Magic of the World by John Mulholland, Charles Scribner’s Sons

(c. 1965) (Submit Review) (Submit Update)

Details: Books on magic multiply with almost the regularity and inevitability of the invisible rabbits in the prestidigitator’s hat. The author is a well-known magician and this book is similar in approach to his John Mulholland’s Book of Magic for adults. The emphasis is on skillful sleight of hand achieved with minimal equipment, constant practice, an easy air, and a showman’s sense. Each chapter is based on a classic type of trick, but includes variants used in different countries. The book is directed to the performance, and offers the best of advice for how to put over a trick. The final chapter advises on planning a magic show.

Illustrated by Al Hormel


9 Chapter 1 From the Beginning: The story of magic through the ages
17 Chapter 2 How Magic Works: the ways magicians mysitfy people
23 Chapter 3 The King’s Power: two card tricks of the gypsies
33 Chapter 4 Urbut: an Egyptian feat of restoring a severed string
41 Chapter 5 She-Fa Cash: coin tricks from China using coins with holes in the center
57 Chapter 6 Mental Magic: a German method of sending thought
65 Chapter 7 Here, There and Everywhere: making designs appear, disappear, and move about with the paddle move
75 Chapter 8 Choose a Color: Spanish magic with a color changing balloon
83 Chapter 9 Jadoo: a feat from India with a stick and a string and a drum
95 Chapter 10 Der Rote Geist: Austrian magic with a red block of wood and a cylinder
105 Chapter 11 Tagina Metal: a vanishing and reappearing metal cube (with a cup) from Japan
115 Chapter 12 Maza Casa: Italian magic with a coin which travels invisibly using a wooden box
126 Chapter 13 First American Magic: the dancing arrow of the American Indian (in a bowl)
137 Chapter 14 Followers of Merlin: a combination of two British tricks done with money
149 Chapter 15 The Erring Eyes: optical trickery from France
161 Chapter 16 Champion Bombyx Mori: making many yards of silk instantly (production)
181 Chapter 17 The Magic Show: suggestions for giving a performance of magic
189 Index

  • Publisher: Charles Scribner’s Sons
  • Pages: 190
  • Location: New York, USA
  • Dimensions: 7″x9″
  • Date: 1965
  • Binding: hardbound

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