The 1st Edition Hardback version of Magic Page by Page by Patrick Page was published at the end of November 2011 and the 1,000 copies printed were sold out in May 2013. Thank you to everyone who bought the book and said such nice things about it.
The 2nd Edition has now been printed and is available to purchase exclusively from Patrick Page Magic. We took on board your comments about the weight of the book and the cost of shipping it to you and have created a softback version which is significantly lighter than the hardback version. All the costs of paper and printing have gone up since we printed the 1st Edition to make the 2nd Edition more expensive for us, we have reduced the price of the book to £40 sterling to keep the book affordable and it compares very favourably with other magic books published over the last 10 years.
The soft back version is still a very big book, lavishly illustrated with 328 pages, 12″ x 9″ in size, jam packed with great magic effects and advice and advice on how to perform them from one of the magic’s greatest teachers. It contains details of the routines that Patrick regularly performed and from which he earned a living over the last 60 years.
We have used the same quality paper as before and just replaced the hard cover with a soft cover to get the weight of the book down. We have passed on those savings in postage / shipping to you.
What is different about the new 2nd Edition version?
The book is just the same as the 1st edition hardback version with the following changes:
• We added a few people to the list of people whose help with the book we wished to acknowledge and who weren’t included in the first edition.
• We added a few extra photos in the book of Patrick
• We made a few corrections to some very minor errors that were spotted in the 1st edition
That’s it. We haven’t changed any of the words. It is exactly as Patrick wrote it. We would have risked being struck down by a bolt of lightning had we dared!
What’s in the book? Well what isn’t in it?
Well there are chapters on cards, stacked decks, coins, the Miser’s Dream and palming, use of sponge balls, ropes, thumb tips, paper tearing and restoring, silks, purse frame etc., dealer delights such as Cord A Cup, Easy Money, Patrick’s version of the 3 Card Monte, Money Bag, Old Moore’s Diary, the Hanky Panky Cloth, the Topit Vanisher, Comedy Magic, Misdirection, Spectator assistance and much much more.
Below is a non exhaustive list of some of the money topics covered by Patrick in his book.
Chapter 1 Cards
Cards to Pocket – Patrick’s own take on a classic piece of card magic.
The Continuous Do As I Do – an effect performed by Patrick over many years starting off as a quickie, close-up card trick to its eventual handling, featuring entertaining audience participation.
An Impromptu Vanish – the ideal effect for anyone who already performs card manupulations.
Beyond Coincidence – “strolling magic” which requires no preparation, just a deck of cards.
Patrick Page’s Card in Wallet – a spectator takes a card from a pack of cards, marks it with initials and the card is revealed from a zipped wallet.
One, Two, Three, It’s Yours – an unexpected method of producing a previously selected card from a pack of cards.
Heba Haba Magic – Patrick Page’s version of what was his favourite trick.
The Davenport Deception – a visual effect involving a card under a coin changing to a selected card.
The PrincESP Card Trick – a variation of the Hardin Princess Card Trick, with E,S,P cards.
Three Cards Across – a classic card effect involving 3 cards travelling from one pack to another.
Princess Quatro – based on the Hardin Princess Card Trick with a climax which is more surprising than the original.
Peg It – producing a selected card and clipping it between the jaws of a clothes peg.
Jumbo One in the Middle – a modern version of an effect devised by Patrick Page in the 1950’s, with Jumbo cards.
Big Money Aces – a card trick with a surprise finish.
The Top Change – how to perform the top change with a pack of cards.
The Unknown Soldier’s Card Trick – a card trick based on an idea given to Patrick Page by Ken de Courcy (and shown to him by an American soldier in North Africa during the 2nd World War).
The Multiple Colour Change – Patrick Page’s interpretation of the famous Dai Vernon Tenkai Palm colour change.
The Pageboy Card Switch – a move enabling you to switch one card for another while the card is lying down on the table face down.
Chapter 2 The Stacked Deck
Information on stacked decks and ideas on how to use them as part of a routine
The PaPa System
Things You Should Know About a Stacked Deck
Handling a Stacked Deck
The Face-Up Revelation
The Fernandez Miracle
Calling the Cards
The Pocket Card Index
Ted Danson’s Diary Trick
The Ultimate Variation: Old Moore’s Diary – Patrick Page’s own diary trick.
The Four Packets – Parts 1 and 2.
At a Number
The PaPa System Plus Si Stebbins
The Estimated Cut
Think A Card
Name a Number
Avoiding the Peek
Chapter 3 Coins
No Lap Coins Through Table & The Hang Ping Chien Move
The Big Coin Production
The Complete Coin Miracle
The Pull Back Coin Vanish
A Coin Interlude
A Coin Vanish
The Sleeve Dropper
A La Malini
Coins Coins Coins
Chapter 4 The Miser’s Dream
The Bucket and Coins
The Necessary Sleights
The T Nelson Downs “Palm”
The Classic Palm
The Thumb Palm
The Pull Back
The Drop Plus Finger Palm
The Back Clip
The Left Hand
The Basic Routine
In Lieu of the Coin Holder
The Chanin Coin Production and Variation on the Chanin Theme.
