The Paper Engine Aaron Fisher  
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The application of theatrical principles to the performance of magic has a long and proud lineage in the magical literature. Today, The Paper Engine, Aaron's acclaimed work on sophisticated card magic, takes this notion one step further, arguing that the theatrical aesthetic can - and should - be applied on a level more fundamental than that of performance: to technique itself. Through detailed explanations of technical artistry and principles, The Paper Engine teaches you - by exploring the important concepts of tension, focus, and design - how to construct and perform magic that's built on a framework of impeccable structural engineering. Many of the sleights that appear in the book have become, in fact, the Gold Standard for modern sleight-of-hand artists: *Gravity Half Pass *One-Hand PopOver *Revolution Color Change *Nowhere Pass *Illusion Control And yet this is not a book on optimal finger positioning. On the contrary, it is a work that envisions the larger picture, even as it crafts the small. A work that makes your magic softer, tensionless ... and truly invisible. While some of the material is challenging, The Paper Engine is designed to have you performing miracles for living, breathing audiences. You'll learn powerful, audience-tested effects including: *Search & Destroy, featuring The Nowhere Pass *The Omen *The Standing Challenge *Fisher's Favorite Inversion *The Revolution Written to take intermediate card workers to the advanced level, The Paper Engine will show you how to eliminate tension from your card work; and, just as importantly, when to embrace tension, and use it to strengthen the effect.

Magic 1400s-1950s Jim Steinmeyer, Mike Caveney, Ricky Jay, Noel Daniel  
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The art of magic

Magic has enchanted humankind for millennia, evoking terror, laughter, shock, and amazement. Once persecuted as heretics and sorcerers, magicians have always been conduits to a parallel universe of limitless possibility whether invoking spirits, reading minds, or inverting the laws of nature by sleight of hand. Long before science fiction, virtual realities, video games and the internet, the craft of magic was the most powerful fantasy world man had ever known. As the pioneers of special effects throughout history, magicians have never ceased to mystify us by making the impossible possible.

This book celebrates more than 500 years of the dazzling visual culture of the world s greatest magicians. Featuring over 1,000 rarely seen vintage posters, photographs, handbills, and engravings in one 650-page volume, it traces the history of magic as a performing art from the 1400s to the 1950s. Combining sensational images with lucid and incisive text, Magic explores the evolution of the magician s craft, from medieval street performers to the brilliant stage magicians who gave rise to cinematic special effects; from the 19th century s Golden Age of Magic to groundbreaking daredevils like Houdini and the early 20th century' vaudevillians.

Dear Mr. Fantasy - Card Tricks by John Bannon John Bannon  
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John Bannon's ideas on what makes a successful card trick.