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Essays and thoughts on the performance of restaurant magic.
"This is real world experience from a top pro who has spent his professional life learning what works, what is important and, most importantly, what is universal." - Richard Osterlind (from the foreword)
The Restaurant Magic Reader
collects the many articles and essays that Jim Sisti has written over the last 20 years on the subject of restaurant magic. Between these covers, you will find thoughts and ideas on such important topics as choosing material, selecting a performing character, getting and keeping a restaurant magic engagement, working with the management and staff, handling problem spectators, promotion and cross-promotion, proper dress, tipping, and so much more.
While you will agree with some of the opinions expressed while surely disagreeing with others, it is all irrefutably written in the singular voice, one informed by years of experience, of someone who cares deeply about magic and its perception. The Restaurant Magic Reader contains rich food for thought, worthy of consideration by not only restaurant magicians, but every walk-around performer.
[Note that several of these essays appeared in Magic Magazine and Genii.]
1st edition 2009; 184 pages.
word count: 45650 which is equivalent to 182 standard pages of text