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Good news for those that have been eager for this Hofzinser release by Hermetic Press.

http://www.hermeticpress.com/product_info.php?products_id=99
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At Last - After Years of Anticipation

The Preeminent Work on Hofzinser and His Card Magic
J. N. HOFZINSER:
NON PLUS ULTRA
Volumes I and II

by Magic Christian

Finally! The long-awaited magnum opus on one of history’s greatest magicians, Johann Nepomuk Hofzinser.

Representing more than twenty years of research, meticulously translated, updated and expanded from the original German edition.

His Life, His Card Magic

J. N. Hofzinser is one of the most significant magicians to have thrived in the nineteenth century, and has been a role model for great magicians ever since. He is the inventor of some of the best and most enduring card tricks ever created. Yet information on his life and magic has been scant and filled with errors.

Hofzinser was a resident and well-known figure in nineteenth-century Vienna. More than twenty years ago, another highly respected and honored Viennese professional magician, Magic Christian, took on the task of enlarging and correcting the record we have of his celebrated predecessor. After doing extensive research over decades, and studying thousands of original sources, Magic Christian has managed to totally revise what we know about J. N. Hofzinser. The result is an exhaustive study of this master and his extraordinarily creative magic.

Given the abundant resources Magic Christian has uncovered, he is able to present a picture of Hofzinser that puts flesh on the shadow of the only previous portrait we have, which was created by Ottokar Fischer over one hundred years ago. In Christian’s first volume, through numerous recently discovered documents, we get to know Hofzinser as a determined individualist, a published poet and composer, a respected music critic, an insightful analyst of his contemporaries in magic, and an inspired magician.

Through systematic research in public and private archives, Christian found new material on Hofzinser and his life’s journey. He has also examined and evaluated existing material and has reproduced it for the first time in its authentic form. All this creates an essential work, one that imparts an authentic picture of Viennese conjuring in the nineteenth century, told through the life and magic of J. N. Hofzinser.

The second volume of J. N. HOFZINSER: NON PLUS ULTRA presents all of the master’s card magic, which was a specialty of this brilliant magician. This volume provides an in-depth study and explanation of Hofzinser’s huge contributions to the field.

Descriptions of card tricks can be found as early as the sixteenth century. During the centuries that followed, a body of sleights and techniques steadily developed and grew. But Hofzinser was the first to bring this art from the tavern into the salon, to amaze and delight society’s elite. The system of sleights he developed, his cunning use of regular decks in combination with trick cards, and above all the wealth of effects he invented, opened up possibilities that enabled the fertile growth of card magic to the present day. The reception of Hofzinser’s inventions by Dai Vernon and many other outstanding card magicians of the twentieth century proves the enduring qualities of his work.

Magic Christian has spent years researching Hofzinser and discussing his magic with magicians throughout the world. By this effort, he has been able to revise, correct, reconstruct and greatly enlarge what we know of Hofzinser’s life and card magic. The result is this magnificent two-volume set of books, a work that is already considered a fundamental text, and will serve as a springboard for further developments in this fascinating art of magic done with playing cards.

This large-format, hardcover set of books is one of our most handsome productions - a total of 861 pages, filled with reproductions of rare photos and artwork to accompany an exhaustive coverage of Hofzinser, the man and all his card magic - all contained in an attractive and sturdy slipcase. Only 900 sets of these books are being produced for sale. Written and designed to please the historian, the bibliophile and the serious card magician, these books are expected to sell out quickly. We recommend that, to avoid disappointment, you do not hesitate in ordering your set.

Available only from Hermetic Press, Inc.,
and the Conjuring Arts Research Center

Expected to ship around December 7, 2013

$249 postpaid in the U.S.
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It's times like this I hope Santa doesn't think I've been naughty...

I think it's fair to say "stop the presses," we have a major contender for book of the year here.
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IF this book(s) comes out in time, I predict it will be THE book of the year 2013.
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Order and looking forward to getting my history of for Hofzinser
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Only 900 copies? Not gonna be able to afford these before they sell out Smile
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On 2013-11-01 20:05, Peo Olsson wrote:
IF this book(s) comes out in time, I predict it will be THE book of the year 2013.


