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DeLand: Mystery and Madness

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Book by Kaufman & Co. and Theodore DeLand ($150.00)

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The mad genius of card magic,Theodore DeLand, created over 100 tricks between 1904 and 1915. He was famous for his ingenious invention of specially printed gimmicked cards and marked decks, which for the first time allowed everyone to perform amazing tricks with no sleight of hand. He was among the most influential inventors of card magic in the 20th century. 

DeLand’s life has been a mystery for over 100 years, but diligent research has presented famed author Richard Kaufman with the opportunity to reveal DeLand’s deepest secrets, which led to his tragic end, in a book that combines magic with biography in a new way. All of DeLand’s miracles are presented in this lavish 608-page full-color over-sized volume weighing 10 pounds. A full deck of gimmicked cards printed specially for this book is also included. 

  • Full color
  • 608 pages
  • Museum quality binding and slipcase
  • Includes 54 gimmicked cards


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  • Gene asks: Hello, I have seen this book offered at other web pages. My understanding that there were Deland Playing Cards that can be used for some of the effects in the book? If so do you have those decks?

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: The Deland decks were just available in the sold out deluxe edition, to the best of our knowledge.
    • 2. Chris answers: The included 54 gaffed cards are designed to work with a normal bicycle back deck.
    • 3. Richard answers: The Mystery and Madness Deck, which is included with the book, will allow you to perform over a dozen tricks explained in the book which use gimmicked cards.
  • Robert asks: I am sure the book is wonderful. As a working magician, I sometimes use gimmicked cards. I sometimes need to replace to replace those cards. I can't afford to spend $150 for replacements. What can be done about that?

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: You can email us for this. We are able to get the decks in very limited quantities (at the time fo writing).
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Customer reviews for DeLand: Mystery and Madness



This is a book for people who love books, magic or otherwise. The production quality is amazing, with the large volume sturdily bound and encased in a beautiful slip case. The text is a fascinating mix of history and magic tricks, most using DeLand's famous gaffed cards. Each book comes with a full deck of professionally printed DeLand gaffs that are designed to to work with standard Bicycle playing card backs. Use of the gaffs is explained within the book as part of the many excellent tricks explained therein. This is a gorgeous, fascinating book and I heartily recommend it.

DeLand: Mystery and Madness by Kaufman & Co. and Theodore DeLand