The Paper Engine

Tension, Focus, and Design in Card Magic

By Aaron Fisher

Larry Jennings remarked that Aaron Fisher was the most promising young card magician he had seen in the past twenty years.

Johnny Thompson says, "The material in this book is top notch, and I guarantee it will enhance the repertoire of any serious student of card magic immensely."

The application of theatrical principles to the performance of magic has a long and proud lineage in the magical literature.

Today, The Paper Engine, Aaron's acclaimed work on sophisticated card magic, takes this notion one step further, arguing that the theatrical aesthetic can — and should — be applied on a level more fundamental than that of performance: to technique itself.

Through detailed explanations of technical artistry and principles, The Paper Engineteaches you — by exploring the important concepts of tension, focus, and design — how to construct and perform magic that’s built on a framework of impeccable structural engineering. Many of the sleights that appear in the book have become, in fact, the Gold Standard for modern sleight-of-hand artists:

  • Gravity Half Pass
  • One-Hand PopOver
  • Revolution Color Change
  • Nowhere Pass
  • Illusion Control

And yet this is not a book on optimal finger positioning. On the contrary, it is a work that envisions the larger picture, even as it crafts the small. A work that makes your magic softer, tensionless … and truly invisible. While some of the material is challenging, The Paper Engine is designed to have you performing miracles for living, breathing audiences. You’ll learn powerful, audience-tested effects including:

  • Search & Destroy, featuring The Nowhere Pass
  • The Omen
  • The Standing Challenge
  • Fisher’s Favorite Inversion
  • The Revolution

Written to take intermediate card workers to the advanced level, The Paper Engine will show you …

  • how to eliminate tension from your card work; and, just as importantly, when to embrace tension, and use it to strengthen the effect.
  • why some techniques actually help you focus on the audience, while most moves force you to focus on your hands.
  • that many times we magicians work too hard. Master the use of gravity, and improve your sleight of hand.

Lauded by many of today's top card workers, The Paper Engine is a must-have for the student of thoughtful, serious, and provocative card magic.


More Testimonials

Brian Morton

"The Paper Engine won't scare you off with threats of 'knuckle-busting card sleights' while at the same time, it teaches you the ballsy, devious subtleties you would get if you sat at the feet (and took the abuse) of the old-time card masters in pursuit of the 'real work' of the craft. There are a few things in here that Aaron explains as well or better than some who have been doing it for decades, with photos matched exactly to where you need to see 'the moment' as it happens. This stuff won't scare you off. But it will take simple principles, and using simple words, make you a far better magician than you were when you started."

Sean Rafael

"I've said it before and I'll say it again: The Paper Engine is possibly my best purchase in magic thus far. The material and thoughts in the book have helped me develop my own personal view on how magic should be. I've come to develop my own style of performing, something a lot of other products simply can't offer. After reading The Paper Engine I've also found that I've become more relaxed when performing magic and I'm no longer tightening up around the shoulders every time I know in my head a sleight is going on. I think The Paper Engine will be one of the few books to go down as a 'great' in the magic world. If you don't already own this, you're missing out."