Pure Imagination (Book)

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Pure Imagination (Book)

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Book by Andi Gladwin, Scott Robinson and John Campbell ($60.00)

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Scott Robinson creates some of the most interesting visual close-up magic that we have ever seen. In his hands, coins appear in three separate locations at once and cards dematerialise in ways that we never thought were possible. His magic is the rare complete combination: deceptive, entertaining, and visual. In his introduction, Steve Beam called him "one of his favorite magicians" — and we understand why.

Andi Gladwin and John Campbell worked together to describe 46 of Scott's finest card and coin magic. Many of these pieces have been in Scott's repertoire for over twenty years and several have become instant modern classics (such as "Riding the Wave," Scott's impromptu Invisible Deck routine that many other versions are based on). They are lavishly illustrated with full-color photographs, and described in just the right amount of detail to allow you to learn each trick with props in hand.

While most of the routines use sleight of hand, there are effects for all skill levels. For example, his "Different Differences" is a coin routine that is as easy as it is visual. You place three silver coins into a coin purse and make it transpose with a copper coin, with the silver coins appearing in three different places at the same time. His "Sucker Monte" is a close-up worker's dream; an easy impromptu monte routine that uses subtly over sleights. And his "Tooth Fairy" effect is a rare coin effect designed specifically for children.

For those who want to work a little harder, you'll learn Scott's "Heavy Metal," where twelve Spellbound changes happen in rapid succession! And of particular interest is Scott's work on the Wild Coin plot, where he elevates the effect from a small coin trick to a full performance piece.

The book itself is stunning – with thick, glossy photo paper, and over 740 full-colour photographs. The satin-style cover and purple book ribbon make this book a gorgeous addition to your collection.

Contents of Scott Robinson's Pure Imagination

  • Spoiler Alert (Steve Beam)
  • The First Rule of Sleight Club (Andi Gladwin)
  • The Toy
  • The Willy Wonka Card Trick
  • Willy in Your Pocket
  • Different Differences
  • Sucker Monte
  • Loose Change 
  • The Queen Thing
  • Visual Retentive Vanish
  • Slide Load
  • Quick Kings and Aces
  • Trading Spaces
  • Carpal Tunnel 
  • Sliding Scale
  • Just One Move
  • Who's Counting?
  • Bill Me
  • Over the Hills and Back Again
  • 100% Probability Sandwich
  • Severance Pay
  • Automated Teller Card
  • Big Bang
  • A Buttery Spread
  • Manifold
  • Sprite
  • Repackaged Prediction
  • Triple Crown
  • Top Slop Gag
  • Changing Hands
  • H.G.'s Pocket
  • Riding the Wave 
  • Sponge Coin
  • Changing a Fan Belt
  • Daley Double
  • Daley Double Change
  • Changeling Coin
  • Da Vinci Coins
  • Dragnet Jacks
  • The Tooth Fairy
  • Money Changers
  • SACC (Semi Automatic Cascade Control)
  • Coins, By Golly
  • Home Wrecker
  • Count Me
  • Heavy Metal
  • Totally Under Control
  • The Sound of Silence

304 pages, over 740 full-colour photographs, 10" x 10" oversized hardback with a silk satin cover.


Community questions about Pure Imagination (Book)

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    Michael asks: I'm presuming there are not from the description, but are there any videos - either performances or explanations?

    • 1. Jeffrey answers: I would have to check one by one if they are in the book but if you just want a taste of his great work, check out his Pure Imagination download.i have has it for quite a while and it is worthy of its rave reviews. Judging by it alone, I can't wait to check out the book.
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    Robert asks: For the card tricks are there any sleight free effects.

    • 1. Scott answers: Hi Robert I would say 3 of the Card Tricks (The Toy, Severance Pay, Repackaged Prediction) are 100% Sleight free. However there are a number that require only basic card handling ability ( Sucker Monte, Quick Kings and Aces, Trading Spaces, H.G.'s Pocket, Money Changers, Count Me) and are easy within reach of everyone. I hope this helps!
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    mark asks: Hi is there new video performance to go along side the book? Thanks

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: There is no video released alongside the book.
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    Yves asks: Hi, I owned the three Trapdoor volumes where I think most of his materials has been described previously. How much of these are new and have not appeared in print before?

