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What you say during your performance is probably more important than what you do, except of course if you are performing a silent act. However, most magicians focus on technique. Nothing wrong about spending a lot of time on moves, but spend at least the same amount of time on honing your presentation, what you say, when you say it and how you say it.

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Paul Romhany
Laugh Yourself Well by Paul Romhany

This is the 2nd book in a series of books Paul has in his package called 'Magician To Speaker'. (The first one was Key Note Speaking for Magicians). If you are considering becoming a key-note speaker or after dinner speaker then you will need this ebook. It is full of research, tips, advice and includes 150 ways you can add humor to the workplace or your life. It is full of examples that you can pass on to others during your key note address.

This ebook goes in to detail on how to bring humor to the workplace. For any magician who wants to get in to motivational speaking then this ebook is a must. It contains years of...

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Paul Romhany
Keynote Speaking for Magicians by Paul Romhany

World class award-winning magician and key-note speaker Paul Romhany is releasing this ebook which is part of his best selling package Magician To Speaker; a guide to combining magic, humor and motivational speaking. This ebook will explain exactly how you can go from earning hundreds of dollars a show to thousands of dollars a performance by incorporating your magic and the power of humor.

With over three decades of performance experience, including fifteen years as a world renowned motivational speaker, Paul Romhany has circled the globe presenting the Humor Seminar outlined in this ebook...

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Wesley James
So Much More by Wesley James

Among the most essential but least addressed subjects in Magic's vast literature is how to make you, as a performer, and your magic performances stronger, better appreciated, and more memorable. Far too little has been offered to the magic community beyond largely narrative patter and lame gags, too often juvenile and sadly insulting. Apart from Make Me Care (2003) and Remarkable Ruses & Ruminations (2007), in 2014, Wesley released So Much More (2014). Building on his two earlier books, the original text explained some of what magical performers could do to improve their performances. However, in that 20-page book he could not address...

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TC Tahoe
The Center Tear Papers by TC Tahoe

The Center Tear Papers is a collection of graphic, plot lines and scripts to help make the classic center more engaging and meaningful.

"In this book TC Tahoe explains his unique approach to the center tear and how he uses it to create strong and memorable routines that empower and help others. TC's empathy for others is visible in everything he writes, and it's hard to imagine anyone who would not be moved and helped by these routines. Highly recommended." - Richard Webster

"Well done TC. The scripting here is amazing. Using any center tear, it's a journey you take with your spectator. It has taken...

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Bob Cassidy
Intuitively Yours by Bob Cassidy

This is a complete presentation for corporate and professional groups - performance rights included.

It's no secret that public and keynote speaking is one of the most lucrative markets for the skilled mentalist. Instead of earning $500 to $1500 for a typical program, the speaker generally makes ten times that. Many mentalists, though, feel a bit awkward with the idea of wrapping a piece of entertainment up as a serious lecture. Probably because of the natural feeling that's it's just a bit dishonest to use mentalism as a means of "selling" pop psychology or spurious science.

It was exactly...

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Jim Kleefeld
Ghost Storytelling by Jim Kleefeld

Five haunted tales for bizarre magic performances. Includes the full script of each 5-10 minute story plus information and complete instructions on how to make and use a correlated magic effect in each presentation. Includes stories from Jim's professional working repertoire, The Invisible Man, Aunt Cora's Haunted Toy, The Ghost of the Lafayette Hotel, The Steampunk You, and the eerie, nostalgic and scary For Whom The Bell Tolls. Audience-tested routines just as they are used by Jim in his bizarre Ohio Spirits programs. Also includes a section on how to put together a spirit show, where to present...

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Jim Kleefeld
Magic Around the World by Jim Kleefeld

This complete show is Jim's geography-themed program performed for libraries all over Ohio and is aimed at children. It uses several standard props, some commercial tricks no longer made, but which may be available on used lists, and a couple of original effects especially created. The goal in this show was to give audiences a wide range of surprising magic routines that each involved a separate country and culture. Jim deliberately chose old and new tricks, and intermixed them with old and new cultures to give some sense of current world situations as well as some historical perspective. ...

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Master Payne
Sometimes the jokes are just for me by Master Payne

A manuscript of meaningless meanderings on the subject of meaningful magic.

