Posted: Aug 31, am. I was just wondering if the "Encyclopedia of Impromptu Magic" by Martin Gardner will ever come back into print. Also to anyone who has it, is it any good or have you other recomendations for similar books. Thanks for any advice Darrell. A great book in my opinion - more a source of small 'magical' ideas than a full-blown set of routines. Contains MANY items incorporated in other effects that would cost much more to accumulate separately.
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Posted: Aug 31, am. I was just wondering if the "Encyclopedia of Impromptu Magic" by Martin Gardner will ever come back into print. Also to anyone who has it, is it any good or have you other recomendations for similar books. Thanks for any advice Darrell.
A great book in my opinion - more a source of small 'magical' ideas than a full-blown set of routines. Contains MANY items incorporated in other effects that would cost much more to accumulate separately.
Posted: Aug 31, pm. No, it's not available yet. You can email Todd via the website and ask the latest estimate. All Miracle Factory books are worth the wait - no matter what the delay! Posted: Sep 2, am. Yes, thanks for that, copterchris. I have just emailed them and will post anything that I hear. Posted: Sep 6, am. This is a real handy book. Lots of neat things that can be done at the bar.
Nothing earth-shattering, but entertaining stuff that most people haven't seen. I am sure Michael Weber will do a nice job with the annotations. If you are looking for the latest and greatest magic effects, you won't find them. But there are some cool items in this book. Posted: Sep 7, pm. No word on whether there will be a cheaper unsigned edition. Worth every penny, mind you, and I'd still love to have it. They don't come up often, but if you watch carefully you should be able to buy a good copy from a reputable seller at a relatively reasonable price after months of careful looking.
At least, that's how long it took me. Good luck! I agree with Silly Walter the Polar Bear. There are ideas, stunts, puzzles, and tricks with a variety of different objects. Maybe because I bought it the first time around for much less. Posted: Nov 10, am. In my view, there's a lot fun in it but amazement Your mileage may vary. Posted: Nov 11, pm. Like the youngsters above I got my orange book in when it was published. It is here on my desk still after all these years because one day I'm going to have time to read it cover to cover.
I'm still too young! Of what I have used of the content, it is practical. I really don't think young magicians will value it. It certainly is not the latest take of old re-named tricks.
About the only change I have seen in magic in the last forty years is more use of color printing and full bleed printing in promotional materials. Content seldom changes. It is not about a magic act. It is truly impromptu magic. The purpose it serves is a very real purpose if you are indeed sincere about impromptu magic. Those who have become used to the "contrived reality" available on TV today will not be impressed. Many of these items are bits rather than tricks.
They were not intended to be linked into a routine. This is for those who like to entertain others. The other good news is that you can read two pages at a time and have something that you can use. It is a big heavy book. But he did not go for filler. Bob Sanders Magic By Sander. Bob, I agree. I got mine about 15 years ago and am real glad I've got it. As mentioned, it's more bits and stunts instead of full blown effects laid out in routine fashion.
If you can find one, get it. You'll be glad you did! Posted: Nov 20, pm. Most of the hardcover magic books have been very good investments. Some of the money I saved on paperbacks, wasn't that smart. Posted: Dec 21, pm. Posted: Dec 24, am.
Posted: Dec 25, pm. I bought it on Ebay and sold it on Ebay. It had a lot of filler in it IMO. Posted: Dec 26, pm. In the introduction to this book, Gardner himself admits that the book is a collection of ideas and notes loosely organized by the object required to perform the trick. He laments the fact that he didn't have more time to get it all finished and polished, but if he had tried it would never have been published at all.
He specifically says, "The work remains patchy and slovenly. For impromptu magic, you can't beat this book - it's a deep mine of ideas. If you're clever with twists and presentation, you could easily build a career on it.
Posted: Dec 27, am. That's the idea behind this wonderful book. It let's one think for themselves. This book is fantastic! Posted: Jan 8, am. Yes, if you're just looking to do all the tricks this book is not for you. It is an ideas book and requires you to think about an effect!
Think outside the box. I'm glad I have mine, athough I still have not read mine cover to cover after all these years! I just pick up the book and open a page every now and then and see where it leads me!
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