How did you learn magic? From Bobo

11th February 2018

People always ask how I learnt magic. Well, I started with one of the best magic books ever written and one that is commonly recommended to beginners, called "Modern Coin Magic" by J.B.Bobo. It's an excellent resource for those wishing to learn sleight-of-hand. There's a few routines in particular that are worth studying.

I STARTED in magic many years ago when I was a mere 18 years old. I, like many before me, visited the famous Davenports Magic Shop in London. I chatted with the magician behind the counter who advised me on what to buy, and I headed off to university with a brand new copy of “Modern Coin Magic” by J.B.Bobo, a set of Linking Rings, and a traditional routine for them by “The Great Wong”.

I spent my first year with “Modern Coin Magic”, I carried it everywhere, read it from cover to cover, and practised diligently. I think this single book has done more to shape my magic than any other that I own. I still love this book, and revisit it from time to time, finding new ideas from old magic. Nowadays it has a fancy new cover, and non-beat copies are available! I highly recommend it for those wishing to learn sleight-of-hand magic.

Recommended Routines

HERE’S MY recommended list of routines for you to look up in the book:

  • Two Pennies on the Leg, The Drop Pass, The Hippity Hop Half: Three tricks I did together as my first ever coin routine.
  • Coin Fold: A wonderful complete vanish of a coin that can be made even more impressive with the use of flash paper.
  • Coins Through the Table: Uses Han Ping Chien, my current favourite coin trick!
  • Sympathetic Coins: A good close-up routine with many variations.
  • Okito Box, Coin and Handkerchief: The reproduction of the signed coin is brilliant, a very cheap coin to impossible location effect with the spectator holding onto it.
Paul's copy of Bobo's Modern Coin Magic
Paul’s copy of Bobo’s Modern Coin Magic

Have a magical one,

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