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First published in 1903, The Modern Conjurer and Drawing-Room Entertainer by C. Lang Neil explains and illustrates conjuring, magic tricks with over 500 original illustrations from photographs.
C. Lang Neil was an English author and journalist. He was never a magic performer himself, but was married to a lady magician who's a student and assistant of Charles Bertram (a famous British magician who performed for royalty). In the introduction to The Modern Conjurer and Drawing-Room Entertainer, Bertram claims Neil has given "the most thorough and practical way of teaching the beginner, and of giving many finishing touches of subtle art to the adept".
The Modern Conjurer and Drawing-Room Entertainer was rated as one of the 10 basic books for a working library of conjuring by H. Adrian Smith (a historian, collector and President of both "Society of American Magicians" and "International Brotherhood of Magicians").