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The Maestro left us the 6 of April, 1997, but his magic remains alive. The magic of Ascanio, in four volumes. His theories, his thinking, his philosophy, and the entirety of his card magic, including his legendary routines (with over thirty previously unreleased tricks), full of the Ascanian touch, and his magic with pocket knives.

This First Volume Includes:

  • Technique
  • Construction
  • Cover
  • Presentation
  • How to Study Magic
  • Ascanio's previously unpublished essays
    • Thoughts on Creativity
    • Theory Notebook of 1970
  • His Classic Articles on Theory
    • Conception of the Magical Atmosphere
    • Analysis of a Trick
    • On Misdirection
    • The Fundamentals of Timing
    • Know Yourself
    • The Psychology of Palming
  • The Interviews
    • Interview with a Genius of Magic, by Juan Tamariz
    • A Biographical Interview and My Character, by Docampo
  • Three Juicy Conversations
    • Arturo and Juan Chat
  • An Essay by Aurelio Paviato

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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on February 26th, 2011
Although Ascanio's card magic is not my style, this is a must read book. Ascanio was a unique thinker and many of his ideias and thoughts are in this book. I don´t have the other volumes because all I wanted was to learn more about Ascanio´s philosophy. And I must say: he was a fantastic magician.
Anyone who claims to be a magician should read at least:

. magic and showmanship, by henning nelms
. the books of wonder, by tommy wonder
. designing miracles, by darwin ortiz
. strong magic, by darwin ortiz
. Fizkee trilogy, by Dariel Fitzkee (althoug I don´t agree with everything Fitkee´s says.)

And definetely

. the structural conception of magic, by Ascanio

Sorry for my English :)
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I found this to be one of the most readable books on magical theory I have ever encountered. Everything that the author talks about is relevant and spot on, making it a very influential book to magicians around the world. as soon as I finished it I started rereading from the beginning. There are so many good and accurate points in this book it is hard to overlook them. While some of the theory is a bit in depth, I didn't find that it was so deep that I drowned in it, as I have felt with some other books on magic theory. The aesthetically pleasing layout make it a book that you want to read and savor. If you are the type of magician strives to be a true artist in terms of creating a masterpiece of deceptive entertainment, then this book will reinforce this notion.
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