“This little book is an overlooked gem. There is value here for every magician.” -Michael Weber
“Magic is a performance art, right? Yet many of our highly touted books for beginners seem fascinated with tricks, moves, gimmicks and secrets, then treat the performance aspects of learning magic almost as an afterthought. I always recommend Kronzek’s Secrets of Alkazar as one of the best books for beginners, because it’s written in a charming and accessible way, and it focuses on performance, scripting, and how to present these tricks for an audience from the outset. Performance here is not a small separate chapter, it is rightly integrated into the learning of all the other aspects of magic.” -Eric Mead
One of the very best introductory texts in magic, the Secrets of Alkazar is one of the few books that really emphasizes the important points beyond the secret that really make the magic. We love this book at Conjuring Arts, it has been of immense value to our Hocus Pocus Project, and are very excited to be able to offer the digital version!
At last, the secrets of Alkazar are available to readers everywhere. One of Alkazar’s most promising students has culled from his lessons and from Alkazar’s notebooks each ingredient essential to a magic performance, and here offers them to all prospective magicians with Alkazar’s permission, of course.
The author’s general approach is to first introduce a secret of Alkazar. Then—briefly baffling the reader—he tells about an effect the secret can be used to create. Finally, he dispels the mystery by showing how the effect is produced. Fifteen effects—the astonishing results of machinations and manipulations—are explained.
Yes, the author himself admits it’s all a swindle. But he also says that while no one wants to feel foolish, most people love to be fooled. And they are only too willing to suspend disbelief and give themselves up to the wonder of magic— provided, that is, the magician can truly create it. Allan Zola Kronzek insists that anyone can do it—with the right attitude, the right technique, and the secrets of Alkazar.
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