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Seen on the cover of Genii Magazine. A beginners young person book with 12 interaction tricks in the book.
How can a book read your mind? Or perform sleight-of-hand? Created and hosted by Mark Setteducati and Anne Benkovitz, The Magic Show is unlike any other book of magic in that the book actually performs magic for you. Pick a card, any card, and the book will accurately guess it. Spin the wheel on the front cover and watch the spheres mysteriously change colors. Count the Sorcerers--oops, better count them again. Cut the author in half! The Magic Show is as exhilarating as sitting in the front row at a real performance, but with one big advantage: A convenient reset book allows you to reset each trick--with or without learning the secrets of the illusion.
Full color Hard bound.:
Dimensions (in inches): 0.89 x 9.81 x 9.76
This is a great novelty gift!!
Review from Publisher's Weekly
A book is a repository of text and images, but it is also (excepting e-books) a physical object. Sometimes the physical medium of a book rivals its message in impact, as with coffee-table books, minibooks, pop-up books-and with this delightful and genuinely creative book that allows its users to put on a 12-trick magic show. Setteducati is a professional magician and renowned inventor of magic; Benkovitz is a game, magic and toy inventor. They, along with a game inventor, Ivan Moscovich, who's listed as the book's "creative advisor," appear throughout the book via appropriately gaudy, caricatured illustrations by Ellis that depict the principles moving through a magic house. The book is a marvel of design, with the tricks hinging on turnable wheels, envelopes, slots, tabs, translucent flaps and so on. Trick 1, "Astounding Spheres," for example, depends upon a sturdy, partially hidden disk embedded in the book's cover, with only the top and bottom of the disk visible, through cutaways. As the disk is turned clockwise, red spheres visible on it through the top cutaway move behind the cover proper, then reappear in the bottom cutaway as green spheres. It's a nifty trick, as are most of the others--including mind reading, escape artistry and card wizardry--some involving principles of misdirection, others depending on simple mathematical principles, but all presented with a flourish. Not every trick is a dazzle, but the book as a whole is a razzle-dazzle that adults and kids should enjoy time and again (the book includes extra pieces and reset instructions). With the holidays approaching, this could, and should, be a big seller. (Dec.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.