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Topic: The Approach
Message: Posted by: Jamie D. Grant (Feb 9, 2013 02:15PM)
Hiya Gang!

I think it's about time. I've lived with myself for 38 years (I've been a great roommate!) and have learned a LOT about myself. For example, here's three things I know for certain:

[b]1)[/b] I love magic, magicians, and want us all to do well.

[b]2)[/b] I can eat 19 bags of Oreos without complaining (on the day).

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[b]3)[/b] I am unable to write anything if I'm not given a deadline. Let's hope I don't have to write my own obituary one day.


So this post directly relates to number 3 (the deadline, not the obituary which will hopefully come waaaaaaay later).


[b]I'm writing a book.[/b] There I have publicly declared it!


But, knowing me as well as I do, that's not enough. Heck, I mentioned this book [url=http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=404242&forum=293&4](here on the Café)[/url] 2 years ago!! So...

[b]I'm writing a book by August 1st.[/b]

There, that's better. Another key to getting things done is to publicly announce them, so that there is immense pressure from your peers (you guys) who, if I don't actually do it by August, have full license to post nasty comments, mention my lack of amazing hair, and force me to eat 19 bags of Oreos.


Now that we've got that settled, we should talk about a few other things. First of all, what's this book about? Secondly, why do I think I'm qualified to write it? And, lastly, why on Earth am I writing a post about writing a book instead of just going out and doing the %#&ing thing.


[b]WHAT'S IT ABOUT?[/b]

[i]"I'm Not An Actual Magician, But I Play One In Real Life"[/i]

or

[i]"The Approach" (Simpler title.Hmmm. I can't decide.)[/i]

is going to contain every single thing I've learned about being a working (i.e. paid) magician. [b]EVERYTHING.[/b]

[img]http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-3xLMSQ-Jmuw/UQ8WsZ8Dh4I/AAAAAAAACl8/3FgEurD_NIA/s640/photo%2876%29.JPG[/img]

Here's the thing. A lot of people believe in something called [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scarcity]"scarcity"[/url] which basically says that there's not enough room at the top for all of us. That all of our goals cannot be pursued at the same time. I, personally, [b]do not believe that for one single minute[/b]. I rage against scarcity every single day of my life by trying to help people achieve their dreams and do what they've always wanted. And that's what I want all of you to do. I want [i]every single one of you[/i] to become the absolute best magician the world has to offer. Aren't I afraid that's going to hurt my business? Shouldn't I be worried that people will like you more than me? That you'll take away money from my table?

[b]NO WAY![/b] And this is something we're going to talk about in the book. [i]We can all do this.[/i] We can all send wonder. We can all make money and people happy. All of us. Think of music- is there only one band? Is there only one song available? And just because there are choices doesn't mean people won't have their favourites who they listen to again and again. And that's my goal. To help make you become that favorite song.

[i]How will I do that?[/i] Well, I can tell you that I [b]can't[/b] make you the next:

[b]1)[/b] David Blaine

[b]2)[/b] David Copperfield

[b]3)[/b] David Beckham

[img]http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-JpwCSCproDo/URaZRDQ2sPI/AAAAAAAACms/vj1wWBaojlk/s320/beks.jpeg[/img]
(I've included this pic to give you an idea of what I look like in case you've never met me or [url=http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewforum.php?forum=175&195]seen my Magic Friday show[/url]. A lot of people get us confused. Me and Becks, not me and Magic Fri...never mind...)

BUT, I can tell you how I've learned to (and before I continue, the [i]"I"[/i] is very important here. These are real world lessons that I've taken away. I'm not saying it's the [i]only[/i] way, but these are thing that have gotten me to where I am today):

[i]Approach groups of people without fear.[/i]

[i]How to get paid (and knowing how much to charge) for doing so.[/i]

[i]How to write contracts (I'll be including what I use, in the book).[/i]

[i]How many tricks are needed.[/i]

[i]What kind of effects work best.[/i]

[i]How to deal with hecklers.[/i]

[i]What to say in e-mails.[/i]

[i]What to say on the telephone.[/i]

[i]Is a stage show needed? If so, how long?[/i]

[i]How to set up a room.[/i]

[i]How to perform for 2 hours at a walk around gig where only 5 people showed up (true story).[/i]

[i]What to wear.[/i]

[i]My one secret that I've never shared, that allows me to approach people, without saying a word, and have their rapt attention.[/i]

You get the idea.


[b]WHY DO I THINK I'M QUALIFIED TO WRITE IT?[/b]

This is the great thing about the Magic Café! It provides proof- a quick look shows that I've been a member since 2004. That's 9 YEARS! And if you read any of the early posts you can see how [i]naive, impressionable, and lost[/i] I was. And that was while I was working gigs already! The reason why I'm qualified to write this book?

[b]Because I've made every mistake you could ever make.[/b] [i]Twice.[/i] I've:

[i]Not known to send a contract:[/i] lost $1500)

[i]Gone to the wrong event:[/i] made $400

[i]Performed a glass of water production (with a goldfish!) for an audience that was approx. 2 city blocks away ("What is he doing up there? Who cares?! Pass the Oreos."):[/i] lost a client

Amongst hundreds of others. But I've learned from them. From [b]ALL[/b] of them. Ten years working at anything will make you knowledgeable on the subject at hand, no question. But I honestly feel I'm ready to [i]teach[/i] the subject. If this was university (I actually teach MAGIC 101 at the University Of British Columbia, by the way, fun!) I would be a doctor by now. So now it's time, I feel, to share what I've learned.

Aside from more than ten years of working knowledge, I also like to think that I'm okay at the actual art of writing a word or two. I've been published in numerous magazines (magic and otherwise), on blogs, and have had my work featured on the inside tags of clothing. Strange, but true. If you'd like to get a feel for my work, you can check the latest issue of MAGIC Magazine for my piece on Daniel Madison

[url=http://www.magicmagazine.com/2013/february/contents.html][img]http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-xgYK17DxEag/URacvvZt9vI/AAAAAAAACm4/uGaLlTQIcD4/s400/Madison.jpg[/img][/url]

or any of [url=http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=405078&forum=225&8]these[/url] ([url=http://www.billabbottmagic.com/online-store/MAGIC_article.html]Bill Abbott[/url] and [url=http://www.magicmagazine.com/2012/june/contents.html]Jay Sankey[/url] were a couple of my other favourites). As a writer, there is no greater feeling than seeing your words in print- especially on the cover!

Also, [url=http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=395733&forum=5]this post here[/url], will give you a feel for how the book will read.


[b]LASTLY, WHY ON EARTH AM I WRITING A POST ABOUT WRITING A BOOK INSTEAD OF JUST WRITING THE *&#^ing THING?[/b]

[i]And this is the weirdest answer of them all:[/i]

[b]Because I won't lie to you.[/b] Period. This has been the way I've always lived my life. I've always wanted everyone around me to be awesome! And, for some of you, you may want to write a book yourself in the future, so I want to document EXACTLY how I'm doing it. That's what this post will provide- [url=http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=449358&forum=218]kind of like what I did with THE VAULT[/url], I'll talk about the process and how it's all coming along, step by step, so that it might help you one day achieve your own writing dreams. I'll be updating this post along the way with every detail of how the writing's going, what marketing I'm doing, everything.


Well, that's enough for now! Like I just said, I'm never going to lie to you. This book is not going to turn you into the next Blaine, Copperfield, or Angel. It's not going to get you your own TV show or make you billions.

[img]http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-MHH5vsToenA/URafIbn119I/AAAAAAAACnM/svmvKxKtMBg/s320/money.jpeg[/img]

But I can tell you what the information I'll be sharing has done for me:

[b]1:[/b]I have zero debt.

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[b]2:[/b] There's a Ducati in the backyard (my dream since I was a kid) that was paid for with money I've made from performing magic tricks.
[img]http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ZzP0N02JtIc/URajP4I89sI/AAAAAAAACnU/IhcBPCU0Opo/s320/Duc.JPG[/img]

[b]3:[/b] I get invited to the greatest parties in the city because they want me to be there. I'm part of that equation.
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and, [b]MOST IMPORTANTLY[/b],

I've made friends and memories that will stay with me long after all that other stuff is gone. And I'll have done it by doing something I absolutely love.

[img]http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-BP-_XpZXbjk/URasXKhX7uI/AAAAAAAACoE/jl6_zdXdNwM/s320/photo%2876%29+copy.JPG[/img]

I hope you will join me...

Your pal,

Jamie D. Grant
http://www.SendWonder.com
Message: Posted by: JR Russell (Feb 9, 2013 02:37PM)
Looking forward to this!
Message: Posted by: Barry Gitelson (Feb 9, 2013 02:43PM)
Sign me up.
Message: Posted by: misterillusion (Feb 9, 2013 03:16PM)
Sounds interesting
Message: Posted by: J-Mac (Feb 9, 2013 04:26PM)
Sounds good Jamie.

One quick note: All the links to your essays in the linked post you provided are dead - no actual links there; just " http:/// ". Are the essays still available? Or did you just want us to see the titles?

Thanks!

Jim

Oops - the post below the first one has the correct links!
Message: Posted by: EricDraven (Feb 9, 2013 04:42PM)
I'm in!
Sounds great!
Wish you all the best for this project...
Message: Posted by: FrenchFryNecromancer (Feb 9, 2013 06:02PM)
Glad to see you are setting a date for your book.

Side note: I hope the largest section of the book focuses on "Approach groups of people without fear."
I think that is the most interesting topic!
(In fact, I would buy a book that were written on that topic alone.)
Message: Posted by: wsgumby (Feb 9, 2013 06:10PM)
Looking forward to this. By the way, the Daniel Madison article was great. That certainly teaches you how NOT to get into magic.
Message: Posted by: Xiqual (Feb 9, 2013 06:25PM)
Jamie!
I am a HUGE fan of your work. Heck, I climbed over the rail of Taipei 101 for you man!
I would by any book you put out, even if it was "Jamie Grant does needlepoint"
Can't wait!
James
Message: Posted by: Mike Kirby (Feb 9, 2013 08:07PM)
Put me on the list. Looking forward to it. August 1st !
Message: Posted by: bowers (Feb 9, 2013 09:53PM)
I'm in too jamie.
Message: Posted by: FrenchDrop (Feb 9, 2013 10:30PM)
I'm strictly a hobbyist magician these days. Many moons have passed since I did magic for money. But I'd still be very interested in reading this book.

And hey -- if Jamie delivers so much as a four-page pamphlet before the end of 2014, he'll be doing better than Rudy Coby. :P
Message: Posted by: J-Mac (Feb 9, 2013 10:30PM)
You know I'm in, JDG!

Thanks!

Jim
Message: Posted by: M Sini (Feb 9, 2013 11:30PM)
Can't wait!
Message: Posted by: Eddie Garland (Feb 9, 2013 11:59PM)
I will be reading this...Bring it on!
Message: Posted by: Tommytallica (Feb 10, 2013 03:15AM)
Awesome!
Message: Posted by: warren (Feb 10, 2013 03:44PM)
Great stuff :)
Message: Posted by: Xcath1 (Feb 10, 2013 03:49PM)
Not bad at marketing either, I'm looking forward to it
Message: Posted by: CdnAndrew (Feb 11, 2013 07:35AM)
I'm looking forward to this. I enjoy books that aren't just anthologies of tricks. I'm looking forward to seeing more of your ideas on approaching groups, orchestrating memorable moments for your audience, and dealing with the business side.
Message: Posted by: Nikki78 (Feb 11, 2013 08:07AM)
Hey Jamie,

Sounds really interesting! I'm in, too.

Cheers

Nikki
Message: Posted by: BatsMagic (Feb 11, 2013 08:17AM)
I'm going to put the pressure on you, Jamie. As the owner of both IR and AIP, I feel like I have that right.

Only 170 days to go! Get a move on it already!
Message: Posted by: Christophe Rossi (Feb 11, 2013 08:55AM)
Nice read ...Waiting for it now ...ehehehe
Message: Posted by: BRMagic (Feb 11, 2013 09:22AM)
Would be an awesome read!
Message: Posted by: Judah Vee (Feb 11, 2013 03:34PM)
You gonna have a Kickstarter for it Jamie?

I would soooo support this,


-J-
Message: Posted by: slyhand (Feb 11, 2013 04:31PM)
I am sure this will be top notch.

Wow, two "how too's" to look forward to.

Jamie's and Christopher's.
Message: Posted by: jmathai1 (Feb 11, 2013 05:23PM)
If the book is half as good as the insight given in 'Magic Friday'; it will be top-notch reading.
Message: Posted by: Jamie D. Grant (Feb 11, 2013 05:28PM)
Thanks for all the support, gang!

I need it, lol. I know it might get tiresome seeing this thread over and over but this is the kind of pressure that I need to get this done. So let me say, [b]"THANK YOU"[/b] well in advance for letting me do this. In return, after these six months, I hope someone can revisit this thread for years to come and see [i]exactly[/i] how I did it and how they can do it, too. Fingers crossed!

So I guess I'll split new posts (from me) into 3 sections: UPDATES/QUESTIONS/PLANNING.

Let's get started!


[b]UPDATES:[/b]

[i]Feb.09-12[/i]

Pulled Dan Poynter's "Self-Publishing Manual" off the shelf.

[img]http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-t2_blkjCXv0/URlzmdpKbfI/AAAAAAAACoc/LPkGvE7T6Ak/s320/Danp.jpeg[/img]

I've had this book for a few years so it feels good to actually put it to use. One of the first things it explains is to decide on the size of the book you want your final project to be. As many of you know, I have quite a fairly large library, so I've been going through it looking for a size that I like and that I think will hold all the information I want to get across to everyone. Ironically, it wasn't a magic book that I chose as a template but rather a book that I bought in my twenties. I've always loved the size, the format, and the feel so I think it'll a great template for me to use. I want "The Approach" or "I'm Not An Actual Magician But I Play One In Real Life" to be be big enough for the value, yet small enough to throw into your close-up case:

[img]http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-wnlEmX42ThI/URl3vzbtahI/AAAAAAAACo0/_0ixVQC8odw/s320/photo%2877%29.JPG[/img]
[img]http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-3aKs34ZLkUA/URl35t1JQEI/AAAAAAAACo8/qtENX6XBc_I/s320/photo%2879%29.JPG[/img]
[img]http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-f5P0vU06kR4/URl4Eq_IYnI/AAAAAAAACpE/s7eVa8hBFCc/s320/photo%2878%29.JPG[/img]

Okay, now that I know the size and potential page count (just over 300), I measured the actual text inside the pages to see the margins...

14.5cm by 10cm is the actual writing area.

Next up: font and size. Comparing it to my template, I need about 10 words a line and 30 lines a page. I need something that is easy to read but that still inspires. My choice?

[img]http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-C19sDFeK1c0/URl6PtaIswI/AAAAAAAACpQ/0em62sSImOU/s320/Screen+Shot+2013-02-11+at+3.09.16+PM.png[/img]

Alright! Now I can format the pages so as I go, so what I'm writing will actually look like the final work.

Lastly, Dan Poynter recommends designing the cover [i]first[/i] to help keep you inspired. So I've emailed one of my best friends and the artist for all my releases. I'm super excited!


[b]QUESTIONS[/b]

J-Mac: The links below the first ones work. I'm not sure what happened but if you look further down the thread they should work for you. I'm not sure this will be the narrative voice or not. What do you guys think? [url=http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=395733&forum=5]We're referring to these essays over here.[/url]

FrenchFryNecromancer: Approaching strangers will be a HUGE part of this work. It's something I feel I've really mastered over the years and am really excited to share what I've learned. I'm also including the one thing that I've never talked about before which allows you to approach groups without saying a word and have their interest immediately.

BatsMagic: You put some serious fear into me, lol. 170 days doesn't sound as long as six months!!

Judah Vee: I'll be doing an IndieGoGo (because I'm Canadian) for sure. Not only will this allow me to gauge what the actual interest is, but will also allow me to give some cool rewards to people who support early.


[b]PLANNING[/b]

[b]1)[/b] Clear out somewhere in the house where I can write every day. I'm not sure if I'll try to hit a time requirement (1-2 hours) or a word count (500-1000). If I did 1000 words a day, that would be 3 months until it's written. That might be my best bet.

[b]2)[/b] E-mail my layout guy (he's been working with me for a while) and make sure he's up for the task.

[b]3)[/b] Work with my artist for the cover.

[b]4)[/b] Go to the post office and see how much it'll cost to ship (I'll take my template book) to try and nail down pricing.

[b]5)[/b] Take this template book to a few printers in town and see the cost of printing.

Gotta get movin!

~jamie
Message: Posted by: Jeffrey Korst (Feb 12, 2013 01:20AM)
Looking forward to reading this, Jamie! I've enjoyed your essays on Magic Friday.

