Parallax by Max Maven


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It’s one thing to find magic, but what you do with it is what matters most.

This was a prevailing thought that guided the career of the late great Max Maven, a visionary that cared deeply about growing the art of magic and mentalism. For five years (September 1991 to August 1996), he shared his commentary on the art in a thought-provoking, and oftentimes controversial, column in MAGIC Magazine called “Parallax”.

Now, for the first time, all 61 of these influential essays are available in one remarkable hardcover book. Immerse yourself in more than 200 pages of pertinent observations, rich commentary, and sardonic editorializing on our beloved art form. Rich with Max’s distinct tone, it would be difficult to find another text that is as earnest and stimulating as it is laugh-out-loud funny.

Founder of Hermetic Press Stephen Minch, who has authored some of the most important magic books in history and also wrote the introduction for Parallax, put it perfectly when he called this book “A manifesto on magic as an art form.”

Parallax by Max Maven is a must in the library of any serious student of magic. Nearly 30 years after the final column was published, his insights are as relevant as ever. It will feel like you’re sitting down to have a chat with the legend. And, when Max speaks, you listen.

This is a book you’ll find yourself returning to often. Don’t miss your chance to grab a copy of Parallax by Max Maven!

“Max Maven’s finest creation”
Mac King

Jamy Ian Swiss

“Ahead of its time”
John Lovick

“Essential reading”
Jeff McBride

“One of the most important books of our time”
Todd Robbins