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The Blue Bug (revised edition) by Sid Fleischman & Bob Gunther The Blue Bug
by Sid Fleischman
and Bob Gunther

A Manual of Sorcery with Cigarette Papers! No matter whether you're a magician, a mentalist, or land somewhere in between, there's something for you in this brilliant book.

Intimate, indetectable, close-up magic giving the appearing of great skill but requiring a minimum of sleight of hand. Over a dozen illustrations and a score of effects and methods.

Illustrated by Bob Gunther, former Disney animator, the moves are cleanly and clearly depicted, as if the authors were teaching them to you over drinks at their favorite watering hole.

Partial contents:

  • Foreword
  • Introduction
  • Basic Finger Palm
  • Obtaining the Extra Pellet
  • One-Handed Switch
  • Disposing of the Bug
  • The Blue Bug
  • Paper Penetration
  • The Travelling Pellets
  • Nest of Cigarette Papers
  • Pick a Paper
  • Find the Lady
  • The Lady Found
  • The Bug Vanishes
  • The Surprise Vanish
  • F. & G. Torn-Bestored Cigarette Papers
  • Carl Stenís Tora-Bestored Cigarette Papers
  • Balancing the Cigarette Paper
  • Sucker Stuff
  • Roll Vanish
  • The Unknown Pellet
  • With Bug and Key
  • Rolling a Cigarette with One Hand
  • About the Authors

Whether you utilize the moves for billet switches, torn and restored thread effects, or as they are intended for stunningly clever cigarette paper magic, you'll get more than your money's worth here.

But don't take our word for it. Read on for raves from those in the know:

"[This] little book contains a diabolically clever torn and restored cigarette paper routine."   --David Goodsell

"I am surprised to find so much information in one book. Thoroughly tested and practical."   --J. G. Thompson, Jr.

"Excellent magic with cigarette papers, as used by Doug Henning and others."
--Lee Jacobs

"I found this quite interesting and feel sure that anyone who does close-up magic will find several novelties he will use between the covers of this book."   --Sid Lorraine

With a packet of cigarette papers in hand, you'll be ready to perform beautifully intimate magic for the dinner table, hospitality suite, or bar.

PDF format. Expanded and updated version of the 1947 Magic Limited first edition. Includes important edits and updates. Completely reset in crystal clear type. 30 pages + supplement. ($4 US)

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