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Self-Working Card Tricks (Dover Magic Books) Paperback – June 1, 1976
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Three ingredients would have made this book a ten: 1) More ideas on presentation and patter. 2) Better illustrations. 3) Some of the explanations could have been a bit clearer.
All an a good book for amateur magicians of all ages looking to add quality card feats to their bag of tricks.
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.
On the other hand, if you are looking to build up your skill with sly cuts, shuffles, ect. This is not the book for you. But, If you want to learn fun, easy, card tricks this is the book to get!!
I have been doing the card tricks I have gotten out of this book along with tricks from "THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF MAGIC ( which is a great book, has great instructions, photos and coin, rope, card, string magic ) and the tricks are great. I do tricks to my whole family, my cousins, my aunt, my friends, everybody and everybody loves them and are amazed!!
THIS IS DEFIANTLY THE BOOK TO GET!!! 10 OUT OF 10!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Nice book that starts you off with very easy tricks and advances to more complicated tricksPublished 3 months ago by Mike
One of my favorite magic books this is the 2nd time I purchased it.Published 6 months ago by Justin b.
In addition to Joshua Jay's Amazing Book of Cards I also purchased this book as a gift for my 17 year old nephew. This book is not illustrated which was a disappointment. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Irene M