You might also want to check out Tom Stones ebook on self publishing. It's at: http://shop.tomstone.se/

Best,

Jeffrey Korst
Message: Posted by: migwar (Feb 12, 2013 07:44AM)
I'm a huge fan of magic friday. You come across as a really likeable guy. WIsh you all the best with this endeavour
Message: Posted by: rockwall (Feb 12, 2013 02:31PM)
Maybe your title needs to be just a tad longer.

I'm Not An Actual Magician, But I Play One In Real Life, And How You Can Too!

I like the style of your first post so I'm betting the book will be a good read. But will it make me a paid magician too? And how long will it take?

Just as you've set a goal and laid out a blueprint, (you have laid out a blueprint, haven't you?), to complete your book, will your book contain a blueprint to becoming a paid performer?

Do you have a Table of Contents yet? I want to know what else is in there besides approaching people. (Think I've got that one down.) I'm more interested in the chapter on performing for 2 hours at a gig where 5 people show up! LOL. I'll bet you needed more than 5 tricks!
Message: Posted by: Dominic Reyes (Feb 12, 2013 03:52PM)
Sounds like this is going to be great! Goid luck with the project Jamie

Dom
Message: Posted by: Judah Vee (Feb 12, 2013 04:12PM)
IndieGoGo..... Kick Starter..... It all means I am going to be sending you money Jamie!!!! LOL!

-J-
Message: Posted by: TheTableTopTrixta (Feb 13, 2013 04:43AM)
I will but a copy now! and I HATE pre orders, but for you bro its done. I have always liked your writing style, thoughts and all round positive vibes! I have never heard you b**tch or moan or dis anyones work or ideas and you constantly spread positivity!

I wish you all the best!

Ash
Message: Posted by: CdnAndrew (Feb 13, 2013 06:48AM)
Ash, I'm totally with you. It seems so rare that to find someone as wholly positive as Jamie.
I will be supporting through indieGoGo for sure.

Jamie, loving the for factor, but any thoughts on digital distribution as well?
Message: Posted by: Jamie D. Grant (Feb 17, 2013 10:21PM)
You guys have [b]NO IDEA[/b] how much your support means. No kidding. I don't even know what to say, really. Let's hope I know what to write, lol!

[b]UPDATES:[/b]
[i]Feb. 12-17[/i]

Well, I just spent an [i]entire week[/i] learning how to format documents. Who knew it would take so much work?! Basically, I really wanted to write, and to be able to see what I wrote, just as it would appear in the finished product. So I had to measure my template book and translate that to WORD, which is the program I'm using. After countless hours of trial and error, I finally got it. So to those of you who are reading this in the future: I made a BORDER, then adjusted the MARGINS, then used the sliding rule to make the the text where I wanted it. I used 1.5 spacing to give it the look I wanted with a Baskerville 9 font. Then I added the HEADER and FOOTER, printed it, cut it out, measured it to the template book, and then went back to the Margins in order to fix sizing problems.

This is how it looks:

[img]http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-xJ6H6vq85VU/USGm2xB3IXI/AAAAAAAACqE/xxpjhlDZc40/s320/photo%2878%29+copy.JPG[/img]


[b]QUESTIONS:[/b]

rockwall: Will it make you a paid magician and how long will it take? YES, and DEPENDS. I'll be providing every bit of info I know but only the reader can make it work for them. Will this book contain a blueprint to becoming a paid performer? That's exactly what I'm hoping to do. Do I have a Table of Contents? A working one. I'll publish it in one of these updates.

CdnAndrew: An IndieGoGo will be in the works, for sure. As for an electronic format, I don't think so. The artist in me wants to have something for people to hold.


[b]PLANNING:[/b]

I think I'll try and update once a week- every Sunday night, to keep me on track, motivated, and with good journal of how I'm actually putting this book together from start to finish.

Also, I need to decide on my narrative voice. I just wrote Chapter 1 today as a brainstorm to see how I like some different takes. I'll have to hammer it out soon. Here, let me post it here for kicks. Again, this was just a brainstorm from today...


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[b]Chapter One.[/b]
[i]“Be Awesome.”[/i]

It wasn’t dark in the restaurant, but it wasn’t exactly bright, either. It was one of those formerly rundown types of places that have been newly renovated while still trying to maintain the authenticity of a bygone era. Dark wood, with a bar on one side and “all day breakfast” on the other. Deep in the heart of Vancouver, it was still one of the best spots to get breakfast and, because it had booths, was the perfect spot to meet friends to talk about magic. I was there with Dave and we were talking about mentalism (his favourite subject), card tricks, and what it meant to make it in the magic world. It was during this conversation that he said something that would stick with me for years…

[i]“If you want to get discovered, be awesome.”[/i]

I still think that’s one of the greatest pieces of advice I’ve ever heard. Be awesome. And that’s what this book is about. Well, in a sense. Because, to be honest, I can’t make you awesome. I can’t make you David Copperfield, either (trust me, I’ve tried it on myself). No, there are things that can only come from you. The hours of practice, the focus, the drive. These are all things that you need to bring to the table. I can’t bring them here for you. They’re just too heavy. But there is something I truly feel I can help you with. And that’s the tips, techniques, and tricks I use to share my awesomeness (we’ll learn more about the essentials of confidence, not arrogance, in Chater 8) with the world. So how are we going to do it? In chronological order, I reckon. Let’s start from the very beginning and take a look at exactly how I’ve gotten to the place I am today. A place of pure joy, happiness, and wonder. And keep in mind, this is a story of [i]my[/i] journey. Yours won’t be the same. You’ll take different a different path. But, in the end, I hope to meet you in this same beautiful place. And even though I might not be on the same road, I’ll still be your guide. Just keep an ear out as I try and yell at you through the trees.


[b]Why Magic?[/b]

[i]Before we start, though, we need to answer a question And I think this is a question that isn’t asked enough. So sit back, take a second, and ask yourself, “Why have I chosen magic? Why not comedian, musician, or actor? What is it about this art that makes me think that people will want to see me perform it.”[/i]

Back in high-school, I always felt I was going to be a comedian. During lunches I would do mini-sets and would pretty much do anything to hear the sound of people laughing. It was what I lived for. After I got home from school, I would stay up late and watch Johnny Carson on “The Tonight Show” and dream of one day sitting on that couch. For whatever reason, comedy just seemed attainable. Growing up in a small town, I felt like I would never be able to acquire the skills or opportunities to that any of the other guests had from the other arts. Acting? Los Angeles might have well been on the moon. Music? I would never in a million lifetimes have the money to record a demo tape. And magic? My absolute favourite? Well, that wasn’t even a dream. It was so far out of the realm of possibility that I couldn’t even gather the mental energy to [i]imagine[/i] being a magician, let alone be one. I mean, seriously, how does one learn to fly?! But then something happened. Something that would change my life forever. I learned a card trick.

Like I mentioned, this book is your guide. So I need you to contribute. I’m yelling at you through the trees here, so take some time (you deserve it!) and answer:

[b]What was the first trick you ever learned?[/b]

[b]Who taught it to you?[/b]

[b]How did it make you feel?[/b]


Before we get to where we’re going, it’s important to know where we came from. That’s just the way maps work. And I can tell you that my answer to the third question is why I’m here today. Because the feeling had was a new to me. It was a feeling of [i]need[/i]. Not to see more, but a need to show it to someone. I had to share it. I wanted other people to have the feeling I had. Of wonder.

That said, there were many other emotions associated with learning that first card trick that day. One was power. The power of knowing something that no one else knew. The power of secrets. The power of proving to someone that we’re smarter, better, and have more hair (in my case, not always true). And while we often can’t control how things make us feel, we can absolutely control how we intend to make others feel. And “being awesome’ isn’t about making others feel less awesome or less powerful. It’s about bringing up the average of everyone around you. To put it in real life terms, no one is going to hire you or want you to show them magic if they think it might make them less powerful. So we need to suppress certain emotions while emphasizing others.

People want joy. Remember that. If you love performing magic because it makes you feel powerful, then there are some more emotions you need to go and search out. And those emotions are to be found in your audience.

[b]RECAP:[/b]

[b][i]Don’t ever, under any circumstances, be yourself.[/b][/i]

People don’t want to see me in my pajamas, eating Oreos, and watching Dai Vernon DVDs. Nor do they want to see me being smarter than them. No, they want someone they trust to walk into their event and make everyone have a great time, even if they don’t want to. They’re paying not for me, but for the very best of me. So that’s what I am at all times. To quote a former coach of mine, “You’re not a champion some of the time. When you’re a champion, you’re a champion all of the time.” And champions, although powerful, don’t make you feel bad. They inspire. They bring wonder. They’re awesome.

So let’s truly champion ourselves and our art. Let’s show some people what we’ve got.


__________________________________________________________________________

Hmmm, not sure how that reads. As I get more of the actual info I want to convey on paper, I'll be able to work on my voice a bit. Okay, that's all for this week!

~jamie
Message: Posted by: rockwall (Feb 17, 2013 11:26PM)
Jamie, so far, I think it's great! I like your style and it's fun to read. I also like that "Be Awesome". Great advice.

OK, so although you may have a blueprint pretty well laid out, I'll tell you the questions that I want answered. You see, I perform weekly in a restaurant. I've also done family shows and a few corporate parties. Oh yeah, I've done some free shows for senior centers. But what I WANT to do is corporate parties, strolling magic, maybe even a tradeshow. What other types of events should I be prepared for? How about a sales event? Do I need a different set for each type of show? What type of set? How many tricks? What do I need to be prepared to do if someone wants me at a private party?

Can't wait to get your book Jamie.

Thanks,
Mike
Message: Posted by: CdnAndrew (Feb 18, 2013 08:44AM)
Thanks for the answers, Jamie. I will certainly have your book in my collection, I just have very limited (read: no) bookshelf space at the present; digital means I can have lots of books and not take up any space. I appreciate the feel and look of a good book!
Message: Posted by: Formless (Feb 18, 2013 09:11PM)
Jamie,

I love your AIP bottle and Magic Friday show.
Best of luck on writing the book. It sounds very awesome!
I will definitely get a copy when it's out.

Dave
Message: Posted by: MaxfieldsMagic (Feb 18, 2013 10:35PM)
Jamie - I really like your writing style. It comes across as if we were sitting with you in one of those booths you mention, and you're letting us in on your private thoughts and experiences. My only advice would be to keep it at that level. Share your experiences, your lessons learned, and how you personally have overcome obstacles. If you do that, you really don't need to explain how we can apply that to our lives. It's enough just to get inside your head and follow your growth towards success.
Message: Posted by: Jamie D. Grant (Feb 24, 2013 12:26PM)
Thanks guys! And great advice!

I'm off on vacation for a bit, so there won't be an update next week.


So far~

[b]MISTAKES:[/b]

Haven't gone to the printer yet to get a ballpark of how much it's going to cost to print the book.
Haven't gone to the post office with my test book to see how much it would cost to ship worldwide.
NEED, NEED, NEED, to get a wordcount requirement done EVERY DAY. Period.


[b]Successes[/b]

Chapter layout- done.
Cover design- in prgress.
Formatting- done.
Happy with conversational voice and writing direction.
Various chapters started.


It seems like I've done most of the hard layout type of stuff and now we're down to the actual writing of the words. As a writer, this is the fun part and I'm excited to see the words flow. I just need to keep on it every day. Here's a couple of the ideas that will have their own chapters:

[b]Practicing Small Talk[/b]- 100 times more important than your false tr%^^f&r. The difference between, [i]"How are you guys all doing tonight?"[/i] versus, [i]"This must be the trouble group! But you all look great. Hey, tell me a story about that shirt!"[/i]

[b]Hecklers[/b]- A line I use if someone interrupts (I don't really get heckled, in the sense of of someone yelling at me): Him: [i]"It's in your pocket."[/i] Me: [i]"Stop! Hold the show, am I being heckled right now? This has never actually happened before. (laughter) I think I'm supposed to say something here. Who'd heard a good heckle line?"[/i]

[b]What I ALWAYS keep in my sock:[/b] a %^^# &&##* &*#*#*#6

_____________________________________

Thanks for joining me on this adventure!

~jamie
Message: Posted by: puggo (Feb 24, 2013 01:30PM)
Looking forward to it Jamie.
Inspirational stuff.
Charlie
Message: Posted by: ArtIn (Feb 24, 2013 03:17PM)
You know how to get attention! sounds good jamie!
Message: Posted by: boinko (Feb 24, 2013 03:20PM)
Sign me up. Let me know when you're ready to take payment, and I'll send mine immediately.
Message: Posted by: rockwall (Mar 6, 2013 05:07PM)
OK, now I REALLY want to know what a %^^# &&##* &*#*#*#6 is. (And I sure hope it's not a foot.)
Message: Posted by: Jamie D. Grant (Mar 17, 2013 11:25PM)
Thanks for all the support, gang!! It really drives me, so please keep posting support, lol.

And I was off on vacation but am back now. Funny- I tell myself whenever I go away, "Perfect, no distractions, I can get ahead on my work." Yeah, right, never happens. This did, however...

[img]http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-n5EPXuCm_mc/UTwIbbulfSI/AAAAAAAACqk/cxryEj9BhEM/s640/WaterBottle.jpeg[/img]

And, in a way, this will have a big chapter in the book. How to blend your lives (if you have more than one, like I do- artist/magician/paramedic) together to max effect. Actually I can give you a little insight and mention how it was when I was a bike messenger that I built up my magic client database. And this is one of the imperative ways to get clients so if you like, I'll share it now:

[i]Everyone you meet must know you're a magician.[/i] [b]Period.[/b] If you're a house painter and you want to get some work painting, how would that happen if no one knows that's what you do? So if someone asks you what you do and you're for example, a barista for your day job, you need to say "magician" first. I'm always a magician when people meet me for the first time. More in the book.

As well, I've been invited to do a TEDx talk which is an amazing honor:

[img]http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-jPrd2SqKJt8/UUaVGUS5OgI/AAAAAAAACq8/W-ejjvtSjjU/s400/TedInvite.png[/img]

So I'll also be talking [b]a LOT[/b] about marketing and public image. I can promise, for example, that this TEDx event will get me a dozen or more gigs a year. More in the book, lol.

Thanks for letting me share this journey!

~jamie
http://www.SendWonder.com
Message: Posted by: L.E.Gerdemain (Mar 18, 2013 01:27AM)
Jamie,

I can't wait to read the book. I was completely enthralled reading the samples you posted earlier. Your style is very unique. I felt as though you were talking only to me on a personal, one-on-one basis. In fact, I think I should start referring to you as my personal coach.
You just have to see this project through all the way to publication! I really believe you have a lot to offer and for this I have to extend a huge THANK YOU.

Kevin
Message: Posted by: BatsMagic (Mar 18, 2013 08:02AM)
Only 11,664,000 Seconds left till August 1st, Jamie!

194,400 Minutes.

3,240 Hours.

135 Days.

Not counting the rest of today, of course.

:bat:
Message: Posted by: Jamie D. Grant (Mar 24, 2013 11:43PM)
Well, that was a week of writing misery, lol. I just deleted everything I wrote over the past seven days- I just wasn't happy with it. I'm thinking of charging around $80 for this book and, for that kind of money, you guys need the best I've got.

Well, for better or for worse, I wanted to document what writing a book was like. So this last week was painful, lol.

[img]http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-a4IbXkxQA9U/UU_VRhJeC_I/AAAAAAAACrc/pex1QZGaaVQ/s640/Ernest-Hemmingway-quote1+2.jpg[/img]

Back to the writing board,

jamie
Message: Posted by: GordonTheHypnotist (Mar 25, 2013 05:07AM)
Jamie, Thank You ....I know that simple phrase is sometimes over looked and dismissed, but I think it is powerful beyond measure. Years ago when I was watching Oprah, she gave away to everyone in the audience a car. Someone who I was watching it with said "Man I wish Oprah would give me a car" and without hesitation I said "I'd like to be able to be the one to give everyone a car". I felt exactly the same way with your AIP bottles. I know that some people want an AIP bottle because it inspires them. The AIP bottle is amazing but what it did was inspire me to think of what I could do to inspire the world. I am so grateful that you are writing this book because I think you have tapped into what we really do as magicians. We don't really create wonder, we remind people that wonder is possible. I am so looking forward to reading your book. I imagine that it will be an undertaking, but also rewarding experience. My question is have you found by writing out your experiences and knowledge do you have a better understanding of your methods and making yourself a better magician in the process?
Message: Posted by: Jamie D. Grant (Apr 5, 2013 12:49PM)
Gordon- you've NAILED my philosophy perfectly. The basis of my TEDx talk is how, if you're looking for inspiration, you should start by trying to inspire.

Back to the book:

I think one of the main things I've learned about myself is how much magic has [b]changed my life for the better[/b]. It's not exactly what most people think, though...

