Now You See It, Now You Don’t!

By Tom Interval

It’s one of the most iconic illustrations in the modern history of magic literature: a pair of hands in sequence makes a red ball disappear in a flash of white light.

It appears on the cover of Now You See It, Now You Don’t! Lessons in Sleight of Hand, by Bill Tarr and illustrator Barry Ross.

Packed with 224 pages of profusely illustrated, step-by-step instructions on many of the fundamental tricks and sleights magicians use throughout their careers—including everything from card, coin, ball, and thimble manipulation to the classic French drop (depicted on the cover)—this book is on the shelves of anyone even remotely serious about the art of magic. At least anyone who lived before the Internet Age.

Interested in learning more? Watch my second Magic Book Club video, where I discuss the book in more detail and demonstrate the French drop and a really cool card fan called the pressure fan (referred to as a “spring fan” in Tarr’s book).

You can follow the link to Magic Book Club #2 to watch it directly on YouTube or view it in 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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