Talk About Tricks: The Complete File

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Talk About Tricks: The Complete File

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12 years. 144 columns. 868 tricks.

For the first time ever, Joshua Jay’s beloved “Talk About Tricks” column from MAGIC Magazine has been compiled into a gorgeous, comprehensive two-book collectors’ set.

“Talk About Tricks” was a groundbreaking column that captivated magicians around the world for more than a decade. Every month, magicians would run to their mailbox to learn the latest and greatest effects from some of the world’s best magicians in the world like David Williamson, Lance Burton, Paul Harris, Jay Sankey, Pit Hartling, Darwin Ortiz, Jeff McBride, and others.

This column was also the launching pad for some of your favorite magicians like Daniel Garcia, Calen Morelli, Harapan Ong, Paul Vigil, and Asi Wind. As Danny Garcia put it, “Talk About Tricks” was “THE spot to have magic published” during its run. Which is why these up-and-coming stars could be found featured alongside magic legends like Martin Gardner, Brother John Hamman, and Larry Jennings.

Close-up magic has experienced many different revolutions over the years, and many of them can trace roots back to this column. Like the visual magic renaissance spearheaded by Calen Morelli, who first shared his magic in “Talk About Tricks” and had this to say about the column: “Joshua Jay made ‘Talk About Tricks’ a place for new talent and cutting-edge ideas. Josh has dedicated his life to help advance magic and this set is filled with some great ideas."

"I honestly cannot think of a magic column that has done more for today's young generation of magic creators than Joshua Jay's ‘Talk About Tricks’ column. It was a vibrant creative hub for magicians to publish their original material for the magic community, and so many of your favorite magic creators have literally started their publishing journey in ‘Talk About Tricks’. Thank you Josh for collating all 868 tricks in this monster set of books—it truly is a goldmine of priceless information to be treasured for generations to come." Harapan Ong

This complete collection of two absolutely stunning hardcover books is being offered in collaboration with MAGIC Magazine. Within the pages of these volumes, you’ll find every single trick from the column accompanied by crystal-clear photos printed on exceptional quality, low-gloss paper. The books themselves are wrapped in a translucent dust jacket that changes the color of the cover when removed. They come packaged in a bespoke, clothbound slipcase that you’ll display proudly on your bookshelf.

Talk About Tricks: The Complete File is a definitive collection of close-up magic that offers something for truly every magician. While there are, of course, card magic tricks and coin tricks, you’ll also find innovative magic tricks with everything from pens to pets, Christmas trees, and pretty much any other object you could find in your house.

Magicians of all skill levels can enjoy these books too because of the trailblazing format “Talk About Tricks” introduced. Prior to the start of this column, magicians would often waste time reading through a trick only to find out halfway through that it exceeds their skill level. The “Talk About Tricks” column instituted a visual guide that allows you, at a glance, to see how easy or difficult a magic trick is.

The scope of these books can be a bit overwhelming at first. They will definitely keep you busy for a very long time. Yet, we also would never expect any magician to learn and practice nearly 870 different magic tricks. The true value of Talk about Tricks: The Complete File goes beyond just new magic tricks as Joshua Jay very literally “talked about tricks” with the creators, diving into their creative process to understand the decisions that went into developing each effect. As the incomparable Rune Klan put it: “‘Talk About Tricks’ is a mountain of inspiration. It was my favorite trick column.”

There is also a special section called “Expertalk” where expert magicians share their insights or tweaks to existing moves or tricks. This is a true goldmine featuring discussions like David Williamson diving into the top change, Gary Plants exploring the bottom deal and Ken Krenzel tipping his work on the mechanical reverse. It’s like getting an expert lesson on every major sleight of hand move in magic.

Joshua Jay dedicated a substantial part of his life into crafting this column. It is a treasure trove of information that is worthy of study from any serious student of magic. Asi Wind, who first published “Time is Money” in the column, calls this two-book set an “Astounding collection of magic. A set you’ll be studying for years.”

