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Product Details

  • Series: The Complete Idiot's Guide
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: ALPHA (October 2, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592576753
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592576753
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #331,280 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Tom Ogden began his professional career as a magician over 35 years ago, and his magic has taken him to more than 90 countries on all seven continents. His national television work has included “The World’s Greatest Magic,” “The Great Magic of Las Vegas,” and “Magic and Beyond,” as well as numerous commercials. Ogden is the author of four books, including The Complete Idiot’s Guide® to Ghosts and Hauntings and 200 Years of the American Circus.

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This is a very nice, detailed book, with good black and white photographic illustrations.
Brian Ganek
THIS BOOK IS A MUST if you want to fool your friends .... Or buy a copy and give it to everyone on your Christmas list.
Mark
The tricks here vary in difficulty from very simple sleight-free tricks to intermediate sleight-of-hand.
David Shepherd

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By David Shepherd on April 27, 2008
Format: Paperback
The title of this book might be a bit off-putting to serious magicians. "Street magic" is busking, a centuries-old art: a charismatic street performer draws a crowd and does a show for as many people as will watch. Ogden is referring here to the "street magic" seen on television since David Blaine's first special in 1997. Young magicians find Blaine's "street magic" fascinating, because it's cooler than traditional stage performance. Old-timers don't consider TV-style "street magic" to be the real deal. However, Ogden is using the concept here to appeal directly to a 21st-century audience.

Ogden offers a first-rate introduction to the history and art of conjuring. The tricks here vary in difficulty from very simple sleight-free tricks to intermediate sleight-of-hand. They are carefully selected to have maximum punch. The presentations will truly amaze audiences. His partners in this venture include some of the biggest names in magic: Max Maven, Jeff McBride, Mac King, Michael Ammar, and many others.

This is one of the best introductory books on conjuring I have ever seen. Highly recommended.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Guy Philips on November 29, 2008
Format: Paperback
Great selection of tricks and side bars
I really liked the layout of the book and all the side comments
Very interesting stuff - Tom Ogden always does a great job researching his info and making sure it is succint for the reader
Great read!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Brian Ganek on January 24, 2010
Format: Paperback
This is a very nice, detailed book, with good black and white photographic illustrations. I really like the "Flowers Direct" effect by Jeff McBride. If you are interested in close up magic with quick, direct illusions, this is a great instructional magic book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mageek on January 17, 2011
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Like the title says.

You won't be David Blaine after reading the book but it's a lot of fun to read and some really cool tricks are included. I wouldn't say this is the best book on magic because I do think their are other killer ones out there but it certainly shouldn't be looked over. Some books like Marc Wilson's, Joshua Jays Complete Course, Royal Road to Card Magic, anything by Karl Fulves and even some DVD's like Inside Magic and how to do street magic by Brad from Ellusionist are a little more "informative" but also gave a little higher caliber of effects in my personal opinion.

However if this is your very first step into magic and you are interested; pick it up. It's a good read and like I said has some good things in there from cards to all over the place. You could probably only beat the price/value with something like Royal Road to Card Magic.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By L. Milenkovic on January 21, 2010
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The tricks presented are mostly pretty simple (don't let that fool you into thinking it is only for kids), with easy to follow directions but are quite impressive. The book gives you not only a good number of tricks, ranging from the standard card tricks, to the more out there tricks (the exploding eyeball is awesome). That said, what I love about it are the little details and history about the tricks or about magic itself.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James on March 5, 2013
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Well, I was pretty excited when I got this book, I was not expecting absolutely amazing tricks to be revealed in this book, but, I didn't expect tricks that i knew about when I was 13 years old. one trick it the famous disappearing object trick where you place a napkin over and object, drop that object into your lap and then "smash" the object under the napkin. most of the tricks in this book are like this, so while I am disappointed to a certain extent I would suspect that this product would be better for younger people.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David McGrath on January 8, 2012
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I've had this book for two days, but I've already learned some astonishing effects that would give many magicians a run for there money! Some of the tricks I know already, but even these were presented in a fresh and edgy way. If you are even slightly interested in magic or are a fan of David Blaine or Criss Angel, buy this book! You will be glad you did! Have you ever wondered how Criss Angel or David Blaine "levitate" to the astonishment of viewers? Have you ever wanted to try magic but never worked up the nerve? This fun and informative book will give you the right persona, the confidence you need, and some great tricks to get you started!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. L. Miles VINE VOICE on August 20, 2010
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I thought this book was really interesting, however, I would of liked to of seen more illustrations and more vivid illustrations because it was difficult for me to really grasp a lot of tricks. Nevertheless, I like the book and am pretty happy with it.
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