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The Complete Illustrated Book of Close-up Magic by Walter B. Gibson

(c. 1980) (Submit Review) (Submit Update)

Details: One of the greatest close-up magic texts ever! As one of the premiere authors on magic and magicians, Walter Gibson performed an invaluable service for the magic community by compiling this tome dedicated to sleight of hand and entertainment. This is a “must-have” book for those seriously invovled in the art and it will lead you expertly through the most useful techniques of close-up manipulation of cards, coins, balls, thimbles, etc. He has even included a section on Mental Magic as a form of close-up.

Gibson’s skill at leading one through clearly defined moves is augmented by critically angled photographs of the author’s hands in action. Included with all this are the tips and secrets to overcoming some of the serious difficulties entertainers often experiene when performing crucial sleights.

Though out of print for some time now, copies can still be found in a variety of book dealer websites. I have had a copy for 28 years and still use it to learn and review from. This will keep you busy for a long time.

Along with Bobo’s masterpiece on coins, Ganson’s manipulation series, and Garcia’s extensive writings, Gibson’s work will always rank among the most important teaching tools in Magic.

(Daryl Maddox)

Contents (from book):

Coin Magic
1 Basic Manipulations
1 Single-coin Palms
2 Display Position
3 Fingertip Display
3 Finger-bend Palm
3 – For a Vanish
4 – For a Production
6 Standard Palm
9 – For a Vanish
9 – For a Production
9 Edge Palm
9 – For a Vanish
9- For a Production
11 Thumb-crook Palm
12 Thumb-fork Palm
12 – For a Vanish
12 – For a Production
13 Alternate Thumb-fork Palm
14 Downs Palm
16 – For a Vanish
17 – For a Production
17 Back and Front Palm
22 – For a Vanish and Production
22 Front-finger Clip
23 Back-finger Clip
25 – For a Vanish
25 Back and Front Clip
26 – For a Vanish
27 Back Thumb Clip
28 Coin Vanishes
29 Pull-away Vanish
30 Reverse Vanish
33 Thumb-palm Routine
36 Alternate Routine
38 Take-away Vanish
39 French Drop
40 Palm Off
40 Back Palm Off
41 False Drop
44 Fist Vanish
46 Slow-motion Vanish
49 Squeeze Vanish
50 Coin Roll
51 Coin-roll Vanish
53 One-hand Coin Roll
53 Two-hand Coin Roll
53 Coin Changes
54 Palm-to-palm Change
54 Palm-drop Change
54 Palm Drop 2
54 French Drop Change
55 Pickup Change
55 Multiple-coin Manipulation
55 Multiple Finger Bend
55 – For a Production
57 Slide Vanish
57 Side-drop Vanish
58 Multiple Standard Palm
59 – For a Production
59 – For a Vanish
60 Pickup Vanish
60 Throw Vanish
60 Multiple-edge Palm
60 To Produce Coins Singly
61 To Vanish Coins Singly
61 Multiple Downs Palm
62 Simple Coin Productions
62 Fingertip Production
62 From the Elbow
62 Fron the Knee
62 Spread-away Production
62 Sweep Production
63 Change-overs
63 Simple Change-over
63 Sleeve Action
64 Brush-over Change
64 Change-over Placement
64 Multiple-coin Transfer
65 One-by-one Vanish
66 Coin-star Production
68 Coins and Glass
68 – Throw-over
69 Four-coin Vanish and Recovery
71 Five-coin Routine
72 Coins Through Body
75 Alternate Version
76 Comedy Coin Routine
76 The Miser’s Dream
79 Recommended Palming Methods
80 Follow-up to Regular Production
80 Full-front Miser’s Dream

