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ELLIOTT, Elliotts Last Legacy -- (edited by Houdini)


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This book was written, not by the more famous Bruce Elliott, but by Dr. J.W. Elliott, who was a contemporary and friend of Harry Houdini.   The contents of the book were written in 1923, and after Elliott's death, Houdini published the book.  This is a paperback re-print by Coles publishing, dated 1980.   Because no one probably knew who Dr. Elliott was, the title on this eddition was changed to the more generic "Card Tricks and Conjuring", and Elliott's name is not mentioned on the cover -- the credit is given to Houdini as editor.

As you would expect with a book from the 1920's, the emphasis is largely on complicated stage magic and apparatus, but the methods are ingenious,  and both informative and entertaining to study.  The card magic has some neat ideas also, which will fool fellow magicians if the reader takes the time to learn and perform them.

Some browning around the page edges, but overall, the book is in excellent, tight and undamaged condition after more than 30 years.


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