Free Guy Jarrett Stage Illusion Book You Can Download

Get this free Guy Jarrett stage illusion book now, before it magically disappeared, or rather suddenly removed.

It is titled “Magic And Stage Craft Technical“. (public domain)

This 1936 book is loaded with great illusion concepts and Jarrett’s insightful and humorous stories.

Guy Jarrett magician

It is said that about 500 original copies of this classic magic book were printed entirely by hand by the Guy Jarrett himself.

Jarrett produced each copy of this 106-page book by hand, writing it as he set the type on a small letterpress.

He tried selling his self-published to other magicians at his times for $5 each.

Guy Jarrett Stage Illusion Book

Guy Jarrett even advertised in major magic magazines.

But sadly, there response was poor and he destroyed the remaining copies.

In fact, he gave away copies to magicians he liked.

He even gave a copy of “Magic And Stage Craft Technical” to Henry Ford.

In fact, the free online copy which I am sharing with you here, is taken from Ford Motor Archives.

It has hand-written note addressed to Henry Ford and signed by Guy Jarrett, dated 25 August, 1936.

The note reads:

Hope you will find this book of some interest, the mechanics of the illusions and the optical principals (should be principles) may catch your fancy.

Today this 1936 book is now rare and much sought after by many professional magicians to add to their collections.

At the time of writing this post, this “Magic And Stage Craft Technical” by Guy Jarrett is featured in WorthPoint and the estimated price mentioned is USD 1,500 – 2,000.

For those of you who are into stage illusion acts, then you should know the notorious illusion builder Guy Jarrett.

This accomplished technical magician and inventor was extremely scathing about the deficiencies of his fellow illusionists.

He was very difficult to work with and you would find that he was downright arrogant too.

Read the introduction at the beginning of this book “I Say“, and you know why many of his peers then were not so fond of Jarrett, the stage illusionist.

Jarrett is known for constructing stage illusions for T. Nelson Downs aka “The King of Koins”, Howard Thurston, leading Broadway shows, sideshows and the Chicago world’s fairs.


Related: Here are three free books by Thomas Nelson Downs aka “King of Koins”.

This prolific innovator in coin magic came up with many innovative moves, that include “Miser’s Dream”, “Back-and-Front Palm”, “Dime and Penny Trick”, etc.

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Tricks With Coins; Or Modern Coin Manipulation
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Jarrett invented the first “Thin Model” of the “Sawing Illusion, “Siamese Cabinet, “Bangkok Bungalow” and the “Jarrett Pedestal”.

The valuable contents of “Magic And Stage Craft Technical” are still relevant today.

You can find amazing stage illusions with illustrations and photographs together with detailed explanations.

These are some highlights from “Magic And Stage Craft Technical”:

The 21 Person Cabinet.

It is also known as “Twenty-one People Cabinet Production”.

It is a cabinet with split curtains in front, four 18-inch legs and is well away from any backdrops.

Amazingly, this cabinet can produce a total of 21 people.

Doug Henning performed the illusion on Feb. 14, 1982 for an NBC television special.

Here is another video clip of the same illusion performed by Scott Alexander.

You can find out how it is done in this book.


Related: Free book by Scott Alexander.

Standing Up On Stage Creating a Commercial and Effective Working Stand Up Act
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You can find the famous Jarrett’s “Sawing An Egg” illusion in this book.

Watch this penetration effect trick performed by Alex Ramon over here.

By the way, this stage illusion has exposed by the Masked Magician.

This is another penetration effect called “Thru A jail Window“.

Yes, you can find the famous “Bangkok Bungalow” created by Howard Thurston.

The bungalow is a small house into which the assistant allegedly shrunk down and entered. It was then carried offstage.

bangkok bungalow illusion

Famous illusion designer Jim Steinmeyer also published this book back in 1981, and then included this book in his 2001 edition, “The Complete Jarrett“.

Good news to magic trick fans:

You can get this rare magic book for FREE online.

Free Guy Jarrett Stage Illusion Book

Luckily, you can still find this long-forgotten classic “Magic And Stage Craft Technical” freely available online.

Even though this book is a public domain now, it’s best you have it download for your own keeping.

The free book “Magic And Stage Craft Technical” is over HERE.

Related: Here are many more FREE books/lectures by Jim Steinmeyer:

The Conjuring Anthology

Nine Card Problem Magic Trick

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Disclaimer: I do not own or upload these books on this blog. All content cited is derived from their respective sources.