Devant, David: Secrets of My Magic
©1936 Hutchinson & Co., Ltd., London
Hardcover, 288 pages
Secrets of My Magic
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Devant Secrets of My
Supreme Magic Edition
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Comments: "In which are disclosed for the first time the Secrets of some of the Greatest Illusions of this Master of the Art of Magic."
There have been several reprints through the years, including one in the 1970's by Supreme Magic of the U.K.


13 Introduction (S.H. Sharpe)

23 Chapter I Card Magic
23 Misdirection of the Senses
25 How Cards are Forced
26 Tricks with Forcing Cards
29 The Pass and the False Shuffle

30 Chapter II Card Magic (continued)
30 The Art of Palming Cards
30 Changing a Card
31 La Carte Generale and How it is Done
33 The Multitude of Cards Trick

36 Chapter III Billiard Ball Magic
36 Multiplication of Billiard Balls
40 Transformation of Balls into Eggs
43 Transfers, Sleights, and Apparatus Used in Ball Conjuring
43 - Sleights
46 - Apparent Transfer With Palm
47 - apparent Transfer With Finger-Palm
47 - Apparent Transfer by Combination Palm
48 - Preparations

50 Chapter IV Billiard Ball Magic (continued)
50 How to Present a Billiard Ball Illusion
54 The Cup and Balls Trick: with transformation of Balls into Oranges

59 Chapter V Flower Magic
59 “The Dream of the Dove” Illusion
61 Flower Materialisation
62 Bautier's Flower Trick: Devant's version
64 Producing Blooms from Seeds
67 The Mascot Moth
68 The Electric Conservatory and The Beast Who Turns into a Prince

72 Chapter VI Opening Illusions
72 Producing a Rabbit from a Top Hat
76 Importance of Details: How Maskelyne Began

79 Chapter VII Mechanical Magic
79 The Golliwog Ball
81 Juggling with Milk
83 The Paper, Ribbon and Flag Trick explained

85 Chapter VIII Famous Illusions Revealed
85 The Mascot Moth or The Disappearing Lady
88 The Magician's Heart
89 The Artist's Dream
90 The Man who Turns into a Woman

92 Chapter IX More Famous Illusions
92 Beau Brocade
95 The New Page-Boy
96 The Mystery of the Magic Mirror

99 Chapter X Egg Magic
99 A Boy, a Girl, and Some Eggs
101 Hatching a Chicken from an Egg
102 The Egg-Bag Trick Improved

104 Chapter XI The Indian Rope Trick
104 A Stage Version of this Mythical Illusion Presented and Explained

109 Chapter XII Magical Mysteries
109 The Window of the Haunted House
112 The Ink that Becomes Water
114 The Chocolate Soldier Illusion or The Man who Diminishes

119 Chapter XIII More Magical Mysteries
119 The Obliging Kettle: Wines and Liqueurs from a Kettle
122 The Burmese Gong Illusion
127 The Magician who Vanishes Himself

129 Chapter XIV Magical Sketches
129 St. Valentine's Eve, or The Envelope which Becomes a Girl
131 The Enchanted Hive Illusion
132 The Great Ghost Trick

135 Chapter XV Masterpieces of Magic
135 Borrowed Bill Shot Into Candle
136 Biff, or The Disappearing Motor-Cyclist
137 The Gnome's Grot
140 The Educated Fly Illusion

142 Chapter XVI Mental Magic
142 Thought-Reading Extraordinary
144 - Articles and Actions
154 The Secrets of Mental Magnetism
155 Translucidation, or The Blindfold Letter-Reader

158 Chapter XVII Three Unproduced Illusions
158 The Advent of Peter Pan
160 Transformation
161 The Cage of Good Luck

163 Chapter XVIII Creating an Illusion
163 Ideas and Effects
164 A Novel Illusion
165 The Man who Makes Money
166 Misrepresentation

170 Chapter XIX Some Awkward Moments
170 In the Eyes of the Law
171 An Unexpected Wetting
172 The Gunpowder Plot

175 Chapter XX Magic of My Contemporaries
175 A New Method for the Spirit Slates (Oswald Williams)
187 The Card and Tack Trick (Horace Goldin)
193 Invisible Dye (Douglas Dexter)
198 A New Thought-Wave Experiment (H. Park Shackleton)
201 Surprising Finish to Cigarette Production (Len Burnell)
202 The Spirit Message (G. W. Eade)
203 £1000 Challenge Effect (Fred Hocking)
205 A “Tee Bee” Effect (Tom Burnett)
209 Misdirection (Arthur Sherwood)

214 Chapter XXI Magic of My Contemporaries (continued)
214 A.B.C. Watch and Card Trick (Herbert J. Collings)
216 A Pack of Cards (Graham Adams)
222 The Caledonian Mystery (W. Donald Forsyth)
231 The Diminishing Card Trick (Edward Victor)
235 The Indestructible Handkerchief (Allen Benbow)
236 The Torn Strip of Paper (Ralph Delvin)
237 The Miracle Paper (Ellis Stanyon)
240 Handkerchief, Tumbler, and Flowers (Will Blyth)
242 The Allottment (Vincent Dalban)
245 Shopping by Wireless (Ralph Chart)
249 Blindfold Card Reading (George Johnson)
251 The Vanity Bag Illusion (Cecil Lyle)
253 The Presto Painting Mystery (W. G. Stickland)
257 The Optical Pass (Chris Van Bern)
258 New Spirit Message Effect (Oswald Rae)
262 Coin and Card Divination (Edward Bagshawe)
264 The Multiple Laundry Mystery (Kershaw Thomas)
268 Tests of the Court Magician (Francis White)
273 Early Days of Magic (Charles Moritt)
275 The Mystery of Asrah (Servais Le Roy)
271 The Sunshade Trick (L. Davenport)

279 Appendix: Notes for the Construction of Conservatory in The Advent of Peter Pan Illusion