Best of All Worlds by Brent Arthur James Geris, Bob Postelnik, Duppy Demetrius

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Details: Filled with history, stories, and, most of all, magic, Best of All Worlds pays tribute to one of the greatest card tricks of all time: Paul Curry’s classic card effect Out of This World. Best of All Worlds is not just a book about a ‘Magic Trick”. It is an extensive, in-depth look at what Dai Vernon called “the card trick of the century.”

Chronicling the creative evolution of this single magical effect over seven decades, Best of All Worlds brings the history and challenges of Out of This World to light. It is a unique collection of over thirty routines — some old, some new, some never before seen in print — submitted by the world’s leading magicians. In addition to their personal performances, the contributors have given insight into and musings about how this classic effect has influenced their magic.

Out of This World has influenced some of the world’s greatest magicians. It temporarily put a World War on hold. The odds of it actually happening are staggering.

Contributions from: Aaron Fisher, Aldo Colombini, Alex Elmsley, Allan Ackerman, Allen Zingg, Arthur Benjamin, Audley Walsh, Barrie Richardson, Darwin Ortiz, Daryl, David Regal, Doc Dixon, Doc Eason, Doug Conn, Ed Marlo, Eugene Burger, Francis Carlyle, Gary Ouellet, Gregory Wilson, Harry Lorayne, Helder Guimares, Herb Zarrow, Howard Hamburg, J.C. Wagner J.K. Hartman, Jack Parker, James Swain, Jason England, Jay Sankey, Jim Steinmeyer, John Carney, John Scarne, Jon Allen, Jon Armstrong, Joshua Jay, Juan Tamariz, Karl Fulves, Kenton Knepper, Larry Becker, Lee Asher, Luke Jermay, Mark Wilson, Martin Gardner, Martin Nash, Micah Cover, Michael Ammar, Mike Sibbernsen, Norman Beck, Norman Gilbreath, Paul Curry, Paul Green, Peter Duffie, R. Paul Wilson, Rafael Benatar, Richard Busch, Richard Kaufman, Richard Osterlind, Roberto Giobbi, Ron Bauer, Ron Wilson, Roy Walton, Simon Lovell, Stephen Minch, Steve Draun, Steve Spill, Steve Valentine, T.C. Tahoe, Tom Ogden, Tomas Blomberg, Tony Clark, Tony Giorgio, Tony Picasso, U.F. Grant, and Whit Haydn.

Written and compiled by Brent Arthur James Geris, Bob Postelnik and Duppy Demetrius. Foreword written by Max Maven. Preface written by Michael Weber.

Here are SOME of the reviews:

“This is certainly the most complete resource on this subject that I have seen. If you are thinking about adding this killer trick to your repertoire, you need to study this book to find the method that best fits your needs. It’s all in there. All you need to do is start digging!” – Doc Eason

“This book is a true resource for lovers of the Paul Curry Classic, Its a honor to be part of it” – Jon Armstrong

“The quintessential reference work for the well stocked magic library, collecting final words on one of the greatest card effects of all time” – Michael Ammar

“This book is like visiting the brains of different magicians and seeing how they think.” – David Regal

“Best of All Worlds is an excellent tome that will save you countless hours of research on the greatest card trick ever invented. I love it!” – Daryl, The Magician’s Magician

“Best of All Worlds is a first-class production”- Karl Fulves

“A unique collection of what most of us believes to be the best card trick for lay audiences. Well done!” -Roberto Giobbi

“Your beautiful book arrived to day, many many thanks. I’m privileged to be part if it – I’m sure I’ll feel even more so when I have the chance to work through it. Good luck with – I hope it is as successful as it is elegant.”-J. K. Hartman

“Your Best of All Worlds has reached my doorstep, and it is a handsome effort. I’ve begun paging through it, reacquainting myself with certain handlings, enjoying others new to me. It is very generous of you to have sent me a copy, and I assure you, it will provide pleasure and future reference. Thank you”

-Stephen Minch

“I got the book and had my money’s worth by the second page of Weber’s intro. You guys did a great job on this — great title, great organization, excellent references.” -Bob Farmer

