The Amateur Magician's Handbook
|The Amateur Magician's Handbook|
|Publisher||Thomas Y. Crowell Co.|
The Amateur Magician's Handbook was expanded by Hay three times and is currently in its fourth edition.
Originally published in five sections, there were a total of 18 chapters. By the fourth edition it had expanded to seven sections with 22 chapters.
The "Hand Magic" section covers sleight-of-hand with cards, coins, billiard balls, cups and balls, thimbles and cigarettes. Almost half the pages in the book are devoted to this section.
- Hugard's Magic Monthly (July 1950): John Crimmins, Jr. said, "Offhand the material...seems to this reviewer to be much too technical for a beginner...it is an excellent reference book for the advanced amateur and the professional."
- Genii 1950 November: Dariel Fitzkee praised the book for its value to the beginner.
- Genii 1985 November obituary by Richard Hatch: "Engagingly written and profusely illustrated with excellent photographs of the author's hands, the book continues to set the standard as a textbook on the fundamentals of magic."
- 1950, 1951, 1958 (first editions)
- 1965 (second edition)
- 1971 (first UK edition)
- 1972 (with a Canadian edition in 1972 as well)
- 1974 (third edition)
- 1982, 1994 (fourth edition)(three different publishers including Canadian)
Editions have been in cloth covers and trade paperback.
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