Modern Coin Manipulation,
Nelson Downs Magical Co., St. Alban's Place, Regent Street, S.W.
Embracing every sleight of hand and subtlety invented and known, by t. nelson downs, 'king of koins.' included (now published for the first time) a complete explanation of his world famous coin creation, 'a miser's dream,' as presented by him at the palace theatre, london, for nearly 200 consecutive performances. 150 illustrations, including 50 half-tone engravings. copyrighted 1901 by t. nelson downs. illustrated by fred. morgan.
FIRST EDITION. 8vo. 7.5 x 5.25 inches. [viii] + 244 pp. +  pp. index +  pp. advertisements for Hamley's and the publisher. Bound on original red cloth, titles in gilt and black, with gilt blocks on front board and spine. Minor wear to extremities, spine a little sunned and fly leaves browned; otherwise a very good copy. Inscriptions on third free endpaper. Illustrated by portrait frontispiece and by 84 numbered text figures. Decorated by numerous small silhouette figures. Scarce copy of this practical guide to performing hand tricks by palming coins, copiously illustrated. It is a true first edition as the Hamley's edition of the same year sometimes had the title page suppressed. The 'King of Koins,' Thomas Nelson Downs (1868-1938) was self-taught and earned his living by performing his coin tricks in Vaudeville and later theatre. He retired to his home town of Marshalltown, Iowa at the age of forty two, but continued to perform locally, write books and also sold his own range of magic equipment. There is a fine selection of this, and of Hamley's, at the end of the volume.
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