Close-Up Illusions

Book by Gary Ouellet ($45.00)

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This far-reaching and influential work contains many magical masterpieces including Gary's Touch Force, his Paradise Counts, his remarkable work on the Kosky change, some unbelievable coin concepts, as well as many essays on the real work.

No one who loves close-up magic should be without this classic book, now in its third printing. Lavishly illustrated with hundreds of photos, this book raised the bar on what a good magic book should be.

From easy-to-master gems to more advanced sleights and routines, Close Up Illusions was quietly introduced in the early 80's and went on to become a cherished collector's reference work. Now Gary Ouellet's genius is once again available to the magic fraternity.

More importantly, it explains the philosophy behind close-up magic, from the man who was selected as one of the century's 100 most influential magicians by MAGIC Magazine.

From the acclaimed author of the Masters of Magic series, consultant for David Copperfield, and the star of over two dozen videos, comes a remarkable collection of innovative, theatrical close-up magic, taught in the clear and entertaining manner for which Gary Ouellet has become so well known! Close-Up Illusions is a classic, vast in its scope, incisive in its advice, exciting in its concepts, fabulous in its magic. Some of the new concepts include:

Flash Deck - An instant, bare-handed production of a full deck of cards!

The Gossamer Dissolve - A beautiful four coin vanish, and Gary's heretofore unpublished finale to "The Silver Passage"!

Dream Glass - A stunning impromptu glass suspension.

Maneater - A direct, commercial, and astounding version of The Cannibal Cards!

The Push-Pinch Sponge Ball Vanish - You must see it to believe it!

The Touch Force - This caused a sensation when it was first released in Genii Magazine!

The Silverdust Routine - A dazzling one-coin routine featuring the eye-popping Toss Change!

Netherworld -  An impromptu, no-sleight version of Out of this World that Gary has been sitting on for 20 years!

And much, much, much more!

The close-up magic book of the year, maybe several years!MUM Magazine, 2000
This book is incredible... the best you have ever done!Peter Reveen
Buy it!Harry Lorayne

Hardbound, 350 pages, with over 470 photographs and a full-color dustjacket

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I had the honor to meet Gary Ouellet back in the 70s when he was studying with The Professor (Vernon). It was actually Dai Vernon who introduced me to Gary. He was a humble man and graciously took time to share some great tips with me, including teaching me one of the most beautiful and deceptive coin vanishes I have ever seen.

Close-up Illusions is worth ever cent as it contains a wealth if information. You will,whether amateur or seasoned pro, find gold nuggets scattered all throughout this book. Gary was a modern master of the art of magic and his legacy will live on with this amazing book. His words and his magic had a powerful impact on my magic career and I will always be grateful to him for his generosity, his genius, and his humility. If you are not familiar with Gary and his magic get this book. I rank this as one of my top ten favorite magic books and my collection is extensive. Maybe I'm a little prejudiced because of my personal dealings with Gary, but I use as many of Gary's techniques as I do Vernon, Slydini, Jennings, Kaps, etc. I personally think this may be one of the most underrated books on the market. Do yourself a favor and get it before it goes out of print.