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The Illusioneer

Book by Carlos Vaquera
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The Illusioneer

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Book by Carlos Vaquera ($40.00)

In stock. Order now — we'll send it first thing Monday morning
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The Illusioneer was a critically-acclaimed smash success in its original French language, and we at Vanishing Inc. are proud to be the publishers of the English-language edition of this important work. Carlos Vaquera is a seminal force of European magic, and this is his opus. With more than thirty card effects, six coin pieces, and several essays on the practical theory of magic, The Illusioneer will inspire you to push harder with your magic.

Belgium's Carlos Vaquera has an unrivaled fluidity and elegance when he performs. He chooses plots that are clear and streamlined, and his versions are extremely direct; there is little repetition and almost always a punch at the end. His close-up style is visual and effortless, and in this book he takes you through his life's work in concise, step-by-step instructions.

Carlos was heavily inspired by his teacher, Arturo de Ascanio, and included in this collection are important essays on naturalness, music, and the performance of magic. He also includes the secret method he uses to organize his work, and to fight off performance nerves.

With nearly 300 pages of instruction and beautiful illustrations, this book is a rare glimpse into the mind of one of Europe's real masters.

"Absolutely fascinating. Chock-a-block full of card and coin tricks. I loved it." Shawn Farquhar

"An amazing book. A masterclass in card and coin handling." Paul Gertner

"A fantastic book." Liam Montier

"Delightful [and] amazing. If you want to learn elegant card and coin magic, this is the book for you." Jim Krenz

"Carlos [offers] the perfect combination of elegance, technique and storytelling. If you like well-thought out close-up magic, you will greatly enjoy The Illusioneer." Boris Wild

Hardbound. 298 pages.

Contents of The Illusioneer


  • The Queens’ Shadows
  • A Fine New Trick
  • Franco
  • Les Pensées
  • Every Which Way
  • Running Pack
  • Black Jack
  • A Hell of a Poker Game
  • Clones
  • Traveling Signatures
  • Weighted Cards
  • Cards to Pocket
  • Damask
  • The Queens’ Return
  • Indifferent–Aces–Queens Transposition
  • Countdown
  • Traveling Aces — Invisible Palming
  • Leading Ladies
  • Day and Night
  • Les Rouges et les Noires
  • Colloc-Ace-tion
  • Catch Collectors
  • Speedy Sandwich
  • Sandwich à Trois
  • Delayed Sandwich
  • The Takeover Card
  • Topsy-Turvy
  • Escorial
  • A Melody for Two Playing Cards
  • All Backs
  • The New Phoenix Has Arrived!
  • Jacks of All Trades


  • The Traveling Coin
  • Chiromancy
  • Coins through Table
  • Matrix — Premier
  • Matrix — Deuxième
  • Matrix — Troisième


  • On the Craftsman
  • On Naturalness
  • On Music
  • On the Expert Teacher
  • On Eight Tenets of Magic
  • On Stage Fright
  • On Creativity
  • On Practice


  • My Fan Control
  • The All-Square Control
  • My Side Steal
  • The Amilkar Side Steal
  • My Add-On Moves
  • Matrix — Quatrième

Hardcover. 298 pages.

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    Luis asks: How many tricks are in the book? Thanks

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    Jake asks: Why is it so inexpensive? Magic books nowadays typically start at $60.

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    Tom asks: Will the book still be available in 2 months? I am still 2 books behind and trying to catch up!! You guys are killing me. I have had to become a speed reader and order new glasses as my eyes are worn out. Your books are too good. Please give us a break or I may go blind. ( Just kidding! Will order later) .

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    Nicolas asks: Guys, does this come with the videos that are included in the french version ? Nicolas

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    Roberto asks: Hello! Is most of the card material in this book suited for working on a table or surface versus working "in-the-hands" without a table? Thanks!

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    Kim asks: How many copies are for sale please? Is it possible that it will be out of stock fast? Thanks

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    Michele asks: Do you foresee to publish the DVD in the future as in the french edition?

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Customer reviews for The Illusioneer


I own the French edition of this book and love it. I cannot wait to read it in English! I think I will get even more out of it.



I HAve the original!! Love it. I read it while studying French at college. Just ordered this English edition for my collection



Very good book. Didn't know that a new edition was out. Will probably order it.

The Illusioneer by Carlos Vaquera