PDF – Marvels of Mystery by John Booth


“There is always need for one more good book on magic,” said Harry Houdini, and in her introduction to Marvels of Mystery, Houdini’s widow emphatically agrees — “this is that book,” she declares.


The subtitle of Marvels of Mystery proclaims it to be “a professional magician’s textbook of conjuring masterpieces,” and a quick glance at the table of contents soon justifies that assessment. There’s an explanation of the Cups and Balls with a final load of chicks that’s guaranteed to provoke gasps of amazement, a chapter devoted to patter-heavy presentations that are sure to engage and entertain audiences of all ages, and a whole section on tour-de-force finales including Needle Swallowing and the Vanishing Bird Cage. These one hundred and sixty pages don’t just rehash the classics, though — John Booth also offers his expert insights into making the most of every effect, and whether he’s tipping his baffling multi-phase bare-handed “Miracle Production” or providing advice about which tables to perform with and how best to routine an act, you’re certain to learn plenty from what he has to say.

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