Nothing delights and amazes friends and family more than a display of brilliantly performed magic tricks, illusions, puzzles and stunts, and this comprehensive new box set contains everything the budding magician needs to put on a dazzling show at home. From the history of magic to profiles of famous conjurors, from card tricks to stage illusions, stunts and much much more, these two expertly written books will help you to wow your friends and family. Dedicated chapters for each type of trick begin with a fascinating introduction on the history, traditions and key figures associated with that type of magic. There are then step-by-step instructions showing you how to perform each one, illustrated with step-by-step photographs. Close-up secret views show exactly how each trick is done, along with tips on preparation and the patter you need to accompany it. With these books you can appear to have superhuman strength and x-ray vision, you will seem to be able to read someone?s mind or cut a volunteer in two, make everyday objects vanish and reappear, untie impossible knots, and restore torn-up paper napkins. A special section on putting on a show provides invaluable advice on planning your performance. This includes selecting a venue, creating invitations, choosing music and costumes, setting up the stage and practising your stagecraft, as well as ideas for running orders and sample programmes. Whatever your previous experience and skill level, this exciting and inspiring book collection will provide hours of entertainment for performer and audience alike!