The Whole Art of Legerdemain, or Hocus Pocus in Perfection
The Whole Art of Legerdemain, or Hocus Pocus in Perfection was a 120 page book by Henry Dean, first published in London in 1722.
Dean was conjectured to be a magic dealer, a book dealer, or a person in some way connected to an 18th-century publisher of the same name.
Much of the book is taken from Reginald Scot’s The Discoverie of Witchcraft.
Also seen it published as "Hocus Pocus, or the Whole Art of Legerdemain".
Quote from book
"Legerdemain is an operation whereby one may seem to work wonderful, impossible, and incredible things, by agility, nimbleness, and slight of hand. The parts of this ingenious art are principally four: First, In the conveyance of balls. Secondly, In conveyance of money. Thirdly, In cards. Fourthly, In confederacy."
- Toole Stott located eight different London publishers of the book between 1722 and 1800. Five variant imprints appeared in Glasgow between 1762 and 1817. Two publishers issued the book in Dublin and one each in Stirling and Belfast, all during the 19th century.
- First edition 1722
- Fifth edition 1760
- Sixth edition 1763
- Eight edition 1781
- Eleventh edition was the first American edition published in Philadelphia by Mathew Carey in 1795. Possibly the first magic book published in the United States.