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This article is from the Magic FAQ, by Paul Nielsen nielsen@vulture.eecs.umich.edu with numerous contributions by others.

23 Magic Books: General F-K

Fox, Karrell AbraKfox
(?, ?)

[MK] This is a small book by Fox that includes some tricks and some stories.
Karrell wrote it as a tribute to Duke Stern. His rope tie, and the Guatelma
rope trick are included.

Gardner, Martin Encyclopedia of Impromptu Magic
(1978, Magic, Inc.)

[PN] Tricks with no special apparatus, gimmicks, or involved
preparation. Lots of wonderful stuff. This is being sold by Klutz
Press since Martin Gardner was one of the consultants on the Klutz
Book of Magic.

Gardner, Martin Martin Gardner Presents
(1993, Kaufman & Greenberg)

[SD] A large collection of previously published material from when
Gardner was a boy through adulthood, covering the years from the 30's
through the 90's. Cards occupy a large part of the material as do
effects based on counting and math "tricks." However, there is
material here with coins, ice, sponge balls, thimbles, handkerchiefs,
as well as mentalism (though mostly related to math/counting).

[DP] Martin has published several books on mathematical magic,
impromptu magic, and the "Uriah Fuller" parodies of Uri Geller. Some
of his pamphlets have a lot of gags and funny bits which are still
being used. His earlier stuff collects a lot of material from all over
the place, and he notes creators and originators often. His his
knowledge is encyclopedic, but it may not include "heavy" work. I
don't remember him writing about cards that much.

Harkey, David Simply Harkey
(1991(?), Clandestine Productions)

[SD] The work of David Harkey has stuff in it that looks "impossible"
but which, when you see him lecture, is very impressive. Then, you
find out it isn't as hard as it looks. On the other hand, the
explanations of some of these (like his "crystal transformation"
effect) sound more complex than they turn out to be in practice. (Not
because the explanations are poor, but because there is a lot going on
sometimes. It is not easy stuff to do because of that rather than
because the individual things done are particularly hard.) I like
this book mostly for the card and coin stuff, though his "Goldfinger
Trilogy" (with a finger ring) and "Sweet Talk" (with a coin and sugar
packet) are neat as well.

Herz, Bill and Paul Harris Secrets of the Astonishing Executive
(1991, Avon Books)

[MK] I know it's written for the general lay audience, but there
are some interesting things in it. (Although you probably know most of
what in there) It uses simple principles to use in the office or at
business lunches. It includes some mental stuff based on Max Maven
effects, the Mac King creamer bit..

Kaufman, Richard 5 X 5
(19??,Kaufman & Greenberg)

[Rashid] Five Japanese magicians each of whom disclose five of their pet
close-up effects. These range from impromptu coin and card tricks to
tricks employing some very ingenious and easily constructed gimmicks.
The material is really fresh and innovative. It's been a long time
since I came across a book on close-up that contained material I could
get excited over - creative effects that can really make an audience
sit up and take notice. My favorite effects are:

- An ambitious card routine where you put a paper clip on the card, bury
it, and with a shake of the hand the paper clipped card is back on top.
- A beautifully startling effect where an empty, flattened out card case is
folded into its original box shape and then with no false moves, the box
is opened and a deck of cards is dumped out.
- A card warp type of effect where a dollar bill that has been folded
lengthwise into 1/4 its original width is pushed through another dollar
bill (a la card warp). When it emerges on the other side it has started
to unfold itself. Each time it is pushed through it has magically
unfolded a little more till it unfolds completely and is then immediately
handed out for examination.

Kaufman, Richard Amazing Miracles of Shigeo Takagi
(19??,Kaufman & Greenberg)

[SD] Nice mixture of stuff -- including silk, rope, and ring effects
plus the usual card magic -- from one of Japan's foremost magicians.

Kaufman, Richard Collected Almanac
(?, Kaufman & Greenberg)

[DP] Includes such favourites as Sankey's Airtight & Forgery,
Dingle's handling of the Jennings' classic Visitor, the Stencel Aces,
Hamman's Signed Card & Twins, etc.

Kaufman, Richard Richard's Almanac Volume 1
(19??, Kaufman & Greenberg)

[SD] A book covering Kaufman's magazine for 1982-83 with effects from
many folks on many topics.

[DP] a good book - a wealth of close-up material.

Kaufman, Richard Sawa's Library Volume 1
(?, Kaufman & Greenburg)

[DP] - the coin effects are beyond me (back-pinch four quarters? right!)
- the sponge-ball stuff looks really good
- the rope magic is excellent
- the gaffed cards are intact

Kaufman, Richard Showtime at the TomFoolery
(?, Kaufman & Greenburg)

[MK] This book describes Tom Mullica's act that he did at the Tom
Foolery. Each effect (except the cigarette and napkins) is explained
in incredible detail. The style of the book is a bit unusual since it
describes Mullica's action during each minute of the show. (They have
a time order..) There are stories in it too, and it is fun reading.

Kronzek Book of Magic for Young Magicians -
The Secrets of ALKAZAR

[SFD] A real surprise! good sections on misdirection, on how to make a
card trick interesting (including '15 ways to have a card chosen'), on
how to present and routine a trick. Not just for children.....

Kurtz, Gary Unexplainable Acts

[CR] This is a GREAT book. Unfortunately, it's very Kurtz, the
material is fairly difficult. The sleights are explained well, but
NOTHING in this book will be performed immediately. You're going to
have to work at it. There is a mixture of close up and platform stuff
in there, with some pretty weird ideas. I recommend that you scope a
copy of this book BEFORE you buy it. My two favorite routines in the
book are ones where you drop a apple into a rolled up sheet of
construction paper. You immediately roll out an orange. The paper is
then unrolled and shown. The other is a bill vanish, cigar production
(still wrapped in cellophane), hand the cigar to a spectator. She
opens the cellophane, breaks the cigar in half and discovers a bill
_inside_ the cigar. This is shown to be the missing bill.


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