2,039 entries in Articles / Theory & Essays
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The Visible Invisible writing is washed from mirror and appears again on it, breathing glass, anecdote of a a magician who performed the routine and got caught by the audience, on originality
1784 26
Henri Decremps Préambule du Testament et principes généraux Testament which scrupulously respects the prescriptions of the written law and the custom of Paris. It is intended to bequeath, to its heir readers, that instructions and knowledge.
It also contains thirteen rules of presentation
1786 1
Professor Hoffmann Introduction some rules for conjuring
1876 1
Professor Hoffmann The Value of Personal Instruction
1876 40
Professor Hoffmann Concealing the Cause
1876 69
Professor Hoffmann The "Click" and Delaying the Effect
1876 155
Professor Hoffmann Electrical Tricks general comments
1876 480
Professor Hoffmann Concluding Observations
  • Hints as to Working up Tricks
  • Arrangement of Programme
  • Stage Arrangements
  • Parting Counsels
1876 502
Professor Hoffmann Sleeve as Explanation for Spectators
1890 211
Friedrich W. Conradi-Horster On Accidental Convincers
1896 25
Carl Willmann On Common Objects avoiding apparatus and using apparent everyday objects, see also p. 122 of Vol. 2
Apr. 1896
Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 2 No. 4)
Carl Willmann, David Devant Wie Devant einen Ring vertauscht long intro about apparatus vs. sleight-of-hand, ring switch in which ring is put on second finger and duplicate is already on bent-in first finger, fingers switched while walking on stage
Sep. 1897
Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 3 No. 9)
Friedrich W. Conradi-Horster Schule der Magie - Einleitung "School of Magic - Introduction"
on psychology of magic, active and passive deception, positive and negative deception
Related to Jan. 1898
Der Zauberspiegel (Vol. 3 No. 7)
Friedrich W. Conradi-Horster Schule der Magie second part of introduction, on palming, misdirection
Related to Feb. 1898
Der Zauberspiegel (Vol. 3 No. 8)
Friedrich W. Conradi-Horster Schule der Magie third part, on holding the hand correctly when a larger object is apparently in it
Related to Mar. 1898
Der Zauberspiegel (Vol. 3 No. 9)
Friedrich W. Conradi-Horster Schule der Magie fourth part, more on the false transfer
Related to Apr. 1898
Der Zauberspiegel (Vol. 3 No. 10)
Friedrich W. Conradi-Horster Schule der Magie fifth part
Related to May 1898
Der Zauberspiegel (Vol. 3 No. 11)
C. Vogel, Carl Willmann Eine neue Volte mit einer Hand "Die Kartenschule von Carl Willmann"
part three of description, on delaying the pass, comparing practicing with piano playing
Related to Feb. 1899
Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 5 No. 2)
S. W. Erdnase Uniformity of Action
Related to 1902 22
S. W. Erdnase Deportment
Related to 1902 22
S. W. Erdnase Display of Ability
Related to 1902 23
S. W. Erdnase Effect of Suspicion
Related to 1902 24
S. W. Erdnase Acquiring the Art
Related to 1902 24
S. W. Erdnase Importance of Details
Related to 1902 25
Charles Lang Neil The Principles of Natural Magic
1902 19
Charles Lang Neil Manner and Gesture
1902 23
Charles Lang Neil The Conjurer's Clothes for men & for ladies
1902 27
Professor Hoffmann, Professor Anderson Excessive Use of Apparatus
1903 172
Professor Hoffmann What is Best?
1903 222
Friedrich "Fritz" Hügli II. Die moderne magische Kunst on the modern magic art
  • Definition
  • Einst und Jetzt
  • Ratschläge
1903 10
Friedrich "Fritz" Hügli III. Die Elemente der Täuschung "the elements of deception"
  • Die physikalischen Hilfsmittel
  • Optische Täuschungen (optical)
  • Akustische Täuschungen (acoustic)
  • Gefühlstäuschung (touch)
1903 15
Friedrich "Fritz" Hügli Die psychologischen Hilfsmittel "psychological aids"
  • Die Finte
  • Die Idee-Assoziation
  • Der Vortrag
  • Die gezwungene Wahl
1903 28
Friedrich "Fritz" Hügli Die Grundregeln seven rules of magic
1903 40
Friedrich "Fritz" Hügli I. Der Salon als Zauberbühne setting of the room
1903 47
Friedrich "Fritz" Hügli VI. Der Regiezettel "director notes", systematically writing routines down to have to have a check sheet when preparing it (trick, props, preparation, help)
1903 65
John Northern Hilliard, T. Nelson Downs Don'ts tips
1909 347
Friedrich "Fritz" Hügli Ueber den Wert der magischen Kunst general thoughts on magic
1926 5
Jack Merlin Theory short
1927/28 3
Jack Merlin Practice on practice and other theory aspects
1927/28 3
Nelson Hahne The Theory of Deception
1930 8
Nelson Hahne Method of Analysis
1930 13
Lu Brent A Waste Paper Basket Advice on using an ornamental waste paper basket on stage for throwing away paper so as to remove suspicion, instead of throwing the paper off-stage
1932 5
Jean Hugard Introduction - The Importance of Showmanship
1935 7
Theodore Annemann Think It Over! tips on props and performing
May 1936
The Jinx (Issue 20)
Theodore Annemann Think It Over! tips on props and performing
June 1936
The Jinx (Issue 21)
Theodore Annemann Suggested Programs No. One - A Club Act of Magic combining some tricks of the Jinx into a program
The Jinx (Issue Summer Extra 1936)
Theodore Annemann Suggested Programs No. Two - A Mental Club Act combining some tricks of the Jinx into a program
