Thurston's Book of Magic
  • Thurston's Book of Magic


    Howard Thurston.


    Chicago: Swift & Company, 1930-1. 16mo. Two staple-bound volumes in orange and black paper wraps, very slightly, the first volume very slightly edge-worn. Unpaginated. First edition. Near fine.


    Promotional material for Swift Foods; minor advertisements interspersed within Thurston's guide to several parlor magic tricks. The famed magician reveals some of his favorite tricks, with the narrative explanations accompanied by beautiful period illustrations.  


    "1. Never perform a trick until you have practiced it several times and have mastered it completely.

    2. Never explain a trick after you have performed it. 

    3. Never repeat a trick before the same audience."