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The application of theatrical principles to the performance of magic has a long and proud lineage in the magical literature.
Today, The Paper Engine, Aaron's acclaimed work on sophisticated card magic, takes this notion one step further, arguing that the theatrical aesthetic can — and should — be applied on a level more fundamental than that of performance: to technique itself.
Through detailed explanations of technical artistry and principles, The Paper Engine teaches you — by exploring the important concepts of tension, focus, and design — how to construct and perform magic that’s built on a framework of impeccable structural engineering. Many of the sleights that appear in the book have become, in fact, the Gold Standard for modern sleight-of-hand artists:
And yet this is not a book on optimal finger positioning. On the contrary, it is a work that envisions the larger picture, even as it crafts the small. A work that makes your magic softer, tensionless … and truly invisible. While some of the material is challenging, The Paper Engine is designed to have you performing miracles for living, breathing audiences. You’ll learn powerful, audience-tested effects including:
Written to take intermediate card workers to the advanced level, The Paper Engine will show you …
Lauded by many of today's top card workers, The Paper Engine is a must-have for the student of thoughtful, serious, and provocative card magic.
"The Paper Engine is one of the best books of card magic that I have ever read."
— Michael Close, from the Magic Magazine Review
"The Paper Engine is a modern classic"
— Richard Kaufman, publisher of Genii Magazine
"The Paper Engine won't scare you off with threats of 'knuckle-busting card sleights' while at the same time, it teaches you the ballsy, devious subtleties you would get if you sat at the feet (and took the abuse) of the old-time card masters in pursuit of the 'real work' of the craft. There are a few things in here that Aaron explains as well or better than some who have been doing it for decades, with photos matched exactly to where you need to see 'the moment' as it happens. This stuff won't scare you off. But it will take simple principles, and using simple words, make you a far better magician than you were when you started."
— Brian Morton
"I've said it before and I'll say it again: The Paper Engine is possibly my best purchase in magic thus far. The material and thoughts in the book have helped me develop my own personal view on how magic should be. I've come to develop my own style of performing, something a lot of other products simply can't offer. After reading The Paper Engine I've also found that I've become more relaxed when performing magic and I'm no longer tightening up around the shoulders every time I know in my head a sleight is going on. I think The Paper Engine will be one of the few books to go down as a 'great' in the magic world. If you don't already own this, you're missing out."