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Picture Yourself As a Magician (w/DVD) by Wayne Kawamoto - Book
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Step-by-Step Instruction for the Street, Stage, Parties, Card Table, and More.

Picture yourself astonishing your friends as you dazzle them with classic card tricks, mystifying coin routines, mind-reading magic, a levitation of yourself, escapes, tricks with your iPod, and more. "Picture Yourself as a Magician: Step-by-Step Instruction for the Street, Stage, Parties, Card Table, and More" is the perfect introductory book to entertaining yet simple magic tricks and techniques that will leave your audience marveled and amused. Written using clear step-by-step instructions along with full-color photographs to demonstrate each new skill and trick taught, the book will help beginners establish a foundation in basic magic. "Picture Yourself as a Magician" features the same high-impact magic tricks performed by professionals but adapted for novices. Tips from the pros will help you hone your craft and develop your magic act. The accompanying DVD with live demonstrations and lessons on many of the tricks and techniques taught in the book will help you along the way. Get ready to wow your friends and family as you share the gift of magic with them.


  • Presented in the 4-color, visual, tutorial style of the "Picture Yourself" series.
  • Teaches readers techniques that will help them establish a foundation in basic magic, including street magic and gambling tricks.
  • The accompanying DVD features videos of the tricks and magic featured in the book, along with explanation of how to perform them.
Table of Contents


Chapter 1: The Art of Magic

Chapter 2: Easy Tricks

Chapter 3: Basic Card Handling

Chapter 4: Basic Sleight-of-Hand with Cards

Chapter 5: Great Card Tricks

Chapter 6: Trick Decks

Chapter 7: Close-Up Magic

Chapter 8: Mind Reading and Future Predictions

Chapter 9: Stand-up and Stage Magic

Chapter 10: Magic for the Street

Chapter 11: Party Magic

Chapter 12: Levitation

Chapter 13: Electronic Magic with iPods and More

Chapter 14: The Art of Performing Magic

Appendix A: The World's Best Card Trick

Appendix B: Picture Yourself as a Magician 2

Appendix C: The Clock

Appendix D: The Mind Reader

Appendix E: Magic Resources

Appendix F: Artwork for "The Missing Pip" from Chapter 9

What's on the DVD:
  • Demonstrations of and lessons on how to perform many of the techniques and tricks in the book.
  • How-to lessons for additional effects that are not taught in the book
  • The necessary files for your iPod or PSP so you can perform electronic magic as described in Chapter 13.

Author Bio
Wayne Kawamoto
Wayne N. Kawamoto is a full-time professional magician who performs at corporate and private events, as well as at restaurants and bars in Southern California. He is the editorial guide for the online magazine where he reviews magic products and teaches magic. He has an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering and an MBA. Prior to becoming a professional magician, he reviewed video games and movies and wrote about small business topics for publications such as Business Week, PC Magazine, The San Francisco Chronicle, Cinescape, and more, and published several consumer books on personal computers. Wayne lives with his family in the community of La Verne, which is near Los Angeles.

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One of my least favorite things to do is give a product a bad review. There are WAY better places to go than here.

Wayne Kawamoto is interesting. He's a fairly good Magician, but he tries too hard sometimes to be GREAT. In this book, he tends to make Magicians seem like they are in Movies. Suit and TIe, top hat etc.

This book is written similar to Marc WIlson's complete course in magic. It has a good variety of effects, but these are just things that Grandpa Joe can teach you. The jumping rubberband, key card, etc. It was written nicely, but I don't think it is really great. First, the writing style is fairly advanced for a beginner's Magic book. If you understand some of these words, you are probably a lot older than these tricks are suited for.

One thing I thought was really cool though, is that there are pictures at the back of the book for you to copy so you can make some of the gimmicks and special props required in a few tricks. Also a subtle flip book feature is really cool on it that you will discover.

The DVD. Often times DVDs, are professionally shot with High Definition quality cameras. That's not the case. It looks like he pulled out his home video camera, set it up on a tripod, and filmed in his living room. I would tell you to look at other places before buying this highly overpriced book.
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