Aug. 1936
The Jinx (Issue 23)
Jean Hugard Finger Practice Practice routine to master the thimble thumb palm
Related to 1936 5
Jean Hugard Easy Moves With One Thimble describes four short sequences with one thimble, with some advice on how to execute thimble sleights and magic
1936 6
Jean Hugard Advanced Finger Practice Practice routine to master the different thimble palms
1936 19
Victor Farelli For Artists Only Talks about culling, patter, misdirection, plot, selection of cards, building a programme, and building routines
1936 7
Victor Farelli "Culling" Talks about how culling should be done, mentions Louis Nikola and how he stacks his deck during the course of another routine, also mentions Erdnase's stock securing and cull shuffling
Related to 1936 12
Victor Farelli Lady Volunteer Assistants Short essay on how women in the audience should be treated, and why they should probably never be chosen to come on stage, or even pick a card
1936 26
Theodore Annemann Suggested Programs No. Three - A Magical Club Routine combining some tricks out of the Jinx into a program
Mar. 1937
The Jinx (Issue 30)
Theodore Annemann Suggested Routines No. Four - A No Card Mystery Act combining some tricks of the Jinx into a program
July 1937
The Jinx (Issue 34)
Ellis Stanyon The Stanyon Lessons for the Cups and Balls part 2, discussing props, servante, misdirection
Sep. 1937
The Jinx (Issue 36)
Theodore Annemann Suggested Routines No. Five - "No Code" Telepathy combining some tricks of the Jinx into a program
Nov. 1937
The Jinx (Issue 38)
David "Fu Manchu" Bamberg Stage Presentation tips on stage presentation, discussing:
  • Stage Entrance
  • Settings
  • The Opening Illusion
  • The Follow On
  • Patter
  • Balance
  • Assistants
  • Audience Work
  • Routining
  • Apparatus
  • Working to Magicians
  • The Climax
  • Résumé
1938 936
Orville Wayne Meyer Suggested Routine No. 6 - "Strictly Impromptu" combining some card tricks of the Jinx into a program
Oct. 1938
The Jinx (Issue 49)
Theodore Annemann A 68 Cent Patent tip on patenting, see page 456
Oct. 1939
The Jinx (Issue 62)
Oscar Weigle, Robert Parrish A Club Routine of General Magic routine of tricks in the book
1939 75
Jean Hugard Introduction - Extempore Magic essay on impromptu magic, special props and magic that happens as a side note, with examples by Tarbell
1939 11
Jean Hugard, Frederick Braue Misdirection
Also published here 1940 423
Paul Rosini Etchings in Magic Rosini writes about his influences in magic
The Jinx (Issue 105)
Oscar Thomson Memory Aid for Programs remembering the order of tricks
The Jinx (Issue 111)
Theodore Annemann Playing Card Squiggles drawing contest
The Jinx (Issue 115)
George Johnson Your Magical Scrapbook tip
The Jinx (Issue 118)
Harry Houdini Houdini's Book Identification System for personal library, mentioned by Ralph W. Read
The Jinx (Issue 119)
Charles Hopkins Whose Fault When Things Go Wrong?
1940 15
Charles Hopkins The Psychology of Failure
1940 16
Charles Hopkins Use of "Sucker Gag" Technique
1940 17
Charles Hopkins Secret And Open Outs Difference between rectifying mistakes secretly (before audience knows about it) and openly (when the mistake is known to everyone)
1940 18
Charles Hopkins When Error Is Still Under Cover Techniques to get out of mistakes before audience catches on
1940 18
Charles Hopkins When Error May Be Visible Techniques to get out of mistakes when audience knows
1940 20
Charles Hopkins Either You Know You Are Wrong - Or Else...
1940 21
Charles Hopkins This Time You MUST Be Right Importance of rectifying the mistake clearly to end successfully
1940 22
Charles Hopkins Attitudes That Get Co-operation After finding wrong card, how to get selector to reveal the correct card for magician to try again
1940 22
Charles Hopkins 8 - Use a thumb writer. How to use thumb writer to get out of sticky situations
1940 24
Charles Hopkins 9 - Impression methods. Using carbon paper to make a copy
1940 25
Charles Hopkins 10 - Pencil reading.
1940 26
Charles Hopkins 11 - Friendly mirrors. Using reflective surfaces
1940 26
Charles Hopkins Old Ideas Brought Up To Date; Also, A Few New Ones Useful sleights to use for outs
1940 27
Charles Hopkins Other Useful Standard Sleights
1940 36
Charles Hopkins Fit The Weapon To The Needs
1940 36
Charles Hopkins Getting Down To Brass Tacks--- And The Selected Card
1940 37
Charles Hopkins "Outs" Productions From Pockets And Other Places
1940 42
Charles Hopkins 31 - Use of spectators for "outs"
1940 44
Charles Hopkins Apparatus Alibis Outs when apparatus is used to reveal cards, but goes wrong
1940 46
Charles Hopkins First Aid For Feeble Memories What to do if spectator forgets card
1940 47
Charles Hopkins "Outs" Compared with Challenges
1940 51
Charles Hopkins A Word of Caution
1940 52
Charles Hopkins Try To Keep As Much Control As Possible
1940 53
Charles Hopkins How "Plenty of Rein" Trips Them
1940 63
Charles Hopkins The Magician's Little Helpers Mechanical aids
1940 66
Charles Hopkins When Information-Getting Becomes Ticklish How to gain information not by pretending to confess to failure, but by proper methods in performance
1940 68
Charles Hopkins They Commit Themselves In Writing
1940 69
Charles Hopkins 51 - Pencil reading.
