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Magic is everywhere, from the big spectacle celebrity of David Copperfield and Siegfried and Roy to the quirky Penn and Teller to the spooky David Blaine and Criss Angel to the endless material on YouTube. But until now, learning it has never been easy-that's all about to change with Magic, a book that does for close-up magic what How to Grill does for barbecue. Written by charismatic young magician Joshua Jay, Magic combines expertise, photographs, step-by-step directions showing how to perform 100 tricks, and a DVD that demonstrates 35 of them.

Joshua Jay took home the top prize at the World Magic Seminar (the Olympics of magic) when he was just 16 years old. Ten years later, he continues to perform magic, write about magic, eat, sleep, and breathe magic. Here, he brings all his passion and knowledge to teaching magic. Each trick is broken down into the Effect, the Secret, the Set-up, and, most important, the Performance, with lessons on what to say, how to direct the audience's attention, where to keep your hands, and so on. (In other words, how to be smart about the things your audience is surprisingly clueless about.)

Here are the Ten Greatest Card Tricks; tricks to dazzle a dinner date; tricks to perform for the boss (poke a hole through his shirt, then magically mend it); tricks especially for kids; and even tricks for an audience in another state-with "Australian Self-Help," you can find a participant's chosen card over the phone. It's the Aha! book for a subject whose time has come.


  • How to Perform over 100 Amazing Effects
  • 500 Full-Color How-To Photographs
  • Easy to Follow Instructions
  • The Ten Greatest Card Tricks of All Time
  • Conjuring for Kids
  • Five Ways to Take Your Act to the Next Level

    About Joshua Jay
    Joshua Jay was crowned champion at the World Magic Seminar in 1998, when he was still a teenager, and today is one of America's finest young magicians. He's performed and lectured in over 50 countries, is a headliner at the Magic Castle in Hollywood, and writes a monthly column in MAGIC, the leading magazine for magicians. He lives in New York City.

    "Finally a book that brings the art of magic into the 21st century!"
    - Rick Merrill, 2006 World Champion of Magic

    Every 10 or 20 years a book comes along that introduces a whole new generation to the art and craft of magic. This is it!"
    - Stan Allen, Editor of Magic Magazine

    "An exquisite and vast introduction to the world of magic."
    - Jason Alexander, Actor and Magician

    Pages 278 - Softbound, Photo-Illustrated
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    GREAT introductory text to magic Report this review
    Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 2nd, 2010
    Finally, The LONG AWAITED review for Joshua Jay’s new book, “MAGIC: The complete course”. Before I begin, I discourage anybody who does not like to learn good magic, To please click away. Most people who see this
    would insist this book is strictly for beginners. To tell you the truth, I cannot decide whether that is a lie, or just REALLY good beginners magic.

    STRUCTURE 5/5 This book was very well put together. The binding was very nice as well as the size and weight of the book. This must way at least 5 pounds. Behind the front cover you will find a DVD which is in a sleeve BOUND TO THE BOOK. He starts wit h a full table of contents then moves on to how to use the book and DVD, Magician slang, introduction, essays, a lesson in deception then the chapters etc.

    IMPROMPTU MAGIC 5/5 This is the real beginners section of the book, But it includes some nice tricks for people of all skill levels and interests from magic with coins, cards, ordinary objects, and an analysis of sleight of hand. He teaches some grips, palms, forces, and hand exercises. One of my favorite effects on this entire project, Is one that teaches you how to make a blister completely vanish without a trace impromptu.

    DINNER DECEPTIONS 5/5 This is the perfect chapter for anybody who just learned some cool tricks, and is now looking toward performing magic. But still keeping some of the beginner tricks out of it. You arn’t learning how to deal 10 piles of cards and adding and subtracting, But really cool effects like card in bread etc. In this chapter, He goes into lapping beyond belief. You have never seen lapping explained like this. He teaches how to lap salt shakers, bananas, spoons, forks, knives, water bottles, glasses full of liquid etc. Have you ever wanted to change water into wine, Read this section.

    THE GREATEST CARD TRICKS OF ALL TIME 5/5 This is a cool chapter because in the very beginning he teaches some standard card sleights but they make you look like a total professional. He has pictures of his hands and each part of his hand is labelled so the viewer knows what he is talking about. In this section he teaches sleights, out of this world, an awesome four ace production, card revelations, poker related tricks, things with the invisible deck,PLUS how to make your own invisible deck with something you probably have just lying around the house and much MUCH more!

    KID CONJURING 5/5 This is the section to show your neices, nephews, kids, pets, or even if you are a professional, you can include all of these great tricks into your regular arsenal of effects. He teaches the coin from ear, gumball from ear, gumballs from mouth, a REALLY cool rope through assistants body illusion, the history of sawing in half, a cool finger through shirt illusion, and my FAVORITE effect in the ENTIRE project, The vanishing pet, which uses a super old concept but the effect is so cool and it can be done for anyone in any country, who speaks any language. such a cool, magical effect. I would be willing to spend any price is he released this as a single trick (if it doesent already sell out!)

