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2.0 out of 5 stars Mostly useless, 29 April 2007
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M. Wilkinson (Portsmouth, Hampshire) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Magic in Theory: An Introduction to the Theoretical and Psychological Elements of Conjuring (Paperback)
I found this book in a bibliography of a recent thriller that had some elements of magic within it and ordered this to chase up the theme and learn more about it. Perhaps I should have thought more about it but from the title you could be forgiven for thinking it would be interesting. The fact is its not. The talk about misdirection is really just common sense things and makes you feel that the standard of writing is really quite amateurish. If you're interested in pursuing magic you won't find more than a couple of well described tricks which would be unimpressive even if it all went to plan. It says most books on magical theory are for magicians... ok... why would someone not interested on the insider's perspective want such a book? Well they wouldn't.

Steer clear of this book. If you want to learn magic there are many many better books. If you want to learn the psychology, ideas about misdirection, then it might be best to pick that up from the other books as you go along. Don't waste your money on this.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Mostly very academic and rarely interesting, 30 Dec 2007
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Theis Egeberg (United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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It is a very academic attempt at writing a framework for describing magic. I doubt it will ever be used as it isn't intuitive or very rich in terminology. The book might do well in some circles but among magicians I think it will fail. The thing that gives it two stars is its very concise and elegant description of misdirection, that chapter I will read over and over again... thinking about it I might as well tear those pages out and throw away the rest of the book.
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