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JonathanW
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I guess this is an alright place to post this.

Subject sums it up. If anyone has any tips or things you would like to see in a magic book etc.. feel free to respond.

I'm not asking how to write a book, I'm more curious about what magicians like the most. You know, what makes a good magic book for you personally.
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Difficult to answer without knowing the subject of the book, because each subject has different requisites.
For example: in a book for mentalism the technical part is less important than presentation/misdirection, while in a book for cardicians the technical part is the focus of the book.
Could you provide us with more information about the book you would write ?
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On Apr 16, 2018, DiegoNovati wrote:
Difficult to answer without knowing the subject of the book, because each subject has different requisites.
For example: in a book for mentalism the technical part is less important than presentation/misdirection, while in a book for cardicians the technical part is the focus of the book.
Could you provide us with more information about the book you would write ?


it's all magic. No mentalism. I'm currently deciding what material to put into the book. I could put everything, but I think I am going to focus on more of the original creations instead of my take on certain plots.
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Skilled writing and clarity of detailed description are crucial. History and credits. Judiciously chosen photographs/illustrations to clarify the text. I enjoy discussion of not just how to do the effect, but WHY this method is chosen instead of others, etc.

Have you contributed tricks anywhere for publication? (Genii magazine, for instance?)

You could learn a lot by writing up an effect, submitting it, and seeing what changes get made as it gets published by a professional. To what degree is it edited (or completely rewritten) for clarity? Etc.
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On Apr 16, 2018, Tim Cavendish wrote:
Skilled writing and clarity of detailed description are crucial. History and credits. Judiciously chosen photographs/illustrations to clarify the text. I enjoy discussion of not just how to do the effect, but WHY this method is chosen instead of others, etc.

Have you contributed tricks anywhere for publication? (Genii magazine, for instance?)

You could learn a lot by writing up an effect, submitting it, and seeing what changes get made as it gets published by a professional. To what degree is it edited (or completely rewritten) for clarity? Etc.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G7t0hY05j-c ((only effect out. Non written ))

I haven't published any written effects. So this would be my first. I may try that. I know someone that works for Genii and I may take up their offer to put an effect in a magazine. I'll message them soon.
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For me a good magic book has, as Time mentioned, the "why" of it. Why use that method? What problem did you have with existing methods? What problems did your choice of methods solve? Performance theory and philosophy is more important to me than a list of methods.
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Psycho Seance book: https://tinyurl.com/y873bbr4
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As said before, it’s all a matter of choice and focus. You can write a 500 pages book for a single effect if you explain everything really deeply.
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Jonathan,
How did you make the clip ? It looks professional. Which software I mean ?
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Jonathan,
How did you make the clip ? It looks professional. Which software I mean ?


http://sansminds.com/ made it Smile lol
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It looks professional because it is !
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