Synopses & Reviews
Picture yourself astonishing your friends as you dazzle them with classic card tricks, mystifying coin routines, mind-reading magic, a levitation of yourself, escapes, tricks with your iPod, and more. "Picture Yourself as a Magician: Step-by-Step Instruction for the Street, Stage, Parties, Card Table, and More" is the perfect introductory book to entertaining yet simple magic tricks and techniques that will leave your audience marveled and amused. Written using clear step-by-step instructions along with full-color photographs to demonstrate each new skill and trick taught, the book will help beginners establish a foundation in basic magic. "Picture Yourself as a Magician" features the same high-impact magic tricks performed by professionals but adapted for novices. Tips from the pros will help you hone your craft and develop your magic act. Get ready to wow your friends and family as you share the gift of magic with them.
Picture yourself at the center of a gathering and entertaining your friends and family with the wonders of magic. See yourself performing street magic miracles, vanishing objects in your hands or dealing a royal flush with your card skills. If you've always wanted to learn and perform the mysterious art of magic, "Picture Yourself as a Magician" offers instruction on magic for the street, card table, stage, or close-up. You'll also learn to read minds and execute escapes. The accompanying DVD offers 90 minutes of demonstrations and instructions to supplement the book. With this book, you'll soon be wowing and entertaining your friends and family.
About the Author
Wayne N. Kawamoto is a full-time professional magician who performs at corporate and private events, as well as at restaurants and bars in Southern California. He is the editorial guide for the Magic.About.com online magazine where he reviews magic products and teaches magic. He has an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering and an MBA. Prior to becoming a professional magician, he reviewed video games and movies and wrote about small business topics for publications such as Business Week, PC Magazine, The San Francisco Chronicle, Cinescape, and more, and published several consumer books on personal computers. Wayne lives with his family in the community of La Verne, which is near Los Angeles.
Table of Contents
1. The Art of Magic 2. Jump Right In - Easy Card Tricks Aces - Five Two - Pack Prediction The Reversed Card Card Box Mind-Reading Two Card Monte 3. Basic Card Handling Dealing Cards Overhand Shuffle Hindu Shuffle Table Shuffle Riffle Shuffle (two variations) One-Handed Cut 4. Basic Sleight of Hand With Cards Card Controls Key Card Overhand Shuffle Key Card Glimpse Holding a Break Double-Undercut Table In the Hands False Mixing False Three Way Cut Maintaining the Top Card in a Riffle Shuffle Maintaining the Top of the Deck with a Hindu Shuffle Card Forces Number Force Cross Cut Hindu Deeper Cut 5. Fantastic Card Tricks Straight with Riffle Shuffle Four Aces Turnover Five/Four of Diamonds Card Prediction with Reader Instructions Card Prediction with Animation Card Tricks with Poker Themes Dealing a Royal Flush 10-Card Poker Challenge 6. Trick Decks Svengali Utility in Tricks Use by Serious Magicians Card Stab Card Prediction Stripper Four Aces 7. Close-up Magic Rubberband Routine Jumping (3 variations) Rubberband Through Thumb Snap Coins Basic Coin Sleights finger Palm French Drop Producing a Coin Producing/Vanishing Coin - Elbow Vanishing Coin - Paper 10-Count Rings and Coins Coin Through Handkerchief Basic Coin Routine Great Tricks to Purchase and Add to Your Close-up Act Color Cube Coin to Impossible Place 8. Mind-Reading and Mentalism Number prediction with Animation Rubberband and cards Numbers Book Test Psychometry Multi-Out The Clock Calculator Prediction 9. Stage/Stand-up Magic Conditions for Stage Magic Rising Card Card on Rope Ropes Through Body Cut/Restored Rope Card Prediction with Stand Great Tricks to Purchase and Add to Your Stage Act Chinese Wands What's Next 10. Street Magic Conditions for Street Magic Card Spelling Trick Rising Ring Coin Through Handkerchief and Finger Ring Great Tricks to Purchase and Add to Your Street Act Chameleon Silks 11. Party Magic Conditions for Party Magic Do As I do Black Magic Card Touch with Pips Vanishing Coin with Silk Aces to the Pocket Impassable Corks Great Tricks to Purchase and Add to Your Party Act 12. Performing Magic Dealing with Nervousness Buying Magic Developing Your Act Entertaining with Magic Secrets of the Pros 13. Other Magic Escapes Escapefrom ropes tied on wrist (w/ silk) Manipulation Illusions 14. What's Next? Glossary of Magic Terms Appendices 1. The Card Prediction (Performance) 2. The Clock (Performance) 3. Easy Tricks for Kids Spelling Cards 21 Card Trick Jumping Paperclips Boomerangs Jumping Tapes 4. Magic Resources