Martin Gardner’s Impromptu


The greatest collection of small magic ever assembled by legendary thinker and writer Martin Gardner, with thousands of effects, stunts, gags, gimmicks, and more.

864 pages
40-page color section
Completely new layout
More than 1700 effects and stunts
1200 extra items compiled by Gardner
Over 2600 illustrations, including 900 explanatory drawings
Gardner’s notes and annotations
40 Gardner letters
Early Gardner magic booklets
Hundreds of vintage illustrations
Interviews with Martin Gardner
Essay on the history of impromptu magic
Spellbinding cover by the legendary STERANKO
New introduction by Gardner
Essays by Teller, John Fisher, and Mark Setteducati
Categorized and indexed for easy access
Printed on luxurious matte-finish acid-free paper
Hardbound and Smyth-sewn



“Absolutely gorgeous. Beautifully designed and full of detail.” – Gary Antonick, New York Times

“The articles make a fascinating overture…An improvement on Gardner’s original layout…A goldmine….This is a book of ideas, ideas that will inspire…Profusely illustrated….A monster of a book you will turn to repeatedly in the years to come.” – David Britland, Genii

“As with all Miracle Factory publications, Impromptu is a beautiful book, with cover artwork by Steranko and a beautiful layout.” – Will Houstoun, The Magic Circular

“A beautiful monument to the life and magic of Martin Gardner and impromptu magic in general. To me, this is a no-brainer purchase. Highly recommended.” – Magic Magazine

“Wow! Great!” – Harry Lorayne

“Martin Gardner’s Impromptu is one of the most beautiful books I have ever encountered.” – Don Albers

“There will never be a greater book in magic.” – John Fisher

“A really beautiful edition of a book that deserves to be called a classic. So many ideas to challenge and inspire us!” – Eugene Burger

“Martin Gardner was one of magic’s greatest prospectors, and this massive book is filled with treasure. Some of that is buried deep. But even if you opt for a cursory excavation, you’ll come up with a wealth of ideas – literally more than you can imagine.” – Max Maven

Additional information

Weight 6 lbs
Dimensions 10 × 8 × 2 in