Naypes by Roberto Mansilla - Book
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Vanishing Inc. has partnered with revered Spanish magician Robert Mansilla to translate and re-publish his critically-acclaimed book "Naypes" in English.
A masterful treatise in parlor card magic, this remarkable text offers a perfect blend of routines and essays that will teach you how to truly create truly compelling and engaging card effects for the oft-neglected medium-sized parlor audience.
For example, "Eureka" is an artful and intellectual approach to the Any-Card-At-Any-Number plot designed exclusively for a parlor audience. While there have been enough ACAAN routines published to last a lifetime, very few have been designed to effectively operate outside of a close-up setting. "Eureka" has been carefully built from the ground up to suit a salon style performance and you'll want to add it to your set immediately.
"Outstanding", Mansilla's take on the "Out of this World" plot, gets everyone involved and solves the problem of people in the back of a parlor audience feeling neglected or disconnected from your routines.
The appropriately named "Card in Envelope" is a powerful and direct routine that has been meticulously modified to ensure this classic of close-up magic can thrive among a larger audience.
This is just a small sample of the 12 professional routines and three lengthy essays featured in this gorgeous 174-page hardback book. This is a must-read for any card magician looking to expand the potential of their card magic.
Table of Contents:
- Preface by Roberto Giobbi
- Parlor Card Magic
- The Different Forms of Icarus
- Card in the Envelope
- Two and a Half
- On The General Card
- Everybody's Card IV
- Thanks to Diaconis
- What Does Oblivion Look Like?
- Karl Germain and the Wineglass Principle
- Appearing Cards
- Hi Germain
- Interview With Helder Guimaraes
I’m not in the habit of performing Parlour Card Magic, but I really enjoyed this book and found it very interesting and informative. Mansilla focuses on two things which are very important in a magic routine: clarity of effect and engaging presentations. Most of the book consist of his personal versions of already existing card routines, but by adding sometimes quite small changes, he has managed to significantly increase both the clarity of the effects, as well as providing some interesting and engaging presentations. There is a lot of information about the history of the effects and the theory behind them, and I really appreciated these sections. The descriptions of the necessary sleights are adequate, but rather rudimentary. He does however provide further references, and you may wish to look at these to get a better understanding of the moves. All round, I enjoyed the book and I think that it has provided some useful examples and ideas to help me to improve my performances.