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Topic: Ready: Unspeakable Acts
Message: Posted by: Mind_Magic (Feb 26, 2011 06:44PM)
Hi All:

Just received the following e-mail from Jim Magus:

"The baby is born, after a long and painful delivery. $75 plus $8 shipping for a casebound book of over 500 pages.
There are lots of surprises for everyone who think they know.
And I believe it is by far my best work yet.
It can be ordered via PayPal to jimmagus@comcast.net
Best wishes,
Jim Magus"

My order is in.
Message: Posted by: dennfox (Feb 26, 2011 08:04PM)
Received from Jim Magus today: "Shipped today, along with a birthday present"
Message: Posted by: Clifford the Red (Feb 27, 2011 02:31AM)
I was shaking so hard with excitement I could barely type in Paypal!
Message: Posted by: Mind_Magic (Feb 27, 2011 10:17AM)
For international shipping, contact Jim for the correct fee.
Message: Posted by: dennfox (Feb 28, 2011 08:08PM)
I am speechless! Unspeakable Acts has arrived in the mail. Over 530+ of Tony/Tom antics. Read Forward and Introduction and into Tom's early life. I am thrilled!
Message: Posted by: RCP (Feb 28, 2011 08:14PM)
It was my birthday on the 6th ;) Have on order. Sight unseen I predict book of the year, maybe the decade. He was a one of a kind on at least three different......
Message: Posted by: steven-gibson (Mar 1, 2011 05:08AM)
Is there any seance stuff in Jim's new book?
Message: Posted by: Necromancer (Mar 1, 2011 06:48AM)
Hi Steven,

To clarify, this is a biography, not a book of effects. But it does include a description of Tony's mediumship at the Official Houdini Seance in Appleton, Wisconsin -- which he needed to present convincingly to a roomful of skeptics and members of the press in full-light. And he triumphs.

Best,
Neil
Message: Posted by: dennfox (Mar 1, 2011 03:13PM)
Man! This book get weirder with Tom's relationship with Jack Ruby, The FBI and the Kennedy Assassination!
Message: Posted by: dennfox (Mar 1, 2011 09:10PM)
Now reading about Tom's Chicago days, his marriage to Bunni, helping Anton LeVey get started,changing his name to Andruzzi, becoming a leader in the Pagan movement. What a read!
Message: Posted by: TEB3 (Mar 1, 2011 10:09PM)
Follows is a response I sent someone else:

"This really is a definitive biography. You will find it fascinating because the man was such a character. Plus you are dealing with three people, or was it four?

How do I know? Because I have read so many pdf's of the manuscript since 2007 my bionic eyes are bloodshot.

Jim has done a tremendous job."


I have no personal financial interest or anything else other than the real story, HOWEVER, I can't give a review of it simply because I've been watching/helping/whatever on this for several years. Then again, I got to write the preface, but I leave it to all of my peers to decide if Jim did the job which very few people would be willing or able to undertake and then take the time to do it right. Finally the final backside research and input that Neil did in the final YEAR of this project makes it as good as humanly possible.

It's good --- now I think I'll have a Grouse, look into an ice cube and enjoy.

Lary/TEB3/Traveler
Message: Posted by: dennfox (Mar 2, 2011 12:01PM)
The book just keeps getting better!
Message: Posted by: RCP (Mar 2, 2011 06:02PM)
:) Unspeakable
Message: Posted by: RCP (Mar 2, 2011 06:09PM)
Ha-Ha "I still practice his method of communicating with spirits through scrying ice cubes floating in a glass filled with a good single malt whiskey." Aint it true brother!
Message: Posted by: dennfox (Mar 2, 2011 07:52PM)
Where's our quote for today?
Message: Posted by: Necromancer (Mar 2, 2011 09:05PM)
Dennfox, you've got the book! But since you asked...
http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=404400&forum=14&14

Best,
Neil
Message: Posted by: Eddie Garland (Mar 4, 2011 11:17PM)
[img]http://darkartsmedia.com/TonyBook.jpg[/img]
Message: Posted by: SpellbinderEntertainment (Mar 5, 2011 12:27AM)
Its good to see some of the mysteries revealed, others debunked, and others created.
I mostly knew the first one, Tom Palmer, and so fleetingly the last.
So the book fills in the blanks.
Thanks Neil for prodding me into the purchase.
On fourth done three-fourths to go
Magically,
Walt
Message: Posted by: dennfox (Mar 5, 2011 04:05PM)
Just finished reading Unspeakable Acts. Bravo!
Message: Posted by: Necromancer (Mar 6, 2011 08:37AM)
Glad you enjoyed it, Dennfox! (And nice photo, Eddie!)

