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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.
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.
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.
No doubt it's a great book, but you shouldn't buy it because of the moves taught in it - Buy it for the awesome insights and thoughts that Aaron speaks of.
I wish there were more of those ideas rather than moves, but besides that - a very nice... read more
When I originally opened my package and saw how small the book was I was disappointed. However, it's like they always say don't judge a book by its cover. The information in here is amazing. I am extremely impressed by the precise detail that is used in going... read more
This book is so worth the money. It literally transforms your card magic into something no one can catch. The way I see it, it's true magic if the magician fools him/her self. read more
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