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Magic is everywhere, from the big spectacle celebrity of David Copperfield and Siegfried and Roy to the quirky Penn and Teller to the spooky David Blaine and Criss Angel to the endless material on YouTube. But until now, learning it has never been easy—that's all about to change with Magic, a book that does for close-up magic what How to Grill does for barbecue. Written by charismatic young magician Joshua Jay, Magic combines expertise, photographs, and step-by-step directions showing how to perform 100 tricks.
Joshua Jay took home the top prize at the World Magic Seminar (the Olympics of magic) when he was just 16 years old. Ten years later, he continues to perform magic, write about magic, eat, sleep, and breathe magic. Here, he brings all his passion and knowledge to teaching magic. Each trick is broken down into the Effect, the Secret, the Set-up, and, most important, the Performance, with lessons on what to say, how to direct the audience's attention, where to keep your hands, and so on. (In other words, how to be smart about the things your audience is surprisingly clueless about.)
Here are the Ten Greatest Card Tricks; tricks to dazzle a dinner date; tricks to perform for the boss (poke a hole through his shirt, then magically mend it); tricks especially for kids; and even tricks for an audience in another state—with "Australian Self-Help," you can find a participant's chosen card over the phone. It's the Aha! book for a subject whose time has come.
I really recommend this book to any person who loves to learn magic tricks.
Joshua Jay's "Magic: The Complete Course" is a very slick coffee table style book and DVD combo that really can teach anyone the basics of performing magic "tricks".
A great deal of time and effort went into creating an extremely good book and DVD set that is worth much more than what they are charging.
Anyone interested in magic will love this book!in simple to follow instructions & with photos to show every move you will learn how to perform fascinating magic. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Hank V. Kindell
Great insights on the presentation and entertainment side of producing great magic effectsPublished 17 days ago by JP
I bought this for my Grandson,age 11. It was written more for an adult, but he is reading this and trying a lot of the tricks successfully.Published 1 month ago by Kathy Grant
I wanted to kind of find out how to do a few magic tricks or at least satisfy my curiosity about how some of the more amazing tricks are done. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mike3746
If you are a beginner, this is the book for you. However, intermediate and up, move along.Published 2 months ago by C. Olsen