Walt, I didn't mean to prod...but I'm looking forward to talking with you when you've finished.

Best,
Neil
Message: Posted by: dennfox (Mar 8, 2011 08:37AM)
I have been trying to write a review of "Unspeakable Acts" for several days and I am still having trouble doing it. Most of the book was so joyful in reading about the antics of Tom/Tony and his friends. (However the last year of Tony's life was so sad.) My biggest block is as I told Necromancer is that over the years I had missed several opportunities to meet Tony and attend his drunkard parties(Invocations) I guess it's "I wish I was there" Syndrome. I will continue to try and write this review. Don't get me wrong--this is one of the best magic biographies I have read in years. It is very easy to read through and fairly well-written. The book exposes some of the myths about Tony but replaces them with new ones--stuff I didn't know especially his relations with Jack Ruby. Anyway I'll keep trying to write this review.
Message: Posted by: Clifford the Red (Mar 8, 2011 01:14PM)
I am thoroughly enjoying this! Thank you Jim (and Terry in the great beyond) for assembling this formidable amount of material and assembling it into something for us. I can't even fathom the amount of work this entailed. Thank you for preserving our Bizarre History! We should get to know the giants on whose shoulders we stand.
Message: Posted by: Necromancer (Mar 8, 2011 01:57PM)
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On 2011-03-08 14:14, Clifford the Red wrote:
I am thoroughly enjoying this! Thank you Jim (and Terry in the great beyond) for assembling this formidable amount of material and assembling it into something for us. I can't even fathom the amount of work this entailed. Thank you for preserving our Bizarre History! We should get to know the giants on whose shoulders we stand.
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Jim and Terry have done a tremendous job, and Lary Kuehn should also be singled out for being instrumental in driving the project forward. I'm just honored to have been part of it all.

Best,
Neil
Message: Posted by: Clifford the Red (Mar 8, 2011 02:49PM)
BTW, this also includes the extensive transcript of the FBI interview with Tom after the Kennedy Assassination. Some of his commentary was deemed classified and deleted from the Warren Commission Report. His connection with the characters involved was far more extensive than I realized and he raises many questions. Fascinating stuff!
Message: Posted by: Clifford the Red (Mar 8, 2011 02:51PM)
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On 2011-03-08 14:57, Necromancer wrote:
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On 2011-03-08 14:14, Clifford the Red wrote:
I am thoroughly enjoying this! Thank you Jim (and Terry in the great beyond) for assembling this formidable amount of material and assembling it into something for us. I can't even fathom the amount of work this entailed. Thank you for preserving our Bizarre History! We should get to know the giants on whose shoulders we stand.
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Jim and Terry have done a tremendous job, and Lary Kuehn should also be singled out for being instrumental in driving the project forward. I'm just honored to have been part of it all.

Best,
Neil
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Oh absolutely! Thank you and thanks to Lary as well. The amount of work involved to get this into our hot little hands is staggering. Everyone involved deserves a medal!
Message: Posted by: Jim Magus (Mar 9, 2011 12:35AM)
"Magicians do unspeakable acts." Tony was a friend, and I think he would have been pleased with his biography. There are surprises even for people who think they knew him well. The audio correspondence Tony sent friends from the mid 70s until just prior to his death capture his thoughts on events as they occurred. Those, along with the audio interviews Terry made with Tony for the project in the last year of Tony's life, along with the video of the Invocationals, allow much of the book to be in Tony's own words.
Message: Posted by: dennfox (Mar 14, 2011 10:51AM)
It's been about a week since I finished the book and passed it along to a friend to read. I sometimes stop and think back to a "Tony" antic or episode in the book and smile!
Message: Posted by: Necromancer (Mar 14, 2011 11:34AM)
I hope you really trust that friend. Your memory of the book might be all you have :)

Best,
Neil
Message: Posted by: dennfox (Mar 14, 2011 11:38AM)
It's okay, I'm holding his wife for Ransom until he returns the book!
Message: Posted by: Necromancer (Mar 14, 2011 11:48AM)
Careful now. Depending on the wife, that can be a tough choice.

