Conjuring as a Craft
Adair, Ian
David & Charles : Newton Abbot (1972)
In Collection
Card tricks
Hardcover 0715347977
Great Britain  English
Adair, Ian: Conjuring as a Craft
(republished as Magic Step by Step)
©1970 ARCO Publishing, NY
Hardcover w/dj 160 pages

©1972 David & Charles : Newton Abbot
Hardcover w/dj 160 pages
ISBN 10: 0715347977
ISBN 13: 9780715347973

Magic Step by Step
©1972 ARCO Publishing, NY
Softcover, perfect bound, 5.5x8.5"

Also published by A.S. Barnes & Co. Conjuring as a Craft
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Magic Step By Step



1 Chapter 1 Introduction to Magic

15 Chapter 2 Tricks With Almost Anything
15 Red, White And Blue: three cards in a hat
18 Spooky Matches: matches move apart to reveal card selection
20 Stretching a Scarf: short scarf becomes long
22 Crazy Matchbox (Tom Sellers): matchbox tray expands to come out both ends
25 Linking Clips: paper clips link in a matchbox
27 The Magic Pencil: the "pencil writes in any color" gag with a magical ending
31 The X-Ray Machine: spooky writing card revelation
35 Bare Hand Card Catch: cards are dropped, and magician catches the selection
37 Ghostly Cards: one card penetrates the other

40 Chapter 3 More Ambitious Problems
40 Inexpensive Newspaper Silks Plus: silks produced from newspaper
42 In the Glass Appearance: All cards drop from an inverted glass except the selection
44 Pranky Papers: magician determines color of tissue paper balls behind his back, and produces coins from them at the end
47 Television Aces: a Four Ace trick in a special card panel
54 The Divining Sticks: sticks help determine which glass contains the water
58 Television Time: a sucker card (with TV picture) in envelope trick
62 Final Forecast: prediction effect
65 Travelling Transistor: vanishing radio that is playing
67 Egg and Confetti: for the platform show
70 Magical Printing: Plain cards are fanned with blank faces, but become printed

72 Chapter 4 Simple Sleight of Hand (with B&W photographs)
73 A Simple Billiard Ball Move
74 The Ball Reappears
77 Another Vanish
82 Take-Away Vanish
82 A Round-About Vanish
85 A Simple Palm
86 Producing a Thimble
90 Catching Coins In the Air
90 A Cigarette Vanish or Production
94 A Complete Routine Producing Twelve Cigarettes From the Air
101 Mysterious Paper Balls: two in the hand, one in the pocket
104 Pots of Plenty: Cups and Balls routine using flower pots, sponge seeds, and plastic carnation tops as balls
112 Marvellous Money Box: a Miser's dream with a gimmicked tin coin box
115 Melt Through Coin: coin melts through the hand
116 Vanishing and Producing a Card: back-palm
122 Vanishing a Stack of Cards

126 Chapter 5 The Big Show: low-budget illusions
126 The Flower Girl Illusion: girl appears on top of a table in a flash
129 Hand Cremation: spectator's arm appears to vanish in a box
132 Novelty Photograph Illusion: a real girl appears in a cut-out that was shown all sides
134 A Startling Sack Escape: lightweight bag escape
136 A Spectacular Sack Illusion: another sack escape

139 Chapter 6 Magic of the Mind
141 Paper Thought: the center tear
144 Dead and Alive Matchboxes: with five members of the audience
146 So Simple Card Prediction: with borrowed deck and a pair of dice
147 Colour Jars: variation on "color vision"
149 Crayon and Tube Mystery: magician determnes color of crayon in a tube
151 Sealed Prediction: sealed envelope is inserted into deck & prediction matches the card above the envelopre

154 Conclusion

155 Index of Tricks

Product Details
LoC Classification GV1547 .A23
LoC Control Number 73490051
Dewey 793.8
No. of Pages 160
Personal Details
Read It No
Location Magic Library (Home)
Condition Very Fine
Owner Bryan-Keith Taylor
Adair, Ian
( 1943 - )
British-born magician, author and specialist in dove magic. General Manager of Supreme Magic until its closing several years ago. Inventor of over 3,000 effects; author of more than 150 magic books, including the Encyclopedia of Dove Magic.


