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Topic: Secrets of an Escamoteur - Harry Riser
Message: Posted by: Peo Olsson (Dec 28, 2005 06:46PM)
From Hermetic Press:
Ready feb 8
Harry Riser's reputation as a magician's magician, a man who can astound both the public and his peers, has been established for many decades. His ability to hone the "cutting edge" has kept him firmly among the avant-garde to the present day. If the Riser name is new to you, here is a short sampling of opinions by others:


"Harry Riser has been my very close friend, confidant, and mentor for over 33 years." JOHN THOMPSON

"Harry knows how spectators think. He knows what throws the observer's brain into overload..."- TELLER

"It wasn't just that I couldn't figure out how Harry was doing the tricks he performed. I couldn't figure out how any method was possible." Michael CLOSE

"His magic sneaks up on you...then all of a sudden explodes!"- JON RACHERBAUMER

"Harry...made several suggestions for the Malini egg bag which I immediately included in my routine."- CHARLIE MILLER


Get the idea.

Almost ten years ago Ed Brown wrote The Feints and Temps of Harry Riser, a large selection of Riser magic. It was immediately acclaimed by the cognoscenti. A sequel was always planned, but various factors delayed its completion. Hermetic Press is proud to announce that that book, written this time by Mr. Riser himself, is now completed. Secrets of an Escamoteur offers Riser material that the professionals have long been waiting for. In its 247 pages, full details are given on-

THE MALINI EGG BAG: its construction and the extraordinarily cunning Riser routine.

CHARLIE MILLER'S methods for breaks, double turnover, spread force and second deal.

BAFFLING CARD MAGIC: 45 Riser sleights, tricks and routines structured to fool everyone-yes, everyone.

THE RISER RINGS: the legendary linking-rings routine with three rings that defies the experts and astounds the public, on stage or up close.

Secrets of an Escamoteur is a top-quality hardcover in large format, offering clear and detailed text, painstakingly and copiously illustrated by Earle Oakes.

price $47
Message: Posted by: ClouDsss (Dec 28, 2005 08:09PM)
Sounds like an interesting buy
Message: Posted by: CoinMan21 (Dec 28, 2005 08:47PM)
Is it a trend for Hermetic Press to start the books' title with the word "Secret" ??
Message: Posted by: Tarbell Magic (Dec 30, 2005 10:32PM)
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On 2005-12-28 21:47, CoinMan21 wrote:
Is it a trend for Hermetic Press to start the books' title with the word "Secret" ??
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It's a contractual obligation ... Seriously, Riser's is a book I am really looking forward to reading.
Message: Posted by: Peo Olsson (Dec 30, 2005 10:47PM)
His previous book The Feints And Temps of Harry Riser is one of my alltime favourite books.
If you subscribe on Genii, you can read Jamy Ian Swiss review of SOAE in the january issue, to wet your appettite.

Peo
Message: Posted by: eddieloughran (Dec 31, 2005 05:07AM)
I've got the first book
and am looking forward to getting the new one.
Message: Posted by: aussiemagic (Feb 20, 2006 06:54AM)
I am interested in Harry Riser's work on the egg bag, can anyone tell me how well it is covered in this book?

Thanks

Simon
Message: Posted by: BarryFernelius (Feb 20, 2006 12:29PM)
Simon,

Harry's complete egg bag routine, with all of the nuances of handling, is covered in great detail in the latest book. Harry's linking ring routine is also explained completely. In between these two great effects, there are a few truly impossible looking card locations/divinations, and an extremely clever and practical Everywhere and Nowhere routine. There are some routines using the Faro shuffle that are head and shoulders above the usual Faro drivel. Also, the book describes many of the small touches and nuances that separate the men and women from the boys and girls.

And if this weren't enough, many wonderful stories are included, where Harry reminisces about many of the great magicians who are no longer with us. The book is more than worth its asking price just for the stories alone.

What the book doesn't contain is also important. The book doesn't have much instant, just-add-water magic that you can perform right away with little effort. To get the maximum benefit from Harry Riser's material, you're going to need to study the effects in detail and do some serious practice.

This book belongs on your bookshelf next to classics like The Expert at the Card Table, Expert Card Technique, The Dai Vernon Book of Magic, and the like.
Message: Posted by: kuroko (Feb 20, 2006 12:55PM)
What type of rings can we use for his routine? the closeup size? or stage size?
Message: Posted by: BarryFernelius (Feb 20, 2006 12:59PM)
Harry's routine can be used in both close-up and parlor/stage settings. He recommends 10" (or possibly 12") solid (not hollow) rings.
Message: Posted by: Peo Olsson (Feb 23, 2006 10:18AM)
I recived SoaE in the mail today.
And it took only 8 days!
Talk about fast delivery from USA to here.
I will consume this thomb (225 pages) in the following days, and will hopefully (if I not will fall back to my usaual lazynesss) post a review.

