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Count Elmsley
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If you are new to card or coin magic, then this review is for you!.

My background is a couple of decades as a Children's Magician, and now having reached my 'three-score years and ten', have officially retired.

As I love magic, I decided to learn some card and coin tricks (which I had never done before) in order to 'keep my hand in'.

So I got Bobo, Royal Road to Card Magic, a couple of Tarbells and Paul Curry's 'Worlds Beyond', and started to read them.

The Curry's was the most up-to-date and interesting, and I mastered 'Out of this World' and one or two others, but soon found myself floundering with all these books. Eventually I virtually gave up.

Then I got a copy of Scott Guinns masterpiece! 322 pages of sheer magic!.

This book is very readable, Scott writes with humour, and his sincerity and love of magic comes through every page.

Most pages have up to 7 digitised photographs, each very clear and a large two and-a-half by two inches. The photos appear alongside the explanation, making it easy for a even a nerd like me to follow.

Now most magic books and instructions say things like: 'Bring the card to the second from the top using your favourite method' - WHAT????.

But not Scott.

The first thing in the book is his Guinn Utility Backslip (GUB) - much easier to do than say!. I sat holding a pack of cards and read it through just once - I tried it - and it worked! - Amazing! I could now control a chosen card to the top of the deck - in less than 5 minutes!. This was quickly followed by controlling a card to second from top, then card to bottom, then second from bottom.
This was amazing - I was 'finger flicking'!

These moves were quickly followed by the Pass, Secret Reversal, Top Change, Multiple Top Change - all 17 passes from this one GUB.

Very much encouraged, I started on the actual effects in the book - I counted 37 card tricks, all clearly explained and wonderfully illustrated.

Then there are coin tricks,(about 20), tricks with rope, rings, boxes, bills, peanuts, cups & balls, sponge balls, and a purse frame.

Scott is only producing 250 copies of this Trilogy - the it will become a collector's item - whether you are a beginner or expert, you should get this book.

Thank you, Scott, for giving me a new interest in magic after all these years!.

Alan Smile
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Steve Friedberg
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Alan:
Don't do that...it'll only feed his ego. Smile

I have a collection of several of Scott's manuscripts. They're well thought out, well written, and a welcome addition to my library.
Cheers,
Steve

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I think Scott is a brilliant card magician, very very innovative and he respects magic and gives it the attention (to detail) that is due.

Although I agree with Steve, we shouldn't be doing this...his ego is now so big you can park 2 trucks in it and still have room for the circus Smile

In all seriousness though, I look forward to any of Scott's releases.

All the best and keep up the good stuff Scott!

Logan

P.S. Scott, you owe me $22 for saying that...you know my Paypal address Smile
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I have his older version of the books and they're great! The trilogy is on the way. These are good stuff, don't miss it. I think Scott has a limited qty of the trilogy. Once they're gone, they're gone forever.
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Let me add my own testimony to this amazing book. I purchased "Great Scott! It's More Magic!", the last book in the trilogy prior to investing in the full Bound Trilogy and I was blown away at the quality of routines and effects that were presented. Each page contained lots of pictures and was clearly written. Scott's writing style is very enjoyable.

I was not disappointed when I finally got my Bound Trilogy. (Scott's service is top notch too as the original Boud Trilogy he sent me never got here. He immediately sent another one via Priority Mail and I received it shortly there after.) Both the card and coin portion of the trilogy met, if not exceeded my expectations. Scott's knowledge and skill of magic is clearly demonstrated as he combines some excellent sleights and classic effects with unique presentation suggestions that is fun to read and easy to perform.

Get the Bound Trilogy, you can't go wrong. It is jammed pack with ideas and full of creative juices! Thanks, Scott for your wonderful book.

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I have received a number of questions via PM and email regarding the material in this collection. I'd like to answer the two most common ones.

First, people have asked me about skill level--if it's easy enough for beginners, or if there is some knuckle-busting stuff. I'll let those of you who have the book disagree, but I don't think anything is extremely difficult in the book. A couple of the card routines might require a classic force or a faro shuffle and one requires a spread pass (one of the easiest pass around, and you can substitute another sleight). A couple require palms, but always under misdirection, and I explain a VERY easy and natural palm in the book. The coin work is not particularly difficult, either. A couple of the coin routines can be done by a total beginner. A couple are a bit more advanced, but nothing that anyone who has been doing coin work for any length of time wouldn't be able to attain. The other stuff with balls, rings, strings etc, is also very attainable. I would say it is pretty much all from knowledgeable beginner to upper intermediate range as far as technical difficulty.

The second question I get a lot is regarding the practicality of the routines. All I can say there is that ALL of this stuf either is or has been in my performing repertoire for my paid performances.

Oh, a lot of folks have also asked what my personal favorites are. That varies from time to time, but as of right now (in order of appearance in the book):

CARDS
Downs Home
Coincidental
Idaho Travelers
Blind-Sighted
Red Hot Mama's Lips
Parallel Universe
Transpofusion

COINS
Copper Four a Change
GS Flurry (followed by In-Tin-Tin)
Glass Action Suit
Magic Western Union
Struck, Packed & Pitched
Silverdusted
Sheepish Thieves

MORE
PB&J
Cups & Balls
Ring & Rope
Symphony for ring and string
Card or Cash Visual Matchup
Bill in Lemon
Magic Jumprope

I'd be interested to hear if your favorites match mine and why or why not.

Best,

Scott
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Alessandro Scotti
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Is there any way to buy the books without using PayPal? I would like to do just one transaction, without registering, logging, and so on. It's not the first time I've wished to buy one of Scott's books, but that has always put me back.
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I agree with the pay-pal thing.. Smile
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The triology is great! *More ego feeding* Clear instructions, and many good illustrations with multiple angles!

I believe he has a total of 250 copies only. Not sure how many he has left. erm... Scott? How many left?
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Still quite a few left.

You don't have to Paypal me--you can mail me a money order if you prefer. I am not set up to take credit cards, and I don't accept personal checks because I've had too many bounce--I get charged $25 from my bank when that happens. Most people prefer Paypal, but like I said, you can mail me a money order in US dollars to:

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