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Now You See It, Now You Don't: Book Review

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Now You See It, Now You Don't: Book Review

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Bill Tarr's well-illustrated books offer step-by-step instructions to learn and perform sleight-of-hand with coins, cards, balls, and other objects. This classic comes in two volumes and both are worth buying and studying. While the books feature some routines, they're mostly dedicated to moves. This book provided me my early magic foundation.
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  • Great illustrations and instructions


  • Few routines


  • Great illustrations
  • Step-by-step instructions
  • Lots of fundamentals moves

Guide Review - Now You See It, Now You Don't: Book Review

The first book provides the basics in sleight of hand with an emphasis on cards and coins. What sets the book apart is its large, clear illustrations-line drawings that clearly show hand and object positions and its direct explanations. You have to remember that these books were written in the seventies, an era long before video tape and DVDs. After having a private teacher, Tarr’s book was the best way to view these moves.

The second book takes off where the first book leaves off to offer more basics and higher level sleight of hand, again with an emphasis on cards and coins, with moves for balls and other objects. Tarr also wrote a third book that explained how to work with and perform with standard props that one might buy at a magic store.

“Now You See It, Now You Don’t” offers a few routines and tricks, but the emphasis here is on moves. But master a good chunk of what is in these books and you’ll be able to pickup almost any instructional magic DVD or book that requires intermediate to advanced moves and be right at home.

I highly recommend Tarr’s books. However, I didn’t realize how high these books are going for these days. They’re out of print and in demand.

-Wayne N. Kawamoto

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