85 Billiard Balls
86 Basic Manipulations
86 Palming a Ball
87 Basic Display Position
87 Finger-bend Palm
88 Standard Palm
88 Thumb Palm
89 Double Palm
90 Back Palm
91 Billiard-ball Productions
91 Fingertip Production
92 Alternate Fingertip Production
93 Ball on Fist
94 Alternate Fist Production
95 Reverse Fingertip Production
97 Thumb Squeeze
99 Draw-apart Production
100 Through the Hand
101 Slow-motion Production
102 Production from Elbow
102 Production from Knee
103 Ball from Wand
104 Billiard-ball Vanishes
105 Simple Palm Vanish
105 Throw Vanish
105 Hand-to-hand
105 Pour Vanish
106 French Drop
108 Swallow Vanish
108 Pincer Vanish
109 Push Vanish
111 Simple Roll Vanish
112 Fingertip Roll
114 Thumb-roll Vanish
116 Toss Vanish
116 Two-hand Toss
118 Swing-about Toss
118 Fingertip Vanish
119 Simple Fist Vanish
120 Improved Fist Vanish
121 Hit-down Vanish
122 Ball and Silk Vanish
122 Snatch Vanish
124 Slow-motion Vanish
125 Lay-over Vanish
126 “Change-overs Transfers and Flashes”
127 Basic Change-over
128 Improved Change-over
129 Delayed Change-over
129 Notes on Change-overs
131 Transfcrs
131 Simple Transfer
132 Reverse Transfer
133 Thumb and Finger Steal
134 Slow-motion Steal
135 Back-palm Transfer
137 Turn-around Transfer
138 Reverse Turn-around
138 Double Turn-around
140 Flashes
140 Forearm Flash
140 Sleeve Flash
141 Combination Change-over and Flash
141 Crisscross Flash
143 Thumb Flash
145 Thumb-front Flash
145 Turnabout Flash
147 Finger Flash
149 Color Changes
149 Fist Color Change
153 Roll-over Color Change
154 Roll-over Alternate
155 Full-front Color Change
156 Throw Color Change
157 Sample Color-change Routines
158 Multiplying Billiard Balls
158 Standard “One to Four” Routine
163 Rapid “One to Four” Routine (with solid balls)
168 Ball and Shell
170 Two-way Twirl
171 “One to Four” (with shell)
178 Final-ball Vanish
179 “Four to Eight” Production
181 White and Red Transposition
184 Four-ball Twirl
187 “Four to One”
192 Fifth-ball Routine
193 Special Color Change

197 Thimbles
197 Basic Manipulations
197 Display Position
198 Thumb Palm
198 For a Vanish
199 For a Production
199 Thumb-bend Palm
200 Center Palm
201 Finger-bend Palm
201 For a Vanish
201 For a Production
202 Thumb to Finger Bend
202 For a Vanish
203 For a Production
203 Tip Palm
203 Thumb and Finger Clip
204 Simple Finger Clip
204 Back and Front Palm
207 Note on Thimble Palming
208 Thimble Vanishes
208 Take-away Vanish
209 Inward Take-away
210 Poke Vanish
212 Draw-off Vanish
213 Twist-away Vanish
214 Finger-switch Vanish
215 Swallow Vanish
215 Slow-motion Vanish
216 Thimble Productions
216 Standard Fingertip Production
216 Pop Production
217 Various Production and Recoveries
217 From Behind the Hand
217 From the Elbow
217 From the Knee
217 From Trouser Cuff
217 From Shirt Collar
217 From Pocket
217 From Vest Pocket
218 Multiplying Thimbles
218 “One to Four” Production
220 “Four to Eight” Production
224 Special Thimble Holders
225 “Full Front” Routine
226 Rapid “One to Eight” System
233 Change-overs and Flashes
233 Double Change-over
236 Fingertip Flash
237 Full-front Flash
240 Back-palm Flash
243 One-hand Flash
244 Color Changes
244 Finger-switch Change
246 Repeat Switch
247 Push-through Change
248 Repeat Push-through
248 Thumb the Thimble
251 Alternate Thumb the Thimble

253 Mental Magic
253 Message Reading
254 Billet Switching
257 In the Crystal
258 From the Ashes
259 Behind the Tablet
260 Find the Word
261 Center-tear Method
263 Reading the Message
263 Through the Crystal
264 From the Glass
264 Name for Name
265 Time out of Mind
267 Without the Watch
267 Turn-over Coins
268 Multiple Turnover
269 Find the Coin
270 Cards and Dice
273 Triple-color Test
274 Mental Moves
275 Double-coin Surprise
277 Six-symbol Test
278 Matched Thought
279 Number Prediction
282 Color Cards
284 Sixth Card —Sixth Sense
285 Paired Cities

