Magic
Celebrations of Curious Characters
Celebrations of Curious Characters
Hardcover      ISBN: 1936365030
Celebrations of Curious Characters cracks open the personal vaults of Ricky Jay--raconteur, historian, and one of the world's great sleight-of-hand artists--exposing a wonderful world of amusing and arcane knowledge. Adapted from his popular radio series "Jay's Journal of the Air," Celebrations of Curious Characters features one-page anecdotes of mind-bending performers (limbless jugglers, banjo-picking birds, Anglo-Texan saxophone-playing siamese twins) paired with engravings, mezzotints, and broadsheets from the author's remarkable collection. You'll find engaging vignettes on a daunting variety of topics: musical prodigies, cannon-ball catchers, conmen, card cheats, and performing politicians. Plus, a man who made a model of Lincoln Cathedral out of 1,000,800 bottle corks; a woman continuously pregnant for six-and-a-half years; a theatrical strong man who became the world's leading Egyptologist; and a healthy number of digressions on time, money, and the argot of thieves.
Charles Jordan's Best Card Tricks: With 265 Illustrations
Charles Jordan's Best Card Tricks
With 265 Illustrations
Paperback      ISBN: 0486269310

One of the legendary figures in the history of card magic, Charles T. Jordan (1888-1944) is known for the astonishing range of his inventive ability, the subtlety of his thinking, and the fact that so many of his creations have become magic classics. Although he did not perform in public, he profoundly influenced later generations of magicians and his writings embody many of the fundamental principles used in card magic today.
In this volume, one of today's best-known writers on magic has compiled a wealth of Jordan's most impressive card tricks -- impromptu tricks, banded-deck tricks, stacked-deck tricks, sleight-of-hand tricks, prepared-card tricks, shuffle systems, four-ace tricks, tricks using stripper decks and one-way decks, and many more. Now you can learn amazing feats of card manipulation that not only baffle amateurs but fool professional magicians as well. To aid the amateur performer, Karl Fulves has completely rewritten each trick, added explanatory details where necessary, and suggested simpler alternative techniques to complicated or advanced methods.
By following the carefully written and illustrated instructions in this book you can add these mystifying manipulations to your card conjuring repertoire: The Incomprehensible Destroyed Card, The Triple Escape, Psychic Prediction, Quadruple Concentration, Bewildero, An Impromptu Detection, Satan's Prophecy, The Demon Color Change, Long-Distance Mind Reading, The Bewitched Aces, The Master Riddle, The Electrified Strippers, The Stabbed Pair, and scores of others. Over 260 illustrations by Joseph Schmidt augment the text and demonstrate the techniques needed to master each trick.

Coin Magic: The Complete Book of Coin Tricks
Coin Magic
The Complete Book of Coin Tricks
Hardcover      ISBN: 1944686266

Have some extra change rattling around in your pocket? Need a new party trick? Coin Magic: The Complete Book of Coin Tricks is your go-to reference for astonishing any audience--friends, family, people on the street, or even strangers sitting in a theater seat seeing your first public performance. Everyone will be amazed by your ability to captivate and charm.

Originally published in the 1930s, this highly acclaimed coin magic book from master of manipulation Jean Hugard is still a leading authority today for magicians everywhere. Whether you're an active professional magician looking to add to your repertoire or just someone learning tricks for fun, this classic book is a comprehensive collection of coin magic--with more than one hundred tips and tricks to help you master the craft of illusion and sleight of hand. Additionally, this book includes dozens of illustrations to guide readers through tricks, making them much easier for them to grasp visually.

Included with this edition is a brand new foreword written by award-winning coin magician and expert on twentieth-century coin magic technique David Roth, making this edition of Coin Magic the quintessential authority on the subject.
Crone's Book of Charms & Spells
Crone's Book of Charms & Spells
2nd Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 1567188117

This charming little magic book holds the carefully guarded secrets that a wise woman of bygone days could have penned in her grimoire by candlelight. Herbal elixirs, powerful charms, amulets, balms for all folk who come to her seeking their heart's desire: enhanced health and healing, protection, love, marriage, fertility, wealth, youthfulness, beauty.

Quaint and mystic, this treasury of lore also describes twelve rituals to guide you through the mysteries of a full year of seasons. Begin with an ice-sparkling ceremony for the first day of the year and celebrate the winter solstice in a glorious burst of red and gold fire. Each ceremony grows out of the unchanging truths of the cycle of seasons and of the universe itself.

Curso de Magia Tarbell 7
Curso de Magia Tarbell 7
Spanish    Hardcover      ISBN: 8415058071

What started out as a correspondence course in magic ended up becoming a masterpiece in magic literature. Remarkably detailed and clearly explained, this course includes theory, technique, and psychology, along with impactful routines. Eight volumes in all, each containing 600 pages complete this set of five books. The most respected course in magic that serves the needs of both beginners and professionals. A must-have for every magic library

El Falso Pulgar
El Falso Pulgar
Spanish    Paperback      ISBN: 8489749256

A complete treatise, full of surprises and secrets never before revealed about the most popular, practical, and useful accessory among amateur and professional magicians: the fake thumb. The straightforward language in this work, as well as the 320 illustrations accompanying the text, allow the reader to learn the basic manipulations, the most used techniques, and more than fifty powerful and highly entertaining tricks in a short time. It also provides a complete review of the best magic tricks as well as a special section with the most eye-catching fake-thumb routines. The Great Henry, through the pages of this book, offers us his best secrets, so we can trick and entertain our friends with the routines described herein.

