Practised for more than 4000 years, magic is one of the oldest and most versatile forms of entertainment in the world, with a long and colourful history that has endured to this day. Ranging from simple off-the-cuff tricks to full-scale stage illusions, the scope for fun is almost unlimited and, with just a little know-how, planning and practice it can be performed anywhere, with almost anything, by people of every age. In this invaluable book, expert guidance from a professional magician reveals exactly how to perform more than 75 tricks, ranging from cunning stunts, baffling puzzles and perplexing problems to carefully thought out stand-up routines and impressive stage illusions, arming the budding magician with everything they need to know to put on a dazzling show in the home. These expert tutorials are accompanied by fascinating background information, providing a complete practical and historical picture for each type of trick.
More than 600 specially commissioned step-by-step photographs reveal the skills you need to skewer a balloon without it popping, make an assistant appear to levitate, vanish a glass of liquid, and much more. Close-up secret views show exactly how each trick is performed, and there are expert tips on preparing each trick and the patter you need to go with it. A special section on putting on a show provides invaluable advice on planning your performance.
Nicholas Einhorn is a full "Gold Star" member of The Inner Magic Circle and has won a number of industry awards for his work, including: The Magic Circle Centenary Close-up Magician 2005; F.I.S.M. (World Magic Championships) Award Winner 2003; The Magic Circle Close-up Magician of The Year 2002; and The Magic Circle Close-up Magician of The Year 1996. Nicholas is one of the UK's busiest magicians, and as well as performing at events throughout Europe he uses his magic to build crowds at business trade shows and exhibitions around the globe. He is a frequent performer at celebrity parties, has many TV credits to his name and is regularly invited to lecture at magic societies and conventions. As a magic consultant, Nicholas has designed the special effects for a number of large-scale stage productions, as well as being a consultant on the film Bright Young Things in 2003, directed by Stephen Fry. He also develops and markets new magic effects for the magic fraternity. To date his illusions have been purchased and performed by magicians all over the world, including some of the biggest names in magic, such as a Paul Daniels and David Copperfield.