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by Ken Allen


(1 review, 1 customer rating) ★★★★

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Tips by Ken Allen

On a budget? Can't find audience-friendly magic at the magic shop? Then build your own with this great collection of 52 magic tips, ideas, patter and suggestions (or in other words, T.I.P.S.)

Even if you're all thumbs, the author's clear descriptions and illustrations makes it easy to craft amazing effects, props and utility items. He also reveals the source of an incredible building material, as well as finishing tips.

Magic reviewers, dealers and magicians everywhere all agree that TIPS contains the largest collection of new, easy to make practical magic than books five times the price. You will, too. Among the over 50 items, you'll find effects, tips and practical suggestions for close-up, club, platform and stage.


  • Futuristic Hydrostatic
  • The Weeping Queen
  • Tip on a Cane Tip
  • Cork-Go
  • Banana Split
  • Quik-Made Palming Coins
  • Bargain Copper and Silver
  • Link-King Klips
  • Have A Heart
  • A Piece of Cardboard
  • A Pot of Glue and Thou
  • Zippy Silk Vanish
  • Star Trap Production
  • Hold It!
  • Strip Card Holder
  • ESPecially Yours
  • Square It
  • E-Z-Made Trick Glasses
  • No-Gimmick Multum In Parvo
  • Suspend-A Glass
  • Covered
  • Low-Cost Prop Decorations
  • Silk Surprise
  • Hippity Hop Balloon
  • Thru and Thru
  • Second Version Thru and Thru
  • Rocket Tie
  • It's in the Bag!
  • Atomized Silk
  • The Missing Stars
  • Bagged
  • Emulsified
  • The Jig Is Up
  • Brainwashed
  • The Right Deck Switch
  • Minute-Made Wand
  • Capricious Wand
  • Economy Banner
  • It's A Screwdriver
  • Tinkle, Tinkle, Little Coins
  • Look Ma, No Rings
  • Paper Money
  • Unlucky Buck
  • Five to Five
  • Top Secret
  • Silks Jubilee
  • Foiled
  • Bill in a Flash
  • There's Big Money in Magic
  • Have A Ball
  • Robot Change
  • Now is the Time
  • Closing Words
  • About the Author
"Filled with things you can make up easily - and use. Best thing in the collection, to my mind, is his 'No-Gimmick Multum in Parvo.' It's worth the price of the book." - Milbourne Christopher in M-U-M

"Must recommend T.I.P.S. by Ken Allen. Full of practical ideas. Make this one a must!" - Bill Larsen, Jr. in Genii

"Material that has been audience tested and is practical. Profuse illustrations simplify the making of the effects. Our TIP is to get it!" - Richard Plough in The Linking Ring

"One of the ideas in Ken's book, 'Top Secret,' uses a method that is so clever that I've added it to my act already. When I was editing the book, I almost asked the publishers if they would consider leaving out this one effect so I could keep it to myself, it's that good." - B. W. McCarron

"Ken has a fresh approach to his tricks, does nice things with plastics, modern decorations and clever ideas." - Frances Ireland Marshall in The Linking Ring

1st edition 1959, PDF 75 pages
word count: 21891 which is equivalent to 87 standard pages of text

Reviewed by Larry Brodahl (confirmed purchase)
★★★★   Date Added: Friday 15 November, 2019

It's a dated book for sure, but still have a couple of ideas that I like. And any idea I can get is almost priceless.

If you are a DIY guy or gal, it's not a bad book. Some good ideas.