Chapter 5 Miscellaneous: Sponge Balls, Ropes, Silks etc.
Glass of Liquid Production
The Sponge Ball Routine
The Bowl Routine
The Sleeve Dodge
The Purse Frame
The Burned and Restored Bill in Wallet
The Ten Second Paper Tear
The Colour Changing Handkerchief
Bare Hand Silk Production
Dyeing the Silks
One More Torn and Restored Paper
A Thumb Tip Tip
The Al Koran Thimble Routine
Lighter Thru Table
The Borrowed Finger Ring
The Purse Switch
The Pageboy Ball Vanish
The Cut and Restored Rope
The Everlasting Cut and Restored Rope
Three to One Rope Trick
The Rope Rope Rope Trick
With a Thumb Tip
Chapter 6 Dealer’s Delights
Easy Money – turning paper into money. Patrick Page’s most well known trick but one that many do not realise that he was the inventor.
One in the Middle – the first effect marketed by Patrick Page (invented in 1955)
The Colour Changing Jumbo
The Golden Girdle
The Fifty – Fifty Cards
Double Mirage – Parts 1 and 2.
One More Time
Repeat Flag Production
A Handful of Magic
The Invisible Chicken
Topsy Turvy Candle
The Mini Money Miracle
The Big Four
The Noddy Handkerchief
The Hanky Panky Cloth
Patrick Page’s Ringstick
The Brainbuster Deck
Chapter 7 Topit
Full instructions and tips on how to use the Topit Vanisher. Patrick included the Topit Vanisher in all of his routines.
Chapter 8 Patrick Page’s Comedy Magic
Information on more comedy gags and effects than you will ever need but almost certainly something to suit everyone in this Chapter.
Below is a list of topics included in this Chapter.
The Magic Box
The Vanishing Birdcage
The Vanishing Apple
Tearing It Up
A Colour Change
The Electric Deck
A Flashy Gag
Sharp As A Knife
A Flaming Candle
Smoke Gets Everywhere
From Down Under
The Portable Cow
The Shot Knot
Smoke Smoke Smoke
A Cigarette Twist
The Vanishing Handkerchief
The Acrobatic Glove
The Flash Box
The Egg Trick
H.G. Wells Outdone
Striking It Lucky
God Bless Cardini
A Tissue of…?
Tale of a Fish
A Con Trick
The Vanishing (?)
Another T & R Paper
The Breakaway Wand
See The Pretty Thing
Those Blinking Rings
The Electric Deck, Again
A Feat of Magic
A Sticky Moment
A Hat Trick
Up Up Up Up Up
Cue For Magic
That Rope Trick
The Indian Rope Trick
Half and Half
The Eye Card Trick
Wrong Card Right Card
A Table Tip
The Boomerang Card
Name A Card 1
The Card Is?
The Diminishing Handkerchief
A Dodgy Rope
A Dodgy Rope 2
The Cannonball Illusion
All Seeing Blindfold
Just A Thought
It’s My Turn Now
Rabbit, Where Art Thou?
Card In Wallet
A Green Pair?
The Flat Rabbit
The Baby Gag
Hanky Panky 1
Hanky Panky 2
A Coin Trick
A Hole in One
19 different Comedy Props
Chapter 9 Misdirection
Ideas on misdirection
A Ball Vanish
The Big Steal
Card Under the Ashtray
Chapter 10 Now They See It
Effects concerned with a spectator assisting the performer.
The Vanishing and Reappearing Saucer
The Early Version
Card on Forehead
Which Hand Is It In?
On The Back
With a Balloon
Dr Giovanni’s Card on Back
Paper Balls Over the Head
The Egg Bag
The Vanishing Liquid
The Pitchman Routine
Six Inches More
The Eye Chart
This is the Big Time
The Coin Vanish
The Knotted Handkerchiefs
Appendix – Interview of Patrick Page by Matt Field, editor in April 2007 for The Magic Circular, the monthly magazine of The Magic Circle.
The book has been described as “a career changing book”. Full of wit and wisdom, Magic Page by Page is Patrick’s life’s work in magic, a virtual omnibus of his magic inventions, written down for posterity.
Thanks to Matt Field and Michael Albright (editor and designer respectively), it’s also a stylish, elegant book that’s easy to read.
Published by the family (at Patrick’s request), the price for sales in Continental Europe inclusive of shipping / postage and packing is £56
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We have included comments from some of our customers about the 1st Edition of Magic Page by Page. Please note that the 2nd edition is cheaper and not as heavy. Here’s what Simon Drake, star and creator of The Secret Cabaret and The House of Magic had to say about the new Magic Page by Page book by Patrick Page
“Magic Page by Page” by Patrick Page
‘If a person was starting out in magic and this book was the only one they ever had, the wisdom and simplicity therein would be sufficient to become a first-rate entertainer’
Simon Drake, January 2012
Review of the Book
We are grateful to Dave Goulding who has just written (5th December 2011) the following review of the book for the Aberdeen Magical Society’s in-house magazine Pisces and given us permission to use it. We have also included a review received from Pat Fallon in Dublin (9th December 2011). Thanks Pat for generously allowing us to include it below for your enjoyment.
