This is a pre-owned first edition; August 1969; good condition; hard covers; no dust jacket.
This work emphasizes coins, cards, and other close up magic, but also has some important club or stage effects.
“Wonderful Routines of Magic” is an overlooked gem in magic publications. A number of contributors, including the author, offer a wide variety of magic effects for stage and close-up.
There are seven effects offered by North Carolina’s own Bill Spooner including the “Deceptive Roll Cut”. Also included is “Milliken’s Transposition” and is worth the price of the book. It is a double transportation with two halves and two quarters.
Ellison Poland was a technical writer for Westinghouse and knew the art of writing magic instructions. He was also a great illustrator. The 251-page book is well illustrated with numerous line drawings. There is also a section on Decorating and Finishing Magical Apparatus. The table of contents has 55 entries. “Wonderful Routines Of Magic” concludes with an annotated bibliography.