat
To call the Cards out of the Pack
Heads and Tails
The Surprise
The Revolution
The Slipped Card
The Nailed Card
To ascertain the number of Points on three unseen Cards
To tell the numbers on two unseen Cards
The Knaves and the Constable
The Pairs Repaired
The Queens Digging for Diamonds
The Triple Deal
The Quadruple Deal
The Card Discovered by the Touch or Smell
The Ingenious Confederacy
Hold it Fast
The Charmed Twelve
The Trick of "Thirty-one"
To tell the Names of the Cards by their Weight
The Cards in the Vase
The Metamorphosis
To hold Four Kings, or Four Knaves in your Hand, and to Change them suddenly into Blank Cards, and then to Four Aces
To Change a Card in a Person's Hand
The Card in the Egg
The Fifteen Thousand Livres
Hints to Amateurs
Cure for Troublesome Spectators
To make a Card jump out of the Pack
The Tell-Tale Cards
The Double Dozen
The Housebreakers

The Magic of Chemistry.

Sympathetic or Invisible Inks
The Silver Tree
Cleopatra's Pearls
"Wonderful Experiments in Combustion
Mimic Rain
Marine Illumination
The Mimic Explosion
The Shower of Fire
The Magical Heat
The Magic Lamp
Surprising Experiments with Potassium
The Water Demon
A Flame produced with Ice
The Chemical Chimney Sweep
The Magical Illumination
The Chemical Chimeleon
Crystallizations of Metals
Beauties of Crystallization
To Crystallize Camphor
To do. Tin
Crystals in Hard Water
Varieties of Crystals
A Liquid Changed to a Solid, and Heat from Crystallization
Beautiful Experiment
A Solid Changed to a Liquid, and intense Cold from the Liquefaction
Masfie of Heat
Sublimation by Heat
Heat Passing through Glass
Metals unequally Influenced by Heat
Spontaneous Combustion
Inequality of Heat in Fire Irons
Expansion of Metal by Heat
Evaporation of a Metal
A Floating Metal on Fira
Ice Melted by Air
Splendid Sublimation
Magic Inks
Chameleon Liquids
The Magic Dyes
Wine Changed into Water
Two colorless Transparent Liquids be-come Black and Opaque
Two colorless Fluids, Make a colored one
Change of Color, by colorless Fluids
To Change Blue Liquid to White
Veritable "Black" Tea
Restoration of Color by Water
Two Liquids Make a Solid
Two Solids Make a Liquid
A Solid, Opaque Mass, Makes a Transparent Liquid
Two cold Liquids Make a Hot one
Quintuple Transmutation
The Same Agent may Produce and Destroy Color
Union of two Metals without Heat
Magic Breath
Two Bitters Make a Sweet
Visible and Invisible
To Form a Liquid of two Solids
The Spectral Lamp
Curious Change of Colors
The Protean Light
The Chameleon Flowers
To Change the Colors of Flowers
Changes of the Poppy
Changes of the Rose
Light changing White into Black
The Visibly Growing Acorn
Colored Flames
Orange colored Flame
Emerald Green Flame
Instantaneous Flame
To Cool Flume by Metal
Proof that Flame is Hollow
To Hold a Hot Tea Kettle on the Hand
Incombustible Linen
The Burning Circle
Water of different Temperatures in the same Vessel
Warmth of Different Colors
Substitute for Fire
Laughing Gas
Flame from Cold Metals
Phosphorus in Chlorine
Magic Vapor
Gas from the Union of Metals
Camphor Sublimated by Flame
Green Fire
Brilliant Red Fire
Purple Fire
Silver Fire
Fiery Fountain
Cumbustion without Flame
Combustion of Three Metals
To Make Paper Apparently Incombustible
Heat not to be estimated by Touch
Flame upon Water
Rose Colored Flame upon Water
To Set a Mixture on Fire by Water
Waves of Fire on Water
Water from the Flame of a Candle
Porniation of "Water by Fire"
Boiling upon Cold Water
Currents in Boiling Water
Hot Water Lighter than Cold
Expansion of Water by Cold
The Cup of Tantalus
The Magic Whirlpool
Artificial Fire Balls
To Melt Steel as Easily as Lead
To Tell a Lady if She is in Love
To put an Egg in a Phial
To Astonish a Large Party
Magical Test Papers
Infinite Divisibility
Chemistry an Agent in Secret Writing
To Melt a Piece of Money in a Walnut Shell, without Injuring the Shell
The Pyramid of Alum

Experiments in Electricity.