“Weighing in at 144 monthly installments, "Talk About Tricks" was clearly the longest-running column in the magazine. It was also one of the most popular ones, partially because of the big-name talent Josh brought to the publication. Lance Burton, Harry Lorayne, Paul Harris, Phil Goldstein, Jay Sankey, and David Williamson — and that was just in his first column! Just as important, and possibly more important, was Josh's knack for introducing us to new talent, talent destined to become big names in our field! Over the years, I've lost count of the number of well-known magicians who have told me that for them it all started by being in the pages of "Talk About Tricks!" That's quite a legacy. Stan Allen, Founder and Editor of MAGIC Magazine

These books are available in limited quantities. Grab your copy of Talk About Tricks: The Complete File today!

Volume 1: 728 pages Volume 2: 612 pages


Customer reviews for Talk About Tricks: The Complete File


Raymond J

All I can say is "Wow." I just received my TAT set today. The book sleeve is terrific, and the books with their "slipcovers" were beyond what I expected. Compared to the heft these carry, and the amount of info contained, as Josh said, these will keep me busy for quite some time. Just leafing through the first volume, the book will lay flat for practicing and/or easy-pace reading. Definitely worth it and looking forward to diving into these further. With as many tricks are included in these volumes, background, etc., I'm glad I purchased these.



What a gigantic and fantastic book set !
It is an encyclopedic set !
And quality of the book set with the case is just unbelievable!
So happy I bought it !
Un must have .
You must buy this now before it is gone.



Wow! This set is Beautiful!
I have only just received them, but a quick browse before work and I am very impressed! This is a lifetime of top-notch Magic. Its litterally crammed full of effects. I can't wait to get stuck in. I own about 150 Magic books, and have had about 100 others in the past. This set is the most exciting I have ever bought. It has a new foreward by Joshua Jay, a rating system at the top of every effect (exactly the same as 'The Definitive Sankey' set) so you can decide how easy or hard the effect may be for you. A year by year 'Top 10' of Mr Jay's personal favourites. An 'Expert' column at the end of each months issue on various techniques. And superb colour (B&W for the first few issues) illustrations throughout. It does cost a lot yes, but you get a lot of bang for your buck! This is not to be missed! If it goes out of print, I can see it fetching high prices. The question shouldnt be can I afford this?, but rather can I afford not to?

VI Monthly


Look, I don't want to get anyone in trouble here, but I have it on good authority that these books were intentionally made from the finest paper and materials so that they would be heavy. Very heavy, in fact. It's part of Vanishing Inc's health care plan to increase the fitness of their warehouse staff. And, also, to build everyone's biceps so people stop thinking Joshua spends too much time in the gym.

So, buy them. Not only will you be doing the entire staff a favor, but you'll also have a couple of lifetimes of magic to study.



Where to start? Well, with a claim that might appear lofty at first blush, but, trust me, it is accurate. This beautiful two-volume set will become as important as the legendary compilations in our art such as Apocalypse; it's THAT good! The physical product is built to last and the slipcase is designed to comfortably and safely house these two heavy volumes. Combined, this amounts to 15 lbs./6.8 kilos of very good to superb magic. While it looks like something a collector would put on the shelf, this set is really begging to be studied; there are two lifetimes of magic aching to be performed here, folks.

Yes it is dominated by card magic but that has always been the case in magic. Just look at Greater Magic and you will see that half of that towering classic is devoted to cards. But wizards, there is a wealth of magic for non-card practitioners as well including a brilliant Three Fly variant that does not require the use of worn coins.

Just as Apocalypse was a who's who snapshot of magic between 1978-1998, Talk About Tricks captures some of the very best from 2001 to 2013 plus a few additional columns. Names like Asi Wind, Simon Aronson, Caleb Wiles, Harry Lorayne, Christian Chelman, Mark Aspiazu, and MANY more grace these tomes. These are not mere pipe dreams nor are the effects theoretical exercises for move monkeys. Joshua has accomplished something truly amazing by applying his Occam;s Razor and the result is 868 routines plus all of the Experttalk portions of each issue. In fact, Experttalk could well have been its own separate volume, so, kudos to Josh for including these!

