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This week's free e-book from the Conjuring Arts Research Center's Summer Reading Program is The Unmasking of Robert-Houdin, written by Harry Houdini.

Houdini used Robert-Houdin’s life and career as a blueprint and rocketed himself to success by following in his footsteps. He even went so far as to use the name Houdin, adding an “i” because he was told it meant “to be like” in French. Robert-Houdin was a master of the art in his eyes.

When Houdini became hugely successful he decided to seek out new laurels to add to his master’s legacy. His search brought him only disillusionment.

In this book Houdini attempts to strip Robert-Houdin of his veil of romance and reveal him in the uncompromising light of cold historical facts, giving credit to the magicians who history had forgotten. While we don’t necessarily agree with all of Houdini’s conclusions, this is an important historical work with lots of fascinating information!


http://conjuringarts.org/2015/07/free-su......-book-2/

A few additional ebooks will be priced at 50% off each week -- worth a look as well!

Week / Book
1. Jasper Maskelyne, Maskelyne's Book of Magic
2. Harry Houdini, The Unmasking of Robert-Houdin
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Week 3: Modern Coin Manipulation by T. Nelson Downs (1900)

http://shop.conjuringarts.org/store/pc/F......1211.htm

T. Nelson Downs was an outstanding showman and certainly one of the greatest manipulative magicians the world has ever produced.

His performance career was legendary: three months at London's Palace Theatre, nine months at the Folies Bergere casino in Paris, 40 weeks at the Empire Theater in London, three months at the Winter Garden in Berlin. On his travels, he performed for royalty, including King Edward VII of England, Germany's Kaiser Wilhelm, Emperor Franz Josef of Austria, the sultan of Turkey and the czar of Russia.

"Pure sleight of hand has always been a great joy to me," he once said. He said he always chose tricks not necessarily for their difficulty but instead for their impact on an audience.

In Modern Coin Manipulations, Downs presents the correct methods of his innumerable coin sleights of his own inventions as well as a complete explanations for pieces in his acts including his World Famous Coin Creation, "The Miser's Dream" as presented by him at the Palace Theatre, London, for nearly 200 consecutive performances.

Week / Book
1. Jasper Maskelyne, Maskelyne's Book of Magic
2. Harry Houdini, The Unmasking of Robert-Houdin
3. T. Nelson Downs, Modern Coin Manipulation (1900)
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Week 4: More Magic by Professor Hoffman (1890)

Professor Hoffmann’s book, Modern Magic, changed magic as soon as it started to arrive serially in 1873. By 1889 the book had gone through many, many printings and was recognized as the standard authority on the subject. Hoffmann felt, however, that conjuring had been moving on in those years; that old methods had been improved and new ones devised.

To incorporate these developments into Modern Magic itself would have rendered the book inconveniently bulky so Hoffmann decided to embody those new effects, principles, and deceptions in a supplementary treatise, very appropriately named More Magic.

Professor Hoffmann used excellent French sources like Ponsin and truly pulled together another complete course in his sequel, More Magic.

http://shop.conjuringarts.org/store/pc/F......1218.htm

Professor Hoffmann first met the legendary card magician, Charlier, in the mid 1870's and got him to share some of his card work for the book. Included for the first time in print are some of his amazing techniques such as the Charlier pass and his incredible marking system.

Week / Book
1. Jasper Maskelyne, Maskelyne's Book of Magic (1936)
2. Harry Houdini, The Unmasking of Robert-Houdin (1908)
3. T. Nelson Downs, Modern Coin Manipulation (1900)
4. Professor Hoffman, More Magic (1890)
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Week 5: Illustrated Magic by Ottokar Fischer (1943)

In this book, Ottokar Fischer, internationally known authority on the art of magic, exposes hundreds of magic effects as produced by professionals, by amateurs and by the Fakirs of India. He explains the secrets of magical apparatus; illusion effects of the past and the present; feats of dexterity and skill; fakes, gimmicks and other secret accessories; vest-pocket magic; mathematical and sleight-of-hand card tricks; mind reading, clairvoyance and telepathy; illusions; the mystery of escapes from chains, handcuffs, leg and neck irons, etc.; and puzzles and their close connection with magic.

