The Jastrow Illusion in Magic is a treatise on the venerable boomerang trick, brilliantly written and illustrated by Peter Prevos. Peter’s work is exceptional. We at Stevens Magic are big fans. His attention to meticulous detail, which includes two and half pages of bibliography, is refreshing (and sadly lacking) in the world of magic. Equally important are the topics he chooses to write about, he has a sharp sense of filtering and selecting some of the most sought-after subjects in the art. Peter does a good job of incorporating the rich history of this illusion, as well as bringing it into the present, where he highlights a recent feature from April 2016.
Peter shares his own personal history, about the first time he was introduced to the art of magic by way of the Jastrow illusion, which will resonate with many of our customers who shared the same similar experience.
- The Jastrow Illusion in Science
- The Jastrow Illusion as a Magic Trick
When you factor all of the above — the time that Peter put in completing this project, the overall quality on all counts — I think you will agree this is very good value. And if you’re like me, you will become a fan. That is a good thing because Peter is working on more such projects and, as a mentalist, I predict they will be in demand!
Peter Prevos: is a social scientist and engineer who dabbles in magic. He is interested in researching the horizon of reason and writes about magic, philosophy and related subjects.”
“I wish all downloads were this good… The quality of Peter’s content, presentation and professional detail exceeded my expectations. As an editor myself, I appreciate seeing work of this caliber. If you are interested in the Jastrow Illusion – you’re in for a treat.” – Bill Trotter
“A wonder work and a super read. Now we all know more about the fascinating Boomerang illusion. Author, Peter Prevos has well documented the history of the classic Boomerang Optical Illusion effect. It’s truly amazing just how much information he has managed to obtain and then share with us all. Over the years I have used this intriguing optical illusion, not only in my children’s shows, but in my half hour ‘Puzzle Presentation’ talk. It’s the one optical illusion which receives the most applause – onlookers are always amazed beyond belief.
Peter clearly explains (with coloured illustrations) the many different variations of the illusion, giving credit to those who have added improvements or disguised the boomerangs so they can be used in other ways. Thanks Peter for including some of my own versions in print.But the Boomerang illusion is not just a puzzle, it’s a baffling effect, and Peter explains how the props can be introduced into all types of shows. I must have at least one hundred different versions, in all sizes, made in different materials; even one consisting of two all-clear plastic boomerangs. I’ve even devised a set consisting of one pink and one blue, (pink for the girls, blue for the boys) with a “who are he best – the boys or the girls” theme. This work has prompted me to look through my sets of Boomerangs again, at the same time thanking all who have added new themes and features – and, of course, to Peter, congratulations, well done! It’s a brilliant book!” – Ian Adair