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Jinx Five-Foot Shelf Of Magic

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The Jinx Five-Foot Shelf Of Magic is Ted Annemann's list of books on the art of magic and allied subjects which he printed in his magazine Jinx No. 8 (May 1935).

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:

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".[1]


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