I don't have my own TV show or Vegas stage. And I think a lot of today's youth want that (I hope I'm not generalizing!!). But, for me, that's not what I believe magic has to offer. I'm all about "real life". What [i]exactly[/i] has being a professional magician done for me? Well, it has affected ALL of my life. When I go for coffee, or see a pal, or am introduced. Everyone says, "This is Jamie. He's a [i]magician[/i]." and they're proud to know me. I think a lot of that has to do with the fact that they know I get paid for performing. It's added a legitimacy to my art, for whatever reason. So in [i]real life[/i] terms, do I believe that becoming a professional magician will make you rich/famous? No. But I believe it will help you get a raise at your day job, or get upgraded to first class, or like we're doing this summer, pay for a month in Italy without having to save/dream about it for a lifetime.

It might be a harsh truth- that magic, most likely, will not get you a Lamborghini. But I hope I can get across how being a [i]paid[/i] magician will take you places that, otherwise, simply wouldn't be possible. And that it will get you farther in all of your life's goals than if you were never a magician. I hope I can help everyone change their life for the better- it would be an honour.

Your pal,

jamie
Message: Posted by: rockwall (Apr 7, 2013 12:59PM)
I think you've nailed it again Jaime. I don't need the money I make performing magic. (I also don't need a Lamborghini! LOL) I do it because I love performing for people and I love seeing people's reactions when I really gob smack them. (Never even heard of gob smacked before becoming a magician but I love the phrase and think it perfectly expresses the reaction.) I believe that magic has also changed my life for the better and I'm not at the point where it's taking me places that I otherwise wouldn't have gotten to but I look forward to that!

Thanks,

Mike
Message: Posted by: danfreed (Apr 7, 2013 02:47PM)
This book sounds like it will be just the ticket. Jamie, you look like Ron Howard. How often are you told that?
Message: Posted by: rockwall (Apr 8, 2013 01:44PM)
So Jamie, The book will be done by Aug 1, right? Does that mean ready for release by then, or ready to go to printing? I'm asking cause you'll be at Magic Live on Aug 11 and I'll want to pick up an autographed copy then!

Mike
Message: Posted by: Jamie D. Grant (Apr 28, 2013 08:56PM)
Alright! I'm back from my TEDx talk!

I've got a couple more chapters flushed out ( Pocket Management and Who To Approach First ) and am working on the "Contracts" chapter. We'll see if I can make it by Aug.01! Only 3 months to go!! Gah!
Message: Posted by: BatsMagic (Jun 1, 2013 09:19AM)
OK, Jamie- two months to go!

Pressure, pressure, pressure.

How about an update?

:bat:
Message: Posted by: Christian Rey (Jun 1, 2013 06:20PM)
I for one could definitely use this book in my life. Fan of Mr. Grant. And definitely looking forward to producing for Mr. Grant this month. I am ready when you are to get started on you're audio intro when you are Jamie! #AnyThingIsPossible
Message: Posted by: smullins (Jun 2, 2013 09:29AM)
Can't wait Jamie, I think we all enjoy the JDG tips in the Magic Friday and can't wait to read a whole book on your thoughts.
Message: Posted by: Jamie D. Grant (Jun 2, 2013 11:22PM)
Thanks for keeping on me, gang! I need it!!

And, [i]what's next?[/i] Well, I'm obviously still writing like crazy!! But I also need to make sure my plan is in order for when it's released. Like I mentioned in the beginning of this thread, I really want this to be a guide for people in the future who are thinking about writing and releasing a book, as well.

So,

[b]A[/b]) I need to do a Kickstarter or Indiegogo Campaign (next week)? Not only does this generate some early buzz, but it will also help gauge how many people are actually interested!

[b]B)[/b] Before that, I need to get the cover art done (we're almost there) because I'll need to show it in the video.

[b]C)[/b] I have to be 100% committed to the release date before I do the video. I'm going to be away for September, so that puts a wrench in things. If I release it in August, and the book is any good, lol, (fingers crossed!) then September will be a heavy order month and I won't be able to ship. So, realistically, Oct.01 will be my first shipping date to make sure I keep everyone happy. That said, I'm hoping I can release to my pals on the Café before that- we'll have to see.

And that's where we're at!

On that note, why don't I show you what I'll be writing about? I've decided to make it a "collection" of sorts: anecdotes, essays, theories, and stories. It's just easier for me to write it in small blocks because there is so much information I want to tell all of you! I originally wanted it to be a novel or more like my writing for MAGIC Magazine, but it's not going to happen. There will be over 100 "chapters", though. Some are super short and some are mucho longer...

1) Business Cards
2) How many tricks you should know
3) What to put in the lobby
4) The handshake
5) What to say in an email
6) What are you wearing
7) Who are you
8) Developing your sets
9) Moving through a room
10) My first effect
11) Who to approach first
12) How to deal with the Alpha male
13) When to show the event planner an effect
14) The BIG secret
15) Your website
16) How to get testimonials
17) The card force I always use
18) How much to charge- Rates Faq
19) Is a table appropriate
20) My second effect
21) Tips versus wage
22) How to hand out business cards
23) Hat or no hat?
24) What to do when you can’t be heard
25) Before dinner or after
26) Ah, wallets
27) What to never borrow
28) What rubber bands to use
29) What to do when you get busted
30) My third effect
31) Dealing with compliments
32) Fire and flash
33) What to do when someone wants to show you a trick they know
34) Just a regular deck- effect #1
35) What an invoice looks like
36) The first words out of your mouth
37) Getting started- part 1
38) Your close up case
39) Do you need a stage show
40) My fourth effect
41) Do you eat with them
42) How to practice
43) Just a regular deck- effect #2
44) The telephone call
45) Weddings
46) Vests vs jackets
47) Dealing with venue staff
48) Dealing with tricks with a reset
49) Repeat gigs
50) My fifth effect
51) Letting spectators shuffle
52) More than one deck
53) A look at pockets
54) Leaving them with something
55) Fingernail care
56) Kids at an event
57) Busking
58) Sponge balls (my routine)
59) What a contract looks like
60) My sixth effect
61) Conquering nerves
62) “Do it again!”
63) Cups and balls?
64) Going full time
65) The BIG secret- part 2
66) When only 5 people show up
67) Volunteering and charities
68) Your bag
69) How to say goodbye to your group
70) My seventh effect
71) How many hours?
72) When another magician shows up
73) Funny or serious
74) Remembering names
75) Performing outside
76) Dealing with disappointment
77) Transitions
78) “I saw this magician once, and he...”
79) One handed spectators
80) My eighth effect
81) Tricks for the entire group versus one spectator
82) Agents
83) Collecting anecdotes
84) Describe yourself
85) Large table issues
86) Dropping cards
87) Social Media
88) Dealing with hecklers
89) Increasing rates
90) My ninth effect
91) Just a regular deck- effect #3
92) Dividing your pockets
93) Demo videos
94) How much time to prepare
95) Recurring gigs
96) Body language
97) Getting ALL the money
98) Are you doing enough
99) Practice makes perfect
100) Leave them asking for more
101) Dance floors
102) Etc.


Needless to say, this is taking a while. I hope it's worth it and it helps all of you one day!

~jamie
Message: Posted by: daffydoug (Jun 3, 2013 02:30AM)
Jamie,

This sounds like MUST HAVE! What you are offering in this book willl be invaluable!

I can't WAIT to get my hands on a copy!

Any target date when it will be available?

Daff
Message: Posted by: Pakar Ilusi (Jun 3, 2013 04:15AM)
Just from reading those titles I can tell you know what to talk about.

What you're talking about, I'll have to read the book first though. ;)

Although, I must say, I like your writing style. If it's anything to go by, I'm sure the book will be good.

Love the 'insider' stuff...

The nitty gritty from the trenches. The stuff they don't teach you in Magic Shops. :)

From one working professional to another, my respect to you for putting this out there.

Most of us had to slog it out to get these kind of experiences.

Hope and pray you get all the success you deserve from this project. :)
Message: Posted by: daffydoug (Jun 3, 2013 06:40AM)
You mirror my own feelings exactly. Anybody even slightly familar with the Café is likely exosed to Jamies kindness. The man is like a ray of sunshine. A shining star. Talking to him, you can't help but feel lifted up in your spirit. He's just a beautiful credit to the art of magic. I pray that his efforts in writing this book will be payed back one hundred fold!
Message: Posted by: LeoC-Coins (Jun 3, 2013 01:55PM)
Awesome, awesome, awesome! Can't wait for it! SOUNDS well... AWESOME! Its going to be an instant classic and essential, period.
Message: Posted by: daffydoug (Jun 3, 2013 02:35PM)
I agree. Jamie is definitely filling a niche here.
Message: Posted by: Jamie D. Grant (Jun 3, 2013 10:32PM)
You guys are so kind, it's mind blowing. Truly. Don't know how to even reply, lol! Y'all rock!!

With regards to the list, what is everyone's top 5 that they're interested in?

1) Business Cards
2) How many tricks you should know
3) What to put in the lobby
4) The handshake
5) What to say in an email
6) What are you wearing
7) Who are you
8) Developing your sets
9) Moving through a room
10) My first effect
11) Who to approach first
12) How to deal with the Alpha male
13) When to show the event planner an effect
14) The BIG secret
15) Your website
16) How to get testimonials
17) The card force I always use
18) How much to charge- Rates Faq
19) Is a table appropriate
20) My second effect
21) Tips versus wage
22) How to hand out business cards
23) Hat or no hat?
24) What to do when you can’t be heard
25) Before dinner or after
26) Ah, wallets
27) What to never borrow
28) What rubber bands to use
29) What to do when you get busted
30) My third effect
31) Dealing with compliments
32) Fire and flash
33) What to do when someone wants to show you a trick they know
34) Just a regular deck- effect #1
35) What an invoice looks like
36) The first words out of your mouth
37) Getting started- part 1
38) Your close up case
39) Do you need a stage show
40) My fourth effect
41) Do you eat with them
42) How to practice
43) Just a regular deck- effect #2
44) The telephone call
45) Weddings
46) Vests vs jackets
47) Dealing with venue staff
48) Dealing with tricks with a reset
49) Repeat gigs
50) My fifth effect
51) Letting spectators shuffle
52) More than one deck
53) A look at pockets
54) Leaving them with something
55) Fingernail care
56) Kids at an event
57) Busking
58) Sponge balls (my routine)
59) What a contract looks like
60) My sixth effect
61) Conquering nerves
62) “Do it again!”
63) Cups and balls?
64) Going full time
65) The BIG secret- part 2
66) When only 5 people show up
67) Volunteering and charities
68) Your bag
69) How to say goodbye to your group
70) My seventh effect
71) How many hours?
72) When another magician shows up
73) Funny or serious
74) Remembering names
75) Performing outside
76) Dealing with disappointment
77) Transitions
78) “I saw this magician once, and he...”
79) One handed spectators
80) My eighth effect
81) Tricks for the entire group versus one spectator
82) Agents
83) Collecting anecdotes
84) Describe yourself
85) Large table issues
86) Dropping cards
87) Social Media
88) Dealing with hecklers
89) Increasing rates
90) My ninth effect
91) Just a regular deck- effect #3
92) Dividing your pockets
93) Demo videos
94) How much time to prepare
95) Recurring gigs
96) Body language
97) Getting ALL the money
98) Are you doing enough
99) Practice makes perfect
100) Leave them asking for more
101) Dance floors
102) Etc.
Message: Posted by: close_up_act (Jun 3, 2013 10:39PM)
Just read through the thread... congrats Jamie, and you have a lot on your plate...this better be out by August 1st...lol

now my top 5 , I had to force myself to not list my top 20...with that said, if I had to only pick 5 then I'm interested in:

how much to charge- Rate FAQ
do yo need a stage show
leaving them with something
what a contract looks like
leave them asking for more

Junior :)
Message: Posted by: daffydoug (Jun 4, 2013 04:57AM)
Top five? Wow! Tough question! Can we make it 20?

1 How much to charge

2 Your website

3 What to do when you get busted

4 Demo videos

5 Dealing with the Alpha male


I guess. It's really a hard choice.
Message: Posted by: smullins (Jun 4, 2013 09:54AM)
1. Dividing your pockets/ A look at pockets
2. What to do when you get busted
3. Dealing with tricks that need a reset
4. Sponge Balls
5. Developing your sets

I'm really interested in this though:
You have your 3 sets of 3 of course you're limited to pocket space. So 9 effects and 4-6 pockets, how do you choose what goes in and what stays at home. Is it okay (in your opinion) to repeat closers or openers for every group to conserve space?
Message: Posted by: daffydoug (Jun 4, 2013 11:44PM)
I bet Jamie has jam packed this with wisdom that will be a tremendous help to numerous people. The topics he's covering are all practical topics that you just don't normally see addressed in ANY book on magic.
Message: Posted by: thecardbutler (Jun 10, 2013 06:56AM)
If I had to choose out of all of them, I think it would be: (not in any particular order)

1) How many tricks should I know
2) A look at the pockets
3) Getting all the money
4) What to do when you get busted
5) Dealing with hecklers

Though all of them look great!
Message: Posted by: Jamie D. Grant (Jun 12, 2013 05:08PM)
Hiya Gang!

Thanks for all the support, kind words, and pressure, lol!

We were working on the cover last night so here's a quick look. And the plan is to have it written for Aug.01 and then edit, print, etc. for Oct.01. Wish me luck!!

[img]http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-xJ7_b__a8QY/Ubi0zz_wUWI/AAAAAAAACzw/6kjOgbcuEEs/s400/Approach.jpg[/img]

~jamie
Message: Posted by: mtpascoe (Jun 13, 2013 01:49AM)
I just opened this post and noticed three pages of comments. I tried to get through them all, but I got too excited over the prospect of this book. Sounds great. So forgive me if I repeat a question, but will this available at Denny and Lee's?

Looking forward to the release of your book.
Message: Posted by: Jamie D. Grant (Jun 21, 2013 04:31PM)
Hiya Gang!

Since, for the most part, you all know who I am- it really makes this project easier for me. You know, for example, that I don't want there to be any surprises and that you know what you'll be getting. So I'm going to try and see if I can put a couple of pictures of my screen here so you can see the format of my writing...

And, as always, I'll be honest. The formatting will be a bit different for a few of you. Since I've been involved in the magazine business for several years, I'm using the same techniques to help "break up" the text. Since there's no pictures, I really want to make it more interesting to read than just blocks of text. So you'll see some things in bold, some words bigger than other, italics, etc. Hopefully you'll like it...

[img]http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-6RyVyrMhTvI/UcTET2NTUMI/AAAAAAAAC0U/n70ZLFgg9FU/s1600/Screen+Shot+2013-06-21+at+2.19.48+PM.png[/img]
[img]http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-vvNo9y7YELA/UcTEZkfPtlI/AAAAAAAAC0c/oI-_zI43lDM/s1600/Screen+Shot+2013-06-21+at+2.20.43+PM.png[/img]
[img]http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-k1uwqfXRVj0/UcTEgaR9AtI/AAAAAAAAC0k/DTW5Jlz7ejU/s1600/Screen+Shot+2013-06-21+at+2.21.37+PM.png[/img]
Message: Posted by: oombob (Jun 23, 2013 09:45PM)
The list is great!... ( not too enthusiastic about # 68 though.)
Message: Posted by: ahofer (Jun 25, 2013 01:29PM)
Book sounds great, and I look forward to it. Looking at the sample chapters, and as a person who was a typesetter and typographer in a former life, I've got to say, wow! [i]You[/i] SURE like [b]EMPHASIS[/b] when you [b][i]WRITE[/i][/b]!
Message: Posted by: Jamie D. Grant (Jun 25, 2013 01:32PM)
[b]oombob[/b]- Ha!

[b]ahofer[/b]- I 100% agree and is what I love- but also worry about. I love the look of it as I feel like it just helps to break up the text. As you probably know, it's a technique that a ton of magazines use. If you're not used to it, though (or simply don't like it), it can drive you crazy. I'm *hoping* people like it...

~jamie
Message: Posted by: ahofer (Jun 25, 2013 01:34PM)
I was about to add, though, if your book is as well engineered as Industrial Revelation, then it'll be a real [i]heavyweight[/i] in the marketplace, too!
Message: Posted by: fballatore (Jun 25, 2013 08:25PM)
Wow, I can't believe I've only now noticed this thread that has been going on for months! Best of luck Jamie - if the book is anything like your posts here and your articles, it will be fantastic! Can't wait for it!
Message: Posted by: ralphs007 (Jun 26, 2013 03:33PM)
[quote]
On 2013-06-25 14:32, Jamie D. Grant wrote:
[b]oombob[/b]- Ha!

[b]ahofer[/b]- I 100% agree and is what I love- but also worry about. I love the look of it as I feel like it just helps to break up the text. As you probably know, it's a technique that a ton of magazines use. If you're not used to it, though (or simply don't like it), it can drive you crazy. I'm *hoping* people like it...

