Dear Magician


After a long break we bring you Bairn by Ken Dyne (Magic of Kennedy), a great new offer on our stock of Spell-Binder books, A rare selection of Will Goldston’s locked Exclusive Magical Secrets, and another eclectic selection of used and sometimes rare  magic book – hopefully at the best possible prices.

Please email with all queries.



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Ken Dyne

Recently published, beautifully produced collection of mentalism routines from a professional for professionals. This book has 41 effects from the Mind of Kennedy. The collection is a mine of practical ideas and routines taken from real working acts, the culmination of twelve year’s work as a professional magician. There are new angles on many classic routines such as Add a Number and Book Tests, always with a twist or surprise to keep any audience on their toes. It is beautifully written in a relaxed, accessible, amusing and very personal style.  Paperback 268pp

Price £65. Order from the Web site:  Bairn by Ken Dyne


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Spell Binder magazine – volumes at £5 each


Spell-Binder Magazine by Stephen TuckerIn the three volumes there are over 700 pages of close up magazine edited by Stephen Tucker. Over 50 contributors provided effects and there are a total of 354 effects within the three volumes.

The list of contributors is overwhelming with the very best of the close up workers from around providing brilliant material which editor Stephen Tucker badgered them into contributing. David Britland alone contributed 40 items, there were 6 new effects from Basil Horwitz, 4 from Jerry Sadowitz, 2 from Gazzo, 5 from Gordon Bruce, 3 from Roy Walton,. To continue the list: 9 from Phil Goldstein, 12 from Reinhard Muller, 5 from Al Smith 2 from Bobby Bernard, 4 from Harvey Rosenthal, 7 from Ian Land, 12 from Paul Brignal, 7 from Peter Duffie, 6 from Roger Curzon, 6 from Shiv Duggal, 7 from Wayne Dobson and 109 from Stephen Tucker. (Plus many more!)

Also available at just £5 – The Best of Spellbinder.: A collection of eighty-Five tricks selected from Stephen Tucker’s magazine by David Britland. Many have been edited and re-written for clarity with additional illustrations. Other contributors include Gordon Bruce, Peter Duffie, Phil Goldstein, Basil Horwitz, Ted Lesley Bob Ostin, Jerry Sadowitz and others. High quality paperback 150pp

To order any of these at just £5 each, email and tell me where you are so I can calculate the actual postage price. Do not order directly from the web site.  (Our web site does not cope well with calculating postage on low priced, heavy books)

The three Martin Breese effects that I had on sale last month are also still available at just £10 each and can be ordered from the web site:

Phantom of the Wallet (Breese/Duffie)
Card to Hip Wallet  (Eric Mason & Martin Breese)
Psycho Deck(Martin Breese & Wolfgang Riebe)


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Will Goldston’s Exclusive Magical Secrets.



We have several copies of Will Goldston’s original editions of of his Exclusive Magical Secrets and More Exclusive Magical Secrets. These are numbered and signed and have the brass locking mechanism. They are all undated. I have not found a definitive history of the publication of these books, so am uncertain as to the dates.



Exclusive Magical Secrets

The Magician Ltd, 1912? . No 495

Very good tight, clean copy. Maroon pitted leather boards. ’Andrew Mcgill’ name embossed in gold on bottom left of front cover. Boards scuffed and worn at corners and ends of spine. Working locking mechanism in place, WITH KEY



Exclusive Magical Secrets

The Magician Ltd, 1912? . No 475

Good clean copy, a little loose. Maroon pitted leather boards scuffed and front hinge is worn/cracked down the outside. Working locking mechanism in place No Key. No ownership markings



Exclusive Magical Secrets

The Magician Ltd, 1912? . No 630

Good copy, fairly loose. Maroon pitted leather boards scuffed and rubbed/marked and front hinge is cracked and loose. Previous owner ‘ Richard C Ritson’ has a nicely drawn motif labelled ‘Arabia’ on front free paper, and his small ownership stamp. Locking mechanism in place No Key.



More Exclusive Magical Secrets

Will Goldston Ltd .1921? No 524

Good clean copy, a little loose. Maroon smooth leather boards scuffed and marked. Locking clasp missing. No ownership markings



More Exclusive Magical Secrets

Will Goldston Ltd . 1921? No 87

Good clean copy, a little loose. Maroon pitted leather boards scuffed and marked. Locking clasp in place, but the actual lock seems to be broken/damaged. No ownership markings



Also By Goldston, I have the following:


A Magician’s Swan Song

John Long – No date c 1935

Good tight copy in black cloth with some fading and a small tear to spine


Secrets of Famous Illusionists

John Long, 1933

Fair/Good condition for age. Ex Libris sticker with some cracking to spine and a few loose pages, but still solid and readable.


