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How to Create Kid's Magic And Triple Your Income Review

Official Review

August 17th, 2009 4:30pm
Reviewed by Tracy Atteberry
At the time of this writing, this book seems to be something of a sleeper. One reason, perhaps, is the title. While such hyperbole may be part of the author's style, it may also prevent some people from giving it their full consideration. Don't be fooled. This is a great book.

The author's background as a technical writer helps make his writing clear and easy to understand. His background as a telecommunications engineer also contributes some great, in depth, advice on sound systems. John Breeds is also the inventor of the much ripped-off "Visible Magic Painting" effect. If you're a fan of this effect, you'll be happy to find a section in the book devoted to it.

The book begins with very nice endorsements from Terry Herbert (Kent, UK) and David Kaye (New York, USA) and continues to live up to those expectations in the chapters that follow:

  • Chapter One - Selling You!

  • Chapter Two - Publicity and Advertising Techniques

  • Chapter Three - Audience Control and Staging

  • Chapter Four - Funny Tricks with Clever Bits!

  • Chapter Five - Non-Elimination Action Games

  • Chapter Six - Afterwords

  • Chapter Seven - Index

  • Summary and extensive index

It's not all upside, however. Given the title and cover, you might think this book is all about the hard sell and a big focus on money. The book does have some great information on making more money, "but making lots of money is not the primary objective of the advice given here." The author actually provides very balanced advice on the topics of success, wealth, and money.

[Editor's note: The author has informed us that we received a copy of the first print run and that such typos and errors have since been corrected.]

Also, I really appreciate a book with a good table of contents and usable index. Sadly, this book has neither. The table of contents, especially in the first few chapters, often does not match up with the book's contents. The same is true of the index. The good intentions were there but the execution was lacking.

Having said that, I suspect that this is one of the best, if not the best, book on children's magic that I've seen for the performer wishing to enter the field. Clearly, an enormous amount of experience and effort went into the writing of this book. I especially appreciated the balance struck between "business" and "performance" information, devoting roughly half of the book to each. After reading this book I was ALMOST tempted to venture into children's magic once again.

If you're a current or aspiring children's performer there are two books you should own. "Seriously Silly" by David 'Silly Billy' Kaye and this one. With these two books in hand you will be set to become a successful children's entertainer.
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Author: John Breeds
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Retail Price: $45.00
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Manufacturer's Description:

"No self-respecting children's entertainer should be without this book."
- Ted Lumby

With introductions by Terry Herbert and David Kaye. Terry regards this as one of the BEST books published on entertaining children. Here you'll find approximately 200 A4 sized pages, crammed with all you need to know on children's entertaining. Sure, there are routines - and some outstanding ones at that! - but this book is also full of the BUSINESS of entertaining children, a subject which many books have omitted. There are sections on:

  • Advertising
  • Non-elimination Games
  • Bits of Business
  • Sound Systems and Microphones
  • Backdrops
  • Lighting
  • Magic Tables
  • as well as loads more AND the original routines.
Profusely illustrated throughout. Soft cover.

This is a superb book for anyone who entertains children.

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