Novel Notions
Ian Adair
Supreme Magic Co (1981)
In Collection
Magic tricks
Softcover, comb-bound 
England  eng
Adair, Ian: Novel Notions
©1981 Supreme Magic, Bideford, Devon, England
Softcover, saddle-stitcheAdair, Ian: Novel Notions
©1981 Supreme Magic, Bideford, Devon, England
Softcover, saddle-stitched, 48 pages A


Contents (from book, updated Apr 2020):

7 Introduction
8 About the Author (William G. Stickland)
9 Who Was That Lady I Sawed Last Night: version of Clippo
10 Mr. Tipsy Wand: white tip of magic wand creeps along the wand
12 Silken Princess: silks vanish as girl transforms into a princess
12 Cigo-Gravity: cigarette packet levitates from hand
13 Num-Thumb: pins penetrate performer's thumb without harm
16 Puzzlers With Paddles
16 - Holey Paddle: green solid paddle and red paddle with hole transpose
18 - Paddle-Split: performer and spectator each select the matching halves of a physically split deck
19 - Snap!: selected card on a paddle matches the one reversed
20 - Simplicity Sword Paddle: selected card with torn corner is caught on a paddle
22 Choosey Chance: only magician gets envelope with money
22 Cheeky Chance: only magician gets matchbox with the money
23 Zippy Zoo!: some spectator select same card, others select a different same card, but all shown as blank
24 Ultra Triple Prediction: magician uses a small board to predict three selections and the single card chosen from those three
26 Clean-Cut Anti-Gravity: glasses cling to a board upside-down, using a different method
27 Liqua-Cane: a cane pops out of a glass that had just poured liquid out of it.
29 Logic-Magic Paper Tear: torn and restored with sucker ploy
29 Slide-Apart Production Box: construction of a production box with a sliding lid
30 Black and White Dove Mystery: torn and restored black and white paper transforms to dove in a pan
32 Dippy Dice: a die covered with a tube goes through various changes
34 Curious Cake: A freely named card is found inside a cake
36 Hole-Sum Card Prediction: prediction card with hole is placed next to selection, using Rough & Smooth
38 Clear-Vue Dove Production Box: construction detailed
39 Zim-Zam: a production paper tube
41 Fab Frame: versatile card frame to change one card to another
43 The Last Straw: a Just Chance routine using plastic straws
46 Happy Holidays: selected slip from a clear glass matches previously blank poster
47 Conclusion
Product Details
No. of Pages 48
First Edition Yes
Personal Details
Read It No
Location Magic Library (Home)
Condition Mint
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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