Magic For Dummies

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You don’t need a white tiger, expensive props, or hours of preparation to do magic. With a little practice, some clever misdirection (which lays at the heart of all magic tricks), and showmanship, you can surprise family, friends, and coworkers using a few everyday items!

If you’re looking to saw a beautiful women in half or make buildings disappear, we’re sorry, but this book isn’t you. But if you want to act out little miracles that you can perform on the spur of the moment ...

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Overview

You don’t need a white tiger, expensive props, or hours of preparation to do magic. With a little practice, some clever misdirection (which lays at the heart of all magic tricks), and showmanship, you can surprise family, friends, and coworkers using a few everyday items!

If you’re looking to saw a beautiful women in half or make buildings disappear, we’re sorry, but this book isn’t you. But if you want to act out little miracles that you can perform on the spur of the moment with items that are usually within reach, then Magic For Dummies can show you how.

Magic For Dummies features more than 90 easy-to-perform deceptions, illusions, and sleights of hand for any event or occasion. You’ll discover how to perform entertaining card tricks, coin tricks, disappearing acts, as well as the always-popular mind reading trick. You’ll even see how easy it is to make money disappear as well as melt a saltshaker! Chock-full of show-stopping tricks, Magic For Dummies will:

  • Get you started with easy-to-learn magic tricks
  • Let you turn a restaurant into a your stage with tricks that include utensils, mugs, and even food
  • Show you how to use a deck of cards to perform endless magic tricks
  • Make you the life of the party with tricks such as “Call This Number,” “The Strength Test,” and “The Phantom Photo”
  • Get you out of tough situations by giving you ten things to say when things go wrong

Filled with photos, patter, and presentation tips for every trick in the book, Magic For Dummies offers a great opportunity to become familiar with some of the coolest magic tricks ever performed. With the help of author David Pogue and the stunning tricks contributed by thirty-five of America’s top professional magicians, you’ll be leaving your friends, family, and coworkers spellbound at your mastery of the mystical arts.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764551017
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/28/1998
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 408
  • Sales rank: 379,709
  • Product dimensions: 9.12 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

About David Pogue David Pogue is a member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians and has performed magic at parties, special events, on TV, and even over the radio for 25 years. He created and taught the beginning magic programs at the New School for Social Research and the Learning Annex. He has been known to mesmerize audiences with his magic tricks while on tour promoting his many bestselling books, including Macs' For Dummies®, 5th Edition, Opera For Dummies®, and Classical Music For Dummies®. Contributor Mark Levy, magic consultant, has levitated and read spectators' minds for nearly 30 years. His writings have appeared in some of magic's most revered literary sources, including Richard Kaufman's CardMagic, Apocalypse magazine, and Magic.

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Table of Contents

Introduction.

PART I: Becoming Magical.

Chapter 1: All Form, No Content.

Chapter 2: The Instant Gratification Chapter.

PART II: Wizardry Anywhere.

Chapter 3: The Financial Wizard.

Chapter 4: New Uses for Old Office Supplies.

Chapter 5: What to Do with Other People's Clothing.

Chapter 6: Take It Outside, Pal.

PART III: The Restaurant Zone.

Chapter 7: Cutlery Is Your Friend.

Chapter 8: Playing with Your Food.

Chapter 9: Matches Made in Heaven.

Intermission.

PART IV: Pick a Card . Trick.

Chapter 10: I Could Have Dealt All Night.

Chapter 11: The Build-Your-Own-Card-Trick Kit.

PART V: Party Time.

Chapter 12: Rope.

Chapter 13: I Knew That!

Chapter 14: Group Hysteria.

PART VI: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 15: Ten Basics of Good Magic.

Chapter 16: Ten Classic Moments in Magic History.

Chapter 17: Ten Dead Magicians Worth Knowing.

Chapter 18: Ten Things to Say When Things Go Wrong.

Chapter 19: Ten Ways to Get More into Magic.

PART VII: Appendixes.

Appendix A: Magic Stores, Publishers, Societies, and Magazines.

Appendix B: Magic Words: A Glossary.

Appendix C: Trickography.

Index.

Book Registration Information.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2000

    A Good Book

    'Magic For Dummies' is a very good book. It shows how to do some mind-bending tricks of all kinds that most people wouldn't even be able to dream of doing. If you are the kind of person who likes to amaze people with what sems like the impossible then this is the book for you.

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