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McManus-Young Collection (Library of Congress)

Works: 849 works in 1,030 publications in 2 languages and 8,221 library holdings
Genres: Puzzles and games  Popular works  History  Biographies  Juvenile works  Sources  Bibliographies  Fiction  Manuscripts  Catalogs 
Classifications: QA93, 510
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Most widely held works by McManus-Young Collection (Library of Congress)
Miracle mongers and their methods : a complete exposé by Harry Houdini( Book )

2 editions published in 1920 in English and held by 182 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The legendary magician and illusionist Harry Houdini turns a critical eye to the astonishing claims of those in his own profession. Using personal research and observations, Houdini reveals the cunning techniques employed by fire-eaters, sword swallowers, and other masters of deception to mystify and amaze audiences around the world. This classic skeptical work explores and exposes the methods of such "wonders" as "The Incombustible Spaniard," "Defiers of Poisonous Reptiles," and many others. Originally published in the 1920s, Miracle Mongers and Their Methods scrupulously examines the direct predecessors of modern psychics and mentalists
Mathematical snapshots by Hugo Steinhaus( Book )

1 edition published in 1938 in English and held by 175 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mathematical phenomena and its practical application are demonstrated through the use of games, tricks, and everyday experiences
Lives of the necromancers: or, An account of the most eminent persons in successive ages, who have claimed for themselves, or to whom has been imputed by others, the exercise of magical power by William Godwin( Book )

2 editions published between 1834 and 1876 in English and held by 160 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The political philosopher and writer William Godwin (1756-1836), who was also the husband of writer Mary Wollstonecraft and father of Mary Shelley, was known for his philosophical works and novels. In this work, originally published in 1834, Godwin turns to the issue of the supernatural, and to some of the famous - and sometimes unexpected - people associated with it. He begins by defining some magic practices, such as divination, astrology, and necromancy, giving examples of the latter from the Bible. The remainder of the work consists of brief sketches of people and places involved in the occult world, beginning in the Ancient Middle East and Greece, surveying the Christian era in Europe, and ending with the New England witch trials. In a remarkable work of synthesis, he discusses apparently supernatural episodes in the lives of many historical figures, from Socrates and Virgil to Joan of Arc and James I
A history of witchcraft and demonology by Montague Summers( Book )

1 edition published in 1926 in English and held by 157 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Essays on physiognomy : for the promotion of the knowledge and the love of mankind by Johann Caspar Lavater( )

1 edition published in 1789 in English and held by 137 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The rappers, or, The mysteries, fallacies, and absurdities of spirit-rapping, table-tipping, and entrancement by Searcher after truth( )

2 editions published in 1854 in English and held by 135 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A memoir of Zerah Colburn by Zerah Colburn( Book )

1 edition published in 1833 in English and held by 118 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Animism, magic, and the divine king by Géza Róheim( Book )

1 edition published in 1930 in English and held by 103 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contains Aboriginal references based on secondary services
The magic of a name by Harold Nockolds( Book )

1 edition published in 1950 in English and held by 89 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Miss Martineau's letters on mesmerism by Harriet Martineau( )

2 editions published in 1845 in English and held by 84 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

There are 16 letters included in Miss Martineau's book, all testimonials to the truth of mesmerism. Having undergone mesmeric treatment herself, she wrote these letters as a kind of treatise on the truth and merit of mesmerism. She also writes about participating in séances, the subconscious and somnambulism
Le vieux Paris : fètes, jeux, et spectacles by Victor Fournel( Book )

1 edition published in 1887 in French and held by 77 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The history of playing cards : with anecdotes of their use in conjuring, fortune-telling, and card-sharping by Ed. S Taylor( Book )

1 edition published in 1865 in English and held by 67 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Philosophy in sport made science in earnest : being an attempt to illustrate the first principles of natural philosophy by the aid of popular toys and sports : in three volumes by John Ayrton Paris( Book )

1 edition published in 1827 in English and held by 65 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

John Ayrton Paris (1785-1856), writer and physician, became a member of the Linnean Society in 1810, and served as president of the Royal College of Physicians from 1844 until his death. Intended for children and originally composed for the author's family, this three-volume work about science was first published in 1827. Dedicated to the writer Maria Edgeworth (1768-1849) and with illustrations by George Cruikshank (1792-1878), it aims 'to blend amusement with instruction', since youth, as Paris writes, 'is naturally addicted to amusement'. Topics covered in Volume 2 include the collision of bodies, vacuums, motion in flight, and echoes; the science behind these is demonstrated using marbles, a kite and musical instruments, among various other toys and games. A fascinating and popular text in the history of science education, the engaging narrative seeks to prove 'how profitably, and agreeably, the machinery of fiction may be worked for the dissemination of truth'
The physics and physiology of spiritualism by William A Hammond( )

1 edition published in 1871 in English and held by 63 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Natural magick by Giambattista della Porta( Book )

1 edition published in 1658 in English and held by 58 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Facsimile edition of work first published in abridged edition of 1558, and then in this full English edition in 1658. A miscellany of early scientific beliefs, observations, and experiments by della Porta and his little group of amateur scientists
An encyclopedic outline of Masonic, Hermetic, Qabbalistic, and Rosicrucian symbolical philosophy : being an interpretation of the secret teachings concealed within the rituals, allegories, and mysteries of all ages by Manly P Hall( Book )

1 edition published in 1928 in English and held by 57 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Secret Teachings of All Ages" is a codex to the ancient occult and esoteric traditions of the world. Its hundreds of entries shine a rare light on some of the most fascinating and closely held secrets of myth, religion, and philosophy from ancient time to the present day. His subjects range from Islam, the Druids, to Pythagoras, to Kabbalah, to Alchemy, to Freemasonry, and the crucifixion of Christ. Serious students of hidden wisdom, ancient symbols, and arcane practices have long treasured "The Secret Teachings" above all other works. In this affordably priced and newly formatted volume, "The Secret Teachings of All Ages" is now available to readers everywhere
Narratives of sorcery and magic, from the most authentic sources by Thomas Wright( Book )

1 edition published in 1852 in English and held by 57 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The English historian and antiquary Thomas Wright (1810-70) co-founded and joined a number of antiquarian and literary societies. He was greatly interested in Old English, Middle English and Anglo-Norman texts, and in the 1840s and 1850s he published widely within these areas. Gradually his focus shifted to the archaeology of Roman Britain and to Anglo-Saxon cemeteries. Although much of Wright's research has been completely superseded, his work is still considered worth consulting, as he collected material not readily available elsewhere. This two-volume 1851 publication is testimony to Wright's interest in folklore, sorcery and legend. In Volume 1 the author accounts of sorcery across Europe, and he considers the legendary Dr Faustus as an archetypal magician who called 'the demon'. Wright also discusses the place of the occult in England during and after the Reformation, writing about magicians such as John Dee, and describing King James I's views on witchcraft
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Miracle mongers and their methods : a complete exposé
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John J. and Hanna M. McManus and Morris N. and Chesley V. Young Collection (Library of Congress)

Library of Congress. McManus-Young Collection

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