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Phil Pearce
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Although marketed as a book for beginning magicians, this book really has some wonderful effects in it. No wonder, when you look at the Advisory Pantheon (Ammar, Burger, Burton, Caveny, Cornelius, Daryl, McBride, Marshall, Mullica, and a bunch more) who contributed tricks, ideas, and advice. This book in my opinion belongs in the "classics" category.
I know, I know, it's marketed for the masses. But a knowledge of what it contains in the way of overall magic skills, techniques, and philosophy is really quite impressive.
What are your 2 or 3 favorite tricks in this book? I like Daryl's "Dream a Card, Any Card", and "Ring Off Rope".
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Don't let the title fool you. There's a ton of practical stuff here!

Pencil & Quarter Double Vanish
Antigravity Ring
Missing Spray Paint Marble
Creepy Little Baby Hand
Sugar Substitute (Wagners Charisma Change)
Beans Through Orifices (Hohn Ramsay did this all the time)
Bouncing the Roll
Ashes Through Palm
Static Electricity Test
The Shuffling Lesson (Chad Long Rocks!)
The Future Deck
$100 Life Saver Trick
Ninja Key Catch
Dream a Card, Any Card (Daryl's Untouched)
The Telephone Trick
Phanton Photo
Can't Do As I Do (Copperfield did this on a special)
Late-Night Party Murder Mystery
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It is a really good book. Can't believe they put Untouched and Shuffling Lesson in there (I use those all the time) but oh well, it's a fun book.
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An inside story is that the book was written by David Pogue, who's primarily a computer journalist. He's written extensively about Macintoshes, and currently writes the "Circuits" column for the New York Times.

He's also a pretty mean magician, as well...at least, that's what he tells me.
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I did buy this book a while ago and almost stuffed it in the trash. Maybe I quickly judged it by some of the "lamer" tricks it has.

I'll take a second look.
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$10 gets you a copy from me. Only one!
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I don't own this book yet, but just browsing through it looks like a really great book. A lot of my friends say it is a REALLY awesome book with tons of powerful and practical magic.

Andrew
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"Magic for Dummies" is the kind of book you wish to have read when you started in magic. Amazing effects, good advice, and fun to read. Highly recommended, not only for beginners.
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Great book! Very fun to read. I found this book in a public library when I was a beginner. Tons of great effects. Smile
wert
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Excellent book, terrible title.
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Au contraire, mon frère; the "Dummies" line of books from IDG have sold millions of copies, as has the "Idiots" line of books.

The entire point of the line is that the books contain information that any fool can use to better themselves at any given topic, like magic. The inside story is that they contain great information that benefits people far beyond the beginner's stage.
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wert
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Regardless of sales figures, there are many who feel a bit self-conscious about buying books with titles like "Magic for Dummies, Magic for Idiots, Magic for Nitwits, etc..."

I would like to think the book could have sold well (on its own merits) without the insulting title.

Didn't Wilson's and Lorayne's "beginners" books sell well without having inane titles?
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Wert:
You're right, they did. But the "Dummies" line started out focused on computers, and were specifically aimed at people who felt so intimated by computers that they thought of themselves as dummies.

The purpose of the books was, pointedly, to say, "it's okay...we'll work through this together." They were simply written (something user manuals have yet to learn), and contained specific pointers to help make the computing experience easier.

The books took off, and established a great brand. The other books have traded on that brand and done quite well. The titles, either "Dummies" or "Idiots," are not meant to demean or insult. The entire style of the book is designed to encourage having fun while learning.

(Although I do agree, "The Idiot's Guide to Catholicism" gave me pause when I saw it in the bookstore.)
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I agree Steve. I am a software engineer for IBM, and I have used Dummy books many times. Straight to the point, and they don't read like a doctoral thesis.

I'll have to check out the Magic for Dummies book.
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Horrible book. I hated it. I liked their advice though, but the tricks were horrible.
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On 2003-04-26 23:57, magicman222 wrote:
Horrible book. I hated it. I liked their advice though, but the tricks were horrible.
I would hesitate to call Daryls Untouched or Chad Longs Shuffling Lesson 'horrible'.
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On 2003-04-11 22:27, john blaze wrote:
$10 gets you a copy from me. Only one!


John,

Do you still have this book for sale? How much for S&H? What kind of shape is the book in?

Thanks for the info.

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On 2003-04-26 23:57, magicman222 wrote:
Horrible book. I hated it. I liked their advice though, but the tricks were horrible.


I cannot even imagine how somebody could dislike this book. There is more good stuff in this book than some of the books that we buy from dealers in the present.

Andrew
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phonic69
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Is it on sale to the general public? That would be a shame...

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Welshwizard
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Yes it is but I'd rather a decent book like this be available to entice people to our art rather than kid's magic sets.
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