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The book is packed full of smart writing, containing plenty of gags and patter which you will want to use; all of it clever and laugh producing. Several complete routines are also included, on various subjects; cards, mental work, cigarettes, etc. Recommended reading for magicians, mentalists, comedians, emcees, ventriloquists, and anyone else who needs to break the ice or liven up a presentation.

Long out of print, we decided to update the book by removing the few tired, dated bits and replacing them, on a one-for-one basis, with new, fresh gags and bits of business to liven up your club, close-up or stage act. McAthy has gained a splendid reputation for snappy, interesting writing in the columns of the Linking Ring. His many readers will be delighted to know that he has compiled this book, entirely of (at the time) hitherto unpublished material, written in the same clever manner as his column.

The first several pages are jokes, gags and one-liners. The balance of the book is magic that will be a hit with your audience, and not too difficult to perform. Here's a look at what's inside:

  • Introduction
  • Patter and Gags
  • Whiskey from Where?
  • My Own Rising Cards
  • Red and Black
  • Scotchman’s Match Trick
  • A Mental Card Discovery.
  • Sealed Orders
  • Patter for the Vanishing Bird Cage
  • Comedy Opening Piece of Business
  • Mental Impulses
  • Inseparable Cards
  • A Different Torn Card Trick
  • Roll A Cig
  • The B. U. M.
  • About the Author

"Those who are looking for new tricks, for which they do not have to buy apparatus, will find the book Gags, Tricks and Patter well worth purchasing."

--"Magic in Print" review in "The Sphinx."

PDF expanded and updated digital version of the original 1936 edition. Includes important edits and updates. Completely reset in crystal clear type. 52 pages + supplement.

This updated edition is only available directly from Magic World Publishers.


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