Magic Book Club

By Tom Interval

Who doesn’t like a good book club?

Well, probably a lot of people, actually. If you’re one of them, then you’ll be sad to know I’m starting one for magicians.

Not an in-person book club, mind you, but a virtual one. Today on my YouTube channel, I’m introducing what I call Magic Book Club.

The first installment, which features Modern Magic, by Professor Hoffmann (1839–1919), is, frankly, kind of humdrum. That wasn’t my intention. I initially planned to simply read passages from some of my favorite magic books in a style similar to political commentator Thom Hartmann. In other words, to do so without commentary.

But that style doesn’t as easily lend itself to magic, as I quickly discovered today. But no worries. I’m going to tweak Magic Book Club videos starting with the next installment to make it more like, well, a book club.

So instead of just reading passages, I’m going to summarize each book, tell you what I liked and didn’t like about it, let you know where to find it, and even give occasional demonstrations of tricks within its pages.

Regardless of these changes, my overall goal remains the same: to inspire beginning, intermediate, and advanced magicians to read more and to find hidden magical gems—effects or theory—in books that might otherwise go unread.

To watch Magic Book Club #1: Modern Magic, follow the link or see the embedded video below.


About Tom Interval

San Diego Magician Tom Interval, owner of Interval Magic, provides magic entertainment and training to private and corporate clients locally and nationally. A member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians (IBM), Society of American Magicians (SAM), and the Academy of Magical Arts (AMA), Interval has captivated tens of thousands of people at numerous venues, including Busch Gardens theme park in Williamsburg, Virginia. With a BA in professional writing and minors in communications and business administration, Interval writes magic-related e-books, magazine articles, and blogs and produces tutorials and related videos for his YouTube channel. Most recently, Interval earned The Linking Ring Award of Excellence for a cover story he wrote for the magicians' publication. To learn more, please visit
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