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Naypes - Robert Mansilla


The Hype:

This book takes an artful, intellectual approach to what makes for compelling card magic for a medium-sized "parlor" audience. A mixture of essays and material, this book will redefine the way you approach your work.

In "Eureka" Mansilla explores the venerable Any-Card-At-Any-Number plot with a thrilling stage version. Many versions of ACAAN have been published, but very few have been considered for a parlor environment, with every aspect thoroughly thought through. "Eureka" is ready to go right into your show.

"Outstanding" is a handling for the classic "Out of This World" plot, and it's a treatment that gets everyone involved and is presented in a way that solves the problem of being able to see what's happening from afar.

"Card in Envelope" is exactly what you would expect. But what you might not expect is just how polished and powerful this routine is. Mansilla has, as ever, thought through every detail in how to amplify the power of a close-up trick when reapplied to a larger environment.

In total, there are a dozen routines and three major essays, including a fascinating interview with Helder Guimarães, all of which work together to help clarify your approach to parlor magic with cards. In his preface, the great Roberto Giobbi writes, "I've had the pleasure of personally seeing Roberto perform several of the pieces described in this book, and I can assure you to the best of my knowledge and competence that he simply "gets it." He's one of the few blessed who knows what he's doing, and he's doing it well. Actually, extremely well."

My Take:

Another beautiful tome from those guys at Vanishing.This one starts out explaining just what parlor magic is. I wasn't sure before but I am now. Seems like the step between close up and stage card magic. Strolling or walk about would qualify as parlor.

ACAAN is the Holy Grail for a lot of magicians with countless versions in print. Roberto's does bear a passing resemblance to Barrie Richardson's but unlike Barrie's no memorization is necessary and the deck is handed out to several people in the audience for shuffling. There are also no difficult moves to get you into position.

A good number of magicians consider Out of This World the greatest card trick ever created. I have seen a lot of versions including some gaffed decks. One big problem has been that you have to perform seated at a table. By putting some clever thinking into this, Roberto has come up with a very practical way to perform this for parlor that he calls Eureka. A special deck is needed but it will be no problem for you to make it up yourself. I guarantee you already have everything you need.

Card in the Envelope is heavily based on LePaul's routine and will require some decent card skills but the thing that makes this so special is the story he uses for patter. A story that will hold the attention of your audience and send them home with a lovely story about memories. Roberto continuously shows his writing style to be quite poetic, especially in this piece.

Two and a Half is Roberto's version of Cards Across with a twist. One of the cards that travels has been torn in two with one half being put into the magician's pocket. Of course, the two halves do match up at the end.

The General Card is a plot dating back to "Sleight of Hand" by Edwin Sachs (1877). Of course since then it has gone through many incarnations. Roberto teaches two here. One based on the work of David Ben, and the other, Persi Diaconis with some inspiration from Lance Pierce. You are made familiar with the Rashomon Principle, also known as Dual Reality.

"What Does Oblivion Look Like" is a routine that you will enjoy performing. Basically, you are shown four blank cards which are put into a glass and covered with a handkerchief. You then display the faces of four cards. With a snap of the fingers, these cards turn blank and the chosen cards are now in the glass. A powerful piece of magic and easy to do. It will require some special cards but it is likely you already have them

Karl Germain and his Wineglass Principle are thoroughly explored with a couple of routines based around it.

In Sunrise, three spectators are each given a few cards, told to think of one of them then shuffle their packets. Without touching any of the packets, the three cards are named. This is a fairly easy routine using one of my favorite principles. Give it a try.

There are also three essays by Roberto on his magic and the book ends with a conversation between him and FISM Champion Helder Guimaraes.

Some may be disappointed that no new plots are given. Roberto prefers to take classics and put his own spin on them. In this case, that is not a bad choice because he has assembled a nice collection of magic that you will enjoy. As is almost every Vanishing Inc. book, this is highly recommended.

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Thanks for the review. I’ve been thinking about how to translate card magic to a little bit of a larger audience, and this sounds like it’s exactly what I need. So thanks again I’m about to buy this…
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This book really affected my opinion of and approach to parlor card magic. I recommend it for sure.

“Thanks to Diaconus” is one of those tricks I do when handed a deck of cards at a party.
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