This is a pre-owned book that is in good condition. The interior pages are like new.
THE AMATEUR MAGICIAN’S HANDBOOK. By Henry Hay. Third Edition, Revised and Expanded. NY: Thomas Crowell Company 1972. Black cloth binding with dust jacket. 386-pages of text with many illustrations and pictures.
Henry Hay’s “The Amateur Magician’s Handbook” has been a treasured guide into the realm of magic for many years. This is an absolute must-have for anyone aspiring to be good at their magic. Henry Hay is the pen name of J. Barrows Mussey who was a master of sleight of hand, especially coins. Not only are tricks presented but the needed philosophy of the magic involved, guidelines for practicing, as well as presentation and routining. In addition to all this, it is very good reading and the first page will quickly pull you in.
“The Amateur Magician’s Handbook” has been the acknowledged classic text for conjurers, both beginners and advanced. Even David Copperfield recommended it during one of his TV specials. Literally thousands of magicians found their love for magic through this book. Several of these magicians are today recognized performers.
A Few Words Before Curtain Time
1. The Magic State of Mind
2. Hard Easy Tricks and Easy Hard Tricks
3. Hand Magic with Cards
4. Give Them a Rest – Tricks Where No Cards Are Chosen
5. Please Take a Card – Standard Card Tricks
6. Hand Magic with Coins
7. The Miser’s Dream and Other Great Coin Tricks
8. Hand Magic with Billiard Balls
9. The Multiplying Billiard Balls
10. Other Hand Magic with Balls
11. Hand Magic with Thimbles
12. Hand Magic with Cigarettes
13. Head Magic with Cards
14. Varied Head Magic
16. Small Gimmicks and Fakes
17. Standard Stuff
18. Mental Magic
19. Close-Up Performance
20. Performing for Children
21. Platform Magic
22. How to Stage a Magic Show – Some Professional Advice
Further Tricks and Illusions
Biography and Bibliography