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The following is a partial list of books,
relating to Egg Bags. Please note that the prices are estimates
current. None of these items are
sale from this website, and some
are likely no longer available. Please realize that this is not an
exhaustive coverage of every Egg Bag reference, and you are
to e-mail me with any additions.
Egg Bag Types: There are essentially two types of egg bags, and many variations on these.
The Malini Egg Bag is made of lightweight silken material, usually in black, and uses a lightweight egg.
The Tarbell/Sterling/Albini/Mardo bags are usually made of a heavier material, such as felt, and use a heavy egg.
Anderson, Gene: Toppers Mad Mad Magic. Includes comedy routines for multiplying bottles, egg bag, playing cards, and more.
Will: Knowing the
around coverage of the Egg Bag and
information and routines.
Ayling, Will: Oriental Conjuring and Magic.
Supreme Magic. 384 pages. A lot of oriental magic including The
Bagshawe, Edward: Proudlock's Egg Bag & Four Ace
Two classic routines with illustrations and full patter 27 pages.
Bauer, Ron: Siamese Goose Egg Bag. #15 in
Private Study Series. Comedy script in which the magician can
an authentic Goose Egg, but not in the way he intended. For use
Miller/Malini egg, blown egg, and a small lock box with a key on a
chain (you supply).
Leo: Library of
high level coverage in a small book.
Bertram, Ross: Magic and Methods. 1978
Productions.163 pages, hardbound. Tons of Ross Bertram magic.
Chapter 5 includes The Egg Bag
Biro, Pete: Eggs, Bags & Gags. This volume contains bits, moves, gags and complete routines, including that of vaudevillian Judson Cole and the actual routine devised by Senor Mardo for the popular Mardo Egg Bag, which was taught to Pete by Mardo himself in the 1950s.
Brahams, Anthony (Editor): Ken Brook's Magic Place.
L&L Publishing, 302 pages. A great remembrance book, full of
instruction sheets for many of Ken's procucts. Includes a section
the Malini Egg Bag.
Ken et al: Ken
and Friends on the Malini Egg Bag. 1974 Magic Inc.,
pages. A lengthy
treatise on the
Egg Bag with lots of detail and bits of business. Recommended for
owners of the Malini style bag.
Brooke, Ken: Ken Brooke Unique Years.
Magic, 1980. Hardbound. 222 pages. Covers the magic of Ken Brooke
chapters on Wisdom & Advice, Egg Bag, etc.
Busby, Jeff: Routines and Handling for the Sterling Egg Bag, with Chuck Smith's Routine. Spiral bound
Colucci, Donato: Encyclopedia of Egg Magic.
Imitation Eggs, Fekes & Gimmicks, Productions, Vanishes,
Feats, The Egg Bag, Transpositions, Animations, Transformations,
Miscellaneous Effects and Routines. 319 large pages containing
than 270 tricks and routines gathered from hundreds of sources.
490 illustrations by J.K. Schmidt. Hardbound.
Darbyshire, Lydia: The Magic
1997, 224 pages. A nice large format introductory magic book.
There are a few pages on the egg
266pp. Great instruction. Includes chapters on Egg Bag and more.
Ganson, Lewis: The Art of Close Up Magic Vol 2. 1996 L&L Pub, 286 pages. Includes The Egg Bag, which provides construction information on the bag, moves, and a full routine with a suggestion for producing multiple eggs from the bag.
Manipulation Parts 1 & 2.
1976 D. Robbins (orig 1950), 251 pages.Egg Bag routine
uses two bags and a silk, but the ideas can certainly be adapted.
Goldston, Will: Tricks & Illusions.
over 250 pages. Book contains three sections: Tricks, Escapes, and
Illusions. The Tricks section contains one page on The Chinese Egg
Haversat, David: Chanin, the Man With the Magic Hands.
pages, 2002. Includes the life story
of Jack Chanin, and reprints of the magic pamphlets that he
through the years. Includes: Mesh Egg Bag (invented by Chanin),
Hay, Henry: Amateur Magician's Handbook. 1950 (orig), 382 pages. Includes a brief introduction to the Egg Bag, its construction, and basic routine. Further enhancements are referred to Hay's Learn Magic or Hugard's Modern Magic Manual.
