It would be erroneous for me to say that there is something for everyone in Mike Powers’ new book,
Tesseract – Magic: The Hidden Dimension. It would be much more proper to say that there are some
things for everyone. This book is packed with material for the card lover, the coin lover, the ring
and rubber band enthusiast, the mentalist, the mathematician and the science aficionado. (Huh?!
Trust me. It’ll make sense when you get your copy.)
There’s sleight of hand, there’s
knuckle-busting sleight of hand, and there’s self-working. There are almost three hundred pages, of
dare I say it, powerful magic. Heck, Mike even tosses in a couple of bonus effects from friends who
have contributed to the project.
A couple of my personal favorites are Ring Bandit - I
have performed Bill Kalush’s Rubber Ringer for years, but I have to tell you that Mike’s link is
pure magic. It’ll fool you. Moe Fun, Flipped Out, Lying Traveler, and of course, Heisting Histed
Heisted 3.0. also make my list, but there’s so much more!
This is a beautiful, large
format book, sewn to lay flat so that you can study without propping pages open with your elbow, or
with a deck of cards. The paper is thick and glossy, and the photographs clear and plentiful. Mike
is a wonderful teacher, as you would expect from a physics professor, and his explanations and
instructions are easy to understand and follow. For anyone unfamiliar with some of the moves
required to properly perform some of the effects, Mike provides a link to his site, and a password,
where students can access video explanations of basic sleights and moves.
In the interest
of full disclosure, I was honored to help edit several of the tricks in the book, and received a
free copy of the finished project. This should in no way diminish my positive assessment of the
book. In fact, having insight into the labor, love, and time that Mike put into this project, might
even provide my review with some additional weight. Or not. Bottom line: You will not be
disappointed with this book. In fact, you will feel that you have received more than your money’s
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I bought mine directly from Mike via his site along with a few other items that he sells there. I
have had "Power Plays" for many years. Along with this I picked up his spiral bound reprint of "Top
Secret Stuff". I guess this makes me an "Unverified" "Verified Buyer".
This, like his other
books has a lot of great material and there is certainly more than one effect for all experience
ranges. In the first few pages of this large Hardback, there is a link and password to a private
page on Mike's site, where many (50 maybe) sleights taught via video in case you don't quite follow
his well written descriptions.
Mike has been at this for many years (as well as his wife
who is also an accomplished magician). If you are a "Card Magician" Do not hesitate to hit the "Add
To Cart" button and enjoy the journey into a Physics Teacher/Well Rounded, Magicians Mind.
I highly recommend it
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I was very lucky to get a copy of this from Mike before its official release. It's not often that I
find a magic book that I will read from cover to cover within a week, but this was an exception.
There is just so much good material and insights within these pages that I couldn't put this book
I've also seen Mike perform many of these pieces in front of magicians and laypeople.
Both were equally amazed. There is something in this book for everyone and I would gladly have paid
double the price for it.
I picked up this book a few weeks ago blindly from a recommendation of a well-trusted friend. Prior
to this, I am unfamiliar with Mike Powers' material so I dug through this book with a neutral
First, I noticed how practical most tricks are. The fore few tricks of the book
are completely impromptu and it hits hard. The plot for those tricks are classic and you can never
go wrong with a classic.
Second, the sleights Mike utilized in every trick is vastly
deceptive and yet extremely practical. Moreover, while reading the table of contents, the sleights
are listed with the trick tittle so you know the prerequisite techniques to do the trick. I love
this! More books should utilize this system.
Third, the online library of "moves" is
extremely helpful. As the saying goes, "a picture worth a thousand words." this is indeed true to
the essence of that phrase in the application of conjuring. Mike provides all moves in the video so
YOU can expedite your learning. That is priceless.
All in all, everyone should pick up this
book. The Tessaract will be a very good read for everyone wheater you are a professional or an
amateur, there is something for everyone. Most importantly is that it inspire you to perform.
Mike Powers’ TESSERACT is such a great book! The first trick in the book “The Lying Traveler” is a
very nice piece of magic with each sequence stronger than the last... the final lie/truth sequences
is automatic and works itself out whether a spectator lies or tells the truth, it’s just beautiful.
Another gem in this book is “Heisting Histed Heisted 3.0”. ...If you do any memorized deck
work then this is a excellent demonstration of pure mind-reading!
Besides the tricks, Mike
also explains why the title for his book. And a chapter on Creating The Tesseract which I enjoyed
There is much more I will be reading in this book, I give it my highest