52 Memories - Retrospective Edition

Book by Andi Gladwin and Jack Parker ($50.00)

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52 Memories is one of the most important magic books to be published in the last ten years.Tomas Blomberg

Many magic books can be trivialized. They are, after all, just a collection of tricks. But, 52 Memories is more than that; it is the legacy of one of the most promising card magic creators of our time. 52 Memories is one of those rare magic books that pass on the most fruitful creations from a lifetime of tinkering, experimenting and performing. It is an important book that shares the late Jack Parker's lifelong mission to create the most amazing miracles ever decoded from a single deck of fifty-two.

Jack Parker had a knack for producing card tricks that were beyond extraordinary. He had an uncanny ability of twisting plots in new directions while using as few sleights as possible. His magic was typically easy, often visual and always astounding. He received praise from many of card magic's elite and several even heralded the first edition as one of the most important published this decade.

As Peter Duffie predicted in his glowing review in MAGIC Magazine, 52 Memories went out of print quickly. This retrospective edition offers expanded text, more gorgeous two-color illustrations by Tony Dunn and a brand new layout. One reviewer said of the book,"It's so nicely done that it's almost hard to believe someone would care this much about card tricks." This second edition is done with even more care and attention to detail.

With fifty-two items, just under 300 large pages, you are invited into a one-time tour of Jack Parker's life in magic. The attractive two-colour printed pages in 52 Memories sit between thick hard backed covers, and contain all the elegance to sit alongside your most prized books on magic.

298 large-sized pages. Hardback. Two color print. This beautiful book is a second edition and contains the same tricks as the first edition.

 

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Customer reviews for 52 Memories - Retrospective Edition

Gary Brown

What and absolutely beautiful book. My copy arrived today, and through only a leisurely read at the airport and on a short flight I have but one regret - how dog eared my copy shall become through use despite its hard backed, desk top design.

So eager to get into learning from and enjoying it in detail - having just arrived and sitting in my hotel room, Jacks 'The Three Stooges' (his version of McDonald Aces) has just brought a huge smile to my face.

What a happy legacy it would appear to be indeed.

 

Jorge Betancourt

I'm only seven years in magic, but a few years ago my interest in books become bigger and bigger, so I made a wish list of some books (even if they were OOP), and in that list was 52 Memories. When I watched the video on Vanishing Inc's Youtube Channel (I think that was in January), and Kyle said that they were working on a second edition of 52 Memories I literally went to Vanishing Inc's website every single day hoping to see the book in the New Releases.

I bought the book the day that it came out, and I didn't have the time to open the box until yesterday. WOW, what a great book! it is beautifully produced, I loved the section of "Set ups", that is an index of the tricks that need set up AND the set up, so you don't need to go back to reread the effect if you only forgot the set up.

I just read the first two chapters and they are GREAT! Also I read the Final Palm and Liar booklets that came with the book (because I was one of the first persons that bought the book), and they are also GREAT!

I can not recommend this enough. This is not a 5/5, or a 10/10, this is a 100/100