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Message: Posted by: WEASEL DANDAW (Jan 18, 2012 12:58PM)
I have just finished reading “Get Real” the first of what I hope will be a series of e-booklets by Roslyn Walker.

In “Get Real” Roslyn tells you how to make your escapes look real & believable. He does not tell you any methods of escape or give away any secrets, so if you are looking for that you will not find it here.

What you will find is an informative piece of escape literature explaining how to perform your act so that it puts both yourself & more importantly your audience in the right frame of mind to see your performance as believable.

A lot of escape artists may have an act, but it’s knowing how to put it over that is the key to having an entertaining act.

You can find out how to order from Roslyn’s website: http://www.roslynwalker.com/forsale.cfm

Keep up the good work Roslyn & I look forward to your next outing as an author.
Message: Posted by: Roslyn (Jan 18, 2012 02:05PM)
Hi Weasel,

I'm glad you enjoyed my first outing as an author. It was fun to write, but scarier than anything else I've done when it came to releasing it.

It seems you're not the only one who enjoyed it. I received this from none other than Norm Bigelow himself just moments ago and I thought I'd share it here:

"Roslyn Walker has just written "Get Real" a  masterpiece and one of the
greatest acting tools for the escape artist that I  have read.
It is laid out in easy to understand instructions but  this is far more
than effect and method, this is real experience  talking.
Anyone can do an escape but try and sell  it.
This is a fantastic system to sell the act and can be  applied to many
different escapes.
Roslyn says this is his first written works on the  subject and I want to
read everything he will write in the  future.
This is a wonderful edition to the world of escapes  and tackles a subject
that has never been taken on like this.  Ros  is
brilliant as usual.
                                    Norman Bigelow"

If anyone has any questions about this you know where I am.


Message: Posted by: jay leslie (Jan 18, 2012 02:47PM)
Go Ros
Message: Posted by: magicusb (Jan 18, 2012 08:39PM)
Keep it up! Go for it!

Dorothy Dietrich
Houdini Museum
Message: Posted by: x-treem (Jan 19, 2012 09:05AM)
It has been a while since I have read a book related to escapology but Get Real intrigued me.

I think Get Real needed to be written for this art, as there is a great lack of information and help in crafting the reality of a performance. I wish I had that information when I performed because I always felt like I was not doing a good enough job making my escapes believable. I'm pretty sure if I had Get Real I would have done better overall.
Message: Posted by: magicusb (Jan 20, 2012 10:10PM)
Barry Yiengst also wrote a great book on this subject.

Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Jan 20, 2012 10:17PM)
OK, I just finished this e-book, and was very pleased. As Weasel said, if you are looking to learn how to escape from restraints, keep on looking. Rather, Ros has crafted a brilliant exploration of how the audience percieves the escape artist, and how we can manipulate that psychology to our advantage.

Highly Recommended.
Message: Posted by: Mick Hanzlik (Jan 21, 2012 03:42AM)
Just read my copy and I must say I was very happy with what I read. I particularly like the section which advised that you get locked into something that you know you can't get out of (don't do this alone!!!) That gives you the feeling and emotions that you will never forget and so that feeling can then be used to make your performance escape seem so much more realistic.

So simple, but as far as I know, never seen in print before.

I truly recommend anyone either into or contemplating getting into escapes to read "Get Real"
Message: Posted by: Stuart Burrell (Jan 21, 2012 06:30AM)
I too have just read Get Real and agree with the positive posts above. If you do not have a copy then please purchase one. It will give you things to consider and to think about in terms of how you present your escape.
I thought I had a good little act but this has made me put my pride to one side and think I may be mistaken.
Well done Ros
Message: Posted by: Sparrowhwk (Jan 21, 2012 08:59PM)
Great job Roslyn. Knowing just a little of your background, and performance philosophy, I knew this would be a worthwhile read and of course I wasn't disappointed.
Thanks for laying out some fundamental concepts which we can all use to further our performances, and the escape arts in particular.
This is a great start, and I look forward to the next publication. I have a feeling that in the course of time these booklets will be considered foundational reading for anyone in the escape field.
Thank you Roslyn for sharing your hard won knowledge, I hope I can do it justice.
Message: Posted by: Roslyn (Jan 24, 2012 10:41AM)

I'd just like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has bought my manuscript. I really appreciate your support, I didn't expect comments like this for my first offering, kind of puts the pressure on for future releases.

