Bill Severn's Magic Shows You Can Give
Bill Severn
David McKay Company, Inc., NY (1965)
In Collection
Magic tricks
USA  eng
Severn, Bill: Magic Shows You Can Give
©1965 Bill Severn, Van Rees Press, NY
Hardcover, w/dj, 212 pages

©1974 David McKay Co., NY
Softcover, perfect-bound
ISBN-13: 9780679202967
ISBN-10: 067920296X

Comments: Illustrated by Yukio Tashiro. This may also be the same book later re-titled as Magic in 4 Acts, but I haven't seen a copy of that book to verify.

Contents (partial from first page of ToC):

vii Introduction

3 Act One - The Club Show
3 Under Your Spell
9 Fast and Slow
19 The Little Black Bag
31 The Orange Swindle
43 The Magic Tax
53 The Club Show Set-Up

61 Act Two - On Stage
61 Hawaiian Magic
67 No Soap

Act Three - Magic in a Briefcase

MAGIC SHOWS YOU CAN GIVE by Bill Severn. This hard cover book is a complete book that gives you information to perform a complete magic show. It covers everything fromeverything from what is needed for the show, the dialogue during the show and the final bows.

This book has been read and was withdrawn from a school library and was obtained for private use. Wear is noted but overall condition is great as we could not find any torn pages or writing on the text pages. It still contains the pocket for library cards and the due date sheet. Great books for children.
Product Details
LoC Classification 65-15083
Dewey J 793.8 S
No. of Pages 212
First Edition Yes
Personal Details
Read It No
Location Magic Library (Home) Shelf Top
Condition Very Good
Owner Bryan-Keith Taylor
Bill Severn

Born: William Irving Severn
May 11, 1914
Brooklyn, New York

Died: May 8, 1992 (age 77)
Lee, Massachusetts

Categories: Books by Bill Severn

Bill Severn (1914-1992) was a journalist and professional club act magician specializing in cigarettes and silks. [1][2]


Severn worked for Associated Press as a radio news editor starting in 1941 and was long-time magic columnist for Boys' Life magazine.
Severn wrote more than 50 books for children and 25 on magic.[3]


Magic Wherever You Are (1957)
Shadow Magic (1959)
Magic in Your Pocket (1965)
Magic Across The Table (1972)
Bill Severn's Big Book of Magic (1973)
Magic in Mind: Mental Magic Tricks (1974)
Bill Severn's Magic Workshop (1976)
Bill Severn's Guide to Magic as a Hobby (1979)
More Magic In Your Pockets (1980)
Bill Severn's Impromptu Magic (1982)
Magic with Rope, Ribbon and String (1982)
Magic Fun for Everyone (1986)
Bill Severn's Amazing Magic (1992)
Magic with Paper
Magic Shows You Can Give
Packs of Fun
Magic Comedy
Bill Severn's Magic Trunk (a reissuing of Magic with Paper, Magic Shows You Can Give, Magic Comedy, and Magic in Your Pockets)
Magic with Coins and Bills
Bill Severn's Big Book of Close-Up Magic
Bill Severn's Best Magic
50 Ways to Have Fun with Newspaper


The Sphinx, Vol. 33, No. 3, May 1934, Who's Who in Magic, page 80
Obit, Magic, June 1992
Cover, M-U-M, Vol. 78, No. 10, March 1989, BILL SEVERN, Magician of the Month, page 10
The Linking Ring, Vol. 72, No. 7, July 1992, Broken Wand, Bill Severn, page 120
M-U-M, Vol. 82, No. 2, July 1992, Broken Wands, Bill Severn, page 41
Cover, The Linking Ring, Vol. 72, No. 8, August 1992, BILL SEVERN, Hocus Pocus Parade, by Phil Willmarth, page 71