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Magic: The Complete Course with DVD


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Publisher Comments:

Magic is everywhere, from the big spectacle celebrity of David Copperfield and Siegfried and Roy to the quirky Penn and Teller to the spooky David Blaine and Criss Angel to the endless material on YouTube. But until now, learning it has never been easy--that's all about to change with Magic, a book that does for close-up magic what How to Grill does for barbecue. Written by charismatic young magician Joshua Jay, Magic combines expertise, photographs, and step-by-step directions showing how to perform 100 tricks.

Joshua Jay took home the top prize at the World Magic Seminar (the Olympics of magic) when he was just 16 years old. Ten years later, he continues to perform magic, write about magic, eat, sleep, and breathe magic. Here, he brings all his passion and knowledge to teaching magic. Each trick is broken down into the Effect, the Secret, the Set-up, and, most important, the Performance, with lessons on what to say, how to direct the audience's attention, where to keep your hands, and so on. (In other words, how to be smart about the things your audience is surprisingly clueless about.)

Here are the Ten Greatest Card Tricks; tricks to dazzle a dinner date; tricks to perform for the boss (poke a hole through his shirt, then magically mend it); tricks especially for kids; and even tricks for an audience in another state--with "Australian Self-Help," you can find a participant's chosen card over the phone. It's the Aha! book for a subject whose time has come.


Written by a charismatic young magician, "Magic" combines photographs, step-by-step directions on how to perform 100 magic tricks, and a DVD that demonstrates 75 of them, with lessons on what to say and how to direct the audience's attention.

About the Author

Joshua Jay was crowned champion at the World Magic Seminar in 1998, when he was still a teenager, and today is one of America's finest young magicians. He's performed and lectured in over 50 countries, is a headliner at the Magic Castle in Hollywood, and writes a monthly column in MAGIC, the leading magazine for magicians. He lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Magic School: Exposure, or How to Vanish an Elephant

Chapter 2: Impromptu Magic: Making the Ordinary Extraordinary

Chapter 3: Dinner Deceptions: Making Mealtime Magic

Chapter 4: The Ten Greatest Card Tricks of All Time: Becoming a Card Expert

Chapter 5: Kid Conjuring: Magic for Kids, and Magic by Kids

Chapter 6: Working Miracles: Magic and Mischief in the Office

Chapter 7: Money Magic: Conjuring with Currency

Chapter 8: Parlor Prestidigitation: Conquer Your Fear of Large Audiences

Chapter 9: Telephone Trickery: Magic Without Boundaries

Chapter 10: Get Your Act Together: Five Complete Shows to Amaze Any Audience

In Closing

Product Details

Jay, Joshua
Workman Publishing
Magic tricks
GAMES / Magic
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
Grade Level:
9.0 x 8.0 in

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