A compendium of twelve of the greatest effects in magic, Classic Secrets of Magic by Bruce Elliott was first published by Harper & Bros in 1952(?).

Classic Secrets includes variations on the featured effects from Dai Vernon, Jay Marshal, Lee Noble, Walter Gibson, Joe Berg, Cy Enfield, Charlie Miller and Roy Benson, resulting in over 30 effects.

Contents Edit

Preface: Introduction to the book by Bruce Elliot, September 1952

  • Chapter 1: The Spectator's Card is Produced!

Several ways of revealing a selected card

  • Chapter 2: Corncobs

Multiplying smoking pipes

  • Chapter 3: Water Water Everywhere

Standard, Brahmin, Al Baker; Jardine Ellis Wineglass production

  • Chapter 4: The Very Peripatetic Paddle

The paddle move with knives, matchsticks, business cards and dice

  • Chapter 5: Those Four Aces

Many variations and modifications

  • Chapter 6: Miser's Dream Come True

Wally Dean's method

  • Chapter 7: The Egg Bag, Well Done

Basic routine, twisting the bag, stomping the bag, and other ideas

  • Chapter 8: The Two Covers and the Four Objects

Chink A Chink type effects with cards, coins and magazines

  • Chapter 9: Billiards, Magic Style

Two thorough multiplying billiard ball routines

  • Chapter 10: Razor Sharp

Linking razor blades from the mouth

  • Chapter 11: The Ambitious Card

The card that keeps popping to the top of the deck

  • Chapter 12: The Eternal Cups & Balls

Simple routine, gimmicked cups, Charlie Miller routine with tea cups, Joe Berg routine, Benson Bowl routine

  • In Conclusion: final words
  • Appendix: A poll of the "classics" of magic
  • Glossary
  • Index

Books by the same authors Edit

Similar Works Edit

  • Amateur Magician's Handbook by Henry Hay

Publishing Information Edit

First published in 1949 by Faber and Faber Limited, 3 Queen Square London, W.C.1.

Subsequently republished in 1952, 1954, 1960, 1965, 1968, 1973, and 1975.

ISBN: 0 571 06389 6