The Best How-To Books on Magic & Illusion...
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Cover Art: Greater magic; a practical treatise on modern magic,
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Cover Art: The Tarbell course in magic,
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Cover Art: Modern coin magic /
Modern coin magic /
Bobo, J. B., 1910-
The most complete treatise on sleight-of-hand coin conjuring, including best traditional methods and modern innovations. Guides you systematically from basic techniques, through integrated tricks to complete routined acts, 18 in all. 510 clear illustrations by Nelson C. Hahne. The best manual for amateurs, an encyclopedic source for professionals.
Adult Nonfiction Book GV1559.B6 1982
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Cover Art: Expert card technique : close-up table magic /
Expert card technique : close-up table magic /
Hugard, Jean, 1872-1959.
Scores of methods - previously known only to card experts - include passes, palming, false shuffles, false cuts, changes, crimps, jogs, reverses, rear palms, and more. Altogether, 341 sleights and tricks. 318 illustrations show exact position of fingers and hands.
Adult Nonfiction Book GV1549 .H754 1974
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Cover Art: The royal road to card magic /
The royal road to card magic /
Hugard, Jean, 1872-1959.
With this book, anyone can develop a versatile repertoire of first rate card tricks. The authors, both noted authorities on magic, present complete, easy to understand explanations of basic techniques and over 100 complete tricks. More than 120 line cuts make explanations easy to follow, so that even beginners can develop professional-level skill. 121 figures.
Adult Nonfiction Book GV1549 .H756 1999
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Cover Art: Magic and showmanship; a handbook for conjurers.
Magic and showmanship; a handbook for conjurers.
Nelms, Henning, 1900-1986.
Highly instructive book by a noted authority on the subject analyzes every phase of conjuring, from sleights, devices, misdirection, and controlling audience attention to incorporating patter and the effective use of assistants. Provides recommendations on the use of body language, posture, positioning, and movement. 60 original routines -- from simple card tricks to major illusions.
Adult Nonfiction Book GV1547.N43
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Cover Art: Levitation : physics and psychology in the service of deception /
Levitation : physics and psychology in the service of deception /
Ottaviani, Jim.
The amazing story of the most dazzling illusion ever performed on stage, and features a cast of characters that will enlighten and astound you.
Adult Nonfiction Book GV1547 .O88 2007
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Cover Art: Art & artifice and other essays on illusion : concerning the inventors, traditio
Art & artifice and other essays on illusion : concerning the inventors, traditio
Steinmeyer, Jim, 1958-
From the author of Hiding the Elephant and The Glorious Deception comes a collection of five essays that shows how the great stage illusions were integrally products of their time, based on the traditions and fashions of the people, and the offspring of the incredible, inventive personalities who brought them to the stage. Like no other author, Jim Steinmeyer gives us insight into the timeless appeal of magic. His human subjects include such characters as Steele MacKaye, Maskelyne, David Devant, P.T. Selbit, Horace Goldin, and Charles Morritt. Illusions he discusses include: The Mascot Moth, Sawing a Lady in Halves, and Morritt's Disappearing Donkey.
Adult Nonfiction Book 793.8 S
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Cover Art: Street magic /
Street magic /
Zenon, Paul.
Adult Nonfiction Book GV1547 .Z46 2007
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