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Knack Magic Tricks has Arrived!

Postby Richard Kaufman » December 31st, 2009, 2:13 pm

The Fedex guy just dropped off about 10 boxes of my new book for the public, Knack Magic Tricks.

To all of you who pre-ordered, thanks for being patient.
To all of you who were waffling, now is the time to order! :)

We will start shipping your autographed copies out on Monday.

An autographed copy from me will set you back $20 (the retail price). Or you can just buy it from amazon.com and pay $13.36 plus postage:
http://www.amazon.com/Knack-Magic-Trick ... 38&sr=1-10
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Re: Knack Magic Tricks has Arrived!

Postby Bob Coyne » January 1st, 2010, 12:39 pm

Richard, is there a description posted anywhere of what's in the book? Amazon doesn't have any info on the contents. And the "click to look inside" button they have for some books isn't enabled.

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Postby Richard Kaufman » January 1st, 2010, 1:55 pm

Here's the table of contents. Ignore the text about "spreads" because that was just for planning purposes. This is the only version of the TOC I have handy. Also, I added a few more credits to tricks after this version was sent in:


[Chapter 1] Self Working Card Tricks
Spread 1: Four Kings Found
Spread 2: Nine Cards (Jim Steinmeyer) (Spread One)
Spread 3: Nine Cards (Spread Two)
Spread 4: Numerology (Larry Jennings) (Spread One)
Spread 5: Numerology (Spread Two)
Spread 6: Numerology (Spread Three)


[Chapter 2] More Self Working Card Tricks
Spread 1: Mix It Up! (Paul Curry) (Spread One)
Spread 2: Mix It Up! (Spread Two)
Spread 3: Dont Touch the Cards (Jack Miller) (Spread One)
Spread 4: Dont Touch the Cards (Spread Two)
Spread 5: My Uncle Cheated at Cards (Marlo-Gardner-Lorayne) (Spread One)
Spread 6: My Uncle Cheated at Cards (Spread Two)


[Chapter 3] Simple Card Tricks
Spread 1: Do As I Do (Spread One)
Spread 2: Do As I Do (Spread Two)
Spread 3: X Force (Max Holden)
Spread 4: Hindu Shuffle Force
Spread 5: Color-Changing Deck (Wayne Dobson) (Spread One)
Spread 6: Color-Changing Deck (Spread Two)


[Chapter 4] Intermediate Card Tricks
Spread 1: The Double Lift
Spread 2: The Changing Card
Spread 3: The Trick that Fooled Houdini (Dai Vernon)
Spread 4: Chicago Opener (Frank Everhart, Frank Garcia) (Spread One)
Spread 5: Chicago Opener (Spread Two)
Spread 6: Chicago Opener (Spread Three)

[Chapter 5] Advanced Card Tricks
Spread 1: Four Ace Reverso (Shigeo Takagi) (Spread One)
Spread 2: Four Ace Reverso (Spread Two)
Spread 3: Quadruple Coincidence (Mike Shelley) (Spread One)
Spread 4: Quadruple Coincidence (Spread Two)
Spread 5: Quadruple Coincidence (Spread Three)
Spread 6: Quadruple Coincidence (Spread Four)


[Chapter 6] Simple Coin Tricks
Spread 1: Five Little Piggies (Spread One)
Spread 2: Five Little Piggies (Spread Two)
Spread 3: A Coin Vanish
Spread 4: Quarter to Tea (Spread One)
Spread 5: Quarter to Tea (Spread Two)
Spread 6: Quarter to Tea (Spread Three)


[Chapter 7] Advanced Coin Tricks
Spread 1: Matrix (Al Schneider) (Spread One)
Spread 2: Matrix (Spread Two)
Spread 3: Matrix (Spread Two)
Spread 4: Atomic Coins (Spread One)
Spread 5: Atomic Coins (Spread Two)
Spread 6: Atomic Coins (Spread Three)


[Chapter 8] Simple Anytime Tricks
Spread 1: Theres Money in Baked Goods!
Spread 2: Meet Uri Geller (Spread One)
Spread 3: Meet Uri Geller (Spread Two)
Spread 4: Jumping Rubber Band (Stanley Collins)
Spread 5: Voodoo Burn (Jack Kent Tillar)
Spread 6: Lets Float! (Edmund Balducci)

