Secrets of My Magic by David Devant – Book 1936 – Heldman Estates


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Hardback. Good Condition.

This historic book is filled with David Devant’s Magic and thoughts on performing, and discloses the secrets of some of the greatest illusions from this master of the art of magic. Also features contributions by thirty other famous magicians, including the likes of Oswald Williams, Horace Goldin and Cecil Lyle.

Now is your chance to own a piece of history from one of magic’s greatest thinkers. Featuring magic on cards, billiard balls, flowers, illusions, stage magic and mentalism, plus much more, you’re sure to find many gems within its pages.

The contents of this highly acclaimed book are:

Introduction (S.H. Sharpe)

Chapter I Card Magic
Misdirection of the Senses – How Cards are Forced – Tricks with Forcing Cards – The Pass and the False Shuffle

Chapter II Card Magic (continued)
The Art of Palming Cards – Changing a Card – La Carte Generale and How it is Done – The Multitude of Cards Trick

Chapter III Billiard Ball Magic
Multiplication of Billiard Balls – Transformation of Balls into Eggs – Transfers, Sleights, and Apparatus Used in Ball Conjuring – Sleights – Apparent Transfer With Palm – Aparent Transfer With Finger-Palm – Apparent Transfer by Combination Palm – Preparations

Chapter IV Billiard Ball Magic (continued)
How to Present a Billiard Ball Illusion – The Cup and Balls Trick: with transformation of Balls into Oranges

Chapter V Flower Magic
The Dream of the Dove Illusion – Flower Materialisation – Bautier’s Flower Trick: Devant’s version – Producing Blooms from Seeds – The Mascot Moth – The Electric Conservatory and The Beast Who Turns into a Prince

Chapter VI Opening Illusions
Producing a Rabbit from a Top Hat – Importance of Details: How Maskelyne Began

Chapter VII Mechanical Magic
The Golliwog Ball – Juggling with Milk – The Paper, Ribbon and Flag Trick explained

Chapter VIII Famous Illusions Revealed
The Mascot Moth or The Disappearing Lady – The Magician’s Heart – The Artist’s Dream – The Man who turns into a Woman

Chapter IX More Famous Illusions
Beau Brocade – The New Page-Boy – The Mystery of the Magic Mirror

Chapter X Egg Magic
A Boy, a Girl, and Some Eggs – Hatching a Chicken from an Egg – The Egg-Bag Trick Improved

Chapter XI The Indian Rope Trick
A Stage Version of this Mythical Illusion Presented and Explained

Chapter XII Magical Mysteries
The Window of the Haunted House – The Ink that Becomes Water – The Chocolate Soldier Illusion or The Man who Diminishes

Chapter XIII More Magical Mysteries
The Obliging Kettle: Wines and Liqueurs from a Kettle – The Burmese Gong Illusion – The Magician who Vanishes Himself

Chapter XIV Magical Sketches
St. Valentine’s Eve, or The Envelope which Becomes a Girl – The Enchanted Hive Illusion – The Great Ghost Trick

Chapter XV Masterpieces of Magic
Borrowed Bill Shot Into Candle – Biff, or The Disappearing Motor-Cyclist – The Gnome’s Grot – The Educated Fly Illusion

Chapter XVI Mental Magic
Thought-Reading Extraordinary – Articles and Actions – The Secrets of Mental Magnetism – Translucidation, or The Blindfold Letter-Reader

Chapter XVII Three Unproduced Illusions
The Advent of Peter Pan – Transformation – The Cage of Good Luck

Chapter XVIII Creating an Illusion
Ideas and Effects – A Novel Illusion – The Man who Makes Money – Misrepresentation

Chapter XIX Some Awkward Moments
In the Eyes of the Law – An Unexpected Wetting – The Gunpowder Plot

Chapter XX Magic of My Contemporaries
A New Method for the Spirit Slates (Oswald Williams) – The Card and Tack Trick (Horace Goldin) – Invisible Dye (Douglas Dexter) – A New Thought-Wave Experiment (H. Park Shackleton) – Surprising Finish to Cigarette Production (Len Burnell) – The Spirit Message (G. W. Eade) – £1000 Challenge Effect (Fred Hocking) – A “Tee Bee” Effect (Tom Burnett) – Misdirection (Arthur Sherwood)

Chapter XXI Magic of My Contemporaries (continued)
A.B.C. Watch and Card Trick (Herbert J. Collings) – A Pack of Cards (Graham Adams) – The Caledonian Mystery (W. Donald Forsyth) – The Diminishing Card Trick (Edward Victor) – The Indestructible Handkerchief (Allen Benbow) – The Torn Strip of Paper (Ralph Delvin) – The Miracle Paper (Ellis Stanyon) – Handkerchief, Tumbler, and Flowers (Will Blyth) – The Allottment (Vincent Dalban) – Shopping by Wireless (Ralph Chart) – Blindfold Card Reading (George Johnson) – The Vanity Bag Illusion (Cecil Lyle) – The Presto Painting Mystery (W. G. Stickland) – The Optical Pass (Chris Van Bern) – New Spirit Message Effect (Oswald Rae) – Coin and Card Divination (Edward Bagshawe) – The Multiple Laundry Mystery (Kershaw Thomas) – Tests of the Court Magician (Francis White) – Early Days of Magic (Charles Moritt) – The Mystery of Asrah (Servais Le Roy) – The Sunshade Trick (L. Davenport)

Notes for the Construction of Conservatory in The Advent of Peter Pan Illusion

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