In each case Fischer describes the trick as it is seen by the audience and then the means by which it is made possible—with the aid of scores of illustrations—so that the reader is let in behind the scenes and allowed to see the skill and ingenuity which have gone into the perfecting of the ancient and honorable art of magic.

Translated and edited by J. B. Mussey and Fulton Oursler, with an introduction by Fulton Oursler and an unpublished chapter by Harry Kellar.

https://shop.conjuringarts.org/store/pc/......1229.htm

Week / Book
1. Jasper Maskelyne, Maskelyne's Book of Magic (1936)
2. Harry Houdini, The Unmasking of Robert-Houdin (1908)
3. T. Nelson Downs, Modern Coin Manipulation (1900)
4. Professor Hoffman, More Magic (1890)
5. Ottokar Fischer, Illustrated Magic (1943)
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Week 6: Farelli's Card Magic: Practical Treatise on Little-Known Card Sleights, Including Numerous New Card Problems (1933)

A student of David Devant, Victor Farelli was born in Dublin, Ireland, and was the foreign correspondent for a number of magic magazines.

Farelli’s Card Magic came out in 1933 in two parts. Each part contains over 120 items, and there is a lot of great material, much of which is little known these days. You will find tips, sleights, flourishes, passes, substitutes for the pass, forcing, false shuffling, palming, second dealing, card to wallet, and much more, from magic luminaries like: David Devant, Nate Leipzig, Horace Goldin, John Mullholland, Billy O’Connor, Harry Houdini, Dr. Elliott, and Chung Ling Soo.

It is a fantastic collection and a great way to get accustomed to another era in card handling. As a result, you will find many things that are of great value that didn’t make it into present day card books and which may either find a welcome home in your repertoire or inspire you in some new direction!

https://shop.conjuringarts.org/store/pc/......1233.htm

Week / Book
1. Jasper Maskelyne, Maskelyne's Book of Magic (1936)
2. Harry Houdini, The Unmasking of Robert-Houdin (1908)
3. T. Nelson Downs, Modern Coin Manipulation (1900)
4. Professor Hoffman, More Magic (1890)
5. Ottokar Fischer, Illustrated Magic (1943)
6. Victor Farelli, Farelli's Card Magic (1933)
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Week 7: Lessons In Conjuring by David Devant (1922)

Many years ago, when Devant was performing at the Egyptian Hall a young conjurer approached him for advice. Devant asked him how many pieces of magic he could perform and the young man replied, "I know about three hundred tricks."

Amused, Devant told the young magician that he himself only knew eight pieces of magic. The boy was very confused but eventually became a wonderful performer and understood Devant's meaning.

When David Devant told the young conjuror that he knew eight pieces of magic, he meant his repertoire consisted of eight pieces, which he knew inside-out and was always ready to perform anytime, anywhere, and under any conditions.

In Lessons in Conjuring, Devant explains 17 pieces of magic in great detail, everything from the Cards up the Sleeves to the Cups and Balls, in the hopes that you may find one that will become one of your "eight pieces".

https://shop.conjuringarts.org/store/pc/......_27_2015

Week / Book
1. Jasper Maskelyne, Maskelyne's Book of Magic (1936)
2. Harry Houdini, The Unmasking of Robert-Houdin (1908)
3. T. Nelson Downs, Modern Coin Manipulation (1900)
4. Professor Hoffman, More Magic (1890)
5. Ottokar Fischer, Illustrated Magic (1943)
6. Victor Farelli, Farelli's Card Magic (1933)
7. David Devant, Lessons In Conjuring (1922)
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I love Conjuring Art's free summer reading program. They provide a lot of great material.
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Week 8: Chemical Magic by John Lippy (1930)

From the earliest times the science of chemistry has exercised a powerful attraction and influence of the minds of men, never ceasing to be a veritable store-house of wonder, surprise and mystery. In the following work you will learn how to use chemistry to produce stunning effects and use subtle principles.

