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Lol! I had a good laugh when I saw the cover picture. Is this today's up and coming performer? God I hope not. You would have to be an 'idiot' to even buy the book in the first place. Although I am curious what material is in it, and how badly rehashed it is. I thought for a minute Ellusionist was releasing it. I don't judge a book by its cover, but it was very humorous.
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I especially love the cocky face. He must have been doing magic for a week or less judging that alone. Oh and the sports jacket over the hoody. He looks like he is more concerned with "pwning" another young magician than entertaining laymen.
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Let's just be glad the kid on the cover is just a model, instead of the author.
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"The Hip-Hop of Hocus-Pocus" eh?
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But, it is written by Tom Ogden, so there SHOULD be some content there.
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I actually enjoyed the "Idiot's Guide to Magic Tricks," and "Magic For Dummies" as well. I see the other Idiot's guide went out of print, which makes me wonder if the author simply did not change the name to this one to simply cash in on all the Blaine and Angel hype. That is why I am curious of the content, as it has no preview like the others.

It might inspire someone, but is it a good source of quality information to begin with? Funny how the author does not even come close to fitting the projected image of today's so called "street magician." The problem is that many young people today do not know that there is no such thing until it is too late, and they are broke from buying all this "street magic" material. They see Blaine and Angel on TV and go searching for "street magic."

Marketing vultures know this. I might just get it sometime just to see what is inside as it is not that expensive anyway, although it contradicts all I have been taught as a conjurer and competent consumer. But it may give me a good laugh, or perhaps surprise me by containing something worthwhile. I just wish they had a preview up of its TOC. I am sure it won't be long until some kid in a hoody here buys it and throws a review up.

"People starting out in magic today want something edgier, grittier, quick, visual, and maybe a little dangerous." They do? Sounds to me like Criss' fanbase may want that, but I am not sure about people starting out in magic. Personally I believe most starting out today want instant gratification, self-working, astonishing, easy to do, cheap, examinable, and requires little or no practice. But there are exceptions.
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On 2007-09-14 14:02, leapinglizards wrote:
But, it is written by Tom Ogden, so there SHOULD be some content there.


Agreed. Tom is a great guy and I doubt highly that he would put out garbage.
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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Pretending to be Cool While In Fact Still Being a Complete Idiot.

Do yourself a favor and buy something by John Bannon or Simon Aronson or Derren Brown etc etc.
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Despite the expression IDIOT - the book contains some good stuff for beginners. I would always opt for Mark Wilson, as it has more contents. But if you want to start up quick, the idiot is not bad.
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I got this book at the library once, and it does have some good material, such as levitations (Balducci), metal bending, and beginner card effects. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone here as it has the standard material, but if you're at your library and it has this, then if you're interested pick it up. (It's free, as long as you don't pay a late fee. Smile)
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The book is pretty good for what it is.

Two thumbs up.
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One would think that magic would be something idiots woudl consider childish and pass on.
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Well, the IDIOT series is actually pretty good for getting a quick insight into a topic.
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Yeah a couple of classics floating around the Complete Idiots book; From Ramsey's Four Little Beans to a couple of Chad Long and Greg Wilson ideas
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Meh. I only bought this cause I loved Tom Ogden's other book, CIGT Magic Tricks. But Street magic was... lackluster. I dunno. I didn't like it. I read through it in a day, and haven't really picked it up since. There are some interesting ideas in there I suppose. Like Cut and Restored iPod headphones. But overall, Beginners: Yes. Try it out. Adepts: No. Unless you just want another magic book. Everybody: Tear off the front cover. Yikes. Just yikes.
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