This is a cut and restored rope trick published by Al Snyder of Charlston, West Virginia in 1943. A seven foot length of rope is apparently cut into three shorter lengths which are knotted together. Once the knots have been cut away, the rope is shown restored.
The title page of this book gives a different title: Travels and Adventures of Dr Lynn With a Supplement Showing “How It’s Done”. The book was printed in London for the author by Charles Dickens and Evans, Crystal Palace and dated 1882. The explanations of magic tricks should not be taken too seriously. For example, click View Details to see How to Take a Man to Pieces.
Magicians love to divine a word chosen by a spectator from a book. This is an entertaining, simple, direct book test which is up there with the best of them. According to Richard, the miracle depends on a psychological principle known as inattentional blindness. Complete with instructions. This was a gift from Richard Wiseman in 2022.
The first page of this Holy Bible tells us that it contains 224 pages of the New Testament of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
These 40 or so blocks look brand new and it is clear they have not been used to print anything. It seems they must be spare blocks, in case they were needed during the print-run of the book. The images shown here include the halftone blocks for Robert Harbin and Charles Bertram. There is also a PDF which lists all of the magicians included on these blocks and explains how the pages of illustrations were printed.
As you flick through the book, the moving picture story illustrates how Bovril puts beef into you.
This well produced book contains a peep show of Queen Elizabeth II’s Coronation as well as an interesting and detailed account of what happens during the ceremony. Published by the Hulton Press, London in 1953. This recent addition to the collection was a generous gift from Peter Lane.
This company produces books like this one for each letter of the alphabet. There is something particularly appealing about a paper e-book.
Copyright 1995 by Redstone Press, London. The description on the back of the box reads: ‘Here is an enchanting box of surprises, drawn from the fascinating and hyperbolical history of magic and conjuring. Open the box to discover an astounding compendium of rare graphics and picture cards, amazing tricks and illusions, jugglings and jokes.’ That description is about right. Compiled by Daniel Stashower.
This book was produced by Editions George Proust – Paris. With the book come 12 postcards showing well known magicians. The book also contains a pliable mirror which can be shaped into a cone so that the anamorphic images on the postcards can be viewed. Purchased from Musée de la Magie, Paris in 2015.
This is a modern version of the age old flick book. Copyright 1996 B. Shackman & Co. Inc., New York. Printed in Hong Kong.
The novelty is that this single sheet of paper has been slit in such a way as to allow it to be folded into the booklet of 8 pages. It was produced for an Art Trail exhibition at Conway Hall, London 4 November 2014 – 28 February 2015. The exhibition was mounted as part of the South London Women Artists Collaborative residency at Conway Hall, Red Lion Square.