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The Real Book about Magic

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The Real Book about Magic
AuthorJoseph Leeming
PublisherGarden City Books
IllustratorJessie Robinson
Publication Date1951
Preceded byTricks and Stunts with Playing Cards

The Real Book About Magic is the tenth of 10 magic books by Joseph Leeming. Its content is virtually identical to Secrets of Magic, by Merlin Swift, a pseudonym used by Leeming, who removed four sections containing card and cigarette tricks (see Secrets of Magic (Leeming)). In his "One Wizard's Wanderings" column in The Linking Ring, November 1951, Vol. 31, No. 9, p. 35, Milbourne Christopher reveals that Merlin Swift is Leeming. "The Real Book of Magic by Joseph Leeming ... is Secrets of Magic by 'Merlin Swift' in a bound version," writes Christopher. "There was much controversy as to 'Merlin Swift's' identity but now the secret is out. Two of my tricks are included without permission or credit, but then he credits nothing."

The Real Book About Magic has 190 pages with 14 sections:

  1. Magic with Rings
  2. Impromptu Coin Tricks
  3. Coin Tricks Requiring Simple Apparatus
  4. Mathematical Magic
  5. Magic with Handkerchiefs
  6. More Magic with Handkerchiefs
  7. Magic with String
  8. Magic with Ropes
  9. Mind-Reading Magic
  10. Magic with Dice
  11. Magic with Matches and Matchboxes
  12. Thimble Magic
  13. Dinner-Table magic
  14. Stunts to Fool Your Friends
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