1940 69
Charles Hopkins 53 - Billet index.
1940 71
54 - Pad impressions.
1940 71
Charles Hopkins 55 - Trick notebooks. Carbon paper in notebooks
1940 71
Charles Hopkins 56 - A "Case of Hambuggery" Annemann's "Mental Masterpiece"
1940 71
Charles Hopkins A Prophet In his Own Land
1940 72
Charles Hopkins 57 - Thumb writers.
1940 72
Charles Hopkins What Makes Audiences Get That Way Why do audiences heckle?
1940 74
Charles Hopkins Circumstances That Lead Up To Challenges
1940 75
Charles Hopkins Specific Handling of Various Situations
1940 76
Charles Hopkins The Heckler... Ding Bust His Buttons!
1940 76
Charles Hopkins For The Intelligent Analyst Type
1940 77
Charles Hopkins Troubles Arising Out of Pure Friendship
1940 78
Dr. Stanley Jaks Jaks plaudert über Mikromagie thoughts on Close-Up magic
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 2 No. 1)
Friedrich "Fritz" Hügli Aus den unveröffentlichten Werken Fritz Hügli's intro of the unpublished Fritz Hügli book "Die Kunst zu Zaubern", on performing magic
Oct. 1940
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 2 No. 2&3)
Eddie Joseph Misdirection Techniques
1940 / 1992 13
Edward Victor A Word on Tables space management regarding tables on stage
1940 ca. 144
Fulton Oursler The Sane Viewpoint of Exposure reprinted from Linking Ring
The Jinx (Issue 125)
Cagliostro, Jr. Fifth Row, Center Aisle rant on too positive reviews of magic show
The Jinx (Issue 128)
Cagliostro, Jr. (reviewer) S.A.M. Benefit Show Show Review with performers: Fred Keating, The Hanlons, Jay Palmer & Co, The Great Le Roy, Al Baker, Dai Vernon, Dagmar & Co, The Five Elgins, Roner, Prince Leon and Gus Wayne, Roy Benson 1941
The Jinx (Issue 129)
Theodore Annemann Suggested Program No. 7 - "A Varied Magic Act" combining some tricks of the Jinx into a program
The Jinx (Issue 129)
Rhadamanthus, Jr. (reviewer) The Old Timers of the Y.M.H.A. present Master Magicians in "A Night of Magic" show review 1941
The Jinx (Issue 130)
Charles J. Maly The Health Magician program aimed at children on the subject of being healthy, how to dress, tricks and patter ideas
Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1942)
Walter B. Gibson The Back Room on trick exposure
Apr. 1942
The Phoenix (Issue 5)
Eddie Joseph Part One - Some Sl(e)ight Changes in Some Standard Sleights intro, on naturalness
1942 7
Dr. William Weyeneth Der Künstler auf der Bühne Richtlinien grundsätzlicher Natur guidelines for performing on stage
Nov. 1942
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 4 No. 11)
Bruce Elliott The Back Room on Stuart Robson, Al Chris describing a miracle from India, Dell O'Dell, Russ Swann, selling and promotion
Dec. 1943
The Phoenix (Issue 49)
Jean Hugard Editorial - What is Magic? Hugard's definition what magic is
Sep. 1943 15
Hans "Severus" Ernst La Magie de Salon on parlor magic, followed by german translation "Salon-Magie"
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 5 No. 4)
Claude La presentation et le boniment on words, patter and presentation
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 5 No. 4)
Alfred "Agys" Gysler Gedanken über die Ausstattung on style and taste of equipment
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 5 No. 4)
Laurie Ireland Dressing Up the Show on the use of props, practicability and show construction
Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1944)
Jean Hugard Gestures on gestures, style and manners
Feb. 1944 38
Jean Hugard Bare Stage Bugbear how to move on a stage, fishing rod to get objects from the audience
Feb. 1944 38
Jean Hugard Exposures on exposure
Dec. 1944 86
John Mulholland What Manner of Man “The general ideas which a magician must bear in mind about the performance of magic, and a description of what magic is and why it works”
1944 1
John Mulholland The Secrets Unraveled “Various additional items of information which a magician will find useful to know; such as how to make up a program and how to eliminate errors; as well as several additional feats of magic.”
1944 125
Hans "Severus" Ernst, Alfred "Agys" Gysler Achtung! Lebensgefahr! Falsche Magier! on copying other magicians, amateurs stealing from professionals, on a routine copied by danish magazine "Magi"
  • Es ist kein Kunststück, sich mit fremden Federn zu schmücken
Related to 1945
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 6 No. 4)
Henri Decremps Vieux principes rules on performing
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 6 No. 4)
Das A und O der Vorführung on having a theme for the show, directing an act
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 6 No. 4)
Friedrich "Fritz" Hügli Anforderungen on what it needs to be a magicians, "Aus einem unveröffentlichten Artikel von F. Hügli"
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 6 No. 4)
Alfred "Agys" Gysler 3. Vorführungsformen different performing styles
  • Die pantomimische Vorführung
  • Die deklamatorische Vorführung
  • Die dramatische Vorführung
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 7 No. 1&2)
Frank De Sua You Can't Lose - Apparently! system for placing bets, horse race etc.
Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1946)
Laurie Ireland Routining for the 'Little Fellow' on gaining experience
Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1946)
Friedrich "Fritz" Hügli Die magische Täuschung essay on technique and structure of routines, "Aus dem unveröffentlichten Buch: 'Wunder der Täuschung'"
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 7 No. 4)
Jean Marc Bujard 1-2-3 , disparaissez on magic and different types of spectator
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 7 No. 4)
J. B. Bobo Bobo System of Card Control
1947 73
J. B. Bobo The Art of Sleeving
1947 75
Carl "J. N. Teroga" Schnetzer Erfolgs Psychologie des Zauberkünstlers on the mysterious and success of a magic act, applause
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 9 No. 1)
Bob Rettew Cashing in on Close Up Magic in a bar
Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1948)
Carl D. Shoemaker Magic vs. Science - A Lecture on Magic patter for lecture presentation, infotainment
Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1948)
Arthur H. Buckley The Principles of Magic
  • commented list of methods/principles (Manipulation, Substitution, Duplication, Camouflage, Imitation, False Partition, Concealed Mechanism, Falsification, Arrangement, Preparation)
  • list of effects
  • list of aiding factors (Misdirection, Sustained Attention, Diverted Attention, Restriction, Repetition, Conclusion, Climax, Anti-Climax, Mannerism, Surprise, Expectancy, Memory, Mnemonics, Reconstructive Imagination, Dramatics, Humor)
1948 22
Paul LePaul Preface on performing, misdirection, technique
1949 21
Paul LePaul Simplicity - The Keynote to Good Magic on simplicity, puzzle vs. magic
1949 129
Frances Ireland Marshall Rabbits is Extra on kids shows
Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1949)
Frederick A. Thomson Minor and Major Misdirection
Jan. 1949 497
Carl "J. N. Teroga" Schnetzer eine Brr... Lücke, Lücke on the selection of spectators as assistants
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 10 No. 3)
Lewis Ganson Presentation of Manipulation
  • The Performer
    • (a) Personality
    • (b) Dress and Appearance
    • (c) Care and use of the hands
    • (d) Speech
    • (e) Behaviour
    • (f) Make-up
  • His Outside Aids
    • (a) Stage Setting
    • (b) Lighting
    • (c) Music
    • (d) Apparatus
  • Technical Ability
1950 5
Dr. Stanley Jaks Introduction on close-up magic, his book of mysteries, beautiful props appealing to women
Also published here 1951 1
Dr. William Weyeneth Mehr Logik beim Zaubern on logical conclusions and justifications in magic tricks
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 12 No. 1&2)
Dr. William Weyeneth Zur Problematik einer Rangstufe an Kongress-Wettbewerben on the problem of judging competition acts
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 12 No. 4&5)
Bill Simon Specialization
1952 13
Bill Simon The Importance of Practice
1952 13
Bill Simon The Necessity of Trial
1952 14
Bill Simon Understanding Theory
1952 15
Bill Simon The Importance of Studying Simple Moves
1952 15
Bill Simon Manipulation on using flourishes or not
1952 16
Bill Simon Technicalities
1952 16
Bill Simon The Art of Presentation
1952 17
Bill Simon Spontaneous Resourcefulness
1952 18
Bill Simon Conjurer vs. Gambler
1952 19
Bill Simon The Best Magic
1952 19
Bill Simon Handling
1952 20
Bill Simon Cultivating Originality in Presentation
1952 20
Bill Simon Unprepared Cards
1952 20
Bill Simon Present Day Sophistication
1952 21
Bill Simon Audience Participation
1952 22
Bill Simon Patter
1952 22
Bill Simon Poker Cards vs. Bridge Cards
1952 24
Bill Simon Accessories
1952 25
Bill Simon Originality
1952 25
Theodore Annemann Introduction on performing, booklet contains reprints from the Sphinx
Carl "J. N. Teroga" Schnetzer Klimax on the climax
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 14 No. 4)
Bill Simon In General on practicing, entertainment
1954 5
Kirk Stiles How to Learn Magic Tricks read instruction into tape recorder
Mar. 1954
The New Phoenix (Issue 303)
Friedrich "Fritz" Hügli Falsche Bezeichnung der Zauberkunst on the reputation of magic, Leist-Bernini
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 15 No. 1)
William Lindsay Gresham Education for Magic several tips on performing
Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1955)
John Ramsay A Wee Bit of Advice
The New Phoenix (Issue 328)
James G. Thompson Jr. The Real Top Secrets
Also published here 1956 117
Taroh Lampenfieber on stage fright
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 17 No. 3)
Lewis Ganson The Vernon Touch
1957 27
Dr. Reuben Ligan Facing Your Audience
1957 2
Don Tanner Mental Communications opening lines for a mentalism show
Apr. 1957
The New Phoenix (Issue 344)
Bert Allerton Rules for the Close-Up Magician
Also published here 1958 69
Tony Corinda Summary of Technique predictions, comments and tips on presentation
1958 100
Bobby Bernard The Purpose of Close Up Magic
1958 6
Bobby Bernard Good Taste in Close Up Magic - Points to Note When Performing. eight points
1958 7
Bobby Bernard T.V. Close Up Magic some thoughts on performing on TV, brief
1958 8
Rolf Andra Magische Erfindungen - Zauberische Intuitionen on originality and inventing tricks
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 19 No. 1)
Max Bühler Kleines A-B-C, zum Zaubern auf der Bühne tips on performing magic in ABC form, every letter one idea
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 19 No. 1)
Georg Köhler Religion und Magie on religion and magic
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 19 No. 3)
Otto "Sasso" Lutz Die 2ten: Vorschlag eines alten Praktikers on having a second non-magic act
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 19 No. 5)
Tony Corinda (1) A Few Simple Rules for Working with Billets
1959 166
Tony Corinda The Essentials of Good Presentation
1960 292
Tony Corinda (A) Personal Appearance
1960 392
Tony Corinda (B) Manner and Speech
1960 393
Tony Corinda (c) Patter
1960 394
Tony Corinda (D) Good Effects choosing good and fitting material, structure of tricks, applause
1960 398
Tony Corinda (E) Handling
1960 403
Tony Corinda (F) Timing
1960 404
Tony Corinda (G) Misdirection
1960 407
Tony Corinda (H) Co-Ordination
1960 411
Charlie Miller List of 40 Effects suitable for Children Shows
1961 95
Charlie Miller Charlie Miller's USO Act
1961 96
Charlie Miller Club Show (1936) list of effects, "The show I give is almost the same as that given by Malini"
1961 97
Charlie Miller Charlie Miller's "Shell Christmas" Show Routine
1961 98
Charlie Miller Jack Merlin's Act short description
1961 101
Alan Milan A Few Thoughts on Radio Publicity
1961 69
Dr. Stanley Jaks Lektion in Magie on close-up magic, his book of mysteries, beautiful props appealing to women
Also published here 1961 10
Dane Hooper, Jim Groves On Misdirection on direction an misdirection, using the gaze
Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1962)
Professor Melachini-Caligari Über das Wesen der magischen Kunst thoughts on magic, comparison to sports, art and science
  • Warum Sport?
