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J.Warrens
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Greetings, all!
I recently acquired the book "Sheherazade" by Borodin. (Translation by Bill Palmer)
What a fabulous book! I believe it has only been printed in a limited run of 1000 copies, so those who don't have it, might want to jump on it quickly.

Of the routines in it, my favourites are "Saladin the Thief", and "Adesso the Dwarf".

I'm just curious to see if others have picked it up yet, and if so, what are their favourites, along with any other thoughts.

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J.Warrens
Mental_Mike
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What are the midnight stories like?
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Where can you buy it?

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Well, Hank Lee has it, which makes me suspect most dealers have it or can get it. I just checked. Murphy's Magic (a wholesaler) carries it, so your local dealer should be able to get it. You can get it directly from Bill Palmer (translator and publisher, as well as a member of this forum) at his publishing website, http://www.adessoverlag.com/.
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Wonderful tales, with wonderful effects! I have been trying to determine how to continue conjuring the Djinn after the bottle stops "smoking" in an outdoor evening setting... I think this one is a sure thing for the story tellers among us!
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Thanks for the info.

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J.Warrens
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Greetings!
The midnight stories are fabulous Mental Mike. There's one in particular where a hanky placed on the table starts bleeding, and the blood grows and grows... fabulous stuff.

If you like Christian helman's "Capricornian Tales", you'll love this book. You will definitely find yourself on a scavenger hunt for some of the props you will need.

Myself, I just purchased a $140.00 gold coin for use in one of the routines... as well as a bunch of other stuff from Viking Magic, and numerous trips to antique shops.

Cheers,
J.Warrens
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I purchased this a few months back, and I've been very happy with it ever since. It's a thoughtful, detailed and infinitely useful work. If you enjoy magic that is not the point of itself- magic that lives in a far richer context of story and setting and form, this is a book for you...

As for my favorites, it varies with my interests at any given moment, but I am particularly fond of The Song of the Trees, primarily because of the story the effect is couched in, and the fact I bought Telekinetic Timber a while back, and was searching for a good presentation for it that matches other items in my repertoire. But there's SOOOO much more in this book. It is, along with T.A. Waters' Mind, Myth & Magic, a book I often turn to when I am looking for a creative recharge.

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Could anyone point me to a shop that sells the seven box Nest of Boxes (also called the Super Nest of Boxes) referred to in Sheherezade?

Thanks!

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J.Warrens
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Greetings.
Hello Paul.
Unfortunately, these boxes are one of a kind and not commercially available.
I've spent many hours searching for different sets, and the best two I've found are:
Mikame Nest of Boxes-3 box set, square, wood
Viking Nest of Boxes-4 box set,round,brass
That's about as good as it gets.
I'm using the Viking Boxes, and they work just as nice.
I really would've liked to be able to have a set like Borodin's too, but this often the case when it comes to published "bizarre" magic.
The props are highly personal.
The only way you could get a set would be to have someone custom make them.
I'd use a regular set first, and see if you like the routine enough to warrant forking over that kind of cash for a custom set.
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Just started reading the book tonight and must say Im very impressed. Im thinking about getting "The Iron Garrotte" to use in the Adesso the dwarf tale. But what I think is really cool is it has inspired me to look at what props I have and see what wonderous tales I can come up with.
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Could someone tell me if this this kind of storytelling-magic is more popular in Germany than in other countries for some kind of cultural reason? Or It’s just coincidence that Borodin and Punx are Germans?
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Hi enriqueeriquez

I think the similarity comes from the fact that Borodin deignates himself as follower of Punx. But the stories of Borodin are more bizarre.
Borodin has made a lot of unique props for his routines, this makes his stuff individual. In his book there are many good story ideas .

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Thanks Stefan!

I just ordered the book. I’m really excited about read it. I’m always researching about stories, fiction an non-fiction, to play with them on my rutines.

By the way, after reading Eric Mead’s review in Genii, a paragraph got my attention: “It must be mentioned that Borodin plays the rol of mindreader fully... ...By wrapping his performance in obvious fiction, the responsability of a disclaimer is eliminated”.

I just think that is an interesting way to put it.
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I saw one or two slipping into ebay recently at a much lower price. Catch it when it comes, or else you will regret greatly. This book is one of my ultimate prized possession!
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I came across this thread totally by accident. First of all, I must thank all of you for your kind words. It makes me happy to see so many nice reviews all in one place!

I'll try to answer as many of the questions and issues as possible.

There were 870 copies printed. Once these are gone, that's it. There will be no more. I still have a few copies, but I am happy for my dealers to sell theirs, too.

Stevens Magic Emporium, H & R Books, Andy Greget, Alladin, Viking, all these have copies of it, as well as those already mentioned.

It does seem that much good bizarre magic comes from Germany. I can't tell you why. It actually originated in Scotland with Charles Cameron, but Punx was the father of German bizarre magic and Borodin was his master student. I was just fortunate to know Punx very well and to know Borodin as well.

Ellisd has figured out what the book is really about -- finding the stories within you -- reread "The Ring of Sheherazade." That's where the real secret of the book is, right there in the first story.

"Saladin the Thief" will work just fine with a nest of four boxes. That nest of seven boxes that Borodin has was given to him by Punx. I don't think you will find another one, unless you can get someone to make it for you. I use the Viking boxes myself.

Good luck to all of you in finding the stories within yourselves.

I have had the pleasure of watching Borodin perform. He is an amazing actor.
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I got “Sheherezade” this morning. The book is beyond any expectation. It’s huge! It’s beautiful! Very well produced. I’m really happy.

I started reading it as soon as I got it and didn’t stop until now.

I have a lot of books about magic, but this one is a MAGICAL BOOK in the complete sense of the word.Sheherezade not only shows the works of a great magician, a performer more interested in magic than tricks, but even has an entire seccion on chemistry! Borodin book is a great tool to make us remember that there is plenty magic out there, and sometimes the magician only needs to point in the right direction to do a miracle.

Ah! This afternoon I made mi own “Borodin Thumb Writer”. I haven’t been hapy with any of the writers in the market, but this one, customized, works beautiful.

Thanks Bill for make this beautiful book available for us!

Cheers!!!
Bill Palmer
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Oh, man! I don't really know what to say except thank you for your support and your kind words.
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braveneil
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And so much THANKS TO YOU for your 'great translation and editing work'!

This book is totally hypnotic everytime I read it.
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It makes me feel wonderful to read these kind remarks. Borodin has another book in the works that has some even more wonderful material in it.

I'm not sure when it will be published. I'm still waiting for the photos.
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