John D. Lippy, Jr. has compiled a complete course in Chemical Magic covering chemical fire effects such as setting things aflame mysteriously, chemical inks and paints which allow you to make writing appear and vanish at will, and liquid chemical effects which allows you to apparently transform one liquid to another. There are many secrets and effects in this book waiting to be discovered by a new generation of magicians.

With an introduction by Howard Thurston.

https://shop.conjuringarts.org/store/pc/......8_6_2015

Let's all be careful out there. Don't poison yourself or blow yourself up!

Week / Book
1. Jasper Maskelyne, Maskelyne's Book of Magic (1936)
2. Harry Houdini, The Unmasking of Robert-Houdin (1908)
3. T. Nelson Downs, Modern Coin Manipulation (1900)
4. Professor Hoffman, More Magic (1890)
5. Ottokar Fischer, Illustrated Magic (1943)
6. Victor Farelli, Farelli's Card Magic (1933)
7. David Devant, Lessons In Conjuring (1922)
8. John Lippy, Chemical Magic (1930)
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On Aug 10, 2015, Tim Cavendish wrote:
Let's all be careful out there. Don't poison yourself or blow yourself up!


No kidding.
Let's all go out and play with pure sodium and gasoline. I'm sure it's perfectly safe. What could go wrong?
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Week 9: Woes of a Wizard by David Devant (1903)

David Devant wrote Woes of a Wizard before he was England's top magician and before he became partners with John Nevil Maskelyne. This well-known memoir tells of Devant's successes and failures as he struggles to overcome the difficult circumstances of a working performer at the turn of the 20th Century. He recounts his travels and adventures being robbed, heckled, and even threatened with violence all in his inimitable light hearted manner.

Follow Devant in his formative years, from his humble beginnings as a professional starting out who gets his show ruined by cunning and unscrupulous audiences members, all the way to his meteoric rise as one of the greatest entertainers of his era.

The book can be used by anyone who performs magic as a guide on handling rough situations, building a worthwhile career, and having a lasting impact in both the realm of magic and audiences around the world.

https://shop.conjuringarts.org/store/pc/......_14_2015

Week / Book
1. Jasper Maskelyne, Maskelyne's Book of Magic (1936)
2. Harry Houdini, The Unmasking of Robert-Houdin (1908)
3. T. Nelson Downs, Modern Coin Manipulation (1900)
4. Professor Hoffman, More Magic (1890)
5. Ottokar Fischer, Illustrated Magic (1943)
6. Victor Farelli, Farelli's Card Magic (1933)
7. David Devant, Lessons In Conjuring (1922)
8. John Lippy, Chemical Magic (1930)
9. David Devant, Woes of a Wizard (1903)
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Week 10: Great Magicians' Tricks by Will Goldston (1931)

Will Goldston, (1878–1948), was one of England’s most popular conjurors and prolific authors of books on magic. Great Magicians' Tricks by Will Goldston explores the lives and magic of both obscure performers and the most famous magicians of his era. Each chapter is divided into two parts. In the first part Will Goldston gives the reader firsthand impressions of and his experiences with Houdini, Chung Ling Soo, Nevil Maskelyne, Goldin and many other magicians he knew and was well acquainted with to create very unique and intimate portraits of them. Following that, Goldston explores their magic and reveals some of the secrets and pseudo-secrets which made them world-class entertainers.

A very fascinating looks at some of the magic and magicians of the golden age of magic.

http://shop.conjuringarts.org/store/pc/F......1275.htm

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Week 9: Woes of a Wizard by David Devant (1903)

David Devant wrote Woes of a Wizard before he was England's top magician and before he became partners with John Nevil Maskelyne. This well-known memoir tells of Devant's successes and failures as he struggles to overcome the difficult circumstances of a working performer at the turn of the 20th Century. He recounts his travels and adventures being robbed, heckled, and even threatened with violence all in his inimitable light hearted manner.

