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The Do-It-Yourself Book by Ken AllenThe Do-It-Yourself Book
by Ken Allen

Like his other book, T.I.P.S., Ken Allen gives you more great, dealer-quality magic that you can make at home.

This book was clearly ahead of its time, as the effects are classic and timeless. There's something in it for every magician.

One effect, "A Stunning Transposition", if sold by itself at a dealer, would sell for twice what the entire book sells for.

Even if you're all thumbs, the author's clear descriptions and illustrations makes it easy to craft amazing effects, props and utility items that you'll be proud to use and amaze with.

Contains a nice variety of effects, tips and practical suggestions for close-up, club, platform and stage.


  • About this Book
  • Foreword
  • Introduction
  • Snap Production
  • How to Tie a Bouquet of Spring Flowers
  • Bloomin' Silks and Flowers
  • Automatic Flower Basket Production
  • Silk Maze
  • Colored Rods
  • Ken's Sneaky Silk Winder
  • Sneaky Silk Production
  • A Stunning Transposition
  • A Simple Card Force
  • The Spooky Pocket
  • Pulling the Wool
  • How to Make (and Some Uses for) a Pull
  • The Loop Pencil
  • Prize-Winning Monkey in Basket Routine
  • Ideas and Suggestions
  • "Allenisms"
  • Thank You
  • Recommended Books

"Many practical ideas." (Ray Muse in Genii)

"The next best thing to personal instruction." (Tom Dethlefsen)

"If you're only going to buy one book this year, brother, this is it! I mean it -- get it! And they tell me magicians wonder where they can find tricks to do!" (Lloyd E. Jones)

"A bargain. The prize-winning Monkey in Basket routine is worth more than the selling price." (J. G. Thompson, Jr.)

Revised edition features three new chapters, three added illustrations, plus additional edits, clarifications and updates. Completely reset in new type.

This book is offered in both digital and print editions.
(A) Get the digital edition from, or

(B) Get the print edition from House of Mystery Books.


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