The Book Without A Name
Theodore Annemann
Max Holden (1931)
In Collection
Magic tricks
USA  eng
Annemann, Theodore: The Book Without A Name
©1931 Theo Annemann, published by Max Holden
Hardcover, 62 pages

Comments: illustrated with photographs


7 Introduction
8 Foreword
10 The Really New Locator Card
11 An Original Set Up Discovery
13 One in Fourteen
14 A New Thought Card Spelling Effect
16 Whichever You Please!
17 Count Your Card!
19 Telepathy In the Audience
20 The Red and Blue Back Mixup
22 The Gambler in Person
25 The Gambler is Back Again
27 Psychic Sympathy Method No. 1
29 Psychic Sympathy Method No. 2
30 The Four Pile Location
33 The Genii Cut Deck Location
35 The Mystery Card Reading Method
38 A New Apparatus for the Pellet Switch
41 Find the Lady
42 The Improved Magic Square Presentation
46 The One Man Genuine Magazine Test
49 Mental Coloring - Telepathy With Silk
51 The Color-Tell Billiard Balls
52 Seeing In the Dark
54 Seven Keys to Baldpate
58 A Prophecy of the Koran
61 Jimmy Valentine Opens a Safe
Product Details
LoC Classification 4GV 1203
LoC Control Number ltf91000954
Dewey 793.8
No. of Pages 62
Personal Details
Read It No
Location Magic Library (Home) Shelf A
Condition Near Mint
Owner Bryan-Keith Taylor
Theodore 'Theo' Annemann (stage name Ted Anneman) born Theodore John Squires (1907 January 12, 1942) was an American professional magician who specialized in the field of mentalism. Annemann is most famous for inventing and refining many of the standard mentalism routines that continue to be used by magicians today.


Early in his life, Annemann began working as a railroad clerk and then got into showbusiness as a tenor singer and a magician's assistant. He eventually became interested in mentalism and used his invention and performance skills to become one of the most talented and respected magicians of the 1930s. Annemann perfected his own version of the famous bullet catch illusion, performing the effect outdoors. Accounts of his performance describe the feat as a dramatic effect wherein Annemann would collapse from the apparent force of the gun and then produce the bullet from his blood-drenched mouth.

In 1934 he became the editor of the famous magazine The Jinx, published primarily for magicians. The magazine was primarily focused on mentalism, but also featured ground-breaking effects from other fields of magic. The publication of this magazine ceased after Annemann's death and copies of it have become collector's items. Effects from the magazine have been published in several books and manuscripts, among them Annemann's Practical Mental Magic. This book is considered a classic in the field of mentalism.

Annemann was married twice and may have had a child by his first wife[citation needed]. His personality is the subject of much speculation. On the night of January 12, 1942, Annemann was scheduled to perform his bullet catch indoors for the first time. Before the performance, he committed suicide. Since the subject of suicide is complicated, we may never know exactly why Theo decided to end his own life. It is believed that Annemann was suffering from severe stage fright and drug abuse among other factors related to mental distress at the time of his death.

Edited posthumously

Ted Annemann's Full Deck of Impromptu Card Tricks (1943)
Ted Annemann's Practical mental effects (1944)
Annemann's Miracles of Card Magic (1948)
Annemann's Buried Treasures (1952)
Miracles of Card Magic (1964)
Annemann's Card Magic (1977) ISBN 0-486-23522-X
Practical Mental Magic (1983) ISBN 0-486-24426-1

Manuscripts by Annemann

Card Miracles (1929)
Mental mysteries (1929)
The Book With a Name (1931)
The Book Without a Name (1931)
The Trick of the Month Club Presents: A Dead Name Duplication (1931)
202 Methods of Forcing (1933)
Annemann Manuscripts (1933)
Sh-h-h--!: It's a Secret (1934)
The Incorporated Strange Secrets (1939)


Annemann, Life and Times of a Legend by Max Abrams, L & L Publishing (1992)