Author(s): James, Wesley
Format: Hardbound with Dust Jacket
Publication Summary: pub 2004, 481 pp. New plots & past classics. A deep and understanding presentation of quality card magic!
With Wesley James's Enchantments you will
find yourself confronting one of the largest volumes of original card magic
ever conceived by one man--500 pages of shrewd and sophisticated material by
a modern creator and performer who has repeatedly shown his ability to make
important and lasting contributions to the field.
Wesley James has been a palpable presence for many years on the cutting edge
of New York City's card scene and magic underground. During more than fifty
years in magic, twenty-five as a full-time professional, he performed nearly
every variety of magic from close-up to illusions, from kid shows to
corporate parties, and everything between. For many years he refused to
lecture for magicians, reserving his original material to enable him to earn
his living. Now retired, he shares his professional secrets freely.
Enchantments is an important testament to Mr. James's devotion, cunning and
expertise in a world in which he rubbed shoulders and traded thoughts with
the twentieth century's finest cardmen, from Vernon to Marlo, from Krenzel
to Dingle. These personal involvements, amplified by a thorough study of the
literature of card magic, have produced a body of work rare in the quality
of its thought and innovation.
Enchantments collects and presents in illuminating detail the fruits of
Wesley James's intense involvement with the invention and perfection of card
magic from the 1960's right up to yesterday. Within the covers of this
volume you will find fresh plots playing neighbor to new presentations and
combinations of past classics and overlooked gems. You will find effects
with Aces and packets, presentations of visual magic and mental magic; and
you will find a wealth of new sleights and tools, with far-reaching
possibilities for application, including in-depth studies of false shuffles
and deals, multiple lifts, passes and palming.
Enchantments is a milestone from one of card magic's most innovative and
persistent thinkers. Its contents benefit from a rare combination of
technical knowledge and performing experience. To read this book is to share
with Mr. James in a breadth of thought, a depth of understanding and an
enchantment in the presentation of quality card magic!