Hidden in the depths of The Magic Circle, London was a long forgotten notebook, written around the second half of the eighteenth century by an unknown author. It’s handwritten pages contained over 81 different tricks, sleights and subtleties with cards. What makes this book different to other known magic books from the time is that it’s believed to be one of the first books on magic that was written with the intention that magicians would be able to study and learn from it. This means that a large number of the items it contains feel surprisingly modern. Many would fit perfectly alongside magic created in the twenty-first century, despite the fact they are over two hundred years old. I even perform some of the effects in my show Dr Houstoun’s Conjuring!