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"Reading this book made me feel like I felt when I first read The Books of Wonder. Vanni was a generous friend and a constant inspiration. This book is a fitting tribute to a gifted creator and performer." -Michael Weber

"Almost everything in this book is a magician fooler. I love this and can give it my highest recommendation." -John Lovick

"Full of actual MASTERPIECES. These aren't fantasy effects or theoretical. They're the real thing." -Bill Kalush

"A goldmine of miraculous creations" -Roberto Giobbi

"After just the first 2 effects, I was blown away. Full of routines that are BEGGING to be put into a show. I highly recommend it." -Ryan Schlutz

"I cannot wait to work on Card in Glass. Sleights and approaches I've never seen before.. doing things you'd normally need gaffs for... without gimmicks." -Chad Long

ARETALOGY—n. A narrative about the deeds of a miracle worker.

Who was Vanni Bossi?

He was an underground treasure.

He was the man the stars of magic came to for solutions to their hardest problems.

He was one of close-up magic’s most original minds.

He was a performer top magicians from all over Europe and the U.S. made it a point to see.

The Aretalogy of Vanni Bossi is the first book in any language that presents a substantial collection of this master magician’s secrets with cards, coins and...things. The contents have been gathered from scarce publications with strictly limited circulations, and include closely guarded, never before published tricks and sleights.

Foreword by Roberto Giobbi

56 highly original tricks, routines and sleights

Over 400 beautifully rendered drawings by Tony Dunn

206 pages printed on fine paper and bound in luxurious leather and cloth

You can wait for the professionals to recommend it, or you can get it now and be ahead of the curve.

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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 5th, 2016
Not gonna be like the others and say how aesthetically pleasing the book is. I could care less, Im here for the content, and thats what this candid review was, and is, based on.

I've read the book in its entirety writing this review.


With that said...HERE WE GO! :

Pros:

-Book was very VERY well written and easy to understand. Stephen Minch does an exceptional job with the details, and good photos to go with it.

-Vanni offers good handlings on improving age old effects/effects we currently do to make them better. A good example of this is a) The Rested Palm Technique, which is sexy. Another is b) The Secluded Card Rise (aka, Card Rise from sealed baggy). It makes use of easy to obtain props, has extremely strong entertainment value, and looks just freakin' sexy. I honestly believe Vanni has simplified the effect to its bare essence, while reducing the props needed, yet creating a dramatic effect.

His books offers a fresh (and unique) insight to some interesting effects, one being the the first effect in the book, "The card in glass" (which everyone talks about...) and is actually very practical and easy. A FISM level idea is Prematrix, producing 4 coins from a shuffled pack, hands shown empty, deck isn't gaffed!

c) From Pages 146-166, he has some unique work on the Okito box dubbed, "Okito Box Italian Style": and man oh man, its as good as David Roth's work, except 1/2 of it is easier/easy to acquire, the other half requires a knack, but looking through, it looks like fun practice in both the technique, and misdirection, as Stephen Minch stated will be required in 3-4 of the Turnovers.
Should also note, in the Okito Box section, 85-90% of the work is in the Turnovers, a crucial technique.

As another reviewer stated, this book will make you wanna get an Okito Box. Only buy one if you are familiar with one, since Vanni Bossi's book only covers the crucial turnover technique. Those seeking further knowledge can be referred to David Roth's Coin Magic book on Penguin, or his DVD sets.


Cons:

-Some of the effects are very angle sensitive, or are not examinable, and assume that the spectators are not clever in some cases, ("A Germain Twist" is one example, and there is a 20-25% probability the spectators I work with would/will catch on to such a effect, even if cleanly presented and well practiced.)

-Some are really cool displays of cards, but with little use or context to using them in the effects. Couldn't, with my vast knowledge, find a use for many of the counts in the small packet effects I do.

-Some were very gaff heavy, or very limiting to the type of performance space

-One or more of the effects just didn't..."work". One was the Thumbtip effect in there. I was overjoyed when I saw it there, read up on the technique, tried it for half an hour only feeling like a fool knowing it doesn't work for me.

Overall, I can say the a) Okito Box work, b) the Card in Glass, c) Framing the Sandman (Signed Card appears in a picture frame...which is GREAT for Parlor), and d) The Secluded Card Rise will be going into my repertoire...but I still feel other material in the book is a bit lacking/out of place due to the above reasons.