Henry: Learn Magic.
introductory information on the egg bag. Includes a "standard"
and an egg production routine.
Hilliar, William John: Modern Magician's Handbook. 1902. Chapter XII Ball Tricks Requiring Special Apparatus; The Chinese Rings, The Famous Egg and Bag Trick, and more.
Hoffmann, Professor: Modern Magic. Published
with over 500 pages, this classic of magic contains chapters on
Cups and Balls, Hat Magic, many more. The section on Miscellaneous
Tricks includes The Egg Bag. This article described briefly the
"Japanese" style egg bag, which is like our modern versions, and
large, 20" wide egg bag more common (apparently) in the 1800's.
Includes some general routining ideas.
Hugard, Jean: Modern Magic Manual.
Eddie: Magic and
India. Published around 1940, this 75 page book on
Magic. Includes a Hindu Presentation of the Egg Bag.
Lewis, Eric: Personal Magic Volume 1.
Lewis' Personal Notebooks now archived in CD Form (over 300
Contains tons of notes and magic. Includes an Egg Bag Routine by
Lewis, Trevor: Close Up Lecture Notes. 24
paper. Covers 18 effects including Chop Cup, Mirror Deck, Malini
Bag w, Golf Sponge Ball routine, Cup and Dice, Coins in Tumbler,
Assembly, Monte Plus, and more.
Lewis, Trevor: Uncut The Complete Party Pieces.
270 Pages. Trevor's professional children's magic developed over
years. Includes Fez Egg Bag, and many more.
Magicnook: The Ungimmicked Egg Bag Routine. All the directions for doing the Egg Bag with an ungimmicked bag are here! Also, includes the "endless" production of real eggs; a Chef Hat & Apron paper tear from Wiz Kid Eleazar Goodenough; the gooey-mess-on-the-kid's head that-turns-into-a-bouquet of spring-flowers; and two magic oven props to build (one to produce a six foot high inflatable birthday cake, and a smaller table-top version to produces a real birthday cake complete with instant self-lighting candles on top). e-book.
Mardo, Senor: Routined Magic.
1945 Max Holden. 29pg. Includes: Marlo's Egg Bag Routine using a
Marshall, Frances: Kidstuff Volume 5.
Over 500 pages. Includes Egg Bag and Lota Routine, and Condensed
Chicken, which is a combo Chalk Talk and Egg Bag routine using a
Chicken Egg Bag.
Meyer, Orville Wayne: Magic in the Modern Manner.
1949, 184 pages. The chapter on Children's Specials includes
of the Egg Bag.
Miller, Charlie: Malini Egg Bag Routine. From
Minch, Stephen & Adam Fleischer:
The New York Magic Symposium
Collection Volume Three. 1984, 135 pages. Includes
Bro. John Hamman, David Roth, Jeff McBride, and much more.
Egg Bag Finale glass and beer production by Tom Mullica.
Mishel, Ed: Hold Out Miracles. 64pg.
all effects require
use of holdout) Attaching the holdout, devices, Jack Miller's Egg
Routine, and more.
Mullica, Tommy: It's Show Time at the Tom Foolery.
egg bag routine.
Mullica, Tom: Lecture Booklet Hawaii '83.
pages. Contains great Endings for The Egg Bag, and more
John: The Egg Bag
the performers. Includes routines,
lines, moves, handling and so forth. $19.95
Parrish, Robert: New Ways to Mysify.
pages. Thirty tricks that can be performed without elaborate
or difficult skill. Includes The Egg Bag.
Marlo without cards. Includes Egg Bagatelle egg bag routine.
Riser, Harry: Secrets of an Escamoteur.
The Malini Egg
Bag and more. Hardcover
Scarne, John: Scarne's Magic Tricks.
256 pages. Lots of beginner magic with several gems hidden in the
pages. Includes The Magic Bag - how to make an Egg Bag with a
Jim: The Magic Menu
First Five Years. 1998 L&L Publishing.
Sisti's The Magic Menu magazine produced for restaurant and
magicians. Includes Walk Around Malini Egg Bag by Dan Tong (with
optional glass of liquid production)
Tarbell, Harlan and Steve Burton:
Tarbell Companion. Volume
based on this work. Includes Egg Bag, Suggested show
Routines, and more.
