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Used copy.See pictures for details of condition.If you have additional questions about the condition, feel free to reach out to the shop at (773) 334-2855 or info@magicinc.net. Cyclopedia of Magic is an interesting book. It's primary quality stems from its alphabetical organization. It was compiled and written to provide the magician...

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Cyclopedia of Magic is an interesting book. It's primary quality stems from its alphabetical organization. It was compiled and written to provide the magician with a wide and solid background of magical knowledge. It provides definitions, descriptions, biographies and some routines on hundreds of magic topics. It is for the most part a compilation of material contributed by magicians such as August Roterberg,Charles Bertram, Eddie Joseph, Ellis Stanyon, John Mulholland, T. Nelson Downs and many others.



  • Acquitment: definition
  • Afghan Bands: short explanation
  • Amateur Magicians: definition and article
  • Anderson, John Henry: 1814-1874; bio
  • Angle-Proof: definition
  • Animals: Short article with comments on Rabbits, Pigeons, Dogs, etc.


  • Ball Manipulation: Long article, covers various Palms, Passes, and vanishes. Refers readers to Burling Hull's Expert Billiard Ball Manipulation
  • Ball of Wool: article, trick described
  • Bambergs, The: bio. Eliaser 1760-1833; David Leendert 1786-1869; Tobias 1812-1870; David Tobias (born 1843); Theo (Okito) born 1875; David (born 1904)
  • Bellachini (Sam Berlach): 1828-1885; bio
  • Billet And Message Reading: article with discussion of the One Ahead, Impressions, Transparency, etc.
  • Bird-Cage, Vanishing: definition
  • Black Art: defined, with an article on the Black Art Table and its construction
  • Blackstone, Harry: bio
  • Blindfolds: article with description of various forms
  • Blitz, Signor Antonio: 1810-1877; bio
  • Book Test: article with explanation and various approaches
  • Bosco, Bartolommeo: 1790-1863 bio
  • Bradawl or Ice Pick: defined
  • Breakaway Fan: defined
  • Breslaw: died 1783 bio
  • Bullet Catching: article
  • Business Methods: publicity article


  • Cake Baked In a Hat: article
  • Card Box: Defined
  • Card Frame: article
  • Card in Cigarette: defined
  • Card Index: defined
  • Cardini: bio
  • Card Manipulation: longer article covers Back Palm, Bottom Dealing, Break, Changes, Crimp, Double Lift, False Count, False Shuffle, Jogs, Flourishes, Forcing, Glide, Glimpse, Mexican Turnover, Palming, Second Deal, Shifts, Slips, and a card worker's bibliography
  • Card Marking: longer article covers principles, dot & puncture, manufacture, shading/tinting, line and scroll work, and marking while in play
  • Card Setups (The Rosary Deck): New packs, 8 Kings, Si Stebbins, explained along with several tricks
  • Cards, Flap: defined
  • Cards, Key: Article with several types described
  • Cards, One Way, Pointer, Divided: description of three card location approaches
  • Cards Up the Sleeve: routine described
  • Card Through Handkerchief: described
  • Card Vanisher: several types described
  • Carter, Charles J: 1874-1936 bio
  • Changeover Palm: defined
  • Changing Bag: defined
  • Children's Shows: article with recommendations
  • Chinese Magic: defined
  • Chinese Wands: described, multiple versions
  • Ching Ling Foo (Chee Ling Qua): 1854-1918 bio
  • Ching Ling Foo Water Can: defined
  • Chopper Effects: defined
  • Chung Ling Soo (William Ellisworth Campbell): 1861-1918 bio
  • Cigar Manipulation: Article covers multiple sleights
  • Cigarette Manipulation: for lighted or unlighted cigarettes, also covers holders
  • Clock Dial: Described
  • Coils: defined
  • Coin Box, Okito: defined
  • Coin In Handkerchief: defined
  • Coin Manipulation: article covers Palms, Changes, Handkerchief Folds, Palms, Passes, Sleeving, and a coin works bibliography
  • Coin Tray: described with a routine
  • Coins, Folding: described
  • Coins, Shell: described
  • Comedy: Article with advice
  • Comte, Louis Christian Emmanuel Appollinaire: 1788-1859 bio
  • Costume: article with advice
  • Costume Trunk Trick: described
  • Culpitt, Fred: died 1944, bio
  • Cups and Balls: Article covers palming, cup and wand moves, and East Indian cups


