Stanyon’s Magic. The Deluxe 1996 Kaufman and Greenburg edition, 3 volumes in slipcase. This edition adds an informative “Publisher’s Note” regarding the set, a valuable new 44 page index and a letter from Stanyon explaining the 5 year gap between Vol 14 #11 and Vol 14 #12 (Aug 1914 – Sep 1914/1919). A beautiful set and no longer available from the publisher. Limited to only 500 sets. Alfredson/Daily 3535.
Ellis Stanyon was a professional performing magician and teacher and, while touring, wrote and published a series of 177 periodicals simply titled “Magic.” These periodicals were published from 1900 to 1914 and then again from 1919 to 1920 (Five years were taken out for World War I). Here are all 177 issues printed in three hardcover volumes. Covers almost everything you can imagine in the field of magic. Tricks, book reviews, magic news from the time, magician’s photos, biographies, editorials, advertisements, bibliographies, etc. There are literally thousands of tricks from close up to stage, the reprint of the seven volume series by Stanyon titled “Bibliographie of Conjuring”, a series on “Lightning Calculations,” Henry Ridgely Evans’ articles on “Ancient Tricks,” and Stanyon’s “Explanatory Programmes” in which he reviews magicians’ acts and offers his explanations of how their acts were performed. His explanation of the “Great Handcuff Release” act was only available to subscribers at the time. These explanations irritated the performers of the time. An amazing set of books that belongs in any serious student’s library.
Published in 21 separate lessons from 1899 to 1910 this comprise a mini-Tarbell course in all aspects of the performance of magic. Magic with cards, coins, handkerchiefs, billiard balls, memory, juggling, mentalism, chemical magic, paper and string tricks, handcuff tricks, and much more. Beautiful 3-piece hardcover binding comes in a slipcase. Most of the material is unique and does not appear in Stanyon’s Magic. Limited edition.
Condition: All books are still sealed since 1996.
TITLE: The Annals of Conjuring
AUTHOR: Sidney Clarke
EDITION / YEAR: 1983 Limited Edition of 500
BINDING / PAGES: Hardcover with 291 pages with illustrations
NOTES: A must have book for the magic historian and bibliophile that comes up for sale very seldom. This would be an excellent addition to any working magic library.
A complete, shrink-wrapped set of “The Vernon Chronicles”. These are not the recent reprints, but all first editions. If you are magic bibliophile, this set would be an excellent addition to your library. With the reprints selling for $170.00, this is an very good buy for a collector’s set of books. Here are brief descriptions of each of the four books in the set.
The Vernon Chronicles – Volume 1 The Lost Inner Secrets
Long out of print and commanding high prices on the secondary market, the first volume of this landmark series is back.The sleights, stratagems and effects described in meticulous detail by Stephen Minch were the result of Bruce Cervon’s careful note-taking when sessioning with Dai Vernon and have never seen print before. Sleights discussed include the Turnover Pass, the Vernon Multiple False-Cut, the Push-Through Shuffle, the Diagonal Palm Shift and so much more. Effects include No-Sleight Triumph, The Fingerprint Card Trick, and Vernon’s original handling for his classic Cutting The Aces. Over 50 of Dai Vernon’s finest effects and methods are detailed, including one of his signature pieces, Five Coins and a Glass. Hardcover, 251 illustrations, 33 historical photographs. 270 pages.
The Vernon Chronicles: More Lost Inner Secrets Volume 2
An 18 page Vernoniana Portfolio by professional photographers Young & Robin opens the volume. Rare and interesting Vernon memorabilia photographed so you can enjoy it over the years. Over 50 Vernon routines, 27 historical photographs, 177 illustrations, 280 pages.
The Vernon Chronicles – Volume 3 Further Lost Inner Secrets
The third volume in the series, out of print for some time, is available again for a new generation of magicians. The contents include more gems from the legendary “Castle Notebooks” kept by Bruce Cervon, including unpublished Vernon effects in addition to contributions from some of his friends and contemporaries such as Sam Horowitz, Henry Christ, Dr. Daley, Faucett Ross, Herb Zarrow and others. Leading off this incredible volume is a 30-page essay, “Trouping Around in Magic with Max Holden” by William P. Miesel, Max Maven, Bruce Cervon, Stephen Minch and Dai Vernon, a historical commentary on the New York Inner Circle in the 1920s and 30s. Sleights covered include Subway Gambler’s Palm, the Contortion Palm, Flat Top Switch, the Zarrow Block Addition and A Table Pass. Effects include the legendary Joker Monte, in addition to Horowitz’s Look Homeward, Angel, Tenkai’s Phoenix Bill Vanish and many more. Hardcover, 63 routines, 210 illustrations, 32 historical photographs—270 pages of pure Vernon.
