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The hardcover is better value in my opinion.


You're not a big ebook fan, magicfish?
I prefer the real thing, by far, but have to admit that I've picked up a few L&L ebooks very cheaply in the past.
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It's a wonderful book, full of gems, but admittedly a little unpleasant to read. Maxwell was a video guy, not a writer. I discovered too that Richard Kaufman was about to make it but Larry was not pleased by the terms of the contract, financially speaking. That is not important. The contents are. And so Larry's magic. So thanks to Maxwell to have done this job anyway.
His magic is timeless. You can put the gem in a modern setting and a new life of those tricks will be born and shine for,years to come.
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I disagree. Having been in magic for 34 years since age 4, I certainly appreciate classics and, in fact, this was the purpose of my purchasing this book. Though I have only worked through 5-6 of the effects, not only is the writing laborious and awful, but some of the effects are, simply, lame. Larry often time seeems to also add a move, just for the sake of doing a move. What is that, an ego stroke? (See Collectors 1). You get a break below 3 cards, then immediately bring to 2? Why not just start at 2?? I guess I really don't appreciate the value of the effects in this book. I am quite disappointed. And before some of you criticize that, I learn from several other books which contain what you would consider classics and valuable material.
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I agree that Mike Maxwell is not the best writer in the magic community (nor the worst). I recently picked up Jennings 67 (I have a different thread about it) one of my only hangups with that one is that it seems that more than once, a move is casually explained with a note that in one of two "upcoming books" it will be explained in greater detail. It looks as though neither were ever written. However, a member posted the other day what part of the reason may be and that the one book (at least, hopefully a combination of the two in one big book) may actually be written and marketed later this year. Hopefully, it happens. I would even be ok with a 2018 release, just get it out there to "complete" the first book.

I notice a lot of parts in Jennings 67 where he goes over several different ways to get to the same point (as you say about "Collectors 1" in the "Classic Magic of... book) but they are properly and purposely done in the perspective of "this was the history of how the effect started and how he relentlessly strived to make the effect better as well as walk you thru the timeline of his "creative process". Maybe Kaufman did a better job of getting of letting the reader know "why" so many changes to get there than Mr Maxwell did.
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I heard from a very reliable source that the Jennings books are written but the delay is with getting all the photographs taken and scanned...
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Kaufman himself has said that a few times on The Genii forum and here I believe...
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I disagree. Having been in magic for 34 years since age 4, I certainly appreciate classics and, in fact, this was the purpose of my purchasing this book. Though I have only worked through 5-6 of the effects, not only is the writing laborious and awful, but some of the effects are, simply, lame. Larry often time seeems to also add a move, just for the sake of doing a move. What is that, an ego stroke? (See Collectors 1). You get a break below 3 cards, then immediately bring to 2? Why not just start at 2?? I guess I really don't appreciate the value of the effects in this book. I am quite disappointed. And before some of you criticize that, I learn from several other books which contain what you would consider classics and valuable material.

Lame? I hope by lame you mean some of the greatest material ever published. If so, I agree it is lame.
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I disagree. Having been in magic for 34 years since age 4, I certainly appreciate classics and, in fact, this was the purpose of my purchasing this book. Though I have only worked through 5-6 of the effects, not only is the writing laborious and awful, but some of the effects are, simply, lame. Larry often time seeems to also add a move, just for the sake of doing a move. What is that, an ego stroke? (See Collectors 1). You get a break below 3 cards, then immediately bring to 2? Why not just start at 2?? I guess I really don't appreciate the value of the effects in this book. I am quite disappointed. And before some of you criticize that, I learn from several other books which contain what you would consider classics and valuable material.

Lame? I hope by lame you mean some of the greatest material ever published. If so, I agree it is lame.


Well not if you're performing in the 70s. Modern audiences don't follow nor appreciate card effects like these.
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I really don't know what to think about your last comment David. If modern audiences can't appreciate those effects anymore, magic in artistic way will die soon, if not already. Or maybe those effects don't suit your style. I see davidcomedy. So my supposition.
It made me sad to read that.
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Shouldn't make you said my friend, just to make people realize times are changing and we as performers need to recognize that. Maybe this is why we no longer have silent movies. Just saying.
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Beauty and art will never change. Only the expression of them.
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If you see a modern mime act (silent ), you will (re)discover how expressive and powerful it can be.
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I disagree. Having been in magic for 34 years since age 4, I certainly appreciate classics and, in fact, this was the purpose of my purchasing this book. Though I have only worked through 5-6 of the effects, not only is the writing laborious and awful, but some of the effects are, simply, lame. Larry often time seeems to also add a move, just for the sake of doing a move. What is that, an ego stroke? (See Collectors 1). You get a break below 3 cards, then immediately bring to 2? Why not just start at 2?? I guess I really don't appreciate the value of the effects in this book. I am quite disappointed. And before some of you criticize that, I learn from several other books which contain what you would consider classics and valuable material.

Lame? I hope by lame you mean some of the greatest material ever published. If so, I agree it is lame.


Well not if you're performing in the 70s. Modern audiences don't follow nor appreciate card effects like these.

Really? Is that why today's top professionals are still performing this material to put bread on the table?
Try doing Jennings' Impossible from this book and see the reaction you get. Or Instant Aces. Or the Mystery Card. Or Travelers. Or Always Cut the Cards. Or Ambitious Card. Or Triumph. Or The General Card. Or the Visitor. Or Prefiguration.
These are incredibly powerful, well constructed, timeless creations from one of the true masters of our craft.
If the material isn't working for you, it is because you are not performing it.
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Oh and as far as magic from decades ago for "today's" audiences goes,
Some guy named David Blaine made millions performing Eddie Fechter's Be Honest, What is It?
Some of the kids today are calling it 2 Card Monte.
If you want fresh and new, blow the dust off the old books.
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Mike Maxwell made a lot of errors in writing The Classic Magic of Larry Jennings--a huge number. As I describe new versions of Jennings effects and routines, I will be correcting as many of these as I can. Maxwell had never written any technical sleight of hand material before--he wrote résumés for people. So the fault with his botching up the writing should be laid at the feet of the person who hired him.

Jason England has agreed to pose for the photos for the new Jennings books, and he has hands very much like Larry's. We will be shooting the photos sometime this fall. Release in 2018.
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Hopefully Any Ace Called For will be included. Great trick. Never been able to decipher Maxwell's write up.
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