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Drewmcadam
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Magician Paul Zenon kindly sent me a copy of his new book “Street Magic”. This is what a REAL magic book looks like. Zenon, certainly one of the UK’s best known and best loved magicians, was the guy who started TV Street Magic. (Yes, before that Blaine chap!) And his book, by that name reflects somebody who knows what he’s talking about.

This is a hardback coffee-table book, beautifully produced on top grade paper, with superb colour plates.

If you’re already a magician, you’re going to hate this, because Zenon has not been shy about offering the best possible tricks. He tips everything. In fact, he’s tipped so much that, apparently, some of the members of the prestigious Magic Circle are up in arms.

A quick look through and you can see why! Some of the most closely guarded secrets of magic in general – and street magic in particular - are explained in full colour, with nothing missed out.

As a collector of magic books, this is the one I wish I’d got when I was 15, (thirty-five years ago) rather than the endless stream of low-grade card trick books. Quite simply, if you’ve seen it on TV – and only the very best is used there – then it’s in this book.

You simply cannot go wrong with this. Zenon may have upset some of his fellow professionals, but there’s little doubt that many aspiring magicians are going to take this on board and run with it. Out with the old, in with the new!

Drew McAdam
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Paul showed me a couple of proof pages at Blackpool - the produciton quality was astounding.

I'm sure the writing will match the rest of the book.

Take care, Ian
Drewmcadam
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Ian, it does. It really does.

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I'm sure it is a good book but the Blaine chap had his street magic special on 3 month's before Paul Zenon.
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Drew,

Do you know when it is due to be published?
Thanks

Richard
I have six locks on my door all in a row. When I go out, I only lock every other one. I figure no matter how long somebody stands there picking the locks, they are always locking three. Elayne Boosler
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I'm not Drew, but according to Amazon its publication date is August 30th.
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Zennon had been doing the tv street style before blaine in actual fact
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Well he got his break on Englands Channel 4 because of the popularity of the good 'ol Usa,s Blaine.The best street performer ever [I think!] is Jeff Sheriden.
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Just pre-ordered this on Amazon. Sounds awesome. Wish they had a table of contents posted though.
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According to amazon it is out on 1st August

Drew.
Could you do us a favour and list what effects/tricks are in the book please/

cheers
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Actually, Steet Magican wise (and I know this sounds very unliely but it's true coz I've seen the tap) Geoffrey Durham had a pilot show for Tyne Tees Television called "Geoffrey Durham's Little Miracles" whereby he wanders the street and presents miracles to passers-by.

I recall a lady in a newsagent, a couple of market stall holders and a traffic warden being the victims. Whilst not having the coolness and the cred of either Mr Blaine or Mr Zenon, the pilot was obviously ahead of it's time!
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Bartlewizard is right - I forgot about that. Actually, the traffic warden is no less a personage then Paul Brignall - a superb performer in his own right, adviser to Durham, and one of my mentors. Smile
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Just seen the book - a fantastic first magic book.

But unfortunately he does tip (in BIG colour pictures) the n*** writer, double lift, tilt and coin gimmicks.

There's even a snapshot of the DL colour picture on the jacket!!!
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That is a shame...Tilt was Ed Marlos creation.Is it just me or does it seem like more and more stuff is taken for granted as 'Public domain'.
I would agree with you PapaG that it is a fantastic first magic book...if they were all Paul Zirtek creations!!!
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What level of magic is in this book?
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On 2005-07-29 17:55, Drewmcadam wrote:
Bartlewizard is right - I forgot about that. Actually, the traffic warden is no less a personage then Paul Brignall - a superb performer in his own right, adviser to Durham, and one of my mentors. Smile



Indeed it is. Paul was one of my mentors - I worked in his joke shop and he is probably responsible for his encouraging my interest in Mentalism.

If he could resist certain temptations and not be so lazy he could be a magic great.
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Does anyone one know the title and artist of the picture on page 8? It depicts passengers in a Victorian train carriage circa 1893. A gentleman, with a young accomplice, is performing the three card monte on a newspaper on his lap.
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OKI /..I'll do it myself...
Heres an extract..

This book is ideal for those who want to learn great tricks as quickly and easily as possible but without skimping on all-important detail. The chapters and tricks are arranged so that the reader can confortably progress from one to the next in skill and performance level, but the standard of trick is high and there are plenty of impressive routines all the way through the book.

Auto-Magic: Self-working magic tricks
The Midas Touch: Stunning tricks with coins
Mind Magic: A selection of routines to convince people that you can read their thoughts
Top Secret Gadgets: The best tricks and gimmicks
Cards Made Easy: You don't have to be nimble-fingered to perform great card magic
Card Shark: Become a master card manipulator
Fancy Flourishes: Embellish the tricks you've already learned
Street Scams: Classic and historic street hustles
Party Time: A selection of crowd-pleasers ideal for entertaining groups

Howard
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For those of you in the UK...Channel 5 ..today.. at 1.30pm..the masked magician reveals the Secrets of Street Magicians.

Howard
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