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Midway Magic by Don BolesMidway Magic
by Don Boles

The definitive "How-To" book for anyone considering a career as a magician, mentalist, or specialty act in the outdoor field of fairs, sideshows, circuses and carnivals.

Many, many accolades from the top names in show business, all state that MIDWAY MAGIC is a gold mine of information for anyone interested in the exciting world of outdoor fairs, festivals, carnivals and side shows.

With more and more circus-style revues now touring, there is a real shortage of magical entertainers. Get in on the ground floor of this fascinating field -- this book tells you how!

Practical advice on getting started, framing the attraction, different types of performing environments, the 10-in-1 show, illusion shows, finding a second specialty for extra money ... and more!

Plus, this edition has been brought up to date with even more information on pitching magic and books, suggested reference books to continue your education, and examples of attractions, including the "Ugliest Man in the World" bally (it's a hoot!).


  • Foreword
  • Introduction
  • 10-in-1 Magic
  • The Full Tent Performance
  • The 10-in-1 Illusion Show
  • The Magic Free Act
  • The Illusion Grind Show
  • General Remarks
  • Closing Thoughts
  • Suggested Reading
  • About the Author

"This book should find a spot in any well-rounded magic library. Don has done more carnival, sideshow and circus magic than any other man I know."   --Duke Stern

"I recommend Midway Magic to all mentalists who are interested in following their profession in outdoor show business." (Robert A. Nelson)

"Here is a book with a lot of very good advice and, as there is a definite shortage of carnival workers, readers of this book can be well prepared to answer the call." (Sid Lorraine)

"This is the first and only book I ever saw that told how to get a job and what to do as a magician on a carnival. Written by a real carny magician." (Tommy Windsor)

"Should be a MUST for anyone desiring to get started as a professional in show business." (Otis Manning, inventor of the OM Billet Box)

"A lively look at legerdemain under canvas ... with a sound emphasis on using carnival experience as a stepping stone to other fields of show business. Sage advice." (Milbourne Christopher)

Revised and expanded edition includes 10 additional illustrations and photos left out of the original printing.

This book is offered in both digital and print editions.
(A) Get the digital edition from, or

(B) Get the print edition from House of Mystery Books.


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