The Rotary Tobacco Pipe
The Erratic Feather
The Attractive Sealing Wax
The Unneighborly Balls
The Electrified Paper
The Sociable Feather
The Eccentric Feather
The Discontented Pith Ball
The Dancing Bran,
The Electrical Cat
Electrical Shock from a Sheet of Pape
Light under Water
Simple means of Producin? Electricity
Attraction and Repulsion Exhibited
How to Make an Electrical Machine
The Plate Electrical Machine
How to Draw Sparks from the Tip the Nose
How to Get a Jar full of Electricity
The Electrical Battery
Dancins: Balls and Dolls
The Electrical Kiss
Pnging Bells
Working Power of Electricity
The Electrified Wig
Imitation Thunder Clouds
The Lightning Stroke Imitated
The Sportsman

Experiments in Galranism.

Singular Galvanic Shock
The Flash of Light
The Magical Cup
The Prisoner Leech
The Metamorphosed Knife
With Plates in Water
To Make a Magnet by Galvanism
Effects of Galvanism on a Magnet
Change of Color by Galvanism
The Galvanic Shock
A Galvanic Tongue
Influence of Galvanism on Porter and Ale
The Galvanized Flounds

Experiments in magnetism.

The Impromptu Magnet
The Merry Iron Filings
Test of Magnetic Power
To Make Artificial Magnets
How to Magnetize a Poker
To Show Magnetic Attraction and Re-pulsion
Variation of the Needle
Dip of the Needle
To Suspend a Needle in the Air, by Magnetism
Magnetism by Hammering
Power of the Electro-Magnet
The Mariners Compass
To Make Artificial Magnets without the Aid of either Natural Load-stone, or Artificial Magnets
The Watch Magnetized
North and South Poles of the Magnet
Polarity of the Magnet
Magnetic Action and Reaction
To Pass Magnetism through a Table
The Magnetic Table
Interesting Particulars Concerning the Magnet
Exaggerated Magnetism

The Magic of Pneumatics and Aerostatics.

Weight of the Air Proved by a Pair of Bellows
The Pressure of Air Shown by a Wine Glass
The Pressure of Air Shown by a Glass Jar
Elasticity of the Air
The Air Pump
To Prove that Air has Weight
To Prove Air Elastic
Air in the Egg
The Descendihff Smoke
Half Eagle and Feather
The Soundless Bell
The Floating Fish
The Mysterious Circles
The Diving Bell
The Air Balloon
How to Make an Air Balloon
How to Fill a Balloon
To Make Fire Balloons
The Mysterious Bottle
How to Make a Parachute
Caoutchouc Balloons
The Bacchus Experiment

The Magic of Optics.

Light as an Effect
The Invisible Coin Made Visible
The Multiplying Glass
Transparent' Bodies
The Prism
To Make a Prism
Composition of Light
A Natural Camera Obscura
Bullock's Eyes Experiment
The Camera Obscura
The Magic Lantern
The Camera Lucida
Painting the Slides
To Exhibit the Magic Lantern
Effects of the Magic Lantern
Ten-pest at Sea
The Phantasmagoria
Dissolving Views
How to praise a Ghost
The Thaumatrope
The Bird in the Cage
Construction of the Phantasmaescope
Curious Optical Illusion
The Picture in the Air
Breathing Light and Darkness
To Show what Pays of Light do not Obstruct each other
To See through a Philadelphia Brick
The Stereoscope
Ocular Spectra
Brilliant Water Mirror
Optics of a Soap Bubble
The Kaleidoscope
Simple Solar Microscope
The Cosmorama
Distorted Landscapes
The Magic Coin
The Magician's Mirror
The Perspective Mirror
The Artificial Landscape
The Boundless Prospect,
The Enchanted Palace

Tricks in Mechanics.

Importance of Mechanics
The Laws of Motion
Experiment of the Law of Motion
The Prancing Horse
To Construct a Figure, which, being Placed on a Curved Surface, and Inclined in any Position, shall, when left to itself, Return to its Former Position
To Make a Carriage Run in an Inverted Position, without Falling
To Cause a Cylinder to Roll of its own Weight, up Hill
The Balanced Stick
The Chinese Mandarin
To Make a Quarter Dollar Turn on its Edge on the Point of a Needle
The Self-Balanced Pail
To Lift a Bott'e with a Straw
The Dancing Pea
The Toper's Tripod
The Magical Snake, or the Obliquity of Motion
The Bridge of Knives
Sand in the Hour Glass
Resistance of Sand
The Magical Gyroscope

Tricks in Hydraulics and Hydrostatics.