Vernon Chronicles Bk. Vol. 4, He Fooled Houdini
Anecdotal biography which follows Dai Vernon from his birth to his arrival in Hollywood in 1963 to his becoming Resident magician at the world famous Magic Castle. You will feel as if you are sitting with Dai at the Magic Castle while he shares the stories and experiences of his lifetime. Don’t miss this revealing history that can make you a better magician and a better performer. The story of the greatest natural magician the world has ever seen – Dai Vernon with 67 historical photographs on 326 high quality glossy pages. Written by Keith Burns and Bruce Cervon.
TITLE: Magic : The Great Illusions Revelaed and Explained
AUTHOR: David Charney
EDITION / YEAR: First Edition – 1975
BINDING / PAGES: Hardbound with dust jacket - 247 pages
NOTES: Many of the old illusions in Hopkin’s “Magic” etc. are covered in this must have book for your magic library.
TITLE: Bell’s Magic Book
AUTHOR: Patrick Page
EDITION / YEAR: First Edition(?) – 1973
BINDING / PAGES: Hardbound with dust jacket – 140 pages
CONDITION: Book in fine condition – DJ is in poor condition
NOTES: Classic magic tricks from one of the best in magic.
TITLE: Forging Ahead In Magic
AUTHOR: John Booth
EDITION / YEAR: First Edition – 1939
BINDING / PAGES: Hardbound – 134 pages
CONDITION: Fine – Sorry for the poor scan.
NOTES: A classic magic title from this giant in magic. Please see my other books by Booth listed below. A must addition to any magic library.
TITLE: Marvels Of Mystery
AUTHOR: John Booth
EDITION / YEAR: Fourth Printing – 1953
BINDING / PAGES: Hardbound – 146 pages+ with line illustrations
CONDITION: Fine – Please click on book for more images. The book is clear and sharp, the scans are not.
NOTES: A classic magic title by one of magic’s greats, John Booth.
TITLE: The Magic of Robert-Houdin
AUTHOR: Christian Fechner
EDITION / YEAR: First Edition – 2002
BINDING / PAGES: 2 Hardbound books with dust jackets and slip case for the pair. 863 pages filled with illustrations.
CONDITION: Very Fine – Please click on the book for more images.
NOTES: What can I say about this highly praised book that hasn’t already been said? A magic classic.
TITLE: Okito On Magic
AUTHOR: Theodore Bamberg and Robert Parrish
EDITION / YEAR: First Edition – 1952
BINDING / PAGES: Hardbound with dust jacket – 216 pages with illustrations
CONDITION: Overall fine- Some edge wear on the dust jacket – The DJ is clear and sharp, not blurry like my scan.
NOTES: A classic magic title that should be any working conjuring library. Of interest to the magic historian/collector or performer.
TITLE: Complete Guide To Conjuring
AUTHOR: Ian Adair
EDITION / YEAR: First Edition – 1979
BINDING / PAGES: Hardbound with dust jacket – 160 pages with illustrations
CONDITION: Very Fine – Small ding on dust jacket
NOTES: Of interest to the magic historian or performer.
TITLE: The Art Of Deception
AUTHOR: Chuck Romano
EDITION / YEAR: First limited edition of 500 – #12 signed by the author – 1997
BINDING / PAGES: Hardcover – 406 pages with numerous illustrations
CONDITION: Very Fine
NOTES: Of definite interest to the magic historian. A nice addition to any magic library.
TITLE: Maskelyne’s Book Of Magic
AUTHOR: Japer Maskelyne
EDITION / YEAR: First US Edition most likely – Circa 1936
BINDING / PAGES: Hardcover with rare dust jacket – 288 pages with many illustrations
CONDITION: The book is fine condition with some pencil underlining. The rare dust jacket has some wear with a piece missing from the back cover. Please click on the book for more images.
NOTES: All the images on the dust jacket and many more are full page images in the book. Some of the magicians mentioned are Herrmann, Lafayette, Kellar, Thurtson etc. If you are interested in magic history, this book is a must have for your library.
TITLE: Tricks Of The Masters
AUTHOR: Will Goldston
EDITION / YEAR: 1942
BINDING / PAGES: Hardcover – 207 pages with illustrations
CONDITION: Very Good – Slight discoloration on covers – Please click on the book for more images.
NOTES: A classic magic title that should be in all working magic libraries.
TITLE: St. George’s Hall: Behind The Scenes At England’s Home Of Mystery
AUTHOR: Anne Davenport and John Salisse
EDITION / YEAR: First Limited Edition – 2001
BINDING / PAGES: Hardbound with dust jacket – 474 pages with dozens of illustrations
CONDITION: Very Fine
NOTES: A must have book for the magic historian or advanced magic library.
