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Topic: Jack Hughes World of Magic Series
Message: Posted by: bry1513 (Nov 29, 2005 04:03PM)
I don't know if this is the proper place to post this, but I was wondering if anyone had any leads on where to find the Jack Hughes World of Magic series. I know they are VERY difficult to come by. If anyone can help me out, it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for all of your help and work.

Take care,

Message: Posted by: WayneNZ (Nov 29, 2005 09:36PM)
Volume 1 and 2 come up on http://www.magicweek.co.uk
every now and again.

Viking Magic still has a few copies of Volume 3 in stock.

There was a set on Ebay last week with a buy it now price
of $650-00.
Message: Posted by: hugmagic (Nov 30, 2005 08:40AM)
They are hard to come buy except used. Dereck Lever published them and owns the rights to the books and the effects contained therein.

Message: Posted by: Blair Marshall (Nov 30, 2005 07:44PM)
Great books. Not overly detailed but great for historical reference on the illusions, and the names they went under when produced by J.H.

Blair Marshall
Message: Posted by: Lou Hilario (Dec 1, 2005 07:47AM)
I also have the Jack Hughes' World of Magic book. I find it one of my best reference books for magic props. No measurements but the illustrations are self explanatory. Valuable if you have the chance to get the book.
Good luck in your search.
Message: Posted by: magicjohn2278 (Dec 1, 2005 07:47AM)
If there are any specific items in the books that you are interested in, drop me a pm. - I have them in my collection but unfortunately don't wish to sell them.
Message: Posted by: David Garrity (Feb 9, 2013 12:28AM)
Did anyone receive the reprints of the books at FISM this past summer?
Message: Posted by: magicjohn2278 (Feb 9, 2013 09:42AM)
Yes unfortunately, I went to Blackpool last year and got one! However, the three original volumes which I already had were quite rare and therefore would probably be worth more than I paid for them, however now that 3000 - 3500 reprints exist, they are now virtually unsaleable!
Message: Posted by: Blair Marshall (Feb 9, 2013 10:24AM)
Don't you love it when publishers do that? These were not inexpensive to start with so you do purchase with the thought that they will maintain their value (at least!). I have the 3 original volumes also.

Message: Posted by: David Garrity (Feb 9, 2013 12:10PM)
That happened to my copy of Magic of Alan Wakeling after the paperback version came out. Oh well!

Were the reprints of the JH books a complete set?
Message: Posted by: Michael Baker (Feb 9, 2013 12:17PM)
Yep. Count me in that group of original publication owners, too. Looks like we'll have to form our own little elite club, and pine for the good ol' days. Ha!
Message: Posted by: hugmagic (Feb 9, 2013 02:20PM)
Me too. I even picked up an extra volume 1 (the best) figuring I could sell it some day at a profit... Yeah right!
Message: Posted by: magicjohn2278 (Feb 11, 2013 05:56AM)
On 2013-02-09 13:10, David Garrity wrote:
Were the reprints of the JH books a complete set?

The reprint was one (rather nice) hardback book containing all three volumes. I suspect that many will be available second-hand as everyone who attended Blackpool FISM got one, regardless of whether they had any interest in prop building or not!
Message: Posted by: RVH Magic (Feb 11, 2013 06:06AM)
On 2013-02-11 06:56, magicjohn2278 wrote:
On 2013-02-09 13:10, David Garrity wrote:
Were the reprints of the JH books a complete set?

The reprint was one (rather nice) hardback book containing all three volumes. I suspect that many will be available second-hand as everyone who attended Blackpool FISM got one, regardless of whether they had any interest in prop building or not!

The reprint is a compilation (286 pages), not the complete three volumes.
Message: Posted by: Blair Marshall (Feb 11, 2013 06:20AM)
AH....so THAT is interesting!

Thanks for the info.

Message: Posted by: Michael Baker (Feb 11, 2013 10:21AM)
Actually that makes me interested in obtaining a copy as an addition to my own collection. Like having both the Albo Okito VHS tapes and DVDs... similar but different. I guess it would depend on the cost. First sellers out of the chute will likely try to get a higher price.
Message: Posted by: Blair Marshall (Feb 11, 2013 12:26PM)
Michael, our originals now went back up in price!!! LOL

Message: Posted by: Michael Baker (Feb 11, 2013 03:32PM)
Only good if you sell them, though! ;)
Message: Posted by: Bill Hegbli (Feb 11, 2013 03:37PM)
Jack Hughes World of Magic Series, I only was able to buy Volume 1, when Derek was in the states at a convention. I had never heard of the other being available prior to the Internet. He never ran any ads in Linking Ring, Genii, Abra, etc.

Jack Hughes World of Magic - 3 Volume set.