Peo
Message: Posted by: richgerb86 (Feb 23, 2006 04:37PM)
Can someone give me more information on the egg bag routine?
Message: Posted by: Peo Olsson (Feb 23, 2006 05:53PM)
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On 2006-02-23 17:37, richgerb86 wrote:
Can someone give me more information on the egg bag routine?
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What is it you want to know?
Message: Posted by: Mobius303 (Feb 24, 2006 08:51PM)
The egg bag is covered completely and thouroughly.
The book is a great follow up to the first one and can stand on it's own with the material in it.
It is great...I am enjoying it.
Mobius
Message: Posted by: Harry Murphy (Feb 25, 2006 02:02PM)
The book is primarily card work; in fact, I’d say that the book is over 90 percent card work. It is generally brilliant card work that one expects from Harry Riser. If you are not into cards then this book may not be for you.

There is a significant section on tricks involving the Faro shuffle.

There are only two routines in the book that are not card tricks/routines. The first is Risers version of the Egg bag (including his wife Margy’s notes on making the and Charlie Miller version of the Malini egg bag, yes it was Margy that made Miller his bag!). It is nine well illustrated pages explaining his handling of this classic trick.

The second is Risers Linking routine. It is a three-ring routine that actually allows an audience member handle all three rings (read that again! ALL THREE RINGS) during the performance. This section is 50 pages long (8 x 11 inch page size) and is fully illustrated (every page has at least one illustration) with line drawings. Frankly, this section could have been bound separately and sold as a one trick book for the same price being asked for this book. If you are looking for a good (great) three-ring linking ring routine then this book is for you.

There is at least one card trick using a Himber Wallet, another exploiting the corner short card. For card workers there is something for everyone. Reread Barry’s review a few posts above for how important this book is.
Message: Posted by: Harry Murphy (Feb 25, 2006 02:14PM)
Richgerb86, Harry Riser’s egg bag routine is a stripped down performance piece.

The routine is:

1. A spectator thoroughly inspects a little black bag both inside and out.
2. An egg is placed into the bag and vanishes. Everyone is convinced it has vanished.
3. The egg is then rematerialized in the bag and found by the spectator.

That’s it! No more and no less!
Message: Posted by: emptycupmagic (Feb 25, 2006 09:31PM)
I listed a copy of this in the "Books and Lecture Notes For Sale Or Trade" section.
Message: Posted by: richgerb86 (Feb 26, 2006 02:30PM)
Thanks for the information!
Message: Posted by: Michael M (Apr 6, 2008 12:01AM)
I saw Harry perform an effect at a Metro Magic convention a couple years ago in which he vanished three walnuts from his hands and made them appear, one at a time, under an inverted glass covered by a metal can on a table top. My question is, does this routine appear within his Secrets of an Escamoteur book? I remember it being fantastically brilliant in operation. Thanks in advance.

Best,

Michael Matson
Message: Posted by: Dorian Rhodell (Apr 6, 2008 01:19AM)
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On 2008-04-06 01:01, Michael M wrote:
I saw Harry perform an effect at a Metro Magic convention a couple years ago in which he vanished three walnuts from his hands and made them appear, one at a time, under an inverted glass covered by a metal can on a table top. My question is, does this routine appear within his Secrets of an Escamoteur book? I remember it being fantastically brilliant in operation. Thanks in advance.

Best,

Michael Matson
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The trick you saw was aptly titled "The Walnut Trick" and can be found on page 19 of Harry's first book, The Feints and Temps of Harry Riser.

Best,

Dorian Rhodell
Message: Posted by: Mitch Schneiter (Apr 6, 2008 09:53AM)
Does Harry's 3 ring routine use a l*****g ring or a k** ring?
Message: Posted by: Michael M (Apr 7, 2008 12:04PM)
Many Thanks Dorian!
Message: Posted by: Markymark (Apr 7, 2008 06:22PM)
..And his 3 ring routine uses a l*****g ring.
Message: Posted by: silverking (Apr 7, 2008 09:28PM)
Harry's two books are two that will never leave my library. Lots of books come and go, but these two aren't among them.
There's stuff in these books that doesn't show up anywhere else.......under the radar and strong stuff :)
Message: Posted by: Mitch Schneiter (Apr 7, 2008 11:43PM)
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On 2008-04-07 19:22, Markymark wrote:
..And his 3 ring routine uses a l*****g ring.
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Thanks for the reply.
Message: Posted by: (a)ndy (Jul 5, 2009 08:46AM)
I really like this book - it is pure magical genius.

Having been inspired by the clever content, and having never seen Harry Riser perform, does anyone know any video sources of seeing Harry perform some of the effects in either of the two books?

I have found one YouTube video at:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pOK6dEwfPTY

And I am not aware of any DVDs containing Harry.
Message: Posted by: Tom G (Jul 5, 2009 11:27AM)
Thanks for the link. It looks like his whole lecture may have been taped. Too bad it can't be made available.