The Book of Secrets

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The Book of Secrets
AuthorJohn Carney
PublisherCarneyMagic
IllustratorJohn Carney
Publication Date2002
LanguageEnglish
Pages377
 

The Book of Secrets, Lessons for Progressive Conjuring, was John Carney's first new work in ten years and includes 25 lessons for stage and close-up, as well as thoughtful essays on presentation, misdirection, timing and management.

Each lesson concludes by giving the student assignments to complete, encouraging them to participate in creating their own magic. Historical essays of some of magic’s greats are also included, not just citing of facts and figures, but explaining what qualities made them great and how you may apply their example.

Stage routines include Carney’s take on the classic Rising Cards, Egg on Fan, Linking Rings and Miser's Dream. Close up descriptions include his routines for the Cigars from the Purse, Champagne Glass and Coins, Thimbles and his Color Changing Cards Routine. Also discussed are techniques and psychology for the Classic Pass and Card Palming.

The book is 377 pages, hardbound with gold impression and 262 illustrations.

Reviewed in Genii 2003 January

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