Follow Devant in his formative years, from his humble beginnings as a professional starting out who gets his show ruined by cunning and unscrupulous audiences members, all the way to his meteoric rise as one of the greatest entertainers of his era.

The book can be used by anyone who performs magic as a guide on handling rough situations, building a worthwhile career, and having a lasting impact in both the realm of magic and audiences around the world.

https://shop.conjuringarts.org/store/pc/......_14_2015

Week / Book
1. Jasper Maskelyne, Maskelyne's Book of Magic (1936)
2. Harry Houdini, The Unmasking of Robert-Houdin (1908)
3. T. Nelson Downs, Modern Coin Manipulation (1900)
4. Professor Hoffman, More Magic (1890)
5. Ottokar Fischer, Illustrated Magic (1943)
6. Victor Farelli, Farelli's Card Magic (1933)
7. David Devant, Lessons In Conjuring (1922)
8. John Lippy, Chemical Magic (1930)
9. David Devant, Woes of a Wizard (1903)
10. Will Goldston, Great Magicians' Tricks (1931)
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Week 11: Mahatma Magazine (1895-1906)

A complete file of Mahatma Magazine. This is a newly scanned, COLOR, fully text-searchable edition of magic's first magazine, published from 1895 to 1906. Over a 1000 pages. Valuable biographies and hundreds of historic illustrations, presented in easy-to-use PDF format. This valuable resource can cost as much as $30 elsewhere!

http://shop.conjuringarts.org/store/pc/F......1289.htm

Wow, this is great. I own and love the printed Kaufman edition, but full text search is a fantastic research aid. Note also the half-price deals this week on Hugard's Magic Monthly ($39.99) and Precursor ($99). Nice way to close out the summer. Thanks, Conjuring Arts!

Week / Book
1. Jasper Maskelyne, Maskelyne's Book of Magic (1936)
2. Harry Houdini, The Unmasking of Robert-Houdin (1908)
3. T. Nelson Downs, Modern Coin Manipulation (1900)
4. Professor Hoffman, More Magic (1890)
5. Ottokar Fischer, Illustrated Magic (1943)
6. Victor Farelli, Farelli's Card Magic (1933)
7. David Devant, Lessons In Conjuring (1922)
8. John Lippy, Chemical Magic (1930)
9. David Devant, Woes of a Wizard (1903)
10. Will Goldston, Great Magicians' Tricks (1931)
11. Mahatma Magazine, complete run (1895-1906)
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Week 12: Effective Card Magic by Bill Simon (1952)

"Bill Simon has achieved an astonishing mastery of the medium. His mind is constantly probing for new and subtler moves, and bold effects which break fresh paths in the card jungle. In this book he has given generously the fruits of his thinking and experience. The result is a book almost certain to become one of the basic texts of modem card conjuring.” – Martin Gardner on Effective Card Magic

This classic book was originally published in 1952 and is considered one of the basic texts on card conjuring. In it you'll find many entertaining plots, novel sleights, shuffles and fancy cuts and well as useful information on practice, structuring, presentation, audience participation and patter.

Bill Simon writes at great length on the second deal and describes in full detail his excellent routine, Call to the Colors.

http://shop.conjuringarts.org/store/pc/F......1287.htm

Week / Book
1. Jasper Maskelyne, Maskelyne's Book of Magic (1936)
2. Harry Houdini, The Unmasking of Robert-Houdin (1908)
3. T. Nelson Downs, Modern Coin Manipulation (1900)
4. Professor Hoffman, More Magic (1890)
5. Ottokar Fischer, Illustrated Magic (1943)
6. Victor Farelli, Farelli's Card Magic (1933)
7. David Devant, Lessons In Conjuring (1922)
8. John Lippy, Chemical Magic (1930)
9. David Devant, Woes of a Wizard (1903)
10. Will Goldston, Great Magicians' Tricks (1931)
11. Mahatma Magazine, complete run (1895-1906)
12. Bill Simon, Effective Card Magic (1952)
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Week 13: The Adventurous Life of a Versatile Artist by Harry Houdini (1922)

In The Adventurous Life of a Versatile Artist, Harry Houdini gives you a very personal guided tour into his amazing life and career.

