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Legendary children's magician Dick Oslund will be here during our MagiCelebration on Saturday, July 25th to sign copies of his long awaited new book here in the FAB Magic Shop - just hot off the press !!!

magine performing an average of 18-36 Magic shows a week, week after week, month after month, year after year, decade after decade. Well, Dick Oslund has done just that!

As America's premiere School Assembly Magician, over his 40-plus year career as a professional Magician, Dick Oslund has made a nice living travelling coast-to-coast, border to border, performing MORE LIVE MAGIC for more HUMAN BEINGS than ANY OTHER MAGICIAN IN HISTORY!

If you haven't had the priviledge of seeing Dick perform, you may know him from MODERN COIN MAGIC, or KID STUFF V, or ABRAKFOX, but now Dick has his own book, entitled DICK OSLUND: ROAD SCHOLAR.

This new 400 page book is packed full of great, relevant information about performing on the road as a Professional Magician, including Dick's favorite, time-tested Magic routines, practical advice and tips on performing and ENTERTAINING as a Magician, Dick's anecdotes about his wonderful life on the road, and much, much more. In fact, DICK OSLUND: ROAD SCHOLAR contains more practical advice for Magicians and tips more of the "REAL WORK" than any other book on Magic ever published!

And the best is, Dick is kicking-off his United States Book-Signing tour right here at Fab Magic during our MagicCelebration On Saturday July 25th at Noon.

If you have always wanted to be a Magician, you will WANT THIS BOOK!

If you're an amateur Magician, and want to get better, and in-demand as a performer, you will WANT THIS BOOK!

If you're a Professional Magician, and want some sage advice from another Pro who has "Been There and Done That".....you will WANT THIS BOOK!

Come meet Dick and have him personally autograph your own copy of DICK OSLUND: ROAD SCHOLAR right here at FAB MAGIC!
Rick Fisher, President FAB Magic

"One of the largest magic shops in the world!"

www.fabmagic.com
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Can't be there unfortunately, but I want the book. Will anyone be posting information on how to obtain it?

I've asked this in other threads here on the Café, but can't seem to get an answer. I have real money. I'm just a guy, wanting a book. Help.
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Yes, 100 books are being shipped here and soon as I get the info will post here...
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Awesome! Thank you Rick.
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Okay 119 copies on the way to the FAB Magic Shop -

$49.95 plus s/h - http://fabmagic.com/products/dick-oslund-road-scholar


Here it is - at long last - Dick Oslund's book on magic!

Order this book today and we'll have Dick sign it for you next Saturday and ship out to you! Don't miss out on this wonderful and informative treasure trove!
Imagine performing an average of 18-36 Magic shows a week, week after week, month after month, year after year, decade after decade. Well, Dick Oslund has done just that!

As America's premiere School Assembly Magician, over his 40-plus year career as a professional Magician, Dick Oslund has made a nice living travelling coast-to-coast, border to border, performing MORE LIVE MAGIC for more HUMAN BEINGS than ANY OTHER MAGICIAN IN HISTORY!

If you haven't had the priviledge of seeing Dick perform, you may know him from MODERN COIN MAGIC, or KID STUFF V, or ABRAKFOX, but now Dick has his own book, entitled DICK OSLUND: ROAD SCHOLAR.This new 400 page book is packed full of great, relevant information about performing on the road as a Professional Magician, including Dick's favorite, time-tested Magic routines, practical advice and tips on performing and ENTERTAINING as a Magician, Dick's anecdotes about his wonderful life on the road, and much, much more. In fact, DICK OSLUND: ROAD SCHOLAR contains more practical advice for Magicians and tips more of the "REAL WORK" than any other book on Magic ever published!

And the best is, Dick is kicking-off his United States Book-Signing tour right here at Fab Magic during our MagicCelebration On Saturday July 25th at Noon.

If you have always wanted to be a Magician, you will WANT THIS BOOK!

If you're an amateur Magician, and want to get better, and in-demand as a performer, you will WANT THIS BOOK!

If you're a Professional Magician, and want some sage advice from another Pro who has "Been There and Done That".....you will WANT THIS BOOK!

Come meet Dick and have him personally autograph your own copy of DICK OSLUND: ROAD SCHOLAR right here at FAB MAGIC!

