- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Dover Publications; reprint edition (February 1, 1982)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0486242587
- ISBN-13: 978-0486242583
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 8.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 108 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,284 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Modern Coin Magic: 116 Coin Sleights and 236 Coin Tricks Paperback – February 1, 1982
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When party guests request a few tricks, be prepared. Ask for a coin, and perform some of the tricks in this book. Because you will not have been aided by special stage apparatus, the results will be all the more astonishing. As tricks with coins are so readily improvised, they are among the most impressive forms of legerdemain.
This book is the most complete treatise ever written on sleight-of-hand coin conjuring. Celebrated magician J. B. Bobo has gathered here the best and most useful of all coin tricks—not only his own, but those of some four dozen notable prestidigitators, including such greats as Robert-Houdin, Professer Hoffman, and—the greatest of all coin conjurers—T. Nelson Downs.
All the tested, traditional methods of coin magic are here. Bobo has added to these the best of the modern innovations, while eliminating all of the out-of-date and impractical sleights of his sources. You will learn all about palms, holds, flips, switches, change-over, steals, cuffing, sleeving, and other sleight-of-hand techniques; coin tricks requiring special devices are also included. The author guides how systematically from basic techniques, concealments, and vanishes, through integrated tricks, to complete routine acts (18 in all). His clear explanations are splendidly complemented by 510 of Nelson C. Hahne's crisp illustrations.
Sleight-of-hand magic has consistently earned the respect of professional magicians. If you are yet an amateur, this easy-to-follow manual—together with regular practice—is the surest route to professional-level competence. For professionals, this volume is a convenient encyclopedic reference that gathers in one place all the best coin magic from antiquity to modern times.
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For newbies like myself (I'm a year in but casually learning), I also recommend getting the DVD or download video of "In the Beginning There Were Coins" by Jay Noblezada. Great teacher and not only shows the moves but shares but the pitfalls. Love love loved this DVD.
Another good DVD is Metal by Eric Jones.
Be patient and put in the time. It was all worth it first time I did a classic vanish to friends. And that's child's play. Enjoy!
It's not always easy to learn coin palms and sleights from a book, but both the descriptions and the illustrations are excellent. At least in my case, what I haven't learned hasn't been the author's fault, but rather my needing to practice more.
A lot more.
The book is written for an older audience - dry delivery, clearly written by an experienced coin shark (is there such a word?) . Reads like a reference text. Does not draw the attention of my 10 year old, and so didn't work for us. But, the content itself seems fabulous to me - a very exhaustive collection of old time tricks with excellent descriptions for those attempting to learn the tricks.
Saving for when he gets older - definitely worth saving.
He loves it. He let me know that there are magicians teaching techniques on youtube from this book edition. He likes that he can reference the selections to review while learning the technique.