The Lost Notebooks of Hilliard

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Postby Richard Kaufman » 07/18/01 11:02 AM

The Genii Corporation is publishing its first book in October: The Lost Notebooks of John Northern Hilliard. In case you missed our ad in the August issue, it's a facsimile edition of two of Hilliard's notebooks that were lost while he was collecting material for the book that would eventually become Greater Magic. It's 300 pages, contains 300 tricks, hardcover, and there's a special pre-publication price of $70 if you order before October. It can be ordered online at or by calling Margret at the office at (202) 319-9418.

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Postby Richard Kaufman » 08/07/01 06:14 PM

Are you folks ordering this? It's gonna be real good ... :D
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Postby Robert Kane » 08/29/01 10:16 PM

This sounds fantastic. As soon as I get $70 bucks, I am calling Margaret. Great Christmas time reading I imagine. :)
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Postby JBA Janson » 08/30/01 02:09 AM

Of course I am going to buy this one, but I am still waiting for the two Jennings' and the Stanley Collins!

Always looking forward to a good read! :)
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Postby Guest » 09/06/01 12:43 AM

richard, with the materials you collected for the greater magic reprint, can't these hilliard notebooks go into multiple volumes? i too, am anxious for the jennings books. perhaps you can clone yourself, richard.

Postby Guest » 09/10/01 05:26 PM


I have ordered The Lost Notebooks. Could you do me a favor and list some morsels that are in the book? I've been salivating since I saw the ad!

Charles :)

Postby Richard Kaufman » 09/10/01 10:08 PM

For Anyone who cares to read it, here are the contents (an uncorrected version) of "The Lost Notebooks of John Northern Hilliard."
Regarding the question of whether this could have been done in a multi-volume set, the answer is no. The Genii Corporation owns these two notebooks, and both of them are in this one volume. ALL other material is still controlled by the family of Carl Jones.