Above all this is fun to read. Master Payne has an engaging and fun way to write. His intention with this ebook is to impart on you the skills to be able to create a theme specific show from the knowledge of performing character driven magic. He calls it Thematic Thaumaturgy.

Master Payne teaches primarily by example. He takes an effect that he adopted for one of his themed shows and he explains how, why and what he changed. The first such example is What’s Next?, the classic spot card trick from Tenyo. In his...

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TC Tahoe
TC Tahoe Re-Thinks Vol. 6: MCing by TC Tahoe

Re-Thinks is a new series of eBooks from TC Tahoe.

Learning to Host a show, I mean to do it properly, lead to so many improvements in TC's own show, that to this day he still hosts shows whenever he can. Learning to MC will not only improve your act, it will make you stronger and more confident on stage, oh and of course it will open up new avenues of work too.

"TC never ceases to amaze me. Not only is he one of the strongest headliners we have, but he is one of the best Show Hosts I have worked with. Whether he is hosting our guest talent show, (which he volunteers to do) or hosting special...
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Timothy Hyde
The Expert MC Toolkit & Resource Manual by Timothy Hyde

Timothy Hyde, international mentalist and founder of the MagicCoach.com project has a big secret. Over half of his business, is actually as an MC at corporate events world wide. His clients have used him in - South Africa, New Zealand, USA, every corner of Australia and he is about to head off to an assignment in Cambodia.

Many magicians have crossed over into this exciting and lucrative market, using the skills they already have to create fun and impact at a huge range of events. The market is vast and expanding. Assignments can include - Corporate, Association, Government, Social & Sporting...

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Cara Hamilton
Storytelling for Magicians by Cara Hamilton

This PDF encapsulates Cara's practise on storytelling and how to turn a trick into a piece of theatre. It encompasses setting, attitude, sound, crafting a tale, inspiration, hints, tips, getting the most from your verbal presentation and much much more. It also includes essays by professional storytellers revealing facets of their art. This is not a work for someone looking for tricks. It is however a work that will take your Magic to the next level.

Chapters include:

  • Isn't storytelling just for children?
  • Storytelling is a 5 pointed star
  • Finding a tale
  • Scripting your tale
  • Words from...
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Larry Brodahl
Scripted #16: Zodiac and Mom's Favorite by Larry Brodahl

A parlor or stage trick with a single method, but two vastly different scripts using totally different props. Fun and fooling.

Two tricks in one. Each with nearly identical handling but widely different effects.

In ZODIAC, you show a spectator pictures, one at a time, letting the spectator say "stop" whenever they wish. Their selection turns out to have been predicted in a message hanging in full view of the audience.

In MOM'S FAVORITE, you show the spectators playing cards, one at a time, again letting a spectator say "stop". Their selection turns out to have been predicted in a message...

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Timothy Hyde
Magically Speaking by Timothy Hyde

Catapult your entry into the world of professional speaking! "Magically Speaking" has been compiled by long time professional speaker and magician Timothy Hyde.

An overview of the entire speaking industry with special focus on how magicians can make the transition into this lucrative field. Guest articles from speaker bureau owners, speaker coaches, marketing gurus and other magicians already working in this field. Some of the questions answered in this MasterClass:

What should a speaker have in their promotional press kit? Do you know the questions a speaker bureau will ask you if...

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Sam Sharpe
The Magic Play by Sam Sharpe

Did you know that Doug Henning and his Broadway play, "The Magic Show", was not a new idea? Do you know about the hundred or more years of Magic Plays that preceded Doug's triumph? If you truly are a magician, you should know all about the background of your hobby or profession - and here's a very pleasant way to find out about it.

Sam Sharpe (M.I.M.C.) has done extensive research to produce this volume, The Magic Play. 150 pages of absorbing reading, all about the use of magic in dramatic plays, what tricks were used, what famous personages used them, where they were used, how they were...

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Stan Kramien
The Amazing Wonder Mouse by Stan Kramien

... or the Wonder Mouse Pitch.