Best,
Neil
Message: Posted by: dennfox (Mar 14, 2011 11:59AM)
You're Right! I'm getting to the point where I might let him keep the Book!
Message: Posted by: Mind_Magic (Mar 14, 2011 09:49PM)
I almost finish my first read. It is so good!

Actually, Im thinking this book can make a great story for a movie.
Message: Posted by: Necromancer (Mar 15, 2011 09:42AM)
You're right: it would make a great movie. But nobody would believe it :)

News flash --

[i]Unspeakable Acts: Three Lives and Countless Legends of Tom Palmer/Tony Andruzzi/Masklyn ye Mage[/i] is now available from Lulu.com and your favorite magic shop (via worldwide distribution from Stevens Magic).

Best,
Neil
Message: Posted by: Necromancer (Apr 14, 2011 07:10PM)
It's been reviewed in [i]Genii[/i] magazine!

Jamy Ian Swiss has this to say in his review of [i]Unspeakable Acts: Three Lives and Countless Legends of Tom Palmer/Tony Andruzzi/Masklyn ye Mage[/i] in the May 2011 issue:

"It's challenging if not impossible to do justice to a life and personality as complex as that of Tony Andruzzi. Fortunately, the author was a personal friend and longtime colleague, and was assisted by the work of other similar friends and associates of ye Mage. The result is a readable tome that...really does manage to do some justice to the memory of a truly extraordinary character."

"I was fortunate to know him personally...and now, thanks to this enjoyable book, those who had the pleasure along with those who missed the privilege, have the chance to get to know a genuine man of mystery."

Here's your direct link to the book:
http://www.lulu.com/product/hardcover/unspeakable-acts/15146020

Best,
Neil
Message: Posted by: The Curator (May 16, 2011 02:09PM)
I receive the book this morning and I'm halfway in, it's a funny and fascinating read.
Congratulation for your work.
Message: Posted by: Necromancer (May 25, 2011 07:05AM)
We're a hit in Belgium!

Christian, on behalf of Jim, Terry and myself, thank you kindly.

Best,
Neil
Message: Posted by: Eddie Garland (Jul 23, 2011 11:11PM)
Congrats Terry, Neil and of course Jim for another terrific review in this months MUM!

And a nice deserved spotlight on Neil as well.
Message: Posted by: Necromancer (Jul 26, 2011 11:14PM)
Thanks, Eddie!

Favorite quotes from the enthusiastic review by Joshua Kane in the August 2011 issue of [i]M-U-M[/i]:

[b]"Unspeakable Acts is this year's guilty pleasure read.[/b] It is a witty and salacious roller coaster ride through the life of one of magic's most complicated and creative individuals; a man whose legacy has left three distinct identities for historians and friends alike to contend with, be confused by, and miss seeing at the bar or hospitality suite."

"If there ever was a performer whose life was stranger than fiction and suited for a mad bio-pic, it was Tony. If it were not for the careful documentation of newspaper articles and references to primary sources included in the volume, no one would believe even half of the tales that have been collected and published."

"Jim Magus, Terry Nosek, and Neil Tobin...are to be commended and thanked for compiling and editing so much material into a volume whose momentum and page-turning energy never flags...I thoroughly enjoyed the read and know that I will return to it often."

Here's that ordering link again:
http://www.lulu.com/product/hardcover/unspeakable-acts/15146020

Best,
Neil
Message: Posted by: Necromancer (May 23, 2012 04:26PM)
In perusing this June 2012 issue of [i]Genii[/i], I unexpectedly encountered a recommendation by Max Maven of [b]Unspeakable Acts[/b]!

Attests Mr. Maven: "It is a most enjoyable read."

https://midwestmagic.net/shop/item.asp?itemid=12976
Message: Posted by: Victor Ian Smith (Aug 7, 2014 09:10PM)
Most enjoyable read, indeed!!
Message: Posted by: Necromancer (Aug 18, 2014 10:28AM)
Now that it's been out a few years, it's good to see "Unspeakable Acts" hasn't been forgotten.

Glad you enjoyed it, Victor!

Best,
Neil