Professional Card Trick Secrets Revealed
Paperback ISBN: 1462120598
Magic in Theory
An Introduction To The Theoretical And Psychological Elements of Conjuring
Paperback ISBN: 1902806506
A useful manual for any magician or curious spectator who wonders why the tricks seem so real, this guide examines the psychological aspects of a magician’s work. Exploring the ways in which human psychology plays into the methods of conjuring rather than focusing on the individual tricks alone, this explanation of the general principles of magic includes chapters on the use of misdirection, sleight of hand, and reconstruction, provides a better understanding of this ancient art, and offers a section on psychics that warns of their deceptive magic skills.
Magic Is Dead
My Journey into the World's Most Secretive Society of Magicians
Hardcover ISBN: 0062839284
"Accomplished young journalist Ian Frisch, whose writing has appeared in The New Yorker, Vice, Playboy and The New York Times, threads together a personal story of the sudden death of his father, his mother's escape to the poker tables, and how his fascination with the modern magicians and their swift resurgence in popular culture led him to discover The 52, magic's most brilliant young minds who are gathering in secret and revolutionizing the art form, under the mantle MAGIC IS DEAD. Full of fascinatingcharacters, many of whom came to magic after tragic childhoods, drug addiction or lives of crime, and peppered throughout with cameos from marquee names like David Blaine and Penn Jillette, The 52 takes readers on a journey from the dark alleys of Londonand Blackpool, England to Las Vegas to Los Angeles to Ian's childhood in a camper going up and down the East Coast. Written with a keen eye for detail, The 52 is an engrossing tale that will keep you guessing until the very end, when Ian himself is invited to join"--
A Step-by-step Guide to Illusions, Sleights of Hand, and Amazing Feats
Paperback ISBN: 1599217791
Designed for visual learners, each book offers a quick-reading, picture-driven approach to a topic that includes at least three hundred color photos, clear instructions, and a chapter of useful Web sites.
The Magical Life of Long Tack Sam
Paperback ISBN: 1594482640
Written in the form of a graphic novel, a full-color biography of China's greatest magician by his great-granddaughter chronicles the extraordinary life and career of Long Tack Sam, from his youth in China's Shangdung province to his diverse roles as an acrobat, magician, comic, impresario, restaurateur, theater owner, world traveler, and more. Original. 40,000 first printing.
The Mathematical Ideas That Animate Great Magic Tricks
Hardcover ISBN: 0691151644
"Magical Mathematics reveals the secrets of amazing, fun-to-perform card tricks--and the profound mathematical ideas behind them--that will astound even the most accomplished magician. Persi Diaconis and Ron Graham provide easy, step-by-step instructions for each trick, explaining how to set up the effect and offering tips on what to say and do while performing it. Each card trick introduces a new mathematical idea, and varying the tricks in turn takes readers to the very threshold of today's mathematical knowledge. For example, the Gilbreath principle--a fantastic effect where the cards remain in control despite being shuffled--is found to share an intimate connection with the Mandelbrot set. Other card tricks link to the mathematical secrets of combinatorics, graph theory, number theory, topology, the Riemann hypothesis, and even Fermat's last theorem. Diaconis and Graham are mathematicians as well as skilled performers with decades of professional experience between them. In this book they share a wealth of conjuring lore, including some closely guarded secrets of legendary magicians. Magical Mathematics covers the mathematics of juggling and shows how the I Ching connects to the history of probability and magic tricks both old and new. It tells the stories--and reveals the best tricks--of the eccentric and brilliant inventors of mathematical magic. Magical Mathematics exposes old gambling secrets through the mathematics of shuffling cards, explains the classic street-gambling scam of three-card monte, traces the history of mathematical magic back to the thirteenth century and the oldest mathematical trick--and much more"--
Extraordinary Paranormal Tricks to Mystify and Entertain
Paperback ISBN: 1504800745
Convince your audience that you can read their minds, predict their futures, and control their thoughts. Learn 17 tricks that anyone with a little guile and patter can perform to entertain and amuse.