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The Show Doctor Review

Official Review

November 23rd, 2012 12:27am
Reviewed by Christian
There are two reasons you should get this book. One, it is full of useful information on how to make your magic better. Two, if you get the digital version, you are going to see what the next generation of E-books will look like.

There are two versions of this book. One is the standard hardback book with 291 pages. It is a hearty tome that will look nice sitting in your bookshelf. The second choice is an on line version that can be downloaded to your Ipad. This would be the choice I would suggest to you.

Why? Because it has video build right into the program. The cyber version is an App that you will purchase at the App Store. The program is a little larger than the usual App and will take a bit of time to download. Once on the Ipad, everything is built into the program. You don’t need an internet connection once you have downloaded the book.

The online version is laid out much like the standard Adobe format with a few twists. You scroll down through the pages within a chapter and across the screen to move on to the next chapter. I liked this small change as it made flipping through the book a little more natural. I should point out that up until this book, I was no fan of on line books. I have them simply for their portability, but I generally don’t like reading them. This format has moved me much closer to embracing the coming age of cyber books.

Additionally, the cyber version has video built right into many of the chapters. In one chapter, Jeff McBride is talking about the types of magic tables that are available. As you near the end of the chapter there is a video link for you to tap. Then a short movie comes up with Jeff demonstrating and showing many of the tables that were talked about in the chapter. This occurs many times within the book demonstrating tricks, expanded discussions with Dr. Larry Haas, and showing props. There are also the occasional buttons that will allow you to look over additional printed material (pop-up essays). This is a fun book to just simply scroll around and explore.

So, now what about the content of the book? The bulk of the book consists of reprints of his “Show Doctor” column from Magic Magazine. Jeff has expanded the material, thrown in some tricks, and added the fun features. The reason to get the information in this book is because it will improve your show, not because you will get more tricks. Let me demonstrate:

In one chapter Jeff talks about when the show begins. It’s not what you think, trust me. This chapter will get you thinking more deeply about how and when the audience perceives who you are. In a chapter titled, “The Bends”, Jeff examines the problem of stage and stand up performers digging for props. This is a chapter many performers need to read. How about a chapter that shows you how to get rid of hack lines and replace them with meaningful dialog?

There are multiple chapters that highlight common ruts performers find themselves in when working on their shows. Jeff spins the hot spotlight of examination on them and then offers workable ideas of how to change your habits and thinking to bust through these mental barriers.

This is a must have book for your library. My advice is simple. Take a break from simply collecting tricks. Buy this book and improve your show.

Available at your favorite Murphy’s Magic dealer

Product info for The Show Doctor

Author: McBride, Jeff; Hass, Larry
Publisher: Theory and Art of Magic Press
Average Rating:  (4)
Retail Price: $45.00
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Manufacturer's Description:

The Show Doctor is the first full-length book of magic from Jeff McBride, one of the great magicians of our time.

The Show Doctor includes: Eleven of Jeff's previously unpublished routines, including stage illusions, stand-up routines, manipulation, close-up magic, cards, and mentalism. Revised versions of Jeff's celebrated advice column published in MAGIC Magazine. Many interviews and additional writings that extend Jeff's thoughts on how magicians can improve their performances and have more successful careers.If you love magic...if you want to perform excellent magic...then the prescription is clear: it is time to consult The Show Doctor!

"If you only read one magic book this year, make it The Show Doctor."
- Lance Burton

"I truly believe that Jeff McBride is the best guide to improving your magic show in the world today."
- Mac King

"Some magicians have asked me if I was going to write a sequel to my one and only book, Maximum Entertainment. In many ways I truly feel that sequel is what you are holding in your hands right now."
- Ken Weber

Pages: 296 - 7.25" x 10.25" - Hardcover - Illustrations

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