Something that I've been working on is making it so that the manuscript is available for instant download instead of you having to wait for me to email it over to you. This has now been sorted. So anyone who orders from now on will receive a link that allows them to download the ebook directly from my site. I should warn you that the link does expire within 48 hours.

Thanks again for all your support.

Message: Posted by: Roslyn (Jan 25, 2012 04:34AM)
I've had a few thoughts regarding my ebook, I'm thinking of recording it and making it into an audio book. This will added to the original ebook and the two will be sold together as a single package for the same current price. My reasoning is that many people don't have a portable ereader like the kindel or ipad so they're stuck reading the book at home on a computer screen. However, most have mp3 players which means the book would be portable. Listen to it at the gym, in the car or on the bus. If I decide to go ahead with it those who have already bought the Get Real PDF will receive an email with the mp3 attached.

So my question is quite simply, would this actually be of benefit to anyone?
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Jan 25, 2012 08:16AM)
I'm sure some would like it in audio form. I have no use for that. I hate reading long passages on a computer screen, so I just printed it out. I now have the hard copy I like and can read it or re-read it anytime with ease.
Message: Posted by: Roslyn (Jan 25, 2012 01:30PM)
So that's one vote for don't bother ;)

Cheers Cliff, hope you're well.
Message: Posted by: Sparrowhwk (Jan 25, 2012 02:26PM)
Hi Roslyn
Firstly I think this is very in-keeping with your general approach. You're thinking of new ways to do things and while audio-books are not new, I believe the idea of combining an ebooklet and audio in one package is new to the magic literature world. This approach has brought you success already, keep it up.
My guess is that like most new ideas, it may not initially seem to have much traction, but often in time it grows on folk and becomes "part of the furniture".

In answer to your question, I would be happy to have an audio version, but I don't know how ofter I would use that vs the digital or printed version. With reference material, it is perhaps easier to get to a specific part visually than with the audio version. That being said, if you do create an audio version, I think it is important that it has the mp3 version of chapters to allow someone to easily get to the part they need.
So I would suggest you consider how much time and effort (and possibly expense) it would take to produce the audio version and weigh that up with the expected benefit.
This is of course what you're doing by posing the question in the first place - I'm slow, but I get there eventually :)
In this case, my gut feel is that for many folk the audio would be a "nice to have", but not necessary. Does that make it worth your effort???

Perhaps when you consolidate all your booklets into the volume which will become the "Tarbell of the EA world", then it would be good to have an audio version as well.
All the best.
Message: Posted by: Roslyn (Jan 28, 2012 04:00AM)
Get Real featured on Magic Week: http://www.magicweek.co.uk :)
Message: Posted by: Roslyn (Jan 30, 2012 04:29AM)
I've had to revert back to sending Get Real out via email due to some cheeky monkeys finding a way of bypassing the PayPal process and downloading it without paying.

Its a bit of nuisance but can't be helped :)
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Jan 30, 2012 08:13AM)
At the reasonable price you are asking, that is just bullspit.
Message: Posted by: dave_matkin (Jan 30, 2012 01:09PM)
You should put a fake one up instead so they can download it for free (but get a load of old tosh - you could just get me to transcribe it for you - the result would be mostly illegible! Happy to do that to anyones work)
Message: Posted by: Roslyn (Jan 30, 2012 05:09PM)
Lol... Thanks Dave! I'll consider it.

To answer a question I've had regarding Kindel compatibility. I've just tested it on mine and in short it looks awesome. It also looks great on iPad, so you can take it anywhere.