    WORKING MIRACLES 5/5 I know a LOT of professional magicians who also work at an office or have other jobs. This is the chapter for you. It is devoted to magic that can be done at the office and will still fry any audience. Btw, I’m only half way through the book. He does an awesome pen through bill effect that looks just like dough, But is in some way cleaner because you can do it with a borrowed, crisp or wrinkled bill. He has Danny Garcia contribute to this book by adding “Telekineticlip”, Which allows you to psychically straiten out a borrowed paperclip, Then BEND that paperclip without mercy. Mathemagic is also a good effect. This is going to turn a lot of you on right here. The 14 dolllar trick on penguin, Is in here. The magic square. He gives you mnenmonics, and ideas and a full perforomance script here. There are book tests spoon bends, even stick predictions which is cool because everybody in America is linked to the stocks somehow. A really nice effect in this chapter is one where you mix cream and sugar into a coffee, and then extract that cream and sugar so the coffee is now black, the cream is in the creamer, and the lid is sealed back on. Also, A sucker is born every minute is tought in this chapter. One of my other favorite effects is karate clip. You stab your finger through a paperclip mid-air, and then it is all busted up on your fingertip.

    MONEY MAGIC 5/5 As you can tell, There really arnt any disadvantages in this book. Joshua goes through some key essential sleights and warm-ups and then a really nice misers dream routine. I really liked the essay he wrote in here on the bullet catch. Don’t even get me started on penny pressed. Just recently, The stretching coin effect has become popular. Jay Leslie is my first known reference, But joshua just killed every other variation of it. He borrows a penny, Then on the spectators palm, flattens the coin, Crushed, expanded, with all the details still on the coin. They can even keep it. Also, a full analysis on the folding quarter and its applications. A really nice one is also where he turns 4 blank slips of paper into four tens and twenties. Also the coin roll and almost all other applications are tought on here,

    PARLOR PRESTIDIGITATION 5/5 moving on from the other venues of magic, This is possibly one of the hardest to master, Which is why it is in the back of the book (but still not finished ) COnquering the fear of an audience. Joshua gives the hard won knowledge to making your performances great and making them perfect so that your performances are awesome. The ovation position is a professional working piece, so you can produce a full glass of liquid from your jacket without fear of spilling. The hand scam is an effect we have probably all seen that is really cool, But isn’t really magic., But can still freak out your friends. Josh teaches the torn and restored newspaper in like 6 pages. There is also a brief bio on Gene Anderson who is one of the most renowned Torn and restored newspaper performers today. Yet another book test. Earth shoes is an awesome production where a rock falls out of your shoe. Not just a rock, But a HUGE rock, Now his full professional performance of the linking rings, This is 8 pages long.

    TELEPHONE TRICKERY 5/5 This chapter is nothing but over the phone magic. Full proof magic effects you can do any time with your friend thousands of miles away. Does this really need a long explanation to tell you how awesome this chapter is?

    GET YOUR ACT TOGETHER 5/5 This is THE hardest chapters in the entire book to master. This is for the people who want to start performing magic seriously and even for the more seasoned professional. We can all learn some good from this. Through each chapter, Joshua picked out some of his favorite tricks and put them together into an act that works for him lasting 20 minutes each. There is stuff with close up, money, cards, parlour, kids, and stage. Each of these sections has a checklist and tips for performance. I don’t think joshua will really mind if you use these, But why should you? You already learned some killer material and enough to go pro. Now he closes the book

    OVERALL 5/5 Joshua is one of the best writers and authors of our time. He makes sure everything can be understood with good performance and explanation techniques. The book was well constructed with over 500 illustrations, photographs, and over 300 pages of intricate performance scripts, essays, tricks, and explanations. A MUST buy for anyone interested in magic. You WILL walk away with something that you can use. I know I did.


    Now it is time to review the included DVD that Joshua made exclusively for this book. It was a very wise choice because some of these effects need to be seen for the reader to fully appreciate them and the impact that they have on the audience.

    THE LAYOUT 5/5 Joshua did a fantastic job laying out this DVD. I don’t think anybody should buy another DVD or even MAKE another DVD until you get this one. This is the best DVD I have ever seen. Everhting from the motion graphics to the transitions to teaching to performing etc. He breaks down each section of the DVD just like his did in the book. Office, cards, money, parlor etc. He performs them in each of the venues like on the street, in an office, durring a live show, at an elementary school. very niiiiiice!

    PERFORMANCES 5/5 Should I even bother giving each section a rating? They are all perfect 5. The performances like I said, Are where they are meant to be. In the office, street, show etc. He really connects with the audience and makes them understand magic and what it is really about.

