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Two Brand New Books

John Bannon and Handsome Jack (or is it John Lovick) have authored two brand-new must-have books. As a subscriber of Magicol, you’re entitled to a special offer on both of them from our friends at Squash Publishing. The retail price of these books is $110, but act NOW and save $10 just for being a subscriber of Magicol! Hurry, this offer expires on September 10th, 2016 at 12:00 pm.


John Bannon MentalissimoFirst up is John Bannon’s latest card trick compendium, Mentalissimo

In Mentalissimo, John brings his talents to bear on mentalism and mental magic with playing cards. “I do card tricks, have a keen interest in mentalism and am a fanatic about the construction of magic tricks. For me, a book like this is just what I look for. All of the above; in one place.”

You can expect: Squeaky-clean revelations of truly thought-of cards. Demonstrations of psychic ability that can’t be explained simply as coincidence. Clear, commercial prediction systems. Offbeat treatments of classic mental effects from “Add-a-Number” to “Out of This World.”

Thirty items are described and explained in twenty-one chapters. Almost all use regular unprepared cards. Two require a common gaffed card. Most are impromptu. A couple require a more-than-minimal stack. A few rely on easily-made external props. One employs a pack of ESP symbol cards. All are intelligently explained and laced with commentary and discussion. Come for the thought-provoking card effects; stay for the conversation.

The more I study card magic and mentalism, the more impressed I am with John Bannon. His “lean and mean” style of construction and execution inspires me. His routines are hard hitting and fun to perform.

—Jeff McBride, Las Vegas Headliner

This stuff is fun to read, and fun to do.

—Max Maven


The second book in this bundle, is the first – and only book of its type – written by male model and master magician Handsome Jack. It’s called Handsome Jack, etc

Forget about his incredible looks, Handsome Jack’s skill, humor, and humility, make him a great writer of magic.

David Blaine

Handsome Jack is two of the best magicians I know.

Derek DelGaudio

This book is a vault of original, powerhouse material.

Michael Carbonaro

This is an extraordinary book. It’s laugh-out- loud funny, and contains original routines and brilliant essays that should be required reading for everyone who sets foot on a stage.

Pit Hartling

John Lovick is one of the most original, creative, and intelligent magicians we know, and this volume is invaluable. It offers profound cases in development, construction, writing, staging, and timing that will inspire magicians for generations.

Dan & Dave Buck

Written by male model/master magician Handsome Jack (with footnotes by John Lovick), this treatise is a rarity in the magic world: it’s as funny (and attractive) as it is instructive. Handsome Jack, etc. details twenty stand-up (and close-up) routines with complete scripts, histories, and commentary on their development and performance. 

In addition to Jack’s urbane descriptions, Lovick provides two essential essays on the subjects of scripting and persona. 

A deluxe 212-page hardcover with two-color text, thirty original caricatures, and an introduction by Penn & Teller. This is one hardbound collection sure to turn heads – just like Handsome Jack.

Buy Now

The retail price of these books is $110, but act NOW and save $10 just for being a subscriber of Magicol! Hurry, this offer expires on September 10th, 2016 at 12:00 pm.


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