Joshua Jay's book is a great introduction to magic in every way possible. The book is gorgeous, with loads of photos and great, really great tricks that will help you lose the fear of performing for friends.
The DVD is very well done and incredibly usefull. When I was a kid, there wasn't this kind of aid. It was only books and a lot of interpretation from the reader. Now, with DVDs, everything is easier.
Jay is funny and charismatic and really knows how to explain the tricks step by step.
The whole package is a great bargain. Where else will you find a great book and an amazing DVD with magic tutorials for this price?