This book is for the amateur magician who wants to learn (and start performing) well-known tricks that professionals use. Fifty easy yet effective tricks are presented, offering a well-rounded repertoire on which the beginner can draw while developing further interests and skills.
"To explain how magic is done is one thing," Mr. Gibson says in his introduction, "to tell how to do it quite another." In this volume you will be taken through every stage of each trick-- an overview, how the trick appears to the audience, the mechanism behind the trick, and finally the presentation details that allow you to perform the trick in a completely professional manner. By carefully following the few simple yet essential tips, the risks will soon be yours.
emphasis is on tricks that can be performed informally with a small group of friends. There are card tricks f both the set-up and impromptu Kind, there are tricks with string, Handkerchiefs, tumblers, and other simpler apparatus. And there are exaples of mental magic where the purpose is "to decieve the mind rather than the eye." A final section on well-known illusions shows how the same performance principles are carried to magic on a higher level.
With this book, the beginner will be able to perform professional tricks within hours, while even the more advanced magician will learn new tricks and new ways of doing old ones. The author draws upon a lifetime in professional magic for his tricks. Not only is Mr. Gibson well-known fas one fo the best writers about magic: he was also long associated with Houdini, the Thurston and other great magicians of the past.
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Name Professional Magic for Amateurs SKU 04-0327