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Modern Coin Magic by J.B. Bobo (Book)

116 Coin Sleights and 236 Coin Tricks
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When party guests request a few tricks, be prepared. Ask for a coin, and perform some of the tricks in this book. Because you will not have been aided by special stage apparatus, the results will be all the more astonising. As tricks with coins are so readily improvised, they are among the most impressive forms of legerdemain.

This book is the most complete treatise ever written on sleight-of-hand coin conjuring. Celebrated magician J.B. Bobo has gathered here the best and most useful of all coin tricks-not only his own, but those of some four dozen notable prestidigitators, including such greats as Robert-Houdin, Professor Hoffmann and-the greatest of all coin conjurers-T. Nelson Downs.

All the tested, traditional methods of coin magic are here. Bobo has added to these the best of the modern innovations, while eliminating all the out-of-date and impractical sleights of his sources. You will learn all about palms, holds, flips, switches, change-overs, steals, cuffing, sleeving and other sleight-of-hand techniques; coin tricks requiring special devices are also included. The author guides you systematically from basic techniques, concealments and vanishes, through integrated tricks, to complete routined acts (18 in all). His clear explanations are splendidly complemented by 510 illustrations.

Sleight-of-hand magic has consistently earned the respect of professional magicians . If you are yet an amateur, this easy-to-follow manual-together with regular practice-is the surest route to professional level competence. For professionals, this volume is a convenient encyclopedic reference that gathers in one place all the best coin magic from antiquity to modern times.

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Paperbound, 5 3/8" by 8 1/2" pages, 510 illustrations.

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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 5th, 2010
The reference book for coin magic. No magician should be without this book. At under $10, this is a gold mine of material. The book is appropriately broken down into chapters that go from the basic sleights to most major facets of coin magic. You start with the foundations of coin magic, the utility switches, the vanishes, and the palms.

There are literally hundreds of tricks to choose from in this tome so plan on spending a lot on time on the varied chapters. Aside from the excellent basic teaching of palms, switches and vanishes, you get chapters transpositions, color changes, gaffed coins, shells, sleeving, and finally full routines such as the Miser's Dream. My favorite are the copper/silver tricks and there is some amazing, in-the-spectator's hand transpositions.

A few downsides to this fabulous book. First, the book is no longer "modern" as some of text is from a by-gone era. Largely, the text translates well into modern patter and attire. Second, a lot of the new, types of coin gaffs are not covered by this book. Overall, this book could keep you busy for years.
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For the serious coin worker. Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 2nd, 2010
This book is obviously the Bible for coin workers, but if you're just interested in coin magic and are looking for a couple of good coin tricks I think you'd be better off with Noblezada's coin magic DVD!

This is a very thorough and in-depth book, but I think there are better options for those of you looking for coin routines to add to your acts.
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 6th, 2010
Hi! This is your official PenguinMagic reviewer, B_Magic.

If you are into coin magic, this book is an absolute MUST BUY. THIS IS "THE" BOOK ON COIN MAGIC. Add to cart.

This book has been in my library for years, and it continues to be a constant source of great information and magic for me. There's not much to say but that there is no other resource on coin magic that even rivals this book, and if you are into coins you just simply have to get this. It's an amazing book that can and will turn you into a coin master if you learn from it.

This book is essential. Just get it already!

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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 5th, 2010
This is a must have for any magician at any level. If you're new to coin magic, then this will give you the basics. Even if you're a pro, this book will give you ideas for new routines. For any magician into coins, it all starts here.
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 4th, 2010
I usually try to stay away from reviewing classic texts of magic, but this is a MUST. It doesn't matter how long you've been into magic for. You need this book. COin magic is almost all of what I do and I learned a ton from this book. A few of the tricks are a little outdated but others are really good and can work wonders for you. WIth a lot of them, you can grab a coin and do a full 20 minute show with it. Others might require 2 or 5 coins. Some use gimmicks, some aren't gimmicked. There is also a really nice miser's dream and historical section towards the back of the book. My favorite part is the Okito story, how it came to be. PLEASE BUY NOW!
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 2nd, 2010
This is the bible of coin magic! If you are into coin magic in the slightest bit, then you need this book! This is like an encyclopedia of coin magic. Bobo goes into grave detail discussing many different vanishes, appearances, tricks, etc. He even covers topics such as shells, coin magic on stage, and sleeving. There are so many illustrations in this book; it makes it very clear and easy to learn. At 350+ pages, this is a fantastic introduction to coin magic. I highly recommend it!
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 2nd, 2010
Get it. That's my review. Bye!....I'm kidding, there's more. Just imagine "In the Beginning There Were Coins" but in book form and with a truckload of more material. Every single magician needs this book. For $10 you're getting 116 sleights and 236 tricks. You will learn all the basics and lots of intermediate and advanced stuff. At the end there are 17 full routines that were put together with tricks from the book. My highest recommendations.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 16th, 2007
Although I only read some pages,from the first few pages-this is what I thought-"This-is-SOOOOO AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
I knew the basics of coin magic before this book and a couple of routines,but I never had enough routines.
This book changes it all.
I learned many coin tricks,just from reading the pages I read.
There is even some stuff on coin boxes and coin gimmicks.
I highly recommend you get it,even though it is old.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on March 13th, 2006
This book is an extremely valuable addition to my library. It teaches alot about the technique as well as sleights, vanishes, and even the history behind this branch of magic. I will never stop reading this book probably, as I am constantly finding things that I didn't notice before and my tricks and ability with coins are constantly growing. Notice that most of theses things require alot of practice and dedication.

In the preface it says "There is and unfortunate trend among those who dabble in magic, and even those who rate themselves as magicians, to avoid anything that requires a little study adn practice and to rely on tricks that work themselves, tricks 'that can be done five minutes after you receive them,' as we see advertised so often." This was said by Jean Hugard. This book stands very true to this day on magical coin technique. It has not only taught me many things about the magic, but it has also taught me that magic is about practise and dedication, and there are a lot of problems with people and their easy selfworking tricks. This is purely sleight of hand and magic technique. If this bothers you, then you aren't really a magician. Period. Add to cart, now, and begin working on one of the best purchases you will get from penguin magic. A classic.
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 9th, 2005
I knew almoust nothing about coin magic before I got this book. Now I can do some cool things with coins. But notice that it takes a lot of practice.
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