My only niggles, and they are small ones are the lack of a proper index and I would have liked it if Josh had chucked in a few of the necessary card gimmicks. Other than that my friends, this is a product that is destined to go down as one of magic's great achievements. The perennial question of desert island resources is appropriate here. For me, all I would need is Apocalypse, Talk About Tricks, and some cards and coins.

If you miss, it is at your peril! Superb work Joshua!!!



Over the years I have magician magic magazine! But if you know any thing about Mr jay the work he has put in with in real art of magic you know you are going find key strengths in the pages of this 2 family book that will have all kinds of different types effect this like Harry lorayne's 4 book series! It has the magician from all round the world and tips and advice and guidance and theory as well fantastic beautiful effect that to day magician or mentalist will love to have on there bookcases.. because you enjoy the 3 books by jay Sankey that they did in early years of vanishing Inc you be very happy to + talk about tricks .. you will have so many different types effect that some time get lost over time! Or maybe a friend did an amazing effect but you have not been able to find it ! And maybe with in the specific pages you will find the right effect that may open up your mind to new ideas that you can never imagine you will enjoy becoming a major masters of the art of magic this is the best stuff the and students can study !materials will be old vintage style and new at the same time what ever level you are with magic .. you wow your family and friends and colleagues for years to come! Thank you for jay for making this a dream for all to study!

VI Monthly


Beautiful books. Great content. Quality all around.

But it's the extra touches that make it even more special. Josh, Andi, George, and the team went all out. The books were boxed with special packaging to avoid any damage, even with the book name on the outside of the box! This was planned to be perfect in every way from the very beginning. As someone who lives in a rural area where mail processing can be rough on books, I was very impressed.

At around a quarter per trick, I am sure you will find plenty of use in this extraordinary set of books.


Bruce F

FINALLY!!! I’m able to clear my bookshelf of Magic Magazines back to 2002 (missed Josh’s first 27 tricks). Talk About Tricks made Magic the best monthly available to finger flickers world wide in this century’s first plus decade. Josh rightly brags about his inclusion of some of the worlds greatest talents, but he’s also highlighted the work of unknowns who’ve brought new ideas to the art as well (check page 448 if I’m allowed to brag):-). The sheer amount of material, clearly marked for level of difficulty is especially useful for me when teaching and keeping young magicians excited and interested in the profession. Having also published a (non magic) column in a no longer published periodical I’m amazed and impressed at how difficult it must have been for Josh to legally and mechanically recover and publish a defunct magazine’s material. Talk About Tricks is a beautiful and expertly photographed work, with hundreds of well thought out and described tricks and will become known as the most important volume of magic to be published in the 21st Century… Trust me on that.

VI Monthly


OK, this is a compilation of Josh Jay's "Talk About Tricks" column. This is a hefty price tag, especially since it is "just" a compilation. But I am not disappointed. First, I knew what I was buying. I wanted all of Josh's columns all in one place, even though you could get it from Magic Magazine's online publications. This is a handy, convenient compilation. The quality of the books and slipcase are top notch. One reviewer notes that the books are difficult to get out because they fit in the slipcase too tightly. To me, this was not a real problem to overcome because ... physics. You are going to get the books out if you understand gravity and inertia. I assume that the books will start coming out easier over time. The dustjackets are awesome, and the materials of the books are top notch as well. The value is justified, not only by the quality of the physical media, but also Josh Jay's efforts over a decade at getting the best tricks for the column. Columns like Talk About Tricks are only as good as the contributors. Josh started his column out with a bang, getting the best creators to contribute material. Over time, Josh was able to successfully solicit materials from the greats and the soon to be greats, as well as one hit wonders. I love my books. I love them. You're getting the columns, compiled. But the packaging classes them up as much as possible for convenient reference, justifying, in my opinion, the price. Now, if only Vanishing Inc. would reprint The Definitive Sankey volumes I through III, my life will be complete.


Marco Batista

These 2 set book is a great puchase! I will point my reasons to say this: 1) first, having paid 227€ for this, it turns out that every trick costs 0,26€, which is a great price; 2) it's a selection of magic coming from diferent creators (this allows you to get a taste of their magic); 3) there's a great variety of magic in these 2 books: cards, coins, money, billets, envelopes, mentalism, etc - I would say there's something for everybody; 4) regarding the dificulty level, also there is something for the complete beginer but also for the experienced magician (the complete beginer can always come back to dificulter tricks as he gains expeciencein magic; 5) Last, all curated by Joshua Jay - so, all really good stuff!

