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Available soon. My new book for magicians with ten never-before-in-print comedy magic routines is about making your magic you, adding comedy, and how to develop your own original material. If you would like to be on my mailing list write me here: steve@magicopolis.com Share this.
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All of Steve's books are wonderful and well worth your time. I did not know that he has another book coming out, when I heard, I grabbed my keyboard and wrote him a note to get on his list. You should do the same. If you have not read his book I Lie for Money, get it now. On kindle today it is only $2.99, a bargain, and a better return on investment than the stock market today.
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The book has been announced over the weekend. I ordered it immediately! From Steve, you can only expect, quality, cleverness, and, dare I say it, genius!
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Where is it available?
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Here is where you find the Steve Spill offerings:
http://magicopolis.com/magicians-only/
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STEVE SPILL MAGIC BOOK UPDATE
I am not going to make my March 20 ship date because
I’ve become super-inspired and am adding A TON of pages to my forth-coming book - including extra chapters on my Lemon Trick, Needles, etc. Also instead of soft bound I’m GOING HARDCOVER! For those who haven’t ordered yet, the pre-publication cost will remain at $95 until April 1, 2018.
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Got that in my email..
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MAC KING
"Some of Steve Spill's most brilliant routines and funniest stories appear in this book. It is a great read for fans like me and a textbook for comedy magicians who want to learn from the best."

NICK LEWIN
“There are only a handful of books on magic that contain so many practical and truly commercial routines. A smart performer with a halfway decent personality could probably take just these twelve routines and use them as a basis for a long term and financially successful career in comedy magic.”

JOHN CARNEY
“Steve Spill’s new book is funny, profane, full of great stories, great advice for performers, great magic thinking, obscenities, crazy tricks, and lots of fun. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear some fantastic stories, get some great advice, and learn some funny, unique magic!”

SCOTT ALEXANDER
“Due to the fact that I’d like to selfishly keep every spurious subtlety, original technique, radical insight, and deeply thoughtful analysis contained herein for myself, I refuse to endorse this book.”

PAUL KOZAK
"Anyone even remotely interested in comedy magic should own this book. It is hilarious and informative and it contains insights with some of the greatest routines of our time."

BEN SEIDMAN
“Steve is one of the best in the world at developed creative magic and a sustainable career. We should study him – like scientists probing a rat. A very smart, very funny rat… Spill is at a point in life where he knows absolutely everything, and it’s all in this book.”

RICHARD HATCH
“I’ve seen Steve perform his “Himber Free” linking finger ring routine and was fooled by it. Having just read this chapter, I can honestly state that this routine alone is easily worth the price of the entire book to a working pro. I’m guessing some of the other routines are also in that category and look forward to studying them as well, but am already satisfied with the value of my purchase. Thanks for sharing this Steve!”


Since posting above, these comments just came in:

Jon Armstrong
I have only had this book for about a week and I have already read it twice. It’s full of real insight, practical routines (one of which I’m working on for my show right now) and it’s just super fun to read.

Peter Samelson

Just back from Europe and it is my first read! Wow. So good!

Tommy Fusillo
I am reading it a second time as well! BRAVO Steve Spill. Thanks for sharing this book
with us!

Jeff Morris

The book is awesome. I've read it twice!

Hanno Rhomberg

Steve your first book was amazing and very funny. Your new book arrived last week in Austria and it is so great. Funny, well written and full of great routines. Thank you also that you shared one of your amazing stories in our Magic Magazin Aladin. Its a great gift for magic pals you really like.

Hal Meyers

This book is amazing - seriously! You are going to be blown away on multiple levels. A MUST read! And it's really funny - too!

Denzil John Asche

He’s a great writer, witty and warm with extraordinary stories. It really is a magic book, though, with routines and filled with performing tips and experience.
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PS - the book is available here: magicopolis.com / magicians only
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Grabbin it now.
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Wow those are some impressive reviews and reviewers. I enjoyed "I Lie for Money" even though it wasn't a trick book. Looking forward to reading this new one.

Aloha Steve -- Met you at the Big Island Magic Club!!

It's me your good buddy karl Smile
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This book is fabulous - I too am reading it for the second time. Quite apart from the brilliant routines, it's peppered with anecdotes and insights that only a working professional can give. I rank this right up there with "McComb's Magic". Bravo, Mr Spill!