Order this book today and we'll have Dick sign it for you next Saturday and ship out to you! Don't miss out on this wonderful and informative treasure trove!
Rick Fisher, President FAB Magic

"One of the largest magic shops in the world!"

www.fabmagic.com
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Based on Dick's thought provoking and intelligent posts here on the Café, this should be an outstanding book. Dick is an articulate and thoughtful writer. And he's one hell of a nice guy.
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On Aug 4, 2015, motown wrote:
Based on Dick's thought provoking and intelligent posts here on the Café, this should be an outstanding book. Dick is an articulate and thoughtful writer. And he's one hell of a nice guy.


Yes, Dick is a brilliant entertainer...I remember a school show a few years back, he performed and entertained with his original Miser's Dream -- what a reaction! -- amazing, funny and memorable!

Is his Miser's Dream in the new biography?

Thanks.
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Hi Nat

Yes, Dick's Miser's Dream is in the book along with several other entertaining routines that have been his bread & butter for many, many years.

His book is written in an enjoyable conversational style and has pictures and insightful narratives of a historical nature, too.

It's been a joy to share time with Dick through his book and I am looking forward to revisiting it for useable material often.

See you down the road Smile

Julie
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Dick Oslund Road Scholar - Everything I Own Has A Handle or Wheels is a new book written by Dick Oslund about his magical life. Over the years I heard and seen this hard working magician, behind the counter at Abbott's Get-To-Gether and in books on various magic props. He is like most professional magician, he is constantly working and giving whenever he can to those that want to better themselves in performing magic.

This book will give you an idea how he made a living doing School Shows for Grade School through High School children at Educational Institutions all across the country. Dick tells it all the good and the bad, the ups and downs working for School Bureau that sells entertainment for these Schools.

It is an autobiography of his life on the road, and his connection with many recognized names in magic and some you will not recognize. How sharing magic knowledge is fun and can lead to original routines that become show pieces in your act or show.

This is not just a story book, as throughout the book you will learn about performing in front of hundreds of people, children, teachers and principals. Family shows as well, because Dick constantly performed.

Then Dick goes into detail with the routines he used over the years. He learned by doing and kept reducing the props and keeping the entertainment value in every magic effect he performed. You will learn what it takes to create, hone, and polish a winning act that gets results and people asking you back for repeat shows.

Dick Oslund shares it all, the classic tricks and the old tricks. I would think you could invest no more then two or 3 hundred dollars and in the information and props and go out and start performing.

Regularly, close-up magicians here on the Café post, that they want to try stand-up magic, or how do they get started in stand-up magic, and many times, they are requested for a stand-up show and find they do not have clue as to what it entails or the 1st thing they should do to begin. In this book, Dick shares it all, and what is important, entertainment value.

He even gives his exact patter for each of the trick covered, and how he performed it with his own style. He even tells you how he changed and improved the trick to get maximum entertainment from each and ever trick performed.

Don't think this is book only for kid performers, as this same material Dick used for adult and family shows. This is the real deal, the real scoop, the real business of magic. Dick did not do this for a while, he did it for 50 years and is still going, even when retired, he does magic at summer camps. I now know what they call it "Retired", because you are "Tired". Smile

This book is 402 pages a real Tomb and heavy on good quality paper. It perfect bound to keep the cost down so everyone can afford this valuable information on performing magic that is entertaining and fun for your audiences.


Tricks covered:

20th century Silks
Needle Though Balloon
Coin - Go
Crystal Tube & Silks with Demon Wonder Box addition
Mardo Egg Bag Routine
Tarbell Dissolving Single Knot
Inertia
Professor Nightmare
Tee Cee Bottle aka Hydrostatic Bottle
Vanishing Boy Gag
Ball Routine (multiplying Golf Balls)
Notes on Cut and Restored Rope
Sucker C & R Rope and how to tuck the ends in
Dr. Dailey Square Knot
Scotty's Sucker C & R Rope
Jack Chanin Tips on C & R rope and Knot Steal
Color Changing Silk Routine
Thoughts on Sucker Tricks
The Bluff
The Oops
The Teach A Trick
Elusive Silk
G.W. Hunter shoelace Knot
The Little Wonder Knot-o-matic
Tips On Booking and Promotion
Joe Ovette's Repeat Knots
Serpentine Silk
Tricks That I Have Used, But Eliminated For Various Reasons
Routine For The Standard Wand, Break-a-way Wand, Shooting Wand, And Break-a-wand Fan
Balloon Pump Basically Situation Comedy
Solar Powered Electric Deck
Card Shuffle Routine
Compliments After The Show
Disecto Routine
Fade-a-way Double Knot
The Illusion Routine
Torn & Restored Napkin
Silk Thru Mike Stand
How To fasten Thread From Reel To Silk
Mutilated Parasol
Rabbit Production
Notes on Multiplying Balls
Two Minds same Rut, The Cards To Pocket Thing
Dove Routine
The Tactile Illusion
My Coin Pail Routine
Abbott's Tantalizing Wand
Handling Of The Vanishing Square Knot

Dick Oslund wrote this book from his heart to help magicians become better magicians and performers. You will learn about business of magic, obligation, what your job really is, how to do the job, and how to deliver every time.

