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 Wizard is Dead Yaniv Deautsch

Mar 2004

Magic Yellow Pages 1996 Wittus Witt

Aug 1996

The Great Raymond William Rauscher

Dec 1996

Exposed! The Untold Story of Harry Kellar and the Tribune Spook Case William Pack

May 2006

Discovering the Magic City: Early Chicago Amusements, 1834-1871 William Pack

May 2006

The Expositor William Frederick Pinchbeck

Oct 1996

The Chicago Surprise Whit Haydn

Nov 2001

Notes on Three-Card Monte Whit Haydn

Nov 2001

Avant-cards: Tom Gagnon Wesley James

May 2012

Welcome to the Fabulous Wayne Dobson & Friends Wayne Dobson

Jan 2013

Look No Hands Wayne Dobson

Jul 2011

Dobson's Choices the Sequel Wayne Dobson

Jan 2004

Tales of Enchantment Walt Anthony

Jul 2011

Tubthumping W. S. Duncan

Jan 2004

The Original Stars Of Magic Various Authors

Mar 2009

Gibeciere Winter 2007 Various

Sep 2007

Gibeciere Summer 2006 Various

Sep 2007

The Magic of Paul Potassy Uwe Schenk & Michael Sondermeyer

Mar 2006

Fred Kaps' Purse Unknown

Mar 2005

Fred Kaps' Currency Unknown

Mar 2005

The Magic Wand Unknown

Sep 2003

The Digital Pentagram Unknown

Sep 2003

The Digital Pabular Unknown

Sep 2003

Sports And Pastimes Unknown

Nov 1999

A Look Back Before Going Forward Unknown

Sep 1998

Wit And Wizardry: The Magic Of Norm Houghton Unknown

Aug 1998

Houdini Souvenir Program Unknown

Jan 1998

Breslaw's Last Legacy Unknown

Dec 1997

Hocus Pocus Junior Unknown

Jun 1997

The Silver Surf Troy Hooser

Dec 2000

The Books Of Wonder Volumes One And Two Tommy Wonder and Stephen Minch

Jun 1996

Maelstrom Tom Stone

Jan 2012

The E-Books of Tom Stone Tom Stone

Jan 2008

The Warpsmith Returns Tom Stone

Aug 1996

Entertainer Tales From The Road: Confessions Of A Fulltime Family Tom Lilly

Aug 1998

Hold'Em Magic Tom Frame

Jan 2012

Magic Of The Renaissance Tom Crowl

May 1997

The Second 16th Card Book Tom Craven & Paul Gordon

May 2007

The Essential Robert-Houdin Todd Karr

Jan 2007

The Silence of Chung Ling Soo Todd Karr

Mar 2002

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

Apr 1996

How To Be A Fake Kreskin The Amazing Kreskin

Nov 1996

David P. Abbott's House of Mystery Teller & Todd Karr

Mar 2005

Paramiracles Ted Lesley

Nov 1994

Tabman Magic Tabby Crabb

Sep 2009

Manacles Of The World T. L. Gross

Sep 1998

Germain The Wizard Stuart Cramer

Jul 2002

The Self-Employed Entertainer's Complete Guide to Federal Income Tax Steven L. Snyder

Nov 2006

Sports And Pastimes Steve Burton

Nov 1999

The Little Egypt Book of Ghosts Steve Bryant

Mar 2009