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Would-be magicians will enjoy this book - the tricks have helpful step-by-step guidelines, and attractive informative photographs aid explanation. Parents and carers will appreciate the undemanding props - such as old newspapers, four marbles and a coin, and a pack of cards. Positive images are shown: girls allowed to be magicians as well as helpers and a multi-cultural society is portrayed.
The approach is through a trick per country on each double-page spread - which works well enough for Australia's Great Levant or Houdini's magic tree (from France) but Greek marbles is only effective as a corny pun.
At £8.50 pbk this isn't cheap and a future paperback might appeal more to the home market. As a school library purchase with its tricks for novices, useful addresses and generally lively feel in text and photographs, it should prove popular.