New titles are constantly being added to our range of second-hand books. Recently I bought another major collection of books on mentalism and related crafts, including many rare and out-of-print titles. (Those who have titles on a ‘wants list’ with us will have been emailed where appropriate.)

The problem is keeping our lists up to date. I’ve therefore decided to list a few choice titles here from time to time. Prices in brackets are new/original prices, the final price on each item is our selling price (all plus post at cost). Drop me an email if you’re interested.

ARCANE, PETER. The Elucidator. 2005, 24pp, sgd. (£28.00) £21.00.
BUCKNER, CHARLES A. Charlie’s Brain Twisters I & II. 1997, 35pp. (£25.00) £18.75.
CARLYLE, E. RAYMOND. Lecture Notes. 1998, 24pp. (£20.00) £15.00.
CARLYLE, E. RAYMOND. Medium’s Grip. Seance, 1988, 8pp. (£8.00) £6.00.
CARLYLE, E. RAYMOND. Medium’s Grip. 1999, 6pp ms. (£8.00) £6.00.
CARLYLE, E. RAYMOND. Spirit Bell. 1999, 4pp. (£8.00) £6.00.
HICKOK, CHUCK. Mentalism Incoporated. 2002, hb, dw, 190pp. (£42.00) £31.50.
HICKOK, CHUCK. Thought-Full Telepathy. 2009, 64pp, sgd. (£25.00) £18.75.
JAY, RICKY. Jay’s Journal of Anomalies. 2003, 210pp (£18.00) £13.50.
KAPLAN, GEORGE G. The Fine Art of Magic. Fleming, 1948, hb, dw, 350pp, sgd. (£50.00) £37.50.
KARGES, CRAIG. The CK Connection. Jacobs, 1986, 50pp. (£15.00) £11.25.
LESLEY, TED. Paramiracles. Hermetic, 1994, hb, dw, 312pp. (£28.00) £21.00.
MANN, AL. Acidus. sgd, ltd 200. (£30.00) £22.50.
MARK, RICHARD. No Way Q&A. 2000, 15pp. (£18.00) £13.50.
MARK, RICHARD. Phantom Hand. 1994, 22pp. (£20.00) £15.00.
MAVEN, MAX. Prism. Hermetic, 2005, hb, dw, 238pp. (£30.00) £22.50.
NEALE, ROBERT. Six Card Swindle. Busby, 1985, 23pp. (£10.00) £7.50.
NYMAN, ANDY. Fight Dirty. 2002, 28pp. (£15.00) £11.25.
RICHARDSON, BARRIE. Act Two. Hermetic, 2005, hb, dw, 381pp, sgd. (£40.00) £30.00.
RICHARDSON, BARRIE. Theatre of the Mind. Hermetic, 1999, hb, dw, 319pp. (£36.00) £27.00.
RIGGS, JOHN. Psychic Pselections. 2004, 57pp, sgd. (£28.00) £21.00.
RIGGS, JOHN. Unchained. 1998, 26pp, sgd. (£10.00) £7.50.
RIGGS, JOHN. Unchained. 1996, 27pp. (£12.00) £9.00.
ROWLAND, IAN. Alpha Series 1: Mentalism. 2003, 52pp. (£18.00) £13.50.
ROWLAND, IAN. Alpha Series 2: Cards. 2003, 28pp. (£18.00) £13.50.
ROWLAND, IAN. Lecture Notes Blackpool 2007. 40pp. (£20.00) £15.00.
SCHUBERT, ROY. Big Reads Plus. 2004, 32pp. (£20.00) £15.00.
SHAW, STEVE (Banachek). Pre Thoughts. 1992, 22pp. (£12.50) £9.38.
TAPERT, ANNETTE. Siegfried & Roy: Mastering the Impossible. Morrow, 1992, hb, dw, 336pp. (£50.00) £37.50.
TILLAR, JACK KENT. The Blister Book. 2007, 115pp. (£33.50) £25.13.

Back to another box-full. I’ll post more gems here soon. Excluding the ones which end up on my own shelves.

And, before I forget again, a (not-quite) Weekly Wheeze:

Have you heard about this great new book club? You send them £20 and they leave you alone for the rest of the year.

"I think your goldfish has died."

A few days, as I write, before the Paul Voodini lecture. Lots of interest in this one, from Birmingham, Leeds, Leicester… and Canada! I’m looking forward to a fascinating and informative evening.

If you haven’t confirmed your ticket, please do so as soon as possible.

And, before I forget again, the wheezes…

Apparently Adam nearly had a psychic girlfriend once, but she left him before they met.

He showed us his new four-Ace routine on Saturday, which was difficult to forget. But well worth making the effort to do so.

Paul Gordon here at The Magick Lounge on Thursday 26 November, 7.30 p.m. Book now to make sure you don’t miss out on a great, entertaining lecture on commercial close-up and walk-round magic! More quotes…

* Top entertainment and a great lecture of ‘do-able’ (to quote) magic! Wolverhampton Magicians

* Excellent lecture; very well constructed! Tony Griffith, Weston Wizards

* A wonderful, wonderful lecture; great card magic! Mike Alderman, Essex Magicians

* Startling good lecture. So much fun and so much magic. You were outstanding and we all had a great time! Tony Dawson, Magical Mayhem

* One of the best lectures I’ve ever seen… Steve Vickers, Cornish Magical Society

Mustn’t forget the Weekly Wheeze this time…

Adam is always keen on working out and keeping fit. I asked him what his secret was. He said he started by standing with a half-kilo potato sack in each hand, extending his arms straight out to his sides and holding them there as long as he could. After a few weeks he moved up to one-kilo potato sacks, then two-kilo potato sacks… Finally he got to where he could lift a 25-kilo potato sack in each hand and hold his arms straight out for more than a full minute!

