Death From a Top Hat by Clayton Rawson

_EF A detective steeped in the art of magic solves the mystifying murder of two occultists. Now retired from the tour circuit on which he made his name, master magician The Great Merlini spends his days running a magic shop in New York’s Times Square and his nights moonlighting as a consultant for the NYPD. …

The Footprints on the Ceiling by Clayton Rawson

_EF What you’ll learn from reading this novel: You’ll learn how a woman suffering from acute fear of open spaces could be found murdered in a house miles away from her own. You’ll learn why footprints were discovered on the ceiling of the room in which her body was discovered. You’ll learn how a man …

The Headless Lady by Clayton Rawson

_EF A circus owner’s murder produces a roster of bizarre suspects Summer heat is choking New York, and the Great Merlini—conjurer, sleuth, and godson of P. T. Barnum—offers his friend Ross Harte a chance to get out of town. Before they can depart for the annual convention of the Society of American Magicians, a nervous …

No Coffin for the Corpse by Clayton Rawson

_EF A murdered blackmailer haunts a captain of industry When Ross Harte gets into a screaming match with his fiancée’s father, millionaire Dudley Wolff, the old man cuts Harte’s beloved out of his will. As far as Wolff is concerned, this is an empty threat, because he plans to live forever. He has a team …

The Great Merlini by Clayton Rawson

_EF A dozen compact puzzles from a master of the locked-room mystery The Great Merlini waits impatiently at the door of the Hotel Astor. Inspector Church is late for his meeting with the famed magician, with whom he consults when homicide cases venture outside the realm of the possible. A ventriloquist has attempted suicide in …

Encyclopedia of Rope Tricks (2005) by Stewart James

_EF An essential title for every magician, The Encyclopedia of Rope Tricks is the only book of its kind. Magical genius Stewart James, over the course of 40+ years, compiled three volumes of the Encyclopedia of Rope Tricks. Now, for the first time, these classic works have been collected, newly edited, and combined in a …

Personal Magic (Vol. 1) by Eric C. Lewis

_EF They were the work of passion, these three volumes, and they were beautiful. They revealed the finest of magic sifted from a lifetime of experience. They were unique. Typewritten by the recipient of the A.M.A. Literary Fellowship and author of over 26 books of magic. Filled with hand drawn watercolor artwork and illustrations, and …

The New Jinx by Bill Madsen

_EF Continuing on in the great tradition of The Jinx, The New Jinx was a tribute to the thinking of Ted Annemann.  Monthly periodical for stage mentalists and magicians that ran from May 1962 to April 1968 for 72 issues. Bill Madsen used the pen-name “Arlecchino” as the editor (information from Genii’s Magicpedia). The entire …

The Jinx (Vols: 051-100) by Ted Annemann

_EF The Jinx is filled with incredible gems in bite sized pieces. Apart from a wealth of incredible effects, I love the commentaries by Annemann. The historical impact that The Jinx appears to have had is quite amazing. So much seems to have come from this publication. Contents: The Jinx – 51 – December 1938 …

The Jinx (Vols: 001-050) by Ted Annemann

_EF The Jinx is filled with incredible gems in bite sized pieces. Apart from a wealth of incredible effects, I love the commentaries by Annemann. The historical impact that The Jinx appears to have had is quite amazing. So much seems to have come from this publication. Content: October 1934 – 1941; 907 pages The …

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