Author(s): August Roterberg
Change the Queen of Hearts into the Queen of Clubs, shoot a hole through the Ace of Spades, and toss a deck into the air and make it vanish! This classic guide is loaded with sleights and tricks, from the card palm and the false shuffle to illusions employing coins, handkerchiefs, and bottles. Originally written for professional magicians, this well-illustrated volume is also appropriate for dedicated amateurs.
German-born August Roterberg (1867-1928) came to the United States as a teenager and started out as a mail-order magic salesman before opening a magic store in the lobby of Chicago's Palmer House Hotel. He changed the way magic books were written, addressing himself to professionals rather than amateurs, and adding illustrations, which were unusual in his day. A practicing magician, he invented the Multiplying Billiard Balls trick.