Review by Karl Fulves:
The Thompson name having been associated with quality magic for the past fifty years, the reader of this new book will need no recommendation as to the value of the material. It contains all of the Thompson trademarks; new ideas, subtle approaches, smoothly routined magic, impeccably researched articles, inscrutable titles, excellent patter and presentation suggestions. All of this is well known and indeed synonymous with the Thompson name. There is another facet to the material in this book which may not be readily apparent however, and it is this which I’d like to emphasize.
On purchasing this book it is safe to assume the reader will not have seen many of the routines previously performed because Jim Thompson does not seek the spotlight and performs magic rarely. Added to this is the fact that Mr. Thompson is a modest man who does not tout every trick as the greatest feat since the dawn of civilization. The end result is that the reader may have little to guide him as he navigates through the following pages.
It is therefore wise to point out that the Thompson approach produces startling visual magic of a kind that will have audiences talking to themselves. Further, this impressive brand of chicanery is accomplished without involved sleights, complex mechanisms, logarithms or highly specialized performing conditions.
In the following pages you will find a potpourri of fine magic, something for everyone, all of it a delight to read, analyze and perform.