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  • By Curtis Kam
    Jan 3, 2009
    "Review of The Pocketbook just in, 1/2/09" In a recent sad attempt to find a review for this book other than the one printed on the product page for this book, I figured it needed to be done immedietly, so here I am at 12:30 AM, on my computer, writing this review. Curtis did a fantastic job on this book so lets give it up for "The Pocketbook: Coin gaffes and common cents". What is "The Pocketbook?", you may ask. "The Pocketbook" is a book written by the one and only, Curtis Kam the magnificent amazing incredibly talented awesome coin magician. Yea, all those things. In an attempt to write the future leading book on coin magic, Curtis has not only succeeded in a landslide compared to other books on coin conjuring, but he has also set the expectation level much higher for anybody performing with coins as well as increased entertainment value for all of those people's audiences by reading this book. The quality of this book is just unbelievable.... More > If you wanted a good book to keep you busy for a few hours, this is the one to get. Although it is only 83 pages long, this is the pocket sized reference book for anybody even remotely interested in money. that's right. Money. If you have ever done a coin trick and do not own this book, you are missing out on one fine piece of work here. It is perfectly bound in a nice "Hip pocket Mullica wallet" sized book than is destined to travel anywhere with everybody. Consider it (I'm sorry baby, I didn't mean to refer to you as "it") a security blanket for magicians. Just imagine that sense of security when in a bar or restaurant situation where you have a few coins on you and you forgot your favorite technique to opening a flipper, or the proper handwashing techniques and ideas. Pshaw, just flip open the book and your set! Even if you are just starting off in coin magic (or magic, for that matter) this book will help you on a large scale. It is not only the future bible of coin magic, but also an incredible reference book/guide as well as notebook and handbook for coin magicians. If you are just starting, I highly recommend buying this and J.B Bobo's "Modern Coin Magic" at the same time. If you sat down and read this book at the same time (Good luck at THAT!), you can get much more bang for your buck. I feel much more secure now after reading this book with my magic. I have only been with coins for a good 6 months or so and I feel like I have learned 6 months of good material in 3 days of reading. I look forward to many years of constant referring until the last stitch of binding holding this book together finally breaks and it falls apart and then, oh boy! I get to buy another one to use for many more years. I can say with every ounce of dignity and manhood in my body, I think I felt a tear drip down my face when I read the last words of this book. On the other side, many of the coin magi who don't buy this book will feel the slow, painful burn of a heckler in a crowd of 40 on the street during their "perfect" hanging coins routine. No routine is perfect until this book is read and understood for there is no greater pleasure in life than to have all this great material presented in such a direct, simple to read book. Most of the best information is the most expensive but it pays in the end. Just imagine sitting on Curtis' lap and listening to him telling you everything there is to know about coin magic. Yea, that's what is in this book. That whole experience. So there is absolutely nothing left to say other than a big warm thank you to Curtis. The perfect book. The perfect experience. Thank you. -Mark Tirone< Less
  • By Tom Dobrowolski
    Dec 31, 1969
    "The Pocketbook by Curtis Kam" I have been remiss in not posting my thoughts sooner on this GREAT book. I may have subconsciously wanted to keep this valuable information for myself. First of all it contains essential information to get you started on the right path if you’re looking to explore coin magic. If you’re already a “coin guy” it will bring your magic to the next level by exploring new ways to look at topics you may feel you’re already familiar with and introducing completely new topics and thinking you would have never applied to your coin work. Every coin man NEEDS this book. Second and as valuable everything Curtis addresses in this book can and more importantly SHOULD be applied to all magic disciplines from cards to stand up to illusions, etc. You should use this as a guide book to apply Curtis’ critical thought process to ANY magic you may currently be performing/studying. It's a way of thinking not just about coin magic BUT all magic. It's not some pie in... More > the sky theory book but a practical approach to looking at and improving your magic beginning with how and what to study, improving your technique and creating original material. Curtis offers his well thought out and reasoned opinions but he neither asks nor expects you to follow them blindly. He wants you to THINK about it all and come to your own conclusions. In addition it’s an extremely entertaining read written in Curtis’ unique voice with personal anecdotes of success and failure in his studies told with that sly humorous edge. It’s like having a conversation with this master. EVERY magician, regardless of their interests and level of experience in magic, NEEDS to read and STUDY this book. Get it today, study it and it will improve your magic. Curtis Kams' wide and varied experiences in studying, creating and performing magic gives him a unique perspective that I am glad he chose to share this with us all. Mahalo Curtis !!!< Less
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Product Details

Edition
First Edition
Published
March 14, 2008
Language
English
Pages
83
Binding
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
Weight
0.25 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
4.25 wide x 6.88 tall
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