One of the greatest pitch items of all time has always been the magic wonder mouse. I'm sure that most of you at one time or another have seen a wonderful pitchman at a fair with a baffling little mouse running all over the back of his hand. At the end of his demonstration of course you are allowed to purchase one and take home this mystery to baffle your friends. The wonder mouse can be sold at the end of your performance, or if you do a full evening show, it can be sold during the intermission. Or wonder mouse can be sold on its own at any number of venues...

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Paul Voodini
Five Haunted Keys by Paul Voodini

Paul Voodini presents five perfectly frightful presentations for the haunted key. Stories to chill the blood, prick at the conscience, and send shivers down the spine, all eloquently scripted in the inimitable Voodini style.

Contained within this PDF are presentations for ornate haunted keys, and presentations for the more common 'ordinary looking' haunted key. These are stories you will take delight in telling, and your audiences will be mesmerised and terrified in equal measure.

If you have a haunted key that is currently unused, or if you want some truly novel and inspiring presentations...

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Barnaby
How to Kill a Heckler by Barnaby

How to Kill a Heckler is a whimsical look at what an entertainer can face on stage from the bane of his existence – The Heckler. It analyzes The Heckler, categorizes types of hecklers and offers advice on how to silence them – for good – with any of a couple hundred one-liners. A must read for entertainers, speakers, or anyone for that matter, who could use some ammunition to do away with an annoying loudmouth.

This ebook does not only give you hundreds of lines to choose from and alter to fit your needs, Barnaby also analyses the various heckler types and the underlying psychology....

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Larry Brodahl
Scripted #17: Ognib by Larry Brodahl

Stage, parlor and impromptu scripts, handlings, and a spreadsheet calculator for the Magic Matrix. A devilishly clever was to force numbers.

"Ognib" is "Bingo" in reverse, is a method also known under the name "Magic Matrix" (see Martin Gardner).

A complete script, handling, and a spreadsheet calculator. Handlings included for stage, parlor and impromptu.

The magician shows a handful of printed numeric grids. The magician then has 4 spectators decide on one of the grids. Using the chosen grid, they then pick 4 numbers from the grid. The 4 numbers that were chosen - when added together - totals up...

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Larry Brodahl
Scripted #18: A Study in Scarlet and Sable by Larry Brodahl

3 scripts - 3 different effects - 2 impromptu - for all performing venues. A fun exploration of the GILBREATH principle that not only entertains, but also hides the methodology.

For all performing venues.

Most mathematical tricks suffer from a multitude of challenges, and the Gilbreath principle is no different.

Issues include:

  • why you can't examine the deck/packet
  • why the cards aren't shuffled
  • what the point of the trick is
  • how to hide when the cards change columns
Well, the author of How To Write A Script shows how he used his methodology to write 3 different scripts that successfully explains...
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Larry Brodahl
Scripted #20: Linking Rings by Larry Brodahl

A routine, script, and performance video of the Linking Rings that restores the mystery and magic to this classic trick while still being entertaining. All of the rings are examined! Includes a performance video.

  • Preface
  • Effect
  • Methodology
  • Moves, Sleights, and Subtleties
  • Script
  • Analysis of the trick
  • Script Insights
  • Modified Handlings
  • Performance Notes
  • Credits
  • An Additional Service
  • Final thoughts

1st edition 2018, PDF 48 pages, performance video 4 min 35s.

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Larry Brodahl
Scripted #21: Add a Number by Larry Brodahl

A routine and script that (with an assist from Mel Mellers), transforms a rather dry piece of mentalism into a fun and entertaining piece of magic.

The plot of the Add-A-Number effect doesn't lend itself to the magical performer, as the audience knows that they're watching tricks, not psychic phenomenon, which means that the presentation of "seeing the future" isn't as effective as it could be.

Plus, the method is closely tied to the revelation. How could you predict a number unless you somehow knew what everyone would write or you switched the numbers?

This script - with a huge...

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Larry Brodahl
Scripted #24: Seeing cards with the Fingertips by Larry Brodahl

Script(s) and full handling on a routine for finding cards with your fingertips. Plays for duos, or solo performers in parlor, stage, or even closeup. Performance video included.

Effect: The magician has 3 cards selected from a red deck. A spectator has also shuffled a blue deck. From that blue deck, the magician finds the exact same cards selected from the red deck using just his sensitive fingers.

