Here is a beautifully produced book of intriguing material by an experience performer who loves his art. In his previous book, The Art of Illusion, Will Ayling fascinated us with his detailed explanations of the illusions he has performed over the years.
Here’s a beautifully-produced book of intriguing material by an experienced performer who loves
his art. In his previous book, The Art of Illusion, Will Ayling fascinated us with his detailed explanations of the illusions he has performed over the years. Not only is it an inspiration to all those who asp ire to this form of the art, but it is absorbing reading for everyone interested in magic.
Now here is a new book written in the same entertaining manner but which deals with magic for the
general practitioner … for you, for me, for everyone who stands up or sits down with the intention of entertaining with mystery.
All the effects are practical, audience-tested and commercial. All the chapters in this book deal with magic which can and has been performed to the general public who paid to see it.
Magicians like to see it too because it is good magic, always with the accent on entertainment.
With an introduction by LEWIS GANSON, and with dozens of fine illustrations by L.B. EDMUNDS,
this is a well-produced publication you will delight to own and refer to often.
Chapter 1: ‘DINNER HAS BEEN SERVED’. Magic you will enjoy performing under cabaret conditions. – Smart, sophisticated entertainment.
Chapter 2: features , ‘MAGIC IN CHARACTER’. Here the accent is on presentation. A little ‘dressing-up’ turns clever magical effects into really memorable ones.
Chapter 3: presents ‘INTIMATE’, Close-up, Magic that you can perform “under their noses”.
Chapter 4: is ‘MAGIC FOR THE YOUNGSTERS’, and Will Ayling’s recipe for children’s magic which will meet with much favorable response.
Chapter 5: ‘LILLIPUTIANS’, opens up a new door of opportunity by providing a complete entertainment with puppets. Anyone who will take the trouble to make the fit-ip will have something out of the ordinary, a new source of financial benefit and certainly something which can make a name for any magician with initiative. The story of ‘Aladdin and his Wonderful Lamp’ is really brought to life with many exciting ‘bits of business’ and by-play.
Chapter 6: ‘CAROUSEL’, presents the full working details of some great outside features. The Human
Dragonfly and two sensational escape methods.
Chapter 7: embraces a lucrative and almost unexplored avenue for the performer. Entitled ‘HAPPY TALKIE’ here are novel ideas for the magician who wishes to present his entertainment as a lecture to many groups of people who are willing to pay to hear it.
Chapter 8: ‘SATURDAY NIGHT SPECTACULAR with the ‘big stuff, the ‘Bucket Ducks’, a
‘Funny Rope Tie’, ‘Chair Back Suspension’, ‘Vanishing Lady’, ‘Costume Escape’, ‘The Golden Shot’, and much more.
Finally, there’s ‘Last Words’ … wise words … to help you with your magic.
This is a valuable book because of the excellence of the magic it contains and because it gets right down to the business of showing you How to substantially increase the number of paid engagements which you get. It does this without in any way detracting from the status of magic as an art.
4 Photo of Will Ayling
7 Foreword (Lewis Ganson)
9 Preface (Will Ayling)
11 Chapter One – Dinner Has Been Served
13 Juggling Tumbler: glass penetrates a silk while suspended on a stick
16 Candied Crystal Fortune: a crystal ball reveals the card selection, and a shower of candy is produced
20 A Pinch of Salt: cover is torn from a magazine, potato chips and salt are produced, and the cover is restored
24 Fashion Parade: a fashion magazine rises and lowers on a string under command
27 Find the Lady: a Jumbo Three Card Monte presentation
32 Invisible Pack: Ideas for quick delivery of the card
34 Interlude: paying attention to dress
35 Chapter Two – In Character
37 The Mouse: making the handkerchief mouse look alive
39 The Handkerchief Mouse: how to fold it
39 The Rat: a simple pattern
41 Golden Lotus Blossom: petal to egg to goldfish and more!
43 – Max Sterling Egg: how to prepare it
44 – Aquarius: how it is gimmicked
45 – Umbrella to Plant: how it is built
46 The Four II’ices: A Four Ace trick with a Cockney accent
49 Ariel Fishing: three goldfish are caught in the air with a special pole
53 Chapter Three – Intimate
54 Out of this World Switch: Will’s version of the Paul Curry classic
57 Flash Photo: signed blank paper gets image of card selection
61 Chink-A-Chink: using boxes with a shell
65 Hapu and the Caskets: close-up apparatus trick with an Egyptian Mummy
70 Singular Cup and Ball: a Chop Cup routine using an additional glass, mechanical chick load, and a Topit
75 Topit Gaming Bag: how to make it
78 Chapter Four – Youngsters
80 The Magic Fan: The routine outlined
82 – Fan and Flags: Eric Lewis’ Dirty to Clean/Supreme’s Super-Soap silk effect
84 – Magic Washing: Grandmother’s Necklace
85 – Production of Glasses of Liquid: how to make the fake
86 – The Servante: explained
86 – The Get-Away: a handy “removable” servante
87 – The Egg Cup: a servante used for the Egg Bag Hat portion of the act
89 The Rose Garden: a dressing for the Sympathetic Silks
02 Merlin’s Cloak: act around a magical cape
94 Master Bowl Production: Giant Bowl of Water production
96 Bunny Tales: live rabbit production from a “bunny book”
98 Book of Spells: idea
99 Chapter Five – Lilliputians
100 Aladdin and his Wonderful Lamp: A full Glove and Rod Puppet Show
106 Construction: how to make the stage
110 The Special Effects:
110 – The Sawing Through
110 – The Fishing Episode
110 – The Vanish of the Golden Palace
111 – The Flying Carpet
111 – The Snake Charmer
111 – The Cave
112 Puppet Construction
115 Chapter Six – Carousel
117 La Merton – The Dragon-Fly: a Side-Show illusion of a dragonfly with a girl’s head
120 Escape: presenting an entertaining escape
122 The Goldston Strait-Jacket: how it is constructed
124 Chapter Seven – Happy Talkie Talk
127 Leipzig’s Penetrating Card Trick: Chosen card penetrates handkerchief
130 The Birth of a Rabbit: some history of Victorian charlatans
134 Chapter Eight – Saturday Night Spectacular
138 There’s Showmanship Ballyhoo: comedy
139 En Rapport Comique: a comedic play with a girl medium
143 La Femme Disapaitre: the lady vanishes and comes in to the back of the audience
145 De Kolta Vanishing Lady: in a special chair
147 Cataleptic Suspense: the show continues with a chair suspension
149 Chair Back Suspension: described
150 Costume Escape: another illusion
153 Funny Rope Tie: the rope tie explained
154 The Golden Shot: a crossbow illusion
158 The Bucket Ducks: water, buckets and ducks illusion!
160 Triple Production: production from tubes
163 Last Words: ensure you deliver on your performance!
• Publisher: Supreme
• Pages: 163
• Location: Bideford, Devon
• Dimensions: 8″x10″
• Date: 1972
• Binding: hardbound
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