[Chapter 9] String Tricks
Spread 1: Fantastic String Trick (Spread One)
Spread 2: Fantastic String Trick (Spread Two)
Spread 3: Ring, String, Zing! (Stewart James) (Spread One)
Spread 4: Ring, String, Zing! (Spread Two)
Spread 5: Straw N String (Spread One)
Spread 6: Straw N String (Spread Two)


[Chapter 10] Simple Mental Mysteries
Spread 1: Impromptu Mindreading (Roy Baker) (Spread One)
Spread 2: Impromptu Mindreading (Spread Two)
Spread 3: 51 Faces North (P. Howard Lyons) (Spread One)
Spread 4: 51 Faces North (Spread Two)
Spread 5: Thought Speller (Max Maven) (Spread One)
Spread 6: Thought Speller (Spread Two)


[Chapter 11] Intermediate Mental Mysteries
Spread 1: When Planets Align (Spread One)
Spread 2: When Planets Align (Spread Two)
Spread 3: Cellphone Divination (John Northern Hilliard) (Spread One)
Spread 4: Cellphone Divination (Spread Two)
Spread 5: Precursor to Destiny (Albert Spackman) (Spread One)
Spread 6: Precursor to Destiny (Spread Two)


[Chapter 12] Advanced Mental Mysteries
Spread 1: Professional Spoon Bending 1
Spread 2: Professional Spoon Bending 2
Spread 3: Telekinetic Disintegration (Dr. Hiroshi Sawa) (Spread One)
Spread 4: Telekinetic Disintegration (Spread Two)
Spread 5: Glorpy (Bill Madden and Bernie Trueblood) (Spread One)
Spread 6: Glorpy (Spread Two)


[Chapter 13] Rope Tricks
Spread 1: Vanishing Rope Knot
Spread 2: Snip n Restore (Spread One)
Spread 3: Snip n Restore (Spread Two)
Spread 4: Hypnotic Ropes (Bob Carver) (Spread One)
Spread 5: Hypnotic Ropes (Spread Two)
Spread 6: Hypnotic Ropes (Spread Three)


[Chapter 14] Bill Tricks
Spread 1: Old Abe Was a Moody Man (Bob Read) (Spread One)
Spread 2: Old Abe Was a Moody Man (Spread Two)
Spread 3: Buddha Bills (Spread One)
Spread 4: Buddha Bills (Spread Two)
Spread 5: Mr. Jackson Takes A Powder (Nicholas Night) (Spread One)
Spread 6: Mr. Jackson Takes A Powder (Spread Two)


[Chapter 15] Handkerchief and Napkin Tricks
Spread 1: The Iron Toothpick (Spread One)
Spread 2: The Iron Toothpick (Spread Two)
Spread 3: Through the Table (Spread One)
Spread 4: Through the Table (Spread Two)
Spread 5: Cut and Restored Napkin (Spread One)
Spread 6: Cut and Restored Napkin (Spread Two)


[Chapter 16] Fruit Tricks
Spread 1: In the Bermuda Triangle (Jim Steinmeyer) (Spread One)
Spread 2: In the Bermuda Triangle (Jim Steinmeyer) (Spread Two)
Spread 3: Banana Mystery (Spread One)
Spread 4: Banana Mystery (Spread Two)
Spread 5: Card in Orange (Spread One)
Spread 6: Card in Orange (Spread Two)


[Chapter 17] Glass and Cup Tricks
Spread 1: Master Coin Penetration (Lubor Fiedler) (Spread One)
Spread 2: Master Coin Penetration (Spread Two)
Spread 3: Cups and Balls (Richard Kaufman) (Spread One)
Spread 4: Cups and Balls (Spread Two)
Spread 5: Cups and Balls (Spread Three)
Spread 6: Cups and Balls (Spread Four)


[Chapter 18] Kids Perform Magic
Spread 1: Rubber Pencil
Spread 2: The Cannibals Finger (Spread One)
Spread 3: The Cannibals Finger (Spread Two)
Spread 4: Crying Lincoln
Spread 5: Phantom Tube (Spread One)
Spread 6: Phantom Tube (Spread Two)


[Chapter 19] Performing Magic for Kids
Spread 1: Removing your Finger (Spread One)
Spread 2: Removing your Finger (Spread Two)
Spread 3: The Magic Book (Spread One)
Spread 4: The Magic Book (Spread Two)
Spread 5: Magic Production Tubes (Spread One)
Spread 6: Magic Production Tubes (Spread Two)


[Chapter 20] Resource Directory
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Re: Knack Magic Tricks has Arrived!

