Magic: The Complete Course

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Workman Publishing, 2008 - Games - 278 pages
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Magic is everywhere, from the big spectacle celebrity of David Copperfield and Siegfried and Roy to the quirky Penn and Teller to the spooky David Blaine and Criss Angel to the endless material on YouTube. But until now, learning it has never been easy—that's all about to change with Magic, a book that does for close-up magic what How to Grill does for barbecue. Written by charismatic young magician Joshua Jay, Magic combines expertise, photographs, and step-by-step directions showing how to perform 100 tricks.

Joshua Jay took home the top prize at the World Magic Seminar (the Olympics of magic) when he was just 16 years old. Ten years later, he continues to perform magic, write about magic, eat, sleep, and breathe magic. Here, he brings all his passion and knowledge to teaching magic. Each trick is broken down into the Effect, the Secret, the Set-up, and, most important, the Performance, with lessons on what to say, how to direct the audience's attention, where to keep your hands, and so on. (In other words, how to be smart about the things your audience is surprisingly clueless about.)

Here are the Ten Greatest Card Tricks; tricks to dazzle a dinner date; tricks to perform for the boss (poke a hole through his shirt, then magically mend it); tricks especially for kids; and even tricks for an audience in another state—with "Australian Self-Help," you can find a participant's chosen card over the phone. It's the Aha! book for a subject whose time has come.

  

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Review: Magic: The Complete Course in Becoming a Magician

User Review  - Brian - Goodreads

Best book of how to perform magic I've ever read. I've learned several of the tricks and performed them successfully for friends and family. The DVD that comes with the book is worth the cost alone. Read full review

Review: Magic: The Complete Course in Becoming a Magician

User Review  - Dgg32 - Goodreads

My first magic book. Easy to follow. Read full review

Contents

IMPROMPTU MAGIC
13
DINNER DECEPTIONS
39
THE TEN GREATEST CARD TRICKS OF ALL TIME
69
KID CONJURING
115
WORKING MIRACLES
133
MONEY MAGIC
175
PARLOR PRESTIDIGITATION
211
TELEPHONE TRICKERY
241
GET YOUR ACT TOGETHER
259
IN CLOSING
267
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About the author (2008)

Joshua Jay, "one of America's finest young magicians" (Genii, The Conjurors' Magazine), has headlined at the prestigious Magic Castle in Hollywood, is a magic consultant for several multinational toy manufacturers, and has served as the monthly columnist for Magic magazine for 12 years. Recently, he consulted and developed a commercial spot for HBO, using sleight of hand to promote Game of Thrones and Boardwalk Empire. He was named the 2012 Magician of the Year by the Society of American Magicians. He lives in New York City.

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