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eryanic
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Hey people..
Anyone has read BOTH these books??
If so, how do you compare the 2 books?
I have Impossibilia, but would like to know how Smoke and Mirrors is like...Is it as good as Impossibilia? Better? Totally different? Similar?
Please help.
Thanks
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Impossibilia is very good, but S&M is superb.
Every problem contains the seeds of its own solution. Unfortunately every problem also contains the seeds of an infinite number of non-solutions, so that first part really isn't super helpful.
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I have both, Smoke and Mirrors is better IMO...
eryanic
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Are both "similar" in style??

Does Smoke and Mirrors require those gaff wallets and other gaffs like Impossibilia?
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Both are very good books, but Smoke And Mirrors is a step up for my taste.
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I like both,Mental Shock is my favorite from Impossibilia.Twilight Zone from (S&M).Thats a default abbrieviation.
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Smoking...Sombody stop me!(Deja-Vu!)
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I only have Smoke and Mirrors but I have the videos of both. They both seem good.
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I've gotten 4 or 5 routines that I perform constantly out of each book. Get 'em both if you can...you can't go wrong!
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What kind of magic can I find in those books?
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Quote:
On 2004-11-24 13:12, ekozuch wrote:
What kind of magic can I find in those books?


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I have found that the material in Smoke and Mirrors is cleverer, but the stuff in Impossibilia is more useable. For what it's worth, John agreed with me when I mentioned this to him at a lecture.

But they are both great books, and recommended.

Take care, Ian
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The last effect in smoke & mirrors....killer.
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I absolutely adore all of John Bannon's stuff.
He's brilliant!
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Where can one buy smoke & mirrors?
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Impossibilia is great...
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I got my copy at hollywood magic..but that was like 2 years ago, or more.
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The best tricks in Impossibilia are better than the best tricks in Smoke and Mirrors. However, on average, Smoke and Mirrors has better tricks.

I have 3 things in my repitoire from Impossibilia, and 2 from Smoke and Mirrors.

The best collection of Bannons material, is his first A-1 video. It seems to have the most of the best tricks from Impossibilia and Smoke and Mirrors.
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I think Smoke and Mirrors is the better of the two. Just today I had to return the copy I had borrowed from a local magician friend of S&M. I own Impossibilia and I think it is a great book, but S&M is better. I emailed Richard Kaufman last night about if he is going to reprint it sometime in the future and his reply was a reprint is slated for 2005...
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