VI Monthly


I have just received my talk about tricks two volume set and first let me say fast delivery from Vaninc as ever the packaging was great so no damage would come to the books. I have had a quick look through volume one and it is very impressive to say the least with coloured photographs and with over eight hundred tricks there is enough magic here to keep you learning for avery long time I give this set my highest recommendation.



Ok so let’s be clear , besides of you buying what I thinks is a collector item you are buying what can basically be an entire life of magic to perform , this might sound exaggerated but seriously you are buying around 800 tricks and moves , if you think you already have this because your bought L&L Publishing think twice because thats not even 20% of what you get with this collection , I’m filming one Trick of this books per night , not for social media , not to upload anywhere , just to have this in my phone and every one and then take a look again and remembers so Much strong magic you can find here , you are learning moves , theory and presentation ! Please if you want to expand your knowledge GET THIS !



I am a sucker for books about magic, can't seem to not buy them; this one is special, the collected columns by Joshua Jay, hundreds and hundreds of pages crammed with entertaining infro, a lot here for just about anyone interested in expanding their knowledge of magic. Highly recommended.



Wow. Very excellent material by a lot of excellent artists. The books arrived in their own box, so you will 100% receive it without any damage. About the books, they are very well made: glossy and full colored pages. Most of the material is very good, and even if I will not remember all of it (too much material!), I think that anyone will get something out of it. Even if there is a lot of tricks using props and mentalism routines, most of material is card magic (and I loved most of it). The price seems very fair once you manage to hold the books. The only reason I did give 4 stars is the index: it's very well made in many aspects, from topic to best tricks, but I found hard to find material of which I knew the name but didn't remeber the year, because the index is mede in chronological order and not in alphabetical order. I recommend this set to every magician



I've read about half of the set and I'm satisfied. A lot of card magic ( I would even say its 70% card magic material). There are many items that were historically released as stand alone items in the +$25 range so you already have great value in these pages. You could say that you won't need to purchase anymore material after this due to the large volume of magic (over 800 effects).

Production seems rushed as there were several spelling errors throughout the volumes. I was surprised to see these errors get by the VI editorial team since they've produced other outstanding publications. The box set is awesome but the books fit in so tight its hard to get them off the shelf. Also the pages do have gaff templates to cut out however in some instances you would destroy writing on the next page in doing so. However, the pros far outweigh the cons.

I was a big fan of the magazines so it was very nostalgic to re-read some material. There are many gems hidden deep in here that deserve some limelight. I found some great advice in the "expert talk" sections as well. I've re-added many routines from these pages to my repertoire that were since forgotten.

I'm very happy with this purchase. I would read other reviews before purchase so you know what you're getting.


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  • Renald asks: What is the price for the books?

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: $250
    • 2. Danny answers: $250US
  • Ulises asks: Can you provide an estimate on the % of material per category - i.e., card magic, coin magic, etc.? I understand that each column can include more than one magic discipline. And that there’s always something to learn from disciplines one does not practice, that can trigger ideas “cross-discipline”. Still, it would help if we have a ball park idea of the big “chunks” of content.

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: While we can't provide exact percentages, I would say that there are slightly more card tricks than other genres. Maybe about 60%?
  • Richard asks: Having bought the downloads, is there a reason to buy the books?

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: Yes because there are about 700 more tricks
  • Yves asks: Is there an index at the end? Yves

    • 1. Jordan answers: There is. It was talked about on the live today and sounds great the way it has been broken down.
    • 2. Joseph answers: The index is not really a proper index in that there is no cross-referencing and no alphabetical ordering of routines. It should be noted however that creating an index for a project of this magnitude would be an expensive and Herculean effort. Thankfully, the layout is clean and the search for a particular routine is that bad.
    • 3. Joseph answers: EDIT: The search for a particular routine is NOT that bad.
    • 4. Richard answers: When I placed my order there was a pdf of the index added to my downloads. The pdf is searchable.
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  • Harry asks: Are these just reprints of the original article, or are they updated versions with new insights and any corrections or clarifications of the original articles?