~jamie
[/quote]
I like the layout and I hope you keep it.
Message: Posted by: Beltorak (Jun 27, 2013 03:16AM)
Hey, this is exactly what I am looking for!! I do need this :) can we pre-order? will be available as pdf? e-book? thank you for putting this together :)
Message: Posted by: oombob (Jul 1, 2013 12:36AM)
Speaking as a graphic designer... I think the design of your stuff is really wonderful. Totally eyecatching and fun. Really looking forward to this.
Message: Posted by: daffydoug (Jul 1, 2013 06:14AM)
Any possible release date, yet?
Message: Posted by: Jamie D. Grant (Jul 6, 2013 03:19PM)
Well, unbelievably, it looks like I'm on track!!

My plan was to have it written for August.01 and then edit, fine-tune, print, etc for shipping [b]Oct.01[/b]. So here's my question for you guys...

[i]Would anyone be interested in purchasing a Limited Edition "Draft" copy in advance for $55, instead of the regular $75 (which is what it will sell for)?[/i] Here's my reasons:

[b]GOOD[/b]

[b]1)[/b] I would sell 200 "Draft" copies. 100 to Caf� members and 100 at MAGIC Live.
[b]2)[/b] It would enable me to get a bunch of advance copies out there to see if it's actually any good.
[b]3)[/b] If it is good, it would potentially provide me with testimonials that I could include on the back cover.


[b]BAD[/b]

[b]1)[/b] It wouldn't be "edited" so there would probably be spelling and grammar issues.
[b]2)[/b] I would lose $20 on a potential 200 sales.


[b]MORE GOOD[/b]

[b]1)[/b] I trust my pals (who would most likely be the ones purchasing) and they could give me feedback about things they'd like to see different.
[b]2)[/b] It would be cool to have signed "draft" copies out there. Almost like a movie script before the movie gets made.
[b]3)[/b] It would help raise funds for the printing of the full run without having to do a Kickstarter.

Hmmmm. What do you guys think?

$55 for a signed advance copy complete with spelling and grammar issues for no extra charge, lol? You'd save $20 and get it before anyone else.

[i]Note:[/i] I think I would still print and bind it the same way, so it would look like the finished product, just not fully edited.

Brainstorming..

Your pal,

jamie

[url=http://www.sendwonder.com/][img]http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-LeugmNL9POU/Udh7k0aFcwI/AAAAAAAAC00/6pSXq54-awg/s640/jamiebook_11b.jpg[/img][/url]
Message: Posted by: Pepsi Twist (Jul 6, 2013 03:35PM)
Sounds good to me, I'd buy one!
Message: Posted by: Blindside785 (Jul 6, 2013 03:37PM)
I'd buy one
Message: Posted by: Jamie D. Grant (Jul 6, 2013 03:38PM)
Sweeeet! Thanks for replying, guys! That's 2!

Can I ask what the draw is? The money savings, the "Limited Edition"ish of it, or just helping me out, lol?
Message: Posted by: Blindside785 (Jul 6, 2013 03:48PM)
[quote]
On 2013-07-06 16:38, Jamie D. Grant wrote:
Sweeeet! Thanks for replying, guys! That's 2!

Can I ask what the draw is? The money savings, the "Limited Edition"ish of it, or just helping me out, lol?
[/quote]
All the above
Message: Posted by: edmejiamagic (Jul 6, 2013 04:16PM)
The draw is both the savings and the fact it is a limited draft version. Sign me up, Jamie!
Message: Posted by: Mark Boody Illusionist (Jul 6, 2013 04:23PM)
Jamie

Everyhing sounds GREAT! I think as magicians we all know/have enough tricks, this looks like an awesome resource to put those effects to use.
That being said, most of it seems geared to the close-up worker. What can those of use who perform for mostly family & kid audiences gleen from this material. Doing mostly platform and stage material, (ie: churches, birthday parties etc.) how will your book address those specific venues.

Thanks for being part of the solution.

Mark
Message: Posted by: DelMagic (Jul 6, 2013 04:26PM)
Another draw is getting it sooner! I'd buy it.

John
Message: Posted by: hornet (Jul 6, 2013 04:40PM)
Yep, I'd definitely be interested!
Message: Posted by: Markymark (Jul 6, 2013 05:46PM)
And me Jaime.I'm not a bibliophile! [I like the information in books more then the finish and layout]
Message: Posted by: billfromoregon (Jul 6, 2013 09:09PM)
I would be in as well. I love the idea of an advance, limited edition copy for all the ideas outlined above - and also because you're obviously a genuinely nice guy, who gives not only to the magic community but to the community at large. Let me know where to send the money (and I NEVER do pre-releases) -

Bill
Message: Posted by: big dan (Jul 6, 2013 09:24PM)
I would definitely buy an advance copy! Best of luck with your deadline Jamie!
Message: Posted by: Showmethatagain (Jul 7, 2013 03:49AM)
I would love an advanced copy. Possibly signed ? ;)
Message: Posted by: smullins (Jul 7, 2013 04:11PM)
Count me in for one Jamie
Message: Posted by: pennjarr (Jul 7, 2013 07:52PM)
I would certainly be in
Message: Posted by: yin_howe (Jul 7, 2013 09:31PM)
I'm interested. Mainly for the savings and also helping you out.
Message: Posted by: Beltorak (Jul 8, 2013 02:48AM)
Hey, I am in!! because I do need it :) because it's a good price :) because it helps you :) because it helps me :)because it sounds like to good, interessting, fun read :)
Message: Posted by: charlies_hat (Jul 8, 2013 11:30AM)
I would buy an advance copy for sure - I've seen many "how to" guides on sale on the subject of being a worker, and would buy this in a heartbeat without thinking it's a gamble at all. I'm looking forward to devouring every word and being pushed to think about what I do in every detail rather then get complacent at all. Money well spent if it makes a difference to the end result.
Message: Posted by: ralphs007 (Jul 8, 2013 07:07PM)
[quote]
On 2013-07-06 16:38, Jamie D. Grant wrote:
Sweeeet! Thanks for replying, guys! That's 2!

Can I ask what the draw is? The money savings, the "Limited Edition"ish of it, or just helping me out, lol?
[/quote]
Count me in. I'm a little hurt that you had to ask what the draw is? I just wanna help you out. ;0)
Message: Posted by: elimagic (Jul 8, 2013 07:36PM)
I would definitely want an advanced copy!!!!!!!!
Message: Posted by: dman11 (Jul 8, 2013 11:05PM)
Looking forward to this book, would definitely be interested in getting an advance copy
Message: Posted by: saysold1 (Jul 8, 2013 11:19PM)
Jamie is the swellest pal that I know.

Golly - I can't wait to but this book!
Message: Posted by: Magikbob (Jul 8, 2013 11:55PM)
Hi Jamie

Count me in for an advance copy

Bob
Message: Posted by: CdnAndrew (Jul 9, 2013 07:07AM)
I guess it would depend how bad your spelling is ;)

Kidding. I'm interested in the pre-release copy because it'd be neat to have the collectible earlier and I was already going to support your kickstarter to help get the book printed. I like the idea that you can get your book out there for people to read and benefit from without requiring an incredibly large investment up front from your pocket to print it.
you're a great person and its so nice to see our community rally behind you like this!

Are you numbering your drafts? I'll take copy #1 off your hands!

Andrew
Message: Posted by: Mike Kirby (Jul 9, 2013 07:59AM)
Count me in
Message: Posted by: Formless (Jul 9, 2013 08:44AM)
I will also be buying a "draft" version in advance!
Looking forward to reading your book Jamie :)
Message: Posted by: Blindside785 (Jul 9, 2013 11:11AM)
I'd buy a draft and an original, just saying.
Message: Posted by: mskowronski (Jul 9, 2013 01:39PM)
Count me in - it sounds great.
Message: Posted by: matthewwhitt2 (Jul 13, 2013 02:51PM)
I would love to buy one as well!
Message: Posted by: JeremyM0411 (Jul 13, 2013 04:17PM)
I want on as well!
Message: Posted by: Judah Vee (Jul 13, 2013 11:37PM)
Definitely reserve one for me too Jamie!!!! And you wont lose too much as I am sure many who buy the Limited Edition, will buy the normal one as well.. I know I will be....

-J-
Message: Posted by: marcrodt (Jul 17, 2013 04:04AM)
I would buy one as well!

Cheers,

Marc
Message: Posted by: Jamie D. Grant (Jul 21, 2013 01:48PM)
Thanks, everyone! And, as crazy as it sounds, it looks like [i]I'm actually going to make it[/i]!

I have a [b]BIG problem[/b], though...

With all my other work (The [url=http://blog.sendwonder.com/p/store.html]AIP Bottle[/url], [url=http://magicfriday.blogspot.ca/2001/07/industrial-revelation.html]Industrial Revelation[/url], and [url=http://magicfriday.blogspot.ca/2012/03/vault.html]the Vault[/url]), you know EXACTLY what you're getting. A [url=http://blog.sendwonder.com/p/store.html]deck of cards inside a bottle[/url] , [url=http://magicfriday.blogspot.ca/2001/07/industrial-revelation.html]a steel block that a quarter can be pushed through[/url], and a [url=http://magicfriday.blogspot.ca/2012/03/vault.html]cardbox protector[/url]. There is no way to feel cheated or ripped off. And that's always been my thing- since I truly feel we're all pals, I never want you to feel cheated or lied to when interacting with me. And I'm super proud that it's never happened.

But with a book, it's hard to tell you [b]exactly[/b] what you're getting. I can give you all the marketing keywords, [i][b]"You're going to make a TON of MONEY, working gigs will never be so EASY, become a worker faster than ever!! The new textbook on working gigs!!"[/b][/i] but, as we all know, no one really believes ([b]or should believe[/b]) the hype.

So what can I do? I want everyone to know exactly what they're getting...

[b]Here's my solution:[/b]

[b]I'm going to give away the first dozen chapters free of charge.[/b]

Just send me an e-mail to SendWonder@gmail.com with the subject title "Magic Café Dozen"

That's it.


However, since nothing is truly free, [b]I only ask the following:[/b]

[b]1)[/b] Remember that this is the draft copy. There will be errors. So be gentle.

[b]2)[/b] Please post here what you think. Did it help? Do you look forward to more?

[b]3)[/b] PRINT OT THE PAGES if you are able! It's imperative that you fill them out! One of my goals of this book was to also be a reference [b]FOR ME[/b]! As a worker, I want to be able to open the book and see my own notes and , say, [i]"Oh yeah! I almost forgot that!"[/i]


And this is the biggest caveat: This project has turned into a [b]WORKBOOK[/b] for working magicians. Almost like a study/reference guide. The first 12 start at the [b]very[/b] beginning and get deeper further on.

I guess that's it. I have no idea if this is a good idea or not, but it seems like the right thing to do.

Looking forward to the thoughts!

Who's in?

~jamie

[img]http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-LeugmNL9POU/Udh7k0aFcwI/AAAAAAAAC00/6pSXq54-awg/s640/jamiebook_11b.jpg[/img]
Message: Posted by: Philemon Vanderbeck (Jul 21, 2013 02:24PM)
The first 12 chapters are a delight to read and full of valuable advice (that I wish more magicians would follow).

I wish I had read this book back when I was 16 and just starting out. It would've saved me a lot of time getting to where I am now.

Thanks, Jamie! You are truly one of the great innovative thinkers in redefining what magic is all about.
Message: Posted by: yabi (Jul 21, 2013 05:28PM)
I truly enjoyed reading the sample chapters in Jamie's upcoming guide, The Approach. The format is extremely refreshing and is an absolute pleasure to read.

The style of The Approach is much like if you had a one-to-one with Jamie over a cup of coffee. He shares stories and advice that builds on one another, giving you lifelong lessons that can extend far beyond being a magician. While reading, I felt like it was a mini-version of "Chicken Soup for the Magic Soul". One aspect I really enjoyed is that Jamie challenges you with questions that force you to be honest with yourself, then he shares how he would answer the same questions. This makes you feel comfortable about getting out of your comfort zone - which can be very uncomfortable for those who never been honest with themselves. I believe those who will take Jamie's guide to heart and fill in the blanks will greatly benefit from the advice in these pages.

My closing thoughts on The Approach; this could be very well the best piece of magic you could own. If there was a 101 on magic, The Approach would be the class. Oh, and it has some great advice for workers too.
Message: Posted by: hou_dini (Jul 21, 2013 06:27PM)
Count me in as well
Message: Posted by: Markymark (Jul 21, 2013 06:49PM)
It looks very promising!
I like the different fonts.
It hooked me in wanting more so it worked!
Thank you Jaime.
Message: Posted by: Jamie D. Grant (Jul 21, 2013 09:08PM)
Wow!

I've had 100 e-mails in 4 hours, lol. Let's see what everyone says!

Philemon, yabi, and Markymark: Thank you SO MUCH for those kind words. When you spend such a crazy amount of time on something, you can often play head games with yourself as you wonder how it's going to be received. I'm going to need a huge break after this, lol.

~jamie
Message: Posted by: yabi (Jul 21, 2013 10:26PM)
You're welcome Jamie. Hard work pays off, this is proven time and time again with every release under your name. Enjoy your break when the time comes, it's well deserved.
Message: Posted by: jkwebber (Jul 21, 2013 10:34PM)
Looking forward to the first 12 chapters!! I am still excited about the upcoming book.
Message: Posted by: Roland Choo (Jul 21, 2013 11:42PM)
I'm excited and I wish I can have it 5 years ago. 10Q : )
Message: Posted by: Astrocity (Jul 22, 2013 12:27AM)
I just finished reading the beginning of Jamie's book that he so graciously offered to share with the members here on the Café. First of all, thank you so much for your generosity Jamie, you gave us enough of a taste so that we can see the type and style of the book and what you are offering to share with us. I will tell you that from reading the first 12 chapters, whether you are a hobbyist, just starting out on your journey to becoming a professional magician, or you are a performer with some experience under your belt looking for a way to get more work, to grow and build your career, Jamie will make you think and take an honest hard look at yourself and who you want to become.

Thanks for sharing Jamie!
Message: Posted by: Jamie D. Grant (Jul 22, 2013 12:44AM)
Thank you so much for the feedback. That absolutely makes my night!

And I think I owe everyone an apology for the messed up font. In WORD, I'm writing in Baskerville (which looks awesome) but when I save as a PDF (which is what I'm sending out) and then open it- it looks all messed up. How does it look like for you guys?

It should look like the pages I posted a bit earlier in this thread...

Note: I just tried opening it on my iPhone and it looks great. So it must be the Adobe on my Mac. Strange!!
Message: Posted by: charlies_hat (Jul 22, 2013 07:00AM)
I would describe it as a very ENGAGING read, I have given some thought to almost all of the areas covered over the last year or so. But here's the thing - regardless of the 'I've already got that covered thanks' mindset that is too easy to have when reading though something like this, if you have a desire to be the best you can be then this material makes you stop and CONSCIOUSLY give real thought to re-assessing how you go about the task / job / passtime. If for each area covered you come out with 'no action needed there thanks, it's all good anyway', then great, but if that's your answer most of the time, then frankly, you are lying (or perfect).

I will definitely be buying the final version.
Message: Posted by: yin_howe (Jul 22, 2013 08:32AM)
Very easy read. The different size fonts breaking up the text I feel really worked.
Very good and relevant info and advice. Super useful for a hobbyist like me.
Looking forward to the full copy.
Message: Posted by: LeoC-Coins (Jul 22, 2013 01:42PM)
Hi Everyone

Just finished reading the first 12 chapters (and filled everything in along the way!) and I've just got to say that I adored it!

I'm only a junior Magician (age 14) but I do read a lot of magic books (unfortunately unlike others my age). But this is the only one I've ever read so far which truly creates and develops a personality and character for the reader (the book actually connects with the reader in a great way!).

In some parts I believed it to be a bit vague yet as soon as I noticed it straight after was a message saying that we will come back to it at a later date! So other than that I can't see any faults!

It was great fun to read, it was nicely set out and presented, it was very informative and just a fantastic start to what I bet is a fantastic book!

Jamie has made something special here

Cheers

LeoC
Message: Posted by: Jamie D. Grant (Jul 23, 2013 08:59AM)
Thanks, guys!! This feedback is awesome!!!
Message: Posted by: bobflyer (Jul 23, 2013 11:58AM)
I would have to TOTALLY agree with the other comments above! Very good information, easy to read and apply the wisdom shared by Jamie. Looking forward to the complete book!

Bob
Message: Posted by: ninepine (Jul 23, 2013 04:51PM)
Hello Jamie

First of all thank you for the incredible bravery and trust that you have shown by inviting us to comment on your draft. From what I can see of the teaching it is first class and it's very much your "voice" guiding us. I do have some fundamental issues though. I hope the following sets these out in a constructive way.

My biggest problem with the book is that if I pay $75 (or even CAN$75!) for it I don't want to ruin it by writing in it. I do hope therefore that you'll publish a separate PDF file of all the forms / notes pages so we can print these and use them without having to deface the book. Prepared carefully the PDF needn't provide pirates with a quick way to rip off the book as the book should be necessary to make sense of the forms.

My other points are also typographical rather than magical.