  • Warum Kunst?
  • Warum Wissenschaft?
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 24 No. 4)
Frances Ireland Marshall What To Do When You Arrive
Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1963-64)
Lewis Ganson The Presentation Of Close-Up Magic
  • approaching people
  • different group sizes
  • examination of objects
  • containers to store props
  • working surface
  • music ("Ganson's Personal Orchestra")
  • close-up effects
  • length of performance
  • practice
  • economy of movement
  • borrowing objects
1967 11
Charlie Miller General Remarks tips on performing
Variations 1967 4
Charlie Miller My Routine Outlined structure of his professional shows
1967 28
Hugh Miller, Al Koran Professional Presentation including Koran's comments on presentation and on the tricks in the book
1968 5
How to Be a Comedian in One Easy Lifetime
Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1967-68)
Duke Stern Thoughts on Magical Comedy
Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1967-68)
"Senator" Clarke Crandall Magic Isn't Funny essay on comedy magic
Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1967-68)
Gene Anderson Rubber Cement How rubber cement can be used
1968 97
Gene Anderson The Torn and Restored Newspaper Analysis of basic methods
1968 135
Gene Anderson Historical Methods Description of different methods (Al Baker, Slydini, Page, Elmsley, Grant, Neil Foster)
1968 135
Gene Anderson Making the Most of the Newspaper Tearing Trick Other patter ideas and tips to enhance your routine
1968 165
Johann Nepomuk Hofzinser, Karl Fulves On the Presentation of Mathematical Tricks
Winter 1969
The Pallbearers Review Vol. 5-8 (Vol. 5 No. 3rd Folio)
Ellison Poland Our Philosophy of Magic
1969 13
Roy Johnson Viewpoint
1970 1
Frederick M. Shields Stagemanship
  • Mystify and Entertain
  • Stay in Character
  • Know your Audience
  • Rehearse & Try it Out
  • A Word about Timing
  • End with Talent
Magick (Issue 1)
Bascom Jones Publicity for Magicians - Part 1
  • Define your Objective
  • Identify Audience & Message
  • Use the Right Tools
  • Newspapers are Fine, but...
Magick (Issue 3)
Bascom Jones Publicity for Magicians - Part 2
  • Nothing Sacred or Mysterious
  • The Publicity Release
  • How to Prepare it
  • Additional Tips
  • The Promotion Kit
  • Picture Publicity
  • Put it all Together
Magick (Issue 5)
Jack Kent Tillar The Magic of Music ... and Vice Versa
  • Same Elements as TV Shows
  • Special Effects
  • On-Site Preparation
  • Tape vs. Records
Magick (Issue 7)
Frederick M. Shields Music for Magic
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Don't be too Clever
  • The Music Should Belong
  • Exceptions to every Rule
  • Music from A to Z
  • A Tip on How to Start
  • Get it on Tape
  • Not Easy to Do
  • How Does it Sound?
Magick (Issue 9)
Milt Larsen Comedy Magic is Serious Business
  • Bomb Out
  • Has to be Unified
  • Ability Comes from Within
  • Experience Necessary
  • What makes People Laugh?
  • How to Approach Comedy Magic
  • Open, Middle, Close
  • Get Audience Reaction
  • Discipline and Immediate Yardstick
Magick (Issue 11)
Rick Johnsson The "Too Perfect" Theory
Related toAlso published here Fall-Spring 1971
Hierophant (Issue 5-6)
Harold R. Mulligan What to Do About Pre-Performance Jitters
  • Stage or Mike Fright
  • Mastering Your Fear
  • Practice! Practice! Practice!
  • Audience-Related Fears
  • An Audience is Simply Individuals
  • What an Audience Wants
  • Summary
Magick (Issue 13)
John Bowery, Maureen Bowery How and When to Use a Microphone
  • Master of the Situation
  • Microphone Comedians
  • Watch the Professionals
  • Seven Tips on Proper Use
  • Microphone "Squeal"
  • Some Information on Types
  • "Special-Purpose" Microphones
Magick (Issue 15)
Verne Langdon Tarbell Never Told you About Makeup
  • The Right Amount
  • Highlights and Shadows
  • Just a Little Blush
  • And Speaking of Looking Natural
  • Hair
  • Special Problems
  • If you Have a Bad Skin Condition
  • Cream Cheese and Makeup
  • So there you Have it
Magick (Issue 17)
Sid Fleischman The Patter Hangup
  • The Art of Silence
  • Opening Remarks
  • The Segue
  • Who are you?
