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The Theory and Practice of Magic Deception [Copertina flessibile]

Mr. Al Schneider

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23 agosto 2011
This book is about the most in depth, powerful information on deception that is available today. Then, it puts that information into practice with two world-class magic effects. The theory goes into detail on what makes magic, magic. Every aspect is addressed. It includes, how you appear, how your voice sounds, and information about subtle hand motions that affect what your audience thinks. It discusses what goes on in your mind that affects what happens in the minds of others. This is the theory of magic deception. The second part of the book is dedicated to the practice of magic deception. First, a time-tested method to cause a coin to disappear is presented. This is an extensive lesson with many pictures and many details of the very subtle motions involved. Then, an effect is presented that brings the theory of the first part of the book to life and utilizes the student's new ability to cause a coin to disappear. The book ends off with an effect called Zen Matrix. This new routine enhances the half-century-old Matrix routine that has become so popular in magic. Zen Matrix utilizes the theory presented in the first part of the book to magnify the power of the Classic Matrix routine. This book is an excellent beginning for those new to magic. It starts from square zero and accelerates the newbie into master class. The coin vanish taught requires little dexterity. The trick using that move is very basic requiring moderate skill. Zen Matrix requires patience to master. That is expected with an effect as powerful as this. Its mastery may well be worth it for when performed for any group of magicians, the reward will be recognition of your capability as a master magician. Experienced magicians will recognize the theories of Al Schneider but will find that knowledge to be a starting point in this book. This book takes new information Al discovered about how the mind works that has not been incorporated into the material over the last fifteen years. In addition, the experienced magician will find Zen Matrix to be a valuable addition to the Classic Matrix concept. This is not a standard book on magic.

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Al Schneider is a leading member of the magic community. He has lectured and performed at most domestic magic get-togethers. He is a renowned writer and creator of magic effects and principles. His books have sold worldwide and have made a significant impact on the industry. He invented the Matrix routine that revolutionized the coin world.

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9 di 9 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle mind-boggling book on the theory and practice of magic tricks 8 novembre 2011
Di V. M. Kenkre - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
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A remarkable book has just appeared on the market, of use to practicing magicians and psychologists, written by a deep thinker and accomplished magician, Al Schneider. Titled "The Theory and Practice of Magic Deception," it describes unique insights, profound analysis, and highly practical prescriptions for doing magic tricks. Schneider is widely recognized in select circles of magicians as the inventor of "Matrix". His quiet personality and gentle manners (also well known to magicians around the world as is clear from magic cafe discussions) make him not particularly known to laypeople, and set him apart from many practitioners of the art of deception. However, admiration is always present in comments that magicians make about him. What he has produced as this book is mind-boggling.

This is a book of 587 pages, a part 1 of more than 300 pages dealing with theory, and a part 2, the rest of the book, devoted to practice. The theory discussion occupies 17 chapters and touches upon foundations, history from the author's viewpoint, discussions, fiercely utilitarian as well as theoretical, of the expected topic of Misdirection, but also of two unexpected new realms not present in any similar book I know of. These are Types of Magic and what the author calls Assumptions. The practice part consists of the 18th chapter, "For Beginners Only," the last chapter of part 1 (which in my opinion should have been the first chapter of part 2), a chapter on a coin vanish originated by Schneider, one on an application of the vanish to a classic known as Expansion of Texture, and two more chapters on a novel trick called Zen Matrix.

Who should read this book? According to the author in the Introduction, not "raw beginners or the lay public" but for "those that have about a year of experience." I think differently. I think even "raw beginners" will profit from (and should buy) this book. And I guarantee that advanced magicians who have thought about the craft will gain an enormous amount, in proportion to how much they have worried about the inner secrets of magic. In part this is like a graduate treatise on the subject and yet accessible to whosoever has put in some thinking of his/her own into the matter.

There have been wonderful masters of misdirection such as Ramsay who practiced but apparently did not often verbalize his tenets, and Carney who follows the principles of Ramsay (see for instance his excellent book Carnucopia) and other great thinkers such as the Spanish magician Tamariz (see his books Magic Way as well as Five Points of Magic ). There have been books such as Strong Magic by Ortiz, Our Magic by Maskelyne and Devant, and Magic in Theory by Lamont and Wiseman. I can say with confidence that Schneider's discussions are every bit as deep as the deepest of these and vastly superior to most of them. You will find extensive discussions of misdirection in Schneider's book made quite practical for your use during performance. However, a special feature of Schneider's discussions is, as he says on his page 115, "Traditionally, misdirection is considered the power concept. This book purports that the use of a spectator's false assumptions are the power concept." An involved and highly original discussion then follows on the basis of his concept of Assumptions.

