Your cart is empty
Welcome, Sign In        First-time visitor? Create a New Account

Germain the Wizard by Stuart Cramer

$175.00
Sold Out

Germain the Wizard
Stuart Cramer

Edited by Todd Karr

SOLD OUT

Published 2002
624 pages
Over 450 illustrations
12-page color section with Germain posters
Cover by Katlyn Breene
Introductory essays by Stuart Cramer, Philip R. Willmarth, and David Ben
Concluding essay by Teller

"Stuart Cramer’s two Germain books are on my short list of great magic books, right up there with Bamberg’s Illusion Show and David P. Abbott’s Book of Mysteries. Cramer shares not only the brilliant tricks of one of history’s greatest magicians, but Germain’s ingenious thinking, Puckish sense of humor, and multi-dimensional understanding of magic as a creative art. Cramer knew Germain personally, and writes with the passion of both a fan and a friend. I find these books an inspiration."
Teller

The master of the fine art of magic returns! Germain the Wizard combines the redesigned text of Stuart Cramer’s enthralling books on the life and art of Karl Germain with Germain’s scrapbook and notebook. The book includes over one hundred effects, many previously unpublished; ten gorgeous full-color Germain poster reproductions; more than 350 historical illustrations including rare photos and memorabilia; 100 new explanatory illustrations by Katlyn Breene; and Germain’s lectures, notes, writings, letters, poetry, and artwork.


CONTENTS

Introduction   Stuart Cramer
Preface   Todd Karr
The Versatile Stuart P. Cramer   Philip R. Willmarth
Buried Treasure   David Ben
Looking-Glass Wizard   Teller


THE SECRETS OF KARL GERMAIN
Preface
Prologue
The Block
The Ring
The Gong

Chapter 1: Die Poltergeister
Cassadaga Propaganda
Spirit Cabinets
Slate Writing
Stage Version No. 1
Stage Version No. 2
Close-up at Table
Séance in a Lighted Room
Spirit Knots

Chapter 2: Platform Tricks
Tray Production
The Chameleons
The Short and Precarious Career of Miss Confetti
Finale for the Miser’s Dream
A Surprising Hat
The Diving Duck
Light on the Tambourine

Chapter 3: Close-up
Germain’s Gem
Diminishing Cards and Photographs
Cut-and-Restored String

Chapter 4: Features
Mind-Reading Act
Germain’s Water Jars
A Feast of Flags
Notes


THE WIZARD AND HIS LEGERDEMAIN
Preface

Chapter 1
Basket of Flowers Production
Appearing Cards
The Expanding Card
Silks and Soup Plates
Substitution Trunk
Drugstore Magic
Contact Mindreading

Chapter 2
An Eggstraordinary Eggsperiment
Complete Mental Telegraphy Act
The Obedient Spinning Coin

Chapter 3
The Rising Cards
Germain’s Egyptian Clock Dial

Chapter 4
The Mystery of Malabar Illusion
Dove to Candy
A Feathery Publicity Stunt
Idea for Vanishing a Lady
Miser’s Dream

Chapter 5
Kellar Flower Trick Improved
The Wizard Gardener
Witch’s Hat Production
Germain’s Famous Flower Growth

Chapter 6
The Butterfly
Dr. Faustus Black-Art Act
Cabinet of Cagliosto Illusion

Chapter 7
A Pupil in Magic
The First Rabbit Tray
A Busker’s Baffler
Magical Mocha
Ching Ling Foo Ribbon
Mindreading à la Braille

Chapter 8
Magical Transportation
Faust’s Padlock
Tip-Up Table Trick

Chapter 9
Rhadama, Bride of the Nile
An Idea for the Asrah Illusion
The Vanishing Lamp
The Handkerchief that Always Comes Back

Chapter 10
Dancing Table
The Hand of the Hamadryad
Torn-and-Restored Cigarette Paper for TV

Chapter 11
Four Methods for Ring on Wand
Two Person Book Test
Mysterious Water Faucet

Chapter 12
Mentalism With Spoons
Novel Coin Vanish
The Great Vanishing Horse Illusion

Chapter 13
Batter Up!
Guinea Pig to Bottle
Card Stabbing
The Monkey’s Paw

Chapter 14
Ribbons and Roses
Ring from Hand to Hand

Epilogue


THAT OLD HOUSE   Stuart Cramer

MASTER OF MAGIC: Germain's Scrapbook

A PUPIL IN MAGIC: Early Germain Notebook

EVE OF MYSTERY: Brochures

MYSTERIOUS SURPRISES: Effects
Basket of Oranges
Book Test
Borrowed Pack and Envelopes
Card Stab
The Clock Trick
Cloisonne, or The Enchanted Vase
Decanter Vanish
Deck Switches
Did I Get You?
The Growth of Flowers
Hindoo Basket Trick
P.D.Q. Flower Growth
Perpetual Motion, or Radio Power Transmission
Persian Ashes
Plume Trick
Remarkable Evolution of the Afghan Bands
Rice and Water Affair
Séance in a Lighted Room
Slates
The Spirit Table
Vanishing Birdcage
Vanishing Dove
Miscellany

THE SPIRIT CABINET

MIRTH AND MARVELS: Scripts
Show Script
Introduction
Book Mystery
An Experiment in Chemical Horticulture
Egg and Kerchief Transposition
The Egyptian Dial
Faustus’ Lock
Flower Cone
The Flower Growth
The Hand of a Hamadryad
Malabar
Mental Act
Mind Reading
Rhadama
Rope-Tying Introduction
Séance in a Lighted Room
The Short and Precarious Career of Miss Confetti
Spirit Table
Fragments

MESSAGES: Germain Letters

THE POWER OF MIND: Lectures
Society of American Magicians 1949
Cleveland Magicians Club 1932

SHOW BUSINESS
Show Description
To the Committee
Among the Spirits
Contract 1904
Rhadama
Press Sheets

ENCHANTED HOURS: Germain's Writings
A Lyceumite’s Impression of Things English
Clairvoyance
The Psychic Phenomena of Spiritualism
Beauty
Knowledge of the Mind
Chapter 13

INCANTATION: Verse by Germain
Her Presence
The Ancient “Light”
Our Evening Star
A Christmas Song
A Poem
A Yuletide Spell
Venture: A Sonnet
A Winter Solstice Sonnet
The Snow-Man
Incantation

Index


REVIEWS

...a "must have"...In short, a glorious piece of work...If you call yourself a magician, if you have dreams of being an artist, then you want — you need — to experience this book.
— Jamy Ian Swiss, Genii

...not only a handsome volume, but a treasure trove of great magic. Todd Karr has produced another winner. Germain the Wizard should be in your library.
— Michael Close, Magic

Highly recommended for the serious student of magic.
— Michael Claxton, Linking Ring