A trick and variations on the script for:

  • a duo act where one person plays the mystic, and the other is an interpreter.
  • an act where the assistant gets the credit for doing the trick. ...
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Larry Brodahl
Scripted #27: Triumph by Larry Brodahl

Two complete scripts and very simple handling for the Triumph effect, which not only fools people, but entertains them immensely. No difficult sleights, no gaffs, no problems.

Many versions of Triumph are either complicated and hard to follow, or gaffed, or even a knuckle buster.

Well, the author of How To Write A Script shows how he used his methodology to write 2 different scripts that explains and entertains with the Triumph effect, while technically putting it well within the reach of every magician. This ebook gives you every line, joke, piece of timing, setup and nuance of the routine.

The ebook...

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Larry Brodahl
Scripted #28: Lassoing a Card by Larry Brodahl

How to lasso a chosen card. Complete methodology as well as script and performance video included. Full performance rights allowed.

It is a version that makes sense. The magician explains that as a child at summer vacation, he learned how to lasso mosquitoes, and he got so good at it, that he learned to actually snap the knot for the lasso onto the rope mid-air. And he thought he'd turn that skill into a trick.

The magician has a card selected. This card is returned to the deck and shuffled by the spectator. After some byplay, the magician drops the cards into a paper bag, puts one end...

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William W. Larsen
Evidence of Deception by William W. Larsen

Here's an entertaining, 40-60 minute lecture that you, the magical performer, can present on the topic of paying attention to avoid getting taken in by scams, cons and crooked politicians. And it's a money-maker, too.

Entertain your talk with magic: Your audience will not only be informed, but entertained with magic effects that you likely already have, or modestly priced items easily obtained from most any dealer. This newly revised edition also includes three effects recommended by Larsen, that you would previously have had to buy separately.

This lecture is in demand: Not a magic show...

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Larry Brodahl
Scripted #31: Clippo by Larry Brodahl

A script and methodology for doing the classic Clippo trick that will make you and your audience appreciate the beauty and mystery of a small, easy to carry trick.

Clippo is a trick that is wonderful on paper, and useless in reality. For such a clever trick, there never seems to be an appropriate reaction. And frankly, the trick has no ending and occasionally fails.

In this manuscript, you'll learn:

  • why Clippo fails to get a good reaction
  • how to make Clippo
  • the script
  • even some of the script writing and design process followed
This trick is suitable for parlor or stage.

1st...

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Larry Brodahl
Scripted #26: Four Beans by Larry Brodahl

Amusing and entertaining script on the classic 4 Bean routine. Full performance rights included.

The 4 Bean trick is a classic, but the moves and the motivation are odd and unexplained.

Well, the author of How To Write A Script shows how he used his methodology to write a funny script where you know why the trick is being done and why the handling looks the way it does. And the handling ends up being pretty simple.

This ebook gives you every line, joke, piece of timing, setup and nuance of the routine. The ebook also takes you through an overview of some of the steps of script writing and routine design...

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Mark Lewis
Marmaduke the Wonder Mouse by Mark Lewis

This is the pocket trick of the universe. And this is the best ebook ever written on it. You may have seen this performed by a carnival pitchman or magic demonstrator at a fair or exhibition. Briefly the effect is that a tiny little mouse scampers all over the place. It walks along the hand, it turns left, right and even rolls over. It will scamper out of a glass and hop from one deck of cards to another. It is a sensation!

Also included in this ebook is a description of the Magic Coin trick and the Spooky Pencil trick. The pencil trick in particular is a fabulous trick in it's own right...

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Larry Brodahl
Scripted #32: Teddy by Larry Brodahl

A parlor/small stage version of the Gypsy Thread that does not rely on florescent thread, but instead uses yarn. It comes complete with a offbeat and funny script.

  • Preface
  • Effect
  • Methodology
    • Materials
    • Preparation
    • Moves
  • Scripts
  • Analysis of the trick
  • Script Insights
    • Fixing flaws
  • Performance Notes
  • Errata
  • Credits
  • An Additional Service
  • Final thoughts

1st edition 2020, PDF 21 pages.

