Oriental Conjuring and Magic
Supreme Magic Company (1981)
Ayling, Will: Oriental Conjuring and Magic
©1981 The Supreme Magic Company
Hardcover, 384 pages.
Dust Jacket Condition: Near Mint.
Lower corners very slightly bumped
Comments (Stephen Sparks): With an Index by S.H. Sharpe. From the book, "This book presents a comprehensive guide to Oriental Magic, but entertainingly describes the actual methods used by these magicians & in many instances gives up-dated modern versions which the conjuror today can use in his programmes."
Contents: (Note: numbers are not page numbers)
1 The Psychology of the Indian Conjurer
2 The Bamboo Rods and Strings (The Hindu Wands)
3 The Indian Lilnk Trick. The Chinese Rings.
4 The Indian Sands. The Colour Changing Sands.
5 Producing Marbles and Leaden Balls from the Mouth
6 The Cups and Balls
7 The Broken and Restored Cotton
8 The Mango Tree
9 The Indian Basket Trick
10 The Bunder Boat
11 The Suspended Bowl of Rice. The Suspended Prayer Vase.
12 The Ring on Wand
13 The Cut and Restored String or Turban
14 The Egg Bag
15 The Appearance of Marks on the Hand
16 The Diving Duck
17 The Indian Rope Trick
18 Production of Snakes and Crocodiles in a Cloud of Dust
19 Snake charming
20 Running a Dagger into the Cheek. Piercing the Tongue, and similar feats. (See 73, 83, 86)
21 The Aerial Suspension. The Sword Suspension. Human Levitation.
22 The Production of Sparrows from a Basket
23 To Make an Article Travel of its Own Accord
24 Threading Beads in the Mouth. The Needle Threading Trick.
25 Changing Beans into Snakes, or Stones into Scorpions.
26 Eating the Leaves of the Prickly Pear
27 Laying One's Stomach on the Edge of a Sword, and Sword Walking
28 Causing Blood to Flow and Stop Flowing from the Arm
29 Eating Pounded Glass, and Dancing on Glass
30 Swallowing Pebbles, etc.
31 Sabre Swallowing
32 Invulnerability to Red-hot Iron, and Fire Walking
33 The Chinese Marble Trick and Other Sleights
34 Fire Eating and Smoke Blowing
35 The Japanese Butterflies
36 The Japanese Picture
37 The Bowl of Water Production
38 The Jumping Plume. The Jumping China Rabbit. The Jumping Duck.
39 The Japanese Obedient Ball on String.
40 The Feast of Lanterns.
41 The Dancing Figure (Chinese?)
42 Ropes Through Neck, Ropes, Rings and Coat, and similar Tricks.
43 The Hindu Lota. The Ching Ling Foo Can.
44 Flower Changing into Goldfish in Cup.
45 Twenty Colour Changing Coins.
46 Torn and Restored Paper.
47 Buried Alive.
48 Japanese Magic Mirrors
49 The Indian Cooking Trick
50 Ball of Wool Swallowed and Reproduced from a Cut in the Stomach
51 The Human Stove
52 The Production of Coconuts from the Performer's Mouth
53 The Ten Ichi Thumb Tie
54 The Rice Bowls
55 The Vanishing Rice (Japanese)
56 Snowstorm in Japan. Plum Blossom in the Wind. Autumn Leaves.
57 Tissue Changed into an Egg (Max Sterling Egg)
58 Instantaneous Incubation
59 Coins and String
60 The Flying Chopstick
61 Production from Box
62 The Broken Chopstick
63 Suspended Cups of Water from Fan
64 Japanese Postcard Divination
65 Fire, Water and Globe of Goldfish Produced from Tub
66 Vanishing Rice From Cup
67 Tapping Stick in Bottle
68 Water Passed from Bottle to Bottle
69 Plate Spinning
70 Japanese Boiling Water Ordeal
71 Vanished Ring Found in Egg
72 Coin Changed into a Stone
73 A Stone Lifted by the Eyes or Tongue (see 20)
74 The Ten Ichi Water Fountains (Japanese)
75 Swallowing a Barrel of Water (Burmese)
76 Sleights with Chickens (Port Said)
77 Yogi Gold From Fire
78 The Zulu Obedient Floating Log
79 Summoning The Scents (Indian)
80 Pulse Control
81 The Han Ping Chien Coins
82 The Hindu Talisman
83 Padlock Through Cheek (See 86, 20)
84 The Chinese "Chefalo" Knot
85 The Jumping Egg
86 Knife Through Nose
87 Silks From Mouth
88 Ring Changes to another Ring and Lump of Metal
89 Colour Changing Slips of Paper and Water
90 Escape from Ropes and Sack
91 Variuos Changes in a Small Box
92 The Indian Bow Trick
93 Water Frozen in the Hand
94 The Organ Pipes
95 The Animated Leaves
96 Long Paper Ribbon From a Bowl of Shavings
97 Shower of Nuts from a Handkerchief
98 Magnetic Arrows
99 Dismembering and Rearticulating a Man
100 The Indain Nose Ring
101 The Japanese Ever-Flowing Kettle
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William Richard Ayling
March 2, 1914
May 23, 1992 (age 78)
Will Ayling (1914-1992), illusionist, close-up performer, and collector of antique magical apparatus was a past President of the Portsmouth Magical Society and of The British Ring.
Ayling assisted Lewis Ganson with his Teach-In Series, often appearing in the photographs which accompanied the text. He followed the series with his own "Know How" series of books dealing with individual effects or routines. 
The Art of Illusion (1968)
Genie Presentations (1972)
Oriental Conjuring (1981)
Knowing the Ropes (1987)
Knowing the Egg Bagg (1988)
Knowing the Chop Cup (1989)
Knowing the Rising Cards (1991)
1.↑ Cover The Gen July 1968
2.↑ Cover Linking Ring November 1982