Self-Working Table Magic: 97 Foolproof Tricks with Everyday Objects (Dover Magic Books) Paperback – 2 Jan 2000
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From the Back Cover
The quickest, most certain path toward achieving a reputation as a magician is to be able to perform at a moment's notice with borrowed objects. If you are handed a coin, handkerchief, pencil, or rubber band, you should be able to do at least one amazing trick with that object. This book deals exclusively with just such tricks. It is a collection of some of the best tricks with ordinary objects.
The approach throughout the book is simple. No unusual dexterity, gimmicks, or special sleights are required. The only props needed are simple, everyday objects eggs, cards, dice, rubber bands, balloons, apples, whisk brooms, etc. Nor are long hours of practice necessary. Step-by-step instructions and over 180 helpful illustrations insure quick and effective mastery of each trick. Nearly 100 tricks in 10 categories include Money Magic, Elastic Illusions, Magic Show in a Matchbox, Hanky Panky, Dice Dexterity, Close-up Illusions, Conjuror's Collection, The Linking Pins, Psychic Tricks, andPen-Ultimate Magic
Some chapters have been designed to provide the reader with a complete act of close-up magic. For example, the chapter entitled "Magic Show in a Matchbox," gives you about 15 minutes of excellent tricks and stunts to amaze and amuse your audience. Master the tricks in this book and you will be ready to entertain anytime, anywhere, with some of the finest of all close-up mysteries.
Karl Fulves, one of the most renowned modern writers in the field of magic, has selected these tricks from both old and new magic stunts. Some are classic feats of time-tested wizardry, while others are new and inventive techniques. All, however, are easy-to-learn, foolproof routines that will enable you to dazzle and delight your audience."
About the Author
Karl Fulves is one of the most respected authorities in the field of magic. For over 40 years, he has written hundreds of books on the subject and taught the art of illusion to thousands of people of all ages. This legendary figure also edited and published such magazines as Epilogue and The Pallbearers Review.
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Once converted you won't look back. Furves has an excellent range of books in the series, as if this one doesn't provide you with enough trickery to keep you busy for the rest of your life. The every day objects used are an especially nice feature since it makes you appear to be one of those cool, spur-of-the-moment magicians instead of a dinner jacketed faker that nobody really likes. Just a couple of words of warning though: Don't get carried away with the new-found powers that this book will present for you. Just cause you know how to do it properly doesn't mean you don't have to practice. And remember not everyone likes magic all the time. It's a bit like juggling, pick the wrong audience and they will hate you.
however, this book was written at least 20 years ago (the copyright notice at the front is for 1981). Ie, written when the like of Paul Daniels were popular. the problem is that many of the tricks are, frankly, a bit rubbish. Audiences are now significantly more sophisticated. Yes, there are some tricks here and your audience will wonder how they were done, but the tricks themselves just aren't impressive.
in this post David Blaine, Derren Brown world, the reactions you get aren't "wow, that was amazing please tell me how you did it", the reactions are more "well, not bad".
As for the tricks themselves - there are tricks with matches (the sort of thing you see in pubs), handkerchiefs, dice, safety pins, coins, rubber bands and some other bits and pieces. You'll discount most of the tricks. some of the ways to do the tricks means you can't use them (eg some tricks use your sleeve to hide objects - I mean, please!)
At this price, i'm not kicking myself for buying it because it's very cheap, but don't expect to find any "killer" tricks.