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On 2003-11-11 02:32, The Curator wrote:
I'm (very) proud and happy to let you know that "Compendium Sortilegionis" has been published. A sequel to "Legendes urbaines" available at http://www.slatkine.com
For French readers only... Smile Smile Smile Smile

Anyone familiar with Christian Chelman's other works would be well advised to get hold of a copy of his new book, "Compendium Sortilegionis". It really is a most amazing collection of magic for the thinking magician. And it has the kind of design and production values worthy of a classy coffee table tome.

It's so good, it's even worth learning to read French just so you can get access to his amazing and thought-provoking routines.
Just last night, I had a rare opportunity to see Christian perform two sets (the first close-up, the second bizarre) for a small group of 20 people in the atmospheric cellar of a wineshop in Brussels. The close-up set moved from strength to strength, culminating in his astonishing cups & balls routine that left the entire audience gasping with amazement. Absolutely beautiful. The truly amazing thing is that this very routine is published in his new book. It is easily worth ten times the price of the book, when you think of the stupendous amount of effort he has put into this masterpiece.

The second set featured what I can only describe as his lyrical 'storytelling magic' (a far better and more accurate description than 'bizarre magic', in my opinion). The set was over an hour long and he had the audience entranced throughout.

OK, enough of this lavish praise: just do whatever it takes to get a copy of this book and learn to read it. It is a definitive work.

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Anything by Tony Andruzzi (MAsklyn ye Mage). The Invocation compendium is essential reading. Cantrip Codex by Doc Shiels and anything by Charles Cameron would also be necessary. Swami/Mantra and, of course Seance (the collection is incredible) are near the top of my list as well. And yes, I have a large number of these.

Of all of them, the Invocation collection is probably the best resource after one has read Corinda's 13 Steps to Mentalism, with Swami/Mantra and Seance coming in tied for second place.

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Have you read Ian Adair's 30 Wonderfully Wibbly Bizarre Tricks Volume 3? It Is Great. Edwin is reprinting it when he has time.

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Although I may be wrong, all those books sound like they teach specific tricks and/or routines within the bizarre magic realm. Since I know nothing of bizarre magic and have never seen any bizarre magic performed, it makes me wonder if there is a book that gives the reader an overview of what we can find in bizarre magic? I'm not looking for tricks but rather presentation styles.

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Try Eugene Burger's Strange Ceremonies for an overview of bizarre magic.

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Thanks lastnitesfun! I'll put that one on my list for sure then!

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Eugene's book is a must read and I'm kicking myself for not having put it on my list (Sorry Eugene!).

Actually, the Compleat Invocation has numerous articles on performance styles for the bizarrist within it's pages, and Tony used to do the Shuttered Room comumn(IIRC), where he would talk about such things (along with many others as well).

Seance, which is a compendium of the late, lamented magazine dedicated to spiritualistic and ghostly presentations has a LOT of material on doing spooky and scary performance work as well.

In fact, one of the contributors was a former professional medium at Cassadega, so he tips a lot of the inside stuff from the professional reader's side - and a lot of it ain't pretty - but it IS effective!

Hope this helps!

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Seance is a wonderful reading !
And Mary Tomich's Altar Flame, a must.
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So-- who has a copy of Seance they wish to sell -- I have been looking for several months after missing one at Books By Post.

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I'm having problems findind Eugene Burger's Strange Ceremonies... Anyone know where I could get a copy?

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You have picked a hard topic to pin down cleanly, for information on the styles of presentation, well, I guess it is really about as diverse as the presnter. You will get some ideas from the postings here, and from checking the sites of many of these posters. There are some good articles on presentation style and character establishing in articles at Dragonskull, Peter Marucchi's lectures online, McBrides online newletter, and even our humble effort at Bizarremagic.com

I will say that if you look into the Invocation book, there is much more than just tricks, though the presenters/performers set their style a number of years ago, the ideas they share still hold up.

Take a look at something in your life, how do you approach it. It seems strange, but take cooking as an example, some folks love to cook, you know that just looking at them, they are at ease with it, they can follow the recipie with great success, and they are not afraid to experiment, despite the possible unfortunate outcomes, while others fear the unknown nuance of mixing spices and foods- what happens if the measure is nto perfect? There is real fear and anxiety. I think the Bizarrist needs to look on their craft in a like manner, you will do it, but how will your bizarre mage personna approach it? Are you always in control? will you "experiment" with known "spells"? do you fear these unknown things, but know they are a required thing to do?are you a "dabbler in the black arts" for the rush?
I do not have the ability to hide behind a beard (except crossdressing at Renn Faire) and I am not even close to being the sexy thang Ms. Annabelle is, so I have to approach things from an altogether different, and eccentric, angle!
To use "Buffy-TVS and Angel" as a jumping point, are you the Wesley? the Willow? Angel? Fred? Giles? Buffy's mom? take a look at how each approaches the situation in the show.
not sure if this helps you out, but good luck!
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Kaytracy,

I understand and agree with everything you say. From the begining I've known that I'd be interested in experimenting but before I spend so much time reinventing the wheel, I'd like to know what others have done. Now maybe books aren't the answer. Maybe I should get my hands on DVDs showing bizarre performances... But do such DVDs exist?