“We are impressed by the production value – it is beautifully designed.” -Norm Nielsen Magic


ix Preface (Michael Weber)
xiii Foreword (Max Maven)
xvii Introduction (Brent, Bob and Duppy)

001 Out of This World (Paul Curry)
012 Paul Curry /wwrites (Paul Curry)
018 Best of Possible Worlds (Paul Curry)
027 Into This World (David Acer)
032 Out of This World #2000 (Allan Ackerman)
034 Executive Decision (Jon Allen)
040Impromptu Out of This Plus (Michael Ammar)
043 Out of This Blah Blah Blah (Jon Armstrong)
047 Feminine Side (Ron Bauer)
052 Out of This Universe (Larry Becker)
056 Out of This World (Eugene Burger)
059 Out of This World – and Back (Richard Busch)
062 It’s a Small World (Aldo Colombini)
066 As the World Turns – the Re-run (Doug Conn)
070 Out of This Bradshaw (Doc Dixon)
075 Out of This World (Steve Draun)
079 World’s Apart (Peter Duffie)
081 Out of This World (Doc Eason)
086 UnderWorld (Alex Elmsley)
088 Even Money Proposition (Karl Fulves)
093 Color Thot (Martin Gardner)
095 Magnetic Colors (Norman Gilbreath)
101 Intuition (Roberto Giobbi)
105 Nu Way Out of This World (U.F. Grant)
108 Out of This Water (Helder Guimarães)
113 Difference Maker (J.K. Hartman)
121 World Class (J.K. Hartman)
125 Impromptu Card Code (Whit Haydn)
141 Out of This World (Joshua Jay)
146 Out of (T)his World (Luke Jermay)
153 Direct Impact (Kenton Knepper)
162 Impromptu Out of This World (Harry Lorayne)
166 Out of This Universe (Harry Lorayne)
174 Out of This World Handling (Ed Marlo)
177 Out of Sight (Tom Ogden)
185 Netherworld (Gary Ouellet)
189 Futur Shock (Jack Parker)
197 Hustler’s World (Tony Picasso)
202 Out of This Borough (David Regal)
210 When World’s Collide (Barrie Richardson)
216 Confession (Jay Sankey)
219 Hemisphere (Mike Sibbernsen)
224 Into the Next World (Jim Steinmeyer)
228 Out of This World (James Swain)
234 Escorial – 76 (Juan Tamariz)
250 Out of This World (Steve Valentine)
252 Prediction Out of This World (J.C. Wagner)
259 Taking the World By Storm (Gregory Wilson)
266 Out of This World (Mark Wilson)
268 Way Out of This World (Ron Wilson)
272 Out of This Wilson (R. Paul Wilson)
274 Impromptu Out of tThis World (Herb Zarrow)


280 Fisher, Aaron
281 Zing, Allen
286 Daryl
287 Regal, David
288 Dixon, Doc
290 Eason, Doc
292 England, Jason
294 Carney, John
295 Jay, Joshua
297 Knepper, Kenton
301 Asher, Lee
303 Jermay, Luke
306 Nash, Martin
308 Green, Paul
310 Benatar, Rafael
311 Osterlind, Richard
312 Giobbi, Roberto
315 Lovell, Simon
318 Minch, Stephen
320 Tahoe, T.C.
322 Clark, Tony
323 Giorgio, Tony


326 Minority Report (Darwin Ortiz)
331 Out of This World (Francis Carlyle)
334 Mr. Jennings Takes It Easy (Richard Kaufman)
335 Out of This World – Post Script (Roy Walton)
337 Stock Picker (Norman Beck)
339 Another Idea (Steve Spill)
340 A Convincing Shuffle (Audley Walsh)
342 Out of This World – and Back (Richard Busch)
344 Real Magic (Micah Cover)
348 A Taste of Curry (Howard Hamburg)
354 Out of This World Handling (Ed Marlo)


353 The Chances Are (John Scarne)
354 What are the Probabilities? (Tomas Blomberg)
356 So, What are the Odds? (Arthur Benjamin)




submitted by Evan Shuster


  • Publisher: The Magic Apple
  • Pages: 377
  • Location: Studio City, CA, USA
  • Dimensions: 7″x10″
  • Date: 2009
  • Binding: hardbound

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