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Topic: The Approach ~ by Jamie D. Grant
Message: Posted by: Jamie D. Grant (Aug 28, 2013 04:11PM)
Holy Smokes!!! It's been a dream of mine to have a thread in this section of the Café! And I can't believe I did it!

Hurrah!!

So, without further ado, I can say that I'm officially an author...

[url=http://magicfriday.blogspot.ca/2013/07/the-approach-draft-copy.html][img]http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-9NKf1_c1Z4I/Uh5ibxS9RlI/AAAAAAAAC94/zRmFESksY-8/s1600/FinalCover.jpg[/img][/url]
http://magicfriday.blogspot.ca/2013/07/the-approach-draft-copy.html

There's some more info over [url=http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=499657&forum=218&211]here[/url], as well, but this is the place to be.

So excited!

~jamie
Message: Posted by: Vlad_77 (Aug 28, 2013 05:19PM)
Congratulations Jamie!!!!!!!!!!!!

I will be ordering this October 1st!
Message: Posted by: smullins (Aug 28, 2013 08:15PM)
Congrats Jamie!!!! Glad I could help a little on this one :) You're the man!
Message: Posted by: Jamie D. Grant (Sep 23, 2013 07:45PM)
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: Jamie D. Grant (Sep 27, 2013 12:21AM)
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: ManchesterUK (Oct 18, 2013 03:13AM)
Mine has arrived in the uk and enjoying it so far. Even had a nice surprise of a 1,000,000 dollar bill dropping out half way through. No idea what I'll do with it but it made me smile so job done I guess :)
Message: Posted by: 1KJ (Oct 28, 2013 11:14AM)
Hi. I was recently turned on to your "Friday Magic". This has been a TREMENDOUS inspiration to me! I just ordered the book, and I am really looking forward to it! Like you, I have a "day job", but I have been interested in magic since I was 8. I do a few shows now and then, but my dream has always been to keep my day job, but once a week do some serious, professional magic. I came out of early retirement (in my 30s) to start an investment firm, and I just love that part of my life. However, I would also love to do professional corporate or restaurant magic. I think it would be tremendous fun! The shows I have done are for friends, family, charity organizations (where I know some or most of the people), etc. I love doing charity work, especially for hospitals and elderly, but I do think it would be cool to be paid for corporate or restaurant work. As you said in one of your "Friday Magic" shows, it is a different ballgame if one doesn't HAVE to perform for money. I think you said you raised your fees because you don't HAVE to do this. I have certain goals in life that will take some money, so I would like to be paid as much as is fairly possible, and put that money toward my "legacy" goals, for a couple foundations I would like to leave after I'm gone.

I'm really looking forward to the book!

Thank you for writing this.

KJ
Message: Posted by: John McLaