Michael J. Fraughton's material has been difficult to findŚuntil now. For many years 'The Dark Waltz', a text on the fine art of Bizarre Magic, has rested within the ownership of L&L Publishing. Now, it is available at last. Within its pages you will find many of Michaelĺs signature routines like 'The Dorian Hand of Glory' and 'The Phantom Violinist'.
It has taken time, but at last Michael has opened his world to you. Welcome to the dark side of illusion.
Michael J. Fraughton is being recognized as one of the foremost up and comming Bizarre magicians. This is his full show, along with thoughts and ideas. Assistance, contributions, and ideas came form men such as Jeff McBride, Christian Chelman, Mark Edwards, and Eugene Burger. Jeff McBride wrote the introduction.
1st edition 2005; 123 pages.
Table of Contents
- Defining The Magician
- My approach to, and Philosophy of, the Creative Process
- Clouds At Night
- The Home Of Talus Thraven
- The Strange Thing About Magicians
- The Phantom Violinist
- Latex Hounds Of Hell
- The Spook Show
- The Light Seance
- A New Rapping Hand
- Magic That Matters
- The Dorian Hand Of Glory
- The Liquid Lense
- Door Of Flame
- To Control Ten Thousand Minds
- What Should Have Been Written By T. A. LeVar
- Setting The Stage
- Red Jack
- The Summoning Of The Beast
- The Sacred Order Of The Seventh Circle
- The Tears Of Dr. Faustus
- Fear-Mark Edward's Contribution
word count: 36156 which is equivalent to 144 standard pages of text
Reviewed by Bobby Emeraldi
Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!] Date Added: Saturday 22 December, 2012
I've been performing magic for over forty years. I have read thousands of magic manuscripts in that time. Almost every one of them claim to be the best. Hardly ever would that claim hold true.
For a beginning student, just starting out in this wonderous art, I would give them two textbooks. One would be "Mark Wilson's Complete Course In Magic" for a well rounded understanding of all the basic concepts in magic. The other would be this book, "The Dark Waltz" by Michael J Fraughton, for a solid understanding of how to apply those concepts.
Somewhere within the glamor and glitz of the Las Vegas type stages, the fundamental ideas of magic got lost. Tuxedos, flashy boxes, and scantily clad women took the essence out of what we are supposed to be, the keepers of a mystic realm. This book gives us back the mystic powers of a true magician while still providing entertainment values that are second to none.
It is not just a manuscript for Bizarrist, but captures the beating heart of magic itself. No longer will you be just some shmo providing cute little puzzles for your audience to figure out. You will be able to perform magic that touches an audience so deeply, so emotionally, that they won't care how you did it. They will just know that real magic exists and that they were lucky enough to experience it.
Reading "The Dark Waltz" was a rare pleasure, and got my magic back to where it was supposed to be. In fact, and I do not say these words lightly. it is THE absolute best book on magic I have ever read.
Reviewed by Phil Reda
Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!] Date Added: Friday 18 May, 2012
This was my first book on Bizarre Magic and I loved it. The Esasys were excellent and really got me thinking. Great routines. My only problem was when I sat down to read it I could not put it down. Looking forward to my second read through. Even if you are not into Bizarre (I have one toe in the water) there are lessons to be learned from this book
Reviewed by Countess de Jumecourt
Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!] Date Added: Thursday 26 August, 2010
A poetic and well written taste of Bizarre Magic at its most elegant. Fraughton's elusive show material is laid bare and exposed for any who desire to know its secrets.
The book is almost as delightful as seeing the show in person and only more satisfying in its granting you his patter and effects to remind you of the magic.
An excellent addition to your Bizarre Magic library. I highly recommend this as a personal read and as a gift for anyone interested in the art of Bizarre Magical performance.
Reviewed by Jim Kasmir
Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!] Date Added: Friday 11 May, 2007
A beautiful and inspiring work. If you love bizarre and spooky presentations, you'll treasure this. Fraughton is a genius!
Reviewed by Mark Piazza
Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!] Date Added: Tuesday 18 April, 2006
Captivating routines and even better theory to digest. I especially was enlightened by the chapters titled Ritual, The Light Seance and The Liquid Lense. The ideas in Setting The Stage are the missing links that I was looking for to make a portable seance session seem Victorian in nature. The Latex Hounds of Hell, To Control A Thousand Minds and Red Jack were among my other favs. Also a terrific idea starter. The Dark Waltz sits on my bookshelf right between Spirit Theatre and New Invocation, where it rightly belongs! Great job, Michael!
Reviewed by Clifford The Red
Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!] Date Added: Friday 17 March, 2006
I have been waiting for this one for a long time.
I bought this immediately upon hearing about it and have been thoroughly enjoying it. Michael is my kind of thinker - deep and a bit twisted :-) In his book he shares the creative flow of his show along with his wonderful effects. I will never look down on balloon dogs again. Bravo!! The production value of the eBook is also very high, this is a print-ready ebook, full type-set, photos and illustrations. I highly recommend this!
Thus spake The Red