Magic In The Making - A First Book of Conjuring
John Mulholland
Charles Scribner's Sons (1925)
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Mulholland, John & Milton M. Smith: Magic In the Making
A First Book of Conjuring
©1925 Charles Scribner's Sons, NY & London
Hardcover, w/dj, 5x7.25", 134 pages

Comments: Illustrated with diagrams and drawings.

Contents (partial contents from book ToC, comments from the book):

---missing Chapters I through VIII---
The Baker's Arrow
The Stolen Apple
The Spectacles of Diogenes

43 Chapter IX The Invisible Scribe: of the ghost who can anticipate the thoughts of any one
47 Chapter X The Tower of Cadiz: How the beautiful Spanish lady could send messages to her noble over imprisoned by the Moors
53 Chapter XI The Wishing Jewel: Concerning the power of a Magic word over an Arabian jewel of great price
61 Chapter XII The Office at Night: how inanimate objects have queer powers at night, in the office as well as in the toy shop
66 Chapter XIII The Detective's X-Ray: How a picture may be made of an unknown stolen object
74 Chapter XIV The Nasturtium-Seeds: Of the lovely princess whose cruel father forbade her to plant a garden
83 Chapter XV The Cane of the Jadoo-Wallah: Concerning the Hindoo Magic-Maker and the mysterious properties of the ring and stick
88 Chapter XVI The Chinese New Year Card: Of the mysterious Chinese name that will not be destroyed
92 Chapter XVII The Effect of Light: How one handkerchief appears to be of two colors at the same time
97 Chapter XVIII The Perplexed Mason: How a story, omitted in the building of a house, may be inserted between two others that have been built
104 Chapter XIX The Altered Purchase: Of the storekeeper who could change the contents of a bundle without unwrapping it
109 Chapter XX The Silk-Mill: How a silk cloth is manufactured from silk thread without machinery
115 Chapter XXI Dindaki Xaneditai: Being the method of the Apache Indians for growing plants rapidly
120 Chapter XXII Making Magic: Concerning some principles and advice which will be very profitable for magic-makers


Illustrated with drawings and diagrams. Twenty-two chapters on conjuring tricks and performance magic illustrated with diagrams showing how to perform them. "Here are complete explanations of twenty-two tricks utterly baffling to the spectator when well performed, tricks which any one can master from the clear text and pictures, and for which any normal house will furnish the necessary material equipment.Though aimed at amateurs will be of interest to more advanced magic students because of the history in the first chapter and the unusual nature of the tricks taught. They are not in the cookie-cutter mold of most beginner books. For example, there is an interesting chapter on "The Cane of the Jadoo-Wallah" relating an authentic mystery from India.
Product Details
No. of Pages 134
Personal Details
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Location Magic Library (Home) Shelf R
Condition Very Fine
Owner Bryan-Keith Taylor
John Mulholland (1898-1970)

John Muhlholland was born in 1898 in Chicago, and was first inspired to become a magician by seeing a performance of Harry Kellar's. He moved to Manhattan as a young man with his mother. An accomplished performer by his teenage years, Mulholland went on to an impressive career as a professional magician and authority on the subject. In the 1930s, he assumed editorship of The Sphinx, at that time the world's largest and most respected magic magazine. Mulholland had an uparalleled collection of magic memorabilia and apparatus that is now largely owned by David Copperfield. Inventor of the Mulholland Box. A one-time consultant to the article on conjuring in the Encyclopedia Britannica, he is credited with helping to make magic intellectually respectable, and wrote numerous books on the subject.

Among his written works are Quicker than the Eye (1932), Story of Magic (1935), The Art of Illusion (1944), and Book of Magic (1963).