The one thing the ideas presented in this book all have in common is that they were formed in part because of the countless "bad" magic and mentalism shows I have encountered on my journeys. From live performances to certain recent "TV Stars", bad magic is simply bad magic.
It is these "bad magic/mentalism shows" that are the true inspiration for this book. Without having witnessed so much bad magic and mentalism I would never have been moved to examine my own performances at a deeper level. It was this examination triggered by these performances that inspired my feelings and thoughts as recorded in this book. So in a way I have all the shows that have made me feel sick watching to thank for their inspiration in questioning my own performances at a deeper level.
It is my hope that you enjoy what is presented in this book. You will of course not agree with everything I have written, and this is the whole point!
The best thing I could ever hope to achieve with this book is to encourage you to question your own performances in the same way I have questioned my own. If you do this, we together are fighting against those “bad magic/mentalism” shows I know we both hate so much. Together with our love for the art that has given us so much, we now have the chance to give it something back. Lets keep magic and mentalism as exciting to our audiences as it is to us.
Enjoy your journey and maybe our paths will cross along the way.
DEVELOPING COMPELLING DEMONSTRATIONS
A WORKING EXAMPLE OF MY GUIDELINES
AN APPROACH TO "PROP FREE" MENTALISM
THE DEVIL IS IN THE DETAILS
TOUCHING ON HOY - THE REAL WORK
HAIL DUNNINGER – A PRINICPLE AND AN EFFECT
A LOOK AT TV MAGIC/MENTALISM FROM EDITING TO BROADCAST
STANDING ON THE SHOUDLERS OF GIANTS
MENTALISM WITH PLAYING CARDS
A BRIEF JOURNEY INTO THE BIZARRE
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