Nevil Maskelyne & David Devant - Our Magic

Nevil Maskelyne & David Devant - Our Magic

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Two things are noteworthy. One it is a must read book for magic theory interested. Two it has a 20 page biographical index of card tricks. This includes sleights as well. Anybody doing research on card moves or routines should have this index. It makes searching a lot easier. And this index might point you to interesting books you have not heard about or which are not in your possession. This book was rated one of the ten basic books for a working library of conjuring by H. Adrian Smith historian collector and owner of the largest private magic library in his time. Other books in this top 10 list are

  • The Art of Magic by T. Nelson Downs
  • The Expert at the Card Table by S.W. Erdnase
  • Magicians' Tricks by Henry Hatton and Adrian Plate
  • Modern Magic by Prof. Hoffmann
  • More Magic by Prof. Hoffmann
  • Later Magic by Prof. Hoffmann
  • The Modern Conjurer by C. Lang Neil
  • Tarbell Course by Harlan Tarbell
  • Greater Magic by John Northern Hilliard


1st edition 1911 E. P. Dutton & Company; 2nd edition 1946 Fleming; original 487 pages; PDF 265 pages.

  1. PART I: THE ART IN MAGIC by Nevil Maskelyne
  2. I: The Real Secrets of Magic
  3. II: The Three Degrees in Art
  4. III: Unity
  5. IV: Consistency
  6. V: Justification
  7. VI: Surprise and Repetition
  8. VII: Effects of Transition
  9. VIII: Climax
  10. IX: Presentation
  11. X: Rehearsal
  12. XI: Speed in Presentation
  13. XII: Patter
  14. XIII: Stage Manner and Personality
  15. XIV: Mental Attitude
  16. XV: The Importance of Artistic Principles
    PART II: THE THEORY OF MAGIC by Nevil Maskelyne
  17. I: Terminology
  18. II: General Analysis
  19. III: Misdirection
  20. IV: Styles of Magic
  21. V: Manipulative Principles
  22. VI: Principles of Mental Magic
  23. VII: Mechanical Principles
  24. VIII: Optical Principles
  25. IX: Acoustic Principles
  26. X: Electrical Principles
  27. XI: Chemical and Molecular Principles
  28. XII: Magical Inventions
  29. I: With Playing Cards. The Triangle
  30. Bibliographical Index of Card Tricks
  31. II: With Billiard Balls. Multiplication
  32. III: With Figures. Simple Addition
  33. IV: With a Borrowed Watch. The Forgotten Guest
  34. V: With a Borrowed Handkerchief. A Lesson in Magic
  35. VI: With Bells. Homing Bells
  36. VII: With Flags. The National Colours
  37. VIII: With Liquids. The Three Vases
  38. IX: With a Rabbit a Ball and Two Hats. The Silver Ball
  39. X: With Fish and Letters. The Educated Fish
  40. XI: With Doves and Rats. The Point of View
  41. XII: With a Canary and a Target. "The Phoenix"

word count: 112190 which is equivalent to 448 standard pages of text



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