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1.0 out of 5 stars
Terrible, 16 Feb 2010
I borrowed this from my local library just to see if there were any interesting tricks I could add to my repertoire. My time would have been better spent with an old Paul Daniel's magic set than with this rubbish.
Firstly the book is massive, yet seemingly devoid of content. Most of the space is taken up with pictures of the author standing around trying to look sultry. The pictures of the tricks themselves poorly illustrate the actions involved and quite a large percentage of them are out of focus (which is inexcusable for a magic book).
The selection of tricks themselves is awful. Any book that includes the elastic band jumping between fingers is not worth the paper it is printed on. What made me laugh was the way the book claims that "this is a basic effect that can be hyped up into a full scale Las Vegas-style illusion!" I can just see Sigfried and Roy using this trick.
Other tricks just require way too much set up for them to be effective. Who wants to have pieces of plastic glued to their fingers or pencils taped to their hands just to perform a naff trick that your average three year old can see through?
If you want to learn some magic I suggest you have a look at Mark Wilson's complete course in magic. It's cheaper than this book and has about twenty times the content.