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The Lost Luggage Show book

Disaster planning for magicians

What do you do when your luggage doesn’t arrive? Or you left your show box in the hallway at home? You have to put on a show, but you don’t have any of your props.

The Lost Luggage Show is a conversation with Ian Kendall, who gives a solid framework to prepare your own Emergency Show before you need it. How to choose the material, sort it, and build a show that is every bit as professional as the one currently in an airport somewhere else.

We all have insurance to cover a car, or a home, or for travel. The Lost Luggage Show is insurance for your magic.

The Lost Luggage Show is ÂŁ30

“This book is full of useful information, and great routines. Every stage magician should read it and be prepared for when that emergency situation arrives. Highly recommended”    Nick Lewin

Basic Coin Magic 2.0

The classic video lessons rerecorded

Basic Coin Magic 2.0 is an updated rerecording of the classic 2004 VCD. Ian goes through the building block sleights of coin magic in his usual levels of detail, so that you will be able to tackle the myriad of routines that have been published, as well as creating your own. Eighty minutes of unrivalled instruction from one of magic’s best teachers.

One Coin

Explorations of a one coin routine

One Coin follows on perfectly from Basic Coin Magic. In this lesson, Ian explains how to develop your own one coin routine using the sleights you already know, and teaches a few more that you may have missed.

The vanish of a single coin is certainly one of the most pure magic effects possible. Coins are ubiquitous, organic, and recognisable by everyone on the planet (pretty much). Having a solid one coin routine in your repertoire means that you will always be ready to perform.

The Classic Force

Detailed instruction on this important sleight

The classic force is a move that has an undeserved reputation as a difficult move. In this lesson, Ian breaks down the sleight into its constituent parts, and teaches each in his usual detail before putting them together into the finished whole. Make your forces surefire with this in depth instruction.

Bastard Hard Moves made Easy

The classic VCD lessons in HD

Often cited as the most perfectly named product in magic, the 2004 VCD Bastard Hard Moves made Easy has gained a reputation for its clear teaching of some tricky sleights. Now, fifteen or so years later, Ian has rerecorded the lessons in HD, along with two extra moves. All the same detail focused teaching, at a considerably larger resolution.


The Classic two-for-two dice switch

The two-for-two dice switch is the stuff of legend; from crossroaders shooting dice in the back rooms of spit’n’sawdust bars to high rollers playing craps in Las Vegas – the move is seldom seen today. In this 40 minute lesson Ian Kendall gives in depth instruction on this elusive technique.

Taking the Step

Moving from close up to stage magic

Ian Kendall has twenty five years’ experience in putting on stand up magic shows, and along the way he has made all the mistakes, and learned from them. In this series of video lectures he explains everything you need to know in order to take that step towards stand up magic. Brutally honest, and full of examples of his own work, Ian goes over what he did wrong, and then what he did right, so that you can benefit from his mistakes and not make them yourself.

Three Found Cards

An amazing card revelation

Three Found Cards is straight from Ian’s close up and stand up shows. The magician divines three cards under the fairest conditions. Watch the full performance and trailer by clicking the button!


Mathematical Oddities that don't make sense.

Proof is a collection of strange mathematical proofs where you can show, convincingly, that things are not always what they seem. To most people, the idea that ‘minus one’ is equal to ‘one’ might sound barmy, or that Pi=2, or 4, or that 4=5, but that is what you will be able to prove with this video.

The Work 4 - The Pass

A detailed look at five passes

Following on from Michael Close’s groundbreaking series of eBooks, Ian has taken over The Work with volume 4 – The Pass. This 37 page eBook combines the detailed, structured writing for which Ian has become known with clear photographs and sixteen video clips that show every step in exacting detail.

Five passes are covered, the classic pass, Ian’s Simple pass, riffle pass, turnover pass and the one handed pass. As they used to say – equal to personal instruction.


The Work 5 - The Top Change

A detailed look at the top change

The next volume of The Work is ready, this time on the Top Change. This 31 page ebook covers three different handlings of the top change, as well as the book change, the Erdnase change and Marlo’s Snap Change. 56 photographs and 13 video clips show the moves in the kind of detail that is to be expected from Ian’s teaching. All the moves have been used by Ian in the real world, so you get the level of detail that comes only from experience.

Basic Training The Book and E-Book

A complete course in sleight of hand.

Basic Training is a collection of Ian’s award winning columns from M-U-M magazine. Detailed lessons with cards, coins, ropes, balls and a whole lot more, close up and stand up magic, it’s filled with hints and tips that only come from real world experience.

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