Magic book Hocus Pocus Junior (1634) steals from The Discovery of Witchcraft (1584)

Magic book Hocus Pocus Junior (1634) steals from The Discovery of Witchcraft (1584)

"Hocus Pocus Junior is, by and large, hocus pocus itself: if you bought a copy, you had bought chapters 22 to 34 of Scot’s Discovery of Witchcraft.

Here are the tricks with cup and balls, coins ("the best piece for conveyance is a Tester, but with practice all will be alike," this practice-minded redactor tells us, as Scot did before him), pieces of lace, along with instructions on how to construct trick boxes and other props. 

Just how word-for-word the two texts can be is shown in two passages describing the same trick of palming a coin."

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