TITLE: Germain The Wizard
AUTHOR: Stuart Cramer
EDITION / YEAR: First Edition – 2002
BINDING / PAGES: Hardbound with dust jacket – 624 pages with 450 illustrations – 12 pages of Germain posters in color
CONDITION: Extremely Fine -Sorry for the poor scans of the dust jacket. It is clear and sharp.
NOTES: The master of the fine art of magic returns! Germain the Wizard combines the redesigned text of Stuart Cramer’s enthralling books on the life and art of Karl Germain with Germain’s scrapbook and notebook. The book includes over one hundred effects, many previously unpublished; ten gorgeous full-color Germain poster reproductions; more than 350 historical illustrations including rare photos and memorabilia; 100 new explanatory illustrations by Katlyn Breene; and Germain’s lectures, notes, writings, letters, poetry, and artwork.
TITLE: Marked Cards and Loaded Dice
AUTHOR: Frank Garcia
EDITION / YEAR: First Edition – 1962
BINDING / PAGES: Hardbound with Dust Jacket – 274 Pages with many photo illustrations
CONDITION: Fine – Wear on dust jacket
NOTES: Of interest to the close-up worker and gambler in all of us.
TITLE: A Checklist Of Conjuring Catalogs
AUTHOR: Burton Sperber
EDITION / YEAR: First Edition – 2007 – Limited Edition of 200
BINDING / PAGES: Hardcover – 286 pages with many color illustrations
CONDITION: Like- New
NOTES: Of definite interest to the magic historian or bibliophile. The book has over 3,800 entries. When you hear “labor of love”, this is it. This is a must for any working magic library.
Here is a book lot with magic history collector in mind. There are four books in this lot. They are:
1) The Encyclopedia of Magic by Dawes and Setterington - Oversized hard bound book with dust jacket – 190 pages with dozens of photographs, many in color. From the George Daily collection.
2) The World’s Greatest Magic by Hyla Clark - Over-sized hard bound book with dust jacket - 208 pages with dozens of photographs, many in color.
3) The Great Illusionists by Edwin Dawes - Oversized hard bound book with dust jacket - 216 pages with dozens of photographs.
4) Mark Wilson Course in Magic by Mark Wilson - Oversized hard bound book with dust jacket - 472 pages with dozens of photographs and illustrations.
There you have it. Enough reading material for the rest of the year. If you don’t read them, you can use them to stop drafts on your doors. They weigh a ton. The books are in various conditions. I would rate them in overall fine condition.
The Maestro left us the 6 of April, 1997, but his magic remains alive. The Magic of Ascanio, in four volumes. His theories, his thinking, his philosophy, and the entirety of his card magic, including his legendary routines (with over thirty previously unreleased tricks), full of the Ascanian touch, and his magic with pocket knives.
This is the complete set of all four volumes. They are still in their shrink-wrap and are in like-new condition. Please click on the book to your right or the title above to see all 4 volumes.
If you do close-up or card work, this set is a must have. A very nice addition to any magician’s library. And a great price too. The retail price is $235.00.
Milbourne Christopher – PANORAMA OF MAGIC – 1962 – First Edition – 216 pages with 295 illustrations – Over-sized Large Soft Bound – Fine – A must for the magic historian and your magic library. If You Don’t Have It, Get It! Please click on the book for a larger image.
A. & L. Singer – DIVINE MAGIC – 1995 – 192 pages with illustrations + photos – A Very Large Hard Cover with Dust Jacket – Condition: Fine – Supernatural / Witchcraft coffee table book – A small mention on conjuring and an image of a Okito poster. Please click on the book for a larger image.
This lot contains a set of four soft bound magic books by Jean Hugard. The title is More Card Manipulations 1, 2 3 and 4. Circa 1940′s. Condition: Overall Fine – Please click on the book for another image. A nice addition to your magic library
TITLE: Bar Bets, Bar Jokes, Bar Tricks
AUTHOR: Henny Youngman
EDITION / YEAR: 1974 – First Edition
BINDING / PAGES: Hard bound with Dust Jacket – 130 pages with many illustrations
CONDITION: Very Good
NOTES: If you want have some fun at the bar, win some drinks etc., this may be of interest to you. Of interest to the future alcoholic or magic bibliophile. A nice addition to your magic library.
Tricks and Magic by Will Lindhorst – 1934 First Edition – 114 pages with great classic illustrations – Please click on the book for more images. Hardcover with very colorful dust jacket – Condition: Fine – It is a very nice addition for the magic bibliophile
This lot contains two books on puzzles. There is a relation between puzzles and magic. They cover every aspect of puzzles. You name it, it’s in here. Please click on image for more pictures. Both books are in fine condition. If you like puzzles of any kind, these are for you.
