The Pocket Guide to Magic

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Abracadabra! Hocus pocus! Allakazam! Happis crappis! Say it together now-magic! Take a peek inside the magician's secret wardrobe to discover the tricks of the trade, the tales of derring-do, and the people who made the magic happen.

Demystifying the mystical is the popular, raucous, ready-to-trick-his-own-mother Bart King! But what, you may ask, can Bart do? He can, dear friends, show you the ways of the most secretive magicians in the world. ...

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Overview

Abracadabra! Hocus pocus! Allakazam! Happis crappis! Say it together now-magic! Take a peek inside the magician's secret wardrobe to discover the tricks of the trade, the tales of derring-do, and the people who made the magic happen.

Demystifying the mystical is the popular, raucous, ready-to-trick-his-own-mother Bart King! But what, you may ask, can Bart do? He can, dear friends, show you the ways of the most secretive magicians in the world. Without further ado, The Pocket Guide to Magic!

Bart King is the author of The Big Book of Boy Stuff, The Big Book of Girl Stuff, The Pocket Guide to Mischief, and The Pocket Guide to Games. Bart lives in Portland, Oregon, where he is currently sawing himself in half while swallowing a sword. See magic demonstrations at www.bartking.net.

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Editorial Reviews

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Bart King is my new hero. On the surface, his books might look like they're getting by on being similar to the ubiquitous Dangerous Book for Boys. King's pocket guides-with illustrations of paper airplanes, Chuck Taylors, and a slingshot on their covers-do cash in on that kind of scrappy retro charm. But these books are something entirely different.

These books are hilarious. And informative-if you want to know how to get the best of your nemesis or play toilet tag. What makes these special is not only that they're well-written, well-designed, and funny, but also that they present information that is actually new and actually useful (again, useful to the sorts of people who like to play toilet tag).

A few tantalizing sample tastes:
From The Pocket Guide to Mischief: "You'll need some cream cheese. First, roll the deodorant out maybe half an inch . . ."
From The Pocket Guide to Games: "Fill several balloons with water, and hang one from a tree . . ."
From The Pocket Guide to Boy Stuff: "Here are two hand-grenade designs that you can use that won't start a fire . . ."

If these don't seem gender-neutral enough, and you have a daughter who is into this kind of thing, rest assured that Bart King also has girl versions: The Big Book of Girl Stuff gracefully and barely touches on puberty, but includes plenty of pranks, code names, and hijinx for kids who like bright pink more than baseballs on the covers of their books.

Should someone you know be interested, visit the author's web site: bartking.net. It includes video clips illustrating some of the guides' proposed activities!
— Katy Killilea

Kidoinfo - Katy Killilea
Bart King is my new hero. On the surface, his books might look like they’re getting by on being similar to the ubiquitous Dangerous Book for Boys. King’s pocket guides—with illustrations of paper airplanes, Chuck Taylors, and a slingshot on their covers—do cash in on that kind of scrappy retro charm. But these books are something entirely different.

These books are hilarious. And informative—if you want to know how to get the best of your nemesis or play toilet tag. What makes these special is not only that they’re well-written, well-designed, and funny, but also that they present information that is actually new and actually useful (again, useful to the sorts of people who like to play toilet tag).

A few tantalizing sample tastes:
From The Pocket Guide to Mischief: “You’ll need some cream cheese. First, roll the deodorant out maybe half an inch . . .”
From The Pocket Guide to Games: “Fill several balloons with water, and hang one from a tree . . .”
From The Pocket Guide to Boy Stuff: “Here are two hand-grenade designs that you can use that won’t start a fire . . .”

If these don’t seem gender-neutral enough, and you have a daughter who is into this kind of thing, rest assured that Bart King also has girl versions: The Big Book of Girl Stuff gracefully and barely touches on puberty, but includes plenty of pranks, code names, and hijinx for kids who like bright pink more than baseballs on the covers of their books.

Should someone you know be interested, visit the author’s web site: www.bartking.net. It includes video clips illustrating some of the guides’ proposed activities!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423606376
  • Publisher: Smith, Gibbs Publisher
  • Publication date: 8/1/2009
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 956,808
  • Age range: 8 years
  • Product dimensions: 3.90 (w) x 5.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Bart King writes funny—and educational!—books for kids and immature adults. (His title The Big Book of Boy Stuff was once Amazon.com’s top-selling children’s book.) As a young lad, Bart discovered he could punch people into outer space. Sadly, he lost a lot of friends that way. Today, Bart is recognized as one of the world’s leading superhero experts. (And as a longtime middle school teacher, he is also highly sought after by supervillains!)

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Read an Excerpt

Congratulations! While there are more books about magic than any other performing art, you've somehow picked the right one. Yes, I've been practicing magic for literally minutes, and in these pages, you'll learn spectacular secrets that will . . .

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6

Introduction 7

Hogwarts Is for Sissies! 12

Playing the Part 16

Neat Feats and Florid Flourishes 29

Timeless Wonders through History 46

Secrets 72

Money Magic 82

Diabolical Magic of the Blackest Sort 100

Mental Magic 117

Fortune-Telling 148

Weird Names and Acts 160

Card Magic 168

Battle of the Magicians! 194

That Voodoo that You Do 205

Houdini 211

Delightful Effects 223

Magicians for Dismemberment 240

Movie Magic 250

Merlin and Other Magic Makers 260

Demonstrations of this book's illusions are at www.bartking.net.

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