Magic Digest - Fun magic for everyone
Anderson, George B.
Follet (1972)
In Collection
Magic tricks
Hardcover 0695803395
USA  eng
Anderson, George B.: Magic Digest-Fun magic for everyone
©1972 Follet. First Edition 1972.
Hard-bound, 288 pages, 8.5x11"

Contents: There are many "sidebars" that include short stories, tricks, and anecdotes; these are designated as "Sidebar:" in the listing below

7 You Can Do Great Magic Tricks: a magic book for everybody
12 The Ground Rules of Magic: 11 rules of magic: decide on a style, personal appearance, don't perform until ready, routining, etc.

18 Anytime, Anywhere:
18 The Impossible Knot: knot magic with a 24" silk
20 The Instant One Hand Knot: with a silk
22 The Snap Knot: knot formed with a snap of the wrist
23 The Phantom Knot: a dissolving knot
24 Silk Through the Body: knot tied around wrist penetrates the wrist
26 Take Your Choice: spectator chooses a bracelet and it penetrates the silk
26 The Blow Knot: a knot is blown on and vanishes
27 Triple Choice: one of three knots instantly removed from a pole
27 Penetration: pen penetrates the silk
27 Instant Off and On: ring on and off a ribbon
28 Pin-a-Ribbon: ring removed from ribbon even though attached with a safety pin
30 Impossible Penetration: magician determines if bracelet comes free or not
30 The Indian Rice Mystery: bowl of rice picked up with only a knife
32 Burned and Restored Borrowed Bill: a bill is burned in an envelope but found restored
34 Dollar Bill in Cigarette: burnt bill is found inside a cigarette
35 Sidebar - Fishing for Money: a selected bill is found with a fishing rod
36 The Great Coat Trick: a rope penetrates a spectator's suit jacket
38 The Priceless Cups: tin cups and crockery cups are tied on a rope. When pulled, the tin cups fall to the ground, the crockery cups remain.
39 The Sponge Balls: a sponge multiplies in the spectator's hand, then appears under a cup in a Benson-bowl type routine
42 The Vanishing Coat Hanger: a coat hanger is wrapped in newspaper and vanishes within
43 Paradise Dice Routine: based on Dr. Zack's dice routine, using the paddle move

45 With Dessert and Coffee
45 The Vanishing Spoon: a spoon vanishes under the premise of being bent
46 Heads or Tails: a salt shaker vanishes under a napkin during a heads & tails coin game
47 The Coin and Glass Illusion: two forks balance on a glass with the help of a coin
48 Silver Through Glass: an excellent impromptu coin through the bottom of the glass
49 Borrowed Ring on Pencil: a ring is placed on a pencil while the spectator holds the ends
51 Sidebar - Quick Trick: number 9 force
51 Woofle Dust and Ice: picking up a piece of ice with a string
51 Knife Penetration: Penetration, but with a knife
51 The Numerology Trick: a numerical stunt where the result is a series of 6's
52 The Magic Square: magician can arrange numbers in a square so each row totals a number selected by the audience

53 At the Card Table
53 Mathematical Aces: four Aces appear on the tops of each of four piles
54 Sidebar - Quick Trick: spectator cuts the cards, and the cut to card indicates the top card, this is repeated several times
54 "Your Choice" Four Aces: 4 Aces appear in one packet
55 Choice Prediction: magician predicts the card selected by the spectator cutting the deck
56 Miraskill (Stewart James): Spectator picks a color, deals cards so that 2 reds go to red, 2 blacks go to black, and mix goes to discard. The result is predicted by the magician, and this is then repeated
56 Mental Card Sandwich: a self working card selection
57 How to Force a Card: several forces described such as the cut force, handkerchief force, etc.
59 Sidebar - A Message from the Flame: a burnt match reveals the selection
60 Super-Speller: spectator spells the name of the selection, and the final card is the selection
61 Safety Check Speller: another variation for a repeat
62 The Torn Deck Miracle: a deck is torn in two, and spectators stop the magician both at the 2 halves of the same card
63 False Shuffles: shuffling so the order of the cards is not disturbed
65 Simplex Poker Deal: magician deals winning hands
66 The Piano Trick: an even packet becomes odd with a bit of misdirection
67 Think Stop: Spectator yells "stop" at selection buried in the deck; with an out in case it doesn't work!
67 Sidebar - Master Location: a clever use of daub
68 Locator Cards I: an introduction to locator cards
68 The Twelve-Card Count: three cards pass from one envelope to another
70 Sidebar - Cutting the Aces: use of a natural break
71 The Golden Miracle: a penny is dropped by the spectator on top of the chosen card
73 You Do As I Do: an easy to do card trick
74 Sidebar - Cardology: stripping out cards to top or bottom of deck
74 You, Card Manipulator: an easy cut to the Aces routine
74 In Your Hat: Finding selected cards in the hat (using a crimp)
75 The Card on the Ceiling: a simplified approach
76 Al Baker's Impossible Card Location: a key card location
76 Sidebar - Cardology: Side Slip
76 Sheer Nerve: Annemann's pass substitute; and a card thru table application
77 Another "Think of a Card": Magician determines selection from the spectator's actions
77 Sidebar - Close Up Honor Roll: 25 nominations for close-up magician Hall of Fame
78 Follow-Up Card in Pocket: Clever follow-up to the Think A Card effect above
78 Countdown: Automatic location quickie
78 Double Reverse: Magician and spectator's selections turn face up in the deck
79 Stabbing a Card: a simplified approach
79 Another Card Stabbing: Pocket knife stabbed thru newspaper finds the selection
79 Restoring a Torn Card: Well done torn and restored card
81 Simulcast: Magician and spectator each deal and turn over selections at the same time
81 Sidebar - Cardology: the double-lift
81 Dublo-Cation: Spectator inserts 2 cards into the deck; Magician turns them face up next to their mates
82 Sidebar - The Jinx: Annemann's critical reviews
82 Want More Card Tricks?: Suggestions for further reading

