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*Mark Lewis*
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Come on, Paul. Be brave and stop acting like a polite Canadian. If you wrote a book (which you should do, by the way) Ken Weber would not be shy in openly disagreeing with you. Just focus on ONE area where you and he are in disagreement. It is about time you let people know what a talented and knowledgable mentalist you are.

And just in case you are wondering, Riff Raff is not trying to set a trap for you or trying to bait you into an argument. He knows exactly who you are, having seen you on the busker's forum and other places and I do believe he respects and values your opinion. So be brave.

But let me check. Is there anyone else out there who would like Paul to expand on the matter? Unlike me, he hates to be forthright.
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I'm really not interested in saying more. Even Metropolis hasn't read what I wrote.
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*Mark Lewis*
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If he didn't read what you said that is his loss and you shouldn't let that upset you. I have always said you need a thicker skin. Besides it wasn't him that asked for your opinion. It was Riff Raff who has known about you for years.
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The good Reverend is correct on all counts.
I am aware of who you are, Paul, I do respect your work, and I do value your opinion.
I remember writing my own 'review' of M.E. in T.B.C.
Briefly, although I agree with much of the writing, I found it to be less rigorous than Strong Magic.
In any event, I find healthy debate to be very educational. Hopefully the author would not be emotionally scarred from having someone disagree with one of his points; just like the people he chose to 'evaluate' should not feel slighted.
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Paul. Just talk about one thing. That shouldn't get you into too much trouble. I know you disagree with Weber about microphones for example. Why not prattle a bit about your point of view regarding that.
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What I love about Maximum Entertainment is how Ken Weber really makes you think about every aspect of a performance, and it is by giving attention to all the small details that he comments on, that you really can raise your level. Many consider it to be a top book about entertainment and showmanship and how to raise the level of your magic performance, and I have to agree. There's a wealth of material, tips, and advice, that comes from a man who has solid experience with magic as a craft, and who sincerely wants to help his colleagues improve and grow. Especially if you are a working pro, this book is an absolute must read, and it deserves to be re-read many times. But almost every magician will find ideas here that will help them polish their performance, and increase the entertainment value of what they do.

I just read the book for the first time this year (actually, I listened to the audio book), and despite first appearing more than a decade ago, it still feels current. Throughout the book Ken makes extensive reference to popular magical acts and magicians like David Copperfield, David Blaine, Mac King, Kreskin, Michael Ammar, Criss Angel, Siegfried and Roy, and others, giving helpful real life examples of specific effects and performances, and most of us today have probably seen these guys perform on TV or online. So the book still has a fairly up-to-date feel, even though a couple of his comments on recording and audio equipment are slightly dated. Overall this is a work that still speaks strongly to the current generation of magicians.

It's worth mentioning that Maximum Entertainment is now also available as an audio book, via a digital download from Vanishing Inc Magic (here) for half the price of the book. The reader is Kent Axell, who is a working magician himself, and does a fantastic job with the reading. As an extra bonus, the audio book includes an hour long interview that Kent has with the author Ken Weber, which was recorded in 2017. In this interview Ken makes further comments on the material and content of the book, clarifying and expanding on numerous points, and this was very helpful and worthwhile listening to as well.

Highly, highly recommended! For more thoughts, see the detailed review about the book and audio book that I posted elsewhere on The Magic Café here:

Ender's Review: Maximum Entertainment (Ken Weber) - An essential book about getting maximum entertainment from every aspect of magic

http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......c=661266

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