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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Dell Publishing Company (1 Nov. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440508266
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440508267
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 0.8 x 20.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 219,735 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Doug Lansky is an American travel writer currently based in Sweden. He spent about 10 years traveling the world nonstop, visiting over 100 countries, and has since lived outside the US for an additional 13 years. Doug has contributed to Esquire, Men's Journal, The Guardian, National Geographic Adventure, Reader's Digest, COLORS Magazine, Public Radio, and many others. He has written books for Rough Guides and Lonely Planet (advice and photo books, not guides) and has had a nationally syndicated travel column in 40 newspapers around the United States. He has always been mindful of the effects of travel writing and the impact of tourism, and currently writes about this in a regular column for Skift.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By "georgebridges" on 19 Mar. 2006
Format: Paperback
Quite disappointed - not much 'new' in here! If you are looking for a book of 'tricks' designed to get a 'wow' reaction - this is NOT it!! Lots of the gimmicks are to do with cigarettes and smoking, so great for the smokers out there - but most of it was not for me! Buy a book of card tricks instead if you want to impress.
I really would not recomemnd this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Woody Wilson on 30 Dec. 2008
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The image on the front of the book drew me in. A levitating olive! Forget cocktails, I could impress all my customers with that instead. However the book's cover and title are rather misleading, and the "tricks" in this book are less about impressive magic tricks, and more about groan-inducing "I told you I could do it" games. The kind of thing your boring uncle might show you at Christmas. In fact, you'll probably have seen many of these before. And the book definitely does not teach you how to levitate an olive above a martini glass.
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Some simple and impressive little tricks in the book. Plus some tricks that take a little more practise. Greta fun!
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24 of 40 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Feb. 1999
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This is a fun book well worth the price. If you bartend, your first couple of tips will pay for it.
I learned a few new tricks and enjoyed seeing the ones that served me well during those 'slow nights'.
Of the few books I've seen on the subject, this has the best collection of them. I am in Sales now and guess what, these tricks are still fun!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Preview a copy before buying 18 Sept. 2001
By tropic_of_criticism - Published on Amazon.com
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There is a point where simplicity converts to banality, and this book treads that line a little too closely for my tastes. Those new to bar culture may find something to wonder over here, but anyone interested in magic probably won't.
Having said that, I disagree, slightly, with others who've gone so far as to say that the book--and especially its cover--are misleading. The cover describes the tricks as "idiot-proof", and they are. The tricks are well-illustrated and competently explained. As the cover claims, you will learn how to pass a dollar bill though a lemon, and make a coin walk across the table. To be sure, there's nothing in the book that will teach you how to create the image of a levitating olive as depicted on the cover, but the cover is basically honest.
If it oversells the book at all, it does so when it claims the tricks will "amaze" friends. It's best to say, as the back cover points out, that the tricks will help smooth over awkward conversational moments. Because of the lack of anything truly breathtaking, or even much that's subtle, this book is best previewed at a local library before purchase. IIt's probably not a smart impulse buy.
22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
A Bartender's must read 12 Feb. 1999
By "carsonlatham" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a fun book well worth the price. If you bartend, your first couple of tips will pay for it.
I learned a few new tricks and enjoyed seeing the ones that served me well during those 'slow nights'.
Of the few books I've seen on the subject, this has the best collection of them. I am in Sales now and guess what, these tricks are still fun!
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Not what I thought it would be... 9 Aug. 2001
By "tibetsmoke" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I purchased this book hoping to learn a few cool magic tricks I might be able to pull of in a bar. I was immediately interested by the cover of the book, which pictures an olive levitating over a martini glass. From this picture, and from the the words "Levitate an olive..." which also appear on the cover, I assumed there might be a trick inside to make an olive appear to levitate. There is, however, nothing of the sort. The olive trick turns out to be a pretty stupid bar bet that has nothing to do with even the appearance of levitation. And it only gets worse from there. Most of the tricks in this book are, as the cover does advertise, incredibly simple; the problem is most of them are so simple they are completely uninteresting. Personally I am glad I never met the author in a bar while he was researching material for this thing.
My feeling after reading this is that it is a collection of trite gags that will cause the people around you to groan and leave you sitting alone at the bar, buying your own drinks and cursing the day you ever tusted the other reviewers on this one.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Should be called "How to look stupid" 21 Oct. 2002
By "spandexman" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Do the stunts in this book and you're going to look thicker than a pound cake. The tricks don't ease awkward moments as it claims, instead it makes you feel more awkward than you did to begin with.
I told my friends I'd levitate an olive for them and they all gathered around the bar. After 5 mins of trying to get the trick to work, it's still obvious to those watching that the olive isn't floating at all. Suddenly you become the butt of all jokes and your friends start calling you names like "spaz".
I gave it two stars because there is one trick that is actually really good and is almost worth the price of the book. It's the one where you make a spectators finger ring link onto the stem of a borrowed bar wine glass.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I might use a total of two tricks... 10 Aug. 2006
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I hate leaving bad reviews of things because I know someone is trying to make money and I don't want to hinder that.

Truth is that the concept of this book was exactly what I was looking for, but it didn't have anything special in it. I might use a total of two tricks. Most of the things just come off as stupid or little clever games (i.e. with matches)... but very little magic or tricks.
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