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cuchullain
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Based on this thread I just bought a second hand copy very cheap! - Not a beginner, but very much an amateur - It is a wonderful book to just browse through.
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Agreed, one of the must have
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Somewhere in my attic, I have an original copy given to me when I was 13 which was 55 years ago. My first book of magic ( like a few on this thread) A real classic. Strongly suggest a second hand purchase if you do not already own one.
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I also have a copy of this small tome with quite a following. It's one of those book that I think provides some interesting material, not that most of the effects are revolutionary, but that there's quite a bit of the material that could be re-worked or tranformed into new effects with modern twists. If nothing else it can help inspire younger magicians or other amateurs in taking up the magicial arts or enahnce their appreciation for the art.
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This book is still often read in Germany. Mr, Mussey lived much time here. The effects taught in his book are often very difficult skilled. The title is somehow deceptive. A very fine book. Very much detailed in his teaching. His teaching with coins is very deep.
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Just discovered this thread. You can buy the PDF version at Lybrary.com, which I am contemplating doing even though I own both the hard and soft cover versions.
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Kanawati
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I wonder if I was going to the same library as Brent McLeod? In my early teens I was borrowing the Amateur Magicians Handbook. The other one I remember at that library was the Illustrated History of Magic by Milbourne Christopher. Reading about T Nelson Downs and Cardini, how his steals were invisible, and imagining how great their performances were. A few years ago I finally saw footage on YouTube of Cardini’s act and it was even better than I had ever imagined! At that age going through the pages of those books was such a magical experience. Great memories:)
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On Sep 24, 2021, Kanawati wrote:
I wonder if I was going to the same library as Brent McLeod? In my early teens I was borrowing the Amateur Magicians Handbook. The other one I remember at that library was the Illustrated History of Magic by Milbourne Christopher. Reading about T Nelson Downs and Cardini, how his steals were invisible, and imagining how great their performances were. A few years ago I finally saw footage on YouTube of Cardini’s act and it was even better than I had ever imagined! At that age going through the pages of those books was such a magical experience. Great memories:)


Very nice memories. Good for you...mate!
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