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Magic: The Complete Course Paperback – November 8, 2008
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The suggested presentations are fast moving and entertaining -- there are no tricks where spectator spends endless amounts of time counting cards, etc. The DVD is very helpful in terms of showing both how to set up or do the trick (what the sleight of hand or misdirection is) and also what the presentation is as seen by the audience. Joshua is a good magician (you can see him at work on YouTube) and I enjoyed seeing how he presented old favorites such as the "Out of this World" card trick (truly a great trick in which he has added a very simple bit of misdirection that covers the one clunky bit in the standard routine).
This is a great book that a child (say around 10 ) could use -- tricks are graded by difficulty -- or that an adult familiar with magic would find interesting.
My only (small) complaint about the book is its very short "references" section -- It seems to cite only a few books (and no DVDs) aimed at the specialist (e.g., the 8-volume Tarbell course). Of course, there really aren't that many good intermediate books out there, but I would have added Bill Tarr's sleight of hand books or maybe "The Amateur Magician's Handbook" (out of print I believe).
This is a great book though at a great price, especially with the addition of the DVD.
I have read many magic books but many books show WHAT is being done but not necessarily HOW to perform it. Joshua Jay is a masterful artist, performer and teacher. His talents are well beyond his years. This book covers tricks in various settings and with different props to include mealtime magic, magic out of ordinary things, magic with money, magic for kids, magic by kids, card tricks, magic in the office, magic for large audiences and even magic using the internet.
The book is well organized into major sections. Each trick is organized in a clear, concise and easy to follow format. A list of necessary materials, difficulty level of the trick, the effect of the trick, the secret of the trick and how to perform the trick step by step is outlined. Each section is well illustrated with high quality photography, easy to follow sequences and concise captions. One of my favorite sections of the book is a series of magic tricks that you can perform yourself and the estimated time of performance.
Throughout the book, there are inserts that cover interesting historical facts related to magic and legendary magicians. The book is entertaining, informative and a great resource on the subject. It is well organized that people of any age can perform many of these tricks.
An instructional 480p DVD includes a menu for watching magic, learning magic (27 tricks), extras that includes tricks with traditional magic props, and a special 5 minute clip on how to carry out your performance, "Talk Magic". The video is high quality, professionally produced and is worth the price of the book alone. The menus are easy to navigate, and you can watch all or just selected lessons.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
I got this book at $.50! I figure, I'm becoming a magician to perform tricks for family, so I may as well score this deal! I saw that all 1-star reviews were quite stupid... Read morePublished 18 days ago by Just-a-chef
my 9yo great nephew loved the tricks inside..his Mom even let him create the flash fire ones!Published 5 months ago by nancy ann walters
This is a good ebook and is easy to read with easy directions, quite lengrthy and most of the tricks are ones I had not seen before, the writer has a very laid back style.Published 5 months ago by Captain Wolfe
Good book. Have only done some of the tricks. Came as described and had the DVD which was a bonus. Thank you!Published 6 months ago by TheHBIC
Maybe it's just on the Kindle, but there were many spelling mistakes and errors. Other than that though, it's a good book if you are a beginner to magic.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer