Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Quirk Books (September 1, 2008)
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Quirk's Amazing Magical Wonder Deck charmed amateur and professional magicians with its gorgeous aesthetic and fiendishly clever card tricks. Now these same readers can experience a complete course in magic with Mysterio's Encyclopedia of Magic and Conjuring a giant compilation of more than 300 tricks and variations.
Here are illustrated step-by-step instructions for rope tricks, money magic, mind-reading effects, stage illusions, everyday magic, and plenty of all-new card tricks. Readers will learn how to bend spoons, stretch handkerchiefs, levitate glassware, make small children disappear, shuffle playing cards with aplomb, and much more everything from simple street-magic effects to epic on-stage illusions. Mysterio's Encyclopedia of Magic and Conjuring is a beautifully designed reference for magicians of all ages and abilities.
I've always enjoyed doing card tricks, I have a lot of fun with it. I've tried reading many books on these kind of tricks, and maybe have got one or two good tricks from each one. The Encyclopedia of Magic and Conjuring is by far the best book I've ever read on this subject. Not only is every single trick usable in public (by which I mean that I won't completely embarrass myself) but I actually think they're pretty awesome. The Encyclopedia isn't one of those magic books that advertise "easy tricks" though. Many of the tricks are simple enough, while other require much practice and skill. But, I think that makes the whole thing much more fun when you can actually pull it off.
This book gives the history of each trick when possible, and I find this very interesting. It not only tells you how to do the piece of magic, but tells you where this particular trick came from, where and who it has been preformed by, and warns you under which circumstances are good or bad for it. This book covers pretty much anything you need to know to pull off these tricks convincingly and greatly.