The front illustration is beautiful. As a cover though please can you remove the price part and order form? If I've bought the book I don't need to be reminded of the price or need to place an order. They detract from the illustration. It isn't a sales poster that's needed here but a book cover illustration.

Page numbers. Unless you're going to refer to them I'm not sure if they are really necessary but they ought to be in the centre or on the right not on the left by the spine where they'll be obscured by your thumb.

I'm really not a fan of the different sizes and weights of text but what I can't abide I'm afraid are the grey highlights and disconcerting chapter numbers. The bracketed chapter headings are more consistent with computer code and don't reflect the tradition magic publication the cover illustration suggests. Your guidance on business cards said keep the text clear and simple. I wish that advice applied to the typography in the book. I’m not trained in typography but I recognise the skill and art involved. If you’re going to go to the expense of having your wisdom published in a book as opposed to an email or word document I would urge you to keep the typography traditional. It’s that way for a reason.

As far as the highlights go they need to be in fluorescent yellow not grey to stand out (which will add to production costs) but why not just omit them and allow the reader to add them if they feel them necessary? Those of us who prefer to read our books but keep them pristine will choose not to damage our purchase. We'll still get the benefit of the teaching though.

To sum up. I don’t like the way the text is presented but I love the content. I don’t pay $75 to scribble over a beautiful book so please don’t ask me to. I am very much looking forward to buying a copy.

Best Wishes

Mike
Message: Posted by: Mike ODonnell (Jul 24, 2013 10:29AM)
Just finished the sample, can't wait for the rest. Jamie's tone, voice, and layout are great. The information is spot on and everyone can and will be a better magician and increase their business. Thanks Jamie.

Cheers,

Mike
Message: Posted by: dman11 (Jul 24, 2013 10:56AM)
I just got done reading the sample as well and loved it. I enjoyed the layout and found it very easy to read. This is a book I will absolutely read from cover to cover many times and cant wait for it. Just in this sample it answered many questions I had. I also like the idea of a supplemental PDF for the forms because I don't think I will write in my book either (at least not without probably wanting to change what I wrote a few weeks later! )

Well done Jamie
Message: Posted by: Iain Moran (Jul 25, 2013 03:20PM)
This is absolutely brilliant! I too wish I had this earlier in my career - would have saved me a LOT of problems! Well written, extremely useful and actually inspiring. Already put my name down for the book and genuinely excited about its release.

Iain.
Message: Posted by: Steve Griffin (Jul 26, 2013 04:08AM)
This looks fantastic!

Jamie, are you still offering the preview chapters, or have I missed that boat now?

Steve
Message: Posted by: James927 (Jul 26, 2013 10:53PM)
Jamie - thank you so much. For me, this is a straightforward, easy to follow way to move from years of performing for close friends to performing for a more varied audience base and getting some gigs. It's an awesome plan of action!
Message: Posted by: Jeremie Leroi (Jul 27, 2013 01:16AM)
This reads WAY too quickly ! I was really frustrated at the end of those first 50 pages.
Simple and well thought-out advices. This will, I'm sure, help a lot of magicians in the future.

Can't wait for the release.

J.
Message: Posted by: jkwebber (Jul 28, 2013 10:33PM)
I also read the first 12 chapters and am looking forward to when the book comes out.
Message: Posted by: Jamie D. Grant (Jul 29, 2013 01:53AM)
There's a fair amount I need to respond to here, and it all has to do with THANKING all of you. You spoke, and I listened. I changed some things and cleaned up some others. I'll go into more detail when I have more time; and I'm just not so plain exhausted, lol. Because it's done. Actually done. I can't believe it.

Before I go to bed for a few days, I've put up a link to purchase a DRAFT copy if anyone is interested:

[url=http://magicfriday.blogspot.ca/2013/07/the-approach-draft-copy.html][img]http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-9trIZO3kiCM/UfYQ4i1WHXI/AAAAAAAAC10/Z2GVJxXVt78/s320/sale.jpg[/img][/url]
http://magicfriday.blogspot.ca/2013/07/the-approach-draft-copy.html

Y'all rock!

~jamie
Message: Posted by: Knobz1 (Jul 29, 2013 03:16AM)
Purchased! Thank you Jamie!
Message: Posted by: slyhand (Jul 29, 2013 06:15AM)
If the rest of the book is anything like the first 12 chapters, I'm all in.

It was a very fun and easy read. It's more like someone is actually talking to you rather than a text book of what to do.

I'm looking forward to the final version.
Message: Posted by: puggo (Jul 29, 2013 08:40AM)
I thought the first 12 chapters were very good and more importantly, written and layed out in such a way as to be easily read and understood.
Having said that, with the price of the book then being increased by $44 dollars for shipping to the UK, I would like the chance to buy a watermarked PDF draft copy in e-book / document format.

Any chance of that Jamie? (I suspect this will not eb possible!)

Charlie
Message: Posted by: mindpirate (Jul 29, 2013 09:18AM)
I took the weekend to read through the first twelve chapters, and to actually do the exercises. This is really well written, easy, and fun to read. As I am trying to cross the bridge into becoming a working magician this is exactly what I was looking for so far. The first twelve chapters feel more like a private lesson than a book. I am really excited about the rest of the book, and I'm looking forward to it.
Message: Posted by: Mercury52 (Jul 29, 2013 01:42PM)
I also received the first 12 chapters from Jamie. They were definitely the kind of thing I was expecting.

If you've ever read/watched Jamie's excellent Magic Friday column, his various articles for magazines or that he's shared online, or seen his recent TedX talk, you know what kind of thing to expect.

I found the layout and formatting to read very smoothly and quickly. It allows for great absorption of material, and doesn't get dull or monotonous. It's plain as day that Jamie is speaking about things he's learned and developed by working in the real world, not things he's simply thought about on the couch for an afternoon.

I'm with others in saying that a PDF version of the book, or the worksheets in general, would be a great addition to the publication. But I'm definitely on board to pick up an early copy when I see Jamie at Magic Live in a couple of weeks, and I would encourage others who are interested in learning more about getting work, approaching marketing, interacting with people, etc to check this out.

Kevin
Message: Posted by: Jamie D. Grant (Jul 29, 2013 03:30PM)
Thanks, guys!!

And I just got the actual proof of the book today, went to the post office, weighed it, and found out shipping is going to be WAAAAY cheaper! Only $11 to North America, and $19 to International!! Hurrah! (I originally thought it was going to be $20 and $44).

[url=http://magicfriday.blogspot.ca/2013/07/the-approach-draft-copy.html][img]http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Q7PQLiqtLNw/UfbKLWoZmTI/AAAAAAAAC2E/wpY4k7kIKQk/s400/CoverDraft.jpeg[/img][/url]
(Actual proof)

[url=http://magicfriday.blogspot.ca/2013/07/the-approach-draft-copy.html][img]http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-XiYrC-em2is/UfbKZx1PmzI/AAAAAAAAC2M/BFXhFWN6Y_g/s320/DraftProofInside.JPG[/img][/url]
(So hot off the presses, it's not even glued yet!)

http://magicfriday.blogspot.ca/2013/07/the-approach-draft-copy.html
Message: Posted by: puggo (Jul 29, 2013 03:47PM)
Jamie

Any thoughts on the PDF as I got walloped for about $50 dollars import tax and post office fee on the last US import I had.

Charlie
Message: Posted by: Jamie D. Grant (Jul 29, 2013 06:27PM)
Charlie, I'm afraid I could never cheat on my first love...

:beatingheart:

Books.

As a writer, and a reader, I've had a love affair with books ever since I was a kid. I remember back when we used to have Encyclopedia Sets- I would turn the pages and wonder at the world that existed far beyond my Canadian wilderness.

[url=http://magicfriday.blogspot.ca/2013/07/the-approach-draft-copy.html][img]http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-dYeJ2dp_0Eo/UfbxIOCzMSI/AAAAAAAAC2c/i7X02VW73uM/s320/11840973-a-small-cabinn-shack-burried-in-the-wilderness-trees-surrounded-by-snow.jpg[/img][/url]

They gave me hope. The smell, the texture; I loved everything about them- the paper, the sound of the pages turning. As I got older, I would sneak a flashlight under the covers and read comics, novels, and newspapers for as long as I could stay awake.

[url=http://magicfriday.blogspot.ca/2013/07/the-approach-draft-copy.html][img]http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-LxP0BYIxQ20/UfbyaYAn6iI/AAAAAAAAC2o/Khf3r6VKUfc/s320/Under+the+covers.JPG[/img][/url]

Older still, I would stumble upon Hemmingway, Conrad, and Golding. My life would continually change. Always for the better. And it was because of books and the mysteries they held. We had a used-book store in the town where I grew up- and it was my absolute favourite place to go. I loved looking through the shelves. But my favorite was when I would open a book, and find a note in the margin. Who wrote it? What were they doing at the time? What was outside their window?

[url=http://magicfriday.blogspot.ca/2013/07/the-approach-draft-copy.html][img]http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-9HyvLrd63Vw/Ufb0iPvcELI/AAAAAAAAC24/5R21BRQv4MQ/s1600/egypt,+sunset+on+the+desert,+380.jpg[/img][/url]

And that's what I want to happen with The Approach. It's the reason its written the way it is. It's not meant for the shelf. I hope it NEVER goes onto any shelf. I want it to be stuffed into back pockets, tossed into Close-Up cases, read in the middle of the night and put onto the nightstand while everyone dreams of the joy they're going to spread with everything they've learned. You just can't do that with a pdf.

[url=http://magicfriday.blogspot.ca/2013/07/the-approach-draft-copy.html][img]http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-AwivAoPsBY0/Ufb1hnY0JGI/AAAAAAAAC3E/pPxdZHkh-9g/s320/wallace_books_delillo_002_large.jpg[/img][/url]

I know that's a bit shelfish of me but, for now, I'm sticking to my guns, lol. If I can do a little part in bringing someone back to love a book, I'll take it.

[url=http://magicfriday.blogspot.ca/2013/07/the-approach-draft-copy.html][img]http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-zP_o_ngsKgk/Ufb5BD4y77I/AAAAAAAAC3U/AlksnjsX74c/s320/stock-footage-young-man-reading-book-in-the-park.jpg[/img][/url]

My 2 cents,

jamie
:readingbook:
Message: Posted by: Nadzri.Harif (Jul 29, 2013 08:35PM)
Jamie, this looks like it's going to be awesome! will the draft copy be spiral bound? might be picking it up with a industrial revelation :)
Message: Posted by: yin_howe (Jul 29, 2013 09:01PM)
Actually, PDFs of just the sections that require filling in would be great!
Message: Posted by: Ba Ba Booey (Jul 30, 2013 12:22AM)
I read the first 12 chapters a few days ago and have finally found time to respond. Thank you so much Jamie for sharing this with the magic community. I think it was a brilliant idea to release the first twelve chapters so we'd get an idea of what we'd be purchasing, and I'm sure many of us will be purchasing this book.

I have to agree with what those before me have written. I love the content of the book. I'm not a huge fan of the layout, but it doesn't bother me, either. The content is the key, anyway, right? I've been looking for this type of material from different sources, and now you've got it all in one place.

I look forward to reading the rest of it!

Cheers,

Mark
Message: Posted by: paullong (Jul 30, 2013 02:54AM)
I can only echo the good comments from the above posters.

This differentiator with this book for me is that it inspires action. It's very easy to read books and then just put them down. Jamie has a very good, engaging and (because he's been there and done it) proven approach which inspires me to actually put the book into practice.

Definitely worth a purchase. Get it - be inspired.

Paul
Message: Posted by: Philemon Vanderbeck (Jul 30, 2013 10:54AM)
I have a feeling that this book is going to become one of the classics in performance theory.
Message: Posted by: bond19 (Jul 30, 2013 12:45PM)
The sample I received was engagingly written and packed with useful information for its intended audience. Love the way Jamie's humour is incorporated into the page. And the exercises (if followed) are genuinely helpful and should help to uncover things about performance and character you may have otherwise not realised.
Message: Posted by: BrainMagos (Jul 30, 2013 05:34PM)
Jamie,

Can you please at least have a list of the contents? How many pages the book is etc. Thank you.
Message: Posted by: slyhand (Jul 30, 2013 06:20PM)
[quote]
On 2013-07-30 18:34, BrainMagos wrote:
Jamie,

Can you please at least have a list of the contents? How many pages the book is etc. Thank you.
[/quote]

Its all answered on this thread.

http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=223755&forum=5&24
Message: Posted by: AngeloAces (Jul 30, 2013 07:25PM)
I am going to take the plunge on the draft copy...I like the idea of it being a pseudo rare copy, and based on Jamie's previous work I am sure this will not disappoint.
Message: Posted by: Jamie D. Grant (Jul 30, 2013 09:42PM)
Thanks guys!!

And, of course I can!

And I split the chapters up into the following formats:

[b]Advice: [/b] Ideas that have worked for me over the years.
[b]Essays: [/b] Longer pieces that I believe apply across the board.
[b]Articles: [/b] Previous articles I’ve written before.
[b]Tips: [/b] Quick ideas to apply.
[b]Tricks: [/b] Secrets to making things easier for yourself.
[b]Study: [/b] Introspective work to help make you a better performer.
[b]Anecdotes: [/b] Stories from the road.
[b]Lessons: [/b] Ideas to take things to the next level.

Page Count: [b]280[/b]
Softcover

Here we go!

[b]1|[/b]How many tricks you should know.[b]Article[/b]
[b]2|[/b]Who are you?[b]Study[/b]
[b]3|[/b]Developing your sets~ Part I[b]Lesson[/b]
[b]4|[/b]How to practice.[b]Essay[/b]
[b]5|[/b]Your Magic Fridays.[b]Anecdote[/b]
[b]6|[/b]Business cards.[b]Advice[/b]
[b]7|[/b]Websites.[b]Tip[/b]
[b]8|[/b]How Do You Look?[b]Study[/b]
[b]9|[/b]What are you wearing?[b]Advice[/b]
[b]10|[/b]Funny or serious?[b]Anecdote[/b]
[b]11|[/b]Are you any good yet?[b]Lesson[/b]
[b]12|[/b]Starting Conversations.[b]Advice[/b]
[b]13|[/b]Touching people.[b]Trick[/b]
[b]14|[/b]How Much To Charge?[b]Article[/b]
[b]15|[/b]The Cocktail Party[b]Essay[/b]
[b]16|[/b]Getting started.[b]Advice[/b]
[b]17|[/b]Volunteer gigs and charities.[b]Advice[/b]
[b]18|[/b]What to say in emails.[b]Tip[/b]
[b]19|[/b]The telephone call.[b]Trick[/b]
[b]20|[/b]Getting There.[b]Lesson[/b]
[b]21|[/b]Developing Sets- Part 2[b]Article[/b]
[b]22|[/b]Silence.[b]Advice[/b]
[b]23|[/b]What does my contract looks like?[b]Anecdote[/b]
[b]24|[/b]Transitions.[b]Advice[/b]
[b]25|[/b]Conquering nerves.[b]Article[/b]
[b]26|[/b]How to get gigs.[b]Essay[/b]
[b]27|[/b]Getting ready for your first one.[b]Essay[/b]
[b]28|[/b]Fingernail care.[b]Trick[/b]
[b]29|[/b]How much time to prepare.[b]Tip[/b]
[b]30|[/b]Pocket management.[b]Article[/b]
[b]31|[/b]Your list.[b]Study[/b]
[b]32|[/b]THE BIG SECRET.[b]Trick[/b]
[b]33|[/b]Your closeup bag/case.[b]Advice[/b]
[b]34|[/b]Things to never forget.[b]Tip[/b]
[b]35|[/b]Hat or No hat?[b]Essay[/b]
[b]36|[/b]The handshake.[b]Tip[/b]
[b]37|[/b]What to put in the lobby.[b]Trick[/b]
[b]38|[/b]Who to approach first?[b]Article[/b]
[b]39|[/b]My first effect.[b]Advice[/b]
[b]40|[/b]What rubberbands to use.[b]Tip[/b]
[b]41|[/b]Moving through a room.[b]Article[/b]
[b]42|[/b]The first words you (I) say.[b]Essay[/b]
[b]43|[/b]Highs and lows.[b]Article[/b]
[b]44|[/b]Getting applause.[b]Essay[/b]
[b]45|[/b]More transitions[b]Study[/b]
[b]46|[/b]Saying goodbye to your group.[b]Essay[/b]
[b]47|[/b]Tables versus standing[b]Advice[/b]
[b]48|[/b]Dealing with the Alpha male.[b]Article[/b]
[b]49|[/b]Staying in one spot.[b]Advice[/b]
[b]50|[/b]Busted![b]Advice[/b]
[b]51|[/b]Getting compliments.[b]Tip[/b]
[b]52|[/b]Letting spectators shuffle.[b]Article[/b]
[b]53|[/b]Reset. Reset.[b]Study[/b]
[b]54|[/b]Venue Staff.[b]Tip[/b]
[b]55|[/b]Kids at an event.[b]Advice[/b]
[b]56|[/b]Burning through material.[b]Lesson[/b]
[b]57|[/b]How many hours?[b]Lesson[/b]
[b]58|[/b]Remembering names.[b]Article[/b]
[b]59|[/b]When to show the event planner.[b]Tip[/b]
[b]60|[/b]The card force I always use.[b]Anecdote[/b]
[b]61|[/b]Accepting tips.[b]Article[/b]
[b]62|[/b]Wallets.[b]Anecdote[/b]
[b]63|[/b]Handing out business cards.[b]Tip[/b]
[b]64|[/b]What to never borrow.[b]Anecdote[/b]
[b]65|[/b]Someone wants to show a trick.[b]Article[/b]
[b]66|[/b]Regular decks.[b]Study[/b]
[b]67|[/b]Weddings.[b]Lesson[/b]
[b]68|[/b]Large tables.[b]Anecdote[/b]
[b]69|[/b]Do you join them for dinner?[b]Anecdote[/b]
[b]70|[/b]Vest or jacket?[b]Tip[/b]
[b]71|[/b]The second Big Secret.[b]Trick[/b]
[b]72|[/b]Do it again.[b]Article[/b]
[b]73|[/b]Another magician shows up.[b]Anecdote[/b]
[b]74|[/b]Gigs outside.[b]Advice[/b]
[b]75|[/b]When only ten people show up.[b]Anecdote[/b]
[b]76|[/b]Do you need a stage show?[b]Study[/b]
[b]77|[/b]Dance floors.[b]Advice[/b]
[b]78|[/b]Checking back in.[b]Tip[/b]
[b]79|[/b]Dropping cards.[b]Tip[/b]
[b]80|[/b]Sponge balls.[b]Trick[/b]
[b]81|[/b]Dealing with disappointment.[b]Advice[/b]
[b]82|[/b]Hecklers.[b]Article[/b]
[b]83|[/b]Open versus closed body language.[b]Lesson[/b]
[b]84|[/b]One handed spectators.[b]Anecdote[/b]
[b]85|[/b]Stick lines.[b]Essay[/b]
[b]86|[/b]Lone stragglers.[b]Tip[/b]
[b]87|[/b]Journal.[b]Advice[/b]
[b]88|[/b]Leaving them with something.[b]Essay[/b]
[b]89|[/b]Custom decks.[b]Article[/b]
[b]90|[/b]False memories.[b]Article[/b]
[b]91|[/b]Invoices.[b]Article[/b]
[b]92|[/b]How to get testimonials.[b]Article[/b]
[b]93|[/b]Getting all the money.[b]Article[/b]
[b]94|[/b]Increasing rates.[b]Tip[/b]
[b]95|[/b]Busking.[b]Advice[/b]
[b]96|[/b]Repeat gigs.[b]Study[/b]
[b]97|[/b]Pictures.[b]Tip[/b]
[b]98|[/b]Social media.[b]Advice[/b]
[b]99|[/b]Going full time.[b][/b]
[b]100|[/b]Agents.[b]Anecdote[/b]
[b]101|[/b]Essay.[b]Article[/b]
[b]102|[/b]Go get it.[b]Advice[/b]
[b]100|[/b]The beginning.[b]Thanks[/b]

