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LoveKey1988
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What books/ dvds would you reccomend for someone who wants to make the transition from hobbyist to part-time/full time magician - both to build a repertoire/ and the marketing side?
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The Approach by Jamie D Grant (book)
Pop Haydn - Acting in Magic and Creating the Magic Routine (downloads from his website )
The Magic of Suzanne : The Castle Act (2DVD set)
How to Become a Magician for Fun and Profit - Walter Graham (dated, but has the basics. You will need some imagination to update for today's actions)

None of these are trick instructions, but about performing at a higher level. The Approach specifically walks through moving from amateur to strolling professional. Only Walt Graham's book discusses kids shows, which is probably the easiest way to start generating $ from magic.

Most other how to books on magic as a business that I've read have not been particularly helpful.

Good luck!
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The book I could really use right now is "How to Live Well on Five Dollars a Day"...that would about sum up my skill level at this point...

Actually, a great intro would be volume one of the Harlan Tarbell series. He gave a great intro to the Art of magic, as opposed to just doing tricks.
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Soooo many over the decades have told me that one or another of my books (like The Magic Book) have enabled them to move into becoming "a part-time/full time" magician - but obviously haven't done that for anyone "listening" here. Too bad.
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Jeff McBride's "The Show Doctor," which is a compilation of articles across a broad spectrum, and includes various subjects relevant to turning pro.
"Dana Douglas is the greatest magician alive. Plus, I'm drunk." -- Foster Brooks
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The Magic Book is a fine book. But I don't recall anything about the business side of magic, which is what I believe the OP is looking for

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I'd strongly recommend the first book suggested by 55Hudson, The Approach by Jamie D. Grant.

https://www.sendwonder.com/collections/a......approach



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He did ask about building a repertoire, No?
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Well Harry, I bought a copy of "The Magic Book" in the late seventies and it has certainly helped me to earn money from magic. It is a wonderful book, and I'd like to take this opportunity to thank you for it. I use several of the routines regularly.

Kind regards

Riley
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I can hear it now, "Where can I get a copy..."

http://www.harryloraynemagic.com/store/p......%29.html

Best thirty bucks you'll spend on a magic book! And ya know? We have him right NOW in the Café! Yes, THE Harry Lorayne! I salute you sir! Smile

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I gotta' raise that price!!
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Harry,

I just ordered "The Magic Book" from your site. Thanks for the recommendation. If you can, I'd love if you could sign it for me. I put a note in the order as well.
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Out of curiosity I just checked, and - no, there was/is no request for me to sign the book in your order. It's good that I saw this before packaging the book. Suggestion - email to my personal email address (first one listed under this post with the word "earthlink" in it) if you want me to see any personal request IN TIME. I see those right away usually - that is NOT the case with messages HERE. I will try to get your book mailed early next week, David.
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Sounds good, Harry. Email sent!
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Books by Dick Oslund, Jeff McBride, Harry Lorayne, Jamie Grant and Tarbell volume 1.
Boomer
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This is quite possibly the exact thing you were looking for:

https://www.michaelclose.com/collections......19241923


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Dave Davinci's Magic Master Summit has ALOT to offer for $197 (you get this years and last years sessions... ) it's interviews that discuss all sorts of business deals. I'm not saying that every interview is a home-run... but I am saying it is WELL worth the cost and will give you a great springboard.

I'd also recommend the Well Attended Podcast, Succesful Performercast, and The Business of Magic podcasts... those are free and offer a lot of great interviews.
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