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Wine Secrets

In Wine Secrets, forty of the world’s top wine experts share the tricks, techniques, and wisdom they’ve learned through decades of experience. Celebrity chef Jacques Pépin shares the best uses for leftover wine in the kitchen. Sommelier Oliver Boru proves that you sometimes can judge a wine by its label. Restaurateur Piero Selvaggio tells diners the best way to send back an unacceptable bottle. Plus tips on tasting, drinking, ordering, storing, and more.

Each technique is described in the expert’s own words, along with a short profile and commentary from author/sommelier Marnie Old. With advice ranging from the basics (does anything pair well with broccoli?) to the extreme (yes, you can freeze open bottles of wine!), Wine Secrets will appeal to beginners as well as established oenophiles.

MARNIE OLD is one of the country’s top sommeliers and wine authors, and a breath of fresh air in the stuffy wine world.  She teaches for New York’s Astor Center and hosts the webisode series Uncorked at Philly.com.  Marnie has designed many of Philadelphia’s finest wine and cocktail programs, such as those at Parc and Continental Midtown.  Her first book, He Said Beer, She Said Wine, is an entertaining debate on food pairing with co-author Sam Calagione, founder of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery.  Formerly the director of wine studies for Manhattan’s renowned French Culinary Institute, Marnie also served as the founding education chair for the American Sommelier Association. For more info, visit www.marnieold.com

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Amazing Magical Wonder Deck

The cards in this kit may look like an ordinary deck of playing cards. But looks can be deceiving . . .

These are the tricks magicians and playing-card impresarios have used for centuries to confound the common man, captivate audiences, and make women swoon. Now you, too, can attain that power. Lift the lid, read the illustrated book, and explore the possibilities of The Amazing Magical Wonder Deck.

The magic box contains a 52-card “tapered” deck—indistinguishable from ordinary playing cards, but slightly tapered at the bottom—that allows magicians-in-training to keep track of cards removed from the deck and astonish friends by appearing to read their minds! The kit also contains a set of 16 “gimmicked” cards, including:

• An Eight of Clubs that makes a matchstick levitate!
• A Jack of Spades that can be pierced with a pencil—without leaving a hole!
• Four kings that mysteriously transform into four queens!
• Two fours that mysteriously transform into blank cards!
• Plus two-sided cards, disappearing cards, and more!

MR. MYSTERIO was a world-famous magician during the early twentieth century. Upon his death in 1936, he left these secrets to be discovered by generations of future magicians.

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Amazing Irv’s Handbook of Everyday Magic

Here’s the ultimate modern guide to magic tricks for everyday situations, using cell phones, floppy disks, airsickness bags, TV remote controls, and other everyday items. This handbook features more than 40 do-it-yourself illusions to perform in your home, office, car, in transit, or out on the town, with step-by-step instructions and illustrations throughout.

Learn to:
• Magically Feed a Parking Meter
• Make Yourself Levitate
• Pull a Banana Out of Thin Air
• Make a Calculator Predict the Future
• Make a Shot Glass Disappear
• Make Time Stand Still
• And More!

With so many amazing tricks, Amazing Irv’s Handbook of Everyday Magic brings instant fun to family outings, business meetings, cocktail parties, and dozens of other situations.

IRV FURMAN teaches a course in magic at Temple University and is the owner of the Hocus Pocus Magic Shop in Philadelphia.

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