Street Magic Paperback – 4 Sep 2006
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"'A contemporary master of his art' The Times"
About the Author
Paul Zenon is the UK's leading comedy magician, with dozens of television credits to his name, including Paul Zenon's Trick or Treat, Paul Zenon Turning Tricks and Paul Zenon's White Christmas. He has performed live shows in 30 countries around the world, from Las Vegas to Belize and from Bosnia to London. His two previous books 100 Ways to Win a Tenner and Paul Zenon's Dirty Tricks are still great sellers.
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This book has a little bit of everything but just enough of a taste to whet your appetite to learn more. It starts with " Auto Magic ", tricks that basically work by themselves. As the book says " ...designed to ease readers into the world of magic by letting them concentrate on the performance ". Next up " The Midas touch " concentrates on coin magic. Here the skill level goes up. This chapter shows basic sleights of hand and some tricks to perform with them. We then have a section called " Top Secret Gadgets "... exactly as it says on the tin. None of these are provided with the book, rather it gives an overview of some staple "gimmicks " that are used in magic. The next three chapters concentrate on card magic, " Hands on Deck ", " Shark Attack " then " Cruising ". With each one the difficulty level goes up. But within those chapters you get a great pot pouri of tricks, sleights, flourishes and how to manipulate a deck of cards. The next chapter " Mind Magic " deals with mind reading and psychological types of tricks. Chapter eight is entitled " Street Scams ", this is full of the type of classic trickery and flim flam that has relieved many a person from their money. The penultimate chapter is " Party Tricks " as the book says... " a selection of crowd pleasing classics for entertaining large groups of party people ". The last chapter is just one trick billed as " probably the best card trick ever "...who am I to disagree, it certainly is an all time classic.Read more ›
I have dabbled in magic a few times, even bought the Royal Road to Card Magic (which is excellent and still recommended by virtually all magicians) but this has the benefit of fantastically clear photography instead of line drawings, and a much wider range of tricks including some easy to perform mentalist skills that have superb effects.
He is genuinely enthusiastic about explaining the tricks to someone who has never done them before, and has really thought about the tips that accompany them, which so many guides ignore
The fact that he is left handed but has bothered to photograph all the tricks from a right handed pov shows to me a real dedication to detail (although sinister readers may disagree).
All in all a delight to read, and a book to keep rather than read once and leave on the shelf.
The book is packed with brilliantly shot photos. These are accompanied by an instructive text which manages to be witty and entertaining, whilst maintaining necessary clarity.
It's a perfect start for amateurs, but it's got more than enough to keep professionals happy too. Surprisingly, there are quite a few big secrets revealed, so with enough practice you can master a couple of Blaine classics. I can't imagine the Magic Circle are going to be best pleased with Mr.Zenon, but this is even the more the reason to get you hands on a copy!
A really brilliant book!
Paul Zenon has also captued the spirit of the subject well here, giving a brief but interesting history to street magic, and generating an enthusiasm in the reader to actually get out there and perform.
I have read a couple of books on magic and have watched a number of DVDs, and I have no hesitation in recommending this book. It is well written, clearly presented and useful.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I like magic tricks, but I found this books tricks a little dull.
Firstly, to perform most of the tricks in this book you really need to have perfected your 'slight of... Read more
These are good classic impromptu tricks, but nothing all that new. Why are so many magic books just a rehash of someone else?Published on 17 April 2014 by Robert Hill
Brilliant! Glad to finally have this :) Quite the appreciation here. Thank you so much for selling this to me ^_^Published on 27 Nov. 2013 by Jonny
Had a lot of fun with this book. It's well written and illustrated and the tricks manageable, with a little practice, for the interested amateur. Read morePublished on 9 Nov. 2013 by Mr. Richard Mabe
The book not really meet my expectation and those trick are seriously lousy and useless. Not recommend this product to anyone.Published on 14 April 2013 by GeeAi