The Science of Hydraulics
The Fountain and Pump
The Hydraulic Dancer
The Syphon
The Water Snail, or Archimedean Screw
The Bottle Ejectment
The Magic of Hydrostatics with the Ancients
To Empty a Glass under Water
The Mysterious Bottle
Boiling upon Cold Water
Currents in Boiling Water
Hot Water Lighter than Cold
Expansion of Water by Cold
The Magic Whirlpool
The Cup of Tantalus
To Weigh Water without Scales
More than Full

Tricks in Acoustics.

The Science of Acoustics
Difference between Sound and Noise
Visible Vibration
Transmited Vibration
Double Vibration
Champagne and Sound
Music of the Snail
The Tuning Fork a Flute Player
Musical Bottles
Theory of Whispering
Theory of the Voice
To Tune a Guitar without the Assistance of the Ear
Progress of Sound
To Make an Aeolian Harp
The Invisible Girl
Magic of Acoustics with the Ancients
The Secret of Ventriloquism
To Show how Sound Travels through a Solid
To Show that Sound depends upon Vibration
Musical Figures Resulting from Sound

The Magic of Numbers, or Curious Tricks in Arithmetic.

Aphorisms of Number
Palpable Arithmetic
The Abacus
Napier's Rods,
The Arithmetica Boomerang
To Find a Number Thought of
Second Method
Third Method
Fourth do.
Fifth do.
Sixth do.
To Discover two or more Numbers that a Person has Thought
How many Counters have I in my Hands?
The Mysterious Halvings, to tell a Number a Person has Thought of
Second Method
Who Wears the ring?
What is Probable?
Amusing Combinations
The Visitors to the Crystal Palace
How many Changes can be Given to Seven Notes of a Piano?
The Arithmetical Triangle
How many Different Deals can be made with Thirteen Cards out of Fifty two
The Three Graces
Second Method
Third Method
The Fortunate Ninth
The Ten Ten's
Dividing the Beer
The Difficult Case of Wine
Decimation of Fruit
The Wine and the Tables
The Three Travelers
What Counter has been Thought of out of Sixteen
Magic Squares
Odd Magic Squares
The Square of Gotham
The Mathematical Blacksmith
Curious Properties of some Figures
The Industrious Frog
The Council of Ten
The Two Travelers
Arithmetical Trick
The Money Trick
The Philosopher's Pupils
To Discover a Square Number
The Sheep, and the Sheep Fold
The Countrywoman and the Eggs
To rub out Twenty Chaiks at Five Times, Rubbing out every Time an Odd one
The Impossible Triangle Odd or Even
The Figures, up to 100, arranged as to make 505 in each Column, when Counted in Ten Columns Perpen dicularly, and the Same when Counted in Ten Files Horizontally
The Old Woman and Her Eggs
The Mathematical Fortune Teller
The Dice Guessed Unseen
The Sovereign and the Sage
The Knowing Shepherd
The Certain Game
The Astonished Farmer
The Magical Century
The Hatter Cheated
The Basket of Nuts
The United Digits
December and May
The Two Drovers
The Basket and Stones
The Famous Forty-Five
Trick in Subtraction
The Expunged Figure
The Mysterious Addition
To tell at what Hour a Person Intends to rise
To find the Difference between Two Numbers, the Greater of which is Unknown
The Magic Remainder
A Person having an equal Number of Counters, or Pieces of Money, in each Hand, to find how many he has altogether
The Three Jealous Husbands
The False Scales
The Apple Woman
The Graces and Muses
The Jesuitical Teacher
Nine Quaint Questions
The Fox, Goose and Corn
Multiplying Money by Money
The Unfair Division
A Popular Fallacy

Curious Tricks in Geometry.

The Inventor of Geometry
Geometrical Definitions
The Five Geometrical Solids
How to Make Five Squares into a large one without any Waste of Stuff
Deceptive Vision
The Carpenter Puzzled
The Bricklayer Puzzled
Triangular Problem
To Form a Square
Squaring the Circle
The Perplexed Cabinet Maker

Curious and Amusing Puzzles.

Alexander the Great's Puzzle
The Chinese Cross
The Parallelogram
The Divided Garden
The Endless String
Chinese Maze the Willow Pattern Plate
The Vertical Line Puzzle
The Three Rabbits
The Accommodating Square
The Circle Puzzle
The Cardboard Puzzle
The Button Puzzle
The Quarto Puzzle
The Puzzle of Fourteen
The Square and Circle Puzzle
The Scale and Ring Puzzle
The Hart Puzzle
The Cross Puzzle
The Yankee Square
The Card Puzzle
The Three Square Puzzle
The Cylinder Puzzle
The Four Tenants
The Puzzle Wall
The Twenty-Four Nuns
The Horse Shoe Puzzle
The Card Square
The Dog Puzzle
Puzzle of the Two Fathers
The Triangular Puzzle
Cutting out a Cross
Another Cross Puzzle
The Fountain Puzzle
The Puzzle of the Stars
The Counter Puzzle
Japan Square Puzzle
The Cabinet Maker's Puzzle
String and Balls Puzzle
Double Headed Puzzle
Arithmetical Puzzle
Grammatical Puzzle
The Tree Puzzle
Puzzling Epitaph
Curious Letter
A Puzzling Inscription
Puzzling Kings
The Knights Puzzle
Another Method
Another Method
Rosamond's Bower
The Labyrinth
The Chinese Puzzle

Answers to Puzzles.

