By Vanishing Inc. – Wednesday, November 16, 2022
Everyone here at Vanishing Inc. loves magic books. We produce more than anyone else, and we firmly believe that books are the single best way for us all to learn magic.
Here are the teams’ picks of four of our books from the last year.
Remember, all of these, plus much more, is part of our Buy Three Get One Free Black Friday promotion. So when you chose three of these books, we’ll give you another one (of your choice) for free!
Let’s see which books the team recommends.
Recommended by Jeff Kowalk, Joshua Jay, Kyle Littleton and Andi Gladwin
12 years. 144 columns. 868 tricks. For over a decade, MAGIC Magazine ran Joshua Jay’s Talk About Tricks column and this book sees every word of it compiled into two, genuinely stunning books.
For 12 years, Josh traveled the globe seeking out the new, the underground, the amazing. And boy, did he find it. Material from legends like David Williamson. Paul Harris, Darwin Ortiz, Lance Burton and many more is here. But so is the first time the world was introduced to performers like Daniel Garcia, Harapan Ong, Paul Vigil and even Asi Wind! The column was ground-breaking and it’s wonderful that it’s now all available for everyone to enjoy. If you learn 2.3 tricks a day from it, it will take a year to learn everything. This will keep you very busy!
Stage By Stage by John Graham
There’s never been a book like this. A book written by a parlor performer on how to create a parlor act. How to take close up material you perform already and elevate it to the stage. Instruction for creating a parlor or stage show shouldn’t focus on the tricks. It’s not really about the script, or character. It’s not the lighting or sound, prop management, bookends or call backs that are important. It doesn’t need to share original magic effects.
It needs to do all of that.
In Stage By Stage, John Graham will give you everything you could possibly need to create your own stage show. Not only that, he’ll teach you how to transition from close-up, to parlor, to stage. Discover how to transform tricks into show business.
You’ll get openers, middle pieces and closers. Of course, you’ll get full shows (three to be precise!), scripts, theory and tricks. But most importantly, you’ll get decades of experience condensed into one, beautiful book.
Before We Begin by Asi Wind
Asi Wind has tackled a topic that has had precious little love over the years. Some view it as a bit “dirty”, or risky. But in Before We Begin Asi Wind masterfully teaches you the hows and whens of preshow like no one else ever has before.
You’ll learn scripts, how to select your mark, and—most importantly—how to avoid the common mistakes people make when using this much-maligned technique.
The interviews with Luke Jermay, Penn Gilette and Max Maven will also further illuminate this incredible technique for you.
52 Explorations by Andi Gladwin
£22.00 exc VAT
Building on the notion of the popular Omni Deck, The Phantom Deck is an entire pack of transparent, clear cards. When held together, they look, feel, cut, and shuffle like a normal deck…except that every single card is transparent. This allows you to make visual or surprise changes from a normal deck to an “invisible” deck of cards…yet it’s an invisible pack your spectators can touch and spread and feel.