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|viii PREFACE Pocket-book, have been described in the columns of an English magical serial, but have never appeared in book shape, and are by special desire, included in the present volume. A final word on a personal matter. Had I been prophet, as well as magician, when I first began to write on conjuring, I should have chosen a dif- ferent pen-name. In the light of later events, my selection was unfortunate. My identity has long been an open secret, but as I cannot flatter myself that it is universally known, I take this opportun- ity to assure all whom it may concern that I am British to the backbone. LOUIS HOFFMANN.