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Postby Bill Wheeler » 05/09/08 04:33 PM

I managed to pick up a copy of C. Lang Neil's long out of print book. And it has been a lot of fun to go through.

What was the original publication date for this book?

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Postby LaMont » 05/09/08 04:55 PM

Hi Bill,

I have a hardback edition by David Kemp & Comapany (New York)1937. I'm not positive, but I think that this is a first edition.

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Postby Bill Wheeler » 05/09/08 05:16 PM

That is my edition as well. I read the intro by Walter Gibson to imply that the book was even older; but I could be mistaken.
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 05/09/08 05:21 PM

1903 or 1906. Can't recall at the moment. One of the earlier uses of photographs in a magic book.

The first edition, British, can be identified because Lang Neil's last name is misspelt "Niel" on the spine.
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Postby Y\'s-guy » 05/09/08 06:19 PM

1902. I love "The Four-Ace Trick".

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Postby Richard Kaufman » 05/09/08 06:49 PM

1902? The same year as Erdnase--you'd think I would remember that.
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Postby David Alexander » 05/09/08 07:07 PM

It should be noted that Charles Bertram withheld certain touches to his Four Ace trick that helped put it across. These were described in Expert Card Technique by Hugard and Braue several decades later.
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Postby Cugel » 05/09/08 07:56 PM

I have a first edition that is inscribed by Jean Hugard using his real initials (John Gerard Rodney Boyce, from memory), as a gift to his nephew.

One of my favourite magic books.
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Postby John LeBlanc » 05/09/08 09:08 PM

David Alexander wrote:It should be noted that Charles Bertram withheld certain touches to his Four Ace trick that helped put it across. These were described in Expert Card Technique by Hugard and Braue several decades later.


David, thank you. I had twice the fun here: first finding the damned thing, second working my way through it. As much as I've loved this book for years, it just goes to prove there's plenty more where that came from.
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Postby Edwin Corrie » 05/10/08 06:03 AM

I recently got the third edition from 1922, and according to that the first and second editions were published in 1903 and 1911. The 1922 edition is fairly small with simple blue covers, but I remember seeing another copy once which I think had green covers and was a bit more luxurious - maybe that was the first edition. It was a long time ago though, so I may be mistaken.
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