Paul Daniels Adult Magic (£75.00) |
Paul Daniels Adult Book of Magic by Barry Murray - in pristine condition - never been read. Signed by Paul Daniels to Nicholas (me)
By the time you have read the first three sentences in the introduction to this book, you will have been told to get three props at hand -- a banknote and two paperclips. Then in four easy steps, accompanied by black and white photo illustrations, you will be told and shown how to set up and perform a trick in which the paperclips attached to opposite ends of the folded banknote will pop off and link together in a surprising snap. Daniels explains the trick as "a transference of the curves in the banknote to the paperclips so that they link together" as illustrated in a final photograph. All you have to do to turn this self-amusing exercise into a performance is to think of something interesting to say as you do the trick for the amusement of others. From this point on, throughout the remainder of the book, practice, patter, and performance will be the keys to Paul Daniels Adult Magic. Fun is sure to follow.
The book progresses along a rather unusual but ordered path. Daniels will take us from our work in the field to our work in the office with tricks appropriate for each venue. He will then take us out to lunch and show us some tricks at the dining table. When work is done, it's off to the pub where tricks can be done with props that are commonplace in that setting. When finally we arrive at home for the night, there are small wonders for amusing children and card tricks for amusing adults.
Chapter 2 promotes magic as a stress-reliever from our work-a-day world. Play with these tricks -- The Irish Compass, One to Four Countdown, The Seven Deadly Sins, and Ron's Diversion -- and you will discover that stress cannot coexist with such recreation.
Chapter 3 is about Sales Magic, giving you an edge over your competitors in sales by getting people to notice you and your product. Here you will learn about Paul's Puzzle Box, the Spirit Card, a No Cards Mental Test, Branded Tastes, The Mentalist, and Magic Squares.
Chapter 4 takes the magician into a company office where tricks can be done with familiar workplace items such as a memo, a sheet of paper, a calculator, a calendar, a pencil, pens & notepads.
In Chapter 5, it's time for lunch. The dining table is full of props that are ready-made for Daniels' magic: spoons, bread rolls, fortune cookies, and drinking glasses. According to Daniels, the trick he describes with a drinking glass, a sheet of dental rubber dam, and two coins, "might just be the best trick in the book."
Chapter 6 introduces the reader to "Magic After Hours." These are tricks for the pub that involve amusements with banknotes, fingers, matches, cigarettes, and pocket pens. You will also learn to do "impossible" juggling and balancing acts.
In Chapter 7, it's time to go home and amuse your children with Fly Away Peter, The Shooting Hanky, The Invisible Hair, Lulu, The Animated Mouse, Thumb Stuff, and two paper-folding entertainments -- The Money Ring and the Flapping Bird.
Finally, with the kids put to bed, the remainder of the book is given to card magic for the amusement of the adults in the house.
Chapter 8 teaches Basic Card Handling - grips, shuffles, spreads, pick-ups, turn-overs, cuts, passes, forces, and fanning.
Chapter 9 is about tricks for the card table. There are tricks that can be done with borrowed packs of cards and tricks with decks that require secret preparation. Daniels describes a great four-ace trick created by Dai Vernon. At the end of the chapter, Daniels explains how to deal a perfect poker hand. Proving yourself to be a master card-man is icing on the cake.
Chapter 10 is devoted to card novelties. Daniels introduces such bits of business as Spelling the Pack, Odd Couples, Wind-Up, Checking the Pack, Card-Players' Quiz, Drop Challenge, and Turn-Up Challenge.
Chapter 11, the final chapter in the book, is dedicated to Six Great Card Tricks. These tricks are so good that Daniels precedes their description with this word of advice: "Don't attempt to perform all these together. Each is a 'closer.'" The tricks are named Compulsion, Half Cut Coincidence, The Crystal Gazer, Telepathetic Do As I Do, Dial A Miracle, and The Lie Detector.
Practice the routines, learn the patter, and perform the magic. You will have fun and your public will be entertained. Let Paul Daniels Adult Magic be your guide.
The Book of Magic (£15.00) |
Published in 1986 this book is a hardcover and is written by Edwin A Hawes and Arthur Settington. The book is in pristine condition and this is the first edition.
Making Magic (£90.00) |
Published in 1992 this book is a hardcover and is written by Edwin A Hawes and Arthur Settington. The book is in pristine condition and is the updated version of their The Book of Magic also for sale on this site. The book is on sale at the moment on Amazon for £110 but I will sell it to you through this site for £90
Henry Hay's The Amateur Magician's Handbook (£7.50) |
This 1983 paperback edition of a 1950 classic was hard to find and enjoyable to read. It covers magic from close-up to the stage and includes easy-to-follow black and white photos. Two classic gimmicks as BONUSES: the Acrobatic Matchbox (purchased from Davenport's in London) and the brass Miracle Discs. With the former, you can make a match open and close, rise and fall and move along your hand; then pass it around for inspection. With the latter, two solid brass discs are threaded on a black string, which the spectator knots at one end. The spectator closes his hand around the two discs, chooses the larger or the smaller and, on opening his hand, finds the chosen disc loose in his hand.
USED - Good Condition
Selling on behalf of Robert Bolick