Bob Ostin - A Lifetime of Magical Inventions by Stephen Tucker
The name Bob Ostin has long been synonymous with creative close-up and card magic, but until now the true depth and breadth of his original effects and methods has remained hidden. No longer! This landmark volume, The Magic of Bob Ostin, will ensure the author his deserved place in history as one of the pre-eminent creators of the 20th Century.
Those who prize commercial, practical magic have long praised Bob’s earlier work, Fingertip Fantasies, as a classic in the field. Yet despite that book’s deserved status, and Bob’s underground reputation as creator par excellence, he has remained something of an unknown to the magic community at large. Well all that is about to change! In an era when so many are striving to ‘invent’ tricks that are fresh, novel and commercial, it is a genuine pleasure to see a master at work. Bob Ostin has been devising cutting-edge magic for over half a century and the material he created fifty years ago is as ingenious, practical and fooling as the new material he developed last week!
Always thinking, and more importantly always thinking outside-of-the-box. Bob is constantly working on new magical ‘problems’ as he likes to think of them and inevitably he works out a brilliant yet practical solution, resulting in a ‘worker’ that will happily do double-duty and fool the boys at the local magic club as easily as it will stun a lay audience.
One of the definitions of genius is someone who creates (music, literature, art and in this instance Magic!) something that would never have been created had that person never lived. Such a definition surely fits Bob Ostin. Even a cursory glance through this volume will be enough to convince the casual reader of Bob’s creative talents; the more diligent student will be amply rewarded by learning tricks and routines which simply seem impossible! Water that turns to beer, origami men that take on a life of their own, cards that just melt through one another Tricks with cards, coins, dice, rubber bands, chop sticks, liquids, matches, paper, plasters, numbers, photographs, torches, fruit, cars the list is almost endless! Think of any object you like and chances are Bob has a trick (or two!) with it.
Containing virtually all his published output from the past 50 years, this book includes the material from his limited-circulation lecture notes, rare manuscripts, dozens and dozens of magazine contributions, the full instructions for every single one of his marketed effects as well as the many gems that have remained hidden in his notebooks - until now. This book truly is a truly is a lasting and worthy record of The Magic of Bob Ostin A Lifetime of Magical Inventions.
What People Are Saying:
"Knowing Bob's reputation amongst magicians, I am delighted to know that his amazing routines will be compiled and made available to those who love fine magic." - Michael Ammar.
"Bob was the first real magician I ever met. He's a charming guy with an utterly devious mind when it comes to creating magic effects. And best of all, they’re all wonderfully practical. This book is long overdue." - David Britland.
"I met Bob many years ago, at Ken Brooke's magic studio, and still have his interesting book Fingertip Fantasies, from which his routine for the coin through the hanky is my favourite. It is straight, direct and nearly impromptu. I like these kinds of routines, and look forward to reading his latest ideas in his new book - Magic Christian.
"One of the happiest periods of my magical life coincided with the heyday back in the late 1960s and early1970s of Ken Brookes Magic Place. Bob was one of a loyal, but unofficial team of backroom boys, spurred on by the redoubtable Ken to keep him in regular supply of new ideas that had to be baffling and commercial to lay audiences but also, of course, saleable to magicians. Bob is an inherently modest man with the result that today his name does not resonate like some of the others in that select creative team, which also included Roy Johnson, Jim Hooper, Dick Koornwinder, Ken Perks, Terry Herbert and the immortal Fred Kaps. However, I shall never forget the mystery and fun generated by inventions carrying the Ostin hallmark like Beam Shot and The Submarine Card, effects that will ensure a distinctive niche in magic’s creative hall of fame for someone I shall always remember as the small kindly wizard with the twinkly eyes. His book, Fingertip Fantasies is a minor classic and long overdue for reprinting. In the meantime this new volume will hopefully bring to an even wider audience due recognition for the magical talent of an engaging man "- John Fisher.
"Bob Ostin is one of the best close-quarter magicians in the business. His work has a classic simplicity and directness that can’t be improved upon. His new book is one of the few I will look forward to reading. Bob's work is outstanding and deserves a wide audience." - Karl Fulves.
"This book, containing a comprehensive collection of the originations of Bob Ostin, is a very welcome addition to the comparatively small amount of quality magical literature. Bob Ostin is a very amiable person, whose work is clever, original and entertaining." - Roy Walton