An Early French Magic Blow Book
MAGIC AND CONJURING. [Magical Blow Book/Flip Book]. France , 1825.
Small octavo (7 3/8 x 5 1/4 inches; 187 x 133 mm). This copy in contemporary blue marbled wrappers. Internally all plates very clean and bright.

A beautiful copy of a magical blow book or flip book (also known as a magic coloring book). This type of trick is considered the oldest example of a "manufactured prop" to be used for magic. It works by a series of small notches, or incisions in the fore-margin to create tabs, (five tabs in this case) and depending on where the magician places their thumb, they flip the leaves of a certain group, revealing one set of plates. Then with a movement of the finger placement, a new set of plates will be revealed.

With two sets of twenty-eight plates, complete with a total of 56 plates. The plates are all beautifully hand-colored with sharp detail, and each picture has a caption in French. The plates include a merchant, a magic lantern, soliders on horseback, birds, a man with a dog, a pagoda, a windmill, a goose, a nest, a drummer and a piper, an elephant and a camel, a church and a bridge, a and a dancing bear among others.

HBS # 68175 $4,500