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The Osterlind Trilogy Review

Official Review

June 10th, 2008 3:52pm
Reviewed by Christian
I love books on magic theory, in the last 10 years a glut of books on theory have hit the market. The problem is most of them have been bad, really bad. Oh, there are a few that are stand outs, Strong Magic and Maximum Entertainment to name a couple. But the vast majority have been weak attempts at pontification by either the very inexperienced or the very young.

If you are going to write a book on the theory of the performance of magic, please, at least be someone that has been bloodied in the trenches and someone who has long passed puberty. As I picked up The Osterlind Trilogy, I was not overly excited. I was ready to be let down. Yes, I know Richard Osterlind is a professional performer, yes, I know he has enough years on him to qualify for someone whom might have gained wisdom; I had just grown weary of poor theory books.

I needn’t have worried. The book was marvelous. It is well written, well thought out, and a pleasure to the cerebral thinker. The chapters are short but have plenty for you to mull over. I found myself nodding at many points thinking, “Great concept”. I am not saying I agreed with everything the author stated, but even when I disagreed it made me think. And that is the mark of a good theory book.

Even though Richard Osterlind is known as a mentalist any magician would learn a great deal from this book. It is written for the mystery performer. I made copious notes in the margins as I read through it. I am sure I will read through it again in the near future.

Richard challenges the reader to think about why they are performing the miracles they do. I will quote one part of the book to illustrate the powerful thinking that it contains:

“How often has an audience member asked you, “Can you change my one dollar bill into a hundred?” or “Can you tell me what tomorrow’s winning lottery number will be?” or “Can you make my wife disappear?” These trivial remarks meant as silly jokes still imply, “If you are a magician, do something that’s useful.”

I think this book is a real gem. Highly recommended.

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Author: Richard Osterlind
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Retail Price: $39.95
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Three acclaimed books now together in one deluxe volume!

Thousands have read Richard Osterlind's e-books Making Magic Real, Making Real Magic and Essays and many have reported that the way they approached their magic - and even their lives - was changed forever.

Now, for the first time, these three ground-breaking books have been assembled into one beautifully-bound softcover volume that can change your life and magic.

You'll find the secrets to what really makes magic not only memorable but relevant to today's sophisticated audiences. In a recent survey, Richard Osterlind was named the most influential mentalist of all time and in these pages, you'll discover the exact methods that have made him one of the world's most successful mystery entertainers.

Also included are three powerful effects, including the original Osterlind Design Duplication System, Osterlind's Amazing Memory Demonstration and a wonderful handling for the classic Haunted Key.

If you're ready to take your magic and mentalism to the next level, The Osterlind Trilogy is now ready to help you there.

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