Astonishing Essays

To celebrate our tenth anniversary this year, we've started an amazing project. A collection of ten small, beautiful books that have one aim. To make you a better magician. The idea is easy. We get some of the greatest magicians in the world to write about ideas they're passionate about.

To launch the series, we've got Rob Zabrecky, Steve Cohen and an anonymous magician who is serving a life sentence in prison. We're sure you're going to love reading these as much as we loved making them.


Astonishing Essays - Tina Lenert Book
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In this extraordinary Astonishing Essay, Tina Lenert delivers a personal, uplifting piece of writing unlike anything you've ever read in magic. Part autobiography, part instructional manual, and all inspirational, Tina Lenert recounts her earliest days as a mime, and how she transitioned into one...

Astonishing Essays - Andi Gladwin Book
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Andi Gladwin is a lifelong student of magic. In this Astonishing Essay, he passes on the lessons learned from two decades of studying the craft. He carefully demonstrates how magicians inadvertently limit their potential by not structuring how they learn magic: his approach is both methodical and...

Astonishing Essays - Steve Cohen Book
Astonishing Essays - Steve Cohen
Book by Steve Cohen - $25.00

Evergreen by Steve Cohen. In his first book written exclusively for magicians, the exceptional Steve Cohen explores how he came to create the persona of the Millionaire's Magician, and the motivations behind his monumentally successful show in New York, Chamber Magic. If you intend to put your own...

Astonishing Essays - Rob Zabrecky Book
Astonishing Essays - Rob Zabrecky
Book by Rob Zabrecky - $25.00

The A,B,Z's of Magic by Rob Zabrecky. Zabrecky is a master of character development and entertainment, and his Astonishing Essays volume explores these issues in great detail. This manuscript began as part of Rob's award-winning lecture program. Here he expands on this content and gives magicians...

Astonishing Essays - Prison Magician Book
Astonishing Essays - Prison Magician
Book by Vanishing Inc. Magic - $25.00

Diary of a Prison Magician is an autobiography written by a prison inmate-magician serving a life sentence. He speaks about doing magic "on the inside" and the unthinkable obstacles of performing magic in such a hostile environment. At turns fascinating and touching and funny, this volume speaks...

Astonishing Essays - Lawrence Hass Book
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Book by Lawrence Hass - $25.00

In 2006, Dr. Lawrence Hass did the unthinkable. He left his job as a tenured Professor to pursue close-up magic as a full-time profession. Against the odds, his magic business is thriving, he is content in his work, and he is happy. “I’ve learned a lot through this life change, about myself...

Astonishing Essays - Robert E. Neale Book
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Book by Robert Neal - $25.00

The Trickster Spirit by Robert Neale. This volume is a challenging adventure about magic and death. At turns humorous and deeply insightful, Neale asks us to reconsider the magician's role in the world. Robert Neale is one of magic's most esteemed authors, and this is, we believe, one of his most...