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Tricks for the Few by Lance CharlesTricks for the Few
by Lance Charles

Here's a terrific book containing ten tricks, using cards, a magic wand, rope, and other items associated with the magic arts.

Most of the effects require no special apparatus. What little is needed can easily be constructed.

We think modern performers will really enjoy the card rise, where the action takes place with a borrowed deck!

Also of interest will be "Through the Five-Spot," which is an impossible solid-through-solid effect where a five of spades visibly melts through the center of the magician's wand.

We've especially had fun performing the ball bearing mental test, which is a great ice breaker at parties or as a pre-show experiment to identify sympathetic subjects for a later ESP effect. We use ping-pong balls, but pencils, face-down playing cards, brass figurines or idols, sponsor's business cards, or any four identical objects may also be used.


  1. Preface
  2. Another Card Rises
  3. Four Ball Bearing Mind Reading
  4. Passing up the Pass
  5. In Mid-Air
  6. Through the Five-spot
  7. The Cut is Restored
  8. The Spook Silk
  9. Over the Telephone
  10. You Do As I Do - As I Do It
  11. The Brass Bottle
  12. About the Author

Here's what the experts say about this great book:

"... ten excellent tricks, illustrated with photographs. The book will be found very helpful for the more advanced magician who wants to add something new to his act."

          --'The Sphinx' magazine review

"'Tricks for the Few' is fresh in outlook and free from padding. A chosen card rises from the center of the pack by purely manipulative means. An imp really appears from a brass bottle and goes back into it. Well done. A wand that permits a card to pass through it may savor of the decapitation trick of Hero of Alexandria. There is also a hoop-levitation move which may prove of much value. Very good.

          --'Magic Wand' magazine review

PDF format. Expanded reprint of the 1933 Lantz edition. Includes important edits, clarifications and updates, completely reset in crystal clear type, with added publisher's notes and author biography. 32 pages + supplement. ($3 US)

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