  • A Cautionary Word about Words
  • How to use Patter Books
  • Gags can be Treacherous
  • Patter by the Yard - or the Inch?
  • Try it Out in Boston
  • Patter in Disguise
Magick (Issue 19)
Jules Lenier Close-Up Theater
  • You're On!
  • Establish the Character
  • The Table as a Mini-Stage
  • Watch the Professionals
  • Challenge ... or Entertainment?
  • Structuring your Routine
  • Naturalness is the Key
  • How to Close
Magick (Issue 21)
Sandy Singer Tricks of the Trade-Show Trouper
  • What It's Like
  • Sell! Sell! Sell!
  • Turn your Knowledge into Cash
  • Learn Marketing Psychology
  • Know the Product
  • Some of the Work is Done for You
  • Booking your Act
  • Visual Material Helps
  • It's the Name of the Game
Magick (Issue 23)
Verne Langdon Build a Better Character - or Else! on character makeup
Magick (Issue 25)
David Douglas The Press Release, One Man's Approach or "The Most Effective Promotion Is Free" Part 1
Magick (Issue 39)
Frank Garcia Doing Close-up Magic
1972 123
Fred Kaps Some Things to Think About tips, book recommendations
1972 1
Fred Rickard For Collectors Only on magic collecting
Magick (Issue 45)
Frederick M. Shields Actors, the Stage, and Magicians
  • Actor vs. Magician
  • Customers, Coaches, & Set Designers
  • Set Dressers, Makeup Men, Electricians
  • Years Spent Perfecting Techniques
  • Magician vs. Actor
  • Adapt Material to Fit your Style
  • Where to get Help
  • That's What Friends are For
  • Make a Tape of sour Show
  • You Don't Have to Look Like a Bum
Magick (Issue 49)
Frederick M. Shields Actors, the Stage, and Magicians - Part 2
  • Basic Stage Talk
  • It Started Long Ago
  • Stage Directions
  • 'Strong' Stage Positions
  • When the Curtains Part
  • Break the Pattern
  • Then What?
  • Shields' Firs 'Law'
  • But Ask for Help if You Need It
  • You Never Whistle the Scenery
  • Check over Your Equipment
Magick (Issue 51)
Frederick M. Shields Actors, the Stage, and Magicians - Part 3
  • Need extra Tables, Lights, Special Arrangements?
  • The Ostrich Syndrome
  • Lights Make you Important
  • Your 'Sorcerer's Apprentice^
  • Role to Play
  • A Bibliography of the Theatre
Magick (Issue 53)
Harry Collins Magic with the Professional Touch
  • Stage vs. Close-Up Magic
  • What's Best for the Stage?
  • And give them Quality - not Quantity
  • Routine your Act Carefully
  • Choose your Assistant Well
  • Don't Work in the Dark
  • Add Class with Music
  • A Back Drop Will Set you Apart
  • What to Wear
  • Entertain your Audience
Magick (Issue 59)
Al Koran The Presentation of Al Koran's Magic
  • Handling of Props
  • Handling Spectators
  • Dress
  • The Finale
1972 173
Jerry Mentzer Commentary on the performance of close-up magic, lapping possibilities, gaffed objects
1973 3
Edward G. Brown Conjuring for Conjurers a lecture given in 1934
1973 125
Edward G. Brown Lecture without a Name lecture from 1939, views on originality, theory, magic in general
1973 131
Edward G. Brown, Colin Donister Misdirection lecture from 1943, written by Colin Donister
1973 166
Edward G. Brown Forcing lecture from 1945
1973 173
Edward G. Brown, Bruce Posgate Sleights and Subtleties lecture from 1947, reported by Bruce Posgate
1973 198
Juan Tamariz Fundamentos del Ilusionismo the fundamentals of magic, on talent
a) Psicologia (psychology)
b) Ingenio creativo y habilidad técnica (creative ingenuity and technical skill)
c) Presentación y Personalidad (presentation and personality)
1973 47
Juan Tamariz La Magia como Diversion y Espectaculo on magic and comedy and various dramatic curves
1973 75
Juan Tamariz ¿Donde y como se aprende Magia? how to learn magic, essay for beginners
1973 129
Dorfay Jack of All Trades - Master of One on performing, music, connecting to the audience etc.
