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Self-Working Table Magic: 97 Foolproof Tricks with Everyday Objects (Dover Magic Books)

Self-Working Table Magic: 97 Foolproof Tricks with Everyday Objects (Dover Magic Books) [Kindle Edition]

Karl Fulves
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97 mystifying tricks done with ordinary objects that can be borrowed from the audience. Make coins appear or disappear; matchsticks jump into the air; classic cups and balls; pierce balloons without bursting them; plus tricks with dice, rubber bands, eggs, safety pins, pens and pencils, more. 185 illustrations.

About the Author

Karl Fulves is one of the most respected authorities in the field of magic. For over 40 years, he has written hundreds of books on the subject and taught the art of illusion to thousands of people of all ages. This legendary figure also edited and published such magazines as Epilogue and The Pallbearers Review.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 898 KB
  • Print Length: 122 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (10 Jun 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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65 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It�s magic I tell you 13 Feb 2002
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Tired of magic books that promise to turn you into the next Paul Daniels but end up making you look like Tommy Cooper? Well you shouldn't have bought them then should you? You should have bought 'Self Working Table Magic' instead. Right from the off I could see that this book was different. It is just the down to earth kind of approach that I'd been looking for. The author takes you through each trick step by step highlighting the strong and weak parts of each one. There's none of that short-cut writing where the author just tells you to go away and practice some impossible move forever and ever. Top illustrations too. Well done Schmidt
Once converted you won't look back. Furves has an excellent range of books in the series, as if this one doesn't provide you with enough trickery to keep you busy for the rest of your life. The every day objects used are an especially nice feature since it makes you appear to be one of those cool, spur-of-the-moment magicians instead of a dinner jacketed faker that nobody really likes. Just a couple of words of warning though: Don't get carried away with the new-found powers that this book will present for you. Just cause you know how to do it properly doesn't mean you don't have to practice. And remember not everyone likes magic all the time. It's a bit like juggling, pick the wrong audience and they will hate you.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not the best 11 Jan 2005
I have just started getting into magic and thought this would be a great title to get. My interest is in magic which requires no preparation and can be done with common objects.
however, this book was written at least 20 years ago (the copyright notice at the front is for 1981). Ie, written when the like of Paul Daniels were popular. the problem is that many of the tricks are, frankly, a bit rubbish. Audiences are now significantly more sophisticated. Yes, there are some tricks here and your audience will wonder how they were done, but the tricks themselves just aren't impressive.
in this post David Blaine, Derren Brown world, the reactions you get aren't "wow, that was amazing please tell me how you did it", the reactions are more "well, not bad".
As for the tricks themselves - there are tricks with matches (the sort of thing you see in pubs), handkerchiefs, dice, safety pins, coins, rubber bands and some other bits and pieces. You'll discount most of the tricks. some of the ways to do the tricks means you can't use them (eg some tricks use your sleeve to hide objects - I mean, please!)
At this price, i'm not kicking myself for buying it because it's very cheap, but don't expect to find any "killer" tricks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pur Magic 24 Feb 2011
With a bit of application and lots of practice along with self working coin magic Christmas party time should be a bit more fun this year.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great for Granddad's 7 Jan 2012
I bought this for my Dad for Christmas as he likes to do tricks for his Granddaughter and he was really pleased with it.
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95 of 98 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars VERY useful for beginners and amateurs 6 Nov 2001
By Fabio Rossi - Published on
If you're reading this, you've probably already experienced the dreadful feeling of opening your new tricks' book... and discovering that the most stupid move requires years of training, expensive props and monk-like dedication.
Well... it appears that this book is in fact just the opposite. The tricks are very simple to perform (ok, you'll need some limited legerdemain nonetheless), require no props at all and, most of all, they aren't common or stupid at all.
The approach is very down-to-earth and sincere in pointing out the good and the bad parts of each trick, and this book alone will allow you to spice a dinner with dozens of nice magic tricks within a week's practice.
Be warned: this is NOT David Copperfield material. It's more "So, uncle Jim, can you do another magic?" type of stuff. But then again, you'll probably won't perform onstage as often as you'll be dining at a bored table. So...
49 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Any of the Self Working titles are gold mines 21 May 2002
By J. Short - Published on
Many beginners to magic (and others who should know better) are of the opinion that a magic effect has to be difficult in order to be worthwhile. While there are many killer effects that take months or years of practice, there are equally wonderful tricks that rely on psychology, subtlety, and/or advance preparation. The Self Working series of books are a treasure trove of great magic. This book is no exception. Many of the included tricks are used by successful professional magicians. Admittedly, these are best used in a program with other, more elaborate tricks, but for those moments in your act where you need a short, sweet effect, something in this book might just fill the bill. And as you get more proficient in magic you will find ways to further embellish these tricks and make them your own private miracles.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More Than Expected 26 Mar 2007
By R. L. Mason - Published on
I purchased this book thinking that it would be a good beginning magic book for a group of middle schoolers interested in learning magic tricks. It seems that even though the objects are everyday, the tricks are not. This is a great book if you are willing to do the practice to master the tricks, but if you are looking for a quick trick, then keep looking.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not even worth its already low price 26 Sep 2010
By yattaman - Published on
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Some of the illustrations are just plain wrong. The depictions cannot be reproduced in reality. Impossible. Jumping rubber bands is one example. Making a simple twist in a rubber band, something's off here. Either the illustration or the description of the technique. Even-length fingers, no such thing. Flip your hand and catch the end of the handkerchief - you'd need a handkerchief weighing a pound. Quick and easy tricks with easily available things. Maybe a couple. For many, you'll need to be wearing a suit jacket. (Things go down your sleeve, of course.) Doing a lot of entertaining of the kids while wearing your suit? And ladies, who knows? I'm searching for a better introductory book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great illusions! 14 July 2011
By Thomas - Published on
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This book has lots of great, fresh illusions, carefully explained. Many can be done totally cold. Wonderful ideas for up-and-coming, out-of-the pocket magicians.
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