Synopses & Reviews
Entertaining how-to book by a professional magician, simply written, with easy to follow instructions and diagrams for mastering such intriguing effects as passing coins through tables, cutting and restoring rope, card tricks featuring the "magnetic touch" and much more. Includes valuable advice for misdirecting audience's attention, handling props and equipment, more.
Explains how such techniques as misdirection, patter, repetition, and routining are used by magicians in the performance of specific tricks.
"People have always been fascinated by magic," says author, teacher, and magician Allan Kronzek. In this entertaining how-to book -- prepared especially for young, aspiring magicians -- he shows how to learn and perfect mystifying feats of illusion that will baffle any audience.
Simple directions and clearly drawn diagrams enable beginners to master a host of dazzling deceptions: passing objects through solid barriers, cutting and restoring a length of rope, card tricks featuring the "magnetic touch," and many more. Young magicians will also find complete directions for performing "The Spirit of Isis" -- a dramatic tour de force in which one figure seemingly becomes another.
Step-by-step instructions demonstrate each step of the learning process -- from understanding the effect to be achieved to successfully performing the trick itself. Mr. Kronzek, a professional magician, provides numerous helpful hints and secrets of the trade, including how to misdirect the audience's attention, practicing deception while handling props and equipment and how to develop a natural approach and smooth line of "patter."
With this book and a bit of practice, young would-be magicians will soon be on their way to mastering a grab-bag full of tricks that will astonish and delight family and friends alike.
Simple instructions, diagrams for mastering such effects as passing coins through tables, cutting and restoring rope, much more; plus advice on presentation, patter, misdirection, and performance.
Table of Contents
1 MISDIRECTION: Passing Through
2 THE HANDLING: Sweet Deception
3 SECRETS: The Stamp Collector
4 PRESENTATION: The Cords of Shastri
5 PATTER: Cut and Restored Rope
6 REPITITION: Homing Stones
7 "CARDS, PART ONE: Magnetic Touch"
8 "CARDS, PART TWO: Super Ears"
9 "CARDS, PART THREE: The Speller"
10 NATURALNESS: Coins Through the Table
11 ROUTINING: Card in Orange
12 PERFORMANCE: The Spirit of Isis