I’ve always liked the Jastrow illusion, and even use it in my walk around performing. So I bought this booklet, hoping to expand my knowledge of the illusion, and possibly be inspired by other designs I was not aware of.
It’s good, but doesn’t really go any further than what I already knew of. It shows about 6 or 7 different versions, all of which I’m aware of or own. It talks about the history of the illusion, but I felt it could have covered a whole lot more versions of it that have been released over the years. (I did a search of this in Google and found 100s of historical examples.)
Overall, it was good, but not enough information, I felt, to warrant a $10 price tag.
Steve takes a technique by another mentalist, and simplifies it down in a way that makes real sense to the participants and audience.
Also, the reveals come in layers, all concealing the previous reveals in the methodology.
I have used this routine, and have enjoyed the response it receives.
Worth every penny!
I usually am intrigued by Knight’s ideas and additions, but not in this case. Disappointing purchase.
I really like this book for two reasons: First, nothing is left out. If a routine calls for a move or sleight, it is taught, and never leaves you running to other resources to learn it. If you look at the table of contents listed here on Lybrary.com, you will see how "full" this book is with sleights and variations. Second, the routines taught in here are not difficult at all, but have a strong impact from a visual and "astonishment" perspective.
The two O&W routines I refer to are "Nice Salad" and "Italian Dressing". One uses just 8 cards, and is very visual. The second uses a 9th (hidden) card, but allows even more visual astonishment.
$10.00 is a steal of a price for the amount of material contained in this book.
So, oddly enough, two of my favorite books on card magic have bright yellow covers: "What's Up Deck?" by Aldo Colombini, and Richard Kaufman's book on Bro. John Hamman's card work.
Don Bursell Mora, MN
Whenever I teach magic classes, this is one of the best resources, and also to have for sale afterward. The actual printed copy sells for $3.00 also, and can be found via quite a few magic shops.
This is a great book for someone beginning to explore rope magic. And it is very well illustrated.