Houdini leads you through his childhood dreams and his start in the dime-museums through his international tours and amazing performances for the leaders of the world and, more importantly, the common men and women who cared for him and saw him as a hero.

This intimate book shows Harry Houdini as much more than the man who could escape anything; you really get the sensation when reading it that you are getting to know Houdini on a human level. Enjoy this candid reflection on an extraordinary life.

http://shop.conjuringarts.org/store/pc/F......1302.htm

Week / Book
1. Jasper Maskelyne, Maskelyne's Book of Magic (1936)
2. Harry Houdini, The Unmasking of Robert-Houdin (1908)
3. T. Nelson Downs, Modern Coin Manipulation (1900)
4. Professor Hoffman, More Magic (1890)
5. Ottokar Fischer, Illustrated Magic (1943)
6. Victor Farelli, Farelli's Card Magic (1933)
7. David Devant, Lessons In Conjuring (1922)
8. John Lippy, Chemical Magic (1930)
9. David Devant, Woes of a Wizard (1903)
10. Will Goldston, Great Magicians' Tricks (1931)
11. Mahatma Magazine, complete run (1895-1906)
12. Bill Simon, Effective Card Magic (1952)
13. Harry Houdini, The Adventurous Life of a Versatile Artist (1922)
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(Final) Week 14: The Cardiste by Rusduck (1957-58)

A complete file of Cardiste Magazine.

The Cardiste: "Dedicated to the Art of Cardistry" was a periodical by Rusduck devoted entirely to card magic. The Cardiste ran from February 1957 until August 1958 for a total of 11 issues published during Rusduck's life.

The 12th issue was published posthumously after Rusduck's death in Ibidem magazine and included in our file is a scan of the original issue that went to Milt Kort after Rusduck's death. We believe this is the first time it's published in facsimile format. Gene Shelley would later publish a 13th issue featuring original material by Rusduck, Alex Elmsley, Bill Miesel, Ed Marlo, Milt Kort and Max Katz and we have included this as well.

We thank Ron Bauer and Sandra Kort for allowing us to publish the 12th and 13th issues and for making scans of the originals available. Please note that the scans of issue 12 were somewhat difficult to make due to the age of the paper and the binding. It's somewhat blurry in some places so scans or the original issue are provided only as reference and the full transcript of the issue is also included for ease of reading and searching.

Also included is a digital index called The Cardiste.pdx. You can use this file in Adobe Reader or Acrobat and it will very conveniently search all the issues at once.

Enjoy one of the most highly influential periodicals on card magic ever produced.

http://shop.conjuringarts.org/store/pc/F......1313.htm

Week / Book
1. Jasper Maskelyne, Maskelyne's Book of Magic (1936)
2. Harry Houdini, The Unmasking of Robert-Houdin (1908)
3. T. Nelson Downs, Modern Coin Manipulation (1900)
4. Professor Hoffman, More Magic (1890)
5. Ottokar Fischer, Illustrated Magic (1943)
6. Victor Farelli, Farelli's Card Magic (1933)
7. David Devant, Lessons In Conjuring (1922)
8. John Lippy, Chemical Magic (1930)
9. David Devant, Woes of a Wizard (1903)
10. Will Goldston, Great Magicians' Tricks (1931)
11. Mahatma Magazine, complete run (1895-1906)
12. Bill Simon, Effective Card Magic (1952)
13. Harry Houdini, The Adventurous Life of a Versatile Artist (1922)
14. The Cardiste magazine, ed. Rusduck, complete run (1957-58)

Many thanks, Conjuring Arts Research Center!
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