I've done close-up magic for more than 60 years, under every working condition imaginable, and for audiences of every level of social standing, from drunk rednecks to English royalty. This is the kind of magic that will make you a more versatile performer.
I've been performing the Rising Cards for many years. I thought I knew every possible method, but there are methods in this book that I had not ever seen before. It's a well-produced book with very clear illustrations, so nothing is left to the imagination. I knew when I read some of the other reviews of the book that I needed to have the printed version. I'm glad I ordered it. Fine job, Chris!!! And I must say, the translation is extremely well done!
I've used this book for many years as a source for historical information on the cups and balls. Its value regarding this would be difficult to overestimate. However, the original edition was limited to fewer than 1000 copies, and it is now very difficult to find.
Chris has done magicians a real service by putting this version of Kurt Volkman's book on the market.
It covers graphical depictions of the cups and balls from the 15th and 16th century. When Volkmann wrote the original book, there was very, very little that predated these illustrations. In fact, it has only been in very recent years, through the efforts of Bob Read and Volker Huber that any earlier ones have been unearthed.
If you are a cups and balls aficionado and you want to know more about the history of this ancient piece of magic, you really should treat yourself to this book.
Bar Magician by Mike Wild and Todd Diamond represents the collective wisdom of two fellows who have spent a lot of time working in the bar environment. It is chock full of excellent material that is tailor-made to entertain the customers and get you plenty of tips. Nothing is left out. They tell you how to handle the obnoxious drunk, and how far to go with the customers. Not only that, they tell you when to do the magic. All of these are important. Some of the material is bluer than I work, but all of it is practical, and I can't fault them for having material that fits their performing styles and their venue. If you want to work as a bar magician, this is the book to get.