Postby Bob Coyne » January 1st, 2010, 1:59 pm

Thanks. It looks great.

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Re: Knack Magic Tricks has Arrived!

Postby Bill Duncan » January 1st, 2010, 6:29 pm

You put Matrix in a book for the public?

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Re: Knack Magic Tricks has Arrived!

Postby Nathan Muir » January 1st, 2010, 6:54 pm

Bill Duncan wrote:You put Matrix in a book for the public?


What's the problem here? The only person who will read it will be in to magic. A rank beginner, perhaps, but no different from you and any other person in magic in that they have an interest.

I think it looks great. I'll be getting a copy and once again supporting the Kaufman bottom line.

What I think is more comment-worthy is that Richard has a C&B handling that deserves a name credit. I never knew that.

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Postby Richard Kaufman » January 1st, 2010, 7:04 pm

Yes, I put Matrix in a book for the public (with Al Schneider's permission). You can find versions of Yank Hoe's "Sympathetic Coins" in books for the public going back half a century (Bruce Elliott's Classic Secrets of Magic being just one). The wonderful thing about Al Schneider's handling is that it's not difficult to do and has a remarkable and magical appearance.
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Re: Knack Magic Tricks has Arrived!

Postby erdnasephile » January 2nd, 2010, 8:02 am

Richard: Sounds like a great book. I hope you sell a ton!

I was wondering if you could please comment on how/why you chose the particular effects you did for the book? (Lots of the items have never (to my knowledge) appeared in a book for laypeople before.) Where you just shooting for original effects that could be easily taught/mastered with photos? Visual effects? Personal favorites? Effects that fit well together so the reader could have ready made shows? etc.

Also, how much input did you have on the ultimate design for the book? Did the Knack Series constrain what design elements you were allowed to use? Were you forced to leave out a lot on the description of advanced tricks such as "Matrix" due to space limitations?

(Of course, these questions are probably all going to be addressed in an upcoming article in Genii, right? :) )

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Re: Knack Magic Tricks has Arrived!

Postby P.T.Widdle » January 2nd, 2010, 9:10 am

Amazon sent me an email saying the book was delayed and I wouldn't receive it until Feb. 12 :(

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Postby Richard Kaufman » January 2nd, 2010, 11:12 am

I have no plans to write an article in Genii on Knack Magic Tricks. Having mentioned it several times in Genii Speaks, I've probably used up the patience of my readers on the subject.

Thanks for posting that note about amazon sending you a delivery date of February 12. That's more information than I've been able to get. :)

The 100 extra books I ordered arrived on Wednesday. The books I'm contractually owed as part of my contract have not arrived. Odd the way publishing works. We'll start shipping out the copies ordered from me directly on Monday.

I thought the task of picking the material and writing the book would be far easier than it was. The Knack format is a given: look at some of their other books on amazon where you can see sample pages. I had to work within that format, which meant a lot of tinkering with the writing just to get it to fit. Some of the photos are not strictly necessary, but had to be used just to plug a hole so I could get to the next page. I gave a copy to our publishing partner in Genii, Jane Solomon, yesterday and flipping through it she commented that it seemed very "inviting." This is what the Knack format is all about--to give you the feeling through design that you can learn the material.

I think it's a pretty good book. It's difficult to select items for a project like this, and the 19 chapter format for Knack also predetermined certain things. I originally had 30% more tricks selected for the book, but it became obvious that because of the format, they simply wouldn't fit. Would it have been a more interesting book for magicians if I had been able to put that extra material in? Yes. It would have made no difference whatsoever for laymen, none of whom (if they buy the book) will master all the tricks it actually does contain.

As to the particular tricks I chose, I looked at older magic books for the public, particularly those by Bruce Elliott, John Mulholland and also Harry Lorayne's "The Magic Book," as well as going back over all the material I'd written over the years. I've always felt that the best two books written for the public are Elliott's "Classic Secrets of Magic" and Lorayne's "The Magic Book." Both of them presented material that had never been explained to the public before. However, the do have one flaw--some of the material is too difficult. Paradoxically, that's the reason the Elliott book is still such a great resource for magicians.

