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Wow S2000 I forgot about the bridge books. Add Play Bridge with Reese and Bridge with the Blue Team. Whether any of the authors cheated or not. Your choice of 5 Weeks to Winning Bridge is excellent also. I wish I could find a copy now. Also the S.J. Simon books.


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Nice selections.
"Torture doesn't work" lol
Guess they forgot to tell Bill Buckley.

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You can't perform the same kind of magic for a children's birthday party that you would for a big corporate event.

As a matter of fact, one can.

I've been doing it for years.

Really? Kids don't seem to be able to understand or follow my card tricks like the adults can. That's why in my kids show, as of right now, I don't include any of my card tricks that I perform for corporate events or an adult birthday party (had many bookings for adult birthday parties as well). Entertaining adults and entertaining kids seem to require two different skill sets. I find it more challenging to entertain kids as opposed to adults. I guess because most of my experience has been in close up magic designed for adults to fool the critical thinking, analytical and more mature adult mind as well as to entertain that mind in the process. So I have to had to change mode in thinking to better be able to entertain children and the tricks in my show have to be more down to their level. I have also included some tricks that are for children like using a change bag for example. I would never use a change bag to perform a magic trick to entertain adults.

When I do a parlor show - whether for kids or adults - the only card trick I will do is Cards Across: adults and kids can follow and appreciate that one equally.

I use precious little apparatus for a parlor show. If you consider rope effects, linking rings, Silk-to-Egg, and so on, you'll start to see that there are many, many effects that will entertain adults and children alike. As I say, my parlor show for a corporate Christmas party and for a seven-year-old's birthday party don't differ substantially.
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... What's Penny for Your Thoughts about?


It's a forum right here at the Café devoted to mentalism. You'll find the same level of helpfulness though in MANY of the other sections here.
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Alright, I am going to take the title of this thread literally. The book that has shaped me was "Top Secret Recipes: Creating Kitchen Clones of America's Favorite Brand-Name Foods". Unfortunately the shape isn't very flattering to many except possibly Santa Claus and Frosty The Snowman.
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As a young child:
Dr Suess Books
A series on great Americans (Jefferson, Ben Franklin, and Teddy Roosevelt being my favorites)
An illustrated Bible

As a teenager :
Isaac Asimovs Works
Amatuer Magicians Handbook
Jaws (not sure why...never had a book grip me like that)

Older
Out of the Crisis by Dr Deming
Air Forces Tongue & Quill (a guide to speaking and writing)
Frank Miller's Batman Graphic Novels (reminded me about being a kid again)

And is forgotten about the SRA reading cards...thise helped me develop a love for reading and helped my comprehensive skills.
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Jaws (not sure why...never had a book grip me like that)


"The great fish moved silently through the night water, propelled by short sweeps of its crescent tail."
I've read thousands of novels since Jaws; few match its hook.
"Torture doesn't work" lol
Guess they forgot to tell Bill Buckley.

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Jaws (not sure why...never had a book grip me like that)


"The great fish moved silently through the night water, propelled by short sweeps of its crescent tail."
I've read thousands of novels since Jaws; few match its hook.


I was 12 or so when I grabbed it to read on a trip over summer vacation. It was first book I couldn't put down. Stayed up til 3 am reading to finish it.
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After the first couple of chapters everything went pear-shaped.
We shall meet in the place where there is no darkness...
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I had "The Amateur Magicians Handbook" waiting for me when I got home. It appears to be a more recent version that includes a section on shows for children as well as coaching yourself with videotape by The Amazing Randi. Looking forward to reading it.
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Excellent. I think you'll find it to be one of the most worthwhile books you've ever bought.
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Relative to entertainment, for the past several years it has been any book by Martin Gardner, God rest his soul.
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First to come to mind:

The Tao of Pooh
Erdnase
Hardcore Zen
Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind
Tao Te Ching
Yoga Mala
The Complete Sherlock Holmes
Robert E. Howard's Conan stories
The Tao of Jeet Kune Do
The Hellbound Heart
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Critter, I read The Tao of Pooh in Baltimore in 1987 and thoroughly loved it! Great pick.

Seeing that you have more than a little Zen thing going on, have you ever read any J.D. Salinger?
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Amongst those I'd list, in no particular order, are:

My father's university trigonometry and calculus textbooks, the exact titles and authors of which escape me, alas

I just heard from my younger brother today that I'll soon be learning those titles. Our father passed away two weeks ago, and my brother's going to be shipping me all of his old textbooks.

I cannot wait! Christmas in October!
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Add Play Bridge with Reese . . . .

I'd have included that if I'd thought about it. An excellent book; I love Terence Reese's writing style.

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Whether any of the authors cheated or not.

I've read both Reese's and Truscott's books on the Buenos Aires Affair (for those of you who are unacquainted with the history of bridge World Championships, suffice it to say that this is not the title of an episode of The Man From U.N.C.L.E.), and I found Reese's arguments more compelling than Truscott's.
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Amongst those I'd list, in no particular order, are:

My father's university trigonometry and calculus textbooks, the exact titles and authors of which escape me, alas

I just heard from my younger brother today that I'll soon be learning those titles. Our father passed away two weeks ago, and my brother's going to be shipping me all of his old textbooks.

I cannot wait! Christmas in October!


Sorry to hear about your father, Bill. Smile
"Torture doesn't work" lol
Guess they forgot to tell Bill Buckley.

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I just heard from my younger brother today that I'll soon be learning those titles. Our father passed away two weeks ago, and my brother's going to be shipping me all of his old textbooks.

I cannot wait! Christmas in October!


Sorry to hear about your old man passing away S2000. My sympathies and condolences.
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Critter, I read The Tao of Pooh in Baltimore in 1987 and thoroughly loved it! Great pick.

Seeing that you have more than a little Zen thing going on, have you ever read any J.D. Salinger?


Not much. Catcher in the Rye a long time ago. Interesting dude.
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Amongst those I'd list, in no particular order, are:

My father's university trigonometry and calculus textbooks, the exact titles and authors of which escape me, alas

I just heard from my younger brother today that I'll soon be learning those titles. Our father passed away two weeks ago, and my brother's going to be shipping me all of his old textbooks.

I cannot wait! Christmas in October!

Sorry to hear about your father, Bill. Smile

Thanks, Lobo. I appreciate it.
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I just heard from my younger brother today that I'll soon be learning those titles. Our father passed away two weeks ago, and my brother's going to be shipping me all of his old textbooks.

I cannot wait! Christmas in October!


Sorry to hear about your old man passing away S2000. My sympathies and condolences.

Thanks, William. I appreciate it.
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