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Scarne's Magic Tricks (Book) Learn 200 astounding deceptions that can be performed without prior skill, training, or special equipment!
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Make broken objects whole again! Float a table in mid-air! Read people's minds! Induce a hypnotic trance! All these and many other classic tricks are within your grasp when you follow the directions in this amazing book by one of the greatest magicians of all time.
Paperbound, 5 3/8" by 8 1/2", 248 pages.
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 9th, 2007
The other reviews are correct you are not going to find information in this book to walk onto the street and perform. You may not even find something that you feel in todays world you will go out and perform on stage however .as magicians we have all evolved. Our evolution can not ignore the basics. This book gives a very nice look at some classics, some which can be modified for todays stage AND the street if you put your mind to it. I knocked it down one star as I do not feel its a must own, but still a great read if you are into magic for more than a passing fancy!1 of 1 magicians found this helpful.
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 5th, 2010
When I first got this book, I had MUCh higher hopes. Maybe it was because I purchased it looking for one effect in particular. Maybe not.
Overall, the types of effects don't vary as much as the effects actually do. The types of effects are really ones you might bring out after dinner or for a friend or two. There isn't much in here that is practical for every day use and some of it is a little dated.
Scarne is a fantastic teacher. He makes sure everything is in simplest form and reduced to what is easy for MOST Magicians/beginners to learn from. I don't think this was really pointed towards Magicians though. I wouldn't necessarily suggest this to someone JUST beginning in magic though. I might lean towards Joshua Jay's book. But if you are like me and just like to read through different things, you will probably find it somewhat interesting.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 21st, 2006
After reading the reviews for this book, I can't say I'm really surprised from them. This is a book for a working stage magician, not a kid on the street. No, I do not use many effects from the book, hell I've only performed some of them a few times, but for like , it's worth it. This book contains the royal magic effect, "Vanishing Glass And Liquid", also it explains how to perform the strength tests Criss Angel did on his special(a line of people push him, and he doesn't move).
This book is worth having in your library, but don't expect a lot from it.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 17th, 2005
This is a great book if you were a magician in the fifties or sixties, wearing a tux every where you go and if you smoked, this is not an insult to Penguin Magic, I recomend almost everything else on the site EXCEPT THIS0 of 2 magicians found this helpful.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 3rd, 2005
I bought the book with BIG hopes, but its not all that goog, the desk levitation is interesting but cheep. There are 2, mabe 3 good illusions in it.0 of 2 magicians found this helpful.
Most of the stuff is for old timer magicians, mors of it requires you to wear a formal suit, and have a smoke on hand....
Who wears formal suits on the street, and there arnt a lot of people smoking nowdays.....
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