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M Petersen
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I finally had some time to catch up on some reading over the holidays. Thought I would post a few reviews for some of the books I worked through. The new David Acer book is high on my list!! David is extremely fun to read and will make you laugh out loud quite a bit. The book is a 'best of' but does contain a few unpublished routines. All the tricks are rewritten and illustrated, so there have been a few minor changes since some of the tricks last saw print. I have always been an Acer fan, so this may be a little biased. I will mention a few of the highlights for me. Some of these routines were in my repertoire, and they are now being added back in.

Cellular production - I saw Michael Ammar do this at a convention this year and it is fantastic. You produce a ringing cell phone from a previously folded envelope. This is a great opener.

Rink - I used to do this one all the time and had forgotten about it. I will be adding it in. This is an impromptu linking of a finger ring onto a pair of glasses. Fooled the pants off of me the first time I saw it.

Madcap - Karate coin with a beer cap. SO much better to me than karate coin. Can't put my finger on why. I just never liked doing it with a coin.

Nomen Omen - this was a marketed effect, but is easy to make up. A great double prediction with a good presentation.

Squancho 2.0 - this is GREAT!! This is a fantastic stickman on back of card routine. A lot of fun to perform with a hilarious, magical ending. I used to perform David's Cheap Labour (also in this book) but switched to this.

Money for Nothing - a very magical bill change routine using a dollar bill and a photograph. The bill in the photo changes along with the real bill.

Lickety Flip - A flashy 4 ace production

iAces - A Hofzinseresque routine done with cards and a smart phone. I like routines that can be done with a smart phone. The nice thing about this is they do know how you do some of the effect (most likely) but then you blow them away with the ending.

Those are my favorites, although there are TONS more. A great moving hole effect, 3 great platform effects, a nice version of Tenkai pennies, a coins across, through, to glass routine that has some nice moments, and a signature transpo can also be found. And that is just the beginning.

Like I said, I'm a huge David Acer fan. This book contains some of the most commercial, fun to perform magic I have read this year. Oh and he is also a very, very nice guy. At least, when he wants a discount on books he is. I learned very early on to not get into a battle of wits with either David Acer or Tyler Wilson. I believe both are Canadian, which goes to show you, good things can come from Canada. Now that's what I'm talking abooot. Eh?

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emyers99
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I have his first two books. Is there enough new material to warrant purchasing this new book?
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FANTASTIC BOOK !
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On 2012-01-18 23:16, emyers99 wrote:
I have his first two books. Is there enough new material to warrant purchasing this new book?


There's actually three books: Natural Selections volumes 1 and 2, and Random Acts of Magic. The first has been out of print for several years now, though.
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I think it is worth buying. It contains some effects from NS Vol 1 which is Out of print. All of the material has been re written and most has been updated. If you have ALL of David's stuff (effects, DVDs, and three books), the decision would be up to you as I believe there are only two unpublished effects in the book. Either way, still one of my favorite books to read, with or without props in hand.

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Here's what I wrote in another thread regarding the contents:
             
There looks like 10 from NS1, 4 from NS2 and 5 from R.A.O.M.

Not sure where the other 13 are from.

Even though I have David's three other books, I still thought his new one was worth getting.
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So excited to get my hands on this.
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On 2012-01-20 09:45, Cameron Francis wrote:
So excited to get my hands on this.
Kinda like this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-LbvFckptY

:)
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Thanks for the review. I too switched to Squancho 2.0 since it eliminates a move that I didn't like in "RItchie's Little Stickman" from Close Up Assassin.
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I loved Random Acts of Magic and have ordered a copy of this, looking forward to reading it.
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Got this from David a couple of weeks ago. I just love it.

It's packed with awesome, practical stuff but here are a few faves:

Mad Card Disease -- A card is torn into quarters. The two indexed pieces transpose with the non-indexed pieces, then the card restores. Awesome routine! Really easy to do. Just love it.

Transfusion -- Two signed coins switch places then fuse together. Lovely routine and it's impromptu!

Overtime -- I do this for people all the time. Impromptu miracle that is so easy and so entertaining it's almost scary.

Nomen Omen -- Kind of a FRED/Tour De Force kind of effect but will even fool magicians because you can spread through the whole deck and show ALL of the cards.

Changes -- A classic. Pips jump off of cards onto other cards and all sorts of other cool stuff.

Cheap Labor -- The trick that spawned a thousand variations. A stickman drawn on the back of a card multiples and then finds a previously selected card. Great trick.

Around The World In Eighty Dollars -- Another classic featuring a great bill switch.

iAces -- Okay, I'm biased. This is based on an effect of mine called "Snapped!" so, of course, I think it's awesome. But it really is cool! A Hofzinser Ace Problem routine using photos on an iPhone.

You can buy the book and see demos of Overtime, Changes, Around The World In Eighty Dollars and Nomen Omen here:

http://davidacer.com/david-acer-magic-ca......you.html
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Nothing profound to say other than, THIS BOOK IS GOLD. There is so much great stuff, and it's just the kind of magic I love: direct, fun, and unique. Thank you, David Acer.
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Short Version: 4.5 out of 5 stars. For $40 bucks you get a very well produced, extremely funny book full of a lot of excellent material for just about any venue.

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Awesome book! Met David at NEMCON couPle weeks ago, but had the book prior. Fantastic read, entertaining. Great material. Very usable. And most of what he did in his lecture came from the book, so it was great to see it actually performed.
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