Jinx Five-Foot Shelf Of Magic
He tried to cover every phase and known principle necessary to a modern performer. These were textbooks that he thought an absolute stranger to magic should buy:
- "Stanyon's Magic" (periodical)
- Harlan Tarbell, "Tarbell Course of Magic"
- Ellis Stanyon, "The Stanyon Serials" (1-21)
- T. Nelson Downs, "The Art of Magic"
- John Northern Hilliard, "Greater Magic"
- Edwin Sachs, "Sleight of Hand"
- Jasper Maskelyne and David Devant, "Our Magic"
- Prof. Hoffmann, "Modern Magic"
- Henry Hatton and Adrian Plate, "Magicians' Tricks, How They Are Done"
- Sidney Clarke, "Annals of Conjuring" (Magic Wand Nos.121-140)
- Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin, "The Secrets of Conjuring and Magic"
- Howard Thurston, "200 Tricks You Can Do"
- Howard Thurston, "200 More Tricks You Can Do"
- S.W. Erdnase, "The Expert at the Card Table"
- Ted Annemann, "202 Methods of Forcing"
- John Hugh Johnson, "The Open Book"
- Loyd, "Loyd's Master Manipulation of Thimbles"
- David Deveen, "Expert Cigarette Magic"
- Burling Hull, "Expert Billiard Ball Manipulation, Part 1 & 2"
- John Lippy, "Chemical Magic"
- Harry Houdini, "Paper Magic"
- Burling Hull, "33 Rope Ties and Chain Releases"
- Walter Gibson, "Houdini's Escapes"
- Lulu Hurst, "Lulu Hurst (the Georgia Wonder) Writes Her Autobiography and for the First Time Explains and Demonstrates the Great Secret of Her Marvelous Power"
- Houdini, "Miracle Mongers and Their Methods"
- L. W. de Laurence, "Medical Hypnosis and Magnetic Hypnotism"
- Arthur Edward Waite, "The Book of Black Magic and of Pacts"
- Arthur Prince, "The Whole Art of Ventriloquism"
- David M. Roth, "Roth Memory Course"
- Hereward Carrington, "The Physical Phenomena of Spiritualism"
- David Abbott, "Behind the Scenes with the Mediums"
- Claude Alexander Conlin, "The Life and Mysteries of The Celebrated Dr. Q."
- Burling Hull, "How to Answer Questions for Crystal Gazing and Mind Reading Acts"
- Syril Dusenbery, "Making Magic Pay"
- Laurance Glen, "The Magician's Road To Fame"
- Funk and Wagnall's, "The Practical Standard Dictionary"
- Globe Book Company, "Elementary Grammar"
History of the Five Foot Shelf
Harvard University president Charles W. Eliot compiled and edited in 1909 a 51-volume anthology of classic works from world literature and was originally known as Dr. Eliot's Five Foot Shelf. Eliot had stated in speeches that the elements of a liberal education could be obtained by spending 15 minutes a day reading from a collection of books that could fit on a five-foot shelf. (Originally he had said a three-foot shelf.) The publisher P. F. Collier and Son saw an opportunity and challenged Eliot to make good on this statement by selecting an appropriate collection of works, the result is now referred to as "The Harvard Classics".
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