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School Library Journal11/01/2013
Gr 3–7—Budding young magicians will appreciate these how-to volumes. The steps for each trick are clearly explained and accompanied by equally clear photos. The emphasis is on having readers show what they've learned to friends; many tips for performing effectively are sprinkled throughout the titles. ("Act surprised when you pull out the beat up shoe to add fun for the audience.") Materials needed for each of the 9 to 11 exercises in each book include ordinary objects such as decks of cards, double-stick tape, coins, etc. The number of steps per trick ranges, and while some are challenging, most are approachable.