Magic: The Complete Course

Magic: The Complete Course

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by Joshua Jay
     
 

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Magic is everywhere, from the big spectacle celebrity of David Copperfield and Siegfried and Roy to the quirky Penn and Teller to the spooky David Blaine and Criss Angel to the endless material on YouTube. But until now, learning it has never been easy—that's all about to change with Magic, a book that does for close-up magic what How to Grill

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Magic is everywhere, from the big spectacle celebrity of David Copperfield and Siegfried and Roy to the quirky Penn and Teller to the spooky David Blaine and Criss Angel to the endless material on YouTube. But until now, learning it has never been easy—that's all about to change with Magic, a book that does for close-up magic what How to Grill does for barbecue. Written by charismatic young magician Joshua Jay, Magic combines expertise, photographs, and step-by-step directions showing how to perform 100 tricks.

Joshua Jay took home the top prize at the World Magic Seminar (the Olympics of magic) when he was just 16 years old. Ten years later, he continues to perform magic, write about magic, eat, sleep, and breathe magic. Here, he brings all his passion and knowledge to teaching magic. Each trick is broken down into the Effect, the Secret, the Set-up, and, most important, the Performance, with lessons on what to say, how to direct the audience's attention, where to keep your hands, and so on. (In other words, how to be smart about the things your audience is surprisingly clueless about.)

Here are the Ten Greatest Card Tricks; tricks to dazzle a dinner date; tricks to perform for the boss (poke a hole through his shirt, then magically mend it); tricks especially for kids; and even tricks for an audience in another state—with "Australian Self-Help," you can find a participant's chosen card over the phone. It's the Aha! book for a subject whose time has come.

Editorial Reviews

Magic Magazine
"Every 10 or 20 years a book comes along that introduces a whole new generation to the art and craft of magic. This is it!"—Stan Allen, Editor-in-Chief, Magic Magazine
From the Publisher
"Every 10 or 20 years a book comes along that introduces a whole new generation to the art and craft of magic. This is it!"—Stan Allen, Editor-in-Chief, Magic Magazine

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761149873
Publisher:
Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date:
11/08/2008
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
469,862
Product dimensions:
10.80(w) x 8.36(h) x 0.72(d)

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From the Publisher
"Finally, a book that brings the art of magic into the 21st century!"—Rick Merrill, 2006 World Champion of Magic

Meet the Author

Joshua Jay, “one of America’s finest young magicians” (Genii, The Conjurors’ Magazine), has headlined at the prestigious Magic Castle in Hollywood, is a magic consultant for several multinational toy manufacturers, and has served as the monthly columnist for Magic magazine for 12 years. Recently, he consulted and developed a commercial spot for HBO, using sleight of hand to promote Game of Thrones and Boardwalk Empire. He was named the 2012 Magician of the Year by the Society of American Magicians. He lives in New York City.

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Magic: The Complete Course 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book not only tells how to do magic, but also shows it in awesome illustrations. If your a begginer or advanced, this is definitely the book to use!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was originally learning from YouTube... and while this is a great rescource, I had virtually exhausted the supply of all the tricks worth knowing that are taught on YouTube. I was bought this book for Christmas, and I've really reaped the benefits of reading it, and learning from it's directions and tips.
Chuji More than 1 year ago
This is an easy to follow book on magic. The beauty of this book is that it comes with a DVD that clearly demonstrates many of the illusions. The author is easy to follow and enjoyable. Beginners to intermediates will find it useful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing book i was able to pull off great magic tricks
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tweety49469 More than 1 year ago
This was a gift for my 9 year old daughter. She seems to really enjoy the DVD that came with the book. Its pretty cool
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One of the finest, informative and practical books on learning magic from an incredibly talented and professional young man. Joshua Jay is the son I never had, but always yearned for. Larry Becker (Internationally acclaimed Mentalist, Author, Lecturer and winner of the "Mentalist if the Year Award." Recipient of the Psychic Entertainer's Association Achievement Award for outstanding contributions to the art of Mentalism. Awarded Lifetime Membership in the Psychic Entertainers Association. Winner of the Milbourne Christopher Foundation Literary Award for notable contributions to the Art of Magic. Author of five best selling books on Mentalism and magic. In July 1999, Larry Becker was inducted into the Society of American Magicians Hall of Fame in June 2000, awarded The Lederman Award by the Psychic Entertainers Association for outstanding creativity in Mentalism. Member of the Society of American Magicians and the International Brotherhood of Magicians.)
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is it really that good?