TITLE: Criswell Predicts From Now To The Year 2000!
EDITION: 1968 First Edition
BINDING: Hard Bound With Dust Jacket – 141 Pages
NOTES: If you like flakey people or flakey subjects, this book was meant for you. The image on the dust jacket is just the beginning of what is even more weird inside the book. Please click on image. Of interest to the celebrity wannabe collector or the Ed Wood collector.
TITLE: Table Tricks
AUTHOR: Geoffrey Lamb
EDITION: 1975 US First Edition – 86 pages with illustrations
BINDING: Hard bound with dust jacket
CONDITION: The book is in fine condition. The dust jacket is very worn and torn.
NOTES: Of definite interest to the performer or magic bibliophile
TITLE: Modern Magic Manual
AUTHOR: Jean Hugard
EDITION: 1937 First Edition – 345 pages with illustrations
BINDING: Hard bound – CONDITION: The book is in fine condition. The dust jacket is very worn. Please see scan. It’s lucky to even to have survived for 70 years.
NOTES: A classic title in world of magic. Please click on the book for more images. Of definite interest to the card or close-up worker.
This lot two John Scarne books on cards. They cover cheating, odds and much more. Please click on book for more images. The Modern Poker title is in fine condition. The Scarne On Cards title the book’s covers are discolored. Hard to tell with the dust jacket. If you like to play cards, gamble or know about cheating at cards, these are for you.
This lot two very large books on gambling. They cover every aspect of gambling. You name it, it’s in here. Please click on the book for more images. Both books are in fine condition. Their is some wear on the dust jackets. If you like gambling of any kind, these are for you. I know it’s not much of description, but at these prices, hey!
TITLE: Impromptu Magic With Patter
AUTHOR: George DeLawrence
EDITION: 1922 First Edition
BINDING: Hard Bound – 80 Pages With Illustrations
NOTES: A quaint book from another time. Please click on image of the book. Of interest to the magic historian, magic bibliophile or performing magician.
TITLE: Magic Explained
AUTHOR: Walter Gibson
EDITION: 1949 First Edition
BINDING: Hard Bound – 188 Pages With Illustrations
CONDITION: Fine – Small hole on spine – See image
NOTES: A quaint book from another time. Please click on the title above or the book. Of interest to the magic historian, magic bibliophile or performing magician.
TITLE: Magic Of The World
AUTHOR: John Mulholland
EDITION: 1965 – First Edition
BINDING: Hard bound with dust jacket – 190 pages with illustrations – Please click on book for more images.
CONDITION: The book is in fine condition. The dust jacket is worn.
NOTES: This book teaches magic and the history of the trick. Hey! What a concept! Of interest to the magic performer and historian.
TITLE: Magic For Every Occasion
AUTHOR: Graham Reed
EDITION: 1981 First Edition
BINDING: Hard Bound With Dust Jacket – 112 Pages with illustrations
NOTES: A nice addition to your magic library. Please click on image for a bette view. Of interest to the magic bibliophile and magic performer.
TITLE: Magic By Gosh: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF ALBERT GOSHMAN
AUTHOR: Patrick Page and Albert Goshman
EDITION: 1985 First Edition – 149 Pages With Many Photos And Illustrations
BINDING: Hardbound – With Dust Jacket and Slip Case
CONDITION: Very Fine – Very light indentation transfer on DJ from someone (Goshman?) writing/inscribing another item on top of the book. The slip case has a small indent and a couple marks on it. Please click on image.
NOTES: The book is boldly inscribed with almost a full page inscription by Goshman. Please click on image to view. This book is of interest to the magic historian, bibliophile and close-up worker. A nice addition to any magic library.
LAURANT: THE MAN OF MANY MYSTERIES – Gabe Fajuri – 2005 – Limited First Edition – 136 pages with illustrations – Hardbound with dust jacket – Condition: New in shrink-wrap – Of interest to the magic historian or magic bibliophile. A nice addition to your magic library. Please click on the book for a better view of the book.
This is a limited edition of 300 book, titled: The Adventures Of Ajeeb, The Wonderful Chess Automaton. The original 1880′s edition sold for over $1,000.00 a few years back at auction. Also included, as issued with this limited edition, are reproductions of an 1880′s Ajeeb full color trade card and a 1930′s Steel Pier bi-fold flier with Ajeeb. Please click on the image to see the three items you will receive. It is a soft bound book printed in the 1990′s. A nice addition for the magic book or automaton collector
Complete set of Ibidem for sale. All three volumes are hardbound and still sealed. There are more than 1050 pages in the set. If you do close-up or card work, this is for you. A must for any working magic library. They weigh a ton! Please click on the set for more images
The retail price is $180.00. My price is $115.00.