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Puzzle Mania

Overall customer rating: ★★★★★

reviewed by Joe Libby
Rating: ★★★★★ (Date Added: Thursday 06 June, 2024)

Puzzle ManiaThis is one of those rare mentalism effects that is suitable for kids and for adults. Devin used to sell this effect through magic dealers, but in this ebook he explains how to easily make it up yourself. I recommend checking sites such as Temu or AliExpress for the appropriate puzzles, since those should be more cost effective than retail sites such as Amazon. You'll also need a clear force bag, which is available from many magic dealers. There are a lot of jigsaw puzzle effects available right now, and Puzzle Mania is a strong addition to that category.


Paper Folding Giveaways For Magicians

Overall customer rating: ★★★

reviewed by Joe Libby (confirmed purchase)
Rating: ★★★★ (Date Added: Friday 10 May, 2024)

Paper Folding Giveaways For MagiciansWhile these aren't magic tricks, they are magical. And they are great to use as a promotional tool. While these are geared toward magicians, other variety should be able to adapt the presentations and use these too. As far as my rating goes, I have to knock off a star because the ebook mentions jpeg files that are not included. But it isn't difficult to convert the PDF images to jpeg or png files that you can then import into a graphics program. Use these to promote your entertainment services and make yourself memorable!


Get More Gigs the Easy Way

Overall customer rating: ★★★★

reviewed by Joe Libby (confirmed purchase)
Rating: ★★★★★ (Date Added: Saturday 04 May, 2024)

Get More Gigs the Easy WayThis really is a great promotional idea for kid and family entertainers. Don't just read it and put it on the shelf . . . give it a try.


The Secret Edge For Children's Entertainers

Overall customer rating: ★★★★★

reviewed by Joe Libby (confirmed purchase)
Rating: ★★★★★ (Date Added: Sunday 21 April, 2024)

The Secret Edge For Children's EntertainersThis short ebook covers a very important topic. And while it is primarily written for children's entertainers, it can apply to performers in other markets too. If you are serious about being a professional entertainer, you owe it to yourself to get this ebook and act on its information.


Hat-A-Rama

Overall customer rating: ★★★★

reviewed by Joe Libby (confirmed purchase)
Rating: ★★★★★ (Date Added: Saturday 06 April, 2024)

Hat-A-RamaThis bit of business is a natural for kid show performers. Congratulations to Devin for seeing the potential in this. Currently, it appears the honeycomb hats are brightly colored on all sides, so the plunger bit probably won't work. But you can do the alternate setup of a vase with a flower in it. As I write this, you can buy one or two hats, reasonably priced, from some eBay dealers and from AliExpress. Just use the search term Devin mentions and you should be able to find them. Keep the kiddos laughing!


Food For Thought

Overall customer rating: ★★★★

reviewed by Joe Libby (confirmed purchase)
Rating: ★★★★★ (Date Added: Sunday 24 March, 2024)

Food For ThoughtI have a vague memory that Devin's IMPOSSIBLE DEVINATION came in for some criticism because the method, while very clever, didn't seem logical.

In any case, Devin resolved any perceived shortcomings with FOOD FOR THOUGHT. The method makes perfect sense for the restaurant theme and routine. The necessary props cost just pennies; eventually, they will have to be replaced, but you can use them over and over again. The menu card included in the PDF is plain black text, but it's easy to read, which is more important than being "pretty."

It'll take a little practice just to get the hang of it, but I will be adding FOOD FOR THOUGHT to my repertoire. It should be a winner in almost any magic or mental act.


The Svengali Pitch: The Real Work

Overall customer rating: ★★★★★

reviewed by Joe Libby (confirmed purchase)
Rating: ★★★★★ (Date Added: Tuesday 27 February, 2024)

The Svengali Pitch: The Real WorkStudy this video, pay attention to Don Driver's tips and advice, and you can make some nice money pitching Svengali decks. It's work, but it is fun, especially when you're counting up the money you made at the end of the day! As Don says, the idea is to get the money, but pitching Svengalis will make you a better magician. The fuzzle pitch and the video of David Walker in action are nice bonuses too.


Fishing for Mentalism Dollars

Overall customer rating: ★★★★

reviewed by Joe Libby (confirmed purchase)
Rating: ★★★★★ (Date Added: Tuesday 13 February, 2024)

Fishing for Mentalism DollarsThis should pay off for anyone willing to do a little legwork to secure the gigs. I imagine this would work well for anyone who does cold reading, horoscopes, tarot, etc. Devin also discusses (but doesn't go into great detail) about how these appearances could spin off into recurring online sales. I'll be giving this plan a fair chance. Recommended.


Novel Card Effects with a Gumball Machine

Overall customer rating: ★★★★★

reviewed by Joe Libby (confirmed purchase)
Rating: ★★★★★ (Date Added: Tuesday 13 February, 2024)

Novel Card Effects with a Gumball MachineIf you've been hesitant to buy one of those gimmicked gumball machines because they cost $500 or more, this ebook may be of great use to you. Just follow Devin's instructions (which are not difficult), and in short order you'll have your own magic gumball machine for about $35 to $40.

The ebook includes instructions for several strong routines, at least one of which would be suitable for kid shows. I'm looking forward to adding this to my shows. Recommended.


