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Idiot's guide to magic

Postby totalmagic » Dec 2nd, '06, 15:55



Hey, I read a book called The complete Idiot's guide to magic tricks written by Tom Ogden. It would be a very good book to read as a first book. on a rating from 1-5 it is probebly a 1. It does not only teach magicks but also teaches how to act on stage and the history of magic. It cost about $18.95 in US dolars. As I said before it is a great first book.

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Postby totalmagic » Dec 2nd, '06, 15:57

It does not only teach magicks but
sorry that is supposed to be Magic tricks

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Postby Jokz » Dec 4th, '06, 13:55

You think is great but you giv it only 1 of 5? I don´t understand how tou are thinking...

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Postby Tomo » Dec 4th, '06, 13:57

A proper review of this book would be nice. See the reviews section for a template and examples.

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Postby Jordan C » Dec 4th, '06, 14:37

maybe 1 is best and 5 is worst???

this is why we use this template which can be found as a sticky at the top of the reviews forum.

It would be good if you could use it and give a more elaborate review please. But good on ya for trying to review at least :)

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Postby Jordan C » Dec 4th, '06, 14:37

maybe 1 is best and 5 is worst???

this is why we use this template which can be found as a sticky at the top of the reviews forum.

The Effect



Cost



Difficulty
(1=easy to do, 2=No sleights, but not so easy, 3=Some sleights used,
4=Advanced sleights used, 5=Suitable for experienced magicians only)



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It would be good if you could use it and give a more elaborate review please. But good on ya for trying to review at least :)

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Postby totalmagic » Dec 5th, '06, 01:13

sorry I ment a 4 out of 5 for beginers

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Postby Dragon74 » Aug 19th, '08, 04:01

I'm going to buy this book based on your review!

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Postby Dragon74 » Aug 19th, '08, 04:02

Dragon74 wrote:I'm going to buy this book based on your review!


Sorry, I meant I am not.

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Postby TheAlkhemist07 » Aug 19th, '08, 15:23

Having read this book, Ill put a reveiw up later.

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Postby magicmclovin » Sep 27th, '08, 19:28

Overall, its pretty basic, but very helpful for beginners.

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Postby tomterm8 » Aug 19th, '09, 08:15

The Effect
A beginner’s book of magic, with sections giving you advice on how to perform, presentation, and a very basic review of the history of magic. It also contains some good information on becoming a professional, which is oddly out of place in a beginner’s book.

The book contains some simple card magic, close up magic, silk, stage, and advice on where to learn more.

Cost

My copy cost £12.99 new, I got it second hand for a couple of quid.

Difficulty
(1=easy to do, 2=No sleights, but not so easy, 3=Some sleights used,
4=Advanced sleights used, 5=Suitable for experienced magicians only)

There are a lot of tricks, ranging from 1 to 4, but mostly between 2 and 3.


Review

The book is surprisingly good. It is billed as a beginner’s book, with a range of (on the surface) easy to do magic. However, many of the effects play much better than you would expect given the simple methods used.

It is true that people will have read much of the advice before. However, that doesn't mean that following it won't make you a better magician.

All in all, I think a lot of people will underestimate the material in this book.


Overall (1 worst to 10 best)
I'll give it a 9 for a beginner,
7 for anyone else.

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Postby madvillainy » Aug 19th, '09, 08:41

Awesome thread.

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Postby Replicant » Aug 19th, '09, 08:52

If totalmagic is still an active member of this forum, perhaps I may be so bold as to point him/her in the direction of this thread...

http://www.talkmagic.co.uk/ftopic31774.php

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