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Secrets of Magic (Leeming)

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Secrets of Magic (Leeming)
AuthorJoseph Leeming
PublisherFranklin Watts Inc.
IllustratorJessie Robinson
Publication Date1946
Preceded byHow to Be the Life of the Party in Five Easy Lessons
Followed byMore Fun with Magic

Secrets of Magic is the seventh of 10 magic books by Joseph Leeming, authored under the pseudonym Merlin Swift. The book was briefly reviewed in A.L. Baldwin's "The Secretary Reports" column of The Linking Ring, August 1946, Vol. 26, No. 6, p. 92.

Milbourne Christopher, in his "One Wizard's Wanderings" column in The Linking Ring, November 1951, Vol. 31, No. 9, p. 35, reveals that Merlin Swift is Joseph Leeming. "The Real Book of Magic by Joseph Leeming ... is Secrets of Magic by 'Merlin Swift' in a bound version," he writes. "There was much controversy as to 'Merlin Swift's' identity but now the secret is out. Two of my tricks are included without permission or credit, but then he credits nothing."

The 95-page book includes 18 sections:

  1. Impromptu Card Tricks Not Requiring Sleight of Hand
  2. Card Tricks Without Sleight of Hand But Requiring Some Degree of Preparation
  3. Card Tricks Requiring a Slight Degree of Skill
  4. Magic with Rings
  5. Impromptu Coin Tricks
  6. Coin Tricks Requiring Preparation or Simple Apparatus
  7. Mathematical Magic
  8. Magic with Handkerchiefs
  9. More Magic with Handkerchiefs
  10. Magic with Cigarettes
  11. Magic with String
  12. Magic with Ropes
  13. Mind Reading Magic
  14. Magic with Dice
  15. Magic with Matches and Match Boxes
  16. Thimble Magic
  17. Dinner Table Magic
  18. Stunts to Fool Your Friends
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