Spirit Glass

Overall customer rating: ★★★★★

reviewed by Joe Libby (confirmed purchase)
Rating: ★★★★★ (Date Added: Sunday 02 May, 2021)

Spirit GlassThis is a very simple but effective spirit effect. There are no electronics that could possibly go wrong, which is a plus. It would require some amplification to use on stage, but it's ideal for intimate situations and seances. It would work well in conjunction with the spirit slate that Brick explains in another ebook on this site. This is recommended for anyone looking for spirit effects.


Bowled Over

Overall customer rating: ★★★

reviewed by Joe Libby (confirmed purchase)
Rating: ★★★★★ (Date Added: Sunday 02 May, 2021)

Bowled OverThis is an unusual effect that should surprise and entertain your audience. No sleight of hand is involved; it's all misdirection and handling. If you don't already have the correct rice bowls, you should be able to find them easily on eBay; the ones I got are too small for dollar coins, but they work admirably with half dollars. Recommended especially for any magician looking for something different.


Spirit Slate

Overall customer rating: ★★★★★

reviewed by Joe Libby (confirmed purchase)
Rating: ★★★★★ (Date Added: Sunday 29 November, 2020)

Spirit SlateThis is an unusual and startling slate effect. It's a natural for seances, but it can also be effective for all kinds of performances. You can find everything you need for a few dollars at your craft store and grocery store. Recommended!


Legacy: Yin Yang Pot

Overall customer rating: ★★★★★

reviewed by Joe Libby (confirmed purchase)
Rating: ★★★★★ (Date Added: Friday 02 October, 2020)

Legacy: Yin Yang PotThis is a well-thought-out and easy version of the "Think-a-Drink" or "Any Drink Called For" plot. While I figured out what this was from watching the demo, I'm glad I purchased the ebook since it describes some touches that help to make the routine deceptive.

Sidebar: Brick mentions one place to buy the necessary prop, but I bought it from Grand Illusions in the UK.

This is recommended for anyone looking for a "Think-a-Drink" routine that isn't going to cost a small fortune!


Rank Your Act on Google's First Page in 24 Hours

Overall customer rating: ★★★★

reviewed by Joe Libby (confirmed purchase)
Rating: ★★★★★ (Date Added: Friday 21 June, 2013)

Rank Your Act on Google's First Page in 24 HoursThis is excellent and easy to understand for anyone serious about learning about Google's SEO. The section on utilizing YouTube to get on page one of search results is worth more than the price of the book. Highly recommended! And while I still need to do some fine tuning, you can put these terms into Google as proof of the video SEO and other SEO techniques in action:

San Antonio Comedy Magician San Antonio Party Ventriloquist San Antonio Family Entertainer


Google Effect: for iPhones

Overall customer rating: ★★★★

reviewed by Joe Libby (confirmed purchase)
Rating: ★★★★★ (Date Added: Tuesday 01 November, 2011)

Google Effect: for iPhonesThis is a great magic trick that has an odd logic too it. Google is always being refined and having new features added, so why shouldn't it be able to do magic tricks?

Very easy to use interface and the convincer is that your volunteer types the question into the search box. Since real Google search results are brought up, this should be a real baffler.

A minor quibble is that the fake Google screen doesn't quite resemble the current iPhone version; hopefully, Alan will update that soon. But I don't think it's a deal breaker, since your volunteer will be focused on typing the question. You should be careful about doing this for kids, since some of the search results may not be kid-friendly. At least make sure a kid doesn't click on an inappropriate link!

While I do use my iPhone in professional performances, I think this trick is best suited for informal situations. But think of the fun you can have, and the wonder you can create, when you tell your friends about the latest enhancement to Google! Great job, Alan!


Dracula Ebook Test: for iPhones

Overall customer rating: ★★★★

reviewed by Joe Libby (confirmed purchase)
Rating: ★★★★ (Date Added: Sunday 05 December, 2010)

Dracula Ebook Test: for iPhonesVery nice idea for a magic app; a nice change of pace from all the card trick apps. And timely too, with vampires being all the rage!


A Masterclass in Comedy Vol. 1

Overall customer rating: ★★★

reviewed by Joe Libby (confirmed purchase)
Rating: ★★★★★ (Date Added: Sunday 22 March, 2009)

A Masterclass in Comedy Vol. 1If you are interested in adding more comedy to your act, or just want to make your presentations your own, this recording and its sequel are must-haves. There are several books and courses available right now about comedy magic and writing comedy, and they may be very good indeed. But for $18.00 you can have approximately two hours of Terry Seabrooke's tips, pointers, and routines at your disposal. A great value.


George Blake: The Conjuring Ventriloquist

Overall customer rating: ★★★★★

reviewed by Joe Libby (confirmed purchase)
Rating: ★★★★★ (Date Added: Wednesday 26 November, 2008)

George Blake: The Conjuring VentriloquistAs one who also performs ventriloquism and magic, I found this recording a delightful memoir. Mr. Blake does not teach any vent here, but he does share some good tricks and performance tips. He also has some great stories about his performing days. Recommended.


The Magician's Road to Fame

Overall customer rating: ★★★★★

reviewed by Joe Libby (confirmed purchase)
Rating: ★★★★★ (Date Added: Friday 06 April, 2007)

The Magician's Road to FameThis is a very enjoyable read; in fact it's basically a swipe file of ideas that present-day entertainers can model for posters, publicity stunts, etc. A lot of the ideas presented are so old they're new. Recommended; it's a bargain at $9.00.

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