Bill Severn's Best Magic
Bill Severn
Stackpole Books (1990)
In Collection
Magic tricks
Paperback 0-8117-2229-5
USA  eng
Severn, Bill: Best Magic
©1990 Bill Severn, Stackpole Books, PA
Softcover, perfect-bound, 210 pages
ISBN-13: 9780811722292
ISBN-10: 0811722295

Contents (from book):

vii Introduction

1 Chapter One Magic Wherever You Are
1 The Bewildering Bandage: a finger bandage hops around the fingers in this Thimble style routine
5 Whistle-up Chewing Gum: a stick of gum rises from the pack
8 Fish Story: a fish suddenly appears on a string
10 Fold-up: a ruler from a small paper bag
12 The Auto-Magic Toothbrush: a rising toothbrush
15 The Floating Pencil: pencil adheres to the hand
19 Clickety Clips: paper clips audibly link into a chain
22 The Invisible Magazine Rack: magazine cover changes three times

26 Chapter Two Magic with Coins and Bills
26 Cash Offer: half dollar from a tissue
31 Eyes in the Back of Your Head: read a coin date behind your head
32 A Penny for Your Thoughts: use for the PATEO force
35 Coins and Kids: number of spectator's coins changes using a slot-box
37 Comedy Cut Bill: comedy cut and restored bill
42 Cup and Bill: a home-made Chop Cup routine
46 - His Dollar In Your Wallet
47 - Bill In Walnut
47 - Bill In Lemon
48 The Money Spell: packet of Alphabet cards change into dollar bills

53 Chapter Three Magic with Paper
53 The Acrobatic Newspaper: upside down newspaper flips right side up
57 Yoo Hoo!: message appears on a small paper under the Spectator's hand
61 The Third Hand: a spoon vanishes with the aid of a third hand
65 The Magician's Mistake: sucker torn and restored
69 The Color Changing Plate: paper plate changes from white to blue
72 Let’s Go to the Fair: a version of 6 card repeat performed with cardboard discs

78 Chapter Four Comedy Magic
78 Tomato Transit: in vanishing a tomato under a tube, it turns to tomato juice
82 Musical Comb: after some poor music, the comb vanishes
84 Cans Full of Nothing: lemon produced from two empty cans
87 See Saw: ping pong balls vanish in a tube, using a shell
92 The Little Black Bag: a version of the Egg Bag using ping-pong balls

99 Chapter Five Magic with Handkerchiefs
99 Molten Rainbow: clear water pours colors, then colored handkerchiefs appear
102 The Hypnotized Audience: yellow handkerchief turns blue, then yellow appears, then green
109 The What-Knot: 3 silks become knotted and then un-knotted in a tube
113 Another Century: black silk becomes instantly knotted between two reds
118 It’s a Corker: spotted handkerchief vanishes from tube to be found in examined corked tube

125 Chapter Six Magic with Rope and String
125 Quick and Easy Cut Rope: cut and restored
128 Coffee, Tea, or Magic: coffee cup becomes instantly linked to a rope
131 Soap and Rope: a soap is instantly pulled through a rope knot
136 Magic Spaghetti: a string produced from a fork
139 String and Envelope: cut and restored string
142 The Magic Baseball Game: knots vanish from one rope to be found on another
148 Kellar Rope Tie Routine: instant release from tied wrists

157 Chapter Seven Magic in Mind
157 Silent Commercial: spectator selects disc that matched prediction in his pocket
160 Telepathy for One: magician determines name written on an business card
163 Toll the Hour: magician determines time indicated on a card in an envelope
169 Symbolic Sight: reading ESP cards
172 Spy Hunt: only the magician finds the secret plans
176 What's in the News: a newspaper test
179 Weather Forecast: magician marks a weather prediction which matches the spectator's choice

184 Chapter Eight Card Magic
185 The Blind Man's Card Trick: top cards are all Kings and bottoms are Aces
187 Comedy Card Force: in choosing a card a two shoots out, but changes to a King
190 Doubles Match: spectator cuts deck to match magician's selections
193 Tell Me My Fortune: spectator selects card that matches number of pennies in a glass
195 Jumpers: contest beteeen Joker and selected card reversing themselves in the pack
200 Envelope Card Rise: approach to the rising cards

207 Chapter Nine Putting It All Together
207 How to Learn a New Trick
208 Planning Your Shows
209 Routining Your Act
210 Performing Conditions

Product Details
LoC Classification GV1548.S364
Dewey 793.8 -dc20
No. of Pages 210
First Edition Yes
Original Publication Year 1967
Personal Details
Read It No
Location Magic Library (Home)
Condition Good
Owner Bryan-Keith Taylor
Bill Severn

Born: William Irving Severn
May 11, 1914
Brooklyn, New York

Died: May 8, 1992 (age 77)
Lee, Massachusetts

Categories: Books by Bill Severn

Bill Severn (1914-1992) was a journalist and professional club act magician specializing in cigarettes and silks. [1][2]


Severn worked for Associated Press as a radio news editor starting in 1941 and was long-time magic columnist for Boys' Life magazine.
Severn wrote more than 50 books for children and 25 on magic.[3]


Magic Wherever You Are (1957)
Shadow Magic (1959)
Magic in Your Pocket (1965)
Magic Across The Table (1972)
Bill Severn's Big Book of Magic (1973)
Magic in Mind: Mental Magic Tricks (1974)
Bill Severn's Magic Workshop (1976)
Bill Severn's Guide to Magic as a Hobby (1979)
More Magic In Your Pockets (1980)
Bill Severn's Impromptu Magic (1982)
Magic with Rope, Ribbon and String (1982)
Magic Fun for Everyone (1986)
Bill Severn's Amazing Magic (1992)
Magic with Paper
Magic Shows You Can Give
Packs of Fun
Magic Comedy
Bill Severn's Magic Trunk (a reissuing of Magic with Paper, Magic Shows You Can Give, Magic Comedy, and Magic in Your Pockets)
Magic with Coins and Bills
Bill Severn's Big Book of Close-Up Magic
Bill Severn's Best Magic
50 Ways to Have Fun with Newspaper


The Sphinx, Vol. 33, No. 3, May 1934, Who's Who in Magic, page 80
Obit, Magic, June 1992
Cover, M-U-M, Vol. 78, No. 10, March 1989, BILL SEVERN, Magician of the Month, page 10
The Linking Ring, Vol. 72, No. 7, July 1992, Broken Wand, Bill Severn, page 120
M-U-M, Vol. 82, No. 2, July 1992, Broken Wands, Bill Severn, page 41
Cover, The Linking Ring, Vol. 72, No. 8, August 1992, BILL SEVERN, Hocus Pocus Parade, by Phil Willmarth, page 71