The Amazing World of Mentalism
Burling Hull
Micky Hades International  (1976)
In Collection
Magic / Mentalism
Canada  eng
Hull, Burling & Stephen Minch (editor): The Amazing World of Mentalism
©1976 Micky Hades International, Canada
Hardcover, 8.5x11", 211 pages

Abebooks Price Range 274.00 - 995.00


5 Biography

11 Part I Amazing Mental Feats
13 Number-Vision Flight
15 All-Fair Want Ad Test
19 Volta Spiro-Predicto
23 Master Memory Feats
25 Thought Transference Superb
28 Dunninger's "TELEVISION"
32 Ball of Paper Held by Spectator Bursts Into Flame
33 Burling Hull's Super Psychic Billet Switch
34 Wolta's Giant ESP Thot Projection
41 Miracle Newspaper Test
43 Yoga Pulse Test and Volta Light Test
44 The Who Dunnit Mystery
47 Mentalism With Cards
49 - The Two Fold Miracle
50 - The Double Force
50 - Visual Thought Projection
51 - Crystal Ball Telepathy
53 - Duke Outdone
55 - An Experiment in the Science of Impossibility
59 Psychic Book Tests
61 - Volta's All-Fair Dictionary Feat
65 - Grant's Predicto Book and Card Test
67 - Volta's Master Book Test Mystery
71 - Premier Magazine Book Test
73 - Word Divino
74 - Word Divino #2
74 - An Old World Force
75 - A Clever Book Test

77 Part II The Invisible Hand Writes
82 The Spirits Know All, or a Living and Dead Combination
86 The Performer Presents a Number Test
88 The Spirits Correct a Mistake
89 A Mind Reading Number Divination
92 Spirits From China
94 Combination With Dunninger Slate Number Feat
94 Thrilling Colored Spirit Paintings

97 Part III The Second Sight Act
99 Seventy Years of Progress in Thought Transmission Acts
101 The Stage Instructing Co.'s $5.00 Course in Stage Mind Reading or Second Sight
103 The Zancig-Fixen System
105 The Howe and Howe Second Sight Code Act
106 The Series System of Arranging a List of Articles
106 The Three Part Number System
107 The Silent "No Code" System of Second Sight
107 The Burling Hull Second Sight Act
117 The Volta Improved Second Sight Question Act

131 Part IV The Question Answering Act
133 Stage Methods of Reading and Rendering Spectators' Questions
133 No. 1. The Hold Out
133 No. 2. The Box Entrance Method
134 No. 3. Switch Basket Method
134 No. 4. Back of Orchestra Switch
134 No. 5. Box Collection Method
134 No. 6. Hull's Brass Burning Bowl Method
135 No. 7. The Mirror Bowl
135 No. 8. Switch Bag Methods
135 No. 9. The Method of Communicating to Performer
135 No. 10. The Wireless Phone
136 No. 11. Direct Connection
136 No. 12. Metal Ball [
137 No. 13. Ball Stand
137 No. 14. Roller Hand Device
137 No. 15. Projector Method
137 No. 16. Blackboard Method
138 No. 17. Sleeve Transmission Method
138 No. 18. Glass of Water Transmission Met
138 No. 19. Faro Method
138 No. 20. Lead-Off
139 No. 20. The "Chicago" Metal Ball
139 No. 21. Simplified Metal Ball; "Eureka" Model
139 No. 22. Burling Hull's Non-Electrical Method
140 No. 23. Hull's DeLuxe Question Transmitter
141 No. 24. The Super-Stage Method Mind Reading Act

143 Complete Mind Reading Acts and Systems for Club, Banquet and Parlor
143 No. 25 Burling Hull Sealed Message Reading Pyramid
143 No. 26 "Mind Divination"
144 No. 27 Puhl's "Sealed Letter" Reading Supreme
145 No. 28. "The Unique Question Reading Act"
145 No. 29. Thu Stylus and Envelope Method
146 No. 30. The Hull-Poole Tray Reading Method
147 No. 31. The Envelope Package Reading Idea
147 No. 32. The Book Reading Device
148 No. 33. Gysels Envelope Pile Method
148 No. 34. The Burling Hull Sheet Readings
150 No. 35. "Reado Method" Sealed Readings
151 No. 36. "The Famous $25.00 Sealed Letter Test"
153 No. 37. The Burling Hull Improved Letter Test
155 No. 38. The Fay Readings
157 No. 39. Burling Hull's Club Stationery Crystal Gazing Act

159 Close Work or Clairvoyant Methods
159 No. 40. Sealed and Burned
160 No. 41. Hull Box and Ashes Reading
161 No. 42. Hull Folded Question Reading
161 No. 43. Clairvoyant Envelope Reading
162 No. 44. Hull's Dark Seance Reading Method
162 No. 45. The Dr. Q. Dark Readings
162 No. 46. Clairvoyant Writing Table Method
163 No. 41. Clip Board Method
163 No, 48. The Cardboard Clipboards
164 No. 49. The Hull-Pool Universal Sealed Reading Act

167 The Exclusive "Volta" Mentalism Course
169 The Question Answering Act
172 Practice Method for Fast Answering
177 The Exclusive Volta Supper Club Reading
185 The Master Volta Method for Supper Club Readings
188 The Volta "Lecture" Readings Method
189 The Volta Table Sealed Question Reading
199 Pointers and Tips from Experience on Working Tables
205 The Ultra Question Answering Act — With No Questions Written

This hardcover book is 211 pages long. Book starts off with a very short biography on the amazing author and magician. The book is then divided into four parts: "Part I: Amazing Mental Feats", "Part II: The Invisible Hand Writes", "Part III: The Second Sight Act", and "Part IV: The Question Answering Act". Features many entertaining and clever effects. Includes black and white illustrations throughout.

Binding and hinges are tight. Covers and spine are only very lightly rubbed. Interior is clean. Book is in overall NEAR MINT condition!

Product Details
No. of Pages 111
First Edition Yes
Personal Details
Read It No
Location Magic Library (Home) Shelf N
Condition Mint
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.