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Collins Pocket Reference - Magic Tricks
Collins Pocket Reference - Magic Tricks
by Trevor Day
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Clear and easy to follow - great intro to performing magic., 19 Dec 2002
This small pocket sized book contains an assortment of tricks , all performed with simple domestic objects. The book is divided up into sections covering coins, rope, Silks etc. each section having a variety of tricks. All tricks are graded in increasing order of difficulty. Many can be performed by children with little or no practice. Higher tricks may involve the use of palming techniques – particularly the coin section. The intro to the book includes a host of tips on performance and includes a glossary of magical terms. For the more adventurous there are detailed instructions on a range of palming techniques. Every trick is described very clearly, and accompanied by step-by-step instructions and 3-colour diagrams. For the beginner this represents a good introduction with the minimum of time and expense. For the more advanced or older magician there are a number of more difficult tricks. All in all a clear and well-presented little book with some good information. You wont learn how to saw a woman in half, but I have had a room full of people amazed by such things as linking paper clips, so don’t be fooled by the apparent simplicity of some of the tricks.


Modern Coin Magic: 116 Coin Sleights and 236 Coin Tricks (Dover Magic Books)
Modern Coin Magic: 116 Coin Sleights and 236 Coin Tricks (Dover Magic Books)
by J.B. Bobo
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.34

36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Must Buy, for serious magicians., 17 Dec 2002
Beware; serious coin manipulation with real coins requires practice and skill. This book covers just about every move and trick you can perform with coins including the use of trick coins and full performance routines. "Some" tricks can be done immediately. I have amazed many people with the coin through a hanky routine. A stunning trick that can be learnt in minutes. The book is worth the cost for this one trick alone. The book is a small paperback, with hand drawn illustrations. No big glossy pictures - just facts. Absolutely loads of stuff and a lifetime of reading (and practicing). Recommended to me by a magician, who astounded me into rushing out and buying it. You'll never learn everything in it, but from a clumsy novice - to a dextrous expert, everyone will learn from this valuable resource. - The bible. !


Shotokan Karate International Kata: Volume 2
Shotokan Karate International Kata: Volume 2
by Hirokazu Kanazawa
Edition: Paperback

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Shotokan bible, by the man himself., 6 Jan 2002
Kanazawa has attained 10th dan, and is undoubtidly the worlds foremost eponent of karate. Hence this book is the "definative" text, for anyone studying karate (especially shotokan). The katas are photographed from every angle, and also have accompanying photos to demonstrate, particular techniques - to help avoid common mistakes. All katas are performed for you by Kanazawa himself. This books forms a great accompaniment to the other books by kanazawa covering other katas and Kumite. If your looking for a reference book then look no further. Kanazawa is the highest master, and this book is the karate bible. Get it, and keep hold of it.!


Kanku-dai: Shotokan Karate Katas No. 1
Kanku-dai: Shotokan Karate Katas No. 1
by Hirokazu Kanazawa
Edition: Paperback

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading For bron belts, 6 Jan 2002
Kanku dai (view the sky major)is one of the largest katas in Shotokan karate, and is a vital stepping stone to blackbelt. There are many kata books around, but most dedicate only a few pages to each kata. Kanku dai is some 106 moves when broken down (as kanazawa does). And as such deserved more detailed examination than most. Kanzawa's book as his others is well doocumented and contains photographs from varoius angles, as well as more in depth explantions of the applications of each technique. Hence you gain a clear and deep understanding of all the many elements that make up this vital kata. Learn from the master himself. (It is also cheaper than most other kata books on the market). Check out kanzawa's other books too.!


Kanazawa, 10th Dan: Recollections of a Living Karate Legend - The Early Years (1931-1964)
Kanazawa, 10th Dan: Recollections of a Living Karate Legend - The Early Years (1931-1964)
by Clive Layton
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The life and philosophy of Hirokazo Kanazawa, 6 Jan 2002
At a recent seminar in the u.k. held by Kanazawa my Sensei (an old student of kanazawa) was presented with a sighned copy of this book. For anyone who has had the honour of meeting kanazawa this is a fascinating read, detailing his life , and his philosophy. Although not a martial arts manual as such, it is more of a biography. But a fascinating look at a fascinating man. And one who has had a great influence on the martial arts, and indeed on myself as one his followers. Great reading for any karateka, especialy shotokan. Even more so, if you have ever met the great man himself.Now 70 and 10th dan.


Sams Teach Yourself JavaScript in 24 Hours
Sams Teach Yourself JavaScript in 24 Hours
by Michael Moncur
Edition: Paperback

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Usefull adition to any html books for the web designer, 28 Nov 2001
You probably don't realise what Java script is and how much you use it. E.g. rollovers drop down menus, pop up windows etc. Often the web design software will write all this stuff for you, but what happens when you want to tweak something? This is where an understanding of the JavaScript comes in.
The book is aimed at an introductory level, and gives a friendly ease in to programming in JavaScript. With clear examples on how to create useful additions to your web pages. Surpisingly clear to read, for what is after all a complex subject. This book helped me to fix a problem with my menus. Anyone into web design should learn a little JavaScript. Get an understanding of what's going on behind the web pages. This book isn't a be all and end all, but it gives a clear introduction, and good examples... (No CD with it though). I recommend it.


The Craft of the Japanese Sword
The Craft of the Japanese Sword
by Leon Kapp
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 27.00

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How modern swords are made (with colour pictures), 12 Nov 2001
Beutifull & Fascinating book. Big and well illustrated with lots of photos, many colour. Cover all the processes of making a blade from casting the raw iron to fitting a scabbard & collar. Loads of information, and a great read. It follows the work of Yoshihara one of the best smith in japan today. Nothing to do with Iaido, just a beutifull book about the sword itself & how it is made. Buy it !!


Director 8 for Macintosh and Windows
Director 8 for Macintosh and Windows
by Andre Persidsky
Edition: Paperback

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cheap book & easy to use, recommended for beginners., 27 Sep 2001
I feel that the other reviews don't do justice to this book. If you know director already and are looking for more in depth reference, then look elsewhere. If on the other and you are new to director and want to get into it with a general overview, then this book is for you. It has simple clear instructions and step by step guides to each function. It is aimed at newcomers to the software, and its clear layout and style will appeal. You do not need to drudge through pages of text. Its visual, it's quick, and it's a start. It does exactly what it says on the tin! (Or cover). I teach multimedia and recommend to my students all of the "visual quickstart" guides for the same reasons. With change from 15 - that's reason enough!


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