It, and I know I'll get bashed for this, felt a bit "hollow" with the 4 above effects (I feel) being the main selling points.

With all the hype, I expected it to be the next classic like Harry Lorayne's Close-Up Card Magic, or the book Switch by Lovick, or (and it met and exceeded the hype given) The "Stand Up Card Magic" book by Robert Giobbi. All books listed available on Penguin, ha.

Didn't live up to the hype, Felt a bit Hollow, not enough material a "working magician can draw from it. 3/5 on my end.

-Dan
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I don't care what level of expertise you may be at, you're going to find something you've never seen or probably ever thought of before, and like me will spend many a future moon on this book of absolutely brilliant magic.

Scrunch Fold - The 'Mercury Fold's awesome cousin who resides on the other side of the deck (if you're a magic person you're going "Ahh!" right now.
The Moth of Tosh - A small candle is placed on the face of a deck and lit. When the magician passes his hand through the flame the selection magically jumps to the top of the deck, the candle now resting on it! Absolutely beautiful for a dim lit room.
Bottom Feeder - A signed, folded card appears in a jeweler's ring box. Sound familiar? Not this time.
The Secluded Card Rise - One of the greatest card rises I've ever learned. The deck is normal, it's trapped inside a large baggie, and the first card that rises isn't the selection however so it lowers back down and the right card rises out! The method is so clever and practical.

The book is solidly built and old fashioned in appearance, the cover and general look like something produced in the mid 1900's. The outside stamping is shiny gold. The pages are imperfectly aligned with each other and the paper is thicker that what you may be accustomed to. Aesthetically is very classy looking and will be in my book shelf and reading table for many years to come.

Do yourself a favor and get this early gift to yourself or for a magic person you love, while it's still available.

Very highly recommended for any magic lover!
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 21st, 2016
This is a wonderful book.

I wish more could have been written about Vanni but you get the flavor of this genius from the preface and intros AND of course from the tricks which is where you 'see' his mind at work.

I'm so enjoying reading this.

The Author has captured the feel and world of Vanni Bossi.
I picture the Master actually explaining the trick and seeing how it materializes as I read.
Very good illustrations too.

This is gem of a book and will raise your level of Magical awareness.
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I have not written a review in a while. But now I feel I must. I bought this based on the 6 reviews posted. These reviews really stood out from normal reviews that I have seen on most items. I must admit that they are correct. The material here is special and unique in many ways. Most of the effects I have seen can easily be done by an intermediate student of magic. There may be some that even a beginner might manage to do but I do not think this is a beginners book at all.
Anyone who enjoys sleight of hand and close up work should really find some gems here
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 10th, 2016
this would have to be one of the best books i have seen in many a long year, as the advertising says FULL of hidden treasures ,i am currently working on card in glass and not that hard . STEPHEN MINCH has done it again ,what a great production .the concepts in this book are just fantastic ,buy it while you can. i think its really worth 10 stars. errol
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 29th, 2016
Reminds me of Paul Harris The Art Of Astonishment books.Super high quality pages and book.There is a handful of material about the Okito coin box.Sum different ideas with cards,coins,Mercury Card Fold,money,rubberbands.This is a gem.Top book this year.
Now i have to purchase a Okito Box.
Does anybody have a recommendation on a Okito Box i should buy??
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Best book of the year! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 29th, 2016
I bought Handsome Jack Etc. earlier this year and thought, "here's no way a better book is coming out any time soon." Months afterwards this comes out and with all the craze over it I bought it and I did not regret it! My favorite sleights are the scrunch fold and the rested palm. Stephen also teaches a hack to make a one-handed top palm a bit easier. La Belle Captive and Framing the Sandman are my favorites in the book by far. I don't reccomend this for beginners.
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In 2036 you'll regret not getting this book. Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 29th, 2016
Nothing but superlatives for this book. Beautifully produced and with the sort of effects which invite the audience to suspend critical judgment (i.e., not be concerned about method). When this edition is out of print you'll wish you would have spent the money, a reasonable price, for this rather than for the self threading re-breakable zipper elastics.
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F*****G AWESOME! Report this review
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The best book I've bought this year.

Just get it.

What you still reading for? Order the book.
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This was my first time ordering from Penguin and was amazed at their customer service. I've NEVER had anyone send me a video of my order being packaged. Will definitely be a returning customer
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