Impromptu (Redesigned, with Extra Content) by Martin Gardner


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“There will never be a greater book in magic.”

-John Fisher

This is a redesigned, reformatted version with extra content.

Martin Gardner is one of the most respected and creative magical thinkers of all time. His book “Encyclopedia of Impromptu Magic” is considered to be the greatest collection of close-up magic ever assembled.

Now, magicians young and old can get their hands on a fully remastered version of this iconic book.

  • 864 pages featuring more than 1,700 effects and stunts, gags, gimmicks and more
  • Completely new layout categorized and indexed for easy access
  • Over 2,600 illustrations, 900 explanatory drawings and a new 40-page color section
  • 1,200 extra items and bits of business compiled by Gardner himself including special notes, annotations and a new introduction
  • 40 Gardner letters
  • Early Gardner magic booklets
  • 100s of vintage illustrations
  • Interviews with Gardner
  • An essay on the history of impromptu magic as well as essays from Teller, John Fisher, and Mark Setteducati

Impromptu is printed on luxurious matte-finish acid-free paper that is hardbound with a mesmerizing cover produced by the legendary Jim Steranko and Smyth-sewn.

“The articles make a fascinating overture… An improvement on Gardner’s original layout… A goldmine… This is a book of ideas, ideas that will inspire…Profusely illustrated… A monster of a book you will turn to repeatedly in the years to come.”David Britland, Genii

“Wow! Great!”Harry Lorayne

“Martin Gardner’s Impromptu is one of the most beautiful books I have ever encountered.”Don Albers

“A really beautiful edition of a book that deserves to be called a classic. So many ideas to challenge and inspire us!”Eugene Burger

“Martin Gardner was one of magic’s greatest prospectors, and this massive book is filled with treasure. Some of that is buried deep. But even if you opt for a cursory excavation, you’ll come up with a wealth of ideas – literally more than you can imagine.”Max Maven

“I haven’t been able to put it down since I received it. I can’t tell you how many bits of business I’ll be getting out of this book. What a fabulous reference. Thanks, Todd!”Mike Thornton