I think that both Impossibilia and Smoke and Mirrors (The other main John Bannon book) are superb. Contained within both tomes is seriously. For the others here who are John Bannon fans, a question: I’ve been working through his books in reverse order. “Dear Mr. Fantasy” (which I. On this DVD/Video John Bannon teaches the best routines from his best selling book “Impossibilia: The Magic Of John Bannon.” The routines taught on this.

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Aug 27, For the others here who are John Bannon fans, a question: I’ve been working through his books in reverse order. Fantasy” which I love first; “Smoke and Mirrors” which I like but which hasn’t killed me like “Fantasy” — perhaps because I read it second, and perhaps because I appreciate the kind of “older” POV Bannon adopts in the latest book hannon. Aside from “Play it Straight Triumph,” is there enough on it that will feel worthwhile on its own, or have I “gotten” this material from the other books.

Fantasy is flat out his best work in my opinionbut I still have high regard for both Smoke and Mirrors, and Impossibilia. I like pretty much anything with John Bannon’s name on it. Impossibilia is well worth looking for and although it is out of print, it is still available.

I will PM you some potential resources. Impossibilia is John Bannon’s best book without any impossibllia. I still have it and am referring to it a lot of times. I would not be happy to be selling it because it is soo good.

I would pay many times the original price if I didn’t have it already. He is looking like a lawyer not a magician I think. I’m a Bannon fanatic, so remember to consider that when you hear my opinion. ALl of the books have their strong points and I’d buy all of them for three times what they go for.


Smoke and Mirrors is tied for favorite along with Dear Mr Fantasy. While DMF is much more “interesting” the methods, the thoughts behind them Smoke and Mirrors is much more “thoughful” how certain cards are used, taking advantage of apparent weaknesses, ungaffing tricks. I know this sounds like exactly the same thing, but anyone who has the books will understand what I mean when I say they are two different categories. Which brings ut to impossibilia. This is really “rough” compared to his other writings.

The routines aren’t as developed and the methods are much more brute force than clever thnking. A super clean prediction effect, Discrepancy city prediction 3. A very unorthodox cups and balls routine, Of cups and fuzzballs 4.

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The easiest and most effective matrix oyu may ever see, two ahead is better than one and too amny other goodies to list. All the books are different, but they’re each invaluable. I’d highly suggest getting them all. Thanks for that advice. Noel, I understand what you mean about the differences between the books.

I am basically a card person so I have a feeling that “Impossibilia” won’t have as much for me as the other books. But, I’m such a fan I’ll probably pick it up at some point when I see it on eBay. Sep 1, Twelve years of restaurant performing saw me use about a dozen items from it. All of Bannon’s books are great.


If I recall correctly, Impossibilia has more non cards covered in it and has more variety. Since it was reprinted recently, who knows Impossibilia may be the more popular one in the next few years if it goes out of print. Thanks, everybody, for all of your replies. I hohn definitely pick up “Impossibilia” at some point, although I may wait until I digest more from “Smoke and Mirrors.

One reason I suspect “Dear Mr.

Fantasy” will be my favorite at the end of the day is the tone that Bannon adopts in the writing. He’s a bit older and a bit more philosophical and questioning about what it means to do magic — or “card tricks,” as he says — and what kind of identity and persona the magician has in society.


At one point, he says in the book that simply by the fact that you are an adult doing card tricks that that’s enough of a “patter,” i. I also really like how he describes a complete routine, with verbal touchphrases that echo back and forth throughout the tricks, and I like the obsessiveness with which he tackles his effects.

Even though the mathematical “card folding” tricks don’t interest me as much, I like how detailed he gets in his explanation of them. And I liked a lot that POV shift in the writing, where a number of tricks are “narrated” from the point of view of an unnamed fellow magician. There’s just something older and wiser yet at the same time still playful about this book.

Sep 2, Impossibilia is my favorite. The chop cup routine is the best I’ve seen.

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The cups and ballls has great patter. Sep 3, While we’re on this topic, what would a first edition banmon of Impossibilia be worth on eBay? Obviously it’s only worth what someone would pay for it, but I’m a big John Bannon fan and I’m just plain curious.

Is it quite rare? Think not what magic imopssibilia do for you, but what you can do for magic. He actually IS a lawyer. Noel D Regular user Posts. Richard Paddon Loyal user Australia Posts. This page was created in 0.