287 Matchbox Magic
287 Drop the Box
288 Magnetized Matches
290 Modern Magnetic Matches
290 Looping the Matchbox
292 Mystic Knot Vanish
294 Heads Away
297 Matchbox Vanish
298 Alternate Matchbox Vanish
299 Appearing Matches
300 Vanishing Matches
301 Instant Vanishing Matches
302 Turnabout Heads
303 Through the Table
303 Matchbox Do as I Do
306 Turnabout Match
307 Alternate Turnabout
309 Penetrating Matches
311 Alternate Penetration
311 Half-match Penetration
312 Match Through Hand

315 Table Magic
315 Four-coin Baffler
319 Magic Sugar Lumps
319 Four-lump Assembly
323 Through the Table
324 Come-back Lump
326 Coins Through Table
329 Latest Variant
330 Straight Through
333 Hand-to-hand
333 Throw-over
334 Simple Passage
334 Mutual Attraction
334 T ransposition
335 Jump-over Dice
336 String a Ring
338 Magnetic Pencils
339 Improved Method
341 Perfect Magnetic Pencil
342 Magnetized Knife
342 Supermagnetism
344 Salt Vanish
345 Alternate Routine with Reproduction of Salt
346 Fist to Fist
347 Vanishing Salt Shaker
348 Supersalt
349 Roll the Bills
351 Turn-up Glasses
351 Five-glass Fooler
352 Full and Empty

353 Special Effects
353 Dime to Dollar
354 Quick Dime Vanish
355 Coin Through the Hand
356 Slow-motion Penetration
358 Coin Through Handkerchief
360 Alternate Penetration
361 Advanced Penetration
363 Looper Dooper
364 Link the Clips
366 Triple Links
366 Triple-knot Trick
368 Multiple-knot Trick
368 Quick-knot Vanish
369 Knot and Ring
370 Ring and Triple Knot
372 Tube and Knots
373 Color-changing Silk
377 Special Color Change
380 Silk to Egg
382 Okito Coin Box
386 Improved Okito Coin Box
390 Coin Through Card
392 Transparent Okito Coin Box
394 Coin Through Card (with transparent box)
395 Super Coin Box
397 Multiple-coin Penetration
399 Alternate Procedure
400 Repeat-cigar Production
403 Restored Paper Napkin
411 Alternate Routine
413 Glossary/Index

  • Publisher: Doubleday
  • Pages: 411
  • Location: Garden City, NY, USA
  • Dimensions: 7″x10″
  • Date: 1980
  • Binding: hardbound

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2 reviews for The Complete Illustrated Book of Close-up Magic by Walter B. Gibson

  1. Dell Wolfensparger

    Excellent Out Of Print Book!

    Wow! This book has it all! OOP and hard to find. Walter Gibson, the creator of The Shadow and the author of multiple books on magic really outdid himself on this title. A big thick book with lots of photographs. No card magic. All close-up and really nice tricks. Extensive section on Billard Ball and coin magic. You could build an entire act around this book!

    The companion book, The Complete Illustrated Book Of Card Magic is also a winner. It is also OOP – Out Of Print!

  2. Daryl Maddox

    One of the greatest close-up magic texts ever!

    As one of the premiere authors on magic and magicians, Walter Gibson performed an invaluable service for the magic community by compiling this tome dedicated to sleight of hand and entertainment. This is a "must-have" book for those seriously invovled in the art and it will lead you expertly through the most useful techniques of close-up manipulation of cards, coins, balls, thimbles, etc. He has even included a section on Mental Magic as a form of close-up.

    Gibson’s skill at leading one through clearly defined moves is augmented by critically angled photographs of the author’s hands in action. Included with all this are the tips and secrets to overcoming some of the serious difficulties entertainers often experiene when performing crucial sleights.

    Though out of print for some time now, copies can still be found in a variety of book dealer websites. I have had a copy for 28 years and still use it to learn and review from. This will keep you busy for a long time.

    Along with Bobo’s masterpiece on coins, Ganson’s manipulation series, and Garcia’s extensive writings, Gibson’s work will always rank among the most important teaching tools in Magic.

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