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Anybody know? I'm extremely curious.
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Wasn't Moses in the Bible the one who threw down his staff and it turned into a snake ?
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Let me rephrase: I'm saying like the earliest piece of literature like tricks or books...Stuff like that.

The only thing with Moses is that it wasn't magic. God told Moses to throw down his staff and it then became a snake by the Power of the Lord. Moses didn't do it on his own accord.
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
 
The Discoverie of Witchcraft
The Discoverie of Witchcraft (1651).jpg
Title-page of the 1651 edition, as reprinted and reset in 1886
AuthorReginald Scot
CountryEngland
LanguageEnglish
Published1584

The Discoverie of Witchcraft is a partially sceptical book published by the English gentleman Reginald Scot in 1584, intended as an exposé of early Modern witchcraft. It contains a small section intended to show how the public was fooled by charlatans, which is considered the first published material on illusionary or stage magic.

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In Spanish magic books of some decades ago, The Discoverie of Withcraft was mentioned as the first book containing explanation of magic tricks. It was published in 1584. However, French magicians point out that a French book, "La Première partie des subtiles et plaisantes inventions" by Jean Prevost, also published in 1584 might predate The Discoverie by a few months. The French book is devoted completely to magic tricks whereas The Discoverie of Withcraft was written in defense of people --mainly poor old women-- accused of witchcraft. Reginald Scot, the author, was a skeptic and included in his book a lot of material (not just magic tricks) to prove that witchcraft doesn't exist.

By the way, both books can be downloaded for free:

The Discoverie of Witchcraft: https://www.gutenberg.org/files/60766/60766-h/60766-h.htm

La Premiere partie des subtiles et plaisantes inventions: https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b73003635/f21.item

Scot's book, The Discoverie of Witchcraft, was published during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I but her successor, King James VI (of King James' Bible fame), being a believer in witchcraft (he even wrote a book against it: Daemonology (1597), banned Scot's Discoverie of Witchcraft and even held public burnings of copies of it. James VI went as far as to personally supervise the torture of women accused of being witches.

Those two books might be the first two PRINTED magic books. However there exists a book that was not printed that is really the first book of magic tricks: De Veribus Quantitatis, written by Luca Pacioli (1447-1517), a Catholic monk of the Dominican Order. He was a friend of Leonardo da Vinci and they collaborated in, at least, one important work. It's thought that Pacioli taught mathematics to Leonardo. Since Fra. Luca Pacioli died 67 years before the publication of any of the two books mentioned above, his book might well be the first containing magic tricks, at least until they discover an older one.

Pacioli's manuscript lay dormant for centuries in the University of Bologna until finally published a few years ago.

There's a very interesting article on The Conjuring Arts Research Center website:

https://conjuringarts.org/2011/05/de-viribus-quantitatis-by-luca-pacioli/

Also here: https://www.abocashop.com/en/de-viribus-quantitatis-facsimile-for-professional-use

If you want to see the original manuscript, then follow the link below (in Italian):

http://www.uriland.it/matematica/DeViribus/Presentazione.html

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Interesting. I knew about the Discoverie of Witchcraft. Not the other stuff that was mentioned. Pretty crazy how the DoW was burned even though it wasn't a book on how to do witchcraft.
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Hi JoshP06, here's a photo of the modern edition of Luca Pacioli's De Veribus Quantitatis:

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Too bad I don't know Spanish haha.
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That's Italian, not Spanish...
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Sorry for making a mistake...
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