Magick (Issue 67)
Ron Wilson Two-Dozen Tips on Presentation
  • Look at the Little Things
  • Smile Sincerely when Introduced
  • Please the Women
  • Make it Look Easy
  • Repetition will Banish Nerves
  • Use Humor where it Counts
  • Your Hands are on Display
  • People want to Hear You
  • Never Apologize
  • Answers can be Embarrassing
  • Your Opening Trick is Important
Magick (Issue 73)
Fredric Broder You Blew the Trick - So What! - Part 1 on doing mistakes and outs
Magick (Issue 83)
Fredric Broder You Blew the Trick - So What! - Part 2 on doing mistakes and outs
Magick (Issue 85)
Tony "Doc" Shiels The Why and How of a Tent Show performing in a tent, touring
Magick (Issue 87)
David "Fu Manchu" Bamberg Stage Magic Technique on performing on stage, TV, presentation, know-how and the future of magic
1973 198
Tony "Doc" Shiels The Case for Cozenage magician vs. trickster
Related to Oct. 1974
Pabular (Vol. 1 No. 2)
Philip T. Goldstein "Card Tricks for People Who Don't Do Card Tricks ...and Some for Those Who Do!" on (un)importance of method vs effect, sleight-of-hand vs gimmick, four basic elements of method:
  • 1. Natural Law Disguised
  • 2. Secret Activity
  • 3. Secretly Prepared Materials
  • 4. Psychology
1974 1
Bascom Jones Listen to the Silent Scream on nonverbal communication, body language
Magick (Issue 99)
Vic Perry The Effect is the Thing - Part 1
  • Showmanship Plus Effect
  • Magic for Magicians
  • 'Like a Flamenco Dancer'
  • Master the Audience
  • Illusions Don't Make a Showman
Magick (Issue 103)
Vic Perry The Effect is the Thing - Part 2
  • You Can't 'Copy' Showmanship
  • Audiences Want to be Entertained
  • The Mind of the Man in the Street
  • You are 'On' Even When You're Offstage
  • Build Toward 'Effect'
  • Use Your Own Brand of Humor
  • Sell Yourself
Magick (Issue 105)
Fred Kaps Professional Views On Doing Professional Magic For The Layman excerpt from lecture notes
Mar. 1975
Pabular (Vol. 1 No. 7)
Walt Lees Pointification guidelines on performing
Nov. 1975
Pabular (Vol. 2 No. 3)
Faucett Ross The Beginning How to develop an act and how to work public shows
1975 20
Faucett Ross The Business Side How to become professional in magic (booking shows etc)
1975 20
Faucett Ross Practice How to practise
1975 22
Faucett Ross The Magician How to behave as a magician in public
1975 22
Faucett Ross Showmanship
1975 23
Faucett Ross Advice on Programmes How to structure the programme for a show
1975 23
Faucett Ross Some Great Card Classics Faucett describes his favorite card classics
1975 194
Charles J. Pecor Get Your Head Right for Improvement on presentation, I-F-D Pattern, originality
Magick (Issue 121)
John A. Novak On Being Prepared being prepared for preparing anytime
Magick (Issue 129)
John Ramsay, Andrew Galloway On Misdirection
Mar. 1976
Pabular (Vol. 2 No. 7)
Ken Hawes An Understanding on Andrew Galloway and John Ramsay
Mar. 1976
Pabular (Vol. 2 No. 7)
Philip T. Goldstein Introduction on the basic effects and actions of mentalism
1976 2
Jerry Andrus The "Clivot" Principle and Jog and Injog disadvantage of breaks and adavantages of jogs
1976 18
Tony Slydini Basic Precepts
  • Slydini's Secret of Entertaining Audiences
  • The Basic Starting Position (for lapping tricks)
  • The Eyes
  • Notes on Natural Magic
  • Developing Grace
  • Coordination
  • Noise
  • Some General Observations
  • To Conclude
1976 11
Tony Slydini More on Coordination
1976 29
Tony Slydini Slydini's Concept of Misdirection
1976 33
Tony Slydini Invisible Sleights
1976 33
Tony Slydini Misdirection vanish of object using lap
1976 34
Tony Slydini Timing
  • Checkpoints
  • Applying the Concept of Timing
1976 37
Alan Shaxon The Magical TV Set children program, based on a box designed like a TV
  • The Aerial
  • The TV Times
  • Tom & Jerry
  • Commercial Break
  • Egg Bag
  • Commercial Time Again
  • The Inevitable Western
  • The Funnel and Foo Can
  • The Givaway Show
  • Sade the Seal
  • Torn and Restored Serviette
  • Radio to Rabbit
1976 49
Bascom Jones 12 Tips on Presentation
  • Showmanship
  • Image
  • Stage Fright
  • Stage Entry
  • What You Say
  • Stage Movement
  • Voice
Magick (Issue 153)
Bascom Jones Sell the Sizzle - Not the Steak
  • You've Got to Sell Yourself
  • You are More Important than the Effects
  • Rubber-Stamp Syndrome
  • What Audience See...
  • ... and what the Hear
Magick (Issue 161)
Robert Hustwit Non-Verbal Communication - The Secret Edge
  • The Secret Edge
  • Put Signs in Context
  • Six Close-Up Tips
  • When Silence Takes Over
  • The Subconscious
  • With Larger Audience
Magick (Issue 165)
Patrick Page Manipulation versus Apparatus pros and cons
  • Illusionist Managers
  • The Present Day
1976 27
Jean Hugard, Frederick Braue "Misdirection" oder "Ablenkung"
Also published here Nov. 1976
Intermagic (Vol. 4 No. 1)
Anthony List Bühnentechnik in Kürze stage technique, translated by Urs Müller
  • Körper
  • Auftritt
  • Eine Person - viel Requisiten
  • Zwei Personen mit viel Requisiten
  • Eine Person - wenig Requisiten
  • Abgang
  • Zwei Personen - viele Requisiten
  • Eine Person - viel Requisiten
  • Eine Person - wenig Requisiten
Related to 1976
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 37 No. 4)
Bert Graham A Plea on business
June 1977
Pabular (Vol. 3 No. 10)
Bert Graham Another Plea on writing reviews
Aug. 1977
Pabular (Vol. 3 No. 12)
Philip T. Goldstein Introduction on the presentation of mentalism
