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The Aretalogy of Vanni Bossi by Stephen Minch (FIRST EDITION)

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"Reading this book made me feel like I felt when I first read The Books of Wonder. Vanni was a generous friend and a constant inspiration. This book is a fitting tribute to a gifted creator and performer." -Michael Weber

"Almost everything in this book is a magician fooler. I love this and can give it my highest recommendation." -John Lovick

"Full of actual MASTERPIECES. These aren't fantasy effects or theoretical. They're the real thing." -Bill Kalush

"A goldmine of miraculous creations" -Roberto Giobbi

"After just the first 2 effects, I was blown away. Full of routines that are BEGGING to be put into a show. I highly recommend it." -Ryan Schlutz

"I cannot wait to work on Card in Glass. Sleights and approaches I've never seen before.. doing things you'd normally need gaffs for... without gimmicks." -Chad Long

ARETALOGY—n. A narrative about the deeds of a miracle worker.

Who was Vanni Bossi?

He was an underground treasure.

He was the man the stars of magic came to for solutions to their hardest problems.

He was one of close-up magic’s most original minds.

He was a performer top magicians from all over Europe and the U.S. made it a point to see.

The Aretalogy of Vanni Bossi is the first book in any language that presents a substantial collection of this master magician’s secrets with cards, coins and...things. The contents have been gathered from scarce publications with strictly limited circulations, and include closely guarded, never before published tricks and sleights.

Foreword by Roberto Giobbi

56 highly original tricks, routines and sleights

Over 400 beautifully rendered drawings by Tony Dunn

206 pages printed on fine paper and bound in luxurious leather and cloth

You can wait for the professionals to recommend it, or you can get it now and be ahead of the curve.

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A Stunner of a Magic Book Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 21st, 2016
I don't care what level of expertise you may be at, you're going to find something you've never seen or probably ever thought of before, and like me will spend many a future moon on this book of absolutely brilliant magic.

Scrunch Fold - The 'Mercury Fold's awesome cousin who resides on the other side of the deck (if you're a magic person you're going "Ahh!" right now.
The Moth of Tosh - A small candle is placed on the face of a deck and lit. When the magician passes his hand through the flame the selection magically jumps to the top of the deck, the candle now resting on it! Absolutely beautiful for a dim lit room.
Bottom Feeder - A signed, folded card appears in a jeweler's ring box. Sound familiar? Not this time.
The Secluded Card Rise - One of the greatest card rises I've ever learned. The deck is normal, it's trapped inside a large baggie, and the first card that rises isn't the selection however so it lowers back down and the right card rises out! The method is so clever and practical.

The book is solidly built and old fashioned in appearance, the cover and general look like something produced in the mid 1900's. The outside stamping is shiny gold. The pages are imperfectly aligned with each other and the paper is thicker that what you may be accustomed to. Aesthetically is very classy looking and will be in my book shelf and reading table for many years to come.

Do yourself a favor and get this early gift to yourself or for a magic person you love, while it's still available.

Very highly recommended for any magic lover!
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Wow Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 21st, 2016
This is a wonderful book.

I wish more could have been written about Vanni but you get the flavor of this genius from the preface and intros AND of course from the tricks which is where you 'see' his mind at work.

I'm so enjoying reading this.

The Author has captured the feel and world of Vanni Bossi.
I picture the Master actually explaining the trick and seeing how it materializes as I read.
Very good illustrations too.

This is gem of a book and will raise your level of Magical awareness.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 15th, 2016
I have hundreds of magic book in my collection , This must be among the top ten . The effects rock . The book itself is a work of art . Proud to display on my shelves. The effects are a breath of fresh air no same old rehash . I highly recommend this work .
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WONDERFUL Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 12th, 2016
I have not written a review in a while. But now I feel I must. I bought this based on the 6 reviews posted. These reviews really stood out from normal reviews that I have seen on most items. I must admit that they are correct. The material here is special and unique in many ways. Most of the effects I have seen can easily be done by an intermediate student of magic. There may be some that even a beginner might manage to do but I do not think this is a beginners book at all.
Anyone who enjoys sleight of hand and close up work should really find some gems here
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 10th, 2016
this would have to be one of the best books i have seen in many a long year, as the advertising says FULL of hidden treasures ,i am currently working on card in glass and not that hard . STEPHEN MINCH has done it again ,what a great production .the concepts in this book are just fantastic ,buy it while you can. i think its really worth 10 stars. errol
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Okito Box? Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 29th, 2016
Reminds me of Paul Harris The Art Of Astonishment books.Super high quality pages and book.There is a handful of material about the Okito coin box.Sum different ideas with cards,coins,Mercury Card Fold,money,rubberbands.This is a gem.Top book this year.
Now i have to purchase a Okito Box.
Does anybody have a recommendation on a Okito Box i should buy??
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 8th, 2016
This was my first time ordering from Penguin and was amazed at their customer service. I've NEVER had anyone send me a video of my order being packaged. Will definitely be a returning customer
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In 2036 you'll regret not getting this book. Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 29th, 2016
Nothing but superlatives for this book. Beautifully produced and with the sort of effects which invite the audience to suspend critical judgment (i.e., not be concerned about method). When this edition is out of print you'll wish you would have spent the money, a reasonable price, for this rather than for the self threading re-breakable zipper elastics.
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F*****G AWESOME! Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 28th, 2016
The best book I've bought this year.

Just get it.

What you still reading for? Order the book.
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An underground Gem that NEEDS mined Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on March 30th, 2018
First off, I love the look of the book in general. It has a "leather" (real or not) spine and a different material around the front and back covers. Surprisingly, no dust jacket but I think a dust jacket would take away from the good looks of this book aesthetically. It reminds me a bit of the Alex Elmsley Books by the same author. In general, I like the looks BUT, I really do not like the way the pages are cut. If you lay it on it's spine and look at the pages, they look like the spiked tops of a picket fence. This gives me some minor difficulties turning the pages at times but it is the only "CON" I have with the whole book (and it is a minor "Con").

Also, this was pointed out to me by a well informed member of the Magic Cafe - "That's called a deckle edge. Read about it here:
https://themillions.com/2010/02/deckle-edge-in-the-age-of-mechanical-reproduction.html"

Now the Pro's. The book does "Look" very aesthetically pleasing which sets the standards kind of high for the contents. Fortunately, the contents live up to (and surpass) all expectations. Stephen Minch knows how to properly explain an effect and Tony Dunn is a fantastic illustrator who knows how to bring an effect on paper into life. The book contains 192 pages of mostly card and coin close up material. Of the sleights, I have seen a few people talking here and there about his alternative to the MCF called "The UNT Card Fold" A card is folded in 6ths right "under their noses". There is some really "out of the box thinking" like "the folded card color change" and "card in finger ring" along with some "in and out of the box work" on the Okito Box. I really liked the "Half Buck Torture Cell" as it can be played as bringing a big stage illusion to the close up table.

The cost new is $65.00. I have only seen it on the "used market" 2 or 3 times so I assume those who buy it like what they see and are keeping it. This is a winner that is well worth your time and money.
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