Richard
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Richard:

Unfortunately most of the Bizarre Magick related performances are on Video and not yet available on DVD.
Here are a couple of locations you can get tapes with Bizarre Magick performances (and explanations).
Also note that most of these are of the "old school" type of Bizarre Magick, most being filmed over 10 years ago, and have a darker feel than the magick of Ed Solomon, Bob Neale and others.

Eugene Goes Bizarre (Highly recommended). See:
http://www.daytonamagic.com/Video's/video005.htm

Deceptions Unlimited, The HauntedMagick Video (this is a more recent video). See:
http://www.deceptionsunlimited.com/products.html
Definitely check out these videos and BUY the "Book
of HauntedMagick!

The "Magus Video" by Jim Magus:
http://www.bizarremagick.com/jmagusproducts.html
Jim's books are excellent and required Bizarre Magick reading!

Floraco:
Note: These aren't the Best quality and are a little pricey ...
http://floraco.safeshopper.com

Tony Andruzzi's Bizarre (The master himself ... this is a must have):
http://floraco.safeshopper.com/7/134.htm?229

Docc Hilford's WEERD Videos:
http://floraco.safeshopper.com/7/78.htm?229
http://floraco.safeshopper.com/7/67.htm?229
http://floraco.safeshopper.com/7/68.htm?229

It's Alive - Tony Shiels (Godfather of Bizarre):
This is unusual and ONLY has performances. It's like
getting inside Tony's head (which is a scary place):
http://floraco.safeshopper.com/7/80.htm?229

BlackHart (unfortunately these are in PAL format):
http://www.blackhart.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/page14.html

Hope this helps. Also for information on Bizarre Magick, check out DragonSkull. In my opinion, this is THE BEST web site resource for Bizarre Magickians:

http://www.dragonskull.co.uk/

Magickally,
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StrangeMagick,

Thanks for all the info!

I'm really intrigued by the Book of HauntedMagick... In fact, I WANT it! Hehe! But as far as video performances are concerned, I now tend to look upon my VHS collection the same way I look at my vinyl records... And at the prices they are charging for them, I guess I'll wait until they either lower them or have DVD versions.

And yes, Dragonskull is where I first learned about bizarre magick and my imagination has gone wild since then!

Richard
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Jim Magus' Arcana of bizarre magick is a must.
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Greetings,

"HauntedMagick: The Video" is currently out of stock, and our other two video releases ("Deceptions" & "The Carlyle Touch") are also just about gone. The demand for videotapes is now so low that we will probably not be producing them any longer.

However, we are looking at the possibility of releasing all three titles on DVD, but we have not made that decision as of yet.

Our future releases (starting with my upcoming Occam's Magic) will be DVD's only.


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With HauntedMagic Rick Maue offers up magic which does not sacrifice in the name of bizarre. It is touching magic which gets under the skin of those who see it.

I also have Rick's most recent lecture notes, sort of a primer to Occam's Magic, I believe. They are potent, as I expected.

Anxiously await the delights I am sure await in Occam's Magic. Until then enjoying Haunted and the notes. Lucky East Coast; I believe Rick will be touring in the spring up and down the East Coast.

Cheers,

Tom
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Greetings,

Thanks for the nice words, Tom. And yes, my Occam's Magic Sampler is the prelude to my upcoming book and DVD. It contains ten items: seven are from the book and three are exclusive to the Sampler. All for only $10, plus you get a coupon worth $5 to put toward your purchase of the book when it comes out in 2004.
But so that you know, Occam's Magic is not a book on HauntedMagick, it is more mentalism than anything else.

As for touring, yes, I will be along the East Coast in the spring, but I am also planning on hitting other parts of the country as well. If you are interested, check out our website for details on my current lecture.

http://www.deceptionsunlimited.com/lectures.html


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Do yourself a favor & buy anything you can from Rick!
I recieved Occams Sampler a while back & I am looking forward to purchasing the book.



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I just wanted to chime in as well. I can't say enough about Rick's books. I have used a great deal of material from Haunted Magick, and have been impressed with Occams Sampler as well.

I also wanted to add that if you get the opportunity to see Rick lecture, don't miss it! He came to Portland a few days before Theatre Macabre opened its Halloween run. I was frantic, but snuck out to see the lecture anyway. And I was glad I did. I will guarantee that if you perform mentalism, you will take away something that you can use!

This has not been a paid advertisment. On the contrary, I owe Rick more than I can say for encouraging me down the path to bizarre magick.

Dave
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