PDF – Problems in Mystery For Practical Magicians by Max Sterling


From flag productions and card manipulations to a trunk escape, Max Sterling explains his parlor and stage repertoire.


Max Sterling, who popularized the beautiful Egg and Fan effect that a number of performers still use today, offers explanations for sixteen other routines from his evening act, alongside a card trick from Conradi. As he notes in his preface, Sterling’s aim is to encourage magicians to devise their own twists on existing material and pay attention to the structure of their performances. Eight card effects, some impromptu and others requiring more elaborate setups, are thoroughly explained, as are a variety of stage illusions, including a clever shadowgraphy-themed production, a twenty-minute-long candle-and-silk routine and a method for making a flock of birds appear from a pie tin.

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