The Testament of Ralph W. Hull
Hall, Capt. Trevor H.
Academy Of Recorded Crafts, Arts and Sciences, LTD (1946)
In Collection
Magic tricks, Magic tricks - Biography
Great Britain  eng
Hall, Trevor H.: The Testament of Ralph W. Hull
©1945 Academy of Recorded Crafts, Arts and Scientific Limited (ARCAS), London
©1946 Edition Academy of Recorded Crafts, Arts and Scientific Limited (ARCAS), London
Hardcover, 116 pages

Comments: Biography of Ralph W. Hall, 1883-1943 and his card magic.
Contents (chapters, from book ToC):

5 Preface
7 To the Reader
9 General and Biographical Note
15 Chapter One Some Useful Sleights
22 Chapter Two The Intelligence Quotient Test
34 Chapter Three Location, Prophecy and Transposition
45 Chapter Four The Unfinished Symphonies
54 Chapter Five An English Version of Name-O-Card
67 Chapter Six Problems Using the Rough and Smooth Principle
80 Chapter Seven The Miracle Torn and Restored Card
87 Chapter Eight Two Magical Miniatures
104 Chapter Nine A Magician Among the Spirits
115 Chapter Ten Bibliography of Ralph W. Hull

Undated First Edition "The Testament of Ralph W. Hull" by Capt. Trevor H. Hall, F.S.I.

This hardcover book is 116 pages long. Features a tipped in black and white photograph of the late Ralph W. Hull, located on page 8. Book begins with a brief description of Hull's life and career. From then on, a variety of Hull's sleights, routines, effects, and principles are explained in clear detail. Includes items such as "The Detective Card Trick", "The Intelligence Quotient Test" "The Three - In - One Card Trick", "The Miracle Torn and Restored Card", and more! Features black and white photographic illustrations throughout.

Binding is shaken. Front hinge is fine, rear hinge is starting. The covers and spine are lightly rubbed, with some light fraying to the corners and spine ends. The rear cover has an area of light fading along the edge. There are no loose, torn or missing pages that I saw, with the exception of a few small chips along the top edge of the first blank page. The interior is clean, other than some faint yellowing to the pages as a natural result of ageing. Overall, this book is in GOOD to VERY GOOD condition. As with any book this old, some ageing and minor imperfections should be expected, as well as the possibility of unobtrusive prior owner's notations, inventory control numbers and / or signatures. Any major imperfections will be noted.
Product Details
No. of Pages 116
First Edition Yes
Personal Details
Read It No
Location Magic Library (Home) Shelf K
Condition Very Good
Owner Bryan-Keith Taylor
Ralph W. Hull
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Ralph W. Hull
Born Crooksville, Ohio Born July 5th, 1883
Died May 20th, 1943

Cause of death natural causes
Nationality American
Occupation magician, author
Known for sleight of Hand, card magic


Ralph W. Hull (July 5th, 1883 - May 20th, 1943) was born in Crooksville, Ohio and grew up to be an American magician (specialty card magic) and magic author who invented a number of commercial effects, including the Mirage Deck (1934), and the Mental Photography Deck / Nudist Deck (1934).

He was also involved in his family business, the well known Hull Pottery manufacturing company out of Ohio. He is best know for the mechanical decks he developed using his rough and smooth principle.
Ralph W. Hull was also a performer at Coney Island as the Chautauqua & Lyceum headliner.

Published Works

Eye-Openers (1932)
More Eye-Openers (1933)
Modernism in Pasteboards (with Nelson C. Hahne) (1934)
Smart Magic (with Nelson C. Hahne) (1935)
Fifteen Minutes With A Rope (1937)
The Testament of Ralph W. Hull by Trevor Hall (1945)