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laurent
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I'm looking for the Plague routine (pateao force)
Does anyone knows if I can find the Plague routine in Tricks of the Imagination by Neale ?
Is it a valuable book ?

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I believe that the routine is found in Magic and Meaning, by Burger & Neale.

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It's in 'Life, Death and Other Card Tricks' by Robert Neale.
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Life, Death and Other Card Tricks is no longer available.
Does anyone knows if I can find the routine in Magic and Meaning ?
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JimMaloney
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Yes, the routine is in Magic and Meaning.

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Is it a valuable book ? The answer is yes for the stories and maybe for the effects, it has to fit your style. Between "Life, Death and Other Card Tricks" and "Tricks of the Imagination" I prefer this one because there's other stuff that card tricks.
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Yes it is a valuable book if you like the "story-telling" approach and the writing style. If you look for innovative methods, then it's not going to be your cup of tea
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Those are two of the worst books ever written for magic. Lay audiences will probably stick their middle finger up at you if you perform these dopey routines.
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On 2006-11-25 11:49, Silly Walter the Polar Bear wrote:
Those are two of the worst books ever written for magic. Lay audiences will probably stick their middle finger up at you if you perform these dopey routines.


I know that this is a two year old post but I just can't not respond to it.

Silly Walter if you'd ever had the pleasure to see either Bob Neale or Eugene Burger perform any of these effects live you'd be seeing two master magicians at work. I'm just stunned to hear someone make such a completely outrageous comment like this. Neale and Burger are two of the most respected names in magic. I think that the issue might be that these books speak about adding meaning and context to one's magic as compared to another book about sleights and effect that clone magicians so often seek.

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Jeff,

Silly Walter is no longer on the Café. Hmmm, I wonder why?

Anyway, I agree with you.
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In addition to Robert Neale and Eugene Burger, one can also watch Max Maven perform to see the difference that an engaging story makes.

I saw a Maven performance last year where he made the audience care quite a lot whether a coin landed heads or tails. The toss of a coin is a relatively trivial thing, but he knew how to engage people's attention deeply. This piece got very loud applause. By contrast, one can present a "great" trick colorlessly, and one gives the audience no reason to care.
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