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Brain Food

by Parr, David

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Category: General
Media Type: Book
Publisher: Hermetic Press

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From Hermetic Press. Introduction by Eugene Burger. Full-time professional David Parr opens his mind to present you with eight complete routines, seven close-up, one stand-up, concocted and refined in the kitchen of real-life, professional performance. Ingredients - Bills, Coins, Cards, Werewolves, Poison, Psychology, Deviousness, Humor, Weirdness, Entertainment. Fourteen thought-provoking essays. Ingredients - Experience, Insight, Artistry, Practicality, Sound Advice. 136 Pages of recipes for great magic that your brain and your audiences will enjoy. Hardcover with 60 illustrations by Kelly Lyles.
Date Added: Mar 16th, 2003


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April 21st, 2004 1:21am
Reviewed by David Acer
I read David Parr's Brain Food some years ago (it was published in 1998), but when I heard he would be lecturing here in Montreal shortly, I decided to read it again. It wasn't exactly a painful choice to make -- I enjoyed the book the first time I read it, and, as it turns out, I liked it even more the second time through.

That's the kind of book this is. Every page contains simple truths, honest facts, practical realities that performers rarely voice, but often apply. It's the kind of information that makes sense intuitively, without necessarily being obvious. Moreover, it is presented modestly, humbly, in the context of effects and routines, integrated here and there almost as if David were discovering the lessons as we are.

The effects themselves are also excellent, serving both to illustrate the points David makes AND as fully realized, fully scripted performance pieces. My personal favorites are "D.P. Card In Wallet," a rock-solid handling of the classic effect that... [Read More]

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