The Definitive Sankey Vols. 1 - 3

By Andi Gladwin and Joshua Jay
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The Definitive Sankey Vols. 1 - 3

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By Andi Gladwin and Joshua Jay

All 3 books for 150.00 - SAVE $30.00 | Also available individually

All three volumes are out of print—sorry!

1600 pages. 500 tricks. 3 volumes. 1 mind. Welcome to The Definitive Sankey.

Four years ago we (Joshua Jay and Andi Gladwin) embarked on a literary journey to describe the very best of Jay Sankey’s enormous body of work. The idea was simple: if you eliminate the weak tricks from Jay’s unparalleled output of DVDs, books, tricks, and web videos, what you’re left with is a largely undiscovered treasure trove of magic—much of it without playing cards.

What we didn't anticipate is that the project would take nearly four years of constant work to complete. This project is the largest, most comprehensive collection of one person's magic ever released at one time. And the material is so, so, so good.

Do you like tricks with borrowed bills? There are over THIRTY effects with borrowed bills. Mentalism? A whole chapter devoted to the subject. What about impromptu card magic? Over SEVENTY such effects.

If you were to buy all of Jay's books and releases separately, the total would exceed $6000. Finally, you can own the best of the best—the well—known Sankey classics, the updated handlings on your favorite effects, and hundreds of amazing miracles you have never heard of...all in one collection, for 150 dollars.

Better still, when you buy the book through Vanishing Inc. we include every trilogy will also come with a feature-length DVD performing and teaching what was voted by editors as the "best" of The Definitive Sankey. Three massive hardbound volumes and one DVD ...all for 150 dollars (or 60 dollars per book separately).

Each book is hardbound, fully-indexed, and printed on treated paper in gorgeous two-color rendering.

You will find the best of all his material, including the hard-to-find books, out-of-print videos, and DVDs. Even his theory masterpiece, Beyond Secrets, is included.

Thousands of crisp photographs were taken to make learning Sankey's magic as informative and easy as possible.

We asked ten innovative magicians (including Richard Sanders, David Regal, Rune Klan and more) to list their ten favorite Sankey effects and why they chose them. Each of their curated lists are included in the book, so you can see what others find most interesting about Sankey.


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The Definitive Sankey Volume 1 (out of stock)

The journey begins with a thoughtful introduction on what makes Jay Sankey tick, and then details all the sleights and signature moves needed for the ensuing volumes. Then we lead off with Cards and Props, a chapter devoted to such Sankey classics as "Airtight" and "Nailed," yet also includes the lovely, unpublished "Madelaine's Mystery." There is a chapter detailing a dozen effects along the "Torn and Restored" plot, as well as chapters on close-up mentalism, body magic, and the bill switch. This book also includes over 80 pages of theoretical and interview material.

The Definitive Sankey Volume 2 (out of stock)

Volume 2 takes you right back into the action with a chapter on magic with keys. Then comes all of Jay's best work with the Erdnase Color Change, including his signature "Fragile Harbor" effect, wherein you push a drawing of a ship into a bottle. Stage Mentalism, Ambitious Card, Situational Magic, and Restaurant Magic are all chapters in this worker-focused volume of The Definitive Sankey. There are several outstanding unpublished effects included, alongside Jay's highly-praised Beyond Secrets essays on the performance of magic.

The Definitive Sankey Volume 3 (out of stock)

The centerpiece of Volume 3 is the chapter of magic with bills. Sankey has done more work on close-up magic with borrowed bills than anyone else, and the finest of this material is collected here. "Voodoo," "Montreal Transpo," and "Chameleon" are other standouts from chapters on magic with matches, borrowed decks, pens, coins, and fire.


Customer reviews for The Definitive Sankey Vols. 1 - 3

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First review! Probably the first of many.

This is an incredible collection. There is so much incredible material in here covering so many topics, including cards, coins, mentalism, theory, flash paper, etc. It has tricks for the beginner and expert. It is very well-written, but still has plenty of that Sankey wackiness. It is a fun read. There is something for everyone here. You can't read this collection without getting something useful from it.

I predict this will become one of those must-own collections, like Card College, Art of Astonishment, etc. Don't hesitate. Get yours now!



Wow! Simply wow! I was expecting a great product as it is usual with Vanishing Inc. but I wasn't prepared for this. Three HUGE (and I mean HUGE) books of extraordinary quality with very interesting characteristics such as lists of some well known magicians' favourite tricks and visual indications for those that we can do impromptu. Have I said "Wow!" ?



Great text, great photos, and great layout. I expected good descriptions of the effects, but the insights into Sankey's career and creative process elevate the book beyond a typical encyclopedia of tricks. In undertaking what must have been an extraordinarily difficult process, hard work and creativity show on every page. I've always liked Sankey's stuff (accepting that there is wheat and chaff), but seeing the directions and volume of his work really makes me respect him in a way I didn't before. There are genius effects in these volumes, but equally important there are insights into magical genius. As other reviewers note here, this set is as much an instant classic in magic as any I've read.



Absolutely blown away by the magic, layout and quality of writing in these books. I predict these books will not only become a classic, but Joshua's and Andi's formula for putting it all together will be the new prototype of future magic books! Just buy it, you will not regret.



