35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
Good and bad - - two different views,
This review is from: Self-Working Card Tricks (Dover Magic Books) (Paperback)If you're looking for negative comments, read the first paragraph. If you're looking for positive comments, read the second. If you're looking for an all around opinion, read the whole thing.
This book is for the VERY amateur magician. I used to consider myself a VERY amateur magician until I bought this book. Very few of these tricks are very good, and almost all of the descriptions and illustrations could be described as nothing less than clouded and unclear. While a limited number of "self-working" tricks are acceptable in a magician's repetoire, ALL of them being "self-working" is, at the very least, unprofessional. In my opinion, it sort of subtracts from the actual "magic."
If, conversely, you're looking for a book with which to just have a little fun, this is the book for you. Again, while I must reiterate that some of the explanations and illustrations are unclear, it seems to be written for someone who has never tried any magic before, and would be good for just getting used to pulling a few stunts here and there.
So if you're just trying card magic for the very first time, you might want to give this one a shot, but there are some others which might prove to be more beneficial in the long run.