Conjuring as a Craft by Ian Adair – Book


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Chapter 1: Introduction to Magic
Chapter 2: Tricks With Almost Anything
Red, White And Blue: three cards in a hat
Spooky Matches: matches move apart to reveal card selection
Stretching a Scarf: short scarf becomes long
Crazy Matchbox (Tom Sellers): matchbox tray expands to come out both ends
Linking Clips: paper clips link in a matchbox
The Magic Pencil: the “pencil writes in any color” gag with a magical ending
The X-Ray Machine: spooky writing card revelation
Bare Hand Card Catch: cards are dropped, and magician catches the selection
Ghostly Cards: one card penetrates the other

Chapter 3: More Ambitious Problems
Inexpensive Newspaper Silks Plus: silks produced from newspaper
In the Glass Appearance: All cards drop from an inverted glass except the selection
Pranky Papers: magician determines color of tissue paper balls behind his back, and produces coins from them at the end
Television Aces: a Four Ace trick in a special card panel
The Divining Sticks: sticks help determine which glass contains the water
Television Time: a sucker card (with TV picture) in envelope trick
Final Forecast: prediction effect
Travelling Transistor: vanishing radio that is playing
Egg and Confetti: for the platform show
Magical Printing: Plain cards are fanned with blank faces, but become printed

Chapter 4: Simple Sleight of Hand (with B&W photographs)
A Simple Billiard Ball Move
The Ball Reappears
Another Vanish
Take-Away Vanish
A Round-About Vanish
A Simple Palm
Producing a Thimble
Catching Coins In the Air
A Cigarette Vanish or Production
A Complete Routine Producing Twelve Cigarettes From the Air
Mysterious Paper Balls: two in the hand, one in the pocket
Pots of Plenty: Cups and Balls routine using flower pots, sponge seeds, and plastic carnation tops as balls
Marvellous Money Box: a Miser’s dream with a gimmicked tin coin box
Melt Through Coin: coin melts through the hand
Vanishing and Producing a Card: back-palm
Vanishing a Stack of Cards

Chapter 5: The Big Show: low-budget illusions
The Flower Girl Illusion: girl appears on top of a table in a flash
Hand Cremation: spectator’s arm appears to vanish in a box
Novelty Photograph Illusion: a real girl appears in a cut-out that was shown all sides
A Startling Sack Escape: lightweight bag escape
A Spectacular Sack Illusion: another sack escape
Chapter 6: Magic of the Mind
Paper Thought: the center tear
Dead and Alive Matchboxes: with five members of the audience
So Simple Card Prediction: with borrowed deck and a pair of dice
Colour Jars: variation on “color vision”
Crayon and Tube Mystery: magician determines color of crayon in a tube
Sealed Prediction: sealed envelope is inserted into deck & prediction matches the card above the envelop

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