Wow! I expected great material from Jay Sankey, however it's the amount of great material in addition to an unbelievably well organized 3 set volume. From the moment you open the book it is extremely impressive. First there is a section at the beginning entitled "how to read this book". This shows how each effect is broken down with photos, difficulty levels, source, whether or not impromptu, and top ten recommendations.

Why is the organization structure so important to me? I have some great book collections such as The James Files. The biggest problem is that I cannot find anything without having to read through hundreds of pages to select a great effect. I cannot state too much the obvious amount of detail and time that MUST have been put forth to produce these books.

The effects: There are hundreds of effects/tricks/ideas to choose from that you will be able to include some in your repertoire only days after reading. New takes on bill changes, and ideas with card tricks you already know that will inspire you to think in new directions.

Seriously Andi and Joshua outdid themselves on this one! Brilliant piece of work!



I heard about these books close to 2 years ago, and even then I thought. due to the huge volume of work involved; that these books would not be out for a VERY long time. Boy was I wrong! The final result is quite simply beautiful! Andi, Josh, Jay, and everybody else involved in this project must have CONSTANTLY worked on this to in a mere FOUR years, deliver us what we have now. Very much worth the wait!

The biggest surprise for me with this collection is this: I have always prided myself on being incredibly familiar with Jay's work, having invested in the majority of his books, DVDs, etc. You know what, that did not matter one bit. There are tons of unpublished goodies in here. Also, the write-ups of the effects that I was already familiar with blew me away also because there was always that one tidbit of information that breathes new life into the material. Whether an updated presentation or handling, this set has a lot to offer one for their investment, even for the hardcore Sankey buff.

The really crazy part is, as I write this, I'm only half was through the first volume!!! This work is very fun to go through though and I'm looking forward to making my way through it!

Once again, thank you Vanishing Inc. for a stellar product and for exceeding one's expectations!



While Jay Sankey is often the subject of many magic debates, these three books are massive, and demonstrate why he is one of the most creative forces in magic. The vastness of material is astonishing, and also the quality - even in tricks that you wouldn't use, theres some clever moment, method or line that you can appreciate.

Buy all three at once - they look great on the shelf, contain a ton of magic (both classic Sankey, and more obscure material that is dynamite) and certainly contain a bunch of tricks with literally any prop or situation you can think of. Very highly recommended.



Some of the best books I've ever read. I will treasure these for life!



The Definitive Sankey set. I did not know if I would like this I have never been a big Sankey fan but now I am. This set is great a lot of good trick's supper easy to read and funny plus some fun to read essays from Sankey. If you are thinking of buying them ( If not what is wrong with you? ) I would buy the set some of the tricks say to go learn a move from book one or book 2 but you are reading from the third. This is not a problem as long as you get all three. Once again Josh and Andi did great!



Oh well, i have managed to drag myself away from the Sankey trilogy set. Firstly, the production, photographs, text , covers, info and layout is absolutely awesome. There is so much useable stuff in here, with every object you can think of. I really didnt know where to start. When you work out the cost and amount of real Magic effects, then this book is a must. Worth every last penny. Any young guys out therevwant to learn thevreal stuff, get theses books. These books will be future collectors items. The guys at vanishing inc have excelled with these books. I am one happy magic guy, now where was i?



Who is Jay sankey you may ask! Well when you read his 3 books that vanishing Inc have done! You will be a marvel of close up with daytime things that will rock magicians,mentalism minds for a long time! What a big bang of cool magic! And balance that have cards ,coins and stage work too supernova theory that all ages will love!



the most beautiful thing to happen to the world of magic in the last three decades maybe ever no exaggeration buy it now



These volumes are sooo well done; they are instant classics. They are so well organized and are formated almost like college text books. Lord knows how much work went into these books. If you do magic for real people skip buying the trick of the week or one-trick downloads for a month or two and just get all three of these volumes. You literally will not NEED to buy any more magic.

Note: I purchased the complete set, and it was ordered through my local magic shop. Volume 1 was of the standard set and Volumes 2 and 3 were from the deluxe set. Not really a problem but if you order all three at once there may be a chance they'll be mismatched. Not sure why this happened, but luckily I'm a guy that doesn't care about the way the set looks on my shelf.



A lot has been said already about this, so I won't repeat it. What is good to know is that the descriptions are very short and clear. Partly because sleights are not included in the trick, but in a separate chapter. Great idea.

Many great ideas by the way. Jay Sankey twists the way you think about every concept that is possible with small objects, cards and coins. By now, many tricks have become classics, so pick it up, study this material and open your mind for everything that is possible. Often with simple methods.


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  • Eric asks: Hi. I’m wondering if these will be reprinted soon?

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: While we do not have immediate plans to do so, I am confident that we will reprint them one day.
  • Brian asks: I heard an interview with Andi where he indicated that these would be reprinted in 2022. Is there any update on a reprint? Please? Don't make me beg! Ok, I am begging. Please!

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: Potentially... we don't have an exact date but we're hopeful.
  • Adrian asks: Any chance there will be a reprint in 2023??

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: Maybe :)
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