Notebook One
Judah Section
Being Material, Original, and Otherwise, Gathered from Stewart Judah of Cincinatti.
1. The Magic Square
Mnemonic System for Remembering Numbers in Squares
2. The Five Pellets and Cards Trick
Judah's Improvement on his Pellet Trick
3. Hunter's False Shuffle
4. The Torn and Restored Card with a Borrowed Deck
5. Judah's Card Force
6. Stewart Judah's Original Check Trick
7. Reverse Card Tricks: First Effect
8. Reverse Card Tricks: Second Effect
9. Reverse Card Tricks: Third Effect
10. Judah's "Fifteen" Card Trick
11. Eugene Laurent's Method
12. The Zens Pocket to Pocket Trick
13. Judah's "Think 'Stop' Trick"
14. A New Judah Trick
15. Judah's Clock Trick
16. Rouge Et Noir (Wright & Larsen)
17. Rouge Et Noir (Stewart Judah)
18. Variation on an Old Theme (Judah)
19. Variations on an Old Theme, No.2
20. Reversed Card Trick
21. Judah's Clock Trick (With Ace of Spades as Pointer)
22. Judah's Improvement on Impey's "Say 'When'" Card Trick
23. Card on Handkerchief (as performed by Leslie Guest)
24. The Secret of the Swami (Leslie Guest)
25. Stewart Judah's Routine
26. The Triangle (Stewart Judah)
27. Judah's Four Envelopes
28. Judah Want Ad Test
29. Judah's Four Ace Trick
30. Vernon's Princess Card Trick
31. Another Vernon Princess Card Routine
32. A Mnemonic Trick (Al Baker)
33. Judah Four Aces, Latest 4 Ace Trick
34. A Variation of the Stanley Collins's Four Ace Trick Slide Principle
35. Four Ace Trick (Stewart Judah)
36. Al Baker's Spelling Set Up
37. The Four Aces (Henry Huber's Method)
38. My Favorite Ace Trick (Jack Merlin)
39. The 4 Queens
40. A Four Ace Routine (Gerald Kosky)
41. Dice & Card
42. A Baffling Slate Trick
43. Al Baker's Wonderful Four Cards and Four Pellets Mystery
44. Another Subtle Al Baker Mystery
45. Judah's Four Pellet Prediction
46. Dai Vernon's Force
47. Judah's Poker Chip Trick
48. Odd and Even
49. Judah's Letter Trick
Al Baker Section
Being Original Material Gathered from Al Baker of Brooklyn
Al Baker is the Most Ingenious Mind in Modern Magic
50. Al Baker's Cut and Restored Ribbon
51. Al Baker's Coin in Envelope
52. Al Baker's Switch of Decks
53. Al Baker's Levitation of a Dollar Bill
54. Al Baker's Untieing Handkerchief Knot
55. Mind Reading Card Trick (Al Baker's Pellet Trick)
56. Another Al Baker Pellet Trick
57. Mind Reading Card Trick (Al Baker's Own Written Description)
58. Mind Reading Card Trick No.2 (Al Baker)
59. Al Baker's Card Force (No.1)
60. Al Baker's Hat and Three Banknotes
61. Al Baker's Vanish of a Dollar Bill (For Brema Bill Tube)
62. An Al Baker Card Force (No.2)
63. An Al Baker Crimp
64. Al Baker's Newspaper Mystery
65. "Think 'Stop'"! (An Al Baker Card Trick)
66. Al Baker's Three Card and Pellet Mystery
67. Al Baker's Glass of Water and Coin
68. Al Baker's Chinese Rings (Without Key-ring)
69. Baker's Handkerchief Tie (Horowitz Handkerchief Trick)
70. Al Baker's Sympathetic Silks
71. Al Baker's Dye Tube
72. Al Baker's Five Nickels
73. Al Baker's Spelling Trick
74. Spirit Photograph Card (Al Baker's Method of Performing Ducrot's Trick)
75. Al Baker's Divining Knife
76. Al Baker's Telephone Directory Trick
77. Al Baker's Untying Handkerchief
78. Al Baker's Cigarette Trick (Card in Cigarette)
79. Cutting Same Number of Cards Counted (Al Baker)
80. Al Baker's Rising Cards
81. The Torn and Restored Strip of Paper (Al Baker)
82. To Spell a Mentally Chosen Card (Al Baker)
83. A Pretty Paper Trick (Al Baker)
84. Pack That Cuts Itself (Al Baker)
85. Method of Getting Rid of Flap While in Audience (Al Baker)
86. How to Get Name Wanted on Examined Slate (Al Baker)
87. Two Person Slate Test (Al Baker)
88. Al Baker's Billet Test
89. Al Baker's Billet Reading Extraordinary
90. Mathematical Number Trick (Al Baker)
91. Thought Foretold (Al Baker)
92. An Al Baker Card Trick
93. Al Baker's Version of the Old Ten-Card Trick
94. Another Baker Twist to the Old-Ten Card Trick
95. An Al Baker Card Trick With Two Prearranged Packs
96. Card from Hat (Al Baker)
97. Card in Pocketbook (Al Baker)
98. The Pack that Cuts Itself (Al Baker)
99. Poker Face (Al Baker)
100. Forcing a Short Card (Al Baker)
101. A Transmission Code (Al Baker)
Second Sight for Two People (Al Baker)
102. Dead Name Trick (Al Baker)
103. Al Baker's Reverse Cards (With Waxed Cards)
104. Al Baker's Card Out of a Hat (Old Method)
105. Card, Cornucopia, and Pellet (Al Baker)
106. Al Baker's Cornucopia for Getting Rid of Torn Card Pieces, Etc.
107. Al Baker's Routine for the Torn and Restored Napkin
108. Al Baker's Short Cut Computing in a Pre-Arranged Pack
109. "Houdini's Escape" (Al Baker)
110. Al Baker's Saturday Evening Post Trick (An Addition)
111. Al Baker's Force
112. Al Baker's 20th Century Handkerchief Trick
113. Al Baker's Torn and Restored Magazine Page
114. Mental Trick with Cards, 2 Persons (Al Baker)
115. A Mental Trick (Al Baker)
116. Trick with Svengali Pack (Al Baker)
117. An Al Baker Trick
118. Card in Wallet-New Method
119. A New Twist to the Cigarette Paper Trick
120. The Bending Coin
121. Fan Location (Horowitz)
122. Baker's False Shuffle
123. Two Mental Card Tricks (A La Moe)
124. Al Baker's Handkerchief Knot (note)
125. The Miniature Card and Shell Coin (note with Baker idea)
126. Chair Balancing with Thread (Baker idea)
127. Baker's Two Person Stunt with Cards. "Mind Reading"
128. Baker's Card Trick with Prearranged Deck (& Envelopes)
129. "A Pretty Paper Trick" (Al Baker's Torn and Restored Paper Ribbon)
130. Horowitz' Palm of One Card
131. Horowitz' Palm of Several Cards
132. Horowitz' Location
133. Horowitz' Princess Card Trick
134. Horowitz' Four Reverse Cards and Drawn Card
135. Al Baker's 30 Card Trick
136. Dave Vernon's Red and Blue Pack Mystery
137. Al Baker's Two Card Trick
138. Al Baker's "Houdini" Escape
139. Baker's Tearing a Bill (A La Paul Rossini)
140. An Al Baker Effect with a Stripper Deck
141. An Al Baker Mnemonic Trick
142. Baker's Two Person Transmission Trick
143. Baker's 10 Card & Envelopes
144. Leslie Guest's Transmission
145. Horowitz, A Great Trick
146. Al Baker's Clock
147. Okito's "Boy's Card in Hand"
148. Al Baker's Location
149. Horowitz' Two Pack Trick
150. Horowitz' Two Reverse Card Tricks
151. Horowitz' 4 Jacks, Or the 4 Burglars
The Annemann Section
Subtle Effects Devised by Annemann of New York
152. Annemann's Routine with Reversed Cards
153. Annemann-Trick Transposition
154. Annemann's Blue & Red Card Transposition
155. Annemann's Two Pack Tricks: Sympathy
156. Annemann's Color Changing Deck
157. Annemann's Four Ace
158. Annemann's Improvement on the Changing Bag
159. Annemann's Suggestion for the Brema Nut Trick
160. Remote Control (Annemann)
161. Remote Control Improved (Orville Meyer)
162. The Dollar Cigarette Challenge (Annemann)
163. The Thought Card
164. Annemann's Spelling Trick (No.1)
165. Annemann's Famous Five Card Trick
166. Red or Black (With 14 Cards)
167. Annemann's Three Pack Trick
168. Annemann's Reversed Card Principle
169. Annemann's Spread Card Trick
170. An Annemann Card Mystery
171. Annemann's Method of Finding Cards at a certain number in the pack, combining two methods-thus being able to repeat an effect.
172. Annemann's Reversible Card Effect
173. An Annemann Card Mystery
174. Annemann's Spelling Trick (No.2)
175. Annemann's Red and Blue Deck Mystery
176. Annemann's Dead or Alive (With Al Baker's Slate)
177. Annemann's Two Card Reverse
178. Annemann's New "Think 'Stop'" Trick
179. Annemann's Pellet Trick
180. Annemann's Premier Book Test
181. Annemann's Travelling Thought Card
182. Annemann's Nightmare Effects
Notebook Two
Yettmah Section
Being Material Gathered from Cyril Yettmah, the English Magician, During his American Tour with Thurston, Season of 1928 to 1929
1. Cut and Restored Turban
2. Yettmah's Cigarette, Card, and Envelope
3. Yettmah's Thread Trick
4. Ching Ling Foo's Original Method of Holding and Releasing Bowls of Water, Pails of Water, and Other Big Objects for Production Under Cloths
5. Yettmah's Coin Fold
The Living or the Dead Problem
Being Material Gathered from Various Sources Having to do with this Special Effect, Commonly Known as "The Dead Name" Trick
6. The Living and Dead Problem
7. Al Baker's Living and Dead name Trick (No.1)
8. Another Method (No.2) (Al Baker)
9. Living and Dead Problem as Presented by Al Baker (His Own Written Explanation)
10. Living and Dead Problem (No.3) (Al Baker's Third Method)
11. The Dead Name
12. Two People Code (Greta Annemann's Code) (Hilliard's Code)
13. Bill Test
14. Dead and Alive Name Trick (With Credit to Annemann)
15. The Quick and the Dead (Stanley Collins) (No.1)
16. The Quick and the Dead (Stanley Collins) (No.2)
17. Annemann's Spirit Answer
18. Charles Peet's Living and Dead Test (From an Annemann Performance)
19. Living and Dead Test (Charles Peet's Own Description)
20. Harry Price Description
21. Raising the Dead (Eddie Joseph)
22. Holmes' New Handkerchief Stand (Donald Holmes)
23. Cards in the Hat (Donald Holmes)
