Finally, The LONG AWAITED review for Joshua Jays new book, MAGIC: The complete course. Before I
begin, I discourage anybody who does not like to learn good magic, To please click away. Most people
who see this
would insist this book is strictly for beginners. To tell you the truth, I cannot
decide whether that is a lie, or just REALLY good beginners magic.
STRUCTURE 5/5 This book was very well put
together. The binding was very nice as well as the size and weight of the book. This must way at
least 5 pounds. Behind the front cover you will find a DVD which is in a sleeve BOUND TO THE BOOK.
He starts wit h a full table of contents then moves on to how to use the book and DVD, Magician
slang, introduction, essays, a lesson in deception then the chapters etc.
5/5 This is the real beginners section of the book, But it includes some nice tricks for people of
all skill levels and interests from magic with coins, cards, ordinary objects, and an analysis of
sleight of hand. He teaches some grips, palms, forces, and hand exercises. One of my favorite
effects on this entire project, Is one that teaches you how to make a blister completely vanish
without a trace impromptu.
DINNER DECEPTIONS 5/5 This is the perfect chapter for anybody
who just learned some cool tricks, and is now looking toward performing magic. But still keeping
some of the beginner tricks out of it. You arnt learning how to deal 10 piles of cards and adding
and subtracting, But really cool effects like card in bread etc. In this chapter, He goes into
lapping beyond belief. You have never seen lapping explained like this. He teaches how to lap salt
shakers, bananas, spoons, forks, knives, water bottles, glasses full of liquid etc. Have you ever
wanted to change water into wine, Read this section.
THE GREATEST CARD TRICKS OF ALL TIME
5/5 This is a cool chapter because in the very beginning he teaches some standard card sleights but
they make you look like a total professional. He has pictures of his hands and each part of his hand
is labelled so the viewer knows what he is talking about. In this section he teaches sleights, out
of this world, an awesome four ace production, card revelations, poker related tricks, things with
the invisible deck,PLUS how to make your own invisible deck with something you probably have just
lying around the house and much MUCH more!
KID CONJURING 5/5 This is the section to show
your neices, nephews, kids, pets, or even if you are a professional, you can include all of these
great tricks into your regular arsenal of effects. He teaches the coin from ear, gumball from ear,
gumballs from mouth, a REALLY cool rope through assistants body illusion, the history of sawing in
half, a cool finger through shirt illusion, and my FAVORITE effect in the ENTIRE project, The
vanishing pet, which uses a super old concept but the effect is so cool and it can be done for
anyone in any country, who speaks any language. such a cool, magical effect. I would be willing to
spend any price is he released this as a single trick (if it doesent already sell out!)
WORKING MIRACLES 5/5 I know a LOT of professional magicians who also work at an office or have
other jobs. This is the chapter for you. It is devoted to magic that can be done at the office and
will still fry any audience. Btw, Im only half way through the book. He does an awesome pen through
bill effect that looks just like dough, But is in some way cleaner because you can do it with a
borrowed, crisp or wrinkled bill. He has Danny Garcia contribute to this book by adding
Telekineticlip, Which allows you to psychically straiten out a borrowed paperclip, Then BEND that
paperclip without mercy. Mathemagic is also a good effect. This is going to turn a lot of you on
right here. The 14 dolllar trick on penguin, Is in here. The magic square. He gives you mnenmonics,
and ideas and a full perforomance script here. There are book tests spoon bends, even stick
predictions which is cool because everybody in America is linked to the stocks somehow. A really
nice effect in this chapter is one where you mix cream and sugar into a coffee, and then extract
that cream and sugar so the coffee is now black, the cream is in the creamer, and the lid is sealed
back on. Also, A sucker is born every minute is tought in this chapter. One of my other favorite
effects is karate clip. You stab your finger through a paperclip mid-air, and then it is all busted
up on your fingertip.
MONEY MAGIC 5/5 As you can tell, There really arnt any disadvantages
in this book. Joshua goes through some key essential sleights and warm-ups and then a really nice
misers dream routine. I really liked the essay he wrote in here on the bullet catch. Dont even get
me started on penny pressed. Just recently, The stretching coin effect has become popular. Jay
Leslie is my first known reference, But joshua just killed every other variation of it. He borrows a
penny, Then on the spectators palm, flattens the coin, Crushed, expanded, with all the details still
on the coin. They can even keep it. Also, a full analysis on the folding quarter and its
applications. A really nice one is also where he turns 4 blank slips of paper into four tens and
twenties. Also the coin roll and almost all other applications are tought on here,
PRESTIDIGITATION 5/5 moving on from the other venues of magic, This is possibly one of the hardest
to master, Which is why it is in the back of the book (but still not finished ) COnquering the fear
of an audience. Joshua gives the hard won knowledge to making your performances great and making
them perfect so that your performances are awesome. The ovation position is a professional working
piece, so you can produce a full glass of liquid from your jacket without fear of spilling. The hand
scam is an effect we have probably all seen that is really cool, But isnt really magic., But can
still freak out your friends. Josh teaches the torn and restored newspaper in like 6 pages. There is
also a brief bio on Gene Anderson who is one of the most renowned Torn and restored newspaper
performers today. Yet another book test. Earth shoes is an awesome production where a rock falls out
of your shoe. Not just a rock, But a HUGE rock, Now his full professional performance of the linking
rings, This is 8 pages long.