Tarbell, Harlan, Course in Magic Volume 2. 1927, 416 pages. Includes Tarbell Egg Bag; The egg bag section is an excellent introduction. $25
Harlan: Course In
Volume 5. 1927, 417 pages.
discussion of Malini Egg Bag as opposed to the Albini bag and
some ideas, but not a full routine. Lesson 68 includes Bamberg's
Bag, which was a large Scotch egg bag to produce 15 eggs and a
Thompson, J.G.: My Best.
Includes two egg bag routines: One is poem form, the other is the
Windsor Egg Bag routine
Yaffe, Malcolm: Paths to Enchantment.
Press, hardbound, 255 pages.. How to improve your children's
Presents a blueprint for how to present high quality magic for
children. Also includes many examples of these principles put to
including The Egg Bag
Carney, John: Up Close & Far Away. Performance only w/Miser's Dream Cards, Egg Bag, and more.
Cellini: Magic That Can be Performed Anywhere
DVD. Includes Joe Karson's Chinese Egg Bag, The Devil's
DeSouza, Marc: Master Works of Conjuring, Volume 4. Fully routined and scripted presentations right out of Marc's performing repertoire and used to entertain lay audiences all over the world.Volume 4 is The History of Magic Through Performance, and includes full explanation the Egg Bag and more.
Dobson, Wayne: Dobson's Choice - TV Stuff #2
compilation of TV clips from Wayne's hit TV series 'A Kind of
Includes the Egg Bag; 1 hr 3 min. $25
Fedko, John: School of Magic V1, Classics
Magic including the Chinese Egg Bag
Geer, Brian: Heavy Hitters DVD. Over two
of magic including an egg bag routine
featuring a production of a full glass of water completely
Ginn, David: Live Kidbiz (with book). Live
performance video and
book. Includes Red Plaid Egg Bag.
Greenberg, Ace: Jack Miller's Hold Out Miracles
DVD. Meir Yedid Magic. Alan Greenberg teaches his rendition of
of Jack Miller's routines using the Hold Out. Include The Jack
Miller Egg Bag Routine, how to improvise a hold out. Also includes
archival footage of Jack Miller including his Egg Bag routine.
Haney, Denny: Denny and Lee Performance Video.
Live performance at
the Wells Theater in Norfolk, Virginia during the mid-nineties.
Features performance only of: Denny's Malini Egg Bag and more. 55
Harlan, Dan: Pack Small, Play Big - The All Purpose Show (DVD). L&L Publishing. Includes Tee Bag (egg bag - production routine)
Hobson, Jeff: Jeff Hobson Live! A-1
Egg Bag routine.
Hobson, Jeff: The Hobson Egg Bag: This is
complete package with Jeff's Egg Bag, 2 specially designed eggs,
instructional DVD. This is Jeff's variation of the Malini Bag
with the lining of a different color than the outside of the bag.
(listed also in products section below). Jeff Hobson's Egg Bag.
Lewis, Martin: Senor Martin Egg Bag DVD. In this video, Martin Lewis explains his affinity for the Senor Mardo Egg Bag (as opposed to the Malini style) and several uses for this great piece of magic. $19.95 Magikraft.com
Lewis, Trevor: The Magic of Trevor Lewis DVD.
taped live at
Mark Leveridgeís 3rd British Close-Up Magic Symposium. Includes:
Trevorís Opening - icebreaker; Arm Gag; Tap Top water production
from fist; Cigarette Prediction; Broken and Restored Eye Glasses
(borrowed); Card On Tie; Paper-Clipped Card; Trevorís Card Force;
Second Dealing broken into easy-to-master steps; Trevorís Ace
Location Routine (using the 2nd Deal); One-At-A-Time Ace Assembly
Kicker; Coin Matrix using four coins but just two cards; Egg Bag
Routine (Malini); Chop Cup with table hopping advice; Razor Blades
become magically strung on a length of thread.
