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Self-Working Handkerchief Magic Review

Official Review

April 19th, 2016 12:35am
Reviewed by Stuart Philip
Self-Working Handkerchief Magic (SWHM), written by Karl Fulves, is one of many gems in the Dover Publication library.

Originally published in 1988, the book has more of an old school feel to it, and that for many, is a very good thing. While handkerchiefs may be less common in everyday life, it is frequently used in magic tricks. With the tricks you learn in SWHM you will learn stand-alone tricks and ways to jazz up tricks in which you already use a handkerchief.

The book itself is a paperback and priced at $7.95, it is a great deal. The book contains 61 tricks, has over 500 easy to understand hand-drawn illustrations that make learning the tricks easy. The book measures five and a half inches by eight and a quarter inches and its 184 pages make it half an inch thick.

The book is smartly organized by chapters, including, Quick Tricks, Penetrations, Vanishes, Sympathetic Silks, Cut and Restored, Productions, Animation, Cards and Handkerchiefs, and others. There are tricks created by Fulves, and also Slydini, Martin Gardner and other.

There is so much to learn in this small book that I would recommend this to anyone interested in magic. You will learn tricks with home-made gimmicks, no gimmicks, special knots, coins, cards and a variety of other effects.

Some of the tricks are impromptu, some are not and some are easy and some will require some study and practice. Many of the tricks can be performed close-up and there are many tricks that can be incorporated into a stage act. There is literally something for everyone in this book, especially those that enjoy brushing up on their sleight of hand.

SWHM is a great resource for any magician.

Product info for Self-Working Handkerchief Magic

Author: Fulves, Karl
Publisher: Dover
Average Rating:  (1)
Retail Price: $5.90
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Manufacturer's Description:

61 great tricks: pass objects through a handkerchief, dissolve handkerchief knots, make handkerchiefs appear and disappear, transform a handkerchief into an animated mouse, restore a handkerchief cut in half. Learn all the secrets of folds and knots essential to this type of magic. 509 illustrations.

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