Close-Up Magic (Hugard) – 2nd Revised Edition – Max Holden – 1938


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Pre-owned. Published by Max Holden, 2nd revised edition, 1938. Soft covers, staple bound, 57 pages. Covers lightly soiled with a few creases. Previous owner’s name on front cover. Interior pages are very good.

Jean Hugard’s book on close-up magic remains a must-have reference manual for every magician. You’ll find a wealth of material for restaurants, walk-a-round, hospitality suites, bars and pubs, cafes, etc. Magic that is as practical today as when the book was first written. 57 pages of magic by one of the field’s greatest teachers accompanied by over two dozen wonderful Nelson Hahne illustrations (cover art by Sid Lorraine).

Eleven information-packed chapters cover magic with handkerchiefs, rings, bills, sponge balls, and of course, cards and coins. Here’s just a sampling: Ring and Wand, Flying Ring, Cut and Restored (Hindu) Thread, Tacked Card, Torn Card, Migrating Cigarette, Vanishing Glass of Wine, Tearing Off a Button, Production of a Wand, Handkerchief Through Wand, Cigarette and Bill, and much more. New larger format, completely re-type set with high resolution graphics. True, print-on-demand quality.

Herein Mr. Hugard has compiled a collection of close up effects with all information about this new line of magic. Most every magician of prominence at the time the book was written was featured in the new entertainment field: Cardini, Leipsig, Zingone, Vernon, Jarrow, Benson, Brooks, Swan, Martin, Thompson, Orloff, Larry Gray, Dave Allison, Haskell, Devant, Albenice, Carlyle, and many others. A book full of ideas for the close up worker.

This booklet doesn’t deserve the name ‘booklet’ because it is packed with many wonderful effects using small objects, from cards and coins, to ropes and silks and everything in between. There is also a nice section on vesting and sleeving.

Jean Hugard was one of the outstanding teachers and authors in magic. A well known performer has been vanishing an orange for the last forty years in much the same manner that this booklet reveals how to vanish a dinner plate. Even Blackstone Sr. performed some of these stunts. Whenever the author is Jean Hugard – read it!


Chapter 1: The Night Club Field and its Requirements

Chapter II: Introductory Tricks

M. Moreau’s Opening
Another Opening Method
Introduction by Table Cards

Chapter III: Miscellaneous Tricks

Production of Wand
The Pear Trick
Sugar and Coffee Mystification
Ring and Wand
Flying Ring
Cut and Restored with Cotton
Cut and Restored with String
Pocket Knife and Bottle
Tearing Off a Button

Chapter IV: Handkerchief Tricks

Wand Through Handkerchief
Handkerchief Through Wand
Cut and Restored Handkerchief
Another Way
Dancing Lady

Chapter V: Tricks with Bills

Impromptu Drinking Cup
Tearing a Bill
Bill and Card Combination
Cigarette and Bill
Bill Change Over

Chapter VI: Tricks with Cards

The Tacked Card
Torn Card
Poker Deal

Chapter VII: Tricks with Cigarettes

Rolling with one Hand
Migrating Cigarette
The Four Hobos

Chapter VIII: Sponge Ball Tricks

Chapter IX: Tricks with Coins

Coin Rising From Glass of Beer
Coin Through Sleeve
Coin and Silver Boxes
Coin and Glass of Water
Coin and Two Cards
Coin in Dinner Roll
Novel Vanish
Best Coin Fold
Coin and Harness Rings
Coin Through Hand

Chapter X: Tricks at the Table

Vanishing Glass of Wine
Vanishing a Plate
Swallowing a Knife
Fork Through a Glass
Plate and Bread Pellets
Vanishing Matches
Cigarette Papers
Walnut Shells and Pea

Chapter XI: Vesting and Sleeving

Effective Gags

Watch Smashed
Flash Paper
Match Lighting Fake
Biting a Piece Out of a Plate

Care of the Hands