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
Zoo Magic Robert E. Neale

Nov 2006

Zarrow: A Lifetime of Magic David Ben

Nov 2008

Workers Number Five Michael Close

Oct 1996

Workers Number 4 Michael Close

Sep 1994

Words about Wizards Robert Parrish

Sep 1994

Wit And Wizardry: The Magic Of Norm Houghton Unknown

Aug 1998

William l. Lindhorst Roger Edgar Linden

May 1997

Will Rock Presents ... Leo Behnke

May 2007

Why Not? Chuck Smith

Aug 1996

What's Up Deck? A Notebook On Card Magic Aldo Colombini

Oct 2005

What If (Chuck Smith Lecture Notes) Chuck Smith

Sep 2005

Welcome to the Fabulous Wayne Dobson & Friends Wayne Dobson

Jan 2013

Vis A Vis Jack Avis and John Derris

Aug 1998

Versatile Card Magic Revisited Frank Simon

May 2003

Verbal Magic Juan Tamariz and Gema Navarro

Nov 2008

Variations Revisited Earl Nelson

May 2003

Using Magic To Prevent Drug Abuse Stan Davis

Nov 1996

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

Nov 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

Under the Southern Cross Brian McCullagh

Jan 2002

Uncovered: Secrets for the Serious Magician John Luka

May 2007

Tullock; The Real Truth About Trade Show Magic And A Lot More Eddie Tullock, with Gene Urban & Kenton Knepper

Nov 1996

Tubthumping W. S. Duncan

Jan 2004

Try the Impossible Simon Aronson

Sep 2001

Troy Hooser's The Silver Surf Joshua Jay

Dec 1998

Trouping With Dante Marion S. Trikosko

May 2006

Tricks of my Trade: The Magic of Doug Conn Paul Cummins

Jun 2000

Tricks David Ben

Nov 2003

Trickery Treats: Card Craft Continued J.K. Hartman

Feb 2000

Trephine Richard Bartram, Jr

Jan 1998

Transformations: Creating Magic Out of Tricks Lawrence Haas

Nov 2007

Torn And Restored John Carney

Apr 1996

Tools of the Trade Chuck Smith

Sep 2001

Tommy Middleton: Bottoms Up David Harkey

Dec 1997

Thurston and Dante... The Written Word Phil Temple

Oct 2007

Thoughts So Far Kennedy

Mar 2007

Thinking Big; Magic With Jumbo Coins Mark Munro

Mar 2005

Theater Of The Mind Barrie Richardson

Nov 1999

The Wizard is Dead Yaniv Deautsch

Mar 2004

The Warpsmith Returns Tom Stone

Aug 1996

The Ultimate Endless Chain Routine Chuck Smith

May 2003

The Ultimate Bill Switch Kevin King

Dec 2005

The Trapdoor, Volume 3 (1994-1998) Steve Beam

Jan 2013

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

Jan 2013

The Tarbell Study Guide Harlan Tarbell

Oct 2005

The Tarbell Collection Harlan Tarbell

Sep 1994

The Stack Attack L. R. Brooks

May 1997

The Six-Hour Memorized Deck Martin Joyal

Sep 1997

The Silver Surf Troy Hooser

Dec 2000

The Silence of Chung Ling Soo Todd Karr

Mar 2002