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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Alpha Books (28 Nov. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592576753
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592576753
  • Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 2.1 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 537,847 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sean Hammond on 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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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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By Townsy on 15 July 2013
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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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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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Awesome stuff 29 Nov. 2008
By Guy Philips - Published on Amazon.com
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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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Almost Complete 24 Jan. 2010
By Detector - Published on Amazon.com
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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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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.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Complete Idiot's Guide to Magic 5 Mar. 2013
By James - Published on Amazon.com
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Well, I was pretty excited when I got this book, I was not expecting absolutely amazing tricks to be revealed in this book, but, I didn't expect tricks that i knew about when I was 13 years old. one trick it the famous disappearing object trick where you place a napkin over and object, drop that object into your lap and then "smash" the object under the napkin. most of the tricks in this book are like this, so while I am disappointed to a certain extent I would suspect that this product would be better for younger people.
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