I doubt it. Many won't be able to afford it - me included and therefore it won't make my list - though I have not doubt it's a masterpiece.
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My order is in,I been saving my dough a year now for this baby. Am I exited, you bet!
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However, it IS more than one book.. (Can the best book be a set?)
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On 2013-11-02 20:34, neocatalyst wrote:
However, it IS more than one book.. (Can the best book be a set?)


I don't see why that would matter. If it were combined into a single book, it would have been 861 oversized pages which would have rendered it rather difficult to read. I'm happy to see it split into two and wouldn't hold that against a set for inclusion, especially as it was released at the same time...not spread out months apart. It would seem fair to mandate that the set be considered as a single entry. Meaning, that I don't think that book two of this set could be declared the winner. Just my opinion.
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I just put in my order for "Non Plus Ultra" which I hope is literally "The Ultimate". After having read the works by Ottokar Fischer in English and the compilation of works in Spanish entitled "La Cartomagia de Hozinser" by Rafael Benatar, I am very excited to be able to get my hands on the definitive work by Magic Christian, I remember seeing Christian carrying his books in German at one of the FISMs - in Lisbon I believe- and thinking to myself, how great it would be to be able to read this work from a magic scholar. Now, I will be able after this "Magnum Opus" is published by Stephen Minch of Hermetic Press. I know his publishing skills are second to none. They could not have chosen a better publisher in the English language.

Just tickled,

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On 2013-11-02 20:34, neocatalyst wrote:
However, it IS more than one book.. (Can the best book be a set?)


I don't see why that would matter. If it were combined into a single book, it would have been 861 oversized pages which would have rendered it rather difficult to read. I'm happy to see it split into two and wouldn't hold that against a set for inclusion, especially as it was released at the same time...not spread out months apart. It would seem fair to mandate that the set be considered as a single entry. Meaning, that I don't think that book two of this set could be declared the winner. Just my opinion.


Just think of Caveney's and Bloom's massive 2 book sets. They have been nominated.
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Hi hbenod, I know you won't be dissapointed. Stephen Minch is da man! And his company stands for QUALITY of highest order.
PS if you go to Hermetic Press homesite you can actually read the index of the books, and flip through a few pages.
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These books are a dream for me but...
Because of the price (about 300 dollars to France), I'm not sur I can buy them...
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Does anyone know what the dimensions of these books are? I need to plan a spot on the shelf and get dust jacket covers.
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Does anyone know what the dimensions of these books are? I need to plan a spot on the shelf and get dust jacket covers.

The measurements are 290 mm. in height. The dustwrapper for Volume I is 613 mm in length; and for Volume II, 620 mm in length.
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I'm gonna be ordering this next week, this is gonna be good.
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On 2013-11-16 04:04, TheFeds wrote:
Does anyone know what the dimensions of these books are? I need to plan a spot on the shelf and get dust jacket covers.

The measurements are 290 mm. in height. The dustwrapper for Volume I is 613 mm in length; and for Volume II, 620 mm in length.

Thanks for the information. I'm assuming the width of the books must be around 210-220mm based on the height being 290mm.

I sure am looking forward to these. This year has seen some excellent books published. It has been hard on the wallet, but what fantastic reading and learning.
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On 2013-11-04 13:39, Jiceh wrote:
These books are a dream for me but...
Because of the price (about 300 dollars to France), I'm not sur I can buy them...


You must have read the currency converter incorrectly.
$1 = 1.35 Euro
$249.00 = 184.94 Euro - that is a savings of $64.06, so you can even pay postage and still come out less then what American's pay.
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On 2013-11-17 10:27, Bill Hegbli wrote:
You must have read the currency converter incorrectly.
$1 = 1.35 Euro
$249.00 = 184.94 Euro - that is a savings of $64.06, so you can even pay postage and still come out less then what American's pay.


On the Conjuring Arts Research Center website, it states the international price as $299.
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