1977 2
Karl Fulves Fail/Safing The Experts how to practice something for fooling experts with it, example sleeving
1977 16
Gordon Hoener These Changing Times ... and You
  • The Trick is Incidental
  • Emphasis on Showmanship
  • Selling the Concept
  • Look Toward the Future
  • Change with the Times
  • Not Stage Magic
  • Stop Feeling Guilty as an Entertainer
  • Become the Part
  • Be Distinctive
Magick (Issue 171)
Philip T. Goldstein Heterogeneous Materials: A Problem and Some Solutions
  • The Problem
  • One Solution
  • Writing Tools
  • Equipment Malfunction
  • Original Article Being Used
  • Overstock Your Supplies
  • Logic is the Key
Related to
  • Tony Shiels "Be Consistent" in "Invocation" #5
Magick (Issue 177)
Dr. Thomas K. Heino Stage Focus: It's Theory and Practice
  • Lack of Discipline
  • Doing Nothing Well
  • Closed Performance Versus Open
  • Mint-To-Mind Communication
  • The Objectives
  • Motivational Clarity
  • The Bottom Line
Magick (Issue 179)
Philip T. Goldstein Beware of Culturally Defined Identities
  • Social Stereotypes
  • Images Are Becoming Less Specific
  • You Must Change with the Trends
  • Work the Individual
  • Texts are Outdated
  • Don't Assume Too Much
Magick (Issue 181)
Bob Brown Why, When and Who of an Assistant
  • Youth, Sex-Appeal, and Color
  • Promotion and Publicity Advantages
  • The Part-Time Assistant
  • Where to Look
  • Make Her a Part of the Act
  • What She Should Wear
  • Money Well-Spent
  • The Bottom Line
Magick (Issue 187)
Philip T. Goldstein Dealing with Hecklers
  • Disruptive Influences
  • Possibly Jealousy
  • Individual Approach
  • You Must Deal Directly
  • Begging Does Not Work
  • The Advantage Is Yours
  • Use Confidence
  • Underdog Reaction
  • Temper Your Response
  • Don't React Defensively
  • Not One Victory
  • A Fact of Life
Magick (Issue 189)
Bascom Jones A Time for Heroes
  • "May the Force Be with You"
  • More than a Trickster
  • You Can't Be Slightly Pregnant
  • What Is an Image?
  • Who Do You Want to Be?
  • The Conflicting Image
  • The Final Step
  • Apple Pie and Ice Cream
Magick (Issue 195)
Arturo de Ascanio Atmósfera Magica
  • Concepcion de la Atmosfera Magica
  • Tecnica
  • Naturalidad
  • Soltura y Despreocupacion
  • Diversion
  • Oportunismo
  • Versación
  • Psicología
  • Conclusión
Also published here 1977 4
Arturo de Ascanio Misdirection
  • Consideraciones sobre la "Misdirection"
A.) "Misdirection de grado mínimo
B.) "Misdirection en grado medio
C.) Un tercer grado de "misdirection"
Also published here 1977 11
Arturo de Ascanio Valor de la Técnica en la Magia on the use and value of technique in magic
Also published here 1977 37
Arturo de Ascanio Timing
  • El "Timing" y su Fundamento
  • Las acciones "en tránsito"
  • Elementos de las acciones en tránsito
  • Importancia de las "acciones en tránsito"
Also published here 1977 49
Arturo de Ascanio Conferencia
  • Mecanismo de la Atención
  • Composición y Ejecución

-I. Principios de la Composición
-a). Acentuar la fase inicial
-b). Naturalidad condicionada
-c). Paréntesis anti-contraste
-d). Paréntesis de olvido
-e). Susceptibilidad de ejecución lenta

-II. Principios de la Ejecución
-a). Timing - Acciones en tránsito
-b). Misdirection
-c). Técnica
Related toAlso published here
  • "La Circular de la Escuela Mágica de Madrid" N° 26, 1977.
1977 72
Harry Lorayne Time Misdirection
1977 92
Peter Wilker Kunststücke und "Wunder" on being too perfect
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 38 No. 1)
Anthony List Bühnentechnik in Kürze stage technique, translated by Urs Müller
  • Einführung des Ansagers
  • Sichtwinkel
  • Musik
  • Mikrophone
Related to 1977
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 38 No. 1)
Juan Tamariz III Consideraciones mágicas remarks on color changes in magic
  • a) Paréntesis anti-contraste
  • b) Reforzamiento de la situación inicial
  • c) Función del color en la Magia
  • d) Otras funciones mágicas del cambio de color: ( relajante, anti-monotonia, "encore")
  • e) Autorizado para todos los públicos
  • f) Actitud antes, durante y después del cambio de color
  • g) Presentación del cambio de color
1977 11
John C. Wagner Final Word...
1978 58
Frank Garcia Frank Garcia's Secret Recipe for Better Magic
1978 89
Ross Bertram At the Card Table
  • Background
  • T.V Gambling Interviews
1978 79
Ross Bertram The Rhythm Count on rhythm in sleight-of-hand magic
1978 159
Ron Wilson Close-Up Magic - Hints, Tips and Observations
1978 2
Robert Lund Pro Trickverrat on exposure
  • Der Ursprung unserer Angst
  • Definition des Trickverrats
  • Magischer Selbstmord
  • Erfindung und Plagiat
  • Die Laienmeinung
  • Ich bin für das Erklären
  • Die Schuldigen
Also published here
  • Sphinx, June 1949
Oct. 1978
Intermagic (Vol. 5 No. 3)
Peter Kläui Die Ästhetik Ihrer Zaubernummer on make-up, costumes, lighting, stage decor, props
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 39 No. 4)
John Northern Hilliard Some Great Quotes
1979 119
Frank Garcia Secret Recipe for Better Magic
1979 123
Walt Lees Constructing a Routine
  • Same Effect... Different Method
  • Different Effects... Same Props
  • Secret Preparation... Impossible Finale
  • Several Tricks... All Done At Once
  • Routining By Presentation
Also published here Jan. 1979
Pabular (Vol. 5 No. 1)
Walt Lees Iconoclasms on moves
July 1979
Pabular (Vol. 5 No. 7)