Classic Secrets of Magic
Bruce Elliott
Harper & Row Publishers (1953)
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Elliott, Bruce: Classic Secrets of Magic
Illustrated by Stanley Jaks
©1953, Harper & Row Publishers, Galahad Books
Hardcover, 266 pages
ISBN-13: 9780883650950
ISBN-10: 0883650959

2nd of 3 copies

Comments: Excellent instruction in magic, including many "classics" such as Paddle tricks, Egg Bag, and Cups & Balls. Bruce Elliot's writing is thorough and not just the "here's another trick" type. Lots of line drawings. Recommended.


ix Preface: Introduction to the book by Bruce Elliot, September 1952

1 Chapter 1: The Spectator's Card is Revealed!
2 Wrong Card Tranforms to Selection
4 Card Through the Handkerchief (Dai Vernon & Wallace Galvin)
8 Card on the Ceiling (Jay Marshall)

13 Chapter 2: Corncobs
13 Corncob Pipes (Lee Noble): smoke pours from empty pipes in increasingly unbelievable ways (chemical trick)

19 Chapter 3: Water Water Everywhere
19 The Rice Bowls: rice to double rice to water, fully explained
24 Brahmin Bowls: more advanced version (commercial product)
24 Al Baker's Bowls: another improvement
26 Jardine Ellis Wineglass Production
28 Wineglass Producion: Wally Dean's approach

32 Chapter 4: The Very Peripatetic Paddle
32 Table Knife Paddle
35 Match and Arrow
35 Business Card Turnover (Francis Carlyle)
36 Dr. Sack's Dice: a full routine with a pair of dice

47 Chapter 5: Those Four Aces
47 Simple Four Ace Trick: Aces assemble to one pile
50 Wally Dean's Follow Up: Aces travel to top of deck
52 Collins Ace Trick (Stanley Collins): Aces clearly shown to be in four different piles before assembling
55 Peng Peng (Conradi) One Ace vanishes while packet is in spectator's hand
56 Ending for Collins Ace: reproducing the Aces
58 Gimmicked Four Aces: with gimmicked cards
60 Slow Motion Ace Trick (Cy Enfield): another Four Ace trick

70 Chapter 6: Miser's Dream Come True
70 T. Nelson Downs: intro
71 Wally Dean's Miser's Dream: starts with wine glass intro
79 Al Flosso: brief description
79 Gimmicks: coin dropper

82 Chapter 7: The Egg Bag, Well Done
82 Simplest Presentation: overview and general approach
84 About the Bag: seems to describe a Tarbelll style bag as opposed to Malini
86 Special Moves: twisting the bag, stepping on it, other convincers
86 Stringed Egg Bag: for a clean vanish
88 Using an Egg-shell
90 Roy Benson's Egg Multiplication: many eggs appear in the bag

93 Chapter 8: The Two Covers and the Four Objects
93 Chink-A-Chink: coins assemble under two playing cards
100 Four Card Version (Clyde F. Cairy): four cards, coins, a newspaper, and two smaller magazines

109 Chapter 9: Billiards, Magic Style
109 Multiplying Billiard Balls (Walter B. Gibson): with a standard set and a handkerchief
118 Jack Chanin Move: for vanishing the balls
127 Advanced Routine (Walter B. Gibson): adds color changes and a fifth ball

136 Chapter 10: Razor Sharp
136 Razor Blade Swallowing (Lee Noble): razors become attached to thread in the mouth

144 Chapter 11: The Ambitious Card
144 Bruce Elliot's Routine: multi-phased routine in which the card always comes to the top

159 Chapter 12: The Eternal Cups & Balls
159 The Basic Routine: for any set of cups with a two in the hand and one in the pocket climax
169 Dixie Cup Version (Dr. Franklin V. Taylor): cleverly gimmicked cups
175 Charlie Miller Routine for Coffee Cups: with coffee or tea cups and rolled up dollars
182 Dealer Cups and Balls (Joe Berg, Ande Furlong): another routine for standard commercial cups, a sponge ball, cork balls and jumbo final loads
187 Cup Through Cup Illusion (Johnny Paul)
189 Benson Bowl Routine (Roy Benson): a one cup and ball routine (not a chop cup) using a larger bowl sized cup and sponge balls and a wand

199 In Conclusion: essay on presentation of magic

203 Appendix: List of best-liked effects of magic and twenty most performed effects by American magicians

207 Glossary

209 Index
Product Details
LoC Classification GV1547.E517
Dewey 793.8
No. of Pages 210
Personal Details
Read It No
Location Magic Library (Home) Shelf G
Condition Very Fine
Owner Bryan-Keith Taylor
From Magicpedia, courtesy of Genii Magazine:

Bruce Elliott (1914-1973) was an American writer who wrote mystery fiction, science fiction, television scriptwriter and magician. Elliott was the writer of 15 Shadow stories that appeared in "The Shadow Magazine" between 1946 and 1948. He was a contributor to the Jinx and co-founded the Phoenix with Walter B. Gibson. In November 1972, Elliott was hit by a taxi and lapsed into a coma. He died 4 months later.

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