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Topic: Our Magic & Unexpected Visitor
Message: Posted by: Mythos (Feb 12, 2003 12:17PM)
Hi magic friends! I would like to have your opinion for these books:
1."Our Magic" by Nevil Maskelyne and David Devant.
2."Unexpected Visitor" by Doug Brewer
Thank you in advance...
Mythos :rabbitfromhat:
Message: Posted by: ixnay66 (Feb 12, 2003 12:23PM)
I have Unexpected Visitor. It has good material in it. Most of the material is variations of existing routines but I'm sure you'll find some material that suits you.
Message: Posted by: richgerb86 (Feb 12, 2003 01:43PM)
Unexpected Visitor is a great book filled with routines that you can actually use. I think it is good stuff for the walk around/table hopper.
Message: Posted by: Curtis Kam (Feb 12, 2003 01:44PM)
Unexpected Visitor is a very good book for the intermediate to advanced coin magician. If you're past Bobo's, you should check it out. There are good, solid performable routines with familiar gaffed coins, ordinary coins, and a couple of cup routines as an extra benefit.

Unexpected is easy to read, and easy to look at. The production quality is excellent. It is a practitioner's reference. It is long on practical entertaining, "workhorse" routines, and shorter on theory (although there are some valuable comments along those lines, too).

Our Magic is generally considered one of the three basic texts for students interested in the theory of magic, and why it works. (These days, I would add Tommy Wonder's and John Carney's contributions.) As the story goes, the theory section was written by Maskelyne, and the effects described come from the working repertoire of David Devant. The lessons require careful study, as it is not always obvious which of the theoretical principles is being emphasized (if any) in a particular effect. These authors lived and worked in a different time, where it was an insult to write as though your reader was an idiot. Our Magic will require, but should inspire, thought.

Both recommended :nod:
Message: Posted by: Darrin Cook (Feb 12, 2003 11:36PM)
I, too, am a fan of "The Unexpected Visitor" and Doug Brewer's work. As Curtis said, it's not a beginner's book, but it's not terribly difficult either. Doug is a restaurant worker, and his routines will serve you well in the restaurant environment.

I recommend it, and I have also positively written up Doug's lecture video in this forum.
Message: Posted by: 1908 (Feb 13, 2003 07:12AM)
Unexpected Visitor is good, but I recommend if you choose only one, Our Magic. I prefer inspiring books...and it is very good.
Message: Posted by: Hideo Kato (Feb 15, 2003 08:06AM)
I am astonished as only few recommend [i]Our Magic[/i]. At least it is a required reading for professional magicians. Today, we have Wonder and Tamariz as thoretical teachers. But Maskelyne is much more important if your ambition is to become an artist.

Hideo Kato
Message: Posted by: brownbeauty (Feb 15, 2003 09:06AM)
"Our Magic" should be required reading for every serious magician. Just my .02 cents!

Rudy Sanchez
Message: Posted by: ugdini13 (Mar 6, 2006 04:30PM)
Just putting this back into the minds of people checkin out the forum who might be unfamiliar with these two great texts...
Message: Posted by: drhackenbush (Mar 6, 2006 04:51PM)
I'd like to also suggest the Fitzkee Trilogy, (Showmanship for Magicians, The Trick Brain, and Magic by Misdirection). Though some have called them quaint and a tough read, they are an invaluable resource for the working magician and really get to the nuts and bolts of successfully entertaining with magic.
Message: Posted by: Davidicus (Mar 6, 2006 06:17PM)
Our Magic is HIGLY recommended!
Message: Posted by: todsky (Jul 2, 2010 08:49PM)
Just finished reading Our Magic. Boy, these guys really set the bar high! If you're looking for artistic inspiration in the field of magic, look no further. The book is now 100 years old, and most of Maskelyne's soap-box oratories still ring true.
Message: Posted by: Dick Christian (Jul 3, 2010 09:41AM)
I am not familiar with "Unexpected Visitor" (a previous poster mentioned that it deals largely with coin magic and I am not a coin man). On the other hand I am VERY familiar with "Our Magic." If you are primarily interested in "learning tricks" then it is probably not for you. But if you want to really UNDERSTAND MAGIC, then "Our Magic," the Fitzkee trilogy, "The Amateur Magician's Handbook" and "The Books of Wonder" are required reading.
Message: Posted by: doug brewer (Jul 3, 2010 12:19PM)
I am slightly amused this post re-surfaced (over 7 years old), but these two books are on opposite ends of comparison (I should know, I wrote The Unexpected Visitor). One is a technical book on coin magic for the walk-around performer, the other is a classic book on theory. Kind of like comparing a cook book to a philosophy book - if you're making dinner you need the first one, if you're wanting to sit and think, then you want the second.
Message: Posted by: todsky (Jul 3, 2010 06:12PM)
Well, that was an unexpected visit from Doug!
Message: Posted by: doug brewer (Jul 3, 2010 10:06PM)