The Expanding Cube Illusion is considered one of the big secrets found in this book “Exclusive Magical Secrets” by Will Goldston.
Basically, it is a small cube (or die) appears to grown into a large one, which is then lifted to reveal a woman underneath.
The Expanding Cube Illusion
It is Buatier de Kolta’s final and legendary creation.
As mentioned in Jim Steinmeyer’s book “Hiding The Elepahant“, London magic dealer/magician Will Goldston purchased this piece of prop after de Kolta’s death in 1908.
Later Goldston sold Expanding Cube Illusion prop to Harry Houdini aka “The World’s Handcuff King and Prison Breaker”.
Without Houdini’s knowledge or permission, he included this Expanding Cube or Die in this book.
Naturally escape artist and a magician Houdini was very angry to discover that this Die trick was no longer an exclusive secret.
(source: Hiding The Elephant By Jim Steinmeyer, Arrow Books, 2005, Ch. 12. Houdini, P. 253)
Interestingly, Goldston dedicated this book to Harry Houdini.
This stage illusion is found in Part VII of this book.
Will Goldston had devoted 29 pages on this particular illusion, with ample illustrations.
The other big secret is the “Kellar’s Floating Lady” or better known as “Levitation of Princess Karnac” is found in this Will Goldston’s book.
For those who are not even into stage magic, I am sure they have come across this familiar poster of Harry Kellar’s levitation act below.
This levitation illusion was said to be Kellar’s most famous act during life-long career.
The performance is where a sleeping woman who rises from the couch, and then Harry Kellar would pass a hoop along her body to show she was not suspended.
The “Exclusive Magical Secrets” was published in 1921.
This is the first volume of the three books by Will Goldston which said to have upset many magicians.
He was accused of revealing their trade secrets allegedly either without permission or without attributing the creators of illusions.
But in “Additional Notes” in the beginning of the book, this was what Will Goldston wrote:
“Some have given me valuable secrets of their own, some have passed on to me secrets they have acquired from others; some have shown me improvements of apparatus and new methods of performance which they have perfected. […] In many cases the explanations printed in this volume were supplied to me expressly for that purpose by the inventors, and are acknowledged accordingly, But in other cases the origin of the particular trick or illusion is not clear, and acknowledgment has not been possible.”
The following two books are: “More Exclusive Magical Secrets” and “Further Exclusive Magical Secrets“.
This original book comes with red leather binding and with a pair of metal clasp between the two covers, for you to lock it up.
So that no one can freely access all the magical trick secrets of this book.
That’s why this book is known as “The Famous Locked Book Of Magic“.
At that time, people had to subscribe to this “Exclusive Magical Secrets” and there were only 1,000 copies available.
Every copy purchased had the name of the subscriber gold-stamped on the cover.
And the subscriber had to sign an agreement not to expose the secrets inside to anyone.
It was reported that some of the original subscribers, when they passed away, they buried together with their copy of this book.
If you are a devoted magic collector, you definitely want to get your hand on these three tomes.
Among the many of the illusion secrets included here are from: Chung Ling Soo, Harry Houdini, Servais Le Roy, Conradi, Chefalo, Oswald Williams and Chris Van Bern and others, together with some of Goldston’s own ideas.
This amazing conjuring book is well-packed is with clearly-drawn illustrations.
It is divided into twelve parts: Pocket Tricks, Drawing-Room Tricks, Stage Tricks, Chinese Magic, Magic Tips, Harry Houdini’s Tricks, Buatier de Kolta, Comedy Tricks, Quick Changes, Automata, Juggling and Stage Illusions.
Here is the list of the person behind each trick in this book.
Some of my favorite tricks and illusions are: The Disappearing Piano, The Flying Lamp, The Lady who Revolves in Mid-Air and The Tea Chest Mystery.
I agree with some people’s views that some of the apparatus and tricks in this book are dated and too complex to build and operate.
But there are lots of concepts and ideas from these old magic tricks which you can improvise and come up with your own magical innovations.
This magic e-book found online is from a new edition published by Dover Publications.
The cover featured one of the famous posters of Hungarian-born American illusionist and stunt performer, Harry Houdini tightly fettered and locked; and surrounded by eight pairs of hands fastened with different ties and locks.
The Introduction of “Exclusive Magical Secrets” was written by Professor Hoffmann who is known for his classic book on magic titled “Modern Magic“.
- Here are free 16 Magic Books by Professor Hoffmann you can download.
You cannot download this classic conjuring book from archive.org. It can only be borrow it for reading for an hour only.
The only way to get this free e-book “Exclusive Magical Secrets” by Will Goldston, and save it in your collection, you just click on any of these four (4) links below:
Note: You just click any of the link above, and it will take you directly to the very free book as mentioned.
There is no tricky redirect to a landing page asking you to sign up any account or install any software to get this free magic book online.
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