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on 24 August 2002
The only thing to eventually disappear was my patience. As a complete beginner to 'sleight of hand' I read the other reviews and thought this would be the book for me - but it wasn't. It is full of pictures and diagrams but it lacks a sufficient explanation of the real fundamentals.
When trying to practice any of the tricks - you invariably get to The Diagram which instructs you to 'palm the coin, or 'thumb the card' without ever actually explaining either the mechanics or the technique to do this. Even with a quick mind and a good level of dexterity the lack of text and overly simplistic diagrams in the book may leave you rather confused and frustrated unless you already have some grounding in the subject.
I imagine that once a certain level of proficiency has ALREADY been obtained - this book would be very useful for teaching new tricks. The other reviewers clearly enjoy an insight which I lack or picked up the basics elsewhere.
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on 11 January 2001
This book covers everything to do with sleight of hand, with step by step instructions and easy to follow pictures. It does tend to skim the surface of individual areas though, for example the coin section is rather small considering the huge range of sleights which can be done with coins. I would definately recommend this book to anyone who is not sure what area they would most enjoy, or what they would like to specialise in. A more specialist book on indvidual areas may be a nessesery follow up purchase, such as 'modern coin magic'(guess what area i enjoy the most!?!?). But i must stress, THIS IS A VERY GOOD BOOK!!! A great begginers tutorial, or experts reference manual.
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on 28 June 2001
This is a text book to sleight of hand with very clear descriptions and beautifully drawn diagrams which make a deceptive subject frighteningly simple, if you want to learn sleight of hand this is the book to get.
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on 23 January 2002
Whether you be starting out, or well on the way to following in the steps of the prestigious Dai Vernon, this is definately the book for you. Simplicity is the operative word! The sleights are explained so cleary with very easy-to follow diagrams. This book is a definite for anyone who wants to get ahead with their sleights.
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on 12 November 1998
I just started learning magic and after I read this book, trick by trick, I could do sleight of hand any where, on the street, at the dinner table you name it!
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on 1 December 1998
This book is widely considered to be the easiest-to-use, most clearly written instruction manual on sleight of hand techniques. The illustrations are so good, and so numerous, that it is almost like watching a video. Extremely well done, and quite a bargain! We highly recommend this book to all of our MagicTricks.Com customers.
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on 7 October 2007
Bill Tarr has written a good book to help you get started with sleight of hand. (I prefer this over self working magic). Though it does take a lot of practice, but can be performed any where. He has text and scetches to help start you on your way to performing magic. It is where I learned the Shell vanish and color change. Buy it, you will be happy you did.
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on 19 August 1999
I had already bought a book by Tarr, and got this. This is the best book on sleight of hand i have seen so far. it gives good illustrations for the tricks. It also gives billiard ball tricks, many used by Raymond Crow, as well as many other tricks used by Lance Burton, and all of the tricks will make you the star at the dinner table.
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on 4 February 1998
One of the greatest books to get started on in the field of magic. Through simple step-by-step procedures, secrets of slight of hand are revealed. The book also gives the reader a taste of various types of magic (cards, coins, rope, etc.), to allow him/her to decide which catagory to presue in the future. A must have.
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on 11 August 1998
This book covers sleights with coins,sponge balls,cards,and many other things. I would recommend this book to any one who is interested in sleight of hand.The illustrations are very good and explain each step clearly.
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