Jamy Ian Swiss Book Reviews

Jamy Ian Swiss

For eighteen years (June 1994 - January 2013), Jamy Ian Swiss wrote thoughtful, opinionated, long-form reviews of magic books for Genii magazine. Jamy's reviews contain insights deeper than just product recommendations, and so we have worked to assemble the entire series (almost 450 magic book reviews) in one complete and fully searchable archive.

Also, from October 2016 through January 2020, Jamy wrote reviews for the Lyons Den at the Magicana website.

Read Jamy's essay, Critical Thinking on his tenure as a book reviewer, or search for, or choose a review below:

Search for a review:
Book Author Date
The Trapdoor, Volume 3 (1994-1998) Steve Beam

Jan 2013

Welcome to the Fabulous Wayne Dobson & Friends Wayne Dobson

Jan 2013

The Thought Reader Craze: Victorian Science at the Enchanted Boundary Barry H. Wiley

Jan 2013

Magic Words Gerald Kolpan

Sep 2012

Making the Cut: A Peek into the Magic of Ryan Schlutz Ryan Schlutz

Sep 2012

Noteworthy: a Magical Lecture David Gabbay

Sep 2012

Cryptical Envelopment: Five Gentle Frauds for the Close-Up Performer John Hostler

Sep 2012

Fooling Houdini Alex Stone

Jul 2012

Avant-cards: Tom Gagnon Wesley James

May 2012

The Impostress Princess Expanded Peter W. Tappan

May 2012

Al Koran: The Unique Years Martin Breese

May 2012

The Davenport story: Volume Three Fergus Roy

Mar 2012

Mr. Mysto's Wizard Academy: Simple Magic & Stunts John Carney

Mar 2012

Magic: Page by Page Patrick Page

Mar 2012

Maelstrom Tom Stone

Jan 2012

Hold'Em Magic Tom Frame

Jan 2012

The Nazi Séance: The Strange Story of the Jewish Psychic in Hitler's Circle Arthur J. Magida

Jan 2012

Urban Illusions: Then Cutting Edge Illusions & Presentations J.C. Sum

Nov 2011

Jinx Companion Craig Conley, Gordon Meyer & Fredrick Turner

Nov 2011

Silent Magic: Biographies of Deaf Magicians in the United States Dr. Simon J. Carmel

Nov 2011

Magical Mathematics: The Mathematical Ideas That Animate Great Magic Tricks Persi Diaconis and Ronald Lewis Graham

Sep 2011

Al Schneider Magic Al Schneider

Sep 2011

Kodell: Do Something Different Jack Kodell

Sep 2011

Devious Standards Jamy Ian Swiss (reviewed by Eric Mead)

Aug 2011

Tales of Enchantment Walt Anthony

Jul 2011

ACAAB: Any Card At Any Birthday Boris Wild

Jul 2011

Look No Hands Wayne Dobson

Jul 2011

Handcrafted Card Magic Volume 2 Denis Behr

Jul 2011

Unspeakable Acts: Three Lives and Countless Legends of Tom Palmer, Tony Andruzzi, Masldyn ye Mage Jim Magus with Terry Nosek and Neil Tobin

May 2011

Elements: the Lecture, the Book Lance Pierce

May 2011

Patrick Page: The Pageboy Speaks… Again Patrick Page

May 2011

Semi-Automatic Card Tricks VIII Steve Beam

Mar 2011

Owen Clark: A Genius Forgotten Christopher Brinson

Mar 2011

Del Ray: America's Foremost John Moehring

Mar 2011

The Last Greatest Magician in the World Jim Steinmeyer

Jan 2011

Secret Agenda Roberto Giobbi

Jan 2011

Confessions of a Conjuror Derren Brown

Jan 2011

Tales from the Uncanny Scot Ron Wilson

Nov 2010

Encyclopedia of Impromptu Card Forces Lewis Jones

Nov 2010

Gift Magic: Performances that Leave People with a Souvenir Lawrence Hass

Nov 2010

Secrets of Improvisational Magic Justin Higham

Sep 2010

The Erdnase Journal John Bodine and Theron Schaub

Sep 2010

The Complete Ganson Magic Teach-in Series Lewis Ganson

Sep 2010

Magic's Most Amazing Stories: a Collection of Incredible Stories from World Famous Magicians Ivan Amodei

Jul 2010

Audience Management: A Guide for Magical Entertainers Gay Ljungberg

Jul 2010

Chapter One Asi Wind

May 2010

The Davenport Story Volume Two: The Lost Legends Robert Harbin, Edward Victor, G.W. Hunter

May 2010

Disappearing Tricks: Silent Film, Houdini, and the New Magic of the Twentieth Century Matthew Solomon

May 2010

The Davenport Story Volume One Fergus Roy

Mar 2010

Gibeciere Stephen Minch

Mar 2010