Jamy Ian Swiss Book Reviews - page 2

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
Mainly Mental C.L. Boarde

Jan 1998

Milt Larsen's Magic Castle Tour Carol Marie

Jan 1998

The Lost Cheesy Notebooks: Volumes One And Two Chad Long

Sep 2005

Monkey Shines Volumes One & Two Chris "Doc" Dixon

Mar 2001

Maurice Fogel Chris Woodward

Jan 2000

The Magic of Robert-Houdin: an Artist's Life Christian Fechner

Mar 2003

Owen Clark: A Genius Forgotten Christopher Brinson

Mar 2011

The Rat Trap & Other Snappy Effects You Can Do with Your Little Deck Chuck Fayne

Aug 2005

The Card on the Seat & Other Loads in your Pants Chuck Fayne

Aug 1994

House of Cards: The Life & Magic Of Paul Rosini Chuck Romano

Sep 1999

The Art Of Deception: The Affinity Between Conjuring And Art Chuck Romano

Jun 1997

What If (Chuck Smith Lecture Notes) Chuck Smith

Sep 2005

The Ultimate Endless Chain Routine Chuck Smith

May 2003

Tools of the Trade Chuck Smith

Sep 2001

Why Not? Chuck Smith

Aug 1996

Houdini Clinton Cox

May 2002

Jinx Companion Craig Conley, Gordon Meyer & Fredrick Turner

Nov 2011

Revelation Dai Vernon

Jul 2008

Blackstone: A Magician's Life Daniel Waldron

Oct 1999

Side Shows: My Life with Gooks, Freaks & Vagabonds in the Carny Trade Daniel Waldron; Howard Bone

Jul 2001

Rings In Your Fingers Dariel Fitzkee

Sep 2000

Cardshark Darwin Ortiz

Dec 1995

Strong Magic Darwin Ortiz

Jul 1994

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

Aug 2005

Zarrow: A Lifetime of Magic David Ben

Nov 2008

Tricks David Ben

Nov 2003

Dai Vernon: A Biography David Ben

Jul 2006

Chan Canasta: Afterthoughts & Chan Canasta: A Remarkable Man: Volume 2 David Britland

Nov 2001

Chan Canasta: A Remarkable Man David Britland

Sep 2000

Phantoms of the Card Table David Britland & "Gazzo"

Jul 2003

Noteworthy: a Magical Lecture David Gabbay

Sep 2012

Finding Dariel Fitzkee: The Man with the Trick Brain David Goodsell

May 2009

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

Mar 1999

Tommy Middleton: Bottoms Up David Harkey

Dec 1997

Ah-ha! David Harkey and Eric Anderson

Oct 1997

Seriously Silly David Kaye

Jan 2005

Brain Food David Parr

Aug 1998

Magic for Dummies David Pogue

Jan 1999

Approaching Magic David Regal

May 2008

Close-Up & Personal David Regal

Jun 1999

Close Up: The Real Secrets of Magic David Stone

Sep 2008

Aunt Mary's Terrible Secret David Williamson

Sep 2003

Puzzler's Tribute David Wolfe & Tom Rodgers

May 2002

Handcrafted Card Magic Volume 2 Denis Behr

Jul 2011

Handcrafted Card Magic Denis Behr

Sep 2007

The Dennis Loomis Cups and Balls Routine Dennis Loomis

Nov 2005

Confessions of a Conjuror Derren Brown

Jan 2011

Absolute Magic Derren Brown

Mar 2002

Pure Effect: Direct Mind-Reading and Magical Artistry Derren Brown

Mar 2000

Lights! Camera! Action! Dick and Virginia Williams

Aug 1994