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 hardbound 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 as paperbacks, and it is these paperback Tannen's editions offered here.
CONDITION NOTES: in very good condition -- pages are crisp and free from bends, marks or tears. The binding of volume #2 is reinforced with tape (see photo)