  • Dancing Handkerchief: described
  • De Kolta, Joseph Bautier: 1845-1903, bio
  • Devant, David (David Wighton): 1868-1941 bio
  • Dice: Article covers changing dots, Die Through Hat
  • Die Box, Sliding: described
  • Diminishing Cards: Described
  • Divinations: Class of effects in which performer discovers which of several similar objects has been concealed or what order they have been arranged in
  • Doebler, Ludwig Leopold: 1801-1864 bio
  • Dollar Bill Tricks: A torn and restored bill described, and the bill to lemon
  • Doll's House: Frederick Culpitt's illusion described
  • Dove Pan: described
  • Downs, Thomas Nelson: 1867-1938 bio
  • Drawer-Box: described
  • Droppers: defined
  • Drumhead Tube: described
  • Duck Vanish: described


  • East Indian Magic: Article
  • Egg and Handkerchief: effect detailed in a couple of approaches
  • Egg Bag: described, with some details of De Biere's egg bag. Includes a general approach to a routine, but no details.
  • Equivoques (Conjurer's Choice): described
  • Escapes and Releases: includes short discussions of The Jacoby Rope Tie, Handcuff Escape, Sack Escapes, The Mail Bag, Straitjacket Escape, Escape from Paper Cylinder, Packing Cases, and Siberian Chain Release
  • Exposures: short article on ethics


  • Fake: defined
  • Fawkes, Isaac: died 1731 bio
  • Fish-Catching: defined
  • Flagstaff: described
  • Flash Paper: defined
  • Flower in Buttonhole: defined
  • Flower Productions: Described in longer article
  • Forcing: defined
  • Four Ace Tricks: Covers Charles Bertram's Method, and seven other methods
  • Fox, Imro (Isidor Fuchs): 1852-1910 bio
  • Frikell, Wiljalba: 1818-1903 bio
  • Funnel: Described


  • Gambling Methods: longer article on cheating with cards and dice
  • General Card: defined
  • Gimmick: defined
  • Goldfish Bowls: described
  • Goldin, Horace (Hyman Goldstein): 1873-1939 bio
  • Grandmother's Necklace: described
  • Gyngell: died 1833, bio


  • Handkerchiefs Prepared as Vanishers: described, including the Die-Vanishing Handkerchief and more
  • Hands: how to treat
  • Hat Trick: detailed description of Joseph Michael Hartz' production of items from a hat
  • Heimburger, Alexander: 1818-1909 bio
  • Heller, Robert (William Henry Palmer): about 1826-1878 bio
  • Herrmann: family of magicians bio
  • Hertz Carl (Laib Morgenstern): 1869-1924 bio
  • History: article on the history of magic
  • Hoffmann, Professor Louis (Angelo John Lewis, MA): 1839-1920 bio
  • Hofzinser, Johann Nepomuk: 1806-1875 bio
  • Holders: several ball and egg holders described
  • Hoods: as used for coins, cards, etc.
  • Houdini, Harry (Ehrich Weisz): 1874-1926 bio


  • Illusions: defined
  • Impromptu Effects: pointer to books with impromptu effects
  • Indian Basket Trick: described
  • Indian Mango Trick: described
  • Indian Rope Trick: described
  • Inexhaustible Bottle: described, with various improvements
  • Invention: article, includes a chart with Magical Technics, info on patents, etc.


  • Jap Box: described in detail
  • Jumping Peg: described


  • Kellar, Harry (Harold Keller): 1849-1922 bio
  • Kellar Tie: rope release described


  • Lafayette (Siegmund Neuburger): 1872-1911 bio
  • Laurant, Eugene (Eugene Greenleaf): 1875-1944) bio
  • Leroy (Jean Henri) Servais: 1865-1953 bio
  • Levitations: several stage levitations described, the floating ball
  • Linking Rings: a full routine is described
  • Literature of Magic: article on historical writings
  • Load: defined
  • Lota: described


  • Magical Effects: general description of magical effect types
  • Makeup: described
  • Maskelynes, The: family bio
  • Mechanical Decks: Describes Strippers, Cornered, Forcing Decks, Svengali, Mene Tekel, etc.
  • Merry Widow: described
  • Mind-Reading: general high-level discussion, with an example two-person code
  • Mirror Principle: described
  • Miser's Dream: routine described
  • Mulholland, John: born 1898, bio
  • Multiplying Billiard Balls: briefly described
  • Muscle Reading: article on mind-reading
  • Music: article on choosing music


