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Topic: Where can I find Swami Mantra?
Message: Posted by: TravisRobertson (Aug 8, 2008 10:11PM)
I've been looking for this book on the internet for quite some time but have been unable to find a site that actually has it available for purchase. I've heard rumors of a reprint but haven't heard much about it since. Does anyone know somewhere that I can purchase this book? Thanks in advance for your help.
Message: Posted by: T-RAY (Aug 8, 2008 10:32PM)
Message: Posted by: Freak Prodigy (Aug 8, 2008 11:19PM)
I hope you don't want it to learn sideshow stunts.
Message: Posted by: ElectricBlue (Aug 10, 2008 08:30PM)
Yup, Big no for learning stunts find a real live person to teach you and you will do much better. Other than that it is mostly magic tricks. So unless your in to those then its not worth it though it is interesting to read.
Message: Posted by: TravisRobertson (Aug 12, 2008 09:28PM)
Penguin's website says that it is out of stock. Is there some other place that it is available? I don't want to buy to learn side show effects. I just think that it would be an interesting read and hopefully expand my magic horizons in some way. Thanks for the help so far.....but does anyone know where it is actually available and NOT sold out? Thanks.
Message: Posted by: Danny Borneo (Aug 13, 2008 08:12AM)
It's out of print, the publisher may eventually reprint it (Kaufman), but usually it's a few years before he does a reprint, like with "New Magic of Japan" and/or "Five Times Five Japan". You could always email Richard and ask him if he has any plans. Other than that you'd have to probably hit up the secondary market (ie Ebay, Half, etc.), you may by chance find some obscure dealer that has a spare copy in stock or maybe in the "For Sale" section, but the likelihood is slim. Best of luck to you, but I wouldn't pay a lot for it, while you're correct that it's an entertaining read, that's about all it is. Not much mind expanding material in it.
Message: Posted by: JAlenS (Aug 23, 2008 09:19AM)
I found one in stock at

This book is incredible. Even if you don't want to do sideshow stunts. :)
Message: Posted by: Freak Prodigy (Aug 24, 2008 01:08AM)
No... it is interesting and worth having but not incredible, never attempt to learn a sideshow skill from this book.
Message: Posted by: Danny Borneo (Aug 24, 2008 06:51AM)
I wouldn't even go that far.
Message: Posted by: Freak Prodigy (Aug 24, 2008 10:35AM)
Message: Posted by: TravisRobertson (Jan 8, 2009 05:30PM)
I found one!! If anyone else is looking for Swami/Mantra it is available from Magic Books by Post:

Message: Posted by: dpe666 (Jun 25, 2009 10:46AM)
Oh, but Swami/Mantra gives such great advice when "teaching" sideshow stunts. One of the best pieces of advice is at the end of "Blockhead". It reads, "The effect is extremely impressive, and requires NO PRACTICE OR EFFORT, except the showmanship in selling it." In my opinion, anyone who attempts Blockhead after reading Swami/Mantra is going to die. :devilish:
Message: Posted by: Lewispetter (Jul 26, 2009 06:04AM)
I found a site where swami mantra is only $30 , http://xtrememagics.net
This is the only site where still SWAMI MANTRA available in a newer format.enjoy!
Message: Posted by: Jeff Dial (Jan 20, 2011 07:01PM)
Remember what they say about something sounding too good to be true?

Quote from xteremagics.net

"Note : Physical copy is rare but available in many site . But we are only site supplying Digital format."

I'm guessing Richard Kaufman didn't publish the digital edition.

This user only has two posts on the Café and they are exactly the same. Coincidence? I think not.
Message: Posted by: jondark445 (Jan 20, 2011 11:18PM)
Wait, wait, wait....so the whole "eat a banana" thing suggested by Swami Mantra won't work? Uh oh.



Message: Posted by: Harley Newman (Jan 21, 2011 04:52AM)
OMG! How many bananas have you eaten? Are you ok?
Message: Posted by: The Curator of the Unusual (Jan 21, 2011 07:46AM)
Message: Posted by: Crossroads Mystic (Apr 25, 2011 08:45AM)
There is currently a copy for sale in Let's Make a Magic Deal.
Message: Posted by: Parrott (Apr 28, 2011 03:08PM)
I'm not a massive fan of Swami-Mantra myself. It's pushed as this big geek book, but over 90% of it is about cards and coins. Now as a generl magic book it's okay, it just seems like a waste. And certainly not a geek book