If you’ve got an amateur magician in your life, Jim Macdonald has a gift suggestion over at his blog.
So, for some wild reason, you feel the need to put together a magic kit for someone you really like. Rather than going out and laying down a couple of bills on an “executive magic kit” (as you can find various places), here’s what I’d do:
- A nice leather briefcase,
- A copy of Mark Wilson’s Complete Course In Magic, by Mark Wilson. Softcover is in print, but hardcover copies in good condition are available very inexpensively from any used-book shop — and you can get an autographed and personalized copy direct from Mark, so that’s the way I’d go.
Then the following gear:
- Two decks of Bicycle Rider-back poker sized cards, one red, one blue. Available from any variety store.
- Six American half-dollars, reasonably well-matched in appearance. Get the kind with an eagle on the back. $3.00 at any bank.
- Two old-fashioned English pennies, the…
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