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The book itself is the biggest scam
on 14 May 2008
It should be entitled '101 Ways to Win a Tenner', as the book itself costs 9.99. You may think it is worth a gamble to pay the 10 quid, as you will potentially learn another 100 ways to get it back, but you would be wrong. You would be the sucker (like I was) for having spent the money.
Out of the '100 ways', there is only one genuine scam (number 20) in the book.
The rest of the book is comprised of the following:-
a) puzzles - such as well-known matchstick ones. (One of which - number 70 - gives a wrong answer. Arrange six matches to give as many triangles as possible. The solution given is to make a 3D tetrahedron, giving four triangles. Whereas a more obvious 'Star of David' would produce six.)
b) Some 'stunts', a couple of which are interesting (but these can be found easily by doing a quick search on the Internet), but many are well known (such as not being able to touch your toes (or pick up a tenner, as changed to in the book) whilst standing with your back to a wall.)
c) Annoying word-play. For example, 'I bet you a tenner you can't pick this matchbox off the top of this glass in twenty seconds with two matches' - the catch being the glass is turned upside down, so you claim that they picked the matchbox off the 'bottom', not the 'top'. Ha! Ha! Unfortunately a high proportion of the '100 ways' are of this nature.
The 'amusing' characters within in this book, are nothing of the sort, and are merely there for padding.
With the exception of the previously mentioned #20, none of these '100 ways' are good enough to actually win a tenner, without making yourself look like an annoying pedantic (for the word-play) or a skin-flint.
The few interesting stunts are just that, interesting stunts. You should not be effectively charging a tenner to show a cheap stunt.
If you follow these methods (and insist on receiving 'tenners' for your efforts), you will soon lose your friends, and get an 'annoying' label.
The quotes on the book cover refer to the magician himself, and not to his book. That alone should be a warning.
I feel so conned about this book, that I felt compelled to write this review - my first time on Amazon - to warn others.
I would have given this book 'zero stars' if that option were available.
Please don't be the next to 'lose' a tenner.