The only con I could say about his book is that it does not have a Table Of Contents, or an index, most magic books never have an index, so you have to mark where you left off or stopped reading. I suggest you buy a supply of those little flag tab Post-it sticky things to mark information you want to return to later. But Dick thought everything was important, I would imagine, and as I read it, it is. I tell you, you will have a lot of Post-it tabs sticking out of the side of this book. Most likely the top and bottom as well.

Actually, a lot of the magic is actually close-up tricks with rope, silks, and coins, that are turned into stand-up trick for large audiences.

The book is $50.00, it will be the best investment you will have made in all of your magical life.

You can buy the book from Fab Magic, I just read there is now a DVD of some of the shows Dick performed. So for a small additional investment, you can see a professional magician at work. The DVD just came out this week, I don't have it, so check it out. I believe it is just shows, no explaining of the material in the book.

So if you want to start earning some cash performing magic, and not just keep buying the latest trick on the market buy this book and set your career in a positive direction.

Be prepared for that big break, when someone wants you to perform at a banquet, birthday party, picnic, bigger tricks then coins or cards. Once you have this performing information, the sky will be your limit.

Highly recommended for all magicians that want to perform and entertain with their magic, and not just do tricks.
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Thanks for the excellent review Bill.
I just ordered the book and dvd.
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Can't wait to check this out! I've been a fan of Dick's since I joined the Café. If this new offering is even a sliver of the nuggets he brings to the table in the Café, we're all in for one hell of a treat!
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I received the companion show DVD disc this week, it is 3 of Dick Oslund's shows filmed by teachers and principals in grade and junior high schools. So this should be purchased as an additional learning tool to the book. You should read the book 1st before even loading the DVD. Why, because you will see and hopefully realize that test is not always the way your mind's eye sees. You will see that in order to perform for children, you do not have to be crazy and dress like a clown. Listen to the reactions of the kids, for each effect being shown. How impressed with were with the color changing silk, rope tricks and knot effects.

This DVD covers only stand-up stage magic presentation, no close-up.

You will learn how to include showmanship into your act. How to use facial expressions, to get convey wonder to your audiences. How to learn a simple smile is important to audience. You will learn how to handle spectators. How to signal applause cues to the audience, and how to accept applause graciously.

I will say, Dick Oslund's manipulations are perfect, as he even fooled me on his steals and timing. Sneaky guy he is! If you use this as a learning tool, and not just a movie, you will have a full course on how to present a show in a sophisticated manner.

For those looking to purchase the DVD for a showing to the family, I would not advise it, as the quality is poor on most the shows. Some auditoriums are not sound engineered, so a lot of echo's and camera movements by the camera person. For me, these things are not important, the magic and how to execute the tricks are important to me. The mannerisms and how the show is put together is important. How to work out of only a small case or roll-on table is important. How to get the most reaction out of the simplest trick is important. How to deliver a message within the presentation of an effect is important.

For me this is a wonderful DVD of a working paid performer, or a person that wants to start doing stand-up shows. I do a number of these tricks, as they are tricks that have stood the test of time and are certain audience pleasers.

So much information here, if you open your mind and observe and learn from a person that was out there doing it.

The DVD plays straight through all 3 shows, no index or selection screen. Each show is about an hour long. If your computer is set to automatically start DVD to a certain movie playing program, then you only have to insert the DVD in the player and close the door. Otherwise you will have some searching to do to get it to play. If you are not computer savvy, then just open and close the player drawer.
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Great review Bill! Sounds like I have some purchasing power to unleash!
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When a long-time pro decides to share his material the way Dick does, I sit up and listen. No offense to the young guys but it's the road scholars such as Dick that share the true nuggets of gold for the working guys. I did it the same way as Bill, I read the book cover to cover, then ordered the DVD. Recommended.
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So true! After all, how do you think they survived so long in the industry? Must be doing something right! Smile
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Just got it and its great.
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Fun read, great stories.
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