I'll be the first to admit that, as I was writing, I thought, "There is no way I can, or should, devote a chapter to this. They're going to think I'm just putting in filler." But I made a promise that I would include [i]everything[/i] I've learned, no matter how small. And, make no mistake, for everything I've included there was a time when I went, "How come nobody told me!", lol.

DRAFT COPY - available now:

http://magicfriday.blogspot.ca/2013/07/the-approach-draft-copy.html
Message: Posted by: Jamie D. Grant (Aug 1, 2013 11:20AM)
Hiya Gang!

I'm over halfway to my sales goal for the Draft version! Hurrah! And I'm going to be having a contest for anyone who picks up this early copy!

For every ten spelling/grammar mistakes you find, I'll give you an entry to win [url=http://www.sendwonder.com/]any of my products[/url]. You can choose!

3 days to go:

http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=499657&forum=218&155&start=150

And, everyone, thank you SO MUCH for all your help with this project. This is, without question, a group effort and it couldn't have happened without all of you. I hope the book itself pays you back and gets you work for years to come.

Your pal,

jamie
Message: Posted by: Hydrostevo (Aug 1, 2013 12:56PM)
I am by no means a seasoned performer but for what is worth here is my comment...
The style of writing and structure is perfect. The workbook approch works well (I was dubious as I read that in the introduction).  The sections are short and punchy and you can feel the excitement Jamie has put into creating it coming through the pages.
Some sections provoked an 'I do that' response, which was a good affirmation I am on the right track. Some sections were thought provoking from a 'hmmmm never thought of that' for some to a 'I should be doing that, why they hell arn't I' for others. In short based on the draft chapters it is going to be awesome.
Message: Posted by: RobFromNZ (Aug 1, 2013 03:58PM)
I received the first 12 chapters yesterday. I sat down last night to read them (I hate reading at night...and usually fall asleep. But the chapters are well written and formatted so reading them was easy).

I am a hobbiest. Have been for about 25 years, off and on. Having read these first chapters, I think this book could help me move into doing paid gigs. I think the chapters offer the two things I need: a realistic plan to go from hobbiest to pro/semi-pro, and confidence.

One chapter (chapter 2 - Who Are You?) is something I've never considered. I think even as a hobbiest it would have saved me a lot of money at the magic shop, and helped me develop as a performer much faster than I have.

Based on what I read, I'd have no problem believing this book is going to do for its readers what it says it will do.

Well done on a great achievement!
Message: Posted by: Jamie D. Grant (Aug 1, 2013 09:11PM)
[quote]
On 2013-07-30 11:54, Philemon Vanderbeck wrote:
I have a feeling that this book is going to become one of the classics in performance theory.
[/quote]

This might make the back page of the final, lol!

And THANKS TO EVERYONE for the kind words!! I've only got 40 copies left to sell before Monday night to meet my goal. So if you have a second, let me offer these reasons why you should [url=http://magicfriday.blogspot.ca/2013/07/the-approach-draft-copy.html]BUY NOW![/url]

[b]1)[/b] It'll have the same content as the final (with bonus spelling errors!)

[b]2)[/b] It's $20 cheaper.

[b]3)[/b] You'll be helping me out, personally, see the final product come to fruition. You'll be a [i]part of this adventure[/i].

[b]4)[/b] I'm doing a gig this Saturday for $1500. I've gotten here by doing everything in this book.

[b]5)[/b] At only $55, it's only [i]53 CENTS[/i] per chapter.

[b]6)[/b] When it wins the Pulitzer (HA!) you can say you have a rare DRAFT copy - [b]Limited Edition[/b] - and helped get it made.

[b]7)[/b] You will be sent good vibes from me, forever.

[b]8)[/b] Math tutors charge $20 an hour, and textbooks cost hundreds. For the price of this book, you'll hopefully formulate a long career (making you multitudes of thousands) with my words to help you along the way. It's like I'm sitting beside you (inside a book). Fun!

[b]9)[/b] You'll have it 6 weeks before anyone else.

[b]10)[/b] You'll be able to enter a contest to win something coolio!

Okay, that's my hard sell, lol.

[url=http://magicfriday.blogspot.ca/2013/07/the-approach-draft-copy.html][img]http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-9trIZO3kiCM/UfYQ4i1WHXI/AAAAAAAAC10/Z2GVJxXVt78/s320/sale.jpg[/img][/url]
Pick it up today: http://magicfriday.blogspot.ca/2013/07/the-approach-draft-copy.html

On the softer side, what can I say? I've been doing this for over ten years now and know how hard and scary performing Walk Around magic can be. If I can get even one of you past that, and get you to feel better about yourself, then I'll be super stoked. I can't wait to help all of you have as wonderful career as I have. I mean that.

Your pal,

jamie
Message: Posted by: Alex DLF (Aug 2, 2013 12:42PM)
Ok Jamie, you win, I ordered mine.. Can't wait for this as I want to begin in magic.
Message: Posted by: Jamie D. Grant (Aug 2, 2013 08:39PM)
Coolio!! And I just picked up a box from the printers today...

[url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OClHgv6DDFM][img]http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-tyr4Od7MlBI/UH-MxQCH4wI/AAAAAAAACdQ/WHgT8Cxlm3w/s1600/watch_on_youtube.png[/img][/url]
Watch the unboxing here- fun! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OClHgv6DDFM
Message: Posted by: Jamie D. Grant (Aug 4, 2013 12:41PM)
And for those of you who pick up a copy, I just did the gig (last night) that I mention in the final chapter!

Walk Around magic: make people laugh, send people wonder, make new friends, meet the most amazing people in the world, get paid, and then watch one of the greatest bands on earth! Booyah!!

[url=http://magicfriday.blogspot.ca/2013/07/the-approach-draft-copy.html][img]http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-TwxOWSUcDtM/Uf6NX_yfCrI/AAAAAAAAC4E/BLI0S6bITP0/s400/SarahMac.JPG[/img][/url]
With [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarah_McLachlan]Sarah MacLachlan[/url] (as a band walks onto the stage behind us)

[url=http://magicfriday.blogspot.ca/2013/07/the-approach-draft-copy.html][img]http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-9COEXr57uQw/Uf6NFJXKenI/AAAAAAAAC38/az7ySd7zcEw/s400/RHCP.JPG[/img][/url]
The band? [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_Hot_Chili_Peppers]The Red Hot Chili Peppers[/url]

[url=http://magicfriday.blogspot.ca/2013/07/the-approach-draft-copy.html][img]http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-F_Qm9IEAvmY/Uf6M0rnUZPI/AAAAAAAAC30/4e6LzRmklAY/s400/RHCP3.JPG[/img][/url]
After doing my 2 and a half hours, I was "off the clock" and told to just hang out and party. Amazing times at the front of the stage.

And, for all you new Workers out there, here's an interesting photo. Because the first hour and a half, I was performing magic on the shuttle. There was not enough parking near the house, so they had guests park at a nearby school and shuttled them in a Limo Bus to the party. It was the perfect place to make introductions, show some magic, and get to know everyone.

[url=http://magicfriday.blogspot.ca/2013/07/the-approach-draft-copy.html][img]http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Aw6j_KrYx8g/Uf6Q3kJJxuI/AAAAAAAAC4c/NVqb88KTnTo/s400/Limo.JPG[/img][/url]

Amazing times. I can't wait for all of you to join me.

Your pal,

jamie
Message: Posted by: Blindside785 (Aug 4, 2013 03:06PM)
Put in an order for the draft copy :)
Message: Posted by: BlueOwl (Aug 4, 2013 07:17PM)
I just took the plunge. The first 12 chapters were insightful and I believe this book will provide me with so many opportunities for reflection and will definitely help me improve in all areas of the art (if I put in the time of course).

Now, Jamie, I have to hope that your spell and grammar check was on the fritz so I can have plenty of opportunities to win your contest ;)

~ Nathan
Message: Posted by: yin_howe (Aug 4, 2013 07:46PM)
[quote]
On 2013-08-04 20:17, BlueOwl wrote:
I just took the plunge. The first 12 chapters were insightful and I believe this book will provide me with so many opportunities for reflection and will definitely help me improve in all areas of the art (if I put in the time of course).

Now, Jamie, I have to hope that your spell and grammar check was on the fritz so I can have plenty of opportunities to win your contest ;)

~ Nathan
[/quote]

Ditto! :D
Message: Posted by: rockwall (Aug 5, 2013 03:05PM)
So, I had kinda lost track of this topic, (You changed the title, right?), and I was thinking, "I wonder when Jamie will be releasing that book he told us about. Seems like his goal was to finish it around now." So I got to looking and whoa! it's done and you're selling draft copies! Just put in my order for a draft copy! If I get lucky and it arrives before Magic Live! I'll bring it with me and have you sign it.

Good job Jamie! Can't wait.
Message: Posted by: Formless (Aug 6, 2013 12:25AM)
Way to go Jamie. Love your passion and your positive energy.
Message: Posted by: Jamie D. Grant (Aug 7, 2013 02:07AM)
Thanks, guys!!!

And there is [b]ONLY 24 HOURS LEFT[/b] to buy a draft copy! I am SO CLOSE to meeting my goal!!

[url=http://magicfriday.blogspot.ca/2013/07/the-approach-draft-copy.html][img]http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-enazrMHWYsI/UgHxr0ofsdI/AAAAAAAAC5Q/Sohba5YOczo/s400/rocky.png[/img][/url]
http://magicfriday.blogspot.ca/2013/07/the-approach-draft-copy.html

So excited,

jamie
Message: Posted by: RNK (Aug 7, 2013 08:57AM)
Finally was able to get a chance to read the first 50 pages Jamie so graciously shared with us for free. First I will say that this was very easy to read. Jamie has a great writing style that does not put you to sleep. The content was relative and solid in that if you are looking to discover how to enter the world of a paid magician this definitely would be a great place to start. Jamie lays out exercises, things to keep track of and great suggestions on his ideas and trick sets, from his own experiences, that have worked for him. The one chapter also lays out ideas on business cards which makes a lot of sense.

After reading this, I feel that the rest of the book should be a great resource and all will find something useful written in it as Jamie shares his real world experiences in the adventure of becoming a paid-professional magician.

Well Done Jamie!

RNK
Message: Posted by: Blindside785 (Aug 7, 2013 12:38PM)
Hey Jamie, are there any updates on when you ships these out?
Message: Posted by: amprice99 (Aug 7, 2013 12:54PM)
I just looked at his website and it states all orders will be shipped tomorrow.
Message: Posted by: Philemon Vanderbeck (Aug 8, 2013 10:51AM)
I'm eagerly awaiting my copy of the full work to appear in my mailbox. So much so, I check it on an hourly basis.
Message: Posted by: Knobz1 (Aug 8, 2013 12:25PM)
I cant wait to get this book. I wish it would arrive by Friday or Saturday so I could start reading it over the weekend. School will be starting soon and I will be back to reading all my nursing books again. Leaving me very little time for reading The Approach let alone performing magic in general :(
Message: Posted by: Jamie D. Grant (Aug 8, 2013 12:42PM)
Thanks, gang!

This is super exciting! And I shipped out every single one of them this morning!

The only thing I ask is that we keep Chapter 32 (The Big Secret), well, a secret, lol. I personally think that, for Workers, this will really be an advantage that I've never seen before. What's funny is that it's in the picture (above) with Sarah Maclachlan.

And don't forget, for every 10 grammar and spelling mistakes you find, you'll get an entry into a contest to win any one of our products! Just send me an email ( SendWonder@gmail.com ) with the subject title "10".

Okay! Now we wait!

I'd be lying if I said I wasn't nervous, lol.

jamie
Message: Posted by: smullins (Aug 8, 2013 01:19PM)
[quote]
On 2013-08-08 13:42, Jamie D. Grant wrote:
Thanks, gang!

This is super exciting! And I shipped out every single one of them this morning!

The only thing I ask is that we keep Chapter 32 (The Big Secret), well, a secret, lol. I personally think that, for Workers, this will really be an advantage that I've never seen before. What's funny is that it's in the picture (above) with Sarah Maclachlan.

And don't forget, for every 10 grammar and spelling mistakes you find, you'll get an entry into a contest to win any one of our products! Just send me an email ( SendWonder@gmail.com ) with the subject title "10".

Okay! Now we wait!

I'd be lying if I said I wasn't nervous, lol.

jamie
[/quote]

I AGREE!!!!! I don't want to see the big secret out in public :)
Message: Posted by: James927 (Aug 10, 2013 05:23PM)
I just received my book in the mail! (I live in Nor Calif.) So many chapters, so little hours in the weekend. No wonder it costs Jamie a bit to mail - pretty hefty!
Message: Posted by: Martino (Aug 10, 2013 05:49PM)
Is the big secret something to do with not wearing a vest under an open necked shirt? ;-)
Message: Posted by: Knobz1 (Aug 11, 2013 08:22AM)
[quote]
On 2013-08-10 18:23, James927 wrote:
I just received my book in the mail! (I live in Nor Calif.) So many chapters, so little hours in the weekend. No wonder it costs Jamie a bit to mail - pretty hefty!
[/quote]I'm jealous James. Waiting here in IL :)
Message: Posted by: James927 (Aug 11, 2013 09:33PM)
Hi Knobz1,

I must have lucked out with the mail routing on this one - hope you get yours tomorrow. At least you know, it'll be soon!
Have a fantastic week -
Message: Posted by: dman11 (Aug 12, 2013 03:34PM)
I'm in PA and the book arrived today. Book #42, to be exact. Signed card, signed and numbered book and nice bookmark at the "Big Secret".
now, to get the time to read it in the next couple days.

