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Now You See It, Now You Don't: Lessons in Sleight of Hand Paperback – 1 Nov 1976

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Product details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Books (Nov. 1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394722027
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394722023
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 1.3 x 27.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 215,787 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A new and simple learn-by-picture method that makes it easy for anyone aged twelve and up to perform all the classic sleights just as they are done by the world's greatest professional magicians. Long-time magician Bill Tarr has teamed up with Barry Ross, an illustrator famous for his instructional sports diagrams, for easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions, so that with the help of more than 1,500 line drawings that capture each eye-fooling movement, you'll learn everything from simple sleights you can master in minutes to the great classics of magic. With ordinary objects -- a regular deck of cards, a coin from someone's pocket, a few balls of crumpled aluminum foil -- you'll soon be doing ...
Card Fanning
Springing the Cards from Hand-to-Hand
The Lit-Cigarette Trick
The Three-Shell Game
The Cups and Balls
Three-Card Monte
The Cut and Restored Rope
The Miser's Dream
plus ...
Unbelievable Card Tricks
Coin and Cigarette Vanishes
and dozens and dozens of the world's greatest sleight-of-hand effects!


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The only thing to eventually disappear was my patience. As a complete beginner to 'sleight of hand' I read the other reviews and thought this would be the book for me - but it wasn't. It is full of pictures and diagrams but it lacks a sufficient explanation of the real fundamentals.
When trying to practice any of the tricks - you invariably get to The Diagram which instructs you to 'palm the coin, or 'thumb the card' without ever actually explaining either the mechanics or the technique to do this. Even with a quick mind and a good level of dexterity the lack of text and overly simplistic diagrams in the book may leave you rather confused and frustrated unless you already have some grounding in the subject.
I imagine that once a certain level of proficiency has ALREADY been obtained - this book would be very useful for teaching new tricks. The other reviewers clearly enjoy an insight which I lack or picked up the basics elsewhere.
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This book covers everything to do with sleight of hand, with step by step instructions and easy to follow pictures. It does tend to skim the surface of individual areas though, for example the coin section is rather small considering the huge range of sleights which can be done with coins. I would definately recommend this book to anyone who is not sure what area they would most enjoy, or what they would like to specialise in. A more specialist book on indvidual areas may be a nessesery follow up purchase, such as 'modern coin magic'(guess what area i enjoy the most!?!?). But i must stress, THIS IS A VERY GOOD BOOK!!! A great begginers tutorial, or experts reference manual.
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This is a text book to sleight of hand with very clear descriptions and beautifully drawn diagrams which make a deceptive subject frighteningly simple, if you want to learn sleight of hand this is the book to get.
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Whether you be starting out, or well on the way to following in the steps of the prestigious Dai Vernon, this is definately the book for you. Simplicity is the operative word! The sleights are explained so cleary with very easy-to follow diagrams. This book is a definite for anyone who wants to get ahead with their sleights.
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I just started learning magic and after I read this book, trick by trick, I could do sleight of hand any where, on the street, at the dinner table you name it!
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This book is widely considered to be the easiest-to-use, most clearly written instruction manual on sleight of hand techniques. The illustrations are so good, and so numerous, that it is almost like watching a video. Extremely well done, and quite a bargain! We highly recommend this book to all of our MagicTricks.Com customers.
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Bill Tarr has written a good book to help you get started with sleight of hand. (I prefer this over self working magic). Though it does take a lot of practice, but can be performed any where. He has text and scetches to help start you on your way to performing magic. It is where I learned the Shell vanish and color change. Buy it, you will be happy you did.
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