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
13 Prophets Karl Fulves

Mar 1999

21st Century Card Magic James Swain

Nov 1999

52 Ways to Cheat at Poker Allan Zola Kronzek

Mar 2008

A Boon for All Seasons Eric Mason and Barrie Richardson

Sep 2005

A Candid View Of The Maskelynes, 1916 Davenport & John Salisse

Aug 2005

A Candle In The Dark Thomas Ady, M.A.

Apr 1996

A Look Back Before Going Forward Unknown

Sep 1998

A Price Guide To Magic Books Michael Canick

Jun 1997

Absolute Magic Derren Brown

Mar 2002

ACAAB: Any Card At Any Birthday Boris Wild

Jul 2011

Adventures of 51 Magicians and a Fakir Angel ldigora

Sep 2005

After Craft J. K. Hartman

Mar 1996

Ah-ha! David Harkey and Eric Anderson

Oct 1997

Al Koran: The Unique Years Martin Breese

May 2012

Al Schneider Magic Al Schneider

Sep 2011

Annals of Conjuring Sidney W. Clarke

Nov 2001

Antiquarian Magic and Collectibles, Catalog 39 Antiquarian Magic and Collectibles

Nov 1994

Antonio Diavolo: A Souvenir of his Performance John Gaughan & Jim Steinmeyer

Jan 2000

Apocalypse 11-15 (January 1988 through December 1992) Harry Lorayne

May 2002

Approaching Magic David Regal

May 2008

Arcade Dreams Jon Racherbaumer and Ed Marlo

Dec 1997

Arcardia Roger Crosthwaite

Apr 2000

Art & Artifice And Other Essays on Illusion Jim Steinmeyer

Apr 1999

Art and Ardor at the Card Table James Nuzzo and Edward Marlo

Jul 2004

Artificial Conclusions Jim Steinmeyer

Sep 2003

Audience Management: A Guide for Magical Entertainers Gay Ljungberg

Jul 2010

Aunt Mary's Terrible Secret David Williamson

Sep 2003

Avant-cards: Tom Gagnon Wesley James

May 2012

Be A Street Magician! (A How-To Guide) David Groves

Mar 1999

Beat'em, Cheat'em, Leave'em Bleeding Mister Big 'N' Fast Bobby Knuckles

Dec 1994

Bertram On Sleight Of Hand Ross Bertram

Aug 1996

Best of Friends: Volume 1 Harry Lorayne

Sep 2002

Bill Goldman's Magic Bar & Grill Bill Goldman

May 2003

Billion Dollar Bunko Simon Lovell

Jul 2005

Blackstone: A Magician's Life Daniel Waldron

Oct 1999

Blue Book of Magic 2005 Ron Cortlidge

Mar 2006

Bob Read's Magical London: An Idler's Guide to the Magical Capital of the World Bob Read

Jan 2006

Bob White Presents: It's A Matter of Style Jason Womack

Jan 2002

Brain Food David Parr

Aug 1998

Breslaw's Last Legacy Unknown

Dec 1997

Bruce Cervon's Castle Notebooks Volume One Bruce Cervon

Mar 2008

Can You Do It For Drunk People? Doc Dixon

Sep 2005

Card College Roberto Giobbi

Jan 1999

Card College Light Roberto Giobbi

Jan 2007

Card College Volume Two Roberto Giobbi

Apr 1996

Card College, Volume 3 Roberto Giobbi

Jan 1999

Card College: Volume 4 Roberto Giobbi

Oct 2000

Card College: Volume One Roberto Giobbi

Apr 2005

Card Stories Ariel Frailich

Nov 1996

Cardini: The Suave Deceiver John Fisher

Jul 2007