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Mb217
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Another wonderful book to get started with is Now You See It, Now You Don't by Bill Tarr & Illustrated by Barry Ross. 🎩

This is a marvelous magic book, simply written and that has remarkable drawings of all the moves. And while it is more of a general closeup magic book, covering cards, cups & balls, ropes, etc., it also has a nice coin magic section, and a great bibliography pointing the way to other good magic books, like J.B. Bobo's New Modern Coin Magic. 😏

For some reason, the book is not often spoken of and even forgotten largely, but it shouldn't be, as it is quite complete as to beginner closeup magic. I still do some things from the book and continue to refer to it time and again. Excitingly, it also is a larger size book and comes across like a workbook of magic. It truly walks you through the beginning and even into some intermediate routines and effects. It's remarkably well laid out and written, and introduces you to all sorts of fine magic, including coins. Smile There's even a 2nd big book as to it, but start at the beginning with this one first and you'll be so happy you did. Smile

Myself and so many others have learned a lot from Tarr's magical offerings, and I'm sure you will too. What a fun, gem of a book! Go find it and unlock its treasures. Smile

*Highly Recommended! ★★★★★
*Check out my latest: Double Trouble, FlySki, Crimp Change - REDUX!, and other fine magic at www.VinnyMarini.com Smile

"Not much new under the sun I hear but under the moon, well who knows, that just might be a horse of a different color." -Mb Smile
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I would need to agree that the Now You See it, Now You Don't By Bill Tarr is a great book.
That is the first Magic Book I got when I first started in magic.
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Last time I posted it was in July of 2015.

I would like to say that now, 2 years later, I consider myself an intermediate coin magician. I have read Bobo's and would have to agree that is the place to start for coin magic. I've gone through Coin Magic by Kaufman and Expert Coin by Roth. I would say that you need to be comfortable with Bobo's first before moving into those books. As far as Dvds I think Encyclopedia of coin magic is good for beginners that are reading Bobo's. It is good as a reference and as a "here is what to expect".
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Has anyone come across Jay Sankeys crash course in coin magic DVD

I believe he divides opinion but I like his teaching style

Any thoughts?
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Hi there, I'm brand new here and am trying to work my way through Bobo's book - I'm finding it quite difficult to understand the tricks from the confusing (to me) drawings & language

I realise that it's basically the bible of coin magic so don't want to skip it - is there some sort of video companion to the book available (in the UK)?
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On Aug 14, 2018, Passmore610 wrote:
Hi there, I'm brand new here and am trying to work my way through Bobo's book - I'm finding it quite difficult to understand the tricks from the confusing (to me) drawings & language

I realise that it's basically the bible of coin magic so don't want to skip it - is there some sort of video companion to the book available (in the UK)?


Sorry - did more googling and found the video companion, but read reviews that said the performance wasn't so good on the Salinas DVDs

Thinking about going for Eric Jones' Metal and Jay Noblezada's in the beginning there were coins instead.
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What do you want to learn...moves, or routines?
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Penguin Live lecture One is THREE hours long, and contains 18 coin effects! Available as a dvd or download from Penguin at http://www.penguinmagic.com/p/5960
New York Coin Magic Seminar dvd series available for download at: https://www.vanishingincmagic.com/magic/magic-dvds/new-york-coin-magic-seminar-downloads/
NEW!! At The Table 2 hour lecture download OR DVD containing 11 routines, including THREE never taught before! Download and dvd avaliable at http://www.penguinmagic.com/p/S22380 or http://www.penguinmagic.com/p/S22833
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My opinion is-If were talking about guiding a beginner in the right direction using a book as the vehicle The Amateur Magicians Handbook would be the only book I would recommend, to start. This book contains coin vanishes, coin switches, coin routines, and so much more. To do magic, beginners need an over all understanding of what is needed to perform, communicate, and entertain their audience. The Amateur Magicians Handbook has all these teaching and more. For the average beginner (the young), money is tight and a copy of this book can be purchased for a few dollars or borrowed from the average library for free. This is the book I started with and most times when I see a copy in a used book store , I buy it. I like to keep spare copies around because I enjoy giving them to people that come up to me and are sincere about learning to perform magic to entertain others. I love starting people in magic for the right reason - in the right way. I totally argree that just about all the books the other members have recommended will teach moves and routines, but what can a beginner hope do with this information without having at least some understanding as to how everything goes together to work properly. While this is a strong opinion, it is my opinion.......P. S. - if you see a copy with Enjoy - Mr. O written on the inside cover, it was one of my copies.
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