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LINT book by John Luka

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This effort was kicked off in Luka's "Thoughts On..." column which ran in The New Tops magazine from October 1993 to December 1994. John's column was for the majority of magicians who tend to do a lot of pocket and parlor tricks for small audiences and few shows. He knew that most magic shows are informal, sometimes spontaneous events, typically being a performance of a few tricks at a party of social or business get togethers. So, he chose material for the ninety-plus percent of magicians who are not professionals. Some of the great magic in L.I.N.T. includes John Luka's absolutely astonishing Chromo Balls (a big hit at Fechter's), a pure sleight of hand approach to Daley's Chromo Spheres.

Plus material from his Tops Magazine columns covering several variations and simplified handlings for concepts such as Vernon's Simple Arithmetic, the Zarrow Shuffle, the Turnover Pass, Brother Hamman's Homing Card, and four instructive exercises in combining various card assembly sequences into cohesive procedures. Featured are several fascinating creations from Ron Bauer (author of the exciting new Ron Bauer Private Studies series of monographs), including the trick that forever changed John Luka's life, The Magic Coin.

You'll also find Ron Bauer's Lie Detector, the original and unsurpassed method and presentation of what has become a classic of card magic (but it's not about computerizing a deck or detecting lies!), and two never before published miracles, Second Sight, a comedy triple prediction effect, and Devilish Trickery, a crystal clear, technically subtle handling and presentation for the Marlo/D'Amico Devilish Miracle. Ron Bauer also renders intelligible Key to the Draw, the first trick ever published by lifelong friends Jack McMillen and Charlie Miller. Milt Kort, the man who invented the combo coin box routines, reveals his remarkable Okito Less Coin Box and Paul Chosse provides the details of his devious debugging of Erdnase's Diagonal Palm Shift. John Luka also solicited and includes several choice items from Paul Cummins, Ron Aldrich, John Morgan, Bill Kalush, Michael Ammar, Chris Carter and Eric DeCamps. 143 pages, 8-1/2 x 11 with full color dust jacket.

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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 1st, 2017
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This is easily in in my top 5 favorite magic books of all time, and I read a lot. My favorite part about this book isn't the effect, although they are all quite miraculous, but the full worked scripting they give you to go off of. They give you a moderate script that you can add or take away from to add your own persona. But now to the effects; the first trick in the book is my favorite trick of all time, 'The Lie Detector' by Ron Bauer. It is the best method for accomplishing what is know as the "Lie Detector Plot" as it's impromptu and contains magical moments no one is expecting, even magicians. Another favorite of my is 'Simple Arithmetic II' an effect originally published by Dai Vernon in "More Inner Secrets of Card Magic". Luka removes my least favorite part about Vernon's handling and makes use of the same revelation every single time. 'The Fidgeting Card' by Bill Kalush is also a Phenomenal effect packed with heavy duty sleight of hand, although it's not for the faint of heart you will learn some amazing reversals such as a cull reversal and Marlo's 'Future Reverse'. Luka also teaches a full pledged routine called 'Kings on a Fling' and his a three phase routine that consists of making card switch, transpose, change and even cutting to cards that are lost throughout the deck. Luka also teaches his finesses on the Zarrow Shuffle and the Turnover Pass that will speed of the learning process and make these sleights look more invisible in performance use. There is a lot of coin magic in here however i work exclusively with cards so I don't want to give skewed or false claims about some of the coin effects however reading through some of the descriptions of the effect they look great! There's even non card material in this book! So overall I really suggest you to buy this book however I also suggest you to take your time and really practice these effects justice when performing.

P.S. I left out the description for two of my favorite card things in the book, when reading I'm sure you'll be able to figure out what I left out.
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This is one of my favorite books. Rons lie detector is worth the price of the book alone. You also learn some very powerful card magic including the homing cards and moves such as the turnover pass, dps, and the zarrow shuffle. You also learn chromo balls which is godly. I highly recomend this book to all magicians
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Years ago I became obsessed with the DPS and managed to learn it from Ricky Smith who was kind enough to give me tips and recommended me this book and read about Paul Chosse's work. I had completely forgotten about his recommendation, but I recently remembered it and noticed that the book was on sale on penguin and ordered it and damn, there are some many gems hidden in this book. Also, I can't believe that I got a first edition, a book from 1997 in perfect condition, just mind blowing for me.
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