I sent it to my Kindel using the email function and it transferred easily enough.
Message: Posted by: Chance (Feb 1, 2012 12:00PM)
On 2012-01-25 05:34, Roslyn wrote:
I've had a few thoughts regarding my ebook, I'm thinking of recording it and making it into an audio book. This will added to the original ebook and the two will be sold together as a single package for the same current price. My reasoning is that many people don't have a portable ereader like the kindel or ipad so they're stuck reading the book at home on a computer screen. However, most have mp3 players which means the book would be portable. Listen to it at the gym, in the car or on the bus. If I decide to go ahead with it those who have already bought....

I understand where you were wanting to take this, Ros, but for my money, if you really wanted to get at people like me, would be to go the other direction.

What I mean is, I haven't bought your ebook, and I doubt I ever will. But I what would make me want to is to hear that you had gone and made a video out of it, going word by word from your book, using it as your script.

This way we get to see and hear your every nuance for ourselves. Since this would end up as a DVD & book combo, you could easily slip in extra chapters or easter eggs. You're one of the most unrelentingly creative people I know (sort of like Ken or Harley were 25 years ago!), so I'm sure you would come up with something fun and interesting.

Just a thought. But this is what would get my attention, and I would gladly pay a fair price for it too.
Message: Posted by: Roslyn (Feb 2, 2012 09:36AM)
Ah, Chance. Have you been reading my mind again?

I've got a couple of other ebooks in the pipeline first though :)
Message: Posted by: Chance (Feb 2, 2012 12:33PM)
You Brits invented a lot of stuff, but I thought it was your American cousins that invented shameless commercialism? I guess the trade winds blow both ways... ;)
Message: Posted by: Stuart Burrell (Feb 2, 2012 02:24PM)
No we invented it but it was you guys got it to work and figured out what to do with it....... :)
Message: Posted by: guyactor (Feb 5, 2012 12:30PM)
Just finished reading the pages. What I really appreciate, in addition to the meat in the manuscript, is the listing of hardware/illusion providers at the end, now that Cannons have all but closed their doors. Thanks, Ros!
Message: Posted by: dave_matkin (Feb 5, 2012 03:18PM)
Given that 'we' the brits sent all our cons over to Austratlia I believe that 'we' the brits invented such things as the ADA Handcuffs, the spread-eagle eyelets, and the replica russian manicle (amounst other great pieces of hardware).

Ok its a stretch but it works for me. Rule Britania! God save The Queen ete etc etc off for tea and crumpets now.
Message: Posted by: Darkart (Feb 7, 2012 10:44AM)
Intresting reading, Enjoyed that. All the best
Message: Posted by: Roslyn (Feb 7, 2012 11:43AM)
Glad you enjoyed it mate, and I hope it helps you out in creating your own escape performances.
Message: Posted by: Roslyn (Oct 10, 2012 05:16PM)
Want a copy of the book that working professionals around the globe have dubbed "essential reading"? Well now you can get it for half price and you can raise a bit of cash for charity too.

Head over to http://www.justgiving.com/EscapeForLife and make a donation of £5 or more. All money goes to charity. Then come back here and drop me a pm with your email address.

I'll then send you my ebook Get Real.

This offer closes in 48 hours and the price returns to £10.

Even if you've already bought it, please dig deep. It's for a good cause :)
Message: Posted by: Sean Doran (Jul 23, 2013 01:20PM)
Resurecting this thread for a bit. :) I just had the opportunity to pick up and read Roslyn's ebook, 'Get Real'. I have to say, that like all the other posters above, I really enjoyed this manuscript and the 'Get Real' method presented is not only brilliant but simple! As someone who is just getting back into performing, the info contained in the ebook will prove to be quite valuable once I eventually get back out there and perform.

Well done and thanks again Ros!

Now...where is my duct tape and plastic bag? :)
Message: Posted by: Roslyn (Jul 23, 2013 01:30PM)
Thanks Sean, really glad you enjoyed it!

For those interested, Get Real can only be bought direct from me and costs £15GBP.

Just drop me an email or PM me here :D