The tricks I selected for Knack Magic Tricks are, for the most part, incredibly simple to do. In coming up with versions of already established items, my goal was to simplify them without diluting them to the point of stupidity. There's only one item that, in retrospect, seems like a poor combination of ways to accomplish something. But it's important to remember that it is a book written for laymen, and the idea was to not only provide a good general book, but give them a percentage of tricks which aren't in every other book for the public, and also to give them simpler methods to accomplish things than other books might do. The simpler the method, the more likely a layman is to actually try it and successfully perform it. Every successful performance reinforces confidence and leads a person to do more.

I picked tricks that would seem to have a wide variety of effects, tricks I myself would not be embarrassed to perform, tricks I had done myself at one time or another (going all the way back to my youth), and so on. I didn't "gut" the methods of any tricks like "Matrix" in order to explain them, but certain tricks I simplified out of necessity (like "Coins Through the Table"). My feeling about most magic books written for the public is that a good deal of the tricks are simply too difficult. Any card trick in which you ask someone who's just learning to hold a break is not something I would include.

Matrix is among the more difficult tricks in the book because of the initial steal of the coin. Al's Pickup Move isn't hard--just takes a bit of practice. As for the other coin tricks, I have yet to see a layman master a decent coin vanish from a book written for the public. So, how to teach tricks where a coin has to be vanished? Well, I picked one simple vanish--so simple that I could teach it to my 7 year old daughter, and used that in every trick. I worked out a new version of Coins through Table where the vanish of the coins on the table was achieved using the Pickup Move. Lots of stuff like that.
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Re: Knack Magic Tricks has Arrived!

Postby Jim Sisti » January 16th, 2010, 3:08 pm

Richard Kaufman wrote: We'll start shipping out the copies ordered from me directly on Monday.


Have these shipped yet?

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Postby Dustin Stinett » January 16th, 2010, 3:37 pm

Hi Jim,

RK can't answer at the moment.

I suspect that he's sending these Media Mail (aka "Buckboard Express"). And he said "start shipping" so, not knowing how many orders he got (including mine) coupled with the fact he has to sign most (if not all) of them--and he was finishing the February issue during all that--I'm prepared to give it a little more time.

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Re: Knack Magic Tricks has Arrived!

Postby David Linsell » January 16th, 2010, 4:34 pm

My copy arrived from Richard yesterday. While I havent had a chance to dig in deep yet, one feature I really appreciate is most of the instructional photos are from the viewpoint of the performer. So many magic books give us the only the audience view, not really very helpful. Itso much more useful to see it from our side when learning a move, etc. Congratulations to both Richard AND Elizabeth!

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Re: Knack Magic Tricks has Arrived!

Postby Jim Sisti » January 16th, 2010, 5:38 pm

No problem at all...just wondering. Looking forward to seeing a copy.

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Re: Knack Magic Tricks has Arrived!

Postby DrDanny » January 16th, 2010, 7:42 pm

Mine arrived in SF Bay area today.
From what little I've had a chance to read, it's every bit as good as I expected. Highly recommended. Like that'll make any difference. :)

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Postby Richard Kaufman » January 17th, 2010, 8:32 pm

I signed all of them and we mailed them out last week. Yes, they went by media mail. I pay $10 for each book, plus the cost of the box (yes, I ship them in a box), and the postage, and end up making about $5 per book. I'm not doing it to make money, just as the folks who are ordering it from me are not doing it because I'm charging the least amount (that would be amazon). I thought some of my long-time customers would enjoy the opportunity to buy signed copies.
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Postby Richard Kaufman » January 17th, 2010, 9:40 pm

Oh--Jim, definitely signed yours and mailed it myself.
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Postby Seuss » January 17th, 2010, 11:04 pm

can a signed copy still be bought? how?
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Postby Richard Kaufman » January 17th, 2010, 11:33 pm

Yes, would be happy to sell you a signed copy.

Just get me $20 one way or another, plus your address, and indicate how you want it autographed (either just my name, or personalized to you in whatever fashion you wish).

