The Magic World of the Amazing Randi Paperback – Import, 31 Oct 1989
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This book deserves a place alongside the many wonderful tricks that James Randi has pulled off in his amazing career. He's gotten 24 of the finest magicians in the world to contribute favorite tricks to this collection. Some can be done with little or no practice, others will take some rehearsal. All are fiendishly clever and many are very funny besides. Contributors range from David Copperfield to Penn & Teller. Plus, of course, the Amazing Randi himself. Randi also treats readers to profiles on the contributing prestidigitators. Grab this book and prepare to bedazzle and deceive.
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*Canada, Dean Gunnarson, "The Houdini Coin"
*France, Steve Gotson, "You Do As I Do ... If You Can!"
*Ireland, Billy McComb, "Sorting Out the Cards"
*Italy, Massimo Polidoro, "Restored String"
*Jamaica, Michael Chen, "The Buddha Papers"
*Mexico, Joaquin Ayala, "Nick Nack
*Puerto Rico, Alexander, "The Magic Hole"
*South Africa, Steve Shaw, "I Never Miss!"
*Switzerland, Martin Cottet, "Color Telepathy"
*U.S.A., Tony Albano, "Time for E.S.P."
*U.S.A., Angel, "The Ghost Pencil"
*U.S.A., Arthur Benjamin, "Gotcha!"
*U.S.A., Harry Blackstone, "The Amazing Black Hole"
*U.S.A., Nathan Burton, "The Holy Handkerchief"
*U.S.A., David Copperfield, "The Jumping Rubber Band"
*U.S.A., Goldfinger & Dove, "How Many Cards?"
*U.S.A., Denny Lee & Minh, "E.S.P. By Telephone"
*U.S.A., Tina Lenert, "The Evaporating Glass"
*U.S.A., Harry Maurer, "The Next Card I Turn Over"
*U.S.A., Penn & Teller, "The Trick that Never Goes Wrong"
*U.S.A., James Randi, "Cards in the Pocket"
*U.S.A., Robert Steiner, "A Sure Prediction"
*U.S.S.R., Oleg Medvedev, "Vanishing Knot, Is It Not?"
*Viet Nam, Alan Nguyen, "The Turnover Coin"
This book is well written by James (The Amazing) Randi and attractively illustrated by Penny Alexander. The attentive reader will learn about shuffles and steals, palms and cuts, gaffs and gimmicks, acts and effects, misdirections and props.
Each effect is introduced with a flattering portrait of a magician accompanied by an equally flattering portraiture of the same. This is followed by a brief description of the performer's magical selection in company with a detailed explanation of how it's done. Numerous illustrations, beautifully penciled, clarify the tricky moves and the role of props, which include cards, coins, paper, handkerchiefs, napkins, strings, shoelaces, books, magazines, pencils, crayons, rubber bands, and a glass.
My Favorite Quote: "The Spectator ... may attribute alien powers to you!"
My Favorite Effect: "Sorting Out the Cards" by Ireland's Billy McComb.
About James (The Amazing) Randi
James Randi is a writer, educator, magician, escape artist, investigator of paranormal boasts, debunker of occult claims, revealer of faith healers' tricks, exposer of flim-flam artists, Uri Geller's truth detector, and challenger of psychics everywhere.
The James Randi Education Foundation is offering one million dollars to anyone who can show incontrovertible evidence of any paranormal, supernatural, or occult power or event. Since 1964, more than 1,000 people (including psychics, mediums, dowsers, astrologers, faith healers, exorcists, and hustlers) have submitted applications to claim the prize. As of November 5, 2008, no one has ever demonstrated the paranormal ability they claimed to possess.