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Hugokhf
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I am currently building an act, and I want to find books which helps me on making patter/scripting while I perform.
Are there any books recommended?

preferably not out of print, since I don't want to spend $200 buying a book.
thanks so much in advance
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Scripting Magic by Pete McCabe. Wonderful.
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Thanks
for ur recommendation, I will look it up
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What style of magic do you perform?
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Card magic
like normal impromptu card magic
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I remember truly enjoying SCRIPTING MAGIC, but apart from Swiss's essay (and more the "Happiness" trick than the essay), I can't recall any lessons off hand. Maybe I'm due to read it again.

Are you going to be performing impromptu card magic? Before even writing out a script, you should know who are, how to structure the effects. The obvious recommendation here is STRONG MAGIC by Darwin Ortiz.
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Stand Up by Ian Keable
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I loved the "The Ostrich Factor" by Gerald Edmundson. It is a great book. It's more than just scripting, it also covers: proper practice, misdirection, planing movements and how to put it all together.
http://www.geraldedmundson.com/tof1/bookorder.htm

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Thanks
I will look for review for the ostrich factor
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Deff look at Strong Magic by Darwin, he talks about what it is about Magic including the appropriate patter lines to make it stronger.
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Scripting Magic and Strong Magic are excellent, as is Darwin Ortiz more recent work Designing Miracles (though it is less about scripting and more about structure and method... still you should read both).

Other books that will make you a better performer:
David Regal's Approaching Magic
Ken Weber's Maximum Entertainment
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I just finished maximum entertainment
and it is EXCELLENT.
need to re read some time
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Quote:
On 2011-08-11 13:39, Justin W wrote:
Scripting Magic by Pete McCabe. Wonderful.


I Agree..

It's a must..
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Great recommendations.
I'd like to add "Magic And Showmanship" by Henning Nelms.
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Thanks
I will be getting scipting magic, magic and showmanship and Ostrich Factor in the next month.

cannot resist the reviews by the big names in the Ostrich Factor website. and I am sure it will be useful too.

thanks a lot for all the recommendations
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Like James Alan I would reccommend the book of my good friend Ian Keable; Stand-up: A Professional Guide to Comedy Magic. It is an excellent resource for anyone wanting to tackle and examine the area of scripting patter.
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I'll add another recommendation for Strong Magic by Darwin Ortiz: http://www.mjmmagic.com/store/strong-mag......225.html .

Another important title, Hugokhf, is Tales of Enchantment by Walt Anthony: http://www.leapinglizardsmagic.com/csspa......ment.htm .

Enjoy the learning journey as you read through the above titles.
Pleased to continue finding that all the world's a stage.
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I just got Ian Keable's Stand Up and can't put it down. I'm a comedy performer and this is excellent.
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I would just like to echo the above praise for "Maximum Entertainment." I've read it all the way through 2.5 times, have taken copious notes in its margins, and refer to it often.

The chapter on actual how-to-script, "Scripting and Rehearsing," is only 8 pages long. But almost every chapter in the book will help guide you as you think about WHAT to script into your performances.

Best!

-Akal
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A cure for insomnia has an approach for analyzing and evaluating your scripts. It is out of print, but copies float around.
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