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PaulPacific
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I regret to say that I was supposed to meet with Mark this evening at a local magic Ring meeting but I was not able to attend.

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Next time I see him, I will read the book and post my review here for what it's worth.
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Blessings on thee, barefoot boy! :-D
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Paul. Joan Caesar was asking for you. She was there. A few of us were amusing ourselves viewing your barefoot aces video. Here it is. I hope Ken Weber will critique it and if he does I will know for sure that you will give his book a negative review. Paul has one thing in common with me. Neither of us want the slightest criticism. We only require unadulterated praise and glory.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Mh2XoMX7Rs
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Well done Paul !
I liked the next video too 'Fun and Magic with Mark Lewis' ...next video on that link.
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Thanks, Godzilla! Smile
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I shall see Paul on Monday and lend him the book. Whether he actually reads it or not is another matter. Still he exerted himself to read the other two books I gave him so he might exert himself to read this one too. I bet he says after reading it, "Oh it's very good but I know all these things anyway" That is what he said when he saw Bob Fitch lecture on similar matters.
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What's happening on Monday again?
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Blessings on thee, barefoot boy! :-D
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Fine mentalist you are. According to Pinsky you have consented to dine with us.
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Ah, yes... I remember now.
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Paul. If you would stop thinking of onions all day and cease admiring your own feet for hours on end you might remember things. I must say that it is very offputting seeing your foot in my face every time I look at your avatar. I really wish you would have it amputated as a service to humanity.

I look forward to getting your verdict on the book. While we are here what were you arguing with Ken Weber about a couple of years ago? I have quite forgotten. And since you rarely get into arguments I am now curious about the matter.
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Well, I was in his company 8 months ago but we didn't speak.
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Blessings on thee, barefoot boy! :-D
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Are you saying you made the whole bloody story up? I should have bloody known............
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No, I did not make anything up!
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Then tell us the full story! You told me that you had a loud argument with Ken Weber at some convention or other. He started off by saying how good you were but according to you it degenerated into a big argument concerning the PEA of which you are not a member. You expressed concerns about certain members and I am not sure of why or the details and according to you it gather a crowd of mammoth proportions.

NOrmally you stir up an argument between me and others and then slink quietly into the background having done your mischief. It seems that since I wasn't present at this occasion you had to bear the brunt of the argument on your own and couldn't slink away quietly.

No wonder he didn't speak to you 8 months ago! Anyway, we all want to know what happened! This is the magic Café where they all love gossip. So tell us all about it!

We all want to know, don't we?

Incidentally with regard to the other thread about the Lazy Man's Card Trick it has just dawned upon me who REALLY invented it. I think I am talking to him.
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I forgot to lend Paul this book after all. I shall do so on Sunday if I remember. I am still wondering what he will think of it. The only trouble is that it is Summer and Paul refuses to make any effort whatsoever in any month which has the letter "r" in it so he may not read the book until the winter. I shall nag him to do so nevertheless.
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Okay...so I started this thread a loooong time ago with a simple question about Maximum Entertainment. At that point I read the opinions of many people who talked about it in the very most glowing terms...and some like Mark Lewis who didn't. I ordered it and it came a few days ago (Thank you Canada Post for going on strike...Smile)

As with many things that interest me, I've now read it twice. It is thoroughly marked up, highlighted and dog-eared as all great reference books SHOULD be.

And I can say with the utmost honesty that I have never read a more precise series of outstanding thoughts on the art of entertaining. Not ever. There's bare knuckles advice here, delivered with the same passion I recall some of the directors I've worked under over the years. Great thoughts, outstanding material crystal clear examples.

There are notions here that challenge and many that make me uncomfortable because they hit close to home -- that comfortable place that I often find myself in...and Weber intends to kick me out of. I have read, admired and only started to absorb the wisdom here.

It is, in fact, the finest book I have ever read on the art of entertaining. Timeless and brilliant, passionate and thorough and always, always real.

I don't write these things to draw Mr. Lewis out from under his bridge -- because he too is entitled to his opinion. Mine is that this book -- and the impact it has already had on me as a performer -- was easily worth ten...no TWENTY times...it's tiny price tag. Do I agree with EVERYTHING? Nope. But I feel I've sat down with a brilliant director and listened to him give me the kind of advice that will make me better. Much, much better.


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Well, we'll see what Paul has to say. I still want to know why he only praises members of the PEA in his book and nobody else. And those people I consider to be bloody awful. It does make me wonder about his judgement. Still, we shall see what master mentalist Paul has to say. I hate the fact that it is Summer though. It will be a devil of a job to get him to read it while the sun is shining.
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Paul now has the book. He turned to one page and said, "Oh, yes, I agree with this so far" but then he turned to another page which said something or other about it not being possible to control an audience properly without a microphone and he got most indignant saying, "Well, perhaps Ken Weber can't but I can"

We shall see what else he has to say.
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It was good. Worth the read, and I'll read it again. I'm now interested in what Paul thinks. Sort of. What book are we talking abo... Yeah, it was ok. Paul?
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I will bring the book with me as I lay in the sun to read it. A review may be forthcoming.
Blessings on thee, little man,
barefoot boy with cheeks of tan...
Outward sunshine; inward joy,
Blessings on thee, barefoot boy! :-D
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I predict you will get irritated within 10 pages. You will think he is talking about you and take it personally. On the other hand he chatters about what a great thing acting lessons are and I know you believe in that sort of thing, so he might be in with a chance. Of course you know that I think anyone that takes acting lessons is usually utterly useless. They try to be perfect instead of trying to be human.
Still, we shall see what you ultimately have to say.
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