Magic Page By Page
Today was a good day. Yes, it’s Monday; yes, the temperature never got above freezing; yes,
the economy is staggering along but no matter because the Postie delivered my copy of “Magic
Page by Page”!
Now those of you that know me will be aware of my admiration for the greatly missed Pat, so I
will do my best to rein in my emotions and try my damnedest to give you an impartial and
subjective review of this book.
Let’s start with the physical aspects. It is big at 12.5″ by 9.5″. There are about 330 pages of
excellent quality heavy matt art paper, bound in hardback with a glossy dust sheet. Many pages
are lavishly illustrated with explanatory photographs of the Page Boy himself while others have
lovely line drawings and even publicity-type photos of Pat. It is beautiful to look at.
Anyone who is familiar with Pat’s work will already be acquainted with his clear, direct writing
style. There are very few words wasted when an effect is being explained but the subject is
always fully covered. I must give a huge credit to Matthew Field who has done a wonderful job
of editing Pat’s work.
In the cover notes, the book is described as Pat’s magnum opus and it is certainly that. The
contents would take far too long to discuss but let me assure you that anything that you ever
saw Pat do, heard him lecture about or read in any of the publications that he produced (or
contributed to) will be covered here. In fact, there are more than two hundred tricks, moves and
bits of business covered.
There is enough material in here to last for several careers. Every aspect, style and genre of
magic is covered from cards and coins through to stage via strolling, parlour and restaurants.
There truly is something for everyone here.
There are a couple of things that puzzle me about this book. The first is the price. Including
postage (in the case of the parcel delivered to me, £4.41) and packaging, it costs only £53*. That
is astonishingly cheap for what you get. The other thing that frankly amazes me is that the book
was published as it is. I believe that it could easily have been split into two or even three
volumes. Now don’t get me wrong; this is not a complaint. I just think that it is an extremely
generous gesture by the publishers!
In saying that, I do hope that they come across some more forgotten or unpublished material as
I really don’t want to think that this will be the last ever Pat Page book.
So to sum up: don’t even think about it: go to the Patrick Page Magic website (details below)
now. Order it, read it and I promise that you will keep going back to it. I sincerely believe that
this will rank with Tarbell and Wilson as a ‘must have’ in any magic library. Buy it now, get a first
edition and enjoy your investment! DG
Magic Page By Page by Patrick Page. £53* inc. P&P from www.patrickpagemagic.co.uk
* Unfortunately since this review was printed, the Post Office has increased its postal charges and we have had to increase the price of the book to £55 in the UK to reflect this. It is a heavy book weighing just under 2 kilos.
Note from Patrick Page Magic – the price for delivery to the Rest of Europe is £63 inc P&P.
Review from Pat Fallon in Dublin (9th December). Thanks Pat for allowing us to including this review.
This morning I felt very sorry for my postman as I saw him heading to my front door in the wind and rain with as rather large package under his arm. Despite feeling sorry for him I was happy to see him struggling, as I knew he was delivering my much anticipated copy of Page by Page.
Nothing could have prepared me for what was inside the brown cardboard packing, not even the preview material I had seen at the International Convention a couple of weeks ago. It is a magnificent large format volume of some three hundred and twenty seven pages, full of Patrick Page’s routines, stories, observations, tips, advice and photographs, all beautifully laid out in a way that makes it a joy to read.
The design work by Michael Albright is just wonderful and you could not ask for a better editor than Matthew Field which makes this a truly beautiful piece of work and everything the author would have expected it to be. It is a fitting tribute to a man who did so much to further the careers of so many of the magicians like myself currently working all over the world.
Anybody who has witnessed Patrick Page in action would know what to expect in the way of tricks and routines, but it’s all the other extra stuff you get that makes this such and enjoyable and educational read. This book was a gift to myself to be read over the Christmas Holiday, but I could not resist delving into it to savour some of the contents and these are just two of the many gems I discovered.
Chapter Two dealing with the stacked asks the question “A spectator takes a card and you immediately know it’s name, now what. They name a card and you instantly know it’s position in the deck, now what. They call out a number and you can tell then what card is at that position, now what” not only does Patrick Page ask the question, but thankfully he gives you the answers.
Chapter Ten is entitled ‘Now they see it’ which is probably the most comprehensive collection of tricks where everybody, but the spectator on stage, knows what is happening except him. Tricks like the Paper Balls over the Head and Card on Forehead are just two of the many items dealt with in this chapter which was for me alone worth the asking price.
I was very lucky to have personally known Pat and any time spent with him was always a joy. It was his other ‘Big Book of Magic’ the really got me started, which he always maintained was regrettable, that he had to bear the burden of responsibility for me inflicting pain on the general public.
I do have two major regrets about the book, one being that Patrick never lived to see his masterpiece published and the other is that unlike all the other Patrick Page material in my library it will never bear his signature. You may be gone but this book will ensure you are never forgotten.
Pat Fallon 9th December 2011