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Gift Magic: Performances that Leave People with a Souvenir Review

Official Review

March 7th, 2011 10:05am
Reviewed by Christian
This is a very nicely produced book. The book is about gifting your participants. There are a nice scattering of tricks in the book that emphasize the concept of giving a gift to someone in a magical way but I think the real power of the book is in the multiple interviews or essays that will give magicians something to think about in their performances.

Jeff McBride has a very nice piece in the book about signing a card. We all have someone sign a card and then perform an impossible trick with it. Then we give it to them. As Jeff points out...we give them a card with their signature on it. That does not seem congruent. Why do I want my own signature on a card?? Jeff has a very ingenious way to turn that signature around and make it more . . . gift like.

Additionally, I like ideas that were discussed about connecting to an audience instead of killing them or blowing them away. The book is really about making your magic more meaningful and powerful for the audience.

This is a book you will read more than once and perhaps even make notes in. For $25 this is a real bargain and I recommend this.

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Product info for Gift Magic: Performances that Leave People with a Souvenir

Author: Hass, Larry
Publisher: Theory and Art of Magic Press
Average Rating:  (2)
Retail Price: $25.00
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Manufacturer's Description:

Would you like to perform magic that leaves people with a special gift?

Gift Magic is your doorway into one of the most exciting ways to perform magic.

Authored by Jeff McBride, George Parker, Lawrence Hass, Eugene Burger, Rich Bloch, and Robert E. Neale and edited by Larry Hass, Gift Magic includes 11 performances pieces, 5 interviews, and 4 essays on gift magic by world-leading performers, teachers, and philosophers of magic.

All the profits from this book goes to Rich Bloch's Encore Foundation, a non-profit foundation that assists magicians in times of terrible need. In purchasing this book and/or giving it as a gift to others, you are directly helping people who are suffering and you are strengthening the world-wide community of magicians.

Deluxe paperback: 184 pages with 57 illustrations by Jay Fortune.

SPECIAL BONUS: Each book comes with a free set of cards specially created by George Parker to perform his effect, "Tehis Re Erom."

"Jeff McBride, George Parker, Larry Hass, Eugene Burger, Rich Bloch, and Robert Neale. . .are about to give you a magical gift that includes stories, tricks and illusions, interviews, dialogues, and words of wisdom, all in the spirit of gift-giving and friendship. . . . [T]he book itself [is] a gift. . .perhaps one of the most magical texts I have ever read."
--Ruth K. Setton, award-winning novelist

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