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Classic Coin Tricks Book Dover Downs
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An Unabridged Reprint of "Modern Coin Manipulation"

The art of the coin trick is one of the fundamentals of legerdemain, and T. Nelson Downs was an unparalleled master of the craft.

In 1900 the self-proclaimed "King of Koins" published an extensive account of his new and original coin sleights and tricks, "Embracing Every Sleight and Subtlety Invented and Known."

That rare volume is now reprinted here. It features detailed explanations and diagrams of numerous feats with coins-most prominent among them the author's world-famous original creation, "The Miser's Dream," a much-imitated act climaxing in the production of a shower of half-dollars. In this complete manual of the art of conjuring with coins, Downs shares his secrets for scores of "fakes" and sleights, including passing a coin through the bottom of a hat, the money-producing cigarette, the mysterious claret glass, the crystal coin ladder, the obedient coins, and many more. He also offers a wealth of suggestions for stage "business" involving handkerchiefs, goblets, hats and other props, as well as helpful tips on presentation, patter and other techniques.

By following the clear, concise instructions in this book, both professional and amateur magicians can expand their sleight-of-hand repertoires to include a host of baffling and amazing tricks sure to dazzle and delight any audience. What's more, this volume offers a superb introduction to the wit and artistry of one of the acknowledged masters of the field.

Paperbound, 272 5 3/8" by 8 1/2" pages, 150 illustrations.

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This has to be one of my favorite books on Magic. I purchased it with a different mentality however. If you want something that will actually teach you magic consistantly and keep you hooked, this book fails miserably. If you buy this in hopes to learn something about the art of coin magic, this is for you!

The instruction in this book is virtually non-existant. That's how bad it was. I found that even learning the most simple retention pass and backpalm was one of the hardest things ever from here. A lot of this is very basic but still taught terribly. But I still reside, this isn't for instruction. I think Downs just wanted to prove that he COULD do this kind of stuff and get his inventions out on the market. ONe of the coolest effects is in here. It's heavily mechanical and impractical, but the effect is just incredible.

The quality of it is fine though. It's bound expertly and the paper quality is really nice. I had no problem with that. But other than the type, the pictures were terrible. There are drawings which were pretty good, and very dark and blurry photographs. Out of all that, I would tell you to buy this only if you want an interesting piece of history that isn't commonly refered to. But don't buy this to learn something. It most likely won't happen.
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