In conjunction with the release of our “Behind the Illusions” DVD set, an abbreviated edition of “Urban Illusions” is now available to magicians and illusionists worldwide.
Although I have written 4 books on illusions since 2004, “Urban Illusions” (first published in Jan 2009) is my first book that has been made widely available to the magic community. Previously, all my books could only be purchased direct from myself. However, through the efforts of Tim Trono, Patrick Wolford and Kathy Carini from Murphy’s Magic Supplies, this book is now available through magic dealers worldwide.
The price has also been adjusted to be more accessible for illusion enthusiasts and magicians looking to add scale to their show. This edition of the book does not include “The Impossible Teleportation” mega illusion (50-storey Teleportation).
Check out the video trailer:
Thanks also goes out to Franz Harary for penning a new foreword for “Urban Illusions”. As an individual who has designed and performed more original illusions than almost anyone else in the world, he knows his stuff!
Here is the official description for the book:
“Urban Illusions” is a stunning collection of professional illusion designs from one of the most prolific illusion designers in the world! Besides being one of Asia’s most successful illusionists, J C Sum represents a new generation of illusion thinkers.
The book explains 10 cutting edge illusions that are modern in design, building methods and materials. There are no conceptual illusions, ideas or notions detailed in the book; only practical and prototyped illusions that can be built.
J C Sum and his onstage partner, ‘Magic Babe’ Ning, perform many of the illusions in their live shows and on TV across the world. As “Asia’s Most Famous Illusionists” (The Straits Times) and “one of the very top illusion teams in the world” (magicseen magazine), J C & Ning are known for their cutting edge style and modern urban illusions.
This book details the methods and detailed building plans for some of their most well known illusions such as “Crystal Metamorphosis” and “Revollusion”.
“It is rare that illusionists will share the wealth of knowledge and insight that J C does in this book. For those who wish to use illusions in their work this book is simply invaluable.
“Urban Illusions” is a much-needed collection of modern illusions for today’s audiences and J C provides an essential new voice in the area of illusion design.”
– Franz Harary
“Urban Illusions” is a 110-page book with full illusion plans, descriptions, colored photos and presentations of 10 original illusion designs including:
SEVEN BY HALF V.2.0
A multi-cut divided lady illusion reinvented & improved
A spectacular appearance illusion from a giant industrial fan
A transparent sub trunk designed for speed
A super-fast dekolta’s chair that can be performed anywhere
A new standard in instant surrounded appearances
A New-Age Metamorphosis Illusion
An innovative presentation through broken glass bottles
A simple but effective appearance of a VIP
A practical approach to passing through a steel plate
Walking through a giant industrial fan
Check out sample pages here.
The book retails at US$90 and is available for pre-order now!