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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Street Magic (Complete Idiot's Guides (Lifestyle Paperback)) [Paperback]

Tom Ogden
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28 Nov 2007 Complete Idiot's Guides (Lifestyle Paperback)
"Itas the hip-hop of hocus-pocus." Forget about David Copperfield, cruise ship illusionists, and birthday party magicians. Theyare so twentieth century. Think cutting-edge magickers like David Blaine and Criss Angel. People starting out in magic today want something edgier, grittier, quick, visual, and maybe a little dangerous. This guide will teach you how to do it What makes "The Complete Idiotas GuideA(R) to Street Magic" different from other books is the type of tricks and the thematic presentations that readers will actually learn. Out of the literally thousands of tricks that could have been included, only those that have the greatest impact, both visually and psychologically, appear in this book. It includes: a75 to 100 tricks a200 illustrations, from how-to shots to photos of street magicians at work aContains something for all levels, from easy-to-accomplish tricks for complete beginners to more challenging sleight-of-hand for those who seriously want to pursue the art of legerdemain

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Alpha Books (28 Nov 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592576753
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592576753
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 22.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 238,476 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read for the budding magician 17 Mar 2014
By cat
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Fast delivery, great simple to use book for beginners, would recommend if you are looking for easy to intermediate tricks to start you off on a good footing *****
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5.0 out of 5 stars Guide to street magic 15 July 2013
By Townsy
Format:Paperback
Great book in very good condition, very good to get started it helped with all the basics and to move on to harder books, great stepping stone.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Learn the basics 10 Aug 2009
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As an Entertainer, I found this book is ideal if you want to learn some great easy and some harder trick to have on you when out and about, if you want to learn before spending a fortune on tricks, start here.....you never know, you could be the next........
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great introduction to magic 27 April 2008
By David Shepherd - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The title of this book might be a bit off-putting to serious magicians. "Street magic" is busking, a centuries-old art: a charismatic street performer draws a crowd and does a show for as many people as will watch. Ogden is referring here to the "street magic" seen on television since David Blaine's first special in 1997. Young magicians find Blaine's "street magic" fascinating, because it's cooler than traditional stage performance. Old-timers don't consider TV-style "street magic" to be the real deal. However, Ogden is using the concept here to appeal directly to a 21st-century audience.

Ogden offers a first-rate introduction to the history and art of conjuring. The tricks here vary in difficulty from very simple sleight-free tricks to intermediate sleight-of-hand. They are carefully selected to have maximum punch. The presentations will truly amaze audiences. His partners in this venture include some of the biggest names in magic: Max Maven, Jeff McBride, Mac King, Michael Ammar, and many others.

This is one of the best introductory books on conjuring I have ever seen. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome stuff 29 Nov 2008
By Guy Philips - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Great selection of tricks and side bars
I really liked the layout of the book and all the side comments
Very interesting stuff - Tom Ogden always does a great job researching his info and making sure it is succint for the reader
Great read!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Almost Complete 24 Jan 2010
By Brian Ganek - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is a very nice, detailed book, with good black and white photographic illustrations. I really like the "Flowers Direct" effect by Jeff McBride. If you are interested in close up magic with quick, direct illusions, this is a great instructional magic book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not David Blaine... but pretty fun 18 Jan 2011
By Mageek - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Like the title says.

You won't be David Blaine after reading the book but it's a lot of fun to read and some really cool tricks are included. I wouldn't say this is the best book on magic because I do think their are other killer ones out there but it certainly shouldn't be looked over. Some books like Marc Wilson's, Joshua Jays Complete Course, Royal Road to Card Magic, anything by Karl Fulves and even some DVD's like Inside Magic and how to do street magic by Brad from Ellusionist are a little more "informative" but also gave a little higher caliber of effects in my personal opinion.

However if this is your very first step into magic and you are interested; pick it up. It's a good read and like I said has some good things in there from cards to all over the place. You could probably only beat the price/value with something like Royal Road to Card Magic.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good 21 Jan 2010
By L. Milenkovic - Published on Amazon.com
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The tricks presented are mostly pretty simple (don't let that fool you into thinking it is only for kids), with easy to follow directions but are quite impressive. The book gives you not only a good number of tricks, ranging from the standard card tricks, to the more out there tricks (the exploding eyeball is awesome). That said, what I love about it are the little details and history about the tricks or about magic itself.
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