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Larry Brodahl
Scripted #33: Ring and Rope by Larry Brodahl

A multi-phase ring and rope routine using only a regular rope and ring.

Most ring and rope routines don't really look like magic. They look like the rope is looped and threaded and re-threaded, and otherwise fiddled with to account for the "magic". Not this routine. Simple. Easy to perform. Almost surrounded. No gimmicks, no gaffs. Everything's examinable, and nothing is added or taken away. A rope - and a ring. And a killer script.

The author of How To Write A Script reveals his 'Ring and Rope' routine, which he has used to close his act, and is nothing but visual, clean magic. This ebook gives you every...

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Edwin Hooper & Tommy Windsor
Collected Cartoon Stunts by Edwin Hooper & Tommy Windsor

An easy to do show that you can also perform online and via video-conference. Hints, tips, ideas, novelties, patter, presentation and surprises enabling you to easily present ... a complete lightning cartoon act.

Here is great material, the cream of material collected from several out-of-print publications - over thirty Cartoon stunts plus "How Stage Cartoonists draw their pay" by Tommy Windsor an article that is packed with valuable information and ideas to help you become a Lightning Cartoonist. A feature act for any program. A welcome break in an all-magic show. Skill in drawing is not...

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Larry Brodahl
Scripted #34: Thumb Thing Fun by Larry Brodahl

An age old penetration of your own thumb using a string or chain has been revisited and reworked into a clever and deceptive trick. Simple. Easy to perform. Surrounded. No gimmicks, no gaffs.

A classic of magic we all learned early on and never do, as it's not a very good trick. Until now. The trick has been transformed into a very cute and clever brain teaser with nothing more than a little modified handling and some clever scripting.

1st edition 2021, PDF 24 pages, video 1 min 48 s.

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Richard Merry & Val Andrews & Clifford Davis
Merry Bits and Patter Quips by Richard Merry & Val Andrews & Clifford Davis

A collection of gags, laugh lines, one-liners, and bits classified to cover all kinds of situations. Including a series of three articles on the task of the compere. An ebook for all who entertain with magic.

  • Publisher's Introduction
  • Part One: Notice To Quip
    • Cards
    • Ropes
    • Cigarettes Etc.
    • Money
    • Christmas
    • Multiplying Cigarette-Lighters
    • Burnt And Restored Note
    • Fire And Brimstone!
    • Silks, Hanks, Flags, Etc.
    • Mental
    • Wands
    • Paper, Watches And Miscellaneous
    • Eggs
    • Liquids
    • Impromptu
    • Levitations And Anti-Gravity
    • Openers
    • Village And Church-Hall Shows
    • Compere Gags Introductory And General ...
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Larry Brodahl
Scripted #36: Save Me Magi by Larry Brodahl

If you do any type of an "instant-stooge" trick using cards (for example Karrel Fox's "Gift of the Magi"), you know there's a chance that the volunteer will name the wrong card. This is an "out" for that situation. There are no real gimmicks, no difficult handling, and it almost instantly resets. The out is a non-R/S version of the Brainwave Deck based on an idea by Martin Peirce.

NOTE: This can be used as a standalone effect also.

1st edition 2022, 13 pages.

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Gerry Findler
How To Do Chalk Cartoons by Gerry Findler

A simple and easy form of drawing that anyone can do.

From the introduction:

Much of the information given in this booklet is invaluable and some of it has not appeared in other publications; certainly, if you are considering including lightning cartoons in your repertoire, you will find items to interest you in this booklet.

  • PREFACE
  • INTRODUCTION
  • CHAPTER 1: Equipment and Materials
  • CHAPTER 2: How to Sketch
  • CHAPTER 3: Novelties
  • CHAPTER 4: Secrets of the Lightning Cartoonists
  • CHAPTER 5: The Business Side of Entertaining

1st edition 1940, 43 pages; PDF 19 pages.

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Larry Brodahl
Scripted #37: Jumbo Blue B'Wave by Larry Brodahl

A combination of "Disposable Color" and "B'Wave", both classics by Max Maven, makes each trick stronger and more fool-proof with just the addition of some scripting ideas and a few simple handling changes.

1st edition 2022, PDF 25 pages.

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