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Topic: Gerald Deutsch's Perverse Magic: The First Sixteen Years
Message: Posted by: landmark (Jan 9, 2019 07:22AM)
I'm so happy to announce the publication of Gerald Deutsch's book,[i] Gerald Deutsch's Perverse Magic: The First Sixteen Years[/i].



Here's the ad copy, and in the next post, I'll detail some of the inside story for Magic Café readers.

How do you take the ego out of performing magic? For sixteen years, Gerald Deutsch has been contributing effects to the Genii Magazine Forum utilizing his unique brand of magic, called “Perverse Magic.” It’s a fun, engaging style of magic where the performer is as baffled as the audience. It replaces ego with laughing interaction.

Now all of Jerry’s monthly postings have been collated and formatted into one giant hardcover volume, complete with three tables of contents--chronologically, by props used, and by category of perverseness! It also includes an extensive index of magicians, books, and periodicals cited.

There are hundreds of effects with cards, coins, balls, and table magic, all with complete directions and presentations. Over 450 pages of off-the-cuff magic, magic that you will use everyday.

And, as a wonderful bonus, all proceeds from the book go to the non-profit charity Open Heart Magic, an organization that places volunteer magicians in hospital settings to entertain young patients.

You can order the book at http://www.lulu.com/shop/gerald-deutsch/gerald-deutschs-perverse-magic-the-first-sixteen-years/hardcover/product-23935173.html

or more simply, just go to http://www.lulu.com and do a search on "Perverse Magic.
Message: Posted by: landmark (Jan 9, 2019 07:23AM)
I hope you'll excuse the length of this post, but I feel that readers of this section will enjoy hearing the background to this project

For the past sixteen years, every single month Jerry Deutsch has been posting effects to one of the most popular Genii Forum threads of all time: Perverse Magic. Finally, a few months ago, Jerry brought an end to the wonderful series. He contributed literally hundreds of effects, all in the style of presentation he called "Perverse Magic"--a style of magic that attributes the cause of magic to reasons other than the magician's egotistical will.

Jerry's posts instantly resonated with me--I had tinkered around with something I called "Accidental Magic" for a while, when I discovered that Jerry had been doing this for decades before. When I discovered Jerry's Genii thread, I was enchanted. I looked forward every month to Jerry's latest perverse entry on the Genii Forum.

I had been fooling around with self-publishing lately for non-magic related reasons, and out of my own selfishness, I decided that it would be nice to gather up all of Jerry's posts and put them into book form so that I could study Perverse Magic more closely for my own personal use. I'm a book guy, that's how I learn. So I put the book together, and after I finished I thought wouldn't it be a great tribute to Jerry to release this to the general magic public?

I didn't want to step on anyone's toes, so I asked Richard Kaufman what he thought, and he gave the project his approval. I asked Jerry, and he was happy to be getting a copy, but he preferred not to release it to the general magic public.

I prevailed upon Jerry, telling him that there were three good reasons for having the book released:
1) He deserves financial remuneration for his efforts
2) For many people, book form is more convenient to learn from than a website .
3) Most importantly, Jerry's landmark contributions to the art of magic in developing this unique form of magic should be documented, appreciated, and preserved in a more permanent way than the internet cloud.

Jerry still demurred, even after I assured him that I wanted no remuneration for myself. I was disappointed, but I continued working on the book. When it was finally finished, I sent Jerry a copy.

A few days later I got a call from Jerry, who I had never spoken to on the phone before. He was really happy about the book, and wanted to release it to the general magic public on one important condition: that all proceeds would go to charity.

I was so happy when he said this. It was the perfect solution! Jerry mentioned that he had done work volunteering in hospitals, doing magic for young patients to entertain them, and that he would like to find a charity that would support that kind of work.

We did a bit of research and we came up with what was a perfect fit: Open Heart Magic. They are a non-profit charity whose main mission specifically is to train volunteers to do magic in hospitals for young patients. We spoke to the folks at OHM, and they were happy to help set things up so that all the proceeds of Jerry's book would go to their foundation. You can take a look at the great work these people do at http://www.openheartmagic.org

Once again, I hope you take a look at the order link, and consider buying the book; Jerry's effects are terrific and well-explained, the price is right, and the cause is a great cause for magicians to support:

Message: Posted by: landmark (Jan 15, 2019 07:42AM)
Some people have asked why Jerry chose the term "Perverse Magic." He uses it as historical homage to Australian magician Charles Waller, author of [i]Up His Sleeve[/i], who in that book first described at some length this approach to magic. I thought some might enjoying seeing a reproduction of that page from Waller's 1920 book. Waller included three examples of what he called Perverse Magic. Here are the first two:

Message: Posted by: landmark (Jan 20, 2019 09:05AM)
Here a video of an effect of Jerry's that I made a few years ago. It's one of scores of effects in the book:

Message: Posted by: magicfish (Jan 23, 2019 11:50PM)
I am starting this thread to let our members know that I have just ordered my copy of Perverse Magic. 
I have been following the Perverse Magic Thread for many years . I absolutely love the magic.
My magic journey started many years ago with kitchen magic, to shop props, to advanced coin magic, close up sleight of hand, manipulation, and eventually close up card magic. 
Card magic is my passion but I always wished I could utilise my sleight of hand abilities with small objects in an entertaining way- more than just a vanish of a coin and less than a seated performance of Roth's WildCoin. 
Enter Perverse Magic. 
Mr. Deutsch's routines are simple, fooling, and fun. 
He provides the sleight of hand artist countless opportunities and scenarios to display his talents to amaze regular people in everyday situations. 
He has done so much thinking over the years and written it in Perverse Magic. 
Do you find yourself stuck just doing a French Drop or making something appear when a magic opportunity presents itself? With Perverse Magic you will be prepared in every situation, any time, with anything- for a fun to watch, engaging, simple, magical miracle that can absolutely stand on its own. 
I highly recommend Perverse Magic by Gerald Deutsch.
Almost 500 pages of rock solid close up miracles in everyday situations that you will use in every day scenarios. 
I have been waiting for this book for many years and now it is available thanks to our equally enthused member Jack Shalom.
Wanna know the best part? All of the proceeds go to charity. 
Get this book.
Message: Posted by: Hondo88 (Jan 24, 2019 11:46AM)
I agree with magicfish. This book has a lot of quick hitters. And if you're a fan of the Jerx style of audience-centric magic I think there are a lot of great ideas and presentations in this book that lend to that style. That is primarily why I bought the book and I am not disappointed. Highly recommended.
Message: Posted by: landmark (Jan 29, 2019 11:01AM)
I thought some may enjoy seeing the first two pages of the Index to Magicians, Books, and Periodicals cited:

Message: Posted by: magicfish (Jan 30, 2019 12:13PM)
My copy just arrived!
Beautiful oversize hardcover.
Gorgeous, quality publication.
Wonderful to behold.
Now...to dive in.
Message: Posted by: landmark (Apr 29, 2019 10:01AM)
M.U.M , the official magazine of the Society of American Magicians, just published a rave review by Norman Beck of Jerry's book in its new May issue. Here's the first paragraph:

"This book is not like any magic book I have — and that is a good thing. I liked it very much and will have it for a long time. I have never heard of the guy who wrote it, but he mentions being friends with Bob Elliot and David Roth. That is good enough for me."

You can order at


or just go to lulu.com and type in "Perverse Magic."
Message: Posted by: magicfish (Apr 30, 2019 11:04PM)
This is unquestionably one of my favourite books on closeup magic ever. And I doubt there is a book with more high quality close up in a single volume.
Martin Gardners Encyclopedia of Impromptu Magic may be the exception- maybe not.
Working through this book is like an education in closeup magic in that so many of the author's creations are perverse handlings and presentations of many of the most revered plots and routines in history with full credit to the originators. The author also has much of his own original material in these pages as well.
The more I work through this book , the more I see its value. The closer it stays to me.
If you want a large volume with endless, quality, closeup magic effects with everyday objects, many of them impromptu, all of them magical, that you will really use in everyday scenarios, get this book.
Message: Posted by: motown (Jun 7, 2019 10:25PM)
Does the book have photos or illustrations.
Message: Posted by: landmark (Jun 7, 2019 11:11PM)
No, it does not.

More from Norman Beck's M-U-M review: "...if you enjoy making your audience happy and fooling them as you are fooled yourself, then this is for you."
Message: Posted by: motown (Jun 8, 2019 09:03AM)
Message: Posted by: landmark (Jun 10, 2019 07:49AM)
Shhh...The fine folks at Lulu are offering a 15% discount on all books until June 13 if you use the promo code ONEFIVE.
Message: Posted by: Greg Kiefer (Jun 15, 2019 06:54PM)
Bummer. Landmark, I wished I have seen your coupon post earlier. I am planning on picking up this book soon.
Message: Posted by: landmark (Jun 17, 2019 10:05AM)
There was just a nice mention of Jerry's book by Andy at the Jerx website:

Message: Posted by: tgaffney (Jul 16, 2019 06:59AM)

What issue for the above-mentioned MUM review?

Message: Posted by: landmark (Jul 16, 2019 07:07AM)
That would be the May 2019 issue of M-U-M, with Johnny Thompson on the cover.
Message: Posted by: landmark (Jul 22, 2019 07:54AM)
Oh my. I see Lulu is offering a 15% discount on the posted price of all their products again, only until 7/25, Thursday. Enter the coupon code ONEFIVE at checkout.

Message: Posted by: landmark (Aug 27, 2019 10:20AM)
If you missed the discount last time, I see that Lulu is offering 10% off all books this week until Thursday 8/29 with the code LULU10

Now's a great time to add some entertaining foolers to your repertoire.

Message: Posted by: cerberusdog (Aug 27, 2019 05:30PM)
Just ordered the book. The coupon code covered the cost of standard shipping. Landmark, thanks for the heads up!
Message: Posted by: landmark (Aug 31, 2019 12:10PM)
Jerry wrote me last week telling me that he had recently performed for some nurses at a hospital in the Perverse manner, and it was a real illustration of how that style of magic can spread such goodwill, even in an unlikely venue.
Message: Posted by: landmark (Sep 16, 2019 06:39AM)
And... I see Lulu is having another 15% sale on all their books, including Gerald Deutsch's book, until this Thursday, 9/19. Enter the code ONEFIVE at checkout.
Message: Posted by: landmark (Dec 2, 2019 11:11AM)
WOW!! Only today--Lulu is having a 30% off sale! What a great time to pick up a few for yourself and/or others! The same amount still goes to charity for each book--Lulu takes the hit for the lower price.

Put in this promo code at checkout: CYBERMONDAY30

Message: Posted by: landmark (Dec 3, 2019 06:39AM)
LOL, good news--I just got an email from Lulu that their 30% off sale will continue for one more day, through midnight tonight, December 3. So if you missed yesterday's announcement, you have another chance.

Promo code: CYBERMONDAY30

Message: Posted by: landmark (Dec 9, 2019 12:53PM)
And...Lulu is still pushing the holiday discounts. This time it's 15% off until this Thursday 12/12. Use promo code ONEFIVE. Nice gift for yourself or friend.

Message: Posted by: landmark (Jan 15, 2020 08:47AM)
And another wonderful review in from the January 2020 issue of [i]The Linking Ring[/i], of Jerry's [i]Gerald Deutsch's Perverse Magic: The First Sixteen Years[/i].

Here are some excerpts:

* "The scope is astonishing and comprehensive, covering a number of props from cards to coins and olives and settings from stage to casual dining with friends."

* "The book is suitable for all skill levels...The benefit for all skill levels is in studying how Deutsch takes tricks, including many which are commonly known, and applies his thinking of perverse magic to their scripting."

* "Reading the book gave me ideas of how to perform the tricks that Deutsch offers, as well as how to apply the concepts to tricks I already know. [It's] an important contribution to the magic community because it allows for strong thinking well beyond its pages."

Click on the link right below in my signature for more information and how to order at popular prices.
Message: Posted by: landmark (Mar 23, 2020 07:48AM)
...And Lulu is having another 20% off sale off all Lulu books through this Thursday 3/26 with promo code LULU20

A perfect time to pick up the Perverse Magic book filled iwth great magic for family and friends:

Message: Posted by: landmark (Mar 30, 2020 08:05AM)
And 20% off again from all Lulu books, through April 2nd with code LULU20

The nice thing is that the same amount still goes to charity for each of Jerry Deutsch's books--Lulu takes the hit for the lower price.

Message: Posted by: magicfish (Mar 30, 2020 08:05PM)
I strongly urge all closeup workers to take advantage of this deal.
This book is loaded.
Message: Posted by: landmark (May 27, 2020 01:51PM)
I'm happy to announce that Lulu has recovered from their site remodeling, and you can now order Jerry's book again.

[url=https://www.lulu.com/en/us/shop/gerald-deutsch/gerald-deutschs-perverse-magic-the-first-sixteen-years/hardcover/product-1z9p5rn5.html]Click here to get [i]Gerald Deutsch's Perverse Magic: The First Sixteen Years[/i][/url]

All proceeds to Open Heart Magic charity.
Message: Posted by: Nev Blenk (May 31, 2020 03:36AM)
Bought this book before lockdown and cannot recommend it enough. Full of 'why didn't I think of that !!' moments for me. For the price its absolutley loaded with ideas and workings.

Message: Posted by: Greg Kiefer (May 31, 2020 10:57AM)
I’ve placed my order. I believe this book of magic is in my realm. Fun and intimate gathering style of magic.
Message: Posted by: landmark (Jun 15, 2020 11:21AM)
Heads up--15% off all Lulu print products starting today until Friday with the code FIFTEEN.

Message: Posted by: landmark (Jul 16, 2020 10:20AM)
Once again, Lulu has announced that there's a discount of 15% off all Lulu published books until tomorrow, Friday, 7/17 with code PUBLISH15

It's a nice time to add to your repertoire.

See the link below in my signature.
Message: Posted by: landmark (Jul 20, 2020 04:56PM)
Lulu says 10% off all print books until Friday 7/24 with code PRINT10.

See the link below in my signature.
Message: Posted by: Paul H (Jul 22, 2020 01:26PM)
I also now have this book and it is really is a special tomb. It is currently my favorite magic book and has helped me realise a type of fun magic that suits my style and has led to many creative ideas. Many thanks to Gerald Deutsch and Landmark for bringing this to the magic community. It receives my highest recommendation.
Best wishes,
Paul H
Message: Posted by: landmark (Jul 27, 2020 07:25AM)
Whoopee! Lulu is giving 15% off all print orders until Friday July 31 11:59 PM ET, with code CREATIVE15.

See the link below in my signature.