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The Magic 36 by Wm. S. Houghton The Magic 36
by William S. Houghton

This book contains excellent variety for magicians and mentalists of all performing capabilities and experience levels. The effects and routines include apparatus tricks, mental stunts, spirit writing, predictions, magazine and book tests, thumb ties, and tricks with cards, silks, coins, cigarettes, billiard balls, sponge ball and a terrific rope routine.

Written in easily understandable language with all moves clearly explained. In all there are 36 effects described, each worthy of adding to your act. Here is what's included:

  1. Publisher's Introduction
  2. American Beauty Production
  3. "Number Please" Variations
  4. Disposing of the Thumb Tip
  5. Gimmick Exchange
  6. "Thought Coincidence" Again
  7. Magazine Test
  8. Thought Vision
  9. Blue Pencil Book Test
  10. Impromptu Name Duplication
  11. Prediction Supreme
  12. Mystic Slate Prediction
  13. Cards to Pocket
  14. Book Test with Playing Card
  15. "Squash" Routine
  16. Coin in Bottle Routine
  17. 20th Century Silks Routine
  18. Number Exchange
  19. Diachylon Number Exchange
  20. "Foolproof" Number Prediction
  21. "Cigarette from Nowhere"
  22. Fingertip Vanish
  23. Comedy Thumb Tie
  24. Card in Envelope
  25. Coin Transposition
  26. Shell Coin Routine
  27. Another Shell Coin Routine
  28. Sponge Ball Routine
  29. Paper Napkin Routine
  30. Miracle Slate Routine
  31. Billiard Ball Routine
  32. Spirit Writing Wrinkle
  33. Amazing Card Prediction
  34. "Blackout" Double Prophecy
  35. Three-Pellet Trick Perfected
  36. Another Rope Trick
  37. Rope Routine, Wrinkle and Patter
  38. Opening Lecture for Mental Routine

"Choice stuff with lots of twists, variations and improvements. 'The Magic 36' has great variety, no too-difficult sleights, and a number of individual items each worth a good price."
          --Lloyd E. Jones.

"The book is particularly strong in mental effects although it covers a wide field, from sponge balls to coins to the production of a large basket of roses. Very much worthwhile and will be found most useful."
          --"The Sphinx" review.

PDF format. Expanded and updated version of the 1943 Abbott's Magic first print edition. Includes important edits, corrections and updates, as well as new content. Completely reset in crystal clear type. 134 pages. ($6 US)

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