Nice book, A glossary would be nice though
Message: Posted by: AdamChance (Aug 12, 2013 04:14PM)
I read the first 12 chapters and really enjoyed it.

it's a very easy read.

it made me think about quite a few things I had not really considered before and it gave some really good advice.
Message: Posted by: James927 (Aug 12, 2013 08:14PM)
Yes, an easy read with valuable info and exercises. I started doing magic when I was 7 or 8 (probably like a lot of you). Been showing effects to friends and family ever since (some years more than others). I turned 60 last month and asked myself "what do I really want to do that I haven't been doing?". Strolling magic was one of the answers. This book feels like a "mentor's hand on my shoulder" as I start walking along this path. I love how we can spread a little more joy, wonder and appreciation for being alive through magic - not just for the specs but for us as well! Buying this book = good decision for me. Finding the MagicCafe = good luck for me too.
Message: Posted by: Blindside785 (Aug 12, 2013 08:19PM)
I got mine in the mail today and am going back and forth through pages, exactly the words and motivation I need to move forward.
Message: Posted by: Knobz1 (Aug 12, 2013 08:29PM)
Got mine in IL today James! Woohoo!
Message: Posted by: Philemon Vanderbeck (Aug 12, 2013 10:27PM)
My physical copy appeared in the mailbox today.

As I predicted, the remaining chapters lived up to the promise of the first 12.

This is the book that every magician needs in their library . . . even seasoned pros (who will either just confirm what they already know, or if they're like me, manage to learn something new that hadn't occurred to them before).

In a short amount of time, I'll be able to tell which performers have read this book, and those who haven't, just by the merits of their performance.

Thank you, Jamie, for sharing this "gift of wonder" with the magic fraternity. I will look forward to seeing the majestic garden that will result from the seeds you have planted.
Message: Posted by: ninepine (Aug 13, 2013 05:38PM)
Copy #18 arrived with me in the UK today.

Thanks Jamie - looking forward to reading the remaining chapters.
Message: Posted by: Jmolomagic (Aug 13, 2013 06:22PM)
Received #20 here in Southern California yesterday. Since I had a little down time today I finished the book and made a to do list on what needs to be tweaked to improve myself as a entertainer.

Here is my very short review on Jamie's book. Invaluable information for the working magician. This is definitely one of the best buys I've purchased in my 24 years in magic.

Thank you Jamie and I can't wait to become a better magician.
Message: Posted by: ShirtlessKirk (Aug 13, 2013 06:52PM)
Received #76.

Very good advice. A lot of things I never thought of.

Thanks Jamie
Message: Posted by: Knobz1 (Aug 13, 2013 06:55PM)
Forgot to mention which copy I got. I received copy #9. Been 24 hours and almost have it finished. Sooo much information I am learning that I always had questions too. This book is a must! Trust me!
Message: Posted by: Blindside785 (Aug 13, 2013 08:52PM)
#69, I got quite the sexy copy.
Message: Posted by: matthewwhitt2 (Aug 15, 2013 03:16PM)
I got myself #50 a few days ago, and after giving it a quick read through I must say it was well worth my money. I have been doing magic now for around 16 years but it has always been just a hobby for me. I do parties and restaurants now and then, but not too often. I was even offered a booking agent to get me gigs and travel full time doing this, which I turned down. The biggest reason I turned it down is because I feel ill-prepared. After reading this book I might take my time, go into all the details and start performing on a regular basis. This book actually gave me the push I needed to consider doing this as a profession. The most amazing thing about this book is that it is for everyone! No matter your level of skill or experience in working, you WILL come out learning how to go about making money easier. For everyone that missed the chance to buy the draft copy, DO NOT MISS OUT ON BUYING THIS WHEN IT COMES OUT!!! This is something that should stand the test of time and magicians everywhere can learn from. Very good work Jamie! The information in this book will help magicians of all levels!

Matt Whittaker
Message: Posted by: Jamie D. Grant (Aug 16, 2013 06:58PM)
Thanks, everyone!!

It's going to be too hard to pick Testimonials for the back cover, lol. So I'm going to include a couple of pages in the front, I think. Fun!

[b]"Jamie Grant writes with wit, intelligence and brevity – a rare trifecta. In this book he spills essential information that every walk-around performer needs to know. Sure, you already know some of this, but you don’t know it all. And that makes this a [i]required[/i] investment in your performing career."[/b]

[i]~Ken Weber, author of Maximum Entertainment[/i]
Message: Posted by: smullins (Aug 16, 2013 07:34PM)
Okay reviews can probably start pouring in then :)

Here is me in a nutshell… I'm a part timer in magic and have been performing for 10 years. I think I represent a good amount of magicians out there. Day job + magic. It's not that I don't want to go full-time, I just like having 2 sources of income… keeps me happy. I, like so many others, struggle with business tactics for a niche market (And I have a degree in it!)
NOW Jamie on the other hand is a champ. Not only is he one of the nicest guys in magic but he's pretty darn busy as well. I've been following his advice for a couple years now and I won't look back. He's never steered me wrong from professional thinking and moving me forward. Look at his post about how many effects you should know and why. It's changed a lot of peoples minds, not just mine.

Here's what this review won't be: a play by play of what is in the book. If you like what I tell you, you'll like the book this literally covers A-Z of magic business and worth every dollar.
Okay that sentence pretty much summed up my views on the book but here is the longer version.

The book is more of a workbook. He mentioned to dog ear corners and write in it, make it yours! If you don't want to write in it… get a notebook… simple… but use the book as directed. If you follow the layout of this book it's a guide to being awesome QUICKLY. If you want to see a chapter list there is one within this thread.

It really does cover EVERYTHING and if you are wondering what the big secret is? You'll have to get the book but let me tell you… I've applied it… it works… It's worth the price of the book. I don't want to hype the book up or anything but I honestly feel like it can help anyone at any stage of the game out.

The thing I liked the most about the book besides how easy it was to read. He really teaches things within that are not only helpful but will help OTHER magicians in this book. It sounds weird but but just by reading this book, you're helping the whole magic community. Why? PROFESSIONALISM. With magicians practicing the methods that Jamie talks about, and more professionalism around the community. We can all benefit from that. If you need me to explain why, you need to read the book… if you have it… you need to re-read the book.
What didn't I like? Nothing…

This book rocks. If you want more gigs, a more professional attitude or better interactions with your close-up groups and clients. This is for you. If you apply what's taught… You'll love it.

Now here's my little story… I asked Jamie for a little advice over a month ago and he responded with a chapter from the book that applied. Well I applied that chapter and that week I got offered three paid gigs almost instantly. It was brilliant.

Over the years Jamie has become a role-model for me and I'm glad we get this insight into his professional life.

Now go and be awesome…
Message: Posted by: James927 (Aug 16, 2013 08:10PM)
[quote]
On 2013-08-12 21:29, Knobz1 wrote:
Got mine in IL today James! Woohoo!
[/quote]

That's great Knobz1 - #9, a good # worth waiting for!
Message: Posted by: magicman29 (Aug 17, 2013 01:08PM)
When is the official release of this? I'm a late commer to this thread! :(

Kieran
Message: Posted by: Alex DLF (Aug 17, 2013 01:27PM)
!@#$ the French postal service, still nothing ^^'
Message: Posted by: Jamie D. Grant (Aug 18, 2013 02:31PM)
Thanks, guys! I'm cleaning up the draft now and (I'm happy to say) there doesn't seem to be as many errors as I thought there would be! Hurrah!

Other than that, I'll be adding a Table Of Contents (as suggested) and some Testimonial pages in the front. I also need to get some of the ISBN stuff sorted out. But, aside from that, you guys have the real work.

So, how is everyone finding it? Are you writing in it as a textbook? Have you started your Friday homework? I'd love to hear progression stories!



Your pal,

jamie

P.S. There are still a couple of Draft copies left [url=http://magicfriday.blogspot.ca/2013/07/the-approach-draft-copy.html]over here.[/url]
Message: Posted by: smullins (Aug 18, 2013 03:19PM)
I've been keeping a note book (I scribble a lot) but it's been VERY beneficial overall and the Friday homework has become my favorite day of the week :)
Message: Posted by: dman11 (Aug 18, 2013 07:17PM)
I read it front to back, twice. My book has orange highlighter all over it !
I will be starting my first magic friday this week, Aug 23rd. I work in an office so I'll have lots of opportunities.
Just trying to figure what to do still as most people I can APPROACH will be sitting and I will of course be standing.

Maybe start with simple card magic (that's mostly what I know at this point). Twisting the Aces into Dr Daleys last trick and
we'll see how it plays out. wish me luck
Message: Posted by: Alex DLF (Aug 19, 2013 06:18AM)
Still nothing.. Hope I get it before going back to school ^^
Message: Posted by: Mercury52 (Aug 19, 2013 12:01PM)
I picked up a draft copy from Jamie during Magic Live, and read through the whole book in one sitting this weekend. As I mentioned in my previous post (quoted below) Jamie's writing style is very easy to read.

Having known Jamie for a few years and being able to meet with him and chat several times, I can say that his voice and personality really come through in his writing. This book reads like a conversation.

There are nuggets of gold scattered all throughout the text. I don't really know what I was expecting the "Big Secret" to be, but it's certainly something interesting to ponder. Looking forward to applying it in the real world and seeing what happens.

I think that everyone, whether beginner or seasoned pro, has something to gain from The Approach. Many of the tasks and workbook exercises are designed for someone who has never performed before, but I think a working pro will benefit from them as well. If you follow the book to the letter, it will take you months to get from cover to cover. Obviously most of us won't do it like that. But after my first read, I couldn't wait to go back through the book to re-read, start applying ideas, etc.

I really enjoyed reading the book, and I have a feeling I'll continue to revisit it for months and years to come.

Jamie also stands fully behind The Approach (as with all of his products) and has said that all purchasers are welcome to pick his brain about anything at all when it comes to questions/ideas.

Overall I'm very pleased with my purchase, and would recommend it to anyone who's interested in (or already) performing walkaround magic. You will have a few old ideas reinforced, plus many new tips and ideas, and motivation to put the ideas into play. You can read a thousand books on how to perform and how to make money, but they're all useless if you don't put the ideas into action. Jamie highly encourages you to actually DO IT, and provides you with excellent tools and strategies to start off strongly on the right foot. The rest is up to you.

Jamie's awesome. The book is awesome. Learn to be awesome.

Kevin



[quote]
On 2013-07-29 14:42, Mercury52 wrote:
I also received the first 12 chapters from Jamie. They were definitely the kind of thing I was expecting.

If you've ever read/watched Jamie's excellent Magic Friday column, his various articles for magazines or that he's shared online, or seen his recent TedX talk, you know what kind of thing to expect.

I found the layout and formatting to read very smoothly and quickly. It allows for great absorption of material, and doesn't get dull or monotonous. It's plain as day that Jamie is speaking about things he's learned and developed by working in the real world, not things he's simply thought about on the couch for an afternoon.

I'm with others in saying that a PDF version of the book, or the worksheets in general, would be a great addition to the publication. But I'm definitely on board to pick up an early copy when I see Jamie at Magic Live in a couple of weeks, and I would encourage others who are interested in learning more about getting work, approaching marketing, interacting with people, etc to check this out.

Kevin
[/quote]
Message: Posted by: CdnAndrew (Aug 19, 2013 12:49PM)
I agree with everyone so far.

I think what I find magical about this book is the way I truly felt motivated and inspired to perform the activities. I have read books that ask you to complete tasks, or exercises, and Jamie managed to convince me I really should do it. And some of the changes have impacted the non magic areas of my life, too, in how I portray myself to others. I only need to see the book cover to become inspired and motivated; Jamie's passion and positive energy is just that strong.
Message: Posted by: Alex DLF (Aug 20, 2013 06:04AM)
#47 just arrived this morning ! I think I will read this book 3, 4 or 5 times before getting all the informations of it ! There's a lot in it, really. I found something at the page of the big secret, haven't read it yet but what I found is quite cool ^^ But chutttttt, buy it, it will make you become not only a better magician but a better man. And I'm not kidding !

Thanks Jamie.
Message: Posted by: Bill Abbott Magic (Aug 20, 2013 11:21PM)
#120 Purchased at Magic Live.

If you've been doing walk-around forever or just bought an invisible deck yesterday - The Approach is the best investment you can make. Jamie's covered EVERYTHING based on self-actualized innovation as a worker in the trenches. Two thumb tips up and a Sanada gimmick high five!

Bill Abbott
Message: Posted by: Alex DLF (Aug 21, 2013 12:51PM)
It's really nice to see a whole carreer of magic described point by point. In my opinion, you shouldn't do exactly what is described in the book, because you have your own personality but this text give you "concret" (french word, don't know if it means something) informations about working as a magician. I will redo my business cards for sure and think more about where a trick could go before buying it. Not sure about the Big secrer, but if it works in Canada, it may work here in France :)
Message: Posted by: Raymond Singson (Aug 21, 2013 01:17PM)
I purchased The Approach and am currently waiting for it to arrive in the mail. In the meantime, Jamie e-mailed me the first dozen chapters to read and study.

...When I say "study," what I read so far of Jamie's work genuinely facilitates active thought in what we do as performers. Like most, I consider myself more of a magic enthusiast, but I am seriously interested in pursuing professional work in the future. Based upon my initial review of Jamie's first couple chapters, I believe he appropriately arms magicians with experience-based advice, thought-provoking anecdotes, and practical exercises to make The Approach really worth taking time to study. Upon reading the second chapter, I purchased a composition book and started scribbling ideas of who I am and how I wanted to be perceived as a performer. Taking the time to actually put pen to paper and clearly define such characteristics really opened my eyes to a lot of my strengths, weaknesses, talents and skills. I supplemented this study with John Guastaferro's "Napkin Approach" to develop a concise image/brand for myself and I believe both exercises compliment one another really well.

What separates Jamie's book from others of similar genres is that it is a truly engaging read. As a reader, you're required to contribute TO it as much as you're expected to learn FROM it. Prior to The Approach, I would argue that David Stone's Real Secrets of Magic was probably the definitive title in terms of professional close-up magic. It covers many of the same topics and offers some great, real-world advice based upon David Stone's personal experiences, but Jamie's The Approach does so much more than that. I've only made my way through 2.5 chapters over the last three days, but I genuinely feel like Jamie is guiding readers through the trenches instead of just talking "at" them explainign what it's like. The studies, exercises, etc make it a very interactive read that should be taken seriously.

I'm really enjoying it so far, and I do intend to make some heavy use of it over the next couple years. I'd love to see a workshop discussion group to chronicle others' stories and offer peer-to-peer advice. I think it'd be a useful supplement to the work Jamie released.

RS.
Message: Posted by: Alex DLF (Aug 21, 2013 02:54PM)
It's really nice to see a whole carreer of magic described point by point. In my opinion, you shouldn't do exactly what is described in the book, because you have your own personality but this text give you "concret" (french word, don't know if it means something) informations about working as a magician. I will redo my business cards for sure and think more about where a trick could go before buying it. Not sure about the Big secrer, but if it works in Canada, it may work here in France :)
Message: Posted by: Judah Vee (Aug 22, 2013 10:00PM)
Hmmmm..... still waiting for my draft copy in Colorado.... Dang it.... I am sooo looking forward to it..
Message: Posted by: puggo (Aug 24, 2013 04:46AM)
I've had my copy for a while now and have taken my time to read through it.
Over the last few years, when I have reviewed stuff, I try to be positive with the 'pros' but also 'rounded' e.g. point out any 'constructive cons'.

Three things I would have liked to have seen:
1: Some chapters were quite brief and I would have been interested in further thoughts (although I realise space/weight/tree usage would be a factor).
2: The previously mentioned lack of an index (which is being addressed).
3: erm..

Three things I loved:
1: The huge scope of what is covered.
2: It reads like a motivational book but without the 'cheese'.
3: Extremely accessible due to the layout and writing style, meaning that the reader is far more likely to absorb and use the relevant sections.

Overall: This book is unique (from what I have seen) in that it is like a workbook. While I am not comparing the two directly, David Stone's book 'Close up, the real secrets of magic' is a fine book which I enjoyed reading, but 'The Approach' takes a new direction and will almost force the reader to consider what they do, why they do it and how they do it. I did not (fully) agree with every single thing in the book, but Jamie always makes it clear that this is what he has learnt from 10 years in the trenches (in Vancouver).

Final thought: New magicians rejoice! Years of pain can be avoided by studying this book. Experienced magicians - reading this book will be like having an all over health check of what you do (your performances and your business). Even if you are on top of your game, I would be stunned if you read this and came away with nothing.

Recommended without hesitation,
Charlie
Message: Posted by: Alex DLF (Aug 24, 2013 05:19AM)
One little thing that Jamie says which I disagree with is that he doesn't borrow rings. I think borrow someone object make the trick more personnal and people are emotionnaly related to it. But I understand Jamie's point of view :)
Message: Posted by: Jamie D. Grant (Aug 28, 2013 04:07PM)
Wow, wow, wow.

I just don't know what to say. When I started this thread, back in February, I really wondered if I could do it. I gave myself 6 months to write what I had learned in the last [b]10 years[/b]! Luckily I write for a couple of magazines and know how to make a deadline or two but, I'll be completely honest- to be able to hold an actual book, that I wrote, in my hands is a lifelong dream that I wasn't sure I'd accomplish. I guess Anything Is Possible, lol.

