Henry Gordon's Magic Show


48 pages
ISBN 1-895897-16-5
DDC j793.8




Illustrations by Jane Kurisu
Reviewed by Steve Pitt

Steve Pitt is a Toronto-based freelance writer and an award-winning journalist. He has written many young adult and children's books, including Day of the Flying Fox: The True Story of World War II Pilot Charley Fox.


Henry Gordon’s Magic Show will inspire any young reader to master
enough illusions to perform an entire magic show. The kit includes a
magic wand, ropes, a silk handkerchief, dice, playing cards, sponge
balls, and even a pop-up top hat. The accompanying instruction book
describes 25 tricks.

Henry Gordon is a veteran journalist and a lifetime Member of the Order
of Merlin. In addition to publishing several books on magic, he writes
the “It’s Magic” column for the Toronto Star. Because Gordon has
been teaching the art of illusion for more than three decades, the text
reflects the patience and clarity of an experienced tutor. Each illusion
is explained in detail, and Jane Kurisu’s illustrations are clear and
entertaining. A talking magician’s hat, found on most pages, offers
advice on how to prepare for a show, how to act in front of an audience,
and, most important, how to cadge applause at the end of a trick. The
book’s spiral binding is a great idea for young illusionists, who will
be needing both hands free to practise their tricks. Highly recommended.


Gordon, Henry., “Henry Gordon's Magic Show,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed June 17, 2024, https://cbra.library.utoronto.ca/items/show/19858.