For the magician who haslearned the basic sleights of cards and coins, and who wants to make hisact both mystifying and entertaining, the undisputed all-time best guideis T. Nelson Downs' The Art of Magic. Downs was one of the greatestsleight-of-hand performers who ever lived, and his name is associated withmany of the most famous card and coin manipulations. In this classic volume he'scompiled a selection of the finest tricks by other magicians, new methodsof his own for many tricks, and several tricks that he invented. Beyondgiving excellent instructions for all these tricks, Downs often includescomplete transcriptions of appropriate patter-a vital part of many tricksthat is often missing from other books of magic.Approximately two-thirds ofthe book is devoted tro tricks with cards. The remainder of the bookcontains over 20 unbeatable coin tricks (one of Downs' specialties),including the latest methods for the trick of which he was the supremeexponent-The Miser's Dream, tricks with eggs, tricks with balls andmiscellaneous tricks, including The Cigarette Paper Trick, The Torn BankNote, The Vanishing Knot, and-the king of all rope ties and the mostmysterious release ever invented-The Jacoby Rope Tie. Many of the outstandingmethods and sleights in The Art of Magic cannot be found in any otherstandard books. The Art of Magic can be recommended as an indispensablebook for all intermediate and advanced magicians. Paperbound, 348 pages, 68 illlustrations.