LEWIS GANSON's ROUTINED MANIPULATION books are (in my opinion) must-haves for any serious magician's library. I am not sure why these books are not more widely studied by the magic community -- perhaps the title word "manipulation" leads potential readers to believe the books contain only billiard ball and thimble routines or other classic "manipulative magic" that has (it seems) fallen out of style.
But contained within these volumes is a collection of excellent card, coin, and close-up effects, along with handlings for classic stand-up effects like the egg bag, linking rings. And yes, also chapters on billiard balls and thimbles as well.
Some of my favorite chapters are on Color Changing Knives, Koran's Card miracles, Ken Brooke's Cap and Pence routine, a great Dice routine, the chapter on the three shell game, and an interesting chapter on the Cups and Balls.
See the photos of the pages for a full idea of how much good stuff is crammed into this book.
Ganson is one of magical literature's great teachers, giving excellent detail in his handling descriptions-- plus a lot of photos, as well.
Originally published in the early 1950's, as two separate books (volumes 1 and 2). The books became instant classics and were read by almost every serious magician in the 1950's, 60's and 70's. Tannens reprinted the books in the 1960's and then D. Robbins got the rights, reprinting the books in 1976, putting them into a single volume. (Robbins again reprinted them in 2004, but the quality of the paper and printing is much higher in this edition from the 1970's).
Over 240 pages, this 1976 combined edition is previously owned.
It is in very good condition -- some corner and edge wear on the cover, but the book is still tight and clean, free of marks. There is one large unfortunate tear on page 63 of Volume One, which has been repaired with tape. But otherwise, the pages are free from bends, marks or tears.