SECRETS OF MY MAGIC
By DAVID DEVANT

CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION By S. H. SHARPE

CHAPTER I: CARD MAGIC
Misdirection of the Senses—How Cards are Forced—Tricks with Forcing Cards—The
“Pass” and the “False Shuffle”—Prepared Card Packs.

CHAPTER II: CARD MAGIC (continued)
The Art of Palming Cards—"Changing" a Card-"La Carte Generale" and How it is
Done—Sleights-of-Hand—The Multitude of Cards Trick.

CHAPTER III: BILLIARD BALL MAGIC
Multiplication of Billiard Balls—Transformation of Balls into Eggs—Ball and Egg
Production—Transfers, Sleights and Apparatus Used in Ball Conjuring.

CHAPTER IV: BILLIARD BALL MAGIC (continued)
How to Present a Billiard Ball Illusion—Method of Working—The Cup and Balls
Trick—Transforming Balls into Oranges.

CHAPTER V: FLOWER MAGIC
“The Dream of the Dove” Illusion—Flower Materialisation—Producing Blooms from
seeds—The Electric Conservatory and the Beast who turns into a Prince

CHAPTER VI: OPENING ILLUSIONS
Producing a Rabbit from a Top Hat—The Silver Ball Trick—Importance of Details—How
Maskelyne Began.

CHAPTER VII: MECHANICAL MAGIC
“The Golliwog Ball”—Juggling with Milk—The Paper, Ribbon and Flag Trick explained.

CHAPTER VIII: FAMOUS ILLUSIONS REVEALED
“The Mascot Moth” or “The Disappearing Lady”—"The Magician’s Heart"—"The Artist’s
Dream"—The Man who turns into a Woman.

CHAPTER IX: MORE FAMOUS ILLUSIONS
“Beau Brocade”—"The New Page-boy"—"The Mystery of the Magic Mirror"

CHAPTER X: EGG MAGIC
An Abundance of Eggs—A Boy, a Girl and Some Eggs—Hatching a Chicken from an
Egg—The Egg-bag Trick Improved.

CHAPTER XI: THE INDIAN ROPE TRICK
A Stage Version of this Mythical Illusion Presented and Explained.

CHAPTER XII: MAGICAL MYSTERIES
“The Window of the Haunted House”—The Ink that becomes Water—"The Chocolate
Soldier" Illusion, or “The Man who Diminishes”

CHAPTER XIII: MORE MAGICAL MYSTERIES
Wines and Liqueurs from a Kettle—"The Burmese Gong" Illusion—The Magician who
Vanishes Himself

CHAPTER XIV: MAGICAL SKETCHES
“St. Valentine’s Eve,” or “The Envelope which becomes a Girl”—"The Enchanted Hive"
Illusion—The Great Ghost Trick

CHAPTER XV: MASTERPIECES OF MAGIC
“Biff,” or “The Disappearing Motor-Cyclist”—"The Gnome’s Grot"—"The Educated Fly"
Illusion

CHAPTER XVI: MENTAL MAGIC
Thought-Reading Extraordinary—The Secrets of Mental Magnetism—"
Translucidation," or “The Blindfold Letter-Reader”

CHAPTER XVII: THREE UNPRODUCED ILLUSIONS
“The Advent of Peter Pan ”—" Transformation"—"The Cage of Good Luck"

CHAPTER XVIII: CREATING AN ILLUSION
Ideas and Effects—A Novel Illusion—"The Man who Makes Money"—Misrepresentation

CHAPTER XIX: SOME AWKWARD MOMENTS
In the Eyes of the Law—An Unexpected Wetting—The Gunpowder Plot

CHAPTER XX: MAGIC OF MY CONTEMPORARIES
A New Method for the Spirit Slates—by Oswald Williams
The Card and Tack Trick—by Horace Goldin
Invisible Dye—by Douglas Dexter
A New" Thought-Wave" Experiment—by H. Park Shackleton
Surprising Finish to Cigarette Production—by Len Burnell
The Spirit Message—by G. W. Eade
1000 Challenge Effect—by Fred Hocking
A “Tee Bee” Effect—by Tom Burnett
Misdirection—by Arthur Sherwood

CHAPTER XXI: MAGIC OF MY CONTEMPORARIES (continued)
A. B. C. Watch and Card Trick—by Herbert J. Collings
A Pack of Cards—by Graham Adams
The Caledonian Mystery—by W. Donald Forsyth
The Diminishing Card Trick—by Edward Victor
The Indestructible Handkerchief—by Allen Benbow
The Torn Strip of Paper—by Ralph Delvin
The Miracle Paper—by Ellis Stanyon
Handkerchief, Tumbler and Flowers—by Will Blyth
“The Allottment” By Vincent Dalban
Shopping by Wireless—by Ralph Chart
Blindfold Card Reading—by George Johnson
The Vanity Bag Illusion—by Cecil Lyle
The Presto Painting Mystery—by W. G. Stickland
The Optical Pass—by Chris Van Bern
New Spirit Message Effect—by Oswald Rae
Coin and Card Divination—by Edward Bagshawe
The Multiple Laundry Mystery. By Kershaw Thomas
Tests of the Court Magician—by Francis White
Early Days of Magic—by the late Charles Moritt
The Mystery of Asrah—by Servais Le Roy
The Sunshade Trick—by L. Davenport

APPENDIX: NOTES FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF CONSERVATORY IN “THE ADVENT OF PETER PAN” ILLUSION

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