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: Roughly a third of the material appeared in Trapdoor about twenty years ago. Much of it has been updated/improved and all of it has been rewritten and photographed.
    • 2. Yves answers: Thank you very much! I surmise as much as I recognize many tricks titles. I will buy the book for sure anyway as I am a book guy. Those who don’t know Scott Robinson are in for a rare treat, his magic is very visual and surprisingly economical and very doable. Looking forward to read it!
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  • 5.

    Tan asks: Are there many effects that require gimmick coins/ cards ?

    • 1. Scott answers: Hi Tan - A majority use no gimmicks but there is some that do. On the card side, 3 use some sticky stuff, 1 uses a DB and 2 use gimmicks you make (super easy). One the coin side, I think there are 2 that use a C/S and 1 that Uses a Shell. The rest use regular coins. Let me know if you have any other questions!
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    Mike asks: Besides all three Trapdoor bound copies, I also own all of Steve Beam's semi-automatic books. What are the new items in Pure Imagination, or can you list a table of contents and I can cross reference the effects. Thanks.

    • 1. Mike answers: Nevermind, I just saw the list of contents on your page. Sorry about that.
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    ryuhei asks: What and how many coins, including gimmick coins, are needed for the coin magic performed in this book? I only own half dollars and shell coins.

    • 1. Michel answers: Outside of what you have, you will need a C/S coin.
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Customer reviews for Pure Imagination (Book)



First off, this is one beautiful book! From the cover to the photos inside, the team definitely took their time in crafting it!

There are routines (ranging from easy to very advanced) for every magician! My favorite one is “Queen Thing,” a cards to pocket that has a surprise ending!

With so many tricks that a worker like myself can easily put in my set, I fully recommend this incredible book!



This book is STUNNING!

I was there the night it was released and watching it sell out in 10mins was breathtaking.

To be honest, I don’t know why this isn’t priced higher. The sheer volume of material in this book completely outweighs the cost. Scott’s coin work is my absolute favorite. Highly visual stunners!The photos are clear and perfectly illustrate each effect, and the production values are incredibly high!

This may be the most beautiful book Vanishing Inc has ever produced!



Absolutely stunning book and stunning material! The Queen Thing has been the highlight for me! Although there are many highlights in the book! Very highly recommended!



The first thing that everyone says is that this is a beautiful book. There can not be any argument there. This book is of the highest quality magic book or not. Just the quality of the book is worth more than the price tag.

There is a ton of magic all very clearly explained along with step by step photos, all in complete color, all on heavy weight glossy paper. The book easily opens and stays open to whatever your page you are reading.

Scott's magic is very creative and has something for everyone.

You will be very pleased with the purchase of his book!



We’ve all been there, a third of the deck in one hand, the remainder of the deck in the other with an elbow resting in the center of the book to hold the pages open as we follow along when the book suddenly closes on us and we have to put everything down to find the page we were on. sometimes we resort to using other books or decks of cards to keep the book open, or worse yet breaking the spine. Not with this book! It lays flat on the table no matter which page you’re on and allows you to follow along without twisting yourself into a magic pretzel.

This book is absolutely gorgeous. From the beautiful satin cover to the stunning photos.

Scott’s material is fun and ranges from attainable with some effort to challenging at times, but completely worth the effort

I’m only part way through my first read through. “Queen Thing” has been mentioned in a few other reviews here and is indeed a great effect.
I also enjoyed “Quick Kings and Aces”, and just may need to put in some of the work for the “100% Probability Sandwich”.

There’s a reason this book sold out in 10 minutes at its debut.



TLDR; This book is fantastic and practical.

Scott's handling is within the reach of any card or coin handler, but when enough work is put in to get fluidity and finesse, these routines look phenomenal. Scott has clearly put a lot of time into developing and refining these techniques over the years, and it shows in both economy of action, structure, and deceptiveness. I'm already in love with several of these routines, including the Willy Wonka Card Trick(though I do prefer the pocket version as it's a wonderful routine) and Loose change(which I now always carry two coins around for). There's great thinking in terms of presentation and premise here, Scott's handling of Wild Coin uses the mug to perfectly justify the effect and I love the uniqueness of The Toy. Absolutely great work Scott, and I hope whoever is reading this picks up the book to enjoy it as well!



