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Close Up The Real Secrets of Magic Review

Official Review

July 15th, 2008 8:57pm
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Reviewed by Gordon Meyer
This book is quite unlike your average magic book. There aren't any tricks, but there are lots of secrets. Or, more accurately, lots of tips and techniques that David Stone has learned over the years as a successful, professional close-up magician. Not all of these tips will work for you because you're not David Stone and don't have his life (sorry to have to break it to you), but you'll enjoy reading the book nonetheless.

It's written in a breezy, conversational style that makes it a quick and entertaining read. This is a testament to the translation, by the way, so take a moment to thank Graham Jones for what I'm sure was a cultural challenge. Physically, the book is a nicely printed and bound paperback, despite its thickness, you'll find it very portable and easy to handle. It's a perfect airplane book (which is exactly where I read it) because of the fast-pace and many entertaining anecdotes.

There are some "adult situations" and language used, but for me that underscores one of the points of the book—who you are as a person and your personality are your strongest selling points. For me, Close Up: The Real Secrets of Magic had me both laughing out loud and reaching for a pen to underline useful techniques. Overall the supportive and encouraging advice made me feel that I'd easily gotten my money's worth, and I think if you approach this book as a "brain dump" from a friendly, accomplished performer, you'll feel the same way. Take from it the parts that resonate with you, and for the rest, just enjoy the ride.

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Product info for Close Up The Real Secrets of Magic

Author: David Stone
Publisher: Magiczoom Ent.
Average Rating:  (1)
Retail Price: $30.00
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Manufacturer's Description:

Become a First-Rate Close-Up Performer with this indispensable Guide.

A Goldmine of Hints for the Pros

The real secrets of professional magicians are NOT their routines! If you want to be a pro, you don't need another book of tricks; you need a guide through his world of professional close-up magic!

Do you want to make more money as a close-up magician with higher pay and bigger tips? Within these pages you will discover how to:

  • Perform your opening trick with maximum impact
  • Establish yourself as an authority of any event.
  • Get spectators to ask you for your business card.
  • Instantly spot the most lucrative tables.
Hundreds of Tips, Hints, and Tricks of the Trade

How to approach a table - Set the stage for a great performance - The perfect moment to cut in for the best effect - 6 steps to making a classy exit - Strong lines designed to elicit applause - The best time to promote your magic - What to do about a request for an encore - how to get tips…

Learn the Real Secrets of Magic with a book full of concrete advice, funny anecdotes and pointers!

Pages 397 - Softbound


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