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I found this book in the 'bargain' bin at Border's in New York and I have to say this has to be one of the finest (and perhaps most underrated) books I've ever seen for beginners. It's large, well-prodced, well written, wonderfully illustrated and covers most of your basic sleights in cards, coins and paper money, mentalism, cups and balls, rope, matches, thimbles, silk and other objects leaving the reader ready to move on to more sophisticated books and collections like Giobbi's fabulous Card College series and tomes by Ortiz, Jennings, Dingle and others.

It starts with a nice brief history then goes on to the first section on cards. The effects as you might suspect are CLASSIC and nearly universally acclaimed by all. Plus there's tons of practical advice on the performance of all the effects.

My conclusion is this might be one of the best introductory books on Magic ever made. Publisher is Hermes House in the U.K.

Just curious if anyone else has run across this most unusually well done book.
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I've had this for a few years, and it is a first class book that is rarely mentioned. Can be had from a Bargain Section at Barnes and Noble or Borders quite often. The photos in it are wonderful, and the paper high-quality. I echo your comments on the book, and have given it to 3 different young people interested in magic. He also has a second book on Illusions, but it is not quite as good a book as this one in breadth fo beginners.

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I also found this to be a great, and often overlooked book...
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Another vote for this book. I have taken multiple items from the book, changed the patter for my audience, and voila! Another world class miracle LOL! This book truly has been overlooked!


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I see it on eBay a lot.
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Got one from Borders last year for $5. Nice book,good deal.
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