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Topic: Win the crowd by Steve Cohen
Message: Posted by: teejay (Feb 6, 2006 12:19PM)
Has anybody read the above?
Or seen any reviews?
Message: Posted by: Andrew Richmond (Feb 7, 2006 04:45AM)
Read it from cover to cover, initially thought it was an okay book, however I then saw Steve Cohen perform and it was really not my cup of tea. So it made me think that he writes a good book but doesn't in my opinion practice what he preaches..

I feel there are far better performers out there who really understand how to win the crowd.

Some handly hints and ideas, but Maximum Entertainment is far better..

Message: Posted by: david_a_whitehead (Feb 7, 2006 07:19AM)
I thought the book was excellent. Starts out slow but builds into some great practical advice. I think I actually gained more from this book than Maximum Entertainment. I guess it depends on the person.
Message: Posted by: The Paranormalist (Feb 7, 2006 07:50AM)
I have read Win the Crowd, It was okay I wasn't that impressed. If I can recommened a really good book, one that I bought round about the same time: How to persuade people who don't want to be persuaded, by Joel Bauer & Mark Levy

Message: Posted by: Mark Timon (Feb 7, 2006 10:34AM)
I have read Win the Crowd, I was expecting a better book .It's ok though.

Message: Posted by: Dr Spektor (Feb 7, 2006 11:25AM)
Or one can watch Gladiator "Win the crowd, Spaniard".... of course, this might involve too much blood in gladiator-mentalists battling for the mob
Message: Posted by: The One (Feb 7, 2006 11:34AM)
Win the Crowd contain the secrets of WHY magic works...something not many magicians understand...
yes, I wanted it to be a little more specific about certain topics but I really think magic enthusiasts should read this book.
Andrew Richmond, I saw Steve Cohen perform and I disagree with you. He's one of the best showmen I've ever seen (what made you think he doesn't practice what he preaches?) . The entire audience was througly entertained.

And Maximum Entertaiment deals with different topics.
Message: Posted by: fred200 (Feb 7, 2006 03:58PM)
I star to read this book a couple of days ago and so far is a good book,easy to read and with some interesting exercise's.
Message: Posted by: teejay (Feb 10, 2006 07:05PM)
Thanks for all the advice
Message: Posted by: Dr Spektor (Feb 11, 2006 10:43AM)
Y'know if you google "Social Constructivism" and read some papers on that adult educational theory - you'd have some amazing insights into working with any size group once you change the term learner->participant
Message: Posted by: Tom Jorgenson (Feb 11, 2006 10:53AM)
I just ordered my copy on Amazon...and at about $4 a copy. At these remaindered prices, stock up on gifts for your friends!

Steve spontaneously did Intercept for us at Mindvention. Real magic, and almost inspirational. Masterful. Now, this comment is before reading the book, but after seeing him perform, I'd pay attention to anything he said or wrote.
Message: Posted by: Agathon (Feb 11, 2006 11:12AM)

Thanks! At that price you can't go wrong!
Message: Posted by: fib (Feb 11, 2006 11:25AM)
"Win the Crowd" is a must read. There are gems in there you go back to, like you do in Banachek's "Psychological Subtleties." The index at the back of the book is incredibly valuable. Just look for advice on a certain topic and turn to the page.
You gotta get it. It'll help turn you into a performer, not just somebody who does some tricks.

Message: Posted by: Andrew Richmond (Feb 11, 2006 11:34AM)
You guys have got me thinking about re-reading it? Maybe I missed something first time round. I must admit I had Maximum Entertainment at the same time and was really pushed into reading that more thoroughly due to the great reviews it gets..

Wheres that book...

Message: Posted by: teejay (Feb 12, 2006 10:44AM)
The direction of thought is changing
That US price is tempting but the postage....
Message: Posted by: Dr Spektor (Feb 12, 2006 02:44PM)
*** - you got me so curiosu I bought the book :)....!!! Now to wait until it arrives