The Chinese Cross
The Parallelogram
The Divided Garden
The Endless String
Chinese Maze
The Vertical Line Puzzle
The Three Rabbits
The Accommodating Square
The Circle Puzzle
The Cut Card Puzzle
The Button Puzzle
The Quarto Puzzle
The Puzzle of Fourteen
The Square and Circle Puzzle
The Scale and Ring Puzzle
The Heart Puzzle
The Cross Puzzle
The Yankee Square
The Card Puzzle
The Three Square Puzzle
The Cylinder Puzzle
The Four Tenants
The Puzzle Wall
The Twenty-Four Nuns
The Horse Shoe Puzzle
The Card Square
The Dog Puzzle
The Two Fathers
The Triangular Puzzle
Cutting out a Cross
Another Cross Puzzle
The Fountain Puzzle
The Star Puzzle
The Counter Puzzle
Japan Square Puzzle
Cabinet Maker's Puzzle
String and Balls Puzzle
Double Headed Puzzle
Arithmetical Puzzle
Grammatical Puzzle
The Tree Puzzle
Puzzling Epitaph
A Curious Letter
A Puzzling Inscription

The Magic of Art.

To Trace an Oval
An Endless Source of Amusement
The Magic of the Oval
Variations of the Oval
"What may be done with a Square
How to make a Circle
Importance of the Circle in Drawing
Variation of the Square and Circle
Importance of the Triangle
How to Construct a Triangle
The Triangle Works Wonders in Perspective
Exaggerated Drawing
The Parallelogram and Triangle in Combination
Two Parallelograms in Combination
Magic of the Parallelogram
The Secret of Comic Drawing
Caricature Sketching
Simple Elements of "the Profile
Comic Profiles
"Punch," and "Mother Hubbard"
Comical Beards
The Human Figure
Proportions of the Human Figure
Standard Height of the Body
Comical Drawing of the Human Figure
The Centre of Gravity
A Central Line through Everything
The Curved Line Pervades all Nature
The Droll Landscape
Attitude Formed upon the Curved Line
How to Draw upon Glass, for Magic Lantern Slides

The Magic of Secret Writing.

The Art of Secret Writing very Ancient
Various Modes of Communicating Secret Intelligence
Chemistry an Agent in Secret Writing
Ingenious Mode of Secret Writing
The Chiffre Indechiffrable
A Lock for Mr. Hobbs to Pick
The Circular Cypher
Another Method
The Musical Cypher

The Magic of Strength.

Mechanical Inventions of the Ancients few in Number
Ancient and Modern Feats of Strength
Feats of Eckeberg particularly described
One Man Drawing against Two Horses
Breaking the Rope
The Anvil Feat
Breaking Stones
The Chair Feat
The Knee Feat
The Cannon Feat
Twisting Iron Bars
General Explanation on all the Above Feats
Real Feats of Strength Performed by Thomas Topham
Remarkable Power of Lifting Heavy Persons when the Lungs are Inflated
Pyramids of Men

Miscellaneous Curious Tricks and Fancies.

An Artificial Memory
The Magician's Mirror
The Perspective Mirror
The Magical Gyroscope
Artificial Landscape
Easy and Curious Method of Foretelling Rainy or Fine Weather
The Magical Measure
The Boundless Prospect
The Magical Watch Lamp
The Hour of the Day or Night told by a Suspended Shilling
The Enchanted Palace
To Know which of Two Different
Waters is the Lightest, without any Scales
To Know if a Suspicious Piece of Money is Good or Bad
The Pyramid of Alum
The Dancing Automaton
To Melt a Piece of Money in a Walnut
Shell without Injuring the Shell
The Invisible Springs
The Flight of the Ring
Musical Figures resulting from Sound
To Make a Card Jump out of the Pack
The Tell-Tale Cards
The Double Dozen
The Housebreakers
The Magic Book
The Tape Trick
More than Full
Floating Needles
The Knotted Thread
The Bacchus Experiment
Curious Method of Measuring the Height of a Tree
The Transposable Pieces