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All of darwin's work, but especially Strong Magic, have a been a positive influence on my magic as well as my thinking process in general.
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I gotta chime in and concur with the majority on this one. Great read and invaluable information. I just reread this a few weeks ago. Always something new to discover each time.
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I just received word from the printer that the latest printing of Strong Magic has just shipped. So in a week or two you should again be able to purchase it from your dealer. Or you can purchase a signed copy now directly from me.

Sincerely,
Darwin Ortiz
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I agree a lovely and inspiring tome. Mine was attacked by mold and I made sure I found another.
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Strong Magic - the super guide for magicians.
This book has helped me a lot to become a "better" and more confident magician.
The information within these pages made a true difference for a thinking magician to even be more
thinking about everything that makes magic become stronger/greater.
This book makes a huge difference - it takes the magic art to a higher level, sure.

I have a wish: I would like to have this book as an ebook and an audiobook.
Very handy when you travel or have freetime, just pick up your smart phone and get access...

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If I was your fairy godmother I would grant your wiah. Not only for you but for all magician kind.
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This is one great book. But, it's not a quick read. You'll need to ponder some. Savor it.
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Strong Magic is not just my favorite book on magic, it might be one of my favorite books full stop. You can have my copy when you pry it from my cold, dead hands!
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Absolutely a great book,as are all of his. Even if you don't agree with absolutely everything he writes,he makes you think...and that makes it worth every penny. Great book. We want more!
Ive upped my standards.Now,up yours!
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I finished reading it after buying it here last week. Great read. I feel much less lonely, now that I know that there are others who understand that there's a significant amount of bad magic in the wilderness. The most difficult part for me was his piece of advice on how to end Reset. I'll give it a try next time, as I've now found a way to end up previous tricks with kings and aces on the hand so that it makes sense to peel the kings away to get started with the routine Smile

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I picked up a used copy here on the Café in pristine condition (which turns out to not be a recent reprint to boot , I believe Copyright 1994,1995) I love this book more than "Our Magic" (my old favorite). I see "Designing Miracles" is available as an audiobook narrated by Darwin himself. I wonder if there are any plans on doing the same with "Strong Magic"? I know I would grab it up. (the "DM" audiobook is now on my short list). I am currently about 1/3 of my way through "Strong Magic" and I hate to put it down at night but alas, my medications kick in and I want to remember what I read so I just do several pages per night. Smile
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"Designing Miracles" is a wonderful book - a must read for every serious student or performer. It makes you rethink even things you do for long time. J
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Finished but reading again just to absorb this great material. Unlike a lot of magic books, It is written in a way that you can read it again (without a deck of cards in hand and stopping to work this and that out along the way). Designing Miracles is definitely next on my list (and I do believe I will try the audiobook on this one) Any reason to go with the physical book over the audio version? As in photos, graphs, charts or anything important I could miss? Smile
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I picked up a copy of Strong Magic when it first came out.
I read it carefully. By the end of it, I asked myself the bottom-line question:
What did I learn from Strong Magic?
(Learning theories suggest that if you can't articulate what you learned, you haven't learned anything)
I couldn't answer that question.

During that time, there were many glowing reviews here and elsewhere.
So I asked those reviewers:
What did you learn from Strong Magic?
I never got a good answer to that question.

I'm still curious about what I could have missed. So I'll ask again:
What did you learn from Strong Magic?
Please be specific and concrete.

thanks
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On Oct 19, 2016, Doug Peters wrote:
I picked up a copy of Strong Magic when it first came out.
I read it carefully. By the end of it, I asked myself the bottom-line question:
What did I learn from Strong Magic?
(Learning theories suggest that if you can't articulate what you learned, you haven't learned anything)
I couldn't answer that question.

During that time, there were many glowing reviews here and elsewhere.
So I asked those reviewers:
What did you learn from Strong Magic?


I never got a good answer to that question.

I'm still curious about what I could have missed. So I'll ask again:
What did you learn from Strong Magic?
Please be specific and concrete.

thanks


I want to give this thread a bump because when I first read this question, I was really fascinated by it. I totally see where the question is coming from yet I have been struggling to put into words, exactly what "I" want to convey with my answer. The holidays are coming up fast and I am sure everyone will be busy most of the next 45 days or so BUT... I will sit down when I get time and answer this. Hopefully others will throw out their ideas also. Like I said, I have been thinking about it (and only recently read thru the book but would like to go back thru some parts) but I hope to keep the thread in site so I remember to give it my full attention when I am better prepared. Thanks for the question too. I think the spirit of the question really does deserve an answer. Smile
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In the broadest of terms, Strong Magic is the equivalent of a university course in Theatre 101, but applied to the craft of magic rather than traditional live theatre.

It's a book that teaches you how to generate a quality product as a magician when performing in front of an audience.
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Hi Artie,
You needn't have been responding to my question, of course. But it is curious that a request for:
Quote:
specific and concrete

gets your
Quote:
the broadest of terms
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This is the kind of thing that happened the last time I asked the question!
I asked "what did you learn from Strong Magic?" and people answer a different question...
Poof-Daddy: looking forward to your response, thanks!
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I don't think Strong Magic was written, or is intended to teach anybody any "specific and concrete" lessons in anything.

It's a broader look at how to become an excellent performer in the field of magic - as opposed to simply being a guy doing some tricks.

If absolutely forced to name something specific and concrete one takes away from reading Strong Magic, I'd have to say that Strong Magic (from cover to cover) demands that a magician performing for people THINK hard about what they're doing, and THINK even harder about how they're doing it. Mixed in with those two items is the additional thinking the book suggests one put into determining WHY you're doing what you're doing at various points throughout your presentation of any given magic trick.

The book teaches the reader how to approach that kind of thinking.

I guess (but I don't know because I'm not Darwin Ortiz) it's possible you might be looking for an answer that the book simply wasn't designed to give, especially if the kind of specific and concrete answer you're looking for is of the "the book taught me how to do a faro shuffle" variety.
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I don't need to read a book to tell me to think about what I do or why I am doing it.
Perhaps that's why the book didn't work for me: I'm already invested in "that kind of thinking"...

When it comes to "specific and concrete", let me give some examples from what I consider the best of this "genre" of books -- Maximum Entertainment by Ken Weber.
- find someone to be your "director".
- get in the habit of video-taping yourself.
And one that isn't so "concrete", but has critical implications:
- the audience doesn't care about most of the things that the performer must care about.
"if you have any answers, it's time to ask harder questions!"
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On Nov 25, 2016, Doug Peters wrote:
I don't need to read a book to tell me to think about what I do or why I am doing it.

Seems you're set then Doug, nice talking to you.
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