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.
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 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.
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.
Magic Coin Tricks Anyone Can Do By Thomas Nelson Downs
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Related: Here are more free books with magic tricks with coins, which include “J.B. Bobo Modern Coin Magic“, “Mark Wilson’s Complete Course In Magic” and “The Magic Art, Volume I By Donald Holmes“.
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.
These are some highlights from “Magic And Stage Craft Technical”:
21 Person Cabinet Illusion
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.
You can find out how it is done in this book “Jarrett: Magic And Stage Craft Technical“.
This illustration is taken from another book, “Conjurers’ Mechanical Secrets” (link to the free book below).
You can also find the famous Jarrett’s “Sawing An Egg” illusion in this book.
By the way, this stage illusion has exposed by the Masked Magician.
Jim Steinmeyer Through A Jail Window
Incidentally, Jim Steinmeyer also designed a similar stage illusion of the same name, “Through A Jail Window“.
This walking through solid metal bars trick has been performed by Jason Bishop and Scott and Puck in “Fool Us“, season 2, episode 11.
It is also found in Jim Steinmeyer’s site too.
I think Steinmeyer uses a different method to perform the penetration effect, compared to what is explained in Guy Jarrett’s book.
Bangkok Bungalow Stage Illusion
The famous “Bangkok Bungalow” stage illusion in included in this book.
Guy Jarrett created the “Bangkok Bungalow” in 1908.
He developed the pedestal, “cabinet” base, and dollhouse for this routine.
It was then performed as part of the Howard Thurston show.
The bungalow is a small house into which the assistant allegedly shrunk down and entered. It was then carried offstage.
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 stage 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.
Table Of Contents:
Twenty-one People Cabinet Production
– Presentation on a clear stage
– The Explanation Sawing A Woman In Two
Sawing An Egg
The Bangkok Bungalow
Easel – Pedestal, in the G. V. Follies
Easel And Star Trap
Curtained Cabinet Without A Base
Thru A Jail Window
Walk Out Of A Rope Tie
Plank And Chains
Water Barrel Escape
Grandfather’s Mirror Illusion
Sack And Bolt Escape
A Camel Back Trunk
Coat, Hat And Sphinx Table
Fefi, Streets of Paris Chicago Fair
Tenagra – Little Venus on the Half-shell
Shuttle Table For Pigeons
Otto Hornman’s Own Ring Move
Catching A Live Pigeon In The Air
A Free Walking Figure
Sheet Metal Box
Vanishing Polly Cage
Water Tank Escape
Girl, Boy And Sack
Magic In The Chicago Fair
The Micro Show
Matches And Steel Bar
Dilger’s Candle Stick
The Nightingale And The Rose
Thurston’s Patented Steamship
Spear And Arrow In Crane Wilbur Drama
Frozen In A Cake Of Ice
Kellar Show To Thurston
Ching Ling Foo
The Old Pipe Trick
Illusions From World Renowned Inventors
Improved Old Illusions
Girl Without A Middle
Up Side Down
Sample Spectator Of A Magic Show
Moving Pictures With Perspective
The Kid Show Attractions
– Hole in the tongue
– Half man and half woman
– Chastity Belt
“Knock ’em dead.”
A positive mind read
The Fall Of Show Business
Fish Bowl Table
Not how books are usually published
Magic And Stage Craft Technical By Guy Jarrett
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You can find Guy Jarrett’s “Twenty-One Person Cabinet“, “Bangkok Bungalow” and “Jarrett Pedestal” in this Sam H. Sharpe’s book.
Note: Link 4 is from Scribd.
For those who want to download it, then paste the link on this Download Scribd site.
The “Bangkok Baungalow” in also included in this book by Eric Van Duzer.
The Seven Basic Secrets of Illusions By Eric Van Duzer
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Related: Here are many more FREE books/lectures by Jim Steinmeyer:
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