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Tony Iacoviello
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There have been a few books written this year dealing with the topic of storytelling presentation for magic, and the one that stands out above the others is MAGICTALES – The Definitive Book on Story Telling Magic by Leslie Melville.

This book is a beautifully packaged offering from Leaping Lizards Publishing. It is filled with magic, stories, illustrations, and photos covering the life of Leslie, “Teller of Tales – Performer or Miracles.”

The book is actually two books in one, as it contains the full text of Leslie’s “Kismet – or the Enchanted Stepping Stones” put out in limited release last September and no longer available. I had the pleasure of reviewing that book for the Shadow Digest last year; it was nominated on that forum as the best book of the year.

The first part of the book contains 17 performance pieces. I call these performance pieces as they are not “tricks” or “effects” but magical experiences containing captivating stories with a magical experience. This is true magic! Leslie’s gift of storytelling shines through in all of them. Having just used his “The Friendly Witch and her Linking Pins,” A comedy rhyming presentation for the Slydini Linking Pins routine for Halloween, I can attest to the strength of the material. The material runs the range for that usable for children’s performances, to that for adults. Much of the material uses effect, props, or themes that are classic and will be familiar to the seasoned performer, but no detail on performance is left out.

The first portion ends with an 11 pages essay on the craft of storytelling, how to apply it to your magic, and exercises for improvement. This alone is well worth the purchasing of the book.

The second portion of the book, as I mentioned above, is the republication of “Kismet – or the Enchanted Stepping Stones.”
Imagine having a 20 minute routine that is entertaining, engaging, fun, fits in a large envelope, and requires no work other than presentation. Now imagine that you have five different presentations ranging from a game show, to pirates, a Harry Potter like premise, a quest for lost treasure, to wife swapping. Something here for any performer, each is a complete, self-contained act.

This book breaths life into magic and returns it to entertainment, it is the life’s work of a very talented magician, gifted storyteller, and artist. It is an instruction manual on creating magical experiences with any audience.

This is easily the best publication on “magic” available. It lives up to its title and is “The Definitive Book on Story Telling Magic.”

Tony Iacoviello
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I'm with you Tony. This is one of my favorite books ever. I, too, have been doing Mssr. Melville's linking pin poem as well as the Strange Story of Mr. Tall and Mr. Small. It's surprising to me that adults are as into these two routines as the kids are. Nothing else I can add that you didn't already say.

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Greetings and Salutations,

I've read some of the reviews, and while I am not long on sotry-telling magic, it's something I'd like to explore but want a jumpstart. I noted in the pdf preview "The Treasure of Tortuga - A Pirate Tale. As I do some pirate-themed events, I was wondering if someone could provide an overview. If it has a book hook (sorry, I love puns), an effect I'm reasonably familiar with or can master (I'm not much into pasteboards, I work outdoors -- a lot), and a story I can adapt to my personality I'd be sincerely interested as you can pay $40 plus-or-minus for one effect, so a book of stories using common, classis effects would be right up my alley.

Thank you in advance for any information you can provide.

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Treasures Of Tortuga is one of the presentations for Kismet, including artowrk. It is a 20 minute long interactive routine with costumes, physical interaction and a few surprises. Certainly useable outside, nothing hard to learn, and fun to do.
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This book really sounds great. I guess I have to order this as well!

Is it possible to compare "MagicTales" with "Hauntiques" or is it just completely different? I am reading Hauntiques right now and I really like it although I guess I won't use any of the stories written in there...
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They are completely different.
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Thanks for a great review
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Nice review, Tony. Stories are SO important to the dressing up of magic. I will consider getting this book.

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Nice review, Tony!!

Intrigued, I Googled this, eventually ended up on Leslie's site and immediately ordered this book for myself for Christmas. (grin)

Thanks for taking the time to alert the membership to this book.

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You can also see a free sample here: http://www.leapinglizardsmagic.com/magictales.htm
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For those who may be interested, I have devised a new Christmas presentation based on the 'Kismet' Principle. It can be found on my website, but only by those who have bought the book, because the page is password protected!

You will need to log on to my website at: http://www.thestorytelling-resource-cent......les.html

Then scroll down to the heading 'Magictales'the book. There you will find further instructions!

The password that you will require to get to the hidden page is the name of The Pharoah's Chief Magician in the routine entitled, "The Egyptian Night of Rapture!"

(As Kardor says, "If it was easy, everybody would be doing it!).
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WOW.... Loved that extra routine, Leslie! Thanks and happy new year!
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I have to say that Leslie is one of my faverite performers, I love to watch him when I get the chance as far as I'm concerned he is the complete performer. Kids,close up , or stage, the guy can do the lot nothing to clever you understand but pure entertainment,I bought Kismet & I bought this, his blushing palms is great.
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I like the book's, is new genre for story telling magic book's from years experience by the magician from the fields.
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Back at the desk after the Holidays. Happy New Year to you all. Thanks for the positive comments - very much appreciated. Kevin, you'll make me blush!
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Those of you who have been kind enough to buy my book, 'Magictales' may be interested to learn that I have written up another 'Kismet' routine. The routine is on my website and as before is password protected!

Visit http://www.thestorytelling-resource-cent......les.html and follow the directions under the paragraph headed, "Kismet Goes Bizarre!"

If you need further encouragement, it is an on the table card trick with a disgusting 'Jack the Ripper' plot!

Have fun!

Leslie.
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Leslie - Very detailed, informative website!

BDC
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On 2007-02-20 11:55, Big Daddy Cool wrote:
Leslie - Very detailed, informative website!

BDC


Thank you, kind Sir!
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Allow me to give a "Two Thumbs Up" for this great book as well. I had the pleasure of meeting Leslie at the ICBM get-together in Connecticut and buying the book from him. A most charming fellow and, for me, the hit of ICBM. My favorites are "Mr. Tall & Mr. Small" and the "Linking Pins" routine.

Not in the book, but Leslie's "Thumb Tie" routine is the finest I have ever seen! Also, ask him about his "Money Box".

Mark Ross
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