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Topic: As the Crow Flies
Message: Posted by: elie brown (Apr 23, 2004 01:39PM)
Who knows about this book by Raymonde Crow?
Any review about this one?
Message: Posted by: zombieboy (Apr 23, 2004 05:47PM)
You might ask him. He's here on the Café under the name Darrin Cook.
Message: Posted by: Darrin Cook (Apr 24, 2004 11:54PM)
Yes, I'm here. The book was recently reviewed by David Regal in the April 2004 issue of Genii magazine. He concludes with the following: "Good tricks, good writing, good illustrations, good price." Shane of online-visions.com gives it a 9 out of 10.

The book features the routines that I use for my restaurant work, with an emphasis on engaging presentations and practicality. Since I am an unknown, the book has been priced to give the potential buyer a very tempting offer.

I'd be glad to answer any questions, and I'm willing to support purchasers in any way that I can.
Message: Posted by: zombieboy (Apr 25, 2004 05:32PM)
I own the book and have found it invaluable. I especially like the work with Chocolate Coins, and tasetful Coins Across. All of the stuff is very practical, and you will more than likely actually use all of it.
Message: Posted by: ugdini13 (Apr 27, 2004 02:30AM)
I also own the book, and I love the material. I suggest this book to anyone looking to get involved in restaurant magic.
Message: Posted by: Darrin Cook (Apr 27, 2004 11:37PM)
Thanks, Ugdini and Zombie Boy.

Although some of the routines have changed and new routines have been added, I regularly perform the material in the book on a working-for-tips basis. If it doesn't entertain and fool, I don't get paid. I can say the the routines get laughs, entertain, and fool.

Check out "Dead Kennedys" and "Mother-In-Law Who Would Not Die." These are funny, very fooling effects that work without reset. I've got a ton of mileage out of these.
Message: Posted by: solrak29 (Mar 22, 2009 10:47AM)
I have been on the fense with this for quite some time.

What throws me is that the guy who wrote the book is David Cook, yet the title is the magic of Raymonde Crow.

Can someone explain to me the relevance this has with Raymonde Crow? Is it David's performance name or something? Or is it a play on Raymond Crow who was featured on Magic magazine and does the naked Zombie ball?

Forgive for my ignorance here if any..Just curious....
Message: Posted by: billfromoregon (Mar 23, 2009 11:44AM)
I believe this is just a stage name. The material is top-notch, and one of the nice things is that he organizes everything into sets, depending on the type of audience. I love his presentation for the ambitious card, "The Mother-in-Law Who Would Not Die", and his "Dead Kennedys" almost makes me want to go back to using kennedy halfs instead of Morgans. This is one of the best books on restaurant magic you will find and certainly well worth the price.
Message: Posted by: Scott F. Guinn (Mar 24, 2009 07:35PM)

First, it's Darrin Cook, not David Cook. David Cook is the due who won American Idol last year. Second, his real name is Darrin J. Cook. His "magician" name is Raymonde Crow. There is, apparently, also an Australian magician named Raymond Crowe, where the "e" is at the end of the last name instead of at the end of the first name. That may be the source of your confusion.

I edited, laid out, and published this book (and helped Darrin on some of the patter), so I am obviously biased, but I can tell you that it is full of strong material. I've seen Darrin/Raymonde perform it in the real-world and it gets the money. I wouldn't have put my name on it as the publisher if I didn't think it was good stuff.

As the Crow Flies is currently available as an instant download eBook on the "Books" page of my website for a mere $20. As others have said, it is well worth the small investment. http://www.scottfguinn.com

You might also be interested in his sequel, "The Bird's Eye" available a little farther down the same page. More great routines, tips and advice, and also only $20.
Message: Posted by: solrak29 (Mar 29, 2009 01:21PM)
Thanks for the clarification, I will definatley check it out....