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Magic by Theory

by Daniel Skahen
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Magic by Theory by Daniel Skahen

As the title suggests, this is a pure work about theory, but not old and dusty thoughts, instead a fresh and new look by Daniel Tyler. Certainly you will find topics which are as old as magic, such as 'the merit of gimmicks' and 'misdirection', but you will also find a chapter dealing with 'where to shop', which is up-to-date and includes places on the internet. This chapter alone can save you a multiple of the price of this ebook. Or what about 'getting the girl' or 'how to admire Blaine, but be yourself' - all topics that Daniel discusses. You might be shocked to hear that Daniel is just eighteen years old. If he wouldn't mention this fact in his introduction you would expect the author to be about twice as old. His thoughts and comments are very well presented and argued. You will learn something new. Don't pass this very readable ebook up.

2nd edition, 2004.

  1. INTRODUCTION
  2. PART ONE: THE MAGICIAN'S TRANSITION
  3. FIRST SHIFT IN THINKING
  4. MAKING IT COUNT
  5. FINDING YOUR STYLE
  6. HOW TO ADMIRE BLAINE, BUT BE YOURSELF
  7. THE MERIT OF GIMMICKS
  8. FLOURISHES
  9. PART TWO: THE UNDERLYING SKILLS
  10. WHERE TO SHOP
  11. PRACTICING
  12. ROUTINING
  13. ROUTINING II
  14. CREATING MAGIC
  15. PART THREE: ALL ABOUT LAYMEN
  16. THE SPECTATORS
  17. SWITCHING GEARS
  18. GETTING THE GIRL
  19. DEALING WITH HECKLERS
  20. PART FOUR: THE PERFORMING ART
  21. PATTER
  22. IMPROVISATION
  23. MISDIRECTION
  24. ANTICIPATION
  25. ALL ABOUT HUMOR
  26. PART FIVE: IN THE FIELD
  27. GETTING YOURSELF PAID
  28. COOLING THE NERVES
  29. THE PUBLIC APPROACH
  30. CLOSING THOUGHTS

word count: 29961 which is equivalent to 119 standard pages of text

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