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: They are reprints of the original articles.
  • liliana asks: It’s possible see the index?

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: We are working on a potential index to show but due to the massive amount of magic in the books, it isn't possible right now.
  • Fredrick asks: There were gaffed cards tipped in the magazine. Some were highly specialized. Will these be available?

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: Unfortunately, the gaffs are not available.
  • Mike asks: Can the books be signed by Josh if requested?

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: Unfortunately, we aren't having the books signed.
  • Riddhipratim asks: Will there be a PDF or Kindle version available??

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: While there isn't a PDF version of the book, you can subscribe to Genii and have access to the backlog of Magic Magazines.
    • 2. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: There will not be a PDF version.
    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: While there isn't a PDF version of the book, you can subscribe to Genii and have access to the backlog of Magic Magazines.
  • Steven asks: Does it come with any download or video of the tricks?

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: No downloads are included.
  • John asks: any e-copy pdf index or tag for searching?

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: While there isn't an e-book, there is an incredibly detailed index inside of the books.
  • Danny asks: Wondering if any required gaffs will be included? If not, will you be putting together an offer for the gaffs?

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: Gaffs are not included.
  • Michael asks: Can points be applied towards the purchase?

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: You can use the points for gift cards and put those towards to purchase.
  • Neal asks: If I may ask, with free shipping, how are these books shipped? UPS? Fedex? or USPS?

    • 1. Jeremy answers: The book was packed excellently. The corner of the box was dented during shipping, so I was worried as I opened it up. However, the book itself was not up against the edge of the box, so no damage at all to the book. Very happy with the packing job.
    • 2. Raymond J answers: I received my set today. They were packed well and shipped via USPS 2-day priority. I believe you can select the shipping method but I can’t remember if I selected this by default.
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  • Ezekiel asks: How many sets were printed?

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: 2000 sets were printed in the first batch.
  • Danny asks: I understand that no gaffs are included, but please let us know if you will be producing a small pack of necessary gaffs - similar to what you produced for Principia. Thank you.

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: There are no plans to produce any gaffs for this.
  • Peter asks: Can you please add a PDF to the download section of any print out props from the two volumes? For example the trick yellow zebra in Africa (pages 19-20) or random sample shuffleboard (pages 217-218). The page for Zebra in particular is printed reversed from how it was in the original publication putting the cut out dotted lines on the outside edge of the page instead of on the inside page which also makes it hard to scan/copy. I’m not sure how many tricks have printouts but I’m betting it’s not that many, making compiling these prop pages into a downloadable pdf very easy.

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: Great idea. Will put it to the powers that be!
  • Felipe asks: What about a signed/autographed edition?

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: Unfortunately we are not able to do signed editions.
  • Harry asks: If someone already has all the magic magazines with all the ‘Talk about Tricks’ articles, is there any value added by purchasing the book for $250?

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: The value of the books is that you have the tricks all in one place with them all indexed out. If you have all of the magic magazines, you still have every great trick but you'll have to go through them issue by issue.
  • Marlon asks: Is there a limited supply on this book set?

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: It's not a limited edition, no.
  • Danny asks: Can anyone tell me which Pit Hartling trick(s) is in these books?

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: Mismatch Sandwich, A Center Deal Demonstration and Made to Fit.
  • James asks: Any mem deck stuff in the books ?

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: There are a few memorized deck tricks. Good ones too!
  • Scott asks: I understand that the entry for Joel Givens' “Sweet Straw” does not tell what happens to the small straw. The original magazine article contained the final steps. Why was this left out of the book edition?

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: With nearly 300 tricks and routines included, we made an honest mistake by missing this one, BUT a PDF is included with your purchase so you don't miss out.
  • Danny asks: If there is a re-print of these books, will you go back and update the errors/omissions?

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: If we end up reprinting, yes, we would do that.
  • Blake asks: I heard there are a lot of typos, and even missing information, such as the trick on page 234. Is this true?

    • 1. Blake answers: I meant page 634
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