McComb, Billy: Greater Magic V30. Serpent Silk, Dove Production, Half Dyed Hank, Himber Ring, Gypsy Thread, Six Card Repeat, Seven Corner Hank, Credit Card in Wallet, Whiskey Egg Bag
Miller, Charlie: Greater Magic V18. Paper Mystery (Perf), Malini Egg Bag (Perf), Four Deuce Trick, Hanky Knots, Hat Trick, Mutilated Parasol (perf), Floating Pencil, Balls in Net
Miller, Charlie and Johnny Thompson: Greater Magic V29: Charlie Miller Cups & Balls: Hindu Cups, Chinese Cups Egg Bag Segment w/Charlie Miller Routine, Johnny Thompson routine, Cards: Audley Walsh Dream Deck, Up the Ladder, Pull Out Shuffle, Vernon's One Helluva Card Trick
Mullica, Tommy: Greater Magic V19: 4 Cards,
Tear, Torn &
Restored Card, Gozinta Boxes & Gum, Egg Bag, Cig & Napkins
(perf), Card in Mouth, A.E.R.O.B.I.C. (explained only)
Palmer, Johnny Ace: Trilogy of Magic 2 DVD Set.
Includes Develop an Award Winning Act; 8 Ball Production; Coke
Production; Coin In Eye; The Egg Bag (fast paced for table
Too Fast!; Three Magic Scarves; Vanishing Bobby Pin, Sleight of
Scotch and Soda, and more.
Quick Tricks Series: The Egg Bag $11.95.
Smith, Samuel Patrick: The Magic Ingredient: Funny Magic to
a Kid-Show Celebrity. VHS Video. 1995; 60 minutes. SPS
Contents: Crayons to Scarf; The Crystal Tube; Multiplying Billiard
Balls; The Imagination Cap; The Shrinking Glove; Headband Blendo;
Egg, the Bag, and the Magic Hat; Nest of Boxes; Puff the Magic
Smith, Samuel Patrick: The Magic Ingredient and Kidology DVD. The Magic Ingredient provides info on successful kid shows, including performance and teaching of Crayons to scarf, The Crystal Tube, Multiplying Billiard Balls, The imagination Cap, The shrinking Glove, Headband blendo, The egg, the bag, and the magic hat, Nest of boxes, and Puff the magic rabbit. Kidology provides more kid magic including The invisible flying silk scarf, Soft Soap, Portable Beach Balls, Cut and restored rope, Monster hat, Commercials and Jokes. $35
Steven's Magic Emporium:
Egg Bag Teach In: Part of
the Greater Magic Video Library.
Includes: Martin Lewis and
the Senor Mardo Egg
Bag, Tom Mullica's Comedy Egg Bag, Billy McComb's Whisky Egg Bag,
discussion with Charlie Miller and Johnny Thompson on the Malini
Bag. First available on VHS in the late 1990's, DVD Release 2005.
Tong, Dan: Dan Tong Finally! 50 Years of Magic
Volume 2 DVD.
Includes Malini Egg Bag
(in three phases with glass production); Chop Cup (short, fast
routine); Card on the Ribbon; Thompsonís Aces; Ropes (routine with
restored, Professor's Nightmare, three to one restoration); and
(an old trick). 78 Minutes. $35
Tong, Dan: Dan Tong Live by Dan Tong and
Magic DVD. Includes Jimmy Ray Paper Tear, Egg Bag (Performance
Card Mental Test, Rope Routine, Hat Tear (performance only); Bill
Wallet; Linking Paper Rings; 4th Eye; Revised Big Surprise, and
White, Bob: Bob White Presents the Malini Egg
Bob teaches the techniques, management and psychology of the Egg
1hr 10 min. DVD. $49.95
Wilson, Mark: Mark Wilson Magic Circus DVD Vol
famous Magic Circus Shows. Some of the
effects performed in these volumes include The Professor's
The Egg Bag, Paper to Bills, a Billiard Ball Manipulation act with
then 6-year old son Greg, and lots of stage effects. $25
Crosewl Magic: Deluxe Devil's Hank. Not really an Egg Bag, but a useful addition for an Egg Bag act. Specially gimmicked handkerchief to vanish or switch objects. This model has two compartments for multiple object switches without coming into contact with each other. Upper corners have "feelers" sewn in to aid handling. 18" square, with an old world style map print. No instructions. $33 Crosewl MagicEggs: Various. Most magic shops will carry various wooden, plastic, and sometimes even real (hollowed) eggs for use with the Egg Bag. Some examples:
