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How amazing? Jamy Ian Swiss declares this to be “a book of coin magic that reflects genuine innovation, useful sleights, and beautiful magic routines—a substantial and unarguably important addition to the literature of coin magic.”

Submitted Wed, 02/27/2019

To accompany his latest download on the Card on Ceiling, Jamy Ian Swiss provides this essay as “liner notes” to explore the powerful impact of this classic effect. He shares personal insights, observations... and some great stories.

Submitted Tue, 02/12/2019

It’s a big one! If you have any interest in card magic, then you must read this double review by Jamy Ian Swiss of Denis Behr’s recent book Handcrafted Card Magic Vol. 3 and four-disc DVD set Magic on Tap. In a word, it’s all about… taste.

Submitted Thu, 11/15/2018

To change or to top change... is that the question? Either way, if you have any interest in sleight-of-hand card technique, you will want to read Jamy Ian Swiss’s review of “the first book dedicated entirely to a study of the Top Change, its variants and their proper execution.”

Submitted Fri, 10/19/2018

Authors Jim Steinmeyer and Peter Lamont take on The Secret History of Magic exploring and dispelling myths long associated with magic and its history. Is this book for you? Jamy Ian Swiss shares his thoughts in the latest Lyons Den review.

Submitted Mon, 09/17/2018

Sorry to dash your hopes, but despite the title, this is not Steve Spill’s personal update of the Kama Sutra. But it is a book about relationships: about a magician’s relationship with his art...

Submitted Fri, 07/20/2018

I daresay the majority of close-up magicians will readily improve their standard of work by adopting just one selection from Mr. Wind’s professional repertoire; adopt two or three such pieces and you will drive yourself toward matching standards that might well serve to raise the caliber of your work for the rest of your life.

Submitted Mon, 05/28/2018

Louis Tannen, the founder and original proprietor of Tannen’s Magic in Manhattan, was the first person to teach me sleight of hand. He taught me sponge balls when I was about ten or eleven years old, and later dice stacking, and the Chop Cup. By the time I was about 13 I was performing the Chop Cup for my parents’ friends at home cocktail parties, behind our four-stool home bar....

Submitted Fri, 03/30/2018

Why get The Paradigm Shift Vol. 1 & 2? Because they are “filled to the brim with theory, technique, effects, history, perspective, experience, and a distinctive creator’s voice. What more do you want...?”

Submitted Thu, 03/15/2018

Spending time with Luis, I quickly became aware of his intelligence, passion, knowledge of magic, and what I can only describe as a deeply artistic spirit. He is very much a product of the influence of Tamariz and the Spanish School, but also, like Juan, he has tremendous experience as both a stage and television performer.

Submitted Wed, 01/10/2018

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