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MrPrestoHypno
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Can anyone give me more information on this book?
Thanks
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It was a short-lived periodical published by Michael Ammar and Adam Fleisher.
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Hardback bound volume now available.

http://store.ammarmagic.com/maarjomaj.html
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Thanks for the info!
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It was a little more than shot lived.

There was a lot of excellent material these journals.

Link to the contents of the issues on Ammar's site.
http://store.ammarmagic.com/the-magical-arts-journal.html
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It was a great magazine and had a lot of very commercial close-up magic. It ran for about 5 years and had several special issues, including The Aspen Bar Magic issue, which was the first time many of us discovered Doc Eason. There's also a Paul Harris issue which features some great material. Somewhere in there is Ammar's Cups & Balls routine.

The magazine had an interesting history. It was started by Ammar & Adam Fleischer who used to publish The Magic Manuscript in the early 80s. Fleischer just suddenly stopped being involved at some point and left Ammar to deal with it. So Ammar continued on and made sure all the subscribers were happy.

Ammar has this available in two versions - a standard and a deluxe. The deluxe is a limited leather-bound edition. He also sells the individual issues as PDFs. The books are a much better value than the PDFs. The PDFs were scanned at a much lower resolution. The PDFs were available first, then the issues were rescanned, cleaned up and made into the book. So the quality is far superior in the book than the downloads.
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If you didn't see MAJ the first time around this book is a real opportunity IMO. Should make for some great reading.
...Your professional woodworking and "tender" loving care in the products you make, make the wait worthwhile. Thanks for all you do...

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I just got mine today and can't wait to dive in and start reading it !!!

-J-
I don't care how fast or slow you are.... As long as I am faster.. -J-
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Ordered mine!
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I have all the issues of MAJ, signed by Michael (when he was on a lecture tour here in sweden 1994).
But I'm still thinking about buying the book..
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Quote:
On 2010-07-26 23:44, Judah Vee wrote:
I just got mine today and can't wait to dive in and start reading it !!!

-J-


Judah my Trapdoor co-conspirator!!

I ordered MAJ a few days ago. I HATE waiting for shipping!! Come on man, throw a few teasers at me, please? I have heard GREAT things about this journal and knowing my luck, it is on some mail truck trundling through Wyoming at the moment, and I am in Ohio!! Oh the PAIN!!!!!!!!

Namaste,
Vlad
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Teaser: Vlad you will love Doc's Aspen bar issue.
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There were so many excellent effects published in these journals. Card on ceiling, Vernon's Tale of the Treasury-worm and, I think, The self folding bill. Great stuff.
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This is a great journal. Buy it.

But I should encourage you to read the invaluable BUSINESS tips and columns in this compilation. Yes the effects are great, but, this journal, along with Jim Sisti's The Magic Menu is a GREAT resource for the already working magician or the magician wanting to launch either a semi-professional or professional career.

There are some typos, and one really fun mistake(?): The effect is called Monty Hall Does Close Up, but, on the running head on the next page it says Monty PYTHON [caps for emphasis] does close up.

This book is a treasure trove a great business advice that is still quite relevant today. The effects are the icing on a satisfying RICH cake.

Namaste,
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Dave and Craig have included their well rounded review of this on a recent Wizard Product Review, found at
http://www.worldmagicstore.com/product_i......_id=6285
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