The purpose of “The Magic Art of Entertaining” is to lucidly instruct the reader, be he or she entirely ignorant of any technical knowledge of the arts treated, in different ways of entertaining an audience.

Not only are the readers taught to give clever and mystifying performances-they are provided with the means of rendering their efforts amusing,
Having regard to the fact that very few amateurs can afford the necessary time to acquire bewildering dexterity, the author has selected only those forms of entertainment that lend themselves to immediate and simple production.
Selbit covers a variety of different types of magic in The Magic Art of Entertaining.