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The Magical Entertainer

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The Magical Entertainer
AuthorP. T. Selbit
Publication Date1906

The Magical Entertainer, teaching you how to give a complete evening's entertainment of new conjuring tricks, laughable ventriloquism and a diverting magical sketch.

Contains illustrations and photos of magicians of the day along with 12 pages of advertisements.

The contents include explanations of:

  • An Experiment in Thought-reading
  • The Watch, Glass and Handkerchief Trick
  • My Grandfather's Legacy (coin trick illusion)
  • A Bowl of Paper Shavings (production trick)
  • A Ventriloquist Dialogue
  • Spirits vs. Spiritualism (a fake seance, played for laughs)
  • The Mislaid Eggs (physical trick)
  • The Incubator Cannister (stage illusion)
  • A New Cup and Ha'pence Trick (sleight of hand)
  • Personal Points on Popular People (anecdotes and photographs of successful conjurers)
  • A Refreshing Conclusion (table trick)


  • Early life and career
  • Sawing through a woman
    • Revival
  • Subsequent career and illusions
  • Published work
  • Further reading
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