Table of Contents:

[b]Volume 1[/b]

This volume contains 196 pages and features the following tricks & illusions:

Rope Wells
Dove in Balloon
French Guillotine
Sucker and Back Stage Beaker Vanish
Tantalising Tassels
Totem Pole
Three Sword Suspension
Scimitar Suspension
Gospel Suspension
Three Axes Suspension
Master Dove in Balloon Table
Dove Carousel Vanish
Dove Cage Vanish
Coins in Glass (Tray Method)
Coins in Glass (Visible Method)
Ten Second remote Control Coins in Glass
Roll on Table
Can and Ball
Locking Jap Boxes
Ghost Glass
Star Production
New Giant Rising Card Trick
Vanishing Telephone
Snake Basket
Golden Shot Joker
How to Make a Spring Hinge
Sammy the Sweep
The Illusive Stop
Improved Televsision Card Frame
Double Television Card Frame
Brief Case to Table
Cagey Budgies
Dickory Clock
Girl to Pony
Whirling Microphone Suspension
Triple Tray Trunk
One Minute Punch and Judy Booth
Coin Cascade
Card Go
Castle Illusion
Ventriloquist Mop Novelty
The Human Where the Rainow Ends
Dippy Duck
Three Blades and Speak Illusion
Lquid Monte
Dove Through Glass
M'Ladt Steps Out
Alarm Clock Stand
Pheobe the Fan Dancer
Hat Box Substitution
Radio Vanish
Dove Catching Net and Dove Production Basket
The Homocide Illusion
Block Off Ribbon
Where the Rainbow Ends
The Rainbow Doll
Ribbons to Botania
Spacious Production Box
The Chair Suspension
New Electric Sawing in Half
Head Zopper
Dove Nest of Boxes
Die Ball
Dagger Chest
Television Head Chest
Peacock Production
Hand in Hand Wrist Guillotine
Head Chopper
Cuban Release
The Nest of Boxes
Ugly Duckling
Fifi - The Card Pecker

[b]Volume 2[/b]

This volume contains 187 pages and has the following effects:

Auto Rise
Breakaway Box
Camera Dove
Can-Can Polka
The Cardometer
Card Ring
Card Rising Box
Change Over Ring
Clatter Box
Comedy Clock
Crown Jewel
Crystal Screen
Doll House Illusion
Doves to Dog
Doves by Brian Gore
Dropping Daisey
Evacuee Doll
Fantastic Foo
Four Wrongs Make a Right
Ghost Glass
Giant Dwarf
Gloves to Dove
Hats Off to the King
Improved Tele-Flash
The Invisible Card
Jack and Jill
Kirk's Cup
Lady Vanishes
The Last Card
Lord Waterlog's Dilemma
Maestro Card Box
Miracle Numbers
"Normans" Miraculous Screen
Neck Spiker
Note in Lemon
The Parisian Maid
Peacock Phantasy
Phantom Clock
Percy the Penguin
Unique Production Cabinet
Pro-Van Cabinet
Record Mystery
Reluctant Balloons
The Roamin' Rabbit
The Royal Execution
Sadie the Seal
Sammy the Speedster
Shanghai Production Frame
Skeleton in the Cupboard
Spear Box Illusion
Spiker Illusion
Spots and Glasses
Orrin's Streamlined Uplift
Super X Levitation
J.F. Orrin's Tennipin
Turn Again Whittington
Watch Your Step
Wun Stung

[b]Volume 3[/b]

This volume contains 195 pages and has the following magic tricks and illusions:

Chinese Rising Cards
Wrist Spiker
Needle Thru Body
Doves to Poodle
Sword Maiden Illusion
Visibly Sawing Thru a Person
Girl Through Glass Illusion
Buzz Saw Illusion
Card Target
Edwin's Sponge Ball Routine
Knife Thru Girl Illusion
Middle for Diddle Illusion
Modern Cabinet Illusion
Vanishing Cage and Girl Illusion
Slicing a Slave Illusion
Cabaret Girl Vanish Illusion
Striptease Illusion
Girl's Gone Illusion
Revolving Broomstick Suspension
Girl 'N Gate Illusion
Robert Harbin's Ad Infinitum
Chair to Suitcase
Spirit Bell
Ribbons to Doves
Three Little Pigs
Comedy Umbrella
Jumping Stool
Kwik Paper Cut
Mignon Illusion
Comedy Legs Table
Barricaded Barrels Illusion
Stock Escape
Head Twister
Livestock Production Cage
Petticoat Lane
Peg Box
The Jack Hughes' Peg Box
Mickey's Trousers
Sleepy Slim
Where Has the Duck Gone
Jack Hughes Fly-A-Way Birds
Wine and Women
Comedy Card Wand
Tear-Apart Vanish
Vakil's Indian Rope Trick
Double Box Production
Paddle of Foo
Sponge Ball to Rabbit
Costume Trunk Illusion
Impossible Dove Vanish
Growth of Flowers Illusion
Golliwog Ball
Double Stunner Prediction
Jack Hughes Man to the Moon
Assistant's Revenge
M'Lady's Hat
Coronation Crown
Minnie Mischief
Topsy Turvey Clown
Clatter Table
Ultimate Divide
Forgetful Joey the Clown
Hop Scotch Bottles
Kerb Drill
Mr. P
Brand New Rising Card
Mentoulette by Len Belcher
Magic Moment
Flames Through Glass
Torn and Restored Card
Holidays Abroad
Message: Posted by: magicjohn2278 (Feb 11, 2013 04:14PM)
Well. Done Bill! I did look earlier this evening to see what tricks we missing from the compilation. Unfortunately, it has neither a chapter list nor index! It would take a while to go through the whole book and compare the contents.
Message: Posted by: joey (Mar 3, 2013 04:01AM)
Message: Posted by: Bill Hegbli (Mar 7, 2013 03:44AM)
On 2013-03-03 05:01, joey wrote:

There are not any "Re-Prints" available for this set as of yet. It all has to do with demand, and it seems there is not much demand for super expensive poorly written books. The person who assembled this trilogy, is still in business in England. The books are copyrighted, so they cannot be cheaply reprinted in your lifetime currently unless permitted to do so by the author.

The books are poorly written by not including building plans at all. Just some line drawings and a few measurements. They don't even include the line drawings of the products that were in the Jack Hughes catalog.
Message: Posted by: magicjohn2278 (Mar 7, 2013 07:26AM)
On 2013-03-03 05:01, joey wrote:

The "cut-down" reprinted book (which as explained above doesn't include all the content of the original 3 volumes) was a "give-away" to anyone who attended last year's FISM in Blackpool. It was claimed to be worth £150, however during the convention "spare" copies were available to buy at the knock-down price of £85. (As everyone had a free copy I don't suppose that they sold many.)

At this year's Blackpool Magic Convention, copies of the book were available for sale, sold as "seconds" (or some other description implying that they weren't quite up to the printing standard of the "£150" originals). They were for sale for £15! (about $20). I think that they sold quite a few but I'm sure that by the end of the convention, they still had a few left over.

Blackpool Magic Convention is organised by Blackpool Magicians Club. Derek Lever is President of the club and plays a large part in organising the Blackpool Magic Conventions and also last year's FISM. He has the rights to Jack Hughes effects, and produced the books.

If you really want a copy it might be worth contacting him to see if he has any left, and what this week's price is! His web site is http://www.taurusmagic.net/

However, (with the high postage costs to USA,) it might be worth advertising nearer home to see if anyone want's to part with their copy. Every attendee at FISM got one, however I doubt that the book would be of much interest to everyone.
Message: Posted by: Chris (Dec 3, 2013 08:49AM)
Lybrary.com has acquired the copyrights to the Jack Hughes trilogy and we have prepared PDF ebooks for each volume. For details go here http://www.lybrary.com/jack-hughes-m-273585.html We also offer a reduced price bundle deal.

I also have four copies of the above mentioned 'Compilation' hardcover book left. http://www.lybrary.com/jack-hughes-world-of-magic-compilation-edition-p-271871.html This features about half the illusions from the trilogy.

A comment about the contents: I am not an illusion builder, but I am a hard-core DIY guy with a wood and metal shop education and decades of experience as engineer. These books were fascinating to me. Well, that is why I bought the rights :-) Even if you do not build a single illusion, the amount of cleverness, ideas, and creativity that exudes from these books is immediately apparent to anybody who has ever built something. There are even ideas for a close-up guy like myself.
Message: Posted by: Blair Marshall (Dec 9, 2013 04:48PM)
Chris, thanks for the post, this is a great package with piles of info (as you can see from Bill's listing of effects) lot's of prop magic. I condsider this set similar to (and of value as) the Encyc. of Dove Magic, the Eric Lewis "Miracles..." trilogy, and the Albo books. The sheer volume of info in all of the above books is amazing, you see something "new" everytime you pick one up and look at it.

Blair Marshall
Message: Posted by: Anverdi-museum (Feb 26, 2015 07:50AM)
I also have the three original volumes...I am currently building 'Where the Rainbow Ends'...will post a video when done. I was always fascinated by this beatiful effect...patter is difficult with this one...perhaps it may be better to play to music...

Chuck :carrot:
Message: Posted by: Anverdi-museum (Feb 27, 2015 05:31AM)
Here is what I came up with:


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Message: Posted by: Firestorm60 (Jun 18, 2020 12:22PM)
Does anyone happen to have the instructions for Jack Hughes Joey the clown.?
It is self explanatory but I am puzzled over the wire bracket near the neck and small nail just below on body front. I use it to secure the ballon but I donít think that was what Jack intended it for
Message: Posted by: startingout (Sep 2, 2020 07:57PM)
See JH, has the spirit bell listed, has any one created this?
Just love these effects, bought both copies from Jolyon Jenkins.
Very interested in other methods, also incorporated E*****oM****s, but finding base little too big for the size. Also IT but hate working with this stuff..
Any help be greatly appreciated... Be safe...