New Magic of Japan, 1988
by Hiroyuki Sakai, Phil Goldstein, and Richard Kaufman
A quick and easy introduction to this book is to say that New Magic of Japan is a collection of 25 magic routines from 25 different Japanese magicians. And, well, that's a true statement.
However, there's a lot more to it than that. Coming in at 123 pages, the 25 routines that are written throughout this book cover so many areas in magic. There are a couple of card tricks, there are coin tricks, a trick with dice, a glass production, a wand vanish, a cane appearing from a fireball, and even more! While yes, there are stage effects included within, there are also plenty of close-up magic routines too.
While, personally, I thought I would be immersed more in the Japanese magic culture in this book, it's more akin to dipping a toe in the water of what is Japanese magic. Since there is so much disparity between each individual trick and magician, finding a unified source of inspiration is difficult. Fortunately, each and every routine is both stunning and beautiful in its own way. That, in my opinion, is the heart of Japanese magic and what this book is meant to show us.
I've read through the book once already and have several effects I'll be using -- including non-card-magic routines! If you're new to magic or are looking to mix things up a little, I recommend New Magic of Japan!
Where to buy?
Last I checked, you should be able to pick up New Magic of Japan, 1988 at Amazon. The last price tag I saw for this book was set at $50.00.
Contents of New Magic of Japan, 1988
Preface by Hiroyuki Sakai
Foreword by Phil Goldstein
Introduction by Richard Kaufman
A Note on Pronunciation
- Card Ping Chien by Shigeo Takagi
- Miser's Miracle Again by Masashi Neo
- Metamorph-rose by Kazuyuki Hase
- Card Quake by Kuniyasu Fujiwara
- Glass Load by Tomohiro Maeda
- Climax Flower Chains by Tetuo Tanigawa
- Double Shock by Yuic-hi Katakura
- Cell Division by Kazuyoshi Hirachi
- Cane From Fireball by Asako Suda
- Coin Fugue by Masao Atsukawa
- Counterfeit by Kenichi Kuroki
- Joint Account by Kazuto Nishino
- The Three-Sixty Fan by Naoki Ogi
- Dice Assembly by Toyohisa Saikawa
- Chonometer Card by Takanobu Ishida
- Triple Production Box by Jonny Hirose
- Triangle Circle Square by Shinichi Arai
- Quadruplicate Spellbound by Yoshihiko Mutobe
- Crafty Wand Vanish by Koichi Kawada
- Burnt Out by Toshiyuki Serizawa
- Linking Cardboard by Toruu Suzuki
- Dedicated to Mr. Astaire by Hironiori Morita
- Non-Prediction by Keikan Miyanaka
- Spoony Ring by Hiroyuki Sakai
- Smoke Rings by Hiroshi Sawa