Chemical Magic
Gilbert, Alfred Carlton
The A. C. Gilbert Company (1920)
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Magic tricks - Chemical magic
USA  English
Gilbert, Albert C.: Gilbert Chemical Magic
©1920 A.C. Gilbert Co., Connecticut
Softcover, saddle-stitched, 5.5x7.5", 64 pages

Comments: A Presentation of Original and Famous Tricks Conjuring Accomplished by the Use of Chemicals


7 Introduction

7 Group 1
9 The Great Smoke Mystery
11 Changing Water to Wine
12 Changer Water to Wine by Passing Hand Over Glass
13 Pour Milk from a Milk Bottle Full of Water
13 Pour Wine from Pitcher of Water, Pour Back and It is Water Again
14 Turning Iron Into Copper
14 Ink to Water
17 Water to Ink
17 Second Sight
19 Magic Writing Ink
19 Changing Burgundy into Sherry
20 Extraordinary Wine, Water and Milk Trick
22 Mysterious Glasses
23 Mysterious Jug of Water
23 The Flags of Victory

26 Group II Special Tricks
26 Fiat Lux (Let There Be Light!)
29 Prohibition Vs. Wines
30 Changing Wine to Water
32 Latest Flying Glass of Water
35 The Vision of Belshazzar

39 Group III Miscellaneous Experiments
39 The Magic Rose
39 Chemical Barometer
40 The Magic Picture
40 The Magic Power of Mental Concentration
40 The Magic of Ammonia
41 Flash Paper
42 The Fire Bowl
43 Water As a Polychrome Ink
43 Sympathetic Inks
44 Magic Stars From the Candle
45 Magic Crystals
45 Mysto Magic Paper
45 Is a Glass Ever Full?
46 The Magically Suspended Ring
46 Rainbow Flashes
47 Chemical Flash
47 Tube Lengths for "Acid Tubes"
48 Curious Experiment
50 The Musical Flame
51 Lighting a Candle Without Touching the Wick
51 Placing a Glass of Water in Such a Position That No One Can Remove it Without Upsetting the Water
52 The Mysterious Egg
53 Which is the Boiled Egg?
53 What a Glassful of Water Will Hold
54 To Change the Complexion From White to Black
54 Diabolical Odor
55 Magic Writing
55 The Magic of Superficial Tension
56 The Magic Flags
56 Magic Sugar
57 The Camphor Scorpion
57 Pharaoh's Serpents
57 The Improvised Horse Chestnut Floating Torch
58 The Magic Moving Tumbler
58 Chemical Butterflies
59 Magic Water
59 Tantalizing Matches
60 Trick Matches
60 The Ice Factory

A Presentation of Original And Famous Tricks in Conjuring Accomplished By The Use Of Chemicals

Abebook Price Range 100.00 - 750.00

This 61 page, hardcover book features a variety of fun tricks with chemicals that are sure to puzzle and entertain your friends. Not only will the reader be provided with entertaining tricks, but he or she will also learn the explanations behind various chemical reactions and properties. Contents are divided into three sections: Chemical Magic, Combination Tricks, and Miscellaneous Experiments. Features black and white illustrations throughout.
Product Details
Dewey 793.8
No. of Pages 64
First Edition Yes
Rare Yes
Personal Details
Read It No
Location Magic Library (Old Books)
Condition Fine
Owner Bryan-Keith Taylor
Alfred Carlton Gilbert
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Alfred Carlton Gilbert (born February 13, 1884 – died January 24, 1961) was an American inventor, athlete, toy-maker and businessman. Born in Salem, Oregon and died in Boston, Massachusetts, Gilbert is best known as the inventor of the Erector Set.

Gilbert was educated at the Tualatin Academy and attended Pacific University in nearby Forest Grove, Oregon. While attending Pacific University, Gilbert was a brother of the Gamma Sigma Fraternity.[1] He left Pacific after 1902 and transferred to Yale University. Gilbert financed his education at Yale University by working as a magician, earning a degree in sports medicine. An accomplished athlete, he broke the world record for consecutive chin-ups (39) in 1900, distance record for running long dive in 1902, and height in the pole vault. He won a gold medal in the 1908 Summer Olympics in London in pole vaulting. That same year he married Mary Thompson, whom he had met at Pacific University. They had three children: two girls and a boy.

Choosing not to pursue a medical career, Gilbert co-founded a company manufacturing magic sets in 1909. This company would later become the A. C. Gilbert Company. Gilbert invented the Erector Set, a popular construction toy, in 1913. His inspiration was steel construction girders being used on the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad. In 1918, with the United States embroiled in World War I and the Council of National Defense considering a ban on toy production, Gilbert argued successfully against it. The press gave him the nickname "The man who saved Christmas."

By 1935, he had sold more than 30 million of the sets. He also added chemistry sets, microscope sets, and other educational toys to his product line, accumulating more than 150 patents during his 50-year career. In 1938, he acquired the rights to the American Flyer toy train line from W. O. Coleman and moved their production from Chicago to New Haven. At the same time, he adopted a 3/16 scale for this train line while keeping the three-rail O-gauge track now associated with Lionel. Following World War II, O-gauge track was abandoned in favor of two-rail S-gauge track. Gilbert was lauded for his strict adherence to scale realism, making American Flyer trains look more real and less toylike.

Gilbert is also credited with originating the concept of providing benefits for his employees, co-founded the Toy Manufacturers of America organization and was its first president.

Frustrated that invention was an important part of American society but not taught in schools, in 1941 Gilbert opened the Gilbert Hall of Science in New York City, an early science and technology museum. It served the dual purpose of promoting interest in science and selling Gilbert's products.

In 1950–1951 he sold the Gilbert U-238 Atomic Energy Laboratory.

Upon his retirement in 1954, Gilbert turned his company over to his son. The same year, he published his autobiography, titled The Man Who Lives in Paradise. After his death in 1961, the family sold its remaining shares in the A. C. Gilbert Company to Jack Wrather. It went out of business six years later.

A museum in Gilbert's birthplace of Salem, Oregon, A. C. Gilbert's Discovery Village, is named in his honor. It opened in 1989. A biography titled The Man Who Changed How Boys and Toys Were Made was published in 2002.

The CBS television movie The Man Who Saved Christmas is a dramatization of A.C. Gilbert’s campaign to save Christmas during the years 1917 and 1918 when America was involved in World War I. He was portrayed by Jason Alexander. The film takes several historical liberties. It debuted December 15, 2002.

Pacific University Heart of the Oak, 1902, page 85.