From the Foreword:
“I have collected here those tricks and notions that I like, and audiences too. Some of my past material is included here, and some not, because I fell it is now dated or less effective. But what is here comprises a sweep of effects, magical, visual, and entertaining that should give you value for your efforts. Learn them in such a way that you understand them, why the effect is accomplished, not just how. Magic is in the mind of the spectator – mon in your fingers. If you understand what the flimflam is doing to the spectator’s imagination, you will magically entertain him. Sleights will not – it’s the plot, the visual sting, and the performer. So study the scams that fit your personality, don’t just memorize them. They work for me because they are me. Have fun.”
– Brother John Hamman, S.M.
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