I had already learned a few magic tricks and read a few books, and I thought this might not be good enough, I thought it would be too easy. I read it and I love it! There are easy tricks to get you started, and then harder tricks when you become more advanced.
I am interested in learning some magic and so this appeared to be the perfect book, and it is superb. The DVD is excellent as well, although my DVD player skips certain sections because it is damaged, even though it was brand new, which was disappointing.
This is a fine introduction to magic in many of its forms. Its great strength is the clarity of the explanations. It is ideally suitable for both quite young beginners and for the somewhat more advanced practitioner. The tricks are graded in terms of difficulty and beginners are helped to acquire the skills that underlie the practice of magic. The illustrations are genuinely helpful in making even clearer what is explained in words.
The DVD is generally geared more towards the inexperienced, but is a useful refresher course for all. It seems to me that the book is well worth the price for the card tricks and advice alone, but there is so much more. It is hard to imagine someone interested in this field who would not enhance their performance skills through some close attention to this book. Highly recommended.
This is an excellent source for those new to magic and will give you a very good variety of fantastic effects to get you started with clear instructions and presentational tips. DVD is very good as well to enhance your understanding etc.
I have been interested in magic for many years now and have many books and DVD'S ,this book and dvd is a fantastic place for someone starting out and also for people with experience who are bound to find some new ideas and presentations for routines they may know. Joshua Jay is the perfect host and highly respected magician who brings this 'must have' package to the general public.