This book is incredible! I bought it the day it was released and I haven’t put it down since! I especially enjoy “Just One Move”. But it’s hard to pick a favorite trick from this book as they are all incredible. 10/10 would recommend!



YOU LITERALLY HAVE TO BE CRAZY NOT TO BUY THIS BOOK. It's refreshing and has an art of astonishment type of taste to it. Close up, practical, clean way to make gimmicks and some sleight of hand. Book IS AWESOME & NICE, I REALLY HOPE THEY MAKE BOOKS LIKE THIS ALL THE TIME BECAUSE THE QUALITY IS SETTING THE MAGIC BOOK PAR WHICH IS WHAT WE NEED.




I’ve known Scott for quite a few years and have become a frequent attendee at his TRICS convention so my review may be a bit biased. However, I truly believe this is the finest magic book I’ve purchased in years. Scott has an uncanny ability to create powerful magic not just in effect, but also in presentation. He has a knack for taking a simple trick, breaking it down into its finer points, and then adding a presentation that can not be beat. Pure Imagination is a collection of Scott’s strongest stuff taught in an easy, straightforward manner with crystal clear HD photos. I can’t think of a finer book on magic out there today. The book is elegantly bound as well and looks fantastic next to other classics you may have in your collection. Definitely do not skip this fine publication by the king of the magic underground.



As everyone else has already said, this is a beautiful book! But that’s not why I recommend it. In addition to being beautifully laid out and bound in a shimmering purple cover, the tricks contained within are beautiful as well. What you get with each effect is a complete routine with not only great descriptions of the moves and choreography to maximize the impact of the effect, but you also get clear scripting to use as well. These are complete routines that have obviously been performed for live audiences and have been refined so everything is clear and direct.
Scott is very good at constructing killer effects that incorporate devious and clever methods to create routines that are truly magical. People tend to gravitate to routines like Differences or the Willy Wonka Card Trick, but there are SO many more outstanding routines and sleights taught in the book. The Semi Automatic Cascade Control is one you’ll be using in no time. The Sound of Silence is probably the most beautiful routine in the book! Read it. You’ll also notice while reading the book that nearly every routine starts with an interesting plot. A great example of that is The Tooth Fairy which is a coin trick for kids and another one of my favorites. Some of my other favorites include Sponge Coin, Big Bang, 100% Probability Sandwich, Who’s Counting, Home Wrecker, and Trading Spaces.
I could go on with more of my favorite routines from the book, but I’ll just reiterate what everyone has said already; YOU SHOULD BUY THIS BOOK.


Pure Imagination is an incredible book. I'm a relatively new magician, and there are plenty of tricks in here for my skill level, along with many other far more difficult tricks that I have to look forward to when I gain some experience.

My personal favorites are the Willy Wonka card trick, the Queen Thing, Trading Places, and Loose Change. The coin tricks are all excellent, but loose change was a great place for me to begin.

The book itself is beautiful with stunning photos that make following along with the trick rather easy.

I've already learned so much but just barely scratched the surface of the years of knowledge packed inside the pages.



Absolutely amazing book, both physically and in terms of content. There is something for everyone. Simple routines, hard routines and moves for move monkeys. I can not see anyone disappointed with this. Loved it all the way!



Great book ! All fun , workable professional routines , from self working to flourishy knacky eye candy routines. Best book I have read so far, been doing magic for 23 years and I rarely find masterpieces like this nowadays. Beautiful design, book stays open , clear easy to follow instructions and pictures. You are getting a LOT for 60 dollars.
This was money well spent , wish I could say the same about other books I have bought in the past.



In full agreement with all the encomia above with one teeny caveat. Almost all the photos are from the spectator's point of view, necessitating, at least for me, a lot of 180º turns of the text to learn the moves. I would have preferred either a performer's view or mirror view.

Pure Imagination (Book) by Andi Gladwin, Scott Robinson and John Campbell