Fabric Manipulation (Lynetta Welch) Silk Legacy Malini Egg Bag. Creation from Max Malini, improved by Charlie Miller and perfected by Johnny Thompson. Made from the "perfect" silk fabric of ideal weight and thickness, enabling the egg to slide easily, yet allowing for minimal "bulge." 7" wide x 8" long. $88 FabricManipulationFedko, John: Hard Boiled Ultimate Egg Bag DVD and Props. (also listed in Video Section above). John Fedko teaches a comedy routine (with sucker portion) suitable for a single person or a large audience. Includes a 20 minute DVD and an Egg Bag. Magic City
Lewis, Martin: Senor Mardo Egg Bag. The Senor Mardo Egg bag as featured in Martin Lewis' DVD, and sewn by Gladys Lewis. Martin Lewis states, "I believe them to be the most practical and deceptive egg bag available." Magikraft.com
Magic Inc.: Malini Egg Bag: The classic black silken egg bag. Ken Brooke has written an excellent book on this bag (see book references). Prices range from $20 - $35 Magic Inc.
Mikame Egg Bag by Mikame: The Mikame bag is of the Malini style, at least in materials, being made as a drawstring bag of super soft, pliable cloth. The cloth is patterned for deception. Includes a lacquered, blown egg. $35. Mikame also makes a clever MC Egg Bag Scarf designed for use by MC's (show hosts)! Mikame Magic
Neilsen Magic: Abdul's Fez. This is an egg bag in the form of a Fez Hat. I have one, and it is great. The Neilsen wooden eggs are great also. $30.00 Neilsen Magic (click for image: Abdul's Fez)S.S. Adams Egg Bag: I don't know what this is made of, but cost is cheap at only $4.
Steven's Magic: Senor Mardo Egg Bag. This is a well made Sterling type bag with some differences. Heat sealed pocket. It comes highly recommended. $32.50 Martin Lewis Home Page; or Steven's Magic
Sterling Egg Bag. Wool plaid cloth. $25
Tarbell Egg Bag. Plaid
Tirofog, Inc.: Eggs-Actly Blown Eggs.
These eggs are real eggs that are internally coated for
They are available in a variety of sizes including small, medium,
large, extra-large, and jumbo. The solid eggs are intended for Egg
routines, but they are also available with a hole to be used for
Egg-To-Silk production routines.$12.50 Tirofog, Inc.
Tong, Pauline: Tarbell Egg Bags; Malini Egg Bag. Maker of high
quality Tarbell Egg Bags with a fully
stitched pocket $25, and a traditional silky smooth Malini Egg Bag
Tannen's Magic: Transparent Egg Bag: A net bag allows the bag to be seen into, yet an egg can still appear. $15 Tannen's Magic
Uday: Egg Bag Deluxe, Ultimate, and Zipper:
different Egg Bags (see also
Funtime Magic of India). The Deluxe
a plaid cloth bag. The Uday catalog states, "the secret is so well
hidden it can be
done close-up." The Ultimate
has a fine mesh nylon net on one
side (black on the other) so the egg can be seen when it is
the bag. Yet the egg still vanishes when desired. Finally, Uday
makes a Zipper egg
which the bottom can be opened by a zipper
so the bag can be viewed empty all the way through. About $6
each. Uday's Magic World
Various: Chinese Egg Bag. This is an inexpensive straw mat. The mat is folded in half, and an egg dropped in. The egg disappears, but can be removed from the mat whenever desired. In the versions that I am familiar with, the mat is not gimmicked, but rather the egg. About $4.
Viking Mfg. Co.: Malini Egg Bag. Viking's description states in part, "You will delight in the quality of the stitching, the luxurious feel of the wrinkle-resistant black material and the precise nature of our design which makes this bag work right EVERY TIME!" 7.5x8.25"; does not come with an egg (Malini bags use a blown egg).Windsor, Tommy: Golden Egg Bag. No description available. $20. Listed at Lee Jacob's Productions