TELEPHONE TRICKERY 5/5 This chapter is nothing but over the
phone magic. Full proof magic effects you can do any time with your friend thousands of miles away.
Does this really need a long explanation to tell you how awesome this chapter is?
ACT TOGETHER 5/5 This is THE hardest chapters in the entire book to master. This is for the people
who want to start performing magic seriously and even for the more seasoned professional. We can all
learn some good from this. Through each chapter, Joshua picked out some of his favorite tricks and
put them together into an act that works for him lasting 20 minutes each. There is stuff with close
up, money, cards, parlour, kids, and stage. Each of these sections has a checklist and tips for
performance. I dont think joshua will really mind if you use these, But why should you? You already
learned some killer material and enough to go pro. Now he closes the book
Joshua is one of the best writers and authors of our time. He makes sure everything can be
understood with good performance and explanation techniques. The book was well constructed with over
500 illustrations, photographs, and over 300 pages of intricate performance scripts, essays, tricks,
and explanations. A MUST buy for anyone interested in magic. You WILL walk away with something that
you can use. I know I did.
Now it is time to review
the included DVD that Joshua made exclusively for this book. It was a very wise choice because some
of these effects need to be seen for the reader to fully appreciate them and the impact that they
have on the audience.
THE LAYOUT 5/5 Joshua did a fantastic job laying out this DVD. I
dont think anybody should buy another DVD or even MAKE another DVD until you get this one. This is
the best DVD I have ever seen. Everhting from the motion graphics to the transitions to teaching to
performing etc. He breaks down each section of the DVD just like his did in the book. Office, cards,
money, parlor etc. He performs them in each of the venues like on the street, in an office, durring
a live show, at an elementary school. very niiiiiice!
PERFORMANCES 5/5 Should I even bother
giving each section a rating? They are all perfect 5. The performances like I said, Are where they
are meant to be. In the office, street, show etc. He really connects with the audience and makes
them understand magic and what it is really about.
THE TRICKS 5/5 I already mentioned above
why I think he made the companion DVD. If you dont believe some of these tricks will work (and
believe me, I was one of them!) he shows you the audiences reactions and how they respond to each
type of performance. Joshua gives the best version of out of this world as well so that is a plus.
THE TEACHING 2/5 JK 5/5 Joshua goes into a bright white room with his table and explains
everything step by step with motion graphics and special effects for some of the tricks to get the
full impact of it all. He also gives you some tips and ideas for most of these as well. If you have
seen the Daniel Garcia project, all of these tricks have some sort of special teaching style. WHat I
mean by this is, SOmetimes durring the explanation, Close up explanations appear on the same screan
so there are multiple angle shots including from your view, over the shoulder, on the ceiling, close
up, far away etc.
OVERALL 5/5 What more is there to say? Josh is an awesome perfomer, a
great magician, and he has a keen passion for the art of magic and one of the best practitioners of
our time. Nobody beats Joshua Jay. It is just that simple.
Pick this up today at your local
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Joshua Jay is a masterful artist, performer and teacher.
I have read many magic books but many
books show WHAT is being done but not necessarily HOW to perform it.
His talents are well beyond
This book covers tricks in various settings and with different props to include
mealtime magic, magic out of ordinary things, magic with money, magic for kids, magic by kids, card
tricks, magic in the office, magic for large audiences and even magic using the internet.
The book is well organized into major sections. Each trick is organized in a clear, concise and
easy to follow format. A list of necessary materials, difficulty level of the trick, the effect of
the trick, the secret of the trick and how to perform the trick step by step is outlined. Each
section is well illustrated with high quality photography, easy to follow sequences and concise
Throughout the book, there are inserts that cover interesting historical facts
related to magic and legendary magicians.
An instructional DVD (27
tricks), extras that includes tricks with traditional magic props, and a special 5 minute clip on
how to carry out your performance,
"Talk Magic". The video is high quality, professionally
produced and is worth the price of the book alone.
Joshua Jay shows that he loves what he
does and compels you to learn this art.
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