You may call the Genii office during the day 301-652-5800, or fax your credit card info to 301-652-8035. Or e-mail it to me (moobooks@verizon.net) breaking it into three or four e-mails for safety, or send me a check or money order to the Genii address.
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Postby Ryan Matney » January 17th, 2010, 11:50 pm

Will you accept paypal?
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Postby Richard Kaufman » January 18th, 2010, 12:03 am

Those of you who've received it, and like it (even if you bought it from me), might toddle over to amazon and do a review. It would be helpful for the sale. As I mentioned earlier, I did it as a work for hire, no royalties, so I don't get more money now matter how many it sells. However, I would like it to be successful so my publisher is pleased.
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Postby Jim Sisti » January 18th, 2010, 11:52 am

Richard Kaufman wrote:Oh--Jim, definitely signed yours and mailed it myself.


Thanks, Richard. Looking forward to seeing it!

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Postby P.T.Widdle » January 19th, 2010, 8:31 am

Amazon said I will now be receiving it Jan 26 or 27.

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Postby Richard Kaufman » January 19th, 2010, 1:05 pm

Amazon has finally listed an official shipping date: this Friday, January 22. :)
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Re: Knack Magic Tricks has Arrived!

Postby Richard Kaufman » January 20th, 2010, 11:25 am

Received a nice unsolicited comment today in the mail:

"I am a very amateur hobbyist, (a duffer if you please) that loves the art form and particularly Close Up Magic. I just received Knack Magic and wanted to share my enthusiasm for this book. I have a number of beginner to intermediate books on the subject, both old and newer. This is by far the best book I have ever seen based on excellent content, written explanations, and supportive photographs. Congratulations on a terrific project."

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Re: Knack Magic Tricks has Arrived!

Postby Bob Farmer » January 20th, 2010, 11:40 am

I just got my copy and it's wonderful.

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Postby Richard Kaufman » January 21st, 2010, 12:41 pm

I'd greatly appreciate if those of you who've received Knack Magic Tricks would consider going to amazon and writing a review. That sort of thing really helps to sell books! You can use your real name or a pseudonym.

There are already two great reviews and my publisher and I are hoping to see many more.

Thanks.

I ordered one from amazon myself just to see when it would ship and arrive, and an e-mail just came saying that it shipped today. So, all of you who ordered through amazon should have it within a few days.
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Postby Jim Sisti » January 21st, 2010, 3:24 pm

It made it to Canada...but not to Connecticut...

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Postby CraigMitchell » January 21st, 2010, 3:56 pm

Only 3 left in stock on Amazon ... mine is on its way ;-)

Richard - you should recommend that the publisher join Amazon's "Search Inside The Book Program" - it makes a big difference !

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Postby Richard Kaufman » January 21st, 2010, 5:11 pm

Mail to Canada has to be sent by air. Inside the US, I don't charge postage and send by Media Mail.
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Postby Bob Farmer » January 21st, 2010, 5:34 pm

Yes, there is air in Canada. I'm breathing some right now.

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Postby Pete McCabe » January 21st, 2010, 6:15 pm

Send some to Los Angeles. I'll pay shipping!

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Postby Bill Mullins » February 5th, 2010, 6:06 pm

So who is the model on p 214-215? You should have used her all through the book, instead of the goofy looking dude on the back cover.

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Postby Richard Kaufman » February 5th, 2010, 6:34 pm

Model is Miss Emma, the littlest Genii.
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Postby Bill Mullins » February 5th, 2010, 7:11 pm

I figured as much. She's a cutie!

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Postby Richard Kaufman » February 6th, 2010, 5:00 pm

I'm still accepting PayPal for autographed copies of Knack Magic Tricks. Only $20 postpaid and signed any way you like. Send your payments to moobooks@verizon.net.
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Re: Knack Magic Tricks has Arrived!

Postby Daniel Bain » February 6th, 2010, 6:23 pm

Got the book today and started flipping through it. I'm super impressed!

It's got a lot more breadth than I would have expected (for a magic book sold to the general public). I'll read it cover to cover.

Well done Richard. Thanks.

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Postby Richard Kaufman » February 6th, 2010, 8:17 pm

Thank you! Please write a review for amazon.com when you've read it!
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Postby Richard Kaufman » February 6th, 2010, 8:22 pm

Just noted that my publisher has put sample pages and the table of contents on amazon.com.

Go here and click on the book cover, where you can sample some of what's inside:
http://www.amazon.com/Knack-Magic-Trick ... r=8-1#noop
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Re: Knack Magic Tricks has Arrived!

Postby Richard Hatch » February 7th, 2010, 10:54 am

Looks great! Looking forward to getting copies in stock. (Can the misspelling of Hofzinser's first name in the index be corrected in future printings?)


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