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The Magic of Slydini
by Lewis Ganson & Tony Slydini


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The Magic of Slydini by Lewis Ganson & Tony Slydini

This is a classic book, probably one of the best books on close-up magic ever written. Now available as an ebook with an improved layout. The original book had 448 photos grouped together in full-page photo plates. This meant that most photos were removed from the text which goes along with the photos. We have corrected this error in this digital edition. All photos have been inserted in the text where they are referred to.

Slydini was a genius of misdirection. Every movement and every word is deliberately chosen to direct the attention of spectators as well as to produce a graceful and engaging brand of close-up magic. Tony Slydini's influence among magicians was so strong that some of the best performers today, such as Tamariz, started out to imitate and copy every detail of Slydini's persona.

In this ebook you will find detailed descriptions of all effects which have become intimately associated with Slydini: Paper Balls over the Head; Knotted Silks; Helicopter Card; Coins through the Table; Cigarette Fantasy; and more.

Let me single out one effect which is a personal favorite of mine, the Helicopter Card. It is hard to come up with a completely new plot for a card trick because so much has been written and published on cards. But Slydini pulled it off and created a unique card effect which is the best card magic has to offer. Half the deck is spread randomly on the table. The other half is fanned and a spectator chooses a card which is returned in full view to the fanned half. Although the fan and the random cards on the table are in full view at all times, and the spectator can check cards and look at everything as often as he wishes, the chosen card invisibly 'flies like a helicopter' from the fan to the random cards on the table. This sequence happens four times in a row. Of course, the deck can be borrowed and shuffled and the card is not forced. The build-up of humor and effect is incredible. Since the same miracle happens four times in a row it becomes that much more unbelievable and incomprehensible.

Unfortunately, Slydini died in 1991 and so you will not be able to see him live. But there are videos around particularly from the Dick Cavett show which document the genius of Slydini. However, these videos will not teach you how Slydini performs his magic and what thinking stands behind his actions. This ebook with 448 photos does teach you every nuance and every thought behind each movement.

So good this book is, it is missing some crucial sleights that enabled some of Slydini's feature routines. These were later described in Slydini Encores.

  1. The Art of Using the Lap as a Servante - Part One, Position and Timing
  2. The Art of Using the Lap as a Servante - Part Two, Misdirection
  3. The Paper Balls in the Hat
  4. Slydini's New Cigarette Miracle
  5. Two Cigarettes from One
  6. Cigarette Fantasy
  7. Sponge Ball Magic
  8. Coins through the Table
  9. Slydini's New Version of the Coins through Table
  10. The Flight of the Paper Balls
  11. Rope Trickery
  12. The Helicopter Card
  13. Slydini's Knotted Silks
  14. Slydini's Torn and Restored Newspaper
1st edition 1960, 208 pages; PDF 163 pages
word count: 46699 which is equivalent to 186 standard pages of text


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