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Possibly the most important book on coin magic since David Roth's Expert Coin Magic!

From one of Spain's most famous magicians comes elegant yet surreal mysteries for the very first time in English.

Coins and Other Fables by Luis Piedrahita is far more than a book of coin magic. Through the lens of his masterful routines, one can learn how Piedrahita approaches the construction of magic. Explained within the book is not just the technique, but also the exciting thinking behind it. Luis Piedrahita cleverly creates the most stunning effects possible by combining many methods using sleight of hand, gaffs, and psychology. Coins and Other Fables is the intersection of memorable magic, sleight of hand and inspiring creativity.

Some of the contents:

THE HUDDLE PALM
THE TIMOTEO TURNOVER
THE WHIP FLIP
THE PINKY TOSS
THE TRICKLINKY
COPPER AND SILVER WITH THE HUDDLE PALM AND THE PINKY TOSS
FOUR COIN PRODUCTION
RAMSAY'S CYLINDER
COINS THROUGH THE TABLE
FOUR COINS AND A SPONGE
COIN IN ASPIRIN
SIGNED COINS THAT FLY FROM ONE HAND TO THE OTHER
WILD COINS: THE HOMUNCULUS EFFECT
COINS THROUGH THE HANDKERCHIEF
COINS AND BUBBLE WRAP
THE MAGIC MOMENT - Jorge Blass

Included within the pages of this groundbreaking work are five sleights with coins and ten routines that Piedrahita has worked, rehearsed, and performed in person and on television for millions. The routines and techniques are described in great detail, expertly translated by Noah Levine.

The book is beautifully printed on archival paper especially made to reproduce photographs. The signatures are sewn and there is a ribbon bookmark bound in. It's also bound to open flat for ease in study. The pages are fully varnished throughout with stunning black and white illustrative photography.

About Luis:

In his native Spain, Luis Piedrahita is a household name due to his regular appearances on Spain's most popular television show, El Hormiguero. While his magic is filled with offbeat thinking and creative approaches to classic plots, his skills are not limited to magic. Luis Piedrahita has also found success as a director, scriptwriter, and author. Piedrahita was recently awarded the Academy of Magical Arts Performing Fellowship.

What the experts are saying:

"Luis Piedrahita is one of the most brilliant minds in all of magic today."
- Juan Tamariz

"Luis Piedrahita is one of the world's great magical thinkers but his skills don't end there. My only issue with him is that he's revealing these great ideas and effects to the world and not just reserving them for me!"
- David Blaine

"His presentations are charming and original. He has developed new sleights and made improvements on old ones. And for magicians who are aware of the importance of knowing not just how an effect works, but why, the essays on magic theory alone are worth the price of the book."
- David Roth

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One of the best coin magic book! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 15th, 2018
In one word: AWESOME! For coin guys a must have!
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 4th, 2020
Just when I thought I'd completed the coin magic section of my library with the Bertini and Latta books, bang! out comes this goldmine of superb coin ideas, procedures, and effects by Luis Piedrahita. Luis is a devoted student of Juan Tamariz, and it shows, both in his thinking and in his adroit use of verbal direction. But make no mistake: he is also a legitimate star in his own right. Luis is to vital, crowd-pleasing magic in Spain what Shim Lin is to vital, crowd-pleasing magic in the U.S.
Among other fine sleights, Luis tips his Huddle Palm and Timoteo Turnover. These are worth the price of the book, but it's hardly the end of the story.
After his provocative words on performance theory and utility moves, Luis presents detailed instructions for ten (10) multi-phase coin routines, any of which would repay your time and attention to learn, again easily justifying the price of the book. These include Luis's brilliant takes on standards (Coins Across; Coins through the Table; the Ramsay cylinder) along with his ingenious work on more novel effects, such as Doug Bennett's baffling Four Coins and a Sponge.
A bonus: nearly all these routines are right there on Youtube, performed by Luis on Spanish television. And no, American audiences won't burn out on this material before you try to perform it. The Youtubes are in Spanish, and they require some searching, so I suspect that they'll remain fresh for a long time, post-pandemic!
Two books that came to mind as I read this were The Books of Wonder (I & II) and Show-Time at the Tom-Foolery. Why? Because like these two gems, Coins and Other Fables fully embodies the man and his work. You read a brilliant philosophy which is integrally embodied in the magic itself.
This is not a book for beginners. If you're relatively new to coin magic, you'd do well to begin with Bobo, Richard Kaufman, and David Roth, to get a foundation. But if you already have a foundation in coin presentation, you will love Coins and Other Fables.
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 29th, 2020
Why only 4 stars then? Some of the pictures are difficult to make out. The black and white photos are sometimes a tad dark on shots that are supposed to be exposed for clarity.

Other than that it’s decently written with understandable instructions. There are tricks in there that are attainable for beginners as well as advanced performers.

Throughout the book there are well thought out points on theory that are easy to digest. Beginners will appreciate the knowledge and the more advanced may appreciate the attention to nuance and brevity. Many snippets are quite a quick read but still contain lots of knowledge.

The quality of the book, paper, binding, cover etc. is very good quality.

If I could give fractions of a star I would give this book a 4.75 out of 5 stars.
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