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I'm looking for a close up book and this one looks promising but I have not been able to find much about it. If anyone owns it and can give me a brief review I would greatly appreciate it.

If you don't have this but have another recomendation please give it as well.
I'm looking for close up magic with more than cards.

Thanks for any help!

Brian
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I have this, though couldn't give a good review as it has been years since I read it. Mike Power's has a great book on close up magic, it's currently Book of 2006 by a long way as voted by Café members. What other stuff other than Card magic is it you want to learn?
www.magicman13.co.uk

Copies of the limited edition 'MindPlay' still available
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I, too, have this, and I can say that it is a fantastic book. If you are interested in a pretty detailed table of contents, check out the following:

http://magicref.tripod.com/booksjr/ouelletclose.htm

As you can see, there is a lot of stuff there, from cards to coins, to sponge balls and even a few thimble sleights. The hints given throughout are worth the price of the book alone. One of my favorite routines from the book is the Silverdust routine. Do be forewarned however, there are some things in there that Ouellet assumes you know or have. For example, the Hirata Master Move, taught in his booklet the Silver Passage, is mentioned in the Silverdust routine, but not taught. Still, it is a great book that I come back to from time to time.

Hope that helps some.

-B
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I think it is definitely worth a read. One of my favorite tricks to perform for laymen is in here (Quarterback). There is also a lot of stuff here that gets you thinking about your magic. I remember seeing a demo of the stuff in this book when it first came out. That was a long time ago. Man does time fly. Hope that helps.

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Well I've decided on something different, I've ordered David Regals Close Up and Personal. Hopefully a good choice? Ouellets book looked good I just am not familiar with his work, maybe I should be?

Thanks for the input
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Regal's book is also an excellent choice. Funny I was just flipping through it this morning before I left for work. You will not be disappointed--he has some wonderfully creative material.

Best,

Brandon
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There is also a companion video to Close-Up Illusions. It's not really a teaching video but is meant to be a companion to the book so that you can see the sleights performed.

-Brian
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I have all four of Regal's book (and all DVDs) and highly recommend each and every one of them. You will love Close-Up and Personal, and should then run out and get both volumes of Constant Fooling. Be sure to pick up a pack of mouse traps while you're at it ( Smile ).
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