I understand that next he’s going to start putting a few potatoes in the sacks.

Looks as if it could be standing room only at this Friday’s lecture. Give me a ring if you’d like a seat reserved.

We’ve been a bit remiss with the Weekly Wheezes of late, and I do understand that Adam Bell has quite a few fan out there. So here are two-and-a-bit for the price of one (free; and worth every penny).

Mind you, Adam has been a bit down recently; his clothes horse broke the other day. He said it felt like the end of an airer.

But I hear he was intending to get down to some hot and steamy action Saturday night… well, the pile of ironing was getting higher.

You’ll be glad to hear his foot’s getting better though, in fact only last night he was throwing shapes at a rave. Got one guy in the eye with a rhombus.

In the Lounge yesterday: Roni Shachnaey, Roger Curzon and Peter Zenner enjoying a traditional Magic Lounge lunch and discoursing widely on mentalism, cold reading, and bizarre magick, at one end of the room. At the other end Steve Brownley nimbly ranged over Marlo and recent Blackpool bar stunners… with historical perspectives and excellent biscuits from Les Johnson.

Seems to have been a resurgence of interest again in the Rings. Thanks to Todd Karr for this link. Though probably more Jackie Chan than Dai Vernon…

And let’s not forget the Weekly Wheeze this time or I’ll get more complaints…

So Adam says to the Gym instructor, “Can you teach me to do the splits?”

“How flexible are you?” he asks.

Adam replies, “I can’t make Thursdays.”

Fascinating Facts #0. Many Loungers may not know that the mechanical bell that rings when you open the shop door actually came from the stage set of a production of 84 Charing Cross Road at the Hasland Playhouse. (That’s the play based on Helen Hanff’s delightful book of the same name.)

And talking about bell’s (if not delight), here’s Adams’ Weekly Wheeze:

So I said to this train driver, “I want to go to Paris.”

He said, “Eurostar?”

I said, “Well, I’ve been on telly but I’m no Paul Daniels.”

I’ve been a little remiss about posting recently; things have been pretty busy around here! So this is a bit of a catch-up.

Scott Penrose is an occasional visitor to the Lounge. He dropped in recently and the conversation turned to magic as theatre, which regular readers will know is a bit of an obsession of mine. Magic is theatre, whether you’re doing a spectacular illusion act in a 3000-seater or what we used to call a pocket trick for a couple of friends.

We are performers — story-tellers? — before we are magicians. And as magicians we too easily become obsessed with secrets, by which we tend to mean the ‘how’ of a trick or technique. Fine; we need that too. But these days those sorts of magical secrets are cheap and widely available to those with a modicum of curiousity.

So what is the difference between a magician and a performer of tricks? I have my own ideas but I’d love to hear yours first.

To help things along I intend to post the occasional video of classic magical performances. Watch this space!

And, of course, let’s not forget the weekly wheeze this time:

What do you call a judge with no fingers? Justice Thumbs.

Just a note to say that the Ken Brooke DVDs Visions of Ken Brooke arrived yesterday. Those who pre-ordered; they’re on their way. Ready for your order now! Been putting together a quick trailer, which should be up here shortly.

Adam’s Weekly Wheeze?

Had my car stolen the other day. Didn’t see who did it, but I’ve got the license number.

Packed with Loungers as usual this Saturday. Mindreader/Hypnotist Peter Zenner was in and the discussions turned to psychokinesis as a vehicle for mentalism. Roger Curzon felt that to display too wide a range of pseudo-psychic abilities could be counter-productive. Interesting point.

I’ve played around with invisible threads and ITRs, and have had some success with a floating banknote routine. But that’s clearly a magic trick (though not to everyone, I recall!). For me, something subtler works better; a slight twitch or a slow movement rather than a full-bodied float? Have been using Andrew Gerard‘s Energy Bill for a little while now. (Available on DVD.) Not sure it would work with non-US currency, but it does! Excellent, impromptu, no gimmicks. Effective? Ask Peter.

A range of Kenton Knepper DVDs arrived recently. Includes one on the magnetic attraction business with canes. Not seen this for years, but it’s something I remember Peter used to use very successfully.

Mustn’t forget Adam’s Weekly Wheeze this time:

All those who believe in psychokinesis raise my hand.

Well, it has the merit of relevance.

It’s been a while… sometimes life intervenes.

So, a quick update. Tonny’s lecture went well. Don’t forget that those attending can get hold of his forthcoming lecture DVD at a very special price. Keep in touch.

To placate all those who contacted us complaining about the lack of Weekly Wheezes (hi Jo), here’s a double dose. Open wide:

Ladies and gentlemen, I’d like to point out that when I say I’m the greatest magician in the world, I’m not bragging… I’m lying.

No? OK, try this one:

This is my last gag tonight. Afterwards there’ll be a short interval… while someone opens a window.

Dead lions roar faintly but insistently. Back soon.