Amazing Irv's Handbook of Everyday Magic: Tricks to Confuse, Amuse, and Entertain in Every Situation

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Quirk Books, 2002 - Games & Activities - 176 pages
Create magic wherever you go with Amazing Irv's Handbook of Everyday Magic - a sophisticated, hip, how-to guide to making magic with everyday objects in everyday situations. From how to levitate yourself to impress your kids and how to successfully read your boss's mind, to how to charm and disarm a potential mugger, you'll be able to amaze your family, co-workers, friends, and fellow commuters in no time flat. More than 40 tricks - complete with step-by-step instructions and detailed illustrations that focus close in on the sleight-of-hand - are divided into sections on creating magic at home, at work, on the go, and on the town. Each trick is introduced by irreverent, semi-practical anecdotes that teach you just the right time and place for performing them. With Amazing Irv's Handbook of Everyday Magic, you'll never again need to rely on a joke to be entertaining.

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Amazing Irv's Handbook of Everyday Magic is like the late Amazing Irv, a funny, practical, and very down-to-earth collection of effects that can be done with very ordinary objects. Althugh not all the tricks are impromptu, they almost all give the impression of being created on the spot, except for the fact that some of them are really quite amazing, as priomised by Irv's not so modest name. These tricks may seem pedestrian when reading through the book because generally they are not flashy or glamorous: how do you make a banana glamorous? But if you ever visited Irv in his Philadelphia magic shop, Hocus Pocus, you know how a master magician, which Irv was, can make the simplest materials create moments of wonder. The book is simple, but not simple minded. The tricks are done with ordinary objects, but the effects are not ordinary. And both the book and the magic explained is fun, and taught by an educator who specialized in teaching teachers how to make learning fun. The perfect book for an adultt and child to explore together. 

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“Amazing” Irv Furmanteaches a course in magic at Temple University and is the owner of Hocus Pocus Magic Shop in Philadelphia.

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