Editor's preface; Author's preface and dedication; The home of Robert-Houdin; Introduction; Conjuring and its professors; The art of conjuring; General principles; The hand; Escamotage, prestidigitation; 1. Coin tricks; 2. Card tricks; 3. Sundry expedients used in conjuring, and tricks of various descriptions; 4. The cups and balls; 5. The birth of flowers, or magical vegetation; Conclusion.
This 1877 translation of Robert-Houdin's 1868 conjuring manual reveals the techniques used in popular stage performances during the Victorian period.