83 At a Party:
83 The Telephone Card Trick: over the phone card prediction
85 Swindles: Introduction
85 "Gag" Three-Card Monte: Talks about E.O. Drane's backwards cards; the Q of Hearts turns out to be the Queen of Spades
85 The "Glide" Find the Lady: Simple Monte style effect
87 The Australian Belt: Loopy Loop, Chain of Chance - spectator can't pick the side that "catches"
88 The Shell Game: general approach described, no routine
90 Thirty-One (Percy Abbott): Mathematical 'game' with elimination of playing cards (a swindle)
90 A Ring, a Quarter and a Hankie: coin is apparently pulled through a ring while enclosed in a handkerchief (not a folder)
92 After Dinner Mints: Magician makes prediction of how many mints of a designated color will be chosen
92 Find the Body: The criminal is found out (uses a confederate)
93 Sidebar - Beginners: Broken and restored toothpick in handkerchief

94 Ice Breakers: Using magic to sell (includes hole-tite pencil discussion)
95 Sidebar - Making George Turn Over: simple dollar bill stunt
95 Clipped for a Snappy Buck (Bill Bowman): paper clips and rubber band link when a dollar bill is snapped
97 Keep it Brief: Clippo effect (cut and restored strip of paper)
98 Matching Pennies: a mathematical prediction
98 Sympathetic Coins (Karrell Fox): heads up and down coins are dropped one by one into the palm, they all end up one way
99 A Knotty Problem: Self untying knot in a sild (I.T.)
100 Print Your Own (Hugh Hogan): Paddle move with business card
101 The Indestructable Rubber Band: Band cut through an index card, but band is undamaged
101 The Jumping Band: from fingers to fingers
102 The Rubber Pencil: illusion

103 You're a Mindreader: discusses the difference between mentalism and other magic; covers the Q&A act a bit and some "cold reading"
104 The Sex Indicator: Weight on a sting indicates whether over boy or girl
105 Think of a Finger!: magician determines which finger a spectator is thinking of
106 Mental Choice: The '7 pile' is selected
106 One Chance in Ten: Magician predicts which of 10 cards will be chosen
108 The Hoax "Think of a Card": must be performed for a group, as the spectator quickly sees how its done'!
108 Sidebar - Lip Reading: and relation to mentalism
109 Three-Way Prediction: Three way prediction using magician's choice
110 Sidebar - Lightning Addition: clever mathematical trick
110 The Three-Digest Test: quickie mathematical divination
111 Money Talks: Serial number trick using 9 bills (must be sequential)
112 Simple Book Test: Impromptu with any book, and a few variations described
112 Sidebar - ESP Knockout: magician matches spectator's 5 ESP cards with a special rack display
114 Intermediary: 2nd spectator determines the number of a first spectator's selection (with help from magician)
115 Stopping the Pulse: a stunt where you stop your pulse (fun in the nurses office)
116 Message Reading: torn center steal
116 Matchbook Mind Reading: cleverly gimmicked matchbook reveals secret writing
117 The Window Envelope: Magician duplicates a drawing even though it is sealed in an envelope
118 A Clean Revelation: making a "copier" with soap
119 The Sealed Question Answering Act: discussion of various approaches
120 "In the Dark" Mindreading: reading messages in the dark
120 A Messge from Zographos: a clever story reveals a predicted card
121 Newmann's Numbers: mathematical divination
121 Sidebar - Pseudo-Hypnosis: spectator can't open his/her eyes (a physical stunt)
122 Sidebar - A Magic Art: reading a pencil top as it writes
122 Dowsing Rods: a discussion
123 Pseudo-Psychometry: Magician describes people based on objects they have placed in sealed envelopes
124 Sidebar - The Mercedes Act: Joe and his wife's song playing act story
124 Par-Optic Vison: Blindfold driving
125 Sidebar - Silly Quickie: pencil will write any color named
126 Sidebar - Revenge: Charles Maly vs. Dunninger

