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Magic with Bizarre Poems


Martin Gardner


A strange collection of poems entitled Shadows in the Moonlight, was written and privately printed in Los Angeles in 1927 by T. page Wright, a Hollywood script writer. Wright was a skillful amateur magician who wrote the poems so that the book could be used for performing a feat of mental magic. Each of the 22 poems is so constructed that the nineteenth word is "rose" and the thirty-first word is "love." The book originally sold in magic stores for five dollars, but is now extremely scarce.