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THE BEST TRICKS AND HOW TO DO THEM BY

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THE BEST TRICKS AND HOW TO DO THEM by

DAVID DEVANT AUTHOR OF " TRICKS FOR EVERYONE," ETC.

London

C. Arthur Pearson Ltd. Henrietta Street, W.C.


First published 1931

Printed in Great Britain at Tht Mayflower Press, Plymouth. William Brendon & Son, Ltdj


CONTENTS CHAPTER

I. II.

PAGE

C O I N

T R I C K S

T R I C K S

W I T H

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B A L L S

III.

CARD TRICKS

IV.

MISCELLANEOUS

TRICKS

MISCELLANEOUS

TRICKS

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A FEAT OF MEMORY

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INTRODUCTION ONE way of discovering the worth of a trick is very simple. Test it by performing it to an audience. If the trick passes that test it is a good trick. All the tricks described in this book have been tested in that way and have passed the test. I have not attempted to describe all the good tricks in existence, for the simple reason that it would be impossible to do that in a book of this size. But I have selected my material very carefully. All the tricks I have explained are well within the reach of any amateur conjurer who wishes to give an entertaining performance to his friends. A word on that point. A trick is not necessarily a good trick because it is difficult; some of the best tricks are quite simple and easyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;when you know them. To learn a trick properly it is necessary to look at it from two points of viewâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;that of the audience and that of the conjurer. The conjurer has to make sure that the magical effect he is producing is perfectly clear to the audience ; otherwise, when the performance is over people will merely ask each other: " What is he supposed to have done ? " 11


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Match Stick Magic. Being a Collection of Entertaining, Amusing aad Instructire Pu«eles, Games. Scientific and Constructional Experiments, Conjuring Tracks, etc., to j>ertorifl which only a few match sticks are required. BY

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