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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

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

"When it comes to card magic at the dawn of the twenty-first century, it’s the Spaniards’ world, and we just live in it. ... Woody Aragón is an innovative thinker about card magic, deeply influenced by his mentor Tamariz, but like a number of these creative acolytes, he has developed a substantial body of original work, and is an accomplished performer in live venues and on television in his native Spain."

Submitted Thu, 12/14/2017

This is in fact a set of two books, written by Mike Caveney, and issued together as a package. ... They comprise a record of his entire body of work as a performer—his creative performing legacy—and deliver an invaluable and timeless collection for present and future generations of magic and magicians. And they are a joy to read.

Submitted Wed, 09/13/2017

Get an early preview of two soon-to-be-released titles from Ben Earl—Less is More (book) and Real Ace Cutting (DVD): “Both are filled with techniques that are sophisticated, utilitarian, and well described, while being executed by an accomplished expert.”

Submitted Tue, 04/11/2017

Detailed reviews by Jamy Ian Swiss of not one but two recent titles by Roberto Giobbi: Stand-Up Card Magic and Hidden Agenda.

Submitted Tue, 02/28/2017

In this month's Lyon's Den feature, Jamy Ian Swiss dives into the thoughtful and textured plots and innovative methods of So Sato, Discover "The Secrets of So Sato" by So Sato and Richard Kaufman.

Submitted Wed, 02/01/2017

In this month's book review for the Lyons Den, Jamy Ian Swiss offers a thorough and candid review of The Jerx, Volume One.

Submitted Tue, 11/29/2016

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