Combine that with the unwavering support and feedback from all of you guys and it brings a joyous tear to my eye. I can't say, "Thanks!!" enough.


So I have a couple of things:

[b]1)[/b] I hope fellow creators can look back at this thread and see how I actually did it. By "it"I mean, writing the book. If anyone is thinking of writing one themselves and has any questions- I'd be honored to help. I just spent 6 months learning by trial and error, lol.

And, on a different note,

[b]2)[/b] I think the success of The Approach comes with the fact that it's [i]the truth[/i]. It's [i]actually[/i] what I did to get where I am today. If you know me (personally) you know that I'm a super positive guy, lol, but I took great pains to make sure nothing in the book was "motivational" for motivation sake. If it's in there- it happened. I think that's important if you're starting this journey yourself.



Okay, what else?


If you're a DRAFT purchaser, don't forget to e-mail me 10 spelling or grammar mistakes for a chance to win any one of my products (I'll probably be closing it on Sep.10)


and, here's the Final Cover for the finished version (to be released Oct.01). On that note, a quick question:

I've NEVER believed in "pre-orders" but, since I know it's already done, how do you guys feel about it? Would you want to pay now, even though it wouldn't be shipped for 5 more weeks? Curious...

[img]http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-9NKf1_c1Z4I/Uh5ibxS9RlI/AAAAAAAAC94/zRmFESksY-8/s1600/FinalCover.jpg[/img]

~jamie


P.S. I can ALWAYS use more testimonials, too. If you feel like writing one in those "back of the book" testimonial format- I'd be, as always, super grateful.

P.P.S. I hope everyone found something at page 116!!
Message: Posted by: Alex DLF (Aug 30, 2013 11:33AM)
For those who speak french or can understand it, here is a little review : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Avoos_joiJI
Message: Posted by: Jamie D. Grant (Sep 5, 2013 07:13PM)
Thanks Alex! I had to get Melissa to translate but it was awesome!!

And for everyone who purchased a draft copy...

What are you performing tomorrow? It's Friday ;)
Message: Posted by: dman11 (Sep 5, 2013 08:23PM)
I'll be doing ENVY-LOPE all day tomorrow. My 11 year old daughter busted me today with it. She is not sure what happened and was still amused but she noticed something was up. "the cards were normal when I picked one but when you put it back into the deck, the deck looked shiny"

kids are very observant, We'll see how it does with adults, lol
Message: Posted by: Jmolomagic (Sep 5, 2013 10:32PM)
I'm doing a special magic Friday tomorrow. Since I have a huge gig next weekend I'm performing two routines! My sponge ball routine and my Deluxe Nest of Wallets/Omni pen routine.

I've been doing magic Fridays for the last couple of weeks and my co workers have been excited about it. It's so much fun and I get a lot of great feedback! Thanks Jamie!
Message: Posted by: billfromoregon (Sep 6, 2013 12:06AM)
Signed card in wallet paper-clipped to business card (thanks to Matthew Wright) and pen thru quarter laser (kudos to Garrett Thomas) - 2 hours of walk-around, and I'm trying out the 'big secret' for the first time!
Message: Posted by: Jamie D. Grant (Sep 23, 2013 07:44PM)
Hurrah!

I just got the proof for the finalized version today and it looks great! So it's off to the printers in time for Oct.01!

[url=http://magicfriday.blogspot.ca/2013/07/the-approach-draft-copy.html][img]http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-FkSKsfb2RFg/UkDcrxEYU5I/AAAAAAAAC-c/6qt_28jueCA/s400/ProofPress.jpg[/img][/url]

And thanks for all the testimonials (from the Draft readers)!! Here are the ones that made the back cover...


“Jamie D. Grant writes with wit, intelligence and brevity – a rare trifecta. In this
book he spills essential information that every walk-around performer needs to
know. Sure, you already know some of this, but you don’t know it all. And that
makes this a required investment in your performing career..”

[i]~Ken Weber, author of Maximum Entertainment[/i]


“If you’ve been doing walk-around forever or just bought an invisible deck
yesterday - The Approach is the best investment you can make. Jamie’s covered
EVERYTHING based on self-actualized innovation as a worker in the trenches.
Two thumb tips up and a Sanada gimmick high five!”

[i]~Bill Abbott, 2012 Canadian Magician of the Year[/i]


“This is the book that every magician needs in their library . . . even seasoned
pros (who will either just confirm what they already know, or if they’re like me,
manage to learn something new that hadn’t occurred to them before). In a short
amount of time, I’ll be able to tell which performers have read this book, and
those who haven’t, just by the merits of their performance. Thank you, Jamie,
for sharing this “gift of wonder” with the magic fraternity. I will look forward to
seeing the majestic garden that will result from the seeds you have planted.”

[i]~Philemon Vanderbeck[/i]


“Invaluable information for the working magician. This is definitely one of the
best buys I’ve purchased in my 24 years in magic.“

[i]~Jonathan Molo[/i]


“P*ss*d that I didn’t have this back in the day.”

[i]~Steve Valentine, Two-time Magic Castle Close-Up Magician of the Year[/i]
Message: Posted by: Jmolomagic (Sep 23, 2013 09:49PM)
If you are on the fence about purchasing this book....get off the fence and buy it. If you have been working as a professional magician for 1 year or 40 years I guarantee you will find something that will make you a better magician. The big secret alone is worth the price of admission. BUY IT!....OCTOBER 1st!
Message: Posted by: Interfector (Sep 24, 2013 12:54PM)
Can't wait to buy it I think it will help very much
Message: Posted by: Devious (Sep 24, 2013 10:46PM)
I'm looking forward to your work Jamie D.
Best of luck as well Brother!
Message: Posted by: Jamie D. Grant (Sep 27, 2013 12:22AM)
Thanks!!

And, just because I can...I'm releasing THE APPROACH a few days early!! Hurrah! I can't believe it's finally done! So, have you ever wanted to start making money with your magic? Well, if you have, I've written a guidebook to help you through it...

http://magicfriday.blogspot.ca/2013/07/the-approach-draft-copy.html

Yeeeah!!

~jamie
Message: Posted by: Jeremie Leroi (Sep 27, 2013 02:39AM)
And FREE SHIPPING too !!
Very excited about this... The first twelve chapters were wonderful and I'm really looking forward to reading the whole book.

How long will you be offering the free international shipping Jamie ? I want to take advantage of this offer but can't order before a few days.

Thanks !

J.
Message: Posted by: Philemon Vanderbeck (Sep 27, 2013 12:43PM)
I so rarely promote someone else's product, but I feel so strongly about this particular one, that I felt the need to make an exception.

Jamie's book "The Approach" is one that I recommend to all magical performers. It is one of those rare gems that if you read and make an effort to apply its suggestions and wisdom to your own performance strategies, will drastically improve your craft. This is one of those books that I wish someone had given me when I was a snotty 16-year old kid who thought himself to be a magician. How wrong I was back then.

Jamie has managed to succinctly distill years of personal performing experience into a single, easy-to-read, and concise tome that is essentially a workbook for making you think about how you are currently approaching your art. I am certain that you'll find something in it that will positively change your approach to magic, both from an artistic angle, and a business one.

Do yourself a favor, and instead of buying the latest trick that will just wind up gathering dust in your drawer, get this real-world manifesto that can make you a better performer.

This is an unsolicited testimonial and I make no money off of any sales (although Jamie was kind enough to use a blurb of mine to promote his book). Jamie is a genuinely nice fellow (the polar opposite of myself), and his love of magic clearly shows in every word that he has committed to paper.
Message: Posted by: Jamie D. Grant (Oct 13, 2013 11:16PM)
THANKS!!! That is so kind. Truly.

And I've sent out a few hundred now- hopefully everyone's busy filling theirs out! I'd love to know how everyone's getting on.

~jamie
Message: Posted by: ralphs007 (Oct 14, 2013 10:25AM)
[quote]
On 2013-08-05 16:05, rockwall wrote:
So, I had kinda lost track of this topic, (You changed the title, right?), and I was thinking, "I wonder when Jamie will be releasing that book he told us about. Seems like his goal was to finish it around now." So I got to looking and whoa! it's done and you're selling draft copies! Just put in my order for a draft copy! If I get lucky and it arrives before Magic Live! I'll bring it with me and have you sign it.

Good job Jamie! Can't wait.
[/quote]
I'm with you. I've been swamped with work, so my time here has been limited. I didn't realize the books title had been changed ! I was hoping to get a draft.
Message: Posted by: Knobz1 (Oct 14, 2013 01:36PM)
I didn't wanna be the first one to ask but when do we find out who won the contest for the buyers of the draft copy?
Message: Posted by: ralphs007 (Oct 14, 2013 07:51PM)
[quote]
On 2013-10-14 14:36, Knobz1 wrote:
I didn't wanna be the first one to ask but when do we find out who won the contest for the buyers of the draft copy?
[/quote]
I think I read several pages back, that the first to ask, would be removed from the drawing. ;0)
Message: Posted by: Jamie D. Grant (Oct 14, 2013 08:04PM)
Ha- that would never happen. Totally my fault- I announced it on my [url=https://www.facebook.com/SendWonder]Facebook[/url] and [url=https://twitter.com/Jamie_D_Grant]Twitter[/url] but reckon I forgot to mention it here! The winner was:

[b]DUSTIN STINETT[/b]

He won an AIP Bottle and we also through in $100! And thank you to EVERYONE who submitted! This book owes a huge thanks to every single one of you! Hurrah!
Message: Posted by: robvh (Oct 15, 2013 01:51AM)
I enjoy Jamie's writing and artistic talent -- and the fact that he's a fellow Canuck -- and picked up a copy right away. I'm looking forward to reading it.
Message: Posted by: Knobz1 (Oct 15, 2013 04:45AM)
[quote]
On 2013-10-14 20:51, ralphs007 wrote:
[quote]
On 2013-10-14 14:36, Knobz1 wrote:
I didn't wanna be the first one to ask but when do we find out who won the contest for the buyers of the draft copy?
[/quote]
I think I read several pages back, that the first to ask, would be removed from the drawing. ;0)
[/quote]Haha! That made me laugh. Guess I screwed myself. lol jk Congrats to Dustin on winning!
Message: Posted by: Christian Rey (Oct 15, 2013 06:51PM)
Amazing unforgettable reviews!!! Top of the book list. Will be ordering my copy!!
Message: Posted by: M Sini (Oct 25, 2013 10:35AM)
About a week ago I decided to pick up Jamie’s book, “The Approach.” While $75 is not cheap for a book, I thought Jamie had shared so much information for free over the years that it was a fair asking price.

I finished reading the book in 2 days and I think I can sum it up in one word…”Enthusiasm.”

Jamie’s enthusiasm and love of performing magic pours out of the pages of the book. When reading it, you can’t help but to be excited as well. There is TONS of valuable information packed inside. Some things I already knew but there were so many things I had NEVER thought of! There will probably be some things you disagree with…that’s ok. As Jamie says (I’m paraphrasing), “We’re all different.”

I put “The Approach” in my top 5 magic books I’ve read (please don’t ask me the other 4 right now). If you are a magician (close-up, stage, whatever), you should read this book. I’ve never met Jamie before but if we’re ever in the same place, I’m going to buy him a beer or 3 because 1) he seems like he’d be awesome to hang out with and 2) he deserves it for all he’s shared with the magic community, including this book.
Message: Posted by: Jamie D. Grant (Nov 24, 2013 08:41PM)
Hiya Gang!

I hope everyone's been well! Just a quick FYI that, as time moves on and this drifts out of the Latest And Greatest section, we're still talking about it over here in the Books section:

http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=523409&forum=110

Also, I'm having a contest on that thread for any one of my products and [b]$100 CASH[/b]!

All you need to do to enter is pick up copy of [url=http://magicfriday.blogspot.ca/2013/07/the-approach-draft-copy.html]The Approach[/url] and write down your favourite chapter (over in the Book thread)! That's it! I'll do a draw from these names and someone will win any one of my products plus a hundred dollars cashola! Fun!

[i]Draw will be held on Dec.15[/i]

So come over an join in the fun!

http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=523409&forum=110

P.S. You guys are awesome!
Message: Posted by: S-Branham (Nov 24, 2013 10:36PM)
This is a MUST read! There is a lot of information jammed between the covers.

http://www.penguinmagic.com/p/3753

~Steve
Message: Posted by: Jamie D. Grant (Nov 26, 2013 02:15PM)
Steve!

Come post that down here, lol:

http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=523409&forum=110&27

I'm trying to give away $100! Once someone buys their copy (and Penguin is an awesome place to get it!)- they just need to post their favourite chapter!

I'm trying to get some conversation going down there: almost like a book club, lol:

http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=523409&forum=110&27
Message: Posted by: Anthony Black (Dec 2, 2013 10:58AM)
Just posted my review of this:

http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=523409&forum=110&41&start=30

- Anthony
Message: Posted by: Mark8infiniti (Dec 2, 2013 11:09AM)
Where can we buy this from in the UK Jamie?
Message: Posted by: Anthony Black (Dec 2, 2013 11:46AM)
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On 2013-12-02 12:09, magicmarkworldwide2 wrote:
Where can we buy this from in the UK Jamie?
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I'm in the UK, he delivered to me in no time at all! :D
Message: Posted by: Mark8infiniti (Dec 2, 2013 12:02PM)
Hi mate, how long was delivery? Might get it as an xmas present to myself you see....
Message: Posted by: Anthony Black (Dec 2, 2013 12:44PM)
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On 2013-12-02 13:02, magicmarkworldwide2 wrote:
Hi mate, how long was delivery? Might get it as an xmas present to myself you see....
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7 Days; Jamie sent out my book on 23/11/2013 and I received it 30/11/2013

Pretty speedy! :D
Message: Posted by: Jamie D. Grant (Dec 3, 2013 11:35AM)
And don't forget to submit your favourite chapter for a chance to win some product and $100! Yeeeeah!

http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=523409&forum=110&start=30#13
Message: Posted by: LoveKey1988 (Feb 19, 2014 06:29AM)
I ordered the book from penguin and got it in two days. Can't wait to read it.

[img]http://s28.postimg.cc/vafd8hx0d/image.jpg[/img]
Message: Posted by: Mike Kirby (Feb 19, 2014 05:07PM)
A awesome book. I love it. It is a book that you will read multiple times. Very easy to read and it covers everything.
Message: Posted by: Jmolomagic (Feb 19, 2014 05:18PM)
I have read certain chapters before and after every gig I've had since I purchased it. It has helped me to prepare and improve for my shows.

I had a wedding gig last weekend and before the gig I read his chapter on weddings....it was spot on what to expect and I even used his little card trick on the bride and groom. It killed and they came away with a memorable gift from each other.
Message: Posted by: Daniel Clemente (Feb 19, 2014 08:43PM)
I ordered this book tonight directly from Jamie! I asked him to sign it for me as well which he agreed too with pleasure! I have been into magic since I was 7...I am now 30...23 years old and only perform for friends and family, and the occasional stranger when I am out and about. My wife has been giving me the "bump" to get started performing for others....After reading these reviews, I feel this might be the bump I need to start my own show either it be a strolling gig or a closeup gig.
Message: Posted by: robvh (Feb 19, 2014 09:31PM)
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On 2014-02-19 18:18, Jmolomagic wrote:
I have read certain chapters before and after every gig I've had since I purchased it. It has helped me to prepare and improve for my shows.
[/quote]

Which chapter(s) do you find help put you in the right mindset before a gig?
Message: Posted by: Daniel Clemente (Feb 27, 2014 01:08PM)
I have never read an entire book cover to cover in 1 day...but I did yesterday...I bought Jamie's book over the 19th, got it in the mail yesterday around noon...read the book over the course of the day...I can't wait to read it again. Jamie's writing style is impressive, and easy to understand...he wrote it like he is talking to you one on one, and leaves nothing out....The big secret...I would have never thought of that myself...its pretty good! I highly highly recommend this book to anyone looking to get gigs...Ive been in the art for 23 years just as a hobbyist. I feel I am 100% confident in my ability to actually go out and make some money for myself...after reading the book, I feel even more confident about going out and trying to get a few gigs...thats my plan for the summer...Again, buy this book..you won't be disappointed..

Dan
Message: Posted by: Aberdeen1234 (Mar 15, 2014 01:46PM)
It's a good book. It's much shorter than I thought it would be. It is good, with a lot of information. But IMHO it's not worth $75. But I had the money to spend so I don't regret it or anything.
Message: Posted by: baobow (Mar 15, 2014 09:54PM)
Not to derail the thread. But If you enjoyed this book, I would encourage you to purchase David Stone's book on similar subject matter.
Equally as good and information is invaluable. This was written before he released before his fantastic two dvds.

http://www.murphysmagic.com/Product.aspx?id=44915