Bill Severn's Magic Comedy - Tricks, Skits and Clowning
Bill Severn
Faber and Faber (1968)
In Collection
Magic tricks
London  eng
Severn, Bill: Magic Comedy: Tricks Skits and Clowing
©1968 Bill Severn, Faber and Faber, London
Hardcover, no dj, 144 pages

©1974 David McKay Co. in the USA
Magic Comedy

Comments: Illustrated by Katharine Wood. Note: The 1968 Faber & Faber edition I saw had only 122 pages through Chapter 5, so perhaps later editions added the chapters Card Comedy and beyond.

5 Before You Begin

16 Magic to Make Friends Laugh
16 Close Up Comedy Tricks
16 Money Talking
19 I Ain't Got No Pencil
22 Heads Up
24 The Rivals
26 My Son, the Soldier
28 Picture That
32 The Flying Key

39 Magic Party Fun
39 Entertaining a Group
39 Milidy's Monkey Wrench
42 Tomato Transit
44 A Dog Named Frank
49 Borrowing Man
59 Go, Go, Go!

66 Magic Stunts and Skits
66 Master of Ceremonies
67 Time Killer
69 Frog in My Throat
70 Gertrude Can't See Red
72 Flying Saucer
74 Moo and Moo, Too
77 The Hat Bit
78 White Elephant

82 Sketches for Amateur Variety Shows
83 Footlights
85 Take a Card
88 Highlight
90 Rope Pull Revisited

95 Magic Clowning
95 Simple Make Up and Costumes
98 Clap Hands for Mysto
99 Hold It
100 Big Stretch
102 Parakeet Presto
105 Bottles and Ball
109 Something Fishy
112 Cup Caper
115 Eggactly What You Asked For

118 Props, Gags and Quick Ones
118 Quick Comedy Bits
118 Mousetrap
118 Razz-Whistle
119 Stiff Necktie
119 One-Hand Rope
120 Lively Ice-Cream
120 With a Wand
121 Lollipop Laughter
123 Card Comedy
123 Run-Through
124 Cut the Cards
125 Shuffle It
125 Funny Flowers
125 Flying Flower
126 Drooping Flower
128 Costume Comedy
128 Long Sleeves
128 Long Shoelaces
129 Crazy Handkerchief

130 Mind Reading Nonsense

133 Wacky Wands
133 Sticky Wand and Table
136 Take-Away Wand
136 Tumbling Wand
137 Eating Wand

138 One Last Word
Product Details
No. of Pages 144
First Edition Yes
Personal Details
Read It No
Location Magic Library (Home) Shelf Top
Condition Very Fine
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