Modern Magic: A Practical Treatise on the Art of Conjuring


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(3.2 stars; 2 reviews)

This "how-to" book covers everything for the 1800's illusionist, from stage presence & dress, program and stage arrangement, to how to do tricks with cards, coins, watches, rings, handkerchiefs, dominoes and dice, cups and balls, hats, and other apparatus. "I have purposely limited my disclosures to such illusions as have been sufficiently long before the public to be fairly regarded as common property. Within this limit I have endeavored to make my explanations as complete as possible; but to go beyond it would be to infringe a moral copyright, and to deprive gentlemen to whom Modern Magic is especially indebted, of the well-earned fruits of their labor and invention." - Summary by TriciaG

Proof-Listeners: Joyful in MN, Billl Boerst (19 hr 8 min)

Chapters

Introduction 22:24 Read by Bill Boerst
General Principles of Sleight-of-Hand Applicable to Card Tricks, Part 1 27:30 Read by Little Tee
General Principles of Sleight-of-Hand Applicable to Card Tricks, Part 2 22:10 Read by Lynne T
General Principles of Sleight-of-Hand Applicable to Card Tricks, Part 3 11:57 Read by KHand
Card Tricks with Ordinary Cards, and Not Requiring Sleight-of-Hand, Part 1 21:13 Read by Bill Boerst
Card Tricks with Ordinary Cards, and Not Requiring Sleight-of-Hand, Part 2 19:47 Read by Bill Boerst
Tricks Involving Sleight-of-Hand, or the Use of Specially Prepared Cards, Part 1 23:20 Read by Bill Boerst
Tricks Involving Sleight-of-Hand, or the Use of Specially Prepared Cards, Part 2 20:56 Read by Bill Boerst
Tricks Involving Sleight-of-Hand, or the Use of Specially Prepared Cards, Part 3 21:47 Read by Bill Boerst
Tricks Involving Sleight-of-Hand, or the Use of Specially Prepared Cards, Part 4 24:32 Read by Bill Boerst
Tricks Involving Sleight-of-Hand, or the Use of Specially Prepared Cards, Part 5 21:38 Read by Bill Boerst
Tricks Involving Sleight-of-Hand, or the Use of Specially Prepared Cards, Part 6 19:09 Read by Bill Boerst
Tricks Involving Sleight-of-Hand, or the Use of Specially Prepared Cards, Part 7 14:07 Read by Bill Boerst
Card Tricks Requiring Special Apparatus, Part 1 24:52 Read by Bill Boerst
Card Tricks Requiring Special Apparatus, Part 2 17:08 Read by Bill Boerst
Card Tricks Requiring Special Apparatus, Part 3 18:01 Read by Bill Boerst
Principles of Sleight-of-Hand More Especially Applicable to Coin Tricks 21:48 Read by Richard Shipp
Tricks With Coin Without Apparatus, Part 1 15:55 Read by KHand
Tricks With Coin Without Apparatus, Part 2 14:47 Read by KHand
Tricks With Coin Without Apparatus, Part 3 12:00 Read by KHand
Tricks with Coin Requiring Special Apparatus, Part 1 23:05 Read by Lynne T
Tricks with Coin Requiring Special Apparatus, Part 2 29:24 Read by ashleighjane
Tricks with Coin Requiring Special Apparatus, Part 3 31:15 Read by ashleighjane
Tricks with Watches 29:52 Read by Bev J Stevens
Tricks with Rings 30:52 Read by katetastrophe
Tricks with Handkerchiefs, Part 1 23:20 Read by Lynne T
Tricks with Handkerchiefs, Part 2 27:33 Read by Lynne T
Tricks with Handkerchiefs, Part 3 23:05 Read by Lucy Park
Tricks with Dominoes and Dice 14:25 Read by Megan Clavie-Parker
The Cups and Balls, Part 1 22:28 Read by April Walters
The Cups and Balls, Part 2 25:10 Read by April Walters
Ball Tricks Requiring Special Apparatus 25:06 Read by Shelley Stephen
Hat Tricks 26:14 Read by Wendy Almeida
Miscellaneous Tricks, Part 1 20:32 Read by S R Colon
Miscellaneous Tricks, Part 2 20:18 Read by KHand
Miscellaneous Tricks, Part 3 26:40 Read by TriciaG
Miscellaneous Tricks, Part 4 22:03 Read by TriciaG
Miscellaneous Tricks, Part 5 25:22 Read by TriciaG
Miscellaneous Tricks, Part 6 20:17 Read by TriciaG
Miscellaneous Tricks, Part 7 18:22 Read by KHand
Miscellaneous Tricks, Part 8 19:52 Read by TriciaG
Miscellaneous Tricks, Part 9 16:06 Read by Brian Mansi
Miscellaneous Tricks, Part 10 20:15 Read by Blaze Lee Dragon
Miscellaneous Tricks, Part 11 31:35 Read by Lynne T
Miscellaneous Tricks, Part 12 28:27 Read by TriciaG
Stage Tricks, Part 1 20:12 Read by KHand
Stage Tricks, Part 2 18:47 Read by KHand
Stage Tricks, Part 3 22:37 Read by Lynne T
Stage Tricks, Part 4 22:30 Read by Caroline Shapiro
Stage Tricks, Part 5 27:10 Read by TriciaG
Stage Tricks, Part 6 17:04 Read by Blaze Lee Dragon
Concluding Observations 23:47 Read by Lynne T