The material on this volume ranges from close-up to stand-up, from easy to
difficult, and from cards to coins to ropes to tape measures to bills. But
from start to finish, it’s all audience-tested and approved magic. Also
included are performance clips from Joshua’s one-man show, a detailed
discussion of practical memorized deck magic (that won’t disturb your
stack), and a making-of featurette.
Shrunken Revelation: Joshua has performed this trick on national television
in four different countries and it won first place in the Marvin’s Magic
video competition at FISM 2000. Four Kings appear on four packets and then
visually shrink to miniature cards.
Printing (Performance only): See Joshua’s explosive handling of Dominique
Duvivier’s classic effect.
Inflated Transposition: A dollar bill transposition with a new kicker—impromptu,
easy-to-do, and perfect for walk-around professionals.
Heightened Senses: Predict any spectator’s height with an “X” on
a tape measure. The method is as ingenious as the effect!
The Lampshade (performance only): Straight from his one-man show, this is
Joshua’s acclaimed chop cup routine to music using a lampshade and a
Pulling My String: The perfect opener to any rope routine. Stretch a tiny
rope over seven feet…visually.
Dear Journal: This trick won the IBM creativity award in 1998. A “journal” deck
is shown, each card bearing a different journal entry. Joshua divines not only
a selected “journal” card, but even what entry is written on it!
Plus: Princess in my Wallet, Invisible Coin Purse, Jumbo Homing Card, Prediction
Piece, Combined Interests, and a detailed discussion on memorized deck magic—from
the point of view of a worker. You’ll learn the work Joshua puts in the
deck, an extremely deceptive in-the-hands false shuffle, and several routines
that don’t disturb the stack.
Extra Feature: A behind-the-scenes documentary detailing what happened behind
the cameras at every stage of Close-Up. Up Close.