Allan
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This Jamy Ian Swiss rave review from today:
https://www.magicana.com/…/bl…/how-make-love-steve-spill-way
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Excellent. A must buy.
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You may be interested in reading my review of Steve's book here:

https://jackshalom.net/2018/07/31/how-to......ill-way/
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STEVE BYANT NEWEST CRITIC TO FALL IN LOVE WITH LOVE

His acclaim below along with Jamy Ian Swiss and Jack Shalom links.

Books on magic theory often come from writers you've never heard of before, which puts their advice into question, and on rare occasions from those who have put in the flight time and earned both a reputation and a living. This is the latter case, from two of the most successful magicians I know. Read and learn.
DIABOLICAL DOZEN -- This is about Steve Spill's new book of magic, How to Make Love the Steve Spill Way. But before we dive into that, let me repeat my advice from April 2015 to read Spill's I Lie for Money, one of the most enjoyable magic autobiographies you will find, spanning Steve's early life as a sort of Magic Castle mascot studying under Vernon and Charlie Miller to his recent decades as major domo of Magicopolis in Santa Monica. And hey, it's way cheaper than the new book, at less than three bucks on Kindle or twenty in hardback.

Magicopolis secrets.
OK, you're back from that? Good. On to the new tome, which contains 12 Steve Spill magic tricks that you can do. Adhering to the sex manual metaphor, the book is divided into two sections, Foreplay (theory) and Seduction (the 12 tricks). In the opening chapter "Hello, Sailor" Steve establishes the goals: (1) How to make the 12 routines in the book, or any book, truly yours and (2) how to make your magic you, adding comedy, and how to develop your own original material. The next chapter "Exposing Myself" is a short version of the life I told you to read, above, establishing Steve's bona fides as a Castle kid (Charlie Miller once made him a peanut butter and jelly sandwich!), as an opener for rock stars, as half of the Brook Farm Inn of Magic, and of course proprietor of and the performer at Magicopolis. On to theory. The next three chapters "You Are Who You Is," "Seriously, I'm Joking," and "Wired to Create" accordingly cover how to make your magic you, how to be funny, and how to be creative. Steve is definitely pro-comedy and argues that point well as he provides the specifics that the chaapters address.
A few of the dozen tricks:
Sharp Pointy Things. In my fourth-grade summer I performed an outdoor magic show, tacking up hand-lettered signs advertising what I would do, among those things the Houdini needle swallowing trick. Fortunately, I came to my senses, or maybe my mom did, and I skipped that trick. So many decades later, I am still not going to do it. But if you want to, here are the complete details of how Steve Spill does it, and I have seen him fool doctors.
Citric Acid. Steve's famous Bill to Lemon trick, once shared on a Doc Eason VHS, now taught with all the details. This is the bill routine to learn.
Modern Family. An R-rated version of Soft Soap. I love typing those words. Does anyone out there under, say 60, remember what Soft Soap is?
Abra Cadavers. This is a spooky Do As I Do with toe tags and death certificates, with a flashy surprise ending, my kind of trick! If I were still doing Halloween shows I'd be working on this right now. Steve should have left it out and sold the rights to Zabrecky.
Coping with Eddie. A surprisingly relevant stand-up card routine based on a Steve Bedwell trick, about bullies.
Go Himber Free. The Himber linking finger rings without a Himber ring. Just beautiful to watch. Every detail taught in 51 pages.

Three rings actually linked.
Hard cover, 270 pages, highly entertaining writing, with funky illustrations by the author*, from Magicopolis.com. $125. Steep, yes, but fair for fully scripted professional routines with all the little details worked out.
*I have a fondness for primitive cartoonish art in magic books, such as encountered in, say, John Carney's 1987 booklets. Note that young Steve Spill was the staff artist for Talisman.

https://jackshalom.net/2018/07/31/how-to......ill-way/

https://www.magicana.com/news/blog/how-m......pill-way
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This is a tremendously great book. Steve really spills the beans (pun intended). He thoroughly explains some of his most famous routines but, beyond that, he explains how he arrived at the current performing version. It is a fascinating journey. It is really a treatise on performing and loving your audience. Steve absolutely knows what he is doing and he is a master of his craft. Get the book, read the book, and go forth and make love the Steve Spill way!
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Have reread this book a dozen times. The insight and material is geared to full time comedy magicians who make their sole living performing. In this narrow field Spill's book of Love stands alone as unsurpassed. Yes, I'm a fan, but those words are fact.
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Great review in November GENII
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