Germain The Wizard and his Legerdemain
Cramer, Stuart
The Buffum Publishing Corporation (1966)
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Magic tricks
USA  eng
Cramer, Stuart: Germain the wizard and his Legerdemain
©1966, published by The Buffum Publishing Corporation, Goleta, Ca.
Hardcovers, 152 pages

Abebooks price range 85.00 - 120.00

Highly collectible
Excellent condition

Book Description

Goleta, California: The Buffum Publishing Corporation , 1966. vi, 152 pages. This is the first printing of the scarce hardcover edition of this biography of famed magician Karl Germain (Charlie Mattmueller). The book is clean and tight. Top two corners of cover are lightly bumped; one small rubbed spot on front cover. Endpapers have a hint of foxing; page edges are lightly toned. Faint stains to bottom edge. Much nicer than it sounds.. Signed by Author. First Edition. Hard Cover. Collectible-Very Good/No Dust Jacket. Illus. by Mr. Meriweather. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.
Book Details


Filled with explanations of superb effects, and one of the greatest magic biographies ever written. Stuart Cramer recounts the life story of the grand artiste of magic, Karl Germain, and details the techniques of dozens of Germain's routines.



1 Chapter 1
2 Basket of Flowers Production
3 Appearing Cards
4 The Expanding Card
5 Silks and Soup Plates
6 Substitution Trunk
7 Drugstore Magic
8 Contact Mindreading

9 Chapter 2
10 An Eggstraordinary Eggsperiment
11 Complete Mental Telegraphy Act
12 The Obedient Spinning Coin

13 Chapter 3
14 The Rising Cards
15 Germain’s Egyptian Clock Dial

16 Chapter 4
17 The Mystery of Malabar Illusion
18 Dove to Candy
19 A Feathery Publicity Stunt
20 Idea for Vanishing a Lady
21 Miser’s Dream

22 Chapter 5
23 Kellar Flower Trick Improved
24 The Wizard Gardener
25 Witch’s Hat Production
26 Germain’s Famous Flower Growth

27 Chapter 6
28 The Butterfly
29 Dr Faustus Black-Art Act
30 Cabinet of Cagliosto Illusion

31 Chapter 7
32 A Pupil in Magic
33 The First Rabbit Tray
34 A Busker’s Baffler
35 Magical Mocha
36 Ching Ling Foo Ribbon
37 Mindreading à la Braille

38 Chapter 8
39 Magical Transportation
40 Faust’s Padlock
41 Tip-Up Table Trick

42 Chapter 9
43 Rhadama, Bride of the Nile
44 An Idea for the Asrah Illusion
45 The Vanishing Lamp
46 The Handkerchief that Always Comes Back

47 Chapter 10
48 Dancing Table
49 The Hand of the Hamadryad
50 Torn-and-Restored Cigarette Paper for TV

51 Chapter 11
52 Four Methods for Ring on Wand
53 Two Person Book Test
54 Mysterious Water Faucet

55 Chapter 12
56 Mentalism With Spoons
57 Novel Coin Vanish
58 The Great Vanishing Horse Illusion

59 Chapter 13
60 Batter Up!
61 Guinea Pig to Bottle
62 Card Stabbing
63 The Monkey’s Paw

64 Chapter 14
65 Ribbons and Roses
66 Ring from Hand to Hand

67 Epilogue

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Product Details
No. of Pages 152
Personal Details
Read It No
Location Magic Library (Home) Shelf E
Condition Near Mint
Owner Bryan-Keith Taylor
Karl Germain
From MagicPedia
Karl Germain ( February 12, 1878 - August 9, 1959) was born Charles Mattmueller in Cleveland, Ohio. He began his magic career as a boy in Ohio and was touring professionally by the age of twenty. He toured the Great Britain and Ireland as "The American Wizard". He was nicknamed Karl by his school teachers, because there were too many Charles in the school.

He retired for the first time from performing when his sister Ida died (who was his second person in his two-person mentalism act) and went to study law. In 1914, after graduating, he opened a law practice. He still performed periodically, but started booking his one time assistant, Paul Fleming whom he taught to preform his repertoire.

In 1916, returned to performing, when Fleming went to pursue his own carer, but only for a short time as he soon started loosing his eyesight and eventually became blind.

David Ben's reproduces Germain's Egyptian Water Jars and Blooming Rose Bush in his act "The Conjuror".

(1878 - 1960)
Germain, Karl (born Charles Mattmueller), began at the age of 8 years Between 14 and 16 he learned muscle vintages, which he demonstrated however only with private appearances. At the age of 18 he demonstrated a mind reading program with his sister as a medium. In 1906 he traveled to London, where he came to know and work with David Devant and John Neville Maskelyne.
Germain presented stage magic like the Visible Flower Growth; large illusions including levitations, appearances, and transpositions; mysterious spirit effects; and very clever mentalism. It was said that he could fool expert magicians with his close-up magic.