    THE TRICKS 5/5 I already mentioned above why I think he made the companion DVD. If you don’t believe some of these tricks will work (and believe me, I was one of them!) he shows you the audience’s reactions and how they respond to each type of performance. Joshua gives the best version of out of this world as well so that is a plus.

    THE TEACHING 2/5 JK 5/5 Joshua goes into a bright white room with his table and explains everything step by step with motion graphics and special effects for some of the tricks to get the full impact of it all. He also gives you some tips and ideas for most of these as well. If you have seen the Daniel Garcia project, all of these tricks have some sort of special teaching style. WHat I mean by this is, SOmetimes durring the explanation, Close up explanations appear on the same screan so there are multiple angle shots including from your view, over the shoulder, on the ceiling, close up, far away etc.

    OVERALL 5/5 What more is there to say? Josh is an awesome perfomer, a great magician, and he has a keen passion for the art of magic and one of the best practitioners of our time. Nobody beats Joshua Jay. It is just that simple.

    Pick this up today at your local bookstore!
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    Beautiful Material A STEAL OF A PRICE Report this review
    Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 21st, 2010
    For a mere 15 bucks buying this outstanding book(with dvd!!) is worth twice the price. This set me up with the basics and helped me with my growth in this amazing art. For any beginner and even for an intermediate who wants some great insigt and logical material this is THE BOOK! SO GREAT!
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    Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 2nd, 2010
    Joshua Jay is a masterful artist, performer and teacher.
    I have read many magic books but many books show WHAT is being done but not necessarily HOW to perform it.
    His talents are well beyond his years.

    This book covers tricks in various settings and with different props to include mealtime magic, magic out of ordinary things, magic with money, magic for kids, magic by kids, card tricks, magic in the office, magic for large audiences and even magic using the internet.

    The book is well organized into major sections. Each trick is organized in a clear, concise and easy to follow format. A list of necessary materials, difficulty level of the trick, the effect of the trick, the secret of the trick and how to perform the trick step by step is outlined. Each section is well illustrated with high quality photography, easy to follow sequences and concise captions. .

    Throughout the book, there are inserts that cover interesting historical facts related to magic and legendary magicians.


    An instructional DVD (27 tricks), extras that includes tricks with traditional magic props, and a special 5 minute clip on how to carry out your performance,
    "Talk Magic". The video is high quality, professionally produced and is worth the price of the book alone.

    Joshua Jay shows that he loves what he does and compels you to learn this art.
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    Well worth the money Report this review
    Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 31st, 2020
    While I did not purchase this from Penguin Magic, I did'nt realize it was him until now but years and years ago Joshua Jay came to Nashville TN and actually performed at Davis Kidd Book Store where I purchased this book from him directly. If you're just beginning this is fantastic book to get started with and has pictures in addition to the descriptions for the tricks. Cannot recommend this book enough!
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    Be will learn a lot here Report this review
    Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 13th, 2020
    This review will be short, very short.

    Only for the tricks Order from Chaoss, you should pay more than triple the price of the book.

    Really a killer card trick that will leave your audience with the feeling of an authentic miracle.

    If you find the right presentation, it will be with you for many years.
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    Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 6th, 2013
    the best. i use some text in this book and will fore ever
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    Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 5th, 2013
    the best. i use some text in this book and will fore ever
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    Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 10th, 2013
    I could be here all day writing a review for this book. Each trick in it is fantastic and well described. Sure there is a little filler info for the people who just want a fast "meh" trick but there is a lot more great stuff in here.

    If you have Mark Wilson's you know what this book is about. It's a total crash course in magic, giving the beginner some great material to try out and also pick up the basics. The material allows the beginner to focus on the most important part PRESENTATION. Josh explains that in the book and even offers some sample routines at the end.

    I've been in magic for over 10 years now and I still use some of the material in the pages.

    Anything Josh puts out I pay attention to.
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    The complete course Report this review
    Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 4th, 2010
    I got this book as a birthday gift. The person who got it for me bought it at Barnes & Noble. I thought it would be some little kid magic book with some really bad effects.

    Turns out I was wrong. This book has lots of honest-to-goodness excellent effects! Josh is very good at explaining all the effects and I'm sure you will add some to your repertoire. There are tricks from Jay Sankey, Dai Vernon, Daniel Garcia, and many more.

    There's even a DVD with performances and explanations of many effects from the book. This is an excellent book for beginners and amateurs.
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    The Best Beginner Magic Book Report this review
    Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 3rd, 2010
    I'll have to admit, this is the only book I've read cover to cover that is targeted towards complete laymen and is widely available at any bookstore. Given that, I think this is an excellent beginner book. Even with 3 years under my belt, I got something new out of this book. It provides a solid foundation in many different areas of magic (since I'm a card guy, I definitely learned a thing or two about stage magic) and I love how it also goes into some depth about the history of magic and the major magicians of the past. I've taken a glance at other beginner laymen magic books, and this is definitely the best one. If you know someone who is interested in magic, this is THE book to get them.
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