24. Abbott's Spiritualistic Trick
25. Abbott's 3 Slates
26. Donald Holmes' Rising Cards
27. Holmes Additional Effect to the Judah Reversed Pack
28. Jess Mueller's Spelling Trick Behind the Back
29. Mueller's 30 Card Trick
30. Mueller's Trick at the Table with 2 Half Dollars
Chapter on Two People Stuff
Mental Magic
31. An Original Slate and Number Test (Al Baker)
32. Mnemonic Card Trick (With Assistant)
33. An Original Magazine Test (Hilliard?)
34. A Telepathic Experiment
35. Ashes (Chris Van Bern)
36. Oriental Ashes (Tom Sellers)
37. The Divination Miracle
38. A "Mental" Test
39. Al Baker's "Two Souls with but a Single Thought"
40. Al Baker's Card Discovery
41. Judah's Routine for "Two Souls" Trick
42. "Two Souls with but a Single Thought" (John N. Hilliard's Routine)
43. "Two Souls with but a Single Thought" (Al Baker's Own Explanation)
44. "Two Souls with but a Single Thought" (George Pughe's Method)
45. Hilliard's Version-with Prearranged pack
46. "Two Souls with but a Single Thought" (A New Al Baker Version)
47. "Two Souls with but a Single Thought" (Judah's Version of Al Baker's Masterpiece)
48. Prediction (Arnold)
49. Variation by J.N.H.
50. LePaul's Card Trick
51. The Prediction (From Linking Ring)
52. "Stop" (From Linking Ring)
Card System Section
Being Material Gathered Having to do with Card Effects Based on a Prearrangement of the Pack Such as the Si Stebbins Arrangement, etc.
53. The Educated Cards (Gibson)
54. A Puzzler (Gibson)
55. Special Cards & Packs (Essay)
Longs & Shorts
Biseaute or Tapering Cards
A New Long Card Pack (Victor Farelli)
Cornered Cards
Marked Cards
List of Special Packs
56. Special Packs (Essay)
The "Mene-Tekel" or Self-Shifting Pack
The Color-Changing Pack
The Svengali or Self-Forcing Deck (Essay)
Rogers' "Ever-Ready" Forcing Pack
57. A Card Trick using the Svengali Deck
58. The Self-Shifting Pack (And a Trick Therewith)
59. The Instanto Deck (Billy O' Conner)
60. The Short and Narrow Pack
61. The Short and Wide Pack (Al Baker's Favorite Deck)
62. The "Revelation Pack" (Walter Gibson)
63. Arthur Buckley's System for Getting a Card at any Number
64. The Rouge Et Noir with a Stripper Deck (Judah)
65. The "Ne Plus Ultra" Card Trick (Ernest Noakes)
Card Systems (With the use of Prearranged Packs)
66. Ireland's Systemless System
67. "Two in a Pocket" (Wright and Larsen)
68. "Miraco" (Edward Bagshawe)
69. Super Mental Card Effect (?)
70. Satan's Trance (?)
71. Clement De Lion on Card Systems and Prearranged Decks (From Sphinx)
72. Coluria (Charles T. Jordan)
73. The Card and Number Mystery (Jordan)
74. A Baffling Card Trick
75. Naming a Chosen Card (Gibson)
76. The Clock Trick
77. "Suitability" (Larsen and Wright)
78. Paul Braden (Le Paul) System
Tricks with Prearranged Packs
Separate Card Effects and Routines with the Si Stebbins System of Arranging a Pack
79. A.F. Bowen's Routine
80. Suggestions for Tricks with Prearranged Packs
Chapter on Poker Deals
81. The Stud Poker Deal
82. Gambling Game with Cards
83. High and Low Card
84. The #31 Game with Dice
85. The "Thirty-One" Card Trick (A Counting Puzzle)
86. The Drunken Poker Player or Drunken Gambler (Stewart Judah)
87. A Fake Run Up Poker Hand (Jack Merlin)
88. Audacity Run Up
89. Seven Pat Hands
90. Master Poker Dealing (Merlin)
91. "The Imaginary hand" (Stewart Judah)
92. Exhibition Poker Feat (Merlin)
93. Telling Amount of Cards Cut by Spectator (Merlin)
94. Canfield
95. A Deceptive False Overhand shuffle (Harry Stork)
96. The One-Arm Gambler, A Four Ace Trick (T. Page Wright)
97. Another Routine for These Three Mechanical Aces (Will Lindhorst)
98. Ben Erens' Poker Deal
99. The L.W. Poler Deal Trick (Larsen and Wright)
100. The Great Poker Trick (John Northern Hilliard)
101. Letter to John Hilliard from Michael F. Zens (1932)
102. My Theory About the Use of Marked Cards (Michael F. Zens)
103. The Red Ace Trick (Michael F. Zens)
104. The "How Come" Card Trick (Michael F. Zens)
105. The Joker's Dual Prophecy (Michael F. Zens)
106. Rouge Et Noir, Zens' Trick with marked Deck

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Postby Guest » 09/11/01 07:07 AM

I think I might have to place an order for this one. I am a big fan of Stewart Judah, Al Baker and Ted Anneman. Looks great !!

Postby Guest » 09/11/01 03:35 PM

Holy Toledo!!!! I was expecting "some" morsels, not a full course dinner. Now I'm really chomping at the bit!!! Thanks!

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