Spins & Needles

The Magic of Allan Slaight

Spins & Needles is a collection of over sixty magical ideas and brilliant routines created by the one and only Allan Slaight. Also includes: introduction by Patrick Watson, foreword by Max Maven and profile by David Ben. 

As an added bonus, the book also contains a brilliant satirical piece by Mike Close, “Unmasking Stewart James,” along with Slaight’s convocation address to the Graduating Class of Ryerson University in 2000.

The book was a surprise for Slaight, presented to him on August 17, 2008 at the closing dinner of 31 Faces North, the conference he co-produces with Magicana in Toronto.

Allan Slaight has made an enormous contribution to magic and we are pleased to be able to tell his story and consolidate a portion of this creative output for future reference.


$75 USD

Limited print run of 500 copies. Beautifully designed by Michael Albright, the book contains sixty-two intriguing tricks (and a trick chronology) by Allan Slaight.

The foil-stamped, cloth-backed, hardcover 189-paged book is of a unique 10″ x 10″ format.


Library and Archives Canada Cataloguing in Publication

Spins & Needles: the magic of Allan Slaight / Allan Slaight.

I. Title. II. Title: Spins and needles.

1. Magic tricks. 2. Slaight, Allan. 3. Magicians–Canada–Biography.

GV1547.S63 2008 793.8 C2008-904405-3