David Acer is an original in a business where creativity is a treasured commodity, and that fact alone places him on the very short A-list of top contributors to the art of magic.” - David Regal

Gotcha! 18 Amazing Ways to Freak Out Your Friends
Written by David Acer • Illustrated by S. MacEachern

Does Bigfoot exist? Are crop circles made by aliens? Can dead bodies climb out of their graves and show up at your birthday party? Join Doubting Dave and the Mystery Hunters as they investigate some of the world’s oldest and coolest mysteries, THEN learn how to recreate those mysteries YOURSELF to fool your friends!

  • Make fake Bigfoot prints in your own backyard!
  • Take phony UFO photos in your car!
  • Use an amazing illusion to turn yourself into a headless zombie!
  • Show your friends a crazy card trick that will convince them you can travel through time!
  • Pull a “King Midas” and turn a pencil into gold!
  • Freeze your BFF in his tracks with a trick that looks like hypnosis!

PLUS you’ll learn how to test your ESP, snap a fake ghost photo, bend a spoon with your brain and 9 other cool feats. AND teenage Mystery Hunters Araya and Christina answer all your questions about ghosts, aliens, psychics, hypnotists, sea monsters, Bigfoot and more! Find out the truth while you freak out your friends, then you can say GOTCHA!

"This playful collection actually offers 19 cool tricks... Who wouldn't want to video a lake monster or a UFO, or seem to fly or to move things with the power of the mind... Clear, step by step instructions... even the design will make readers smile." Kirkus Reviews

"...tantalizing ideas and experiments for children of all ages, including hypnotism, moving things with your mind, and mental telepathy. The illustrations and interactive nature of the book are sure to keep everyone amused." Bibliophile

"This is a book that totally lives up to the television show and I am so happy about that... packed with facts, experiments and lots of fun..."
Jelly Mom Children's Book Reviews

"The sneaky part is that kids will barely notice that they’re learning while they’re having fun... 'Gotcha!' is a must-get." Cape Cod Times

"A fast, fun read, Gotcha! is a good book for kids..." Michael Jung, http://www.suite101.com

"... Gotcha is a great book for the kid in your house or the kid in you." www.littleegyptmagic.com

"Want to convince your friends that Bigfoot is in the area? Delude them into thinking they've seen video footage of a lake monster? Create your own Ouija board? It's all here, with simple instructions, fun factoids and amusing illustrations. While Doubting Dave doesn't believe in ghosts, crop circles, or psychics, he encourages his young readers to dig deeper, look for clues and talk to experts." Today's Parent

"Critical thinking and scientific reasoning underscore the fun activities. Reluctant readers will be hooked. Gotcha will also provide hours of fun at Halloween or mystery parties. Highly Recommended." Linda Ludke, CM Magazine

Autographed Hardcover Copy
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PLUS a bonus 3-episode MYSTERY HUNTERS DVD!

Canada: $25 plus $5.50 airmail


U.S. $25 U.S. plus $11.50 airmail


U.K. $25 U.S. plus $32 overseas air
(Note: Mystery Hunters DVD is encoded for North America)

 Doubting Dave shows you how to make a fake UFO video! (from GOTCHA!, pg. 36)


Doubting Dave shows you how to make a live "headless" dinner-guest for Halloween! (from Gotcha!, pg 32).