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Encyclopedia of Cigarette Tricks

Overall customer rating: ★★★★

reviewed by Etienne Lorenceau
Rating: ★★★★★ (Date Added: Saturday 04 June, 2016)

Encyclopedia of Cigarette TricksThis is a phenomenal book with great forgotten sleights which can be used for cigarettes, naturally, but also for Penknives, Memory sticks ... and creating new routines that have never be seen before. Instead of working at performing the latest variant of a trick that killed you at a magic club, get this book, change the prop and be the one that fries others at the magic club or private party.

First Impression(s)

Overall customer rating: ★★★

reviewed by Etienne Lorenceau (confirmed purchase)
Rating: ★★★★★ (Date Added: Thursday 30 May, 2013)

First Impression(s)The idea of the author is fundamentally brilliant and it works. Patrons will show the card to several people and may even try and use it for a while for their own profit. Now it seems to me that the author is pushing his great idea in the wishful thinking zone when he suggests not to mention the Tel number to lead the prospects into getting into the performer's website. This shows, in my opinion, that he doesn't fully knows how people rich enough to hire a magician, operate in their daily life. A wealthy patron receives many cards almost daily and gives it to his assistant to enter in his computer. If the phone number is not on there, he will not spend the time to look for it in the website. He'll ask his assistant to look for the number but will resent having had to do this. Driving the patron to look into the website is a good idea in itself but it should be done differently and during the time that the prospect is still under the charm of "first impression" (and that will not last for ever: at best a couple of days). Therefore I would suggest that the tel number should be on the card but that some of the questions raised by the card get their "detailed personal answers' on to the website. If the prospect has to enter his email to access the website, then it's simple to have the website automatically directing him to some right brain left brain cold reading pages -and have a random selection of several pages for each brain side so that if he shows the site to a friend after showing him the business card, they don't get the same description (keeping a tag however for the same person always getting the same comment). Detailed cold reading description can be copied from books on the subject. Now this positive criticism shouldn't deter smart magicians from purchasing the book as the fundamental idea remains totally proper and valid. It can be just used as such or open many cold reading possibilities like Kenton Knepper's "Completely Cold" which, by the way could easily be programmed on a web site instead of pre-entering cold reading pages. Now the First Impression commercial aim could be completed by including a justified exchange of business card and asking the patron's birthday (or wedding day) to be written on his card. Then the magician gets an info where HE can call the patron a few week in advance from his birthday, referring to his own First Impression business card, and suggest a gig

A fantastic commercial and magical idea that should be pushed further either by the author or by the reader.

A book definitely worth purchasing

Stanyon's Magic Magazine Volume 12 (Oct 1911 - Sep 1912)

Overall customer rating: ★★★★★

reviewed by Etienne Lorenceau
Rating: ★★★★★ (Date Added: Friday 26 October, 2012)

Stanyon's Magic Magazine Volume 12 (Oct 1911 - Sep 1912)The Stanyon Lessons in C&Bs are extremely valuable and have been unduly shadowed by the excellent michael Ammar's work on the effect. Stanyon however covers effects achieved with one all the way up to six balls. This is definitely a must for any magician interested into designing his own routine rather than just doing another presentation of Dai Vernon (who is entirely to be found in Jean Caroly's book dated 1900 except for the Mora wand spin)

At this price it's almost a theft of something invaluable

The Fun Shop Cups and Balls

Overall customer rating: ★★★★★

reviewed by Etienne Lorenceau
Rating: ★★★★★ (Date Added: Thursday 25 October, 2012)

The Fun Shop Cups and BallsIn 2012 this was by far the best C&Bs routine printed or in video in the 60000 and somewhat titles in my book and video library... and it may remain so for quite a while. Incredible. It fooled the best magicians and will entertain the lay people alike.

Just outstanding

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