  • Needle Trick: threading needles in mouth described
  • Nest of Boxes: described
  • Nicola, the Great (William Mozart Nocol): 1880-1946 bio
  • Night Club Shows: article


  • Organizations: SAM, IBM, Magic Circle, etc.
  • Organ Pipes: described


  • Pantomime: article
  • Passe-Passe Bottle: described with routine
  • Patter: article
  • Phantom Tube: defined
  • Phillippe or Philippe (Phillippe Talon): 1802-1879 bio
  • Pinetti, Giuseppe, De Willedal: 1750-1800 bio
  • Pistol: gimmicked pistol described
  • Plant: defined
  • Powell, Frederick Eugene: 1857-1938 bio
  • Practice and Rehearsal: article
  • Presentation: article on the rules of presentation
  • Programs: article on building your program
  • Psychology: article on deception
  • Publicity: article on advertising
  • Pulls: several varieties described


  • Rattle Box: described with a routine
  • Rice Bowls: various methods described
  • Ring: defined
  • Ring On Stick: briefly described
  • Rising Cards: methods include threads, De Kolta method, with routine described along with various other approaches
  • Robert-Houdin: 1805-1871 bio
  • Robin, Henri (Dunkell): died 1874, bio
  • Rope Tricks: defined
  • Routine: short article


  • Salting: defined
  • Sawing a Woman in Two: briefly described
  • Selbit, P.T. (Percy Thomas Tibbles): died 1938, bio
  • Servante: described in good detail
  • Shell: defined
  • Shell Game: briefly described, reader is directed to Jack Chanin's Hello Sucker!
  • Shower of Sweets: children's effect described
  • Silent Acts: defined
  • Silk Tricks: Describes various tools such as False Fingers, Wands, Production from a Match Box, Multiplying Tube, Productions, Color Changing, Knots, Sympathetic Silks, etc.
  • Slate Tests: writing on blank slates described
  • Sleeve Up His: defined
  • Sleight of Hand: defined
  • Spelling Master: card effect described
  • Spider: defined
  • Spirit Effects: article
  • Sponge Balls: very briefly described
  • Stage Settings: Article on setting the stage for stage shows, with bibliography on Stage and Theater
  • Steal: defined
  • Stodare, Colonel Alfred (John English): 1831-1866 bio
  • String Tricks: Includes brief discussion of Perambulating String, Pricking the Garter, Snare, etc.
  • Sucker Gag: defined
  • Sun and Moon Trick: handkerchief trick described in detail
  • Switch: Defined
  • Sympathetic Coins: A Coin Matrix type effect described


  • Table Tricks: defined
  • Talk: defined
  • Tambourine: production utility described
  • Telephone Trick: briefly described
  • Thimble Tricks: Decent article describes production, multiplying thimbles, and thimble passes
  • Thirty Card Trick: Cards transfer from one pile to another
  • Thread, Black: defined
  • Three-Card Tricks: Three Card Monte describe in fair detail; Mexican Three Card Monte; Slow Motion Method
  • Thumb Tie: release described
  • Thumb Tip: defined
  • Thumb Writer: Defined
  • Thurston, Howard: 1869-1936 bio
  • Torn and Restored Paper: various methods described, including Torn Cigarette Paper
  • Torrini (Count Edmond De Grisy): bio of this fictional character
  • Tourniquet: defined
  • Transfixed Pack: two card effects described
  • Traps: defined
  • Trunk Trick, Substitution: stage effect briefly described
  • Tumblers: Bottomless, Mirror Glass, others described
  • Turban Cut and Restored: described


  • Van Hoven, Frank: 18??-19?? bio
  • Vanishing Performer: described
  • Vest-Pocket Magic: defined
  • Volunteers: Short Article


  • Walking Through a Brick Wall: described
  • Wands: Article with discussion of production, coin wand, auto-gravity wand, Cigar Wand, Swallowing Wand, and Vanishing Wand
  • Watch Tricks: Several tricks described including the Watch Mortar, The Watch Winder, and Watch It! Refers readers to Samuel Berland's Tricks with Watches.
  • Wax: defined
  • Williams, Oswald: 1881-1937 bio
  • Wine and Water: briefly described
  • Wyman, John: 1816-1881 bio


  • You Do as I Do: Briefly described, with reference to Hilliard's Greater Magic and Hugard's Encyclopedia of Card Tricks

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