Magic Skills

Overview

Learn some essential skills all magicians use

Perfect some crafty card tricks

Make money vanish, then reappear

Astound your friends with mysterious mind-reading

Harness the power of science for extraordinary effects

Magic Skills show you how to get started on a wide range of performance tricks. It is packed...

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Overview

Learn some essential skills all magicians use

Perfect some crafty card tricks

Make money vanish, then reappear

Astound your friends with mysterious mind-reading

Harness the power of science for extraordinary effects

Magic Skills show you how to get started on a wide range of performance tricks. It is packed with ideas, techniques, and tips and includes advice, information, and clear step-by-step instructions.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Heather Christensen
You can go to school to learn to be a doctor, but magicians go through a different learning process. Young performers can learn a few basic tricks in this helpful beginning book. Many of the tricks use props like cards, rope, or money, or other basic household items. Readers are shown basic sleight-of-hand techniques as well as the art of misdirection. Color illustrations help demonstrate various moves, which are broken down into numbered steps. Most of the tricks are fairly detailed, and students will need good reading skills to be able to follow them. Chapters also include historical facts about magic as well as tips (marked with a light bulb) and safety warnings (a red exclamation point draws attention to these). Turnbull highlights the importance of the performance aspect of magic, encouraging future magicians to build dramatic skills by taking acting classes and observing other magicians. A short glossary defines specific magic terms. Unfortunately, instead of a bibliography or recommended reading page, this book only lists website addresses, some of which either don't work, or send the reader to commercialized pages. Overall, this is an adequate resource for schools and public libraries needing magic books for young readers. Reviewer: Heather Christensen
School Library Journal
Gr 3–6—Packed with useful advice and practical tips, these well-illustrated guides are good introductions. Even kids with expertise in the subjects will find something new and interesting to try. Step-by-step instructions are exceptionally well written and easy to follow, although the books quite properly note that practice-sometimes a great deal of it-may be necessary in order to master a skill such as juggling, while other activities, such as using papier-mâché, tolerate a high degree of imprecision. Of particular note are the "What's Next?" sections, which suggest additional skills to try and potential related careers. Safety tips, "Super Facts," and handy hints are highlighted in sidebars. Almost irresistible.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781770921481
  • Publisher: Black Rabbit Books
  • Publication date: 1/1/2014

Table of Contents

That's impossible! 4

Magic Basics 6

Perfect Props 8

Money Magic 10

Paper Pranks 12

Card Magic 14

Shuffling Tricks 16

More Card Skills 18

Rope Tricks 20

Mind-Reading Magic 22

Science Magic 24

Extreme Magic 26

What Next? 28

Glossary 30

Useful Websites 31

Index 32

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