I have never met the author and know him only through his written word. I am tremendously impressed by his conceptions, analysis, invention, and teaching. In chess one speaks of experts, masters who are at a higher level, and grandmasters who are the sensei of the game. Applying the terms to magic, I can undoubtedly say that Schneider is a grandmaster of magic--both for his brilliant ideas and penetration into the principles of magic, and his performance ability. An exposure to the latter is available at two places: his dvd set (available for purchase at L&L publishing) and in performance clips on the web at (...) and (...) . It is thus very easy to appreciate the results of the principles set forth in this book by watching the performances.

I cannot imagine anyone connected with magic or psychology to go wrong by purchasing this book. Every magician or student of magic certainly should.
6 di 6 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle Excellent book on the theory and practice of magic 21 marzo 2012
Di Brad Burt - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
This is a wonderful book on the theory and practice of magic and thus the title is more than fitting. I have been a professional magician for over 40 years now and have read many books on and about magic, but most 'magic' books have to do with the technical aspects of the execution of various sleights and then outlines and explanations of the tricks and routines themselves. That's probably the way it should be, but that only means that books ON tricks are a "dime a dozen".

But, books concerning the WHY of magic. The 'why' it works and how to make sure that the magic you do in fact can work better are very, very few. Most could be numbered on the fingers of two hands and again, maybe that's the way it should be. Every 10-20 years or longer someone will take on the task of putting down in print what they have spent a life time thinking over and experimenting with. That is what you have here. Mr. Schneider's life time of thinking about magic and his attempt to transmit that knowledge to anyone interested enough to not just read a book, but to actually take the time to 'study' what he's offered. And, believe me, it will take study!

Should that keep you from buying the book? Not at all. In fact, the 'fact' that it takes study is to me the main reason those interested in magic SHOULD buy the book. Magic theory is not for the dull and intellectually lazy. I've thought about magic theory for decades and I was challenged by material in this book. What would be good about a book that talks about the deepest things of a performance craft only to find that one zooms through the text and never has to stop and think. To consider: Do I agree with this and why or why not? What has my experience taught me and what can I learn from the authors?

This is a book to be recommended. The material in the latter part of the book on Mr. Schneider's classic coin routine Matrix is pure gold. But, again, this is NOT a 'trick' book. The 'trick' and 'technique' material included illustrate the thinking of the author and support the material you read first.

Be prepared to be challenged, stimulated and in an odd way entertained.
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4.0 su 5 stelle Magic Theory and Practice 21 agosto 2012
Di VirtualMagic - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
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I am big fan of Al Schneider's magic - and his theories on sleight of hand and misdirection. He is not big into presentation but - his magic is very very impactful ! Check out Youtube for Al's performances of Matrix, Cone and Coin, and Osmosis (my favourite). Its very very good !

His misdirection is more focused towards a more passive subconscious misdirection rather than look here
and cheat there. I really connected with his 5 steps of deception, making of assumptions and his rewinding theory. All fascinating stuff. I have read the book through once in detail, I am now reading it again, making notes. This book literally opened my eyes. When I look at magicians acts I look at it with completely different eyes.

Yes there are a few spelling mistakes and the odd repetitions and what seems to be a contradiction here and there. But oh that's just splitting hairs.

I give this book 4 stars, because its not perfect, but for me its very very close to being one of the best books written on magic theory I have ever read. Oh and I have ready about 8 or so books on Magic Theory. Maybe more cannot remember. Its nothing like the other books. Yes, there are a few similarities...

The last part of the book takes you through e.g. the Al Schneider Vanish in painstaking detail as well as an expanded Matrix routine. He explains and teaches all the different nuances in painstaking detail.

I cannot recommend this book strongly enough. Just buy it - you won't regret it. It WILL make you a better magician if you read it, try to understand, assimilate it and - and apply it !!!

I can also recommend his DVDs Al Schneider Technique (Set of 3).
5.0 su 5 stelle Extraordinary performer and teacher! 17 settembre 2014
Di tomarm - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
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Al Schneider is not your ordinary sleight of hand artist. Watch him on YouTube and I think you will agree. I been studying and performing coin sleights for well over 50 years, and I must say I've learned more from Mr. Schneider than I learned in the all the previous years. Check out this book and his other publications if you are at all interested in manipulative magic.
5.0 su 5 stelle This is the Best Book on Magic Theory 9 maggio 2013
Di Tree - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
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Forget the rest, this is the best. Mr. Schneider teaches you how to perform Real Magic.
nuff said. Get the book read, it, understand, and realize his message.
I won't say more except that if you wish to be a real Magi, read this book.

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