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On *Plotting Astonishment* - as part of a special magic project in which I've been engaged, I had the great opportunity to meet Theron Milo Christensen, a brilliant, young magic thinker. Together with Kyle Purnell, another talented inventor, we had one of the best late night creation sessions ever. Theron introduced us to his book, *Plotting Astonishment*, which is a remarkable achievement. The book focuses on the process for creating magic, including very clear suggestions for how to guide your thinking, reading, research and experimentation. And the work includes a half-dozen effects -- not a handful of card maneuvers -- but well-developed pieces of original stage illusion. This is a rare gem. The illustrious Martin Lewis said the following about *Plotting Astonishment*:

"I am often asked where I get my ideas from, and I always reply that creativity can be learned. Which brings me to Theron Christensen’s book 'Plotting Astonishment.' In this book, Theron delivers an excellent roadmap to creativity. He has done all the heavy lifting for you and leads you towards creating your own original magic with clear and concise insights, exercises, key concepts, and real world examples. I have been creating magic for fifty years and wish I had this book when I first started. It would have saved me a whole lot of time.
It puts into words what I learned the hard way."

--Martin Lewis

That's no small praise. Having ripped through this wonderful tome, I couldn't agree more. Those interested can find it at the link below:

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Agreed that it's a good book! I reviewed this one a while ago - for anyone needing a 2nd opinion, I hope this helps convince you of its value!
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Thanks for the information, I'll have to take a look at this.
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