Card Magic for Amateurs and Professionals by Bill Simon (Book) Card conjuring at its finest -- this one's for everybody.
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Widely regarded as one of the most creative minds in card magic, Bill Simon was also an astonishing master of the medium. His inventiveness and expertise are fully evident in this book -- considered by magic authority Martin Gardner as one of the basic texts on card conjuring. In it Simon provides specialists and amateurs alike with the guidance they need to pefect a host of ingenious card tricks.
Paperbound, 5 3/8" by 8 1/2", 96 illustrations, 182 pages.
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 5th, 2010
This is one of those books that LOOKS like it's really for amateurs and beginners by nature. The cover looks very basic with some hands and cards, and it's even named something that a beginner's book would be named. I noticed though that this is a very advanced book.
The best part about this, is definitely all the essays. There aren't many, but what IS here is great. It's very informative and gives a lot of insight. They were worth the price of the entire book.
As for the actual techniques, methods, and other tricks in here, they aren't too favorable in my opinion. There are a few classic effects in here, some variations etc. But nothing entirely NEW or groundbreaking. You will find a few quick tricks, a few flashy productions or assemblies etc. Don't get me wrong, this is very modern stuff and I'm surprised by it.
Overall, I would say that if you like card magic and have gotten a lot of it down good, this shouldn't be a problem. It was a nice change in pace for me to see and I think you will find that as well. But again, not everything will be performed. Just a little heads up
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 12th, 2005
For the money, It's great. It has a few fun tricks that I will use, but many of the tricks require setups. Each of the topics, such as practice, patter, and audience participation, are covered in about a paragraph to a page, each. Really, it doesn't cover that much material. It's a good compliment to a book like Royal Road to Card Magic or Expert Card Technique. My favorite trick is Elevator Cards. If you do purchase it, please contribute to the forum.
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