CODE: BK0986


This is a book that spans forty years of a unique friendship and shared love of magic that takes you from the halcyon days when eight young London magicians haunted the Magic Dealers, the Variety Theatres and street corner cafes every Saturday, right up to the present day (1997).

This youthful coterie of Cagliostros was the spawning ground of a style of magic that in those days was called "pocket tricks," which led to enthusiasm for and development of some of the finest contemporary magic that is now deemed classic.

It's hard nowadays to visualize Jack Avis, Alex Elmsley, Roy Walton, Bobby Bernard, Ted Danson and John Derris sitting in cafes, making two cups of coffee last for hours while they demonstrated, argued and theorized on the pros and cons of close-up magic, having just read the latest magazines from the USA and meeting the parade of overseas magicians visiting London.

But from such youthful zeal emerged a thinking and style of magic that was to withstand the years and make some of these men world-famous.

Who in magic does not use the Elmsley Count? Is there anyone who has not read and used one of Jack Avis's five hundred published items and surly there is no self-respecting card magician who today would not include Roy Walton's "The Collectors" or "Card Warp" in his repertoire?

This book includes all the effects that were first described in 1953 in a small publication called Come a Little Closer, effects that have stood the test of time and are still being presented today.

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