Sensational Tales of Mystery men

Will Goldston Ltd 1929

Good/fair condition in pictorial cloths. Stated ‘First Impression Dec 1929’ and with ‘Presented by’ sticker SIGNED by Goldston. Our ‘first edition’ seems to differ from the others that have just boring red cloth cover.


Tricks and Illusions

Gamage no date c.1910

Probable 1st ed.  in good/very good condition for age. Green and gold cover still bright with minor bumping



Please email for further details/photos, or to order or to give me you offers on any of these.



Here is a summary of other books just added to our used books list. (A full list of all our items is on our website collectables page).



Behnke, leo

Will Rock presents…Thurston’s Mysteries of magic

Prentice taylor, 2007

1st ed Large format hardback. New and shrink wrapped, but base of spine has been chipped/damaged


Boyne, Gil

Inductions and Deepening

Boyne, 1986

Paperback 37pp. very good. Transcripts of live demonstrations of hypnosis


Brahams (ed)

Rara Avis Sicty Years of magic frm the Notebooks of Jack Avis

Cairn, 2006

1st Ed Hardback with dust jacket in fine condition


Cannell, JC

Modern Conjuring

Ellisdon, 1940

Soft cover 96pp. nice vintage looking book in pictorial covers detailing hundreds of tricks.


Chanin, Jack

Handle with Gloves (JC Coin Routines)

Chanin, 1941

1st ed paperback 31pp. Fair condition. Ex Unique Studios and stamped by Harry Stanley


Dawes and Bailey (eds)

Ciclle Without End – The Magic Circle 1905-2005

Magic Circle, 2005

!st ed Large format Soft Cover Very good condition


Durham, Geoffrey

Professional Sectrets – a Life in Magic

2008 – 2nd impression

As new hardback in fine condition. Inscribed be the author.


Dusheck, Steve

Duschek’s Card Magic – Magic Series No. 3

American Magic Company, 1992

1st Ed Hard Cover. Fine condition


Earle, Lee

MELANGE A TROIS: A Collection of Three Psychic Entertainments

Binary Star, 1992

Ring Bound 34pp, Very Good, Soft cover


Emery, Carla

Secret, Don’t Telll – The Encyclopedia of Hypnotism

Acorn 1998

Large format, heavy paperback. 504pp Very good condition


Fischer, Ottakar

Illustrated Magic

Macmillan, New York 1955

1st ed Hardback in good condition with fair dust jacket


Fitzkee, Dariel

Showmanship for Magicians

Fitzroy, 1945

Hardcover, faded and bumped at edges. Tight copy.



Gazzo on the Cups and Balls

School for Scoundrels, 2001

Ring Bound paperback 12pp with photos. Fine condition


Harkey, David, Harris, ben


New Directions, 1988

Large format paperback. As new


Johnson, VE

Chemical Magic

Pearson, 1920

1st ed Pictorial hard cover, 120pp. Condition fair – with boards battered and sunned and loose and re-taped. Vintage adverts on various pages.


Lever, Derek (ed)

Blackpool Bafflers – Celebrating 50th Annual Convention

Blackpool Magician’s Club, 2002

Large format ring bound. 95pp. Fine condition. Some 50 contributions from Lever, Lovell, Becker, Colombini, and many, many more.


Marshall, Jay and Frances

Success Book Vol 3

Magic Inc

Ring Bound in Hard cover. Fine Condition


Marshall, Jay and Frances

Success Book Vol 3

Magic Inc

Ring Bound in Hard cover. Fine Condition


Maven, Max

The Protocols of the Orders of magic

Hermetic, 2005

1st Ed, small format hardback (Strange prices have been paid for this) Fine condition


Mentzer, Jerry

Card Cavalcade 3

Mentzer, 1975

1st Ed Hard Cover. Fine condition


Milbourne Christopher

Panorama of magic

Dover, 1962

Large format Paperback, Good condition, beautifully illustrated


Osterlind, Richard and Jeff busby

Three Miracle Card Routines

Busby, 1986

Ring Bound paperback, 40pp. Fine condition


Peach, Emily

The Tarot Workbook


Large format paperback. Good condition


Seabrooke, Terry

Beyond Compere – A Pocket Guide to being and Emceee

Kaufman and Greenberg, 1993

1st Ed, Signed, small format hardback. Fine condition.


Simmons, ken

Scotch and Soda – Part three Finale

Magic City, 1988

1st ed Paperback. 91pp Fine condition


Time-Life books

Psychic Powers


Large format hardback, Fine


Time-Life books

Psychic Voyages


Large format hardback, Fine


Youngman, Henny

10,000 One-liners


New and shrink-wrapped



Email to order any of these and postage will be added as necessary.


All our books and magazines, old and new – over 300 titles are on a single printable list on our web site – click here



Many thanks, John

January 2015