The Charlatan's Handbook by Sid Fleischman eBook (Download)


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Long out of print and sought after by collectors and aficianados of quality magic alike, Sid Fleischman’s The Charlatan’s Handbook is a treasure-trove of close-up and platform magic that is guaranteed to delight.

Containing more than 65 extraordinary tricks and artful dodges, The Charlatan’s Handbook is profusely illustrated by Tom Jorgenson with more than 170 drawings and Fleischman’s wonderfully entertaining prose.

Here’s what others have said about The Charlatan’s Handbook:

“A great book. The No-Switch Needle Swallowing Trick is a work of genius.” – Daryl

“Crowd pleasing effects with clever methods and new presentations that will be embraced by beginners and experts alike.” – Bruce Cervon

“If you need your whimsy-battery recharged, read Sid’s book.” – Max Maven

230 pages, illustrated.


Introduction by David Avadon

The World Famous Coin Swallowing Act
The Torn and Restored Cigarette Paper, Revisited
Harry is at it Again
The 31-Day Coin Trick
Spoon Twisting
Lady McBathtub
Five Minutes of Voodoo
Coin Fade
The Bottle Diabolique
The Bottle Fantastique
The Mean Magician Syndrome
The Longest Card Trick
The Fail-Safe Rope

A Guide to the Gallows
Flash Mnemonics
Jimmy Valentine Returns, Blindfolded
The Princess & the Pea
You, Too, Can Have X-Ray Eyes
Two New Card Reveals
The World’s Greatest Average Card Trick
Beating the Odds
The Fabled Non-working, Self-working Card Trick
The One Card Repeat
One-Arm McDonald Card Tricks
The Right-Handed Card Trick
The Avadon Absquatulated Card
A Flourish from the 30s
A Pocketful of Wry
The Wrong Way Card Trick
The Card From the Fly
An Aside on the Thumb Count
Weighing the Cards
The Machine Gun Color Change
The Pigeon Pasteboard
W.C. Fields Does a Card Trick
A Magic Club Roast
The Potato and the Card Trick
Card Gossip
The Poor Man’s Orient Express
Join the A.S.C.T.

The False Shuffle – Who Needs it?
The Push Through False Shuffle Made Easy
The Zarrow Shuffle/Fleischman Handling
The Carl March Shuffle
How Did that Card get in my Hand?
Topping the Deck with Joe Berg
The Coward’s Palm
The Fleischman Pop-Up Palm
The Camelback Palm
The Praiseworthy Bottom
Double Lifting
The Camelback Double Lift
The Fleischman Snap
Piking the Card
The Thayer glimpse
The Praiseworthy Pike
Center Stealing
Bottom Stealing
Color Changing
A Crimpmeister’s Crimp
The Chutzpa Crimp
The Fine Art of Card Shooting
The Fleischman Shoot
The One-Handed Shoot

Adventures with the Three Shell Game
You, Too, Can Saw a Lady in Two
The Lady Disrobes
Ring Business

The Fleischman-Avadon No-Switch Needle Swallowing Trick

Also includes illustrated personal history interspersed throughout the book.


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