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TeddyBoy
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Does Darwin Ortiz's Strong Magic provide actual instruction on misdirecting?
So many sleights...so little time.
Cheers,

Ted
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I don't know if you have seen this review on Strong Magic
https://youtu.be/tAAm16qC30A
There is much more in it than misdirection.


If you are seeking a book on misdirection alone
https://doceason.com/product/leading-with-your-head/

I do hope others also chime in on this thread. I do know there are some other good books on misdirection but at the moment, I can't think of them.
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Magic by Misdirection by Dariel Fitzkee is only one I can think of which is purely misdirection. It's a long time ago that I read it but I remember thinking it was very useful at the time. Generally though, most advice specific to misdirection is to be found in books on Showmanship and presentation, of which there are a number.
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Thank you. I know Strong Magic is not completely, or even mostly, about misdirection. I was wondering if it deals with the subject, even if just a chapter. In the end, I just ordered Magic and Showmanship by Henning Nelms.
So many sleights...so little time.
Cheers,

Ted
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Id suggest tommy wonders book of wonder number 1 for misdirection information. Also Five points in magic for the body language aspect
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On Oct 18, 2019, Drylid wrote:
Id suggest tommy wonders book of wonder number 1 for misdirection information. Also Five points in magic for the body language aspect


Highly recommend Tommy Wonder books his DVDs too.
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There is a chapter on "attention control", which deals directly with misdirection. But all over the book there are many hints on misdirection as well - at least for those who read it very closely.
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Misdirection is only a small part of the entire magic construct. Besides reading Strong Magic, I would also recommend tackling Ortiz' Designing Miracles.
If a magic trick is well constructed, most problems of misdirection solve themselves.

Ciao for now
Erik
"The secret impresses no one. The trick you use it for is everything" (Alfred Borden in The Prestige)
TeddyBoy
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Thank you all. I am reading the section from Tommy Wonder's Book 1 as suggested. However, as a non-performing newbie I find it a bit too abstract, although I am intrigued by what he calls a "silent script." I think some concrete examples of each type of attention control would have been a big help. But I am not giving up. I think that the Nelms book should be a big help in this regard. Smile
So many sleights...so little time.
Cheers,

Ted
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Tommy Wonder also has a companion DVD. The DVD has the performance and explanation where he goes over each detail. This way you can see how you were misdirected. He explains his logic. He also shows how he improves other peoples props/routines to make it stronger. The Tommy Wonder book and DVD combination is my best tools for close up magic. Tommy Wonder is an amazing performer and teacher. Watch his performance on youtube that's lifted from the DVD. Then, ask yourself, if you want to know the wizards secret. Every little thing he does, has a purpose. A true master and one of the best!
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