In 1747, Giuseppe Alberti was the author of Giuochi Numerici: fatti Arcani Palesati, a book of historical facts and trivia about games. Included are the secrets to a number of common and familiar magic tricks.
The book is quite rare, and is a prize for magical book collectors to obtain.
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