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Mark Wilson's Cyclopedia Of Magic: A Complete Course Paperback – January 26, 1996


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press (January 26, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1561386138
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561386130
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 4.2 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #948,090 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Mark Wilson is first and foremost a famous magician, who the New York Times has recognized as “probably the nation’s leading authority on magic.” He is also the hugely successful author of numerous kits and books devoted to instruction in the magical arts including the newly released Complete Course in Magic (Revised Ed.). Additionally, has made countless guest appearances throughout his career on every major TV talk show in the country. Mark Wilson resides in southern California.

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Some close up tricks require basic sleight of hands which are worth learning.
Andrew Dutta
The diagrams are well executed and the verbal descriptions are precise and unambiguous.
Van E. Neie
I recommend without hesitation this book for beginners or intermediates alike.
Mr. Biddle

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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful By M. A. Ramos VINE VOICE on February 7, 2002
Format: Paperback
This is a small but very thick book, rather it was larger and thinner (be easier to handle). That being said, this is definitely THE BOOK you should get. It takes you through close-up magic through stage magic. Effects, secrets and pre-perations, how to perform all the tricks in a simple step-by-step process with diagrams, and finish's up with comments and suggestions.
A quick note: if you get this book, do not get his other book "Mark Wilson's Complete Course In Magic". You only need one of these two, the have almost the exact same information.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By David Dathe on October 13, 1998
Format: Paperback
This is, truly, an encyclopedia of magic effects. Virtually all types of magic effects are covered in a systematic and comprehensive manner. Eleven chapters cover card magic and describe all the important sleights. Subsequent chapters cover money magic, rope magic, silk magic, impromptu magic, mental effects, sponge balls, and cups and balls. The final chapter describes large stage illusions that can be built at home. Frequently, after a sleight or trick is described, there follows a paragraph titled "Comments and Suggestions" which points out important ideas to remember. There is a wealth of good information contained in these small paragraphs. The text is amply illustrated with numerous drawings that help show the proper method of handling the sleight, move or effect being discussed. Certainly every aspiring magician will find the number and variety of effects sufficient to include many in his or her routine, or even to specialize in one particular area. An important work of warning. Twenty years ago I read a well-known magician's assessment of Mark Wilson. He said, "He's a brilliant buisnessman, a good entertainer, but a poor magician." This book supports that view. The effects and tricks described are great; you could develop a professional act from the material within. But the book fails to help the reader make the transition from someone who does tricks to someone who is a magician. Additional topics like how to practice, how to develop a routine, how to rehearse, how to present the tricks as entertainment, and showmanship would certainly have made this "a complete course in magic". That said, the book is outstanding in what it does do: compile and describe the wonderful variety of magical effects available. This is a very worthwhile addition to your library of magic.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Scott Miller on November 15, 2002
Format: Paperback
I would say, for those seriously interested in magic, you should skip this abbridgement and get Mark Wilson's Complete Course instead, but for such a low price ($10 for the paperback, not to be confused with the expanded hard-bound edition), this book actually proves to be the best idea for those interested in magic but still testing the water before jumping in. While some neat classics have been left out, there is still plenty to keep a beginner busy for months or even years! And none of the lame tricks that rely more on good patter than sleight of hand--these are real magic tricks. I haven't seen as good a book anywhere near this price.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Biddle on December 27, 2003
Format: Paperback
I recommend without hesitation this book for beginners or intermediates alike. It contains card tricks, sponge balls, cups and balls and even some stage illusions that you might find suitable with a little creativity or modification. It has card tricks that are pretty much already 'public knolwedge' to layman, but you might use them too using the way Mark Wilson teaches you to present them. However, there are also some advanced sleights on cards that beginners can learn easily because of the illustrations and the amazingly, EASY to understand text. Mark Wilson's Cylopedia of Magic. 5 out of 5.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 7, 2000
Format: Paperback
I started magic about two year ago. This book taught me more about magic in two days then i had learned in two years!!! It has all different kinds of tricks. It has card tricks, mental tricks all the way up to levitation!!! I really enjoyed this book!! I will always keep it. I used to just perform in front of my family, now i am getting hired in all sorts of places!! This is a must have book for all magicians!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on April 21, 2003
Format: Paperback
This book is not good, great, or awesome, but it's UNBELIEVABLE. The illustrations are very descriptive. When I first got this book I could learn a trick just be looking at the illustrations. (Though you should still read). There are over 17 types of magic listed and taught in the book. Some of these are, Sponge ball magic, Card magic, Cups and balls (the FULL routine), Stage magic, illusions, and more. This is the book to start up on for beginning magic. If you had to get only ONE book of magic, I would suggest purchasing this one. God bless you, and may your future in magic go well.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Then Nam Kheong on July 26, 2000
Format: Paperback
A small but thick book, I would say. However, if you get this book, do not get his other book "Mark Wilson's Complete Course In Magic" and vice versa. You see, almost all the content in this book can be found in the other mentioned book. Other than that, this is definitely THE BOOK you should get.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 26, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book can be used by someone who is just beginning in the art of magic or it can be used by a seasoned professional. I read this book when I first started doing magic a few years ago, and I used tricks that I thought were "easy". I now know tons of tricks, I have been trained by different magicians, and I have performed for crowds ranging from one person to a few hundred people, but I still return to this book for more guidance. This is a must buy.
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