Evan Shuster (01/26/2008)
I have had the good fortune of previewing one
of the new tricks from Magicbob's sequel, "The I STILL Hate Card Tricks" Book of
Card Tricks. It is every bit as clever (maybe more so) as any of the items
from the first book. I cannot recommend this material highly enough.
Kenton Knepper (07/03/2008)
B. Robert Pulver is Nick Trost
with an Exacto knife, and just as ingenious as he is cutting edge. Eddie
Tullock used to say to me that he could do any illusion with a deck of cards.
Magic Bob's creations do this - literally. I am still waiting for Mr.
Pulver to make and sell me every single prop he imagines. Until that time,
I will suffice by pondering with glee his 'I Hate Card Tricks' and "I STILL Hate
Card Tricks' books. I'm sure you'll get as much enjoyment from these wild
card creations as I. If you know me for my strange and novel work with
playing cards, then my endorsement of the Pulver works should tell you all you
need to know. These books, and a handy cut-and-paste person will keep you
busy and enthralled for a long time!
Marty "Martini" Grams (07/04/2008)
I have just finished going through this excellent book the earlier part of the
week, and I have to say this is a great book. Combine it with Bob's first book
"I Hate Card Tricks" and you will have a supply of fresh, original material that
everyone else will not be doing.
What can you expect from this E-book? For starters, solid material that you will
After a glowing introduction by none other than Martin Lewis, Bob takes you into
his amazing brain to see how he has once again taken standard illusions and
applied them to card tricks.
Origami Queen - takes you into a card effect that will absolutely fry a
lay audience as well as many magicians. Inspired by Jim Steinmeyer's Origami
illusion, a signed Queen is placed in an envelope. This envelope is then folded
many times into a small packet much like the Origami cabinet is folded down.
When the envelope is unfolded, the Queen is removed with no harm, no folds, and
In Over His Head - a cute variation of the old Viz escape, but with
a King of Hearts being locked into stocks (two other playing cards) with a bolt
and a wing nut. The King representing Houdini makes his escape. There is artwork
included to make the cards or stocks look like a shackled trunk which is a cute
idea. Also included is a version where you actually lower this into water ala
Houdini's water cell and allow the King to escape. Nice thinking on an old idea.
The Crystal Card Casket - do not pass this one by. It is
very good. A blank card is signed by a spectator and sealed in a plastic clear
box (baseball card box) it remains in full view throughout. A Queen is then
shown and placed in the spectator's hands. When the hands are opened the pips
and border are still there on the card but the image of the Queen has vanished.
When the box is opened, it is seen that the missing Queen is now on the
previously signed blank card.
The Geometric Queen - takes you through the construction of a very cute
card version of the Owen Geometric illusion. A Queen is placed into a playing
card cabinet, and three tubes made of playing card (circle, square, & triangle)
are pushed thru the cabinet penetrating the Queen. You can see right thru the
tubes. when they are removed, The Queen is taken out with no harm or damage
done. This one will take you a little time to make only because you want it to
be accurate so everything works smooth and easy. Once made, you will carry this
one with you, and it will leave an impression.
The Royal Interlude - a card variation of another
Jim Steinmeyer illusion "Interlude" where a girl passes thru the magicians body.
Two cards, a King and a Queen, are shown and can be signed. The King is slid
into a cabinet made of playing cards, and the Queen is pushed right thru the
center of the King. The cards are then removed and shown and may even be given
out for the spectators to keep. Very good solid thinking here and an effect that
will fool other magicians as it is not what you are thinking.
You also have a section on printing your own custom cards for the effects in
this book and the first book "I Hate Card Tricks."
Do I like this book? I think that is obvious. It is brilliant. Like I said in my
review of "I Hate Card Tricks," Bob has taken standard illusions and created
card magic based on them that shows a brilliant mind that is very creative.
The average card trick today is anywhere from $10 to $25 and many leave a lot to
be desired. Here you are getting 11 tricks that everyone else will not be out doing,
and each has been designed from the ground up to be strong effective card magic
with the illusion twist. These two books are a great value and I cannot wait to
see the third book in this series.
If you want really good effects that are not your run of the mill, pick a card,
and put it back type, then these books are definitely for you. You cannot go wrong with either of these two great books.
Just my two cents for what it is worth.
All the Best!