What if you could take a ‘peek’ inside the books (and secrets) of the greatest magicians of all time…without paying a penny?
4 years ago we discovered a BUNCH of classic magic books just sitting on the internet archive. These books are fair game as there is no set copyright on them (to the best of my knowledge), which means that magicians like you and me can freely enjoy the ideas of some of the greatest magicians in history…without destroying our bank balance!
In no particular order, here are 24 incredible classic magic books you can read for free using the link below.
NOTE: Just because these are ‘free’ doesn’t mean they don’t hold some of the most ‘cutting edge’ magic you’ll ever see. The principles and effects you’ll find in these books are the basis for a huge amount of the magic you see to this day. Your favourite magicians likely got their start reading some of this exact material.
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ALSO, want to get your hands on 368 more Classic Magic books?
368 magic books, 30,000+ pages of content, 91 professional commentaries, authors featuring. Houdini, Erdanase, Tarbell, Hugard, and MORE—this is a veritable ‘cup of life’ to any and all amateur or professional magicians.
Ever heard this expression before?
“Want to find something new, read something old. Want to find something old? Read something new…”
This phrase could not be more accurate than it is in modern day magic.
And two years ago, we discovered that many of the best magic books EVER WRITTEN—Tarbell’s course on magic, Expert at the Card Table by Erdanase and Bobo’s Coin Magic are ALL public domain.
Yes, you heard us right, just between these three books nearly 3,000 pages of incredible magic content is simply bouncing around the internet.
(and hardly anyone is using or knows about it…)
* The content isn’t easy to find (you have to know EXACTLY what to search for and be aware of which sources are reputable and which aren’t)
* Many magic companies make NO effort to ensure this stuff is readily available (but they do profit off product after product that uses effects taken directly from these books and given a ‘modern twist’)
* People don’t know where to start (300 classic magic books is an overwhelming number, and it can be hard to find the really good stuff)
* The magic companies that HAVE collected these books sell them at a ludicrous price and they’re vastly behind the times ($80 for a CD ROM is kind of a joke…)
Here’s what we’ve done to tackle this issue:
* We’ve put all the books in one place (let’s not even talk about the 1000’s of hours this has taken, we’ll get PTSD…)
* We’ve written a commentary for all the ones we think are worth starting with (91 to be exact)
* We’re making this accessible to the entire magic world (let’s just say our price tag doesn’t even get close to $80…)
Want to learn more?
One last thing,
Last black friday we released a VIDEO collection of 138 of the BEST tricks from this library of 368 classic magic books. Let me just say you will skip the hours of trawling through unusable magic that we had to do and jump straight to the finish line with 138 tailor-picked, meticulously taught incredible effects.
Want to learn more?
Otherwise, let’s get started…
24 FREE Magic Trick Ebooks
24 books from the greatest magicians of all time ($2879 value)…for FREE?
Unlock the professional-grade secrets used to astonish audiences for over 161 years.
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Want 368 dusty moth-eaten magic books (30,000+ pages of content, 91 professional commentaries, an extensively detailed index with 4429 effects, authors featuring, Houdini, Erdanase, Tarbell, and Hugard) CLICK HERE
Want 138 Classic Magic Tricks (36 hours of video, 1,000’s of hours work, hidden gems from Vernon, Annemann, Cardini, Erdnase, Hugard, Thurston and more…)? CLICK HERE
Individually, these books could have cost you $2879.
In this FREE collection, you’ll discover:
*The surprising origin of modern coin magic (including killer routines and ‘underground’ techniques used by professionals to this day)
*The most ‘infamous’ book in magic (and the training ground for EVERY great card magician)
*Hundreds of diabolically deceptive methods from the ‘founding father’ of mentalism (that have deeply influenced performers like Derren Brown and Banachek)
*BONUS* An absolutely essential read for any serious card magician ‘The Royal Road to Card Magic.’
*Dai Vernon’s secret weapon (the book that changed the course of card magic)
*’Paper Magic ‘ by the great Houdini himself a book so coveted you’d have to fork over $800+ to get your hands on a copy today!
*Infinite resources for anyone who loves poker/gambling routines, or just loves to CHEAT.
*The book that pretty much DEFINED the idea of packing small and playing big!
*Over 100 genius effects from Alexander Hermann (crowned the ‘King of Magic’ from 1880 to 1896)
… and much, MUCH more! 🙂
eBooks vs physical books?
Whenever I talk to magicians about eBooks, one of the most debated questions is this
“Which is better? Real books or eBooks?”
That’s a great question. I personally prefer enjoy physical books, but there are definitely some advantages to eBooks. Here’s a quick comparison of the advantages…
– No ‘battery’ life – you can read as long as you want, without worrying about your device running out your charge
– Wider selection. Most magic books are only available as physical books, although the number of them available as eBooks is definitely growing.
– More satisfying to read. At least for me, I enjoy the feeling of having the familiar weight of a book in my hands as I read. This is especially relevant for ‘old-school’ or ‘antique’ magic books; it’s a great feeling to be holding a book that you know magicians have been holding for over a century!
– You don’t need to wait for delivery. Once you buy them, you can start reading straightaway.
– You can carry lots of them around with you wherever you go. With physical books, there’s only so many you can fit in your bag before it gets out of hand. However, as long as you have your device on you, you can access your whole library of magic trick eBooks at any time, in any place.
So as you can see, there’s advantages to both. Right now, the deciding factor is that most magic books haven’t yet made the shift to eBook. So even if you think eBooks are better, you can’t avoid the fact that the range of selection is a lot more limited! However, I imagine this will definitely change going forward and we’ll see more and more magic books supported on eBook.
What do you think on the debate?
Feel free to weigh in using the comment section below.
BONUS: The First Magic Book EVER! FREE DOWNLOAD
For those who have the time and energy to invest in a collection of physical books, there are plenty of great options out there.
Well, I just rounded up another 7 incredible books that are also available to read instantly (and, as ever, for free.)
You’ll find links to them below, labeled for your convenience:
1. https://archive.org/details/400TricksYouCanDo – 400 Tricks You Can Do by Howard Thurston, one of the (if not THE) most commercially successful magicians of all time.
2. https://archive.org/details/TheSecretsOfStageConjuring/page/n9/mode/2up – The Secrets of Stage Conjuring by Jean Robert-Houdin, the ‘father’ of modern magic.
3. https://viewer.slv.vic.gov.au/?entity=IE6895776&mode=browse – Coin Magic; a Complete Manual of Coin Conjuring by Jean Hugard (author of The Royal Road to Card Magic and Expert Card Technique)
4. https://archive.org/details/TricksWithCoins – Tricks With Coins by T. Nelson Downs (author of ‘The Art of Magic’)
5. https://archive.org/details/discoverieofwitc00scot – The Discoverie of Witchcraft by Reginald Scott. This is generally accepted as the very first ‘magic book’ published and so while it’s not exactly a gripping read, it’s worth taking a look at just so you can say you have.
6. https://archive.org/details/ProgrammesOfFamousMagicians/mode/2up – Programmes of Famous Magicians. While you won’t find any ‘material’ in here in terms of effects or tricks, you’ll find the repertoire and performing program of many of the greatest magicians of all time (which any professional will tell you is invaluable advice in its own right.)
7. https://archive.org/details/AnnemannsMentalMysteries/mode/2up – Anneman’s Mental Mysteries. More stunning routines from the ‘GOAT’ of mentalism.
As you dig into this list, let me leave you with this idea from Richard Hatch:
“if you want new ideas—read old books. If you want old ideas—read new books.”
And for the truly adventurous conjuror, the link below was a great help to me in deciding on these selections, and will equip you with a whole lot more classic magic books available for free:
BONUS 2: The Learned Pig Project
If you’re not sick of incredible free magic yet, we have another treat for you…
(you might need an account to access this link! But it is free.)
This page is what remains of The Learned Pig Project.
The Learned Pig Project was the first attempt to digitise classic magic books and make them publicly available to magicians, started in September 1999 by Marko from Panama.
In late 2011 Marko shut down the project due to security issues on his website. To prevent the loss of this great resource TLPP was purchased by Lybrary.com and now can be found there.
At the link above you can find a number of books that aren’t available anywhere else, including our classic magic book collection!
- Annemann’s Buried Treasures – Theodore Annemann
- The Sphinx Golden Jubilee Book of Magic
- Half a Dozen Hummers – Bob Hummer
- Heller’s Book Of Magic
- Memory Trix – Bernard Zufall
- Charles Crayford – Magical Deceptions
- Miracles in Modern Magic – Harry Whiteley
- Secrets of my Magic – David Devant
- The Original Tarbell Course In Magic
Go to the link above and create an account to enjoy these books and more!
Thank you Lybrary! We love you.
I hope you enjoyed this blog post about the best magic trick eBooks. Just drop me a comment below if there’s questions that you still need answering, and I’ll do my best to answer them!
The Skyscraper Series (SECRET PROJECT): The Best eBooks on the Memorised Deck EVER?
Without further ado, here is a sneak peak for our upcoming Skyscraper Series…
Book 1: The Babylon Secret
In this book, I introduce you to your new best friends ‘The Master of Decks’ and ‘The Struggling Student:’ We introduce the memorized deck, the Skyscraper theory, and the ‘Babylon secret’ method for memorising a deck of cards
Book 2: The Square Circle
In this book, ‘Master of Decks’ ‘leveled up’ and introduced you to the ‘Square Circle’—the 4 core category of effects that your memorized deck can produce (and powerful effects for each of those—including ‘the most powerful thing you can do with a deck of cards.’)
Book 3: Greasing The Hinges
In this book, ‘Master of Decks’ got deep into why it’s essential your mem deck ‘skyscraper’ has a perfectly greased elevator—and 8 methods for doing that (along with more of our best effects.)
Book 4: The Steel Skeleton
This book was a big ‘un—you discovered the power of the faro shuffle, the ‘steel skeleton’ that powers our memorized deck, and the stunning breadth of effects we can accomplish with this move (plus a method for doing this move that’s so easy…your audience can do it for you!)
Book 5: The 20th Floor
In this book, ‘Master of Decks’ pushed the limits of his memorized deck with brand new concepts and innovations, along with a masterclass on the ‘Holy Grail’ of card magic.
Book 6: The Ghost Protocol
In this admittedly ‘wild’ book, ‘Master and Student’ went crazy and experimented—seeing what kind of ‘unconventional’ routines they could come up with. The result was definitely something special.
Book 7: Unlocking The Horizon
In this book, ‘The Master of Decks’ introduces you to his greatest invention, the Final Countdown, along with his craziest idea yet—building an entire ‘city’ of memorized decks!
That’s a very broad overview of what’s covered. Be the first to here about the releases directly from us by signing up to our email list below…