Encyclopedia of Card Tricks
Encyclopedia of Card Tricks
Paperback      ISBN: 0486212521

In the first decades of the twentieth century magicians filled the magic journals with articles on card tricks, giving improvements on classic tricks and inventing new ones. If you could put together a collection of these magazines you would have almost a complete course on card tricks, by some of the world's greatest magicians. But where could you find these journals now that they are probably collector's items? And even if you could find them, how much would such a collection cost? Not very much. Because all the best of these tricks are available in this one monumental book, containing nearly every practical card trick produced, invented, and improved by magicians over a span of forty years and more.
A truly staggering collection, this book explains how to perform over 600 professional card tricks: impromptu card tricks, spelling tricks, "you do as I do" tricks, diachylon (a paste for gluing cards together) tricks, calculation tricks; tricks using key cards, slick cards, double-backed cards, reversed cards, short cards; tricks based on a one-way pack, prearranged pack, Svengali pack, Mene-Tekel pack, stripper pack; special packs; miscellaneous tricks including Everywhere and Nowhere, The Case of the Four Kings, Card in the Orange, The Buddha Whispers, and Inseparable Aces; and a final chapter on tricks using the famous Nikola Card System. In addition, a chapter on technique explains the most important sleights ― the overhand shuffle, riffle shuffle, false cut, palm, simple pass, double lift, glide, and force.
Based on a volume compiled by Dr. Wilhelm Von Deusen and Glenn G. Gravatt, this collection was thoroughly revised by Jean Hugard and completely rewritten. It is easily the finest single compendium of classic card tricks, and the clear style makes the instructions easy to follow. An indispensable book for the professional or amateur magician, it is a magnificent source for anyone who wants just the right tricks to mystify his friends or delight his children.

The Everything Card Tricks Book: Over 100 Amazing Tricks to Impress Your Friends and Family!
The Everything Card Tricks Book
Over 100 Amazing Tricks to Impress Your Friends and Family!
2nd Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 1593374216

Master the exciting art of card magic with The Everything Card Tricks Book. Featuring intriguing party tricks guaranteed to awe and entertain, this easy-to-follow guide has all you need to impress even the toughest skeptics.

Instruction progresses from basic to advanced as you learn to handle everything from simple tricks to the most slippery deceptions. Structured for all levels, this is the only reference that all ages can enjoy - with or without an audience

Includes helpful hints on:
  • Engaging your audience
  • Shuffling and cutting
  • Caring for your cards
  • Clever card placement
  • Presenting with flourish
With fully illustrated step-by-step instructions, The Everything Card Tricks Book is your one-stop resource to learn the electrifying art of card magic - the fast and fun way
Expert Card Technique
Expert Card Technique
Paperback      ISBN: 0486217558

If you have ever tried to do a card trick and failed, you know what it is to be embarrassed. You may try to cover up by doing a more difficult trick and fail again. The way out of this dilemma, however, is not immediate, but it is reliable: a surer mastery of technique. This means the proper instruction book, and practice.
In this definitive work on card technique, step-by-step instructions teach you the correct methods for the basic manipulations and the more advanced flourishes, and only then allow you to learn tricks. Offering the most foolproof methods available, Jean Hugard and Fredrick Braue explain such basic manipulations as the palm, the shuffle, the lift, the side slip, the pass, the glimpse, the jog, and the reverse. They detail various false deals, crimps, and changes and the more advanced execution needed for forces, fans, and the use of the prearranged deck. Also presented is a wide variety of tricks, including discoveries, self-working tricks, one-handed tricks, stranger cards, and such individually famous tricks as the four aces, the rising cards, and the Zingone spread. In addition, the authors include a complete compendium of shakedown sleights -- to warn the card player and aid the entertainer -- and a performer's guide to misdirection and patter.
Many of the methods explained were revealed here for the first time, while many previously known tricks are presented in improved versions. In every case the aim is simplicity of technique for the purpose of mystifying an audience, not technique for the sake of technique. An unsurpassed collection of methods and manipulations, this classic work will help any aspiring magician to achieve expert card technique.

Fooling Houdini: Magicians, Mentalists, Math Geeks, and the Hidden Powers of the Mind
Fooling Houdini
Magicians, Mentalists, Math Geeks, and the Hidden Powers of the Mind
Paperback      ISBN: 0061766224

From the back rooms of New York City's age-old magic societies to cutting-edge psychology labs, three-card monte games on Canal Street to glossy Las Vegas casinos, Fooling Houdini recounts Alex Stone's quest to join the ranks of master magicians.

As he navigates this quirky and occasionally hilarious subculture populated by brilliant eccentrics, Stone pulls back the curtain on a community shrouded in secrecy, fueled by obsession and brilliance, and organized around one overriding need: to prove one's worth by deceiving others.

But his journey is more than a tale of tricks, gigs, and geeks. By investing some of the lesser-known corners of psychology, neuroscience, physics, history, and even crime, all through the lens of trickery and illusion, Fooling Houdini arrives at a host of startling revelations about how the mind works--and why, sometimes, it doesn't.