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. Now 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.
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About the Author
Joshua Jay has performed on stages in more than 100 countries. He is a headliner at Hollywood's Magic Castle and a former World Champion in Sleight-of-Hand. He is the author of MAGIC: The Complete Course and, for children, Big Magic for Little Hands. He consulted on illusions for Game of Thrones and helped the US Postal Service with their "Art of Magic" postage stamps. Joshua has performed on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon,The Late Show with James Corden, and he fooled Penn & Teller on their hit show, Fool Us, and he starred in his own off-Broadway magic show, Six Impossible Things.
Table of ContentsChapter 1: Magic School: Exposure, or How to Vanish an Elephant
Chapter 2: Impromptu Magic: Making the Ordinary Extraordinary
Chapter 3: Dinner Deceptions: Making Mealtime Magic
Chapter 4: The Ten Greatest Card Tricks of All Time: Becoming a Card Expert
Chapter 5: Kid Conjuring: Magic for Kids, and Magic by Kids
Chapter 6: Working Miracles: Magic and Mischief in the Office
Chapter 7: Money Magic: Conjuring with Currency
Chapter 8: Parlor Prestidigitation: Conquer Your Fear of Large Audiences
Chapter 9: Telephone Trickery: Magic Without Boundaries
Chapter 10: Get Your Act Together: Five Complete Shows to Amaze Any Audience
What People are Saying About This
"Finally, a book that brings the art of magic into the 21st century!"—Rick Merrill, 2006 World Champion of Magic