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Variations by Boris Wild

Variations by Boris Wild 0

Review by Michael Close Before the pandemic shut everything down, Boris Wild was presenting his lecture, “Sensations,” to magicians around the worl...
How Magicians Think by Joshua Jay

How Magicians Think by Joshua Jay 0

Review by Michael Close [Full disclosure: I offered editorial suggestions on an earlier version of this book.] Joshua Jay is well known to magician...
Bob Farmer Manuscripts

Bob Farmer Manuscripts 0

Reviews by Michael Close Full disclosure: I am an enormous fan of Bob Farmer’s creative output. I have read and studied almost everything Bob has p...
Every Card You Take by Sylvain Juzan

Every Card You Take by Sylvain Juzan 0

Review by Michael Close I briefly met Luxemburg’s Sylvain Juzan at a Genii convention a few years ago. In early 2020 we had the opportunity to spen...
Sharing Secrets by Roberto Giobbi

Sharing Secrets by Roberto Giobbi 0

Review by Michael Close I think the easiest way to explain the importance of Robert Giobbi’s new book, Sharing Secrets, is with a musical analogy. ...
The Conjuror's Conundrum by Jamy Ian Swiss

The Conjuror's Conundrum by Jamy Ian Swiss 0

Review by Michael Close Whether it is public speaking, the performance of magic, writing, the preparation of fine Italian cuisine, or expert mixolo...
Rubinstein Coin Magic by Dr. Michael Rubinstein

Rubinstein Coin Magic by Dr. Michael Rubinstein 0

The past few years have been boom times for coin magic enthusiasts. In 2017, the much-anticipated Geoff Latta: The Long Goodbye was released. The following year Giacomo Bertini’s System for Amazement arrived. Both of these books offered a plethora of new sleights and routines.

Then, in June of last year, the spirits of coin magicians were lifted by the publication of a huge new coin book, one rivaling J.B. Bobo’s New Modern Coin Magic in both physical size and scope. The book is Rubinstein Coin Magic by Dr. Michael Rubinstein, and it is sure to join Bobo’s book and David Roth’s Expert Coin Magic as one the three great pillars of coin conjuring.

Sleights & Insights By John Carney

Sleights & Insights By John Carney 0

By now, the name John Carney should be well known to you. He is an author, performer, sleight-of-hand virtuoso, actor, comedian, and Magic Castle multi-award winner. His material has been previously published in two books, Carneycopia by Stephen Minch and The Book of Secrets by John Carney.