When I first got this book, I found it to be MUCH smaller than it looks on
the computer. It is pretty small, about the size of a normal paperback novel. It, like it says
above, has 182 pages. Small book.
But man, does this book contain THOUSANDS of pages worth
This book is designed by NEUEVISION, the same
company that designed the packaging to Twenty-Two Blows to the Head. Needless to say (for those of
you who own 22 of course) this book looks BEAUTIFUL, and is definitly high budget.
dust jacket is full color, depicting a picture of Jay on the front and describing the book on the
back (like you wouldn't have guessed THAT!). But the flaps are what really get me; even though they
only have advertisments for other Sankey products (4 of which aren't sold anymore) they look REALLY
The pages are just normal paper, printed on in fairly small ink.
This book is laid out into a bunch of different chapters, or sections. Each one is
anywhere from a paragraph to 4 pages long, and all contain useful information from the thoughts of
This is NOT a book of tricks. In fact, there are no tricks or
techniques in this book, only theory. This is a fantastic read if you want to learn more about the
art of magic. Jay has essays on ANY topic a performer could think of or ever have to face.
I can't give descriptions of the topics here, because a lot of them are very short and it is
really better if you just read it without knowing what to expect (except what is in the
It is Jay Sankey people. Of course there is humour. Behind
all the madness (and my madness I mean in depth psychological and sociological theories and essays)
there are jokes that make the reading entertaining. This book is not only insightful, entertaining,
and powerful, but also hillarious.
Well, at the lecture, I got it for 15
bucks. But on Penguin, it is 30. And on his website, it is 19 dollars.
Frankly, I can't
say how much this is worth. It depends on what you are looking for in a magic book. If you are
looking for a book of sleights or routines, this isn't worth a cent. If you are looking for a book
that will give you insight into Jay's thoughts on magic and probbably redefine yours, this is
I will be honest with you; I got a LOT out of
this book. A lot of my thoughts on magic are similar to Jay's and this book did exactly what it said
it was going to do: It has made me see music in a whole new light.
This was DEFINITLY a
worth-while purchase, and I can't wait to read it again.
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Being a professional magician and doing events, I needed a resource to find the right information on
everything magic. This book is not a magic trick book. The book is a book on how to make a living
doing magic. I LOVE THIS BOOK!
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The thing is that after reading this book, I lost a large amount of respect and appreciation for Jay
Sankey. The thing is, that so much of this book is fluff and wishful thinking, that I really walked
away from reading this book like I had been cheated. The thing is that Jay bases a lot of his
practices on his feelings or hunches (world where magic is still entertaining but the secrets are
not secret for example). If you want some magic theory without blowing this much cash, here you go.
1. Practice, practice, practice.
2. It doesn't matter how deceptive you are, only how
3. Gimmicks or slights, it doesn't matter, so long as the participant enjoyed the
performance and the magic isn't spoiled.
4. If you want to get paid, create value, not tricks.
5. Always learn from your mistakes.
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this was a really good book. It's imformative, experty written, and funny! Jay really knows what
he's talking about. THere's nothing left out and I guarantee you will finish with something of
value. AND it's a really quick read. ALmost like a toilet read sort of. But buy it now!
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This is a book of common sense ideas on magic and magic presentation. Nothing profound especially
compared to "Pure Effect" by Derren Brown which IS profound and comes with tricks too.
This is an excellent thought provoking book. Its done in short meditation style paragraphs. I
really enjoy the concise perspectives even though sometimes its self contradictory. I believe that
when a subject is perfectly pigeon holed it looses a dynamic and expansive dimension. I have some
other theory books but this is by far my favorite. Im on my 3ed read.
There's a saying: "When the student is ready, the teacher appears." The first time a fellow magician
had tremendous impact on me was when I spent an evening with Tony Slydini back in 1979.
Now, I have found another magician whose methods are clever, whose humor is great and who
belives in the power of magic mirror, those I have held inside these many years. I thank Jay Sankey
for expressing what I have believed and opening my eyes to other concepts which will greatly aid my
ongoing professional career.
I read the book once with my eyes and soul open and read it
again with a highlighter in hand. This is one book that will never go up on eBay at my hands. It is
that valuable and powerful.
If you buy books just to "learn tricks," don't bother. But if
you care about becoming a better magician, a stronger magician and - above all - helping to overcome
the bad rap magicians have gotten from the general public through the years, you MUST have this
And, don't just buy it. Read it. Again and again.
We've all gotten to know the Jay Sankey that can make us laugh and cry with tears of joy and
laughter. But many of us are not aware that Jay is also a talented and profound thinker of magic. In
this book, he outlines some of his thoughts on magic, where it is going, how you can improve your
magic, and how to think about magic as he does. This is perhaps one of the lightest books on magic
theory that you can buy, and it is definitely worth it to read Jay's thoughts on performance and how
you can improve. Being a book on magic theory, I would recommend this book to magicians who have had
1 or more years of experience. A very enjoyable and profound read from a great magician.
This book is a wealth of information. If you are truly interested in learning the real secrets of
magic then look no further. Set-up as a collection of short essays, each one focuses on an important
concept in the art of magic. Performance, practice, harnessing your own creativity; a wide spectrum
of topics are covered. This book gets my highest recommendation. I've read this several times and I
still find it rewarding. Read it straight through or read a single essay a day and concentrate on
that idea. Either way it's great.
I'm only half way through this book and can already tell that it's gonna be an amazing investment in
my magic and performing career. It's packed with great information, some of it very telling. Sankey
is careful not to reveal too many magic secrets, but at the same time he reveals things about the
magic community and magicians in general that need to change. I'm going to ask the rest of my family
read this book because it has so much valuable info on performing and human nature that I think
anyone who does any work in front of an audience needs to know, not just magicians.