Ian Adair's Real Name
Ian H. Adair


Magician, Author, Inventor

Place of Birth
Kilmarnock, Scotland




Adair possesses the ability of dove manipulation. A specialist in dove magic, Adair is well known for his book entitled "Encyclopedia of Dove Magic." He is also a genius in the conception and creation of over 3,000 magical effects.

Interesting Fact
Adair won first prize in the famous "Carol Levis' Discoveries" TV show and had as an assistant Joan Collins, a starlet in those days. During the 1950s Ian appeared on more than 100 television shows.


Ian Adair was born in Scotland on December 20, 1943. He moved to Bideford, England as a boy. Adair became fascinated with magic at the young age of five when he received a magic set from his grandmother on his birthday. Ian soon found himself immersed in library books, devouring, and digesting everything he could on the art of magic.

One of his treasured literary discoveries was a book entitled "The Boy's Book of Conjuring," which provided an exhaustive amount of insight into this fascinating art.

What started out as a hobby began to evolve into something more. By the time he was eight, he was performing shows in front of audiences, and at the 12 he first appeared on television.

At age 15, Adair left school to pursue his career in magic.

As a young man, he was greatly influenced by magician Channing Pollock. It was one performance of Channing's that greatly ignited Adaire's passion for magic.

Though he was at the bottom of his class throughout his school life for English, Adaire has taught himself to write, and ended up writing 265 books on magic, including the respected "Encyclopedia of Dove Magic."

Aside from books, he has written thousands of magazine articles for a multitude of magazines, such as "Magic Wand," "Linking Ring," "Genii" and "MUM." to name a few.

In his late twenty's, Adair teamed up with Edwin Hooper of the Supreme Magic Company in Bideford, of which he subsequently became a partner. Ian was associated with the company for over thirty five years.

Supreme Magic Company became the largest magic supplier in the world, providing magic products to famous magicians, such as David Copperfield , Paul Daniels and David Nixon.

While working for "Supreme Magic," Adaire has become a member of the exclusive "Inner Circle" with "Gold Star Award" and has worked as a professional magician. He has also the inventor of over 3,000 magic effects.

Today, Adaire resides in North Devon, England and is enjoying his retirement with his wife Ela. He still writes several trick articles for various magazines, and is actively involved in performing shows all over the world.


From Magicpedia

Ian Adair

Born: Ian Hugh Adair; December 20, 1940; Kilmarnock, Scotland


Books by Ian Adair
Ian Adair (b. 1940) writes a regular column in MAGIGRAM and is the author of numerous books on magic for the general public.

Adair's Ideas (1959)
Magic with Doves (1960)
Encyclopedia of Dove Magic, Vol. 1 (1968)
Television Puppet Magic (1969]
Encyclopedia of Dove Magic, Vol. 2 (1971)
Encyclopedia of Dove Magic, Vol. 3 (1973)

The Linking Ring, Vol. 42, No. 12, December 1962, Annual British Hocus Pocus Parade, Presented by Ian Adair, page 61
Cover, Genii Magazine, Vol. 32, No. 9, May 1968
Genii 1971 April (cover)
Cover, The Linking Ring, Vol. 60, No. 4, April 1980, Our Cover, Ian Adair, by Wm. G. Stickland, page 62
The Magic Circular, Vol. 77, No. 841, December 1983, This is Your Life, by Peter D. Blanchard, page 292
Cover, M-U-M, Vol. 78, No. 4, September 1988, Magician of the Month, The Ian Adair Story, pages 11-16
The Linking Ring, Vol. 84, No. 9, September 2004, Hocus Pocus Parade, Ian Adair One-Man Parade, by Jon Racherbaumer, page 95
The Linking Ring, Vol. 87, No. 1, January 2007, British Ring 25 Parade, Compiled by Ian Adair, Edited by Jon Racherbaumer, page 83
Cover, The Linking Ring, Vol. 89, No. 9, September 2009, Ian Adair, One-Man Parade, by Ian Adair, page 75
The Linking Ring, Vol. 92, No. 12, December 2012, A Tribute to Ian Adair: Fifty Years of Parades, by C. Dennis Schick, page 55, Hocus Pocus Parade, Ian Adair, Golden Anniversary One-Man Parade, Marking Up Fifty Years, page 81
Encyclopedia of Magic and Magicians by T.A. Waters (1988)
Brief Biography at The Magic Nook
All About Magicians/Ian Adair
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