This book is aimed at magicians who want to perform card magic without any preparation. Magicians who want to pick up a pack of cards, anywhere, anytime and present miracles. It is not a book for beginners, likewise - it does not require expert skills, but it is a must have book for the card magician who knows the basic counts, moves etc.
With 34 impromptu card routines (plus 8 impromptu routines without cards), 10 moves, 4 previously unpublished Vernon variations and an essay on the Malini Colour Change, you can see why it caused such a stir on its publication. For those who are not already aware of Dominic Twose - his magic knowledge is immense, he was a pupil of the legendary close up magic expert Fred Robinson, he has studied classic material from the greats of magic for 40 years and is currently completing a book on Bruce Cervon. Here, in his first major release to the magic world is a book you'll treasure and keep, referring to it again and again.
This is what others have to say about 'Impromptu Secrets'...
'If I were told about a new book featuring over 30 card effects, 11 moves, 8 non card items and 4 previously unpublished Dai Vernon items, I would be interested.
However, when the author of the book is a formal pupil of the late and great Fred Robinson, I would be more than merely curious; I would need to have it. And, I am glad that I do have it, because this is a book crammed with lovely ideas and wonderful thinking.
I highly recommend this book.'
'This book is not so much a breath of fresh air but a blast of nitrous oxide! There are some real gems of magic in here...strong and clear in effect, concise and subtle in method. This is magic that greatly satisfies magicians without ever sacrificing entertainment value for laymen. There is absolutely no "filler" material here and as you will discover, many of the tricks in these pages are individually worth the price of the entire book.
There is also a short article about the Malini colour change which is the most riveting thing I have read in years, containing food for thought of which the magic community is normally starved. I hope he writes more like this in the future.
As if that wasn't enough, there is a chapter of previously unpublished Dai Vernon material!
Dominic Twose was a student and confidante of Fred Robinson and other underground legends such as Eric Mason and Gordon Bruce. Like all the best magicians I know, Dominic is also a Vernon disciple and a Roy Walton fan and it shows in this, his first major work. You'll love this book.'
If the newest flashy gimcrack to impress your video camera is what you want, ignore Impromptu Secrets. All you'll get here is strong, performance-tested magic for live audiences, featuring some very smart ideas and solid thinking from Dominic Twose. Dominic's may not me a household name in your neighborhood, but he's a magician who's been around the block a few times with the best of them.
I have known Dominic for more years than I care to remember and spent many pleasant hours with him in the Marlborough Arms near the Magic Circle usually in the company of Fred Robinson and Eric Mason; also Bob Read and occasionally Alex Elmsley. Like myself Dominic tends to specialise in cards, and many times I have seen him entertain layman impromptu with great results.
Undoubtedly you will find much of value in this his latest book.