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Peerless Prestidigitation

Being a collection of entirely new ideas and effects in the fascinating art of modern magic

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Published: 1910
Language: English
Wordcount: 7,772 / 30 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 37.6
LoC Category: LT
Downloads: 833
Added to site: 2010.05.15 27734
Genre: Instructional

Illustrations not included.

Show Excerpt

ining of the dove-pan, finally putting in the two doves and locking lid to lining by the usual bayonet catch. During this time the performer has been apologising for the damage done to the white handkerchief, and the owner not caring to accept his property in its present condition, the performer calls attention to the burning globe, and states that by placing the mutilated handkerchief in the globe he can immediately restore it; at the same time he mentions that "the previous evening I had the misfortune to have my own handkerchief marked in a similar manner" (picks up coloured handkerchief and loose centre from table and shows to audience), "and will take the opportunity of restoring my own coloured handkerchief whilst I am restoring the borrowed white one." After showing the globe to be empty, the performer places the two damaged handkerchiefs, with their respective loose centres, into same and gives the body of globe a quarter-turn, which brings the compartment containing the white handkerchief with colour

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 1 from 1 reviews: *
C. Alan Loewen

For the beginning magician, it is best to warn them that Peerless Prestidigitation is only for magicians who are very advanced in the three "p's" of performance magic: presence, patter, and psychology.

As a retired stage magician who now performs only in parlor settings, I have seen way too many of these books sold that give a wonderful routine and then either reveal the secret as a slight-of-hand move that takes months to perfect or gives the old canard, "vanish the card using your favorite method" when in reality that even if you have a "favorite method" the trick simply does not give you ample opportunity to use it.

My final complaint is that even with what few tricks may actually be useful, or act as seeds for better illusions, without the accompanying illustrations, the book is of very, very little value.

Best to try elsewhere.

Craig Alan Loewen



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