It's a massive book to work through. Since its arrival, the holidays and a half-dozen or so more excellent books have arrived to divert my attention from it, not to mention other family duties. Based on my first dip into it, here is a portion of a review I placed on my Little Egypt Magic web site:
Along with nearly 464 pages of groundbreaking moves and magic tricks, the book contains detailed reminiscences from Johnny Thompson, Marla Zarrow (Herb's daughter), Ronald Wohl, John Mintz, and Persi Diaconis. (How nice to learn that Herb Zarrow was a young ping-pong champion, that he loved jazz, that he once stunned an audience with The Bra Trick.)
Although not all of the card material requires expert skill (though some does!), it is all "deep weeds," as an engineer friend of mine says, meaning that it must be read carefully for all its intricate nuances. All who purchase the book will turn first to the chapter on the Zarrow shuffle, where astonishing new insights should open the eyes of both tyros and experts. For those of you who Zarrow under one card (to the disdain of more skilled shufflers who shuffle under a more recommended small block), you may be delighted by the inventor's Double-Cover shuffle, a remarkably deceptive shuffle that may bring the one-card "block" into favor. Altogether there are 65 pages of moves, magic, and history devoted to this eponymous shuffle.
As to other material I have sampled: Swindle Mates was good enough for Ricky Jay to perform on tv, the Block Transfer is a terrific, rather easy utility move (it devastates in Impromptu Out of This World), and I am completely taken by the ruse employed in Two Mental Cards. What a clever way to get one ahead.
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Another item I enjoyed, not mentioned on the web site, was Baseball Aces.
I didn't get it, but one thing I would have enjoyed "receiving" for Christmas was a week of no obligations just to devote to reading this book.
And for those of you who think Zarrow is tough to read in bed, try Circus 1870-1950, the largest book I've ever owned. Whew.