127 Coin Tricks:
127 The Classic Coin Fold: described with some ideas on using it
129 The No-Sleight Coin Vanish: a vanish
130 The Han Ping Chien Coin Trick: Famous coin tranposition routine
131 The Miser's Dream: for stage/parlor uses a gimmicked coin
133 Sidebar - A Staple Stop: coin penetrates a staple
133 Coins Across: with a coin adder tray
134 Sidebar - Mysto Magic: about Gilbert Magic sets
134 Coin Con: Bottom coin is heads up, and an unkind way to make a tip
135 Mindreading With Coins: Magician determines the date of a dollar bill and some coins
136 Breaking a Bill: quickie dollar to 4 quarters
136 The Bending Coin: uses a switch
137 The Sympathetic Coins: a simplified coin matrix routine
138 Sidebar - A Laugh With A Wand: a wand balances on the edge of a table
139 Truth in Advertising: a note about magic tricks and the way they are advertised
139 Chips Are Money: Make your own Cap and Pence / Stack of Quarters using poker chips
141 Heads or Tails: Magician can tell if a coin is heads up or down
141 Sidebar - Blackstone's Doughnuts: Harry's trick on a waitress

142 The Challenge 100-Foot Rope Escape: fully detailed in this dedicated chapter

145 A Spectacular Illusion: essay about stage illusions
148 The Nest of Boxes: Girl escapes from the nest of boxes
150 The Four Ads: Girl appears between three large panels
151 The Gift of the Magi: Magician and assistant transpose

154 A Close Up Routine:
155 The Silk Routine: introduction
155 Double Knot Vanish: knots disappear
155 World's Fastest Knot: instant knot
156 World's Fastest Bow-Tie: another instant knot
156 Bracelet From Silk: Plastic bracelet removed from silk
157 Silk Through the Arm: penetrates performer's arm
157 The Silk Routine: summary
157 Sidebar - Flash Production: of silks
158 Impromptu Close Up Routine: Introduction
158 The Bill Switch: no TT
159 Bracelet Over Rubber Band: bracelet penetrates rubber band
160 The Bracelet On The String: bracelet on string even though ends are held
161 Threading the Needle: Magician pulls end of rope through a loop without releasing his hand!
161 On Again, Off Again: Bracelet on and then off the string
161 The Paddle Trick: how to make and using a butter knife
163 The Rapping Pencil: answer questins through a "rapping" pencil
164 The Telephone Book Test: using a "36" force
164 Sidebar - Gus Rapp: a magician in a small town
165 Routine With Borrowed Cards: Introduction
165 Magic or Mindreading: selection ends up reversed in the middle of the deck, plus suggestions for using other card effects already described
166 Sidebar - Personal Magnetism: a few "magnetic" illusions
167 Sidebar - Smudge: ashes pass through spectator's hand
167 Card Routine With a Stacked Deck: series of effects starting with a stacked deck, and a few arrangements described (Nikola, Si Stebbins, etc.)
168 Sidebar - A Switch: card vanishes from envelope sealed by the spectator
169 Sidebar - Locator Cards II: double thick card
170 Sidebar - The Great Unknown: Eddie Tullock
171 "Kit" Impromptu Table Routine: starts with Ring & Rope routine; sponge balls
171 Square Knot Cut and Restored Rope: simple and easy with pop-off knot
172 Straight Arrow: arrow on card points every which way
173 Clippo: cut and restored newspaper strip
174 The Afghan Bands: Moebius Strip
174 Mental Telepathy: with a gimicked envelope
175 Sidebar - Fu Manchu: brief bio
176 Kit Routine Summary: with other suggestions
177 Close-Up Mental Routine: Introduction
177 Magnetism: a physical stunt with the hands
178 Living and Dead Test: Center tear
178 Psychic Drawing: envelope
179 Spectator and Slate: Audience predicts number thought of by spectator
180 Sidebar - Simplicity: Annemann's cigarette production
180 The Rapping Cricket: metal cricket in a box raps out answers
181 Matchbook: using the gimmicked matchbook previously described
181 Sidebar - The Pill Boxes: clever rattlebox approach
182 Sidebar - Beyond His Powers: cute story of pulling something out of a hat
182 A Routine for a Children's Show: Introduction
183 Torn and Restored Paper Napkin: after a supposed mistake
184 Sidebar - Silly Quickie: 4-2=6
184 Allah Palooza: Rope through wand
184 Hydrostatic Glass: new patter
185 Bananas: as explained in On-Stage chapter (below)
185 The Educated Snake: spring snake finds the card
186 The Rabbit Tubes: Produce a live rabbit
187 Popping Corn in a Borrowed Hat: and how to make the props
187 Sidebar - A Wild Hare: know your rabbit!

189 You're On Stage: lots of tips, advice, and anecdotes about a stage act
190 Sidebar - Dante: mini bio
191 Sidebar - Let There Be Light: Marvin Roy's lightbulb act
192 Sidebar - Sorcar: and his Mysteries of India tour
193 Club Act Routine: Introduction
193 Rope Stretching: with prepared rope and tip-over box
195 Ropes Around the Neck: ropes penetrate neck
196 Sidebar - Chang: Chinese comedian who speaks boken Spanish (actually he was born in Panama!)
196 Block and Cord: Block with a hole in it penetrates a rope
198 Bananas: old illusion where one curved card appears larger than the other one
198 Sidebar - An Extra Trick: a ventriloquist seance act story
199 Sidebar - From a Borrowed Hat: pulling loads from a borrowed hat
200 Heavy Water: Liquid doesn't spill when glass is inverted
201 The Needle Trick: threaded needles from the mouth (ouch!)
201 Two Great Tricks: a funny story about Blackstone
203 The Card in the Orange: selection is found inside an orange
204 Sidebar - The Hindu Rope Trick: a legend
206 Sidebar - The Ultimate Trick: bringing a dead fly to life
206 Great Performers: essay on many of the greats inlcuding Dante, Blackstone, Thurston, and others
207 Sidebar - Magical Ego: a magician in the courtroom
208 Sidebar - Willard, the Wizard: a tent show magician

210 Where Do We Go From Here?: What to buy, lots of tips, what to read
211 Sidebar - The Bandana Vanish: making a Devil's Napkin
212 Sidebar - The World's Greatest Magician: nomination to Fred Kaps
213 Sidebar - Quantity or Quality: Advice from Dante
214 Sidebar - Cardology: about palming

215 Let's Buy a Trick: What's good for one magician might not be good for you; lots of advice; more expensive does not always mean better; collectors; etc.
216 Sidebar - Floyd Thayer: and his magic apparatus
217 Sidebar - The Thumb Tie: Jay Marshall's is good
218 Sidebar - Laurant: an anecdote
219 Sidebar - A Minor Detail: Karrel Fox and baby chicks on stage, how a mistake turned out good!

220 Catalog: Sample catalog pages from Tannen's and Magic Inc.'s magic catalogs. (through page 259)

261 The Collector: Intro to collecting; chapter includes lots of photos of old Magic Posters along with mini-biographies
263 Robert-Houdin
263 Harry Houdini
265 Okito
267 Alexander Herrmann
267 Harry Kellar
269 Maskelyne's Mysteries
269 Harry Blackstone
269 John Mulholland
270 Howard Thurston
271 The Black Art Exposed: a literary magical curiosity reproduced in its entierty (with caution: don't try all of these, some are extremely dangerious!). Some of these range from regular magic (To Knock a Tumbler Through a Table; To Drive One Tumbler Through Another; To Bring Two Separate Coins into One Hand); some bizarre magic (The Dancing Skeleton; The Head of the Decapitated Speaking; How to Cut Your Arm Off Without Hurt of Danger). Some use dangerous chemicals (like mercury).

287 Acknowledgements:

George B. Anderson's Magic Digest is an excellent book for magicians of any level. Although aimed at the beginner, there are a lot of gems in this book; it is a shame it is no longer in print. This is a book that not many in this video age would likely read, however, as it includes a lot of text. This is not just a book of tricks, but one of advice and includes lots of stories and information about Magic History and performers. I put this book in the same category as the Bruce Elliot books. Highly recommended!
Product Details
LoC Classification GV1547 .A563
LoC Control Number 77187084
Dewey 793.8
No. of Pages 288
Personal Details
Read It Yes
Location Magic Library (Home) Shelf A
Condition Fine
Owner Bryan-Keith Taylor
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