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S2000magician
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Has anyone here read it?

If so, what's your impression?
JohnLamberti
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In the middle of it now...I like it so far.

Planning on posting a review when finished.
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Bought it but havent started it yet, still finishing up the Glorious Deception.(which is by the way a great book)
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I'm reading it now, & it's certainly an enjoyable read but I'm not sure how much stock I put into the nitty gritty details. I need to read the final section on the notes, bibliography etc before I decide how much I believe it all. What is interesting is that soon magicians will talk about every detail in this book as if it is absolutely what happened, without question. It'll be the "truth".

It would make a good movie - for magicians and cardsharps...
tjo'
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Hey Guys,

Anyone finish it yet? I just picked it up today. Looking foward to reading it. Let me know your thoughts. If you have any.

Vandy
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Mark Martinez
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I received mine in the mail this weekend; I haven't started reading it but am also looking forward to it!

I am also interested in what people this about it being available in mass market bookstores? I repeat that I haven't stared reading it yet but are there things in the book that we wouldn't want laypeople to read???
Magically,
Mark

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I don't know Mark. I picked it up at Barnes and Noble in Mayfair. It was in a rack with all sorts of Magic books. All the typical bookstore stuff, including I believe the Mark Wilson "Cyclopedia" and a ton of card trick books.

I don't think it's a big deal. I haven't read it yet either, but I'd be surprised if theres much in there that would hurt either the magician or the cardsharp.

Vandy
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T. Joseph O'Malley
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I think that there isn't a tonne of "secret" info in this book, and also, never underestimate the power of laziness when it comes to preserving secrets. Most folks wouldn't pour through some big book just to discover a tidbit or two of info - heck most folks won't even get up to change the channel on their TV.
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I just picked up a copy this weekend and like it so far. I think anyone who loves cards will enjoy this book. I don't know if anyone else saw this but David Blaine acutally did a review for this book in a recent Entertainment Weekly and gave it a A+.
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This book was great! The book not only tells a great story, but also gives a biography of the Professor. Even if the "nitty gritty" details aren't all correct, the story is still very enjoyable. I really enjoyed this book and I'm sure all of you wil enjoy it as well.
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As a writer myself, I am loathe to criticize other writers, but I found the prose in this a little clumsy, and I was often aware that it was a magazine article that had been expanded into a book. That said, it's a fascinating topic, there are some lovely moments, and the author's heartfelt passion for his subject comes across. I don't know whether I would reccomend it to a non-magician, but for anyone who loves magic it's a no-brainer: great fun and worth reading.
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T. Joseph O'Malley
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I will add that I enjoyed the Notes section at the end a good deal too, where he reveals his source material, with some commentary.

I am in the process of reading vol 4 of the Vernon Chronicles books so I'm sure I'll recognize a lot of the stories - as I did from the Revelations videos.

I've heard tell that there is a Vernon bio in the works somewhere too...
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Im lost here... what book?? and where?? thanks!

Jon
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Its called the magician and the cardsharp. Its about Dai Vernon's life and his "quest" to find the man who could perform the perfect center deal. It covers many great gamblers and magicians in that time period.

I have finished it, and it was a marvelous book. I love gambling sleights so it was very enjoyable to find out all about the origins of them. It was also a big treat to learn the center deal afterward from a fellow magician friend of mine. Its a wonderful read for magicians and non magicians alike. Highly recommend you all pick up a copy.
Stick to the classics,

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On 2005-09-26 19:40, iamslow wrote:
Im lost here... what book?? and where?? thanks!

Jon


Same here. I know Mr. Lorayne's routine. is this what that's about?
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The author was at the Castle last friday doing a book signing at the Dai Vernon Bash we had. I have heard good things from people who have read it. Remember the author is a news reporter in print media.

Kirk
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heck most folks won't even get up to change the channel on their TV.
Smile

What's a TV Channel??? Smile

I don't think anybody gets up to change the channel on the t.v. anymore. I'd be lost w/out my remote control.
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On 2005-08-08 14:52, T. Joseph O'Malley wrote:
I'm reading it now, & it's certainly an enjoyable read but I'm not sure how much stock I put into the nitty gritty details. I need to read the final section on the notes, bibliography etc before I decide how much I believe it all. What is interesting is that soon magicians will talk about every detail in this book as if it is absolutely what happened, without question. It'll be the "truth".

It would make a good movie - for magicians and cardsharps...

Preferably Paul Newman will play The Professor?
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Paul Newman would be too old - the story takes place well before the 70's or 80's! ;^)
My ex-cat was named "Muffin". "Vomit" would be a better name for her. AKA "The Evil Ball of Fur".
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