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The Bookshelf:

We are fortunate to have a number of magical authors in our midst, have a look at some of their offerings. CLICK ON THE IMAGES if you want to buy one.

This book examines some of Houdini’s escapades in Lancashire, England and explodes some of the myths that the world famous escapologist built up around himself. It draws on contemporary newspaper accounts and sources. Amongst other stories it relates closely the controversy surrounding Houdini’s appearance at the Palace Theatre, Blackburn in October 1902. Roger Woods & Brian Lead

In 2014 The Modern Mystic League (Blackburn and District Society of Magicians) celebrated the Centenary year having been founded in February 1914 by nine gentlemen in the Blackburn, Lancashire area. This book charts the history of the Society over the first 100 years. Roger Woods


Hardback Edition

The story of Chris Van Bern, The Busy 'B' The original British magician and Variety performer. Roger Woods

In 2014 The Modern Mystic League (Blackburn and District Society of Magicians) celebrated the Centenary year having been founded in February 1914 by nine gentlemen in the Blackburn, Lancashire area.

Roger Woods


Paperback Edition

In 2014 The Modern Mystic League (Blackburn and District Society of Magicians) celebrated the Centenary year having been founded in February 1914 by nine gentlemen in the Blackburn, Lancashire area. This book charts the history of the Society over the first 100 years. Roger Woods


eBook

Foreword by Edwin Dawes.  A beautiful book, with perhaps 200 reproductions of early photos, playbills and engravings, printed on nice coated paper.  Eddie Dawes describes the three previous small works on Dickens as a Conjurer while Trevor Dawson goes into considerable detail.  A book of great interest both to magicians and Dickens enthusiasts.

Signor Arvi: The Forgotten Illusionist by Trevor Dawson  As the dust jacket remarks, Signor Arvi was an internationally famous illusionist for over twenty years, from 1910, appearing in both Britain and America to great acclaim. Most intriguing from our point of view is that Signor Edouin Arvi was, in fact, a local lad made good - Edwin Hargreaves, who was born at 60, Garden street, Blackburn.

How to be Magic by Donald Monk.

'How To Be Magic' is a compilation of some of Donald’s favourite 'off-the-cuff' effects that can be done almost anywhere,- for anyone.

In no time at all you will be keeping people amused with your new found magical ability.

He has spent a lot of time writing and illustrating 'How To Be Magic' to make it as easy to follow as he possibly could.


Make your own Magic by Donald Monk.

Make your own Magic is full of tricks and all that you will need to make them. There are perforated pages that can be taken out to make the colourful props that do the magic in the book,- even a magic wand.

But not only that, there is also a DVD included so you can see how the effect is supposed to look as well as being able to print off more props!

Magician-historian Dr Roger Woods, together with help from Josephine Langley’s son – Maurice S Howarth – has produced a charming booklet which introduces the story of this little known vaudeville entertainer. It is very nicely illustrated, with exceptionally well-reproduced photographs and reproductions of Josephine, her dolls, and the lost world she inhabited.