THIS LISTING IS FOR VOLUME TWO OF THE IMPORTANT L&L REPRINTS OF JIM SISTI'S "THE MAGIC MENU" -- even if you never plan on doing restaurant or strolling magic, "The Magic Menu" is filled with practical close-up material and magic "business" tips and advice. So this is your chance to get all issues from THE SECOND FIVE YEARS of "The Magic Menu", beautifully bound in hardcover.
VOLUME TWO -- covering issues 31-60, 1996 to 2000
THE MAGIC MENU, YEARS SIX THROUGH TEN by Jim Sisti (hardcover, published by L&L) -- 360 pages
(FIRST EDITION, 2001)
From its humble beginnings, The Magic Menu quickly grew into an important, sought-after periodical, and so it made a lot of sense that L&L collected all the issues and published them in two volumes. This is the second volume, which covers the second Five Years of the magazine, from 1996 to 2000.
Like the first collected Volume One of "The Magic Menu", this second collected Volume Two retains the original look and layout of the periodical. Unlike the early issues collected in the other volume, you do not have to deal with the rudimentary formats of early desktop publishing. By 1996, Magic Menu had a state-of-the-art layout, including clear photographs for many of the illustration.
Throughout the 30 issues in this Volume, you will find contributions from all the big close-up names of the 1990's: Archer, Colombini, Harkey, Jay, Lovell, Racherbaumer, Sanders, Sankey, Skinner, Tyler, Wilson, and Wonder. That's just a few of the names I cherry-picked from the index, but much of the material I found most valuable came from lesser known magicians.
As would be expected over the course of 10 years of publishing the periodical, Sisti made some changes to line up of columnist have occurred, which served to widen the scope of Magic Menu's content -- for example, adding Mark Strivings' column on close-up mentalism, or Larry Moss' column on Balloons during the years covered in this collected Volume of the Menu.
As he had done from the very beginning of the Menu, Jim Sisti continued to maintain high standards for all the material -- in fact, in one of the later issues, he has an editorial that explains why The Magic Menu was falling behind on its bi-monthly publication schedule. He states that he refused to lessen the quality of the material even if it would have made getting out more issues faster and easier. (I believe him -- the stuff is consistently good!)
This book is in new unused condition, hard cover with jacket, tight clean and unmarked. -- from "new-old" dealer inventory, so never previously owned.
Volume Two of the two-book L&L set typically sells for around $45. But you can get it for a bit less here!