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sirbrad
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Anyone have this or recommend it? Search is down, also wondered if a TOC is available anywhere? I did not see the book on the TOC forums.
The great trouble with magicians is the fact that they believe when they have bought a certain trick or piece of apparatus, and know the method or procedure, that they are full-fledged mystifiers. -- Harry Houdini
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I will copy my post from another forum...


the first part of the book is about street magic.

it covers everything, and well.
there is no bs about "be yourself and people will stop" or something like that, it is good, strong advice:

choosing tricks
choosing the pitch
stopping
building
closing
handling hecklers (16 pages on heckler management, and it is not the old bunch of lines to use: it is solid advice, from how to reassess control to "never touch a drunk")
crashing festivals
travelling
europe
and in the end, the 10 rules to follow on the street.
as an epilogue, eric evans talks about his experience working the promenade in santa monica, covering the thoughts and the changes he made to work that strange environment.

one final thought: while other sources for street performing show just one way to approach the job, eric evans covers many different approaches, and explain when each of those work. the reason for this, I would say, is that evans travelled a lot, while more famous street entertainers just work the main pitches.

the second part is written by nowlin craver, an ibm and sam award winning stage magician.
he will use the 36 strategies of war, applying them to magic and misdirection. some of those strategy apply to misdirection in the common sense of the word, like visual diversion or covering a movement with another movement, but the others are things that we wouldn't normally call misdirection (the first strategy is creating a non combat environment). regardless, each of these strategy will help you fostering convinction and increasing false beliefs.

these are the 36 strategies from wiki, if you have any interest:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thirty-Six_Stratagems


I strongly reccomend this book.
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1 of 4 must read books as spoken by Jeff McBride during his Master Class in FISM 2009.
Most memorable moment - with Maestro Juan Tamariz & Consuelo Lorgia in FISM Busan 2018.

"Being fooled by a trick doesn't always mean they are having a good time" - Homer Liwag

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On 2009-08-26 04:02, Steven Leung wrote:
1 of 4 must read books as spoken by Jeff McBride during his Master Class in FISM 2009.


I'm curious, what are the other 3?
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This is one of my top 4 magic theory books the other 3 being The Books of Wonder (both), Leading With Your Head and Strong Magic. VERY highly recommended.
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On 2009-08-26 12:03, nanowarrior wrote:
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On 2009-08-26 04:02, Steven Leung wrote:
1 of 4 must read books as spoken by Jeff McBride during his Master Class in FISM 2009.


I'm curious, what are the other 3?


With no particular order:
- Foundations - The Art of Stage Magic (Eberhard Riese)
- The 5 points (Juan Tamariz)
- Maximum Entertainment (Ken Webber)
Most memorable moment - with Maestro Juan Tamariz & Consuelo Lorgia in FISM Busan 2018.

"Being fooled by a trick doesn't always mean they are having a good time" - Homer Liwag

https://hhpresents.com/
https://www.glitchstudiohk.com/
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I have maximum entertainment, but not the other two...
I have to admit I never heard of foundations, but it seems interesting.
I saw that a magic dealer near to my city has it, maybe some day I'll get it
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