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The application of theatrical principles to the performance of magic has a long and proud lineage in the magical literature.

Today, The Paper Engine, Aaron's acclaimed work on sophisticated card magic, takes this notion one step further, arguing that the theatrical aesthetic can — and should — be applied on a level more fundamental than that of performance: to technique itself.

Through detailed explanations of technical artistry and principles, The Paper Engine teaches you — by exploring the important concepts of tension, focus, and design — how to construct and perform magic that’s built on a framework of impeccable structural engineering. Many of the sleights that appear in the book have become, in fact, the Gold Standard for modern sleight-of-hand artists:

  • Gravity Half Pass
  • One-Hand PopOver
  • Revolution Color Change
  • Nowhere Pass
  • Illusion Control

And yet this is not a book on optimal finger positioning. On the contrary, it is a work that envisions the larger picture, even as it crafts the small. A work that makes your magic softer, tensionless … and truly invisible. While some of the material is challenging, The Paper Engine is designed to have you performing miracles for living, breathing audiences. You’ll learn powerful, audience-tested effects including:

  • Search & Destroy, featuring The Nowhere Pass
  • The Omen
  • The Standing Challenge
  • Fisher’s Favorite Inversion
  • The Revolution

Written to take intermediate card workers to the advanced level, The Paper Engine will show you …

  • how to eliminate tension from your card work; and, just as importantly, when to embrace tension, and use it to strengthen the effect.
  • why some techniques actually help you focus on the audience, while most moves force you to focus on your hands.
  • that many times we magicians work too hard. Master the use of gravity, and improve your sleight of hand.

Lauded by many of today's top card workers, The Paper Engine is a must-have for the student of thoughtful, serious, and provocative card magic.

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The Paper Engine - Tension, Focus, and Design in Card Magic 2010-12-09 16:23:26 Saurabh
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Saurabh Reviewed by Saurabh    December 09, 2010
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Possibly the best book on card magic in this generation. Includes sooo many original sleights, tricks and routines. Very rare advice and tips for taking magic to higher levels. I have read several mentions of the Royal Road to Card Magic. But this was my first book on card magic. (not even Erdnase). I knew a few basics but I loved this.
It can become very overwhelming if you are a beginner but the stuff is top notch. Some of the sleights are what some call 'knuckle busters', but they are worth every penny and every second put in practice.

Highly recommended for anyone into good card magic.

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Intermediate
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Very good effects, detailed explanations, rare advice
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The Paper Engine - Tension, Focus, and Design in Card Magic 2010-12-04 07:31:56 Liderc
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Liderc Reviewed by Liderc    December 04, 2010
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The Paper Engine, a book every card magician should have studied.

broken up into sections "sleights" and "effects"

the sleights are very well thought out, the "Gravity Pass" and the "Undercover switch" "One Handed Pop-out" are brilliant and something that should be added into everyone's arsenal

The "Effects" section have some quality effects "Helter Skelter" and "Revolution" Stand out in Me Mind as well as a couple others

Well taught and well explained

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The Paper Engine - Tension, Focus, and Design in Card Magic 2010-04-14 20:51:59 bobtheodd
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bobtheodd Reviewed by bobtheodd    April 14, 2010
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This book is on par with "The Royal Road to Card Magic" thanks to amazing instruction and a great selection of moves. Nothing in the book is easy, so be prepared to put some serious time into the moves and routines. Includes instructions to the well-known "One-Hand Popover" and "Search and Destroy" so you can save a ton of money on the book rather than the DVDs. The sleights are very hard, which may deter those who are not quite ready. Definitely a good choice for anyone who is ready to challenge their card prowess.

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Advanced
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Teaches complex moves well; patter included for many effects
Cons
The book tends to close while trying to use it
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