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TAKING INTO CONSIDERATION the wonderful classical times and also the unfading appeal of the magic fine art, it seems at first sight a matter of marvel that its literary works should be so exceptionally scanty. In England, specifically, is this the instance. Up until within the last few years it would have been difficult to call a solitary publication worth checking out after this subject, the entire literary works of the fine art including single chapters in publications composed for the entertainment of young people (which were chiefly remarkable for the unanimity with which each copied, without acknowledgment, from its predecessors), and also manuals cost the amusements of different public entertainers, that took care not to expose therein any kind of technique which they considered worthwhile of efficiency on their own. After a little factor to consider, nevertheless, the shortage of writings on "White Magic" is quickly accounted for. The more important secrets of the fine art have actually been recognized however to few, and also those few have actually jealously guarded them, recognizing that the more closely they concealed the clue to their mysteries, the more would those mysteries be valued. Undoubtedly, the more noted conjurors of fifty years ago strove to maintain the key of their best methods not only from the outside world, however from their confreres. At the present day the secrets of the fine art are not so well maintained; and also there is hardly a trick done after the phase which the amateur may not, at an adequate expenditure of shillings or guineas, purchase at the invoking depots. There being, for that reason, no longer the very same stringent secrecy, the literary works of magic has boosted a little bit, though it still leaves much to be wanted. The basic passion of compilers seems to be to generate publications containing nominally some wonderful variety of methods. In order to do this, they occupy two-thirds of their room with chemical and also arithmetical recreations, and also, as an essential result, the portion committed to invoking methods, appropriately so called, is dealt with so briefly and also scantily regarding be practically ineffective.