Everybody's book of Magic
Will Dexter
Arco Publishers Ltd (1956)
In Collection
Magic tricks
Dexter, Will: Everybody's Book of Magic
©1956 ARCO Publishers Ltd, London & NY
Hardcover, w/dj, 6.5x9", 190 pages



7 Introduction (Will Dexter)
9 Overture And Beginners, Please!
11 And It Wasn’t Up His Sleeve At All!
15 This Is An Amateur’S World!
18 So You Want To Be A Magician?
35 A Mindreader, Eh?
47 The Allied Arts Of Magic
56 A Full Hand Of Clubs
60 Meet The Magic Circle
72 The International Brotherhood Of Magicians
80 These Are Names To Conjure With
91 Top Of The Bill
107 They Make The Magic
116 The Books Of Magic
123 The Ephemera Of Mystery
134 The Treasure From Tibet
140 Devano’s Propeller
143 Geoffrey Robinson’s Match Trick
145 Stanley Thomas’s Secret Of Lao Tang
148 David Nixon’s Bewitched Bottle
153 Lewis Ganson Boxes The Compass
156 Tommy Cooper Says “Have A Cigarette"
158 Robert Harbin On The Afghan Bands
161 Sid Emons' Cut And Restored Ribbon
165 Arthur Carter Projects Thoughts Through Space
167 Glossary Of Conjuring Terms
174 List Of American Magic Dealers

Arco Publishers Limited, London and New York, 1956. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Stated first edition (first printing). 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall. Light wear. Good with fading to boards. No markings. Has dust jacket. Standard age-darkening to paper. History and account of modern magic, with chapters on magicians, showmanship, allied arts, magic societies, books on magic; different magicians explain a few tricks & secrets. Surprisingly good book for the general public about 3/4ths of which are devoted to topics of magic history and biography and the last 30 or so pages devoted to good magic to perform, often by top names in magic such as Robert Harbin, Devnao and Tommy Cooper.
Product Details
No. of Pages 190
First Edition Yes
Personal Details
Read It No
Location Magic Library (Home) Shelf E
Condition Very Good
Owner Bryan-Keith Taylor
Will Dexter
Born William Thomas Pritchard
September 13, 1906
St. Annes-on-Sea, England
Died November 05, 1985 (age 79)
St. Annes-on-Sea, England

Will Dexter (1906 - 1985) was a close-up worker, mentalist and writer.

Born William Thomas Pritchard in England, Dexter was a professional journalist who started in 1928. His duties were interrupted by World War II, in which he was later discharged as a Captain in 1945. He served as an editor for number of newspapers, and later as Editor and Publisher with Public Relations Industrial, London until his retirement in 1969.

In retirement, he became a Daily Telegraph crossword compiler.

He ghosted several books for Robert Harbin.

Dexter was a member of the Magic Circle, the British Ring, East Kent Magical Society, Nottingham Guild of Magicians and an Honorary Life Member of the Blackpool Magicians' Club.[1][2]

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Everybody's Book of Magic (1956)
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Original Routines for a Forcing Pad (1975)
A Little Magic Among Friends (1981)
The Uncanny Power (1981)
The Tarot Reader (1981)
The Astro Reader (1981)
How to be a Wizard (1957)

Genii Magazine, Vol. 49, N0. 7, January 1986, Will Dexter, by Eddie Dawes, page 471
Obit Magicol No. 78 (February 1986)
The Magic Circular, Vol. 79, No. 861, December 1985, WILL DEXTER, by Eddie Dawes, page 494
The Linking Ring, Vol. 66, No. 3, March 1986, Broken Wand, WILL DEXTER, page 111
The Magic Circular, Vol. 102, No. 1105, August 2008, A rich cabinet of magical curiosities, by Edwin A. Dawes - 358. Will Dexter: The Busy Nineteen-Fifties and Sixties, page 236
The Magic Circular, Vol. 102, No. 1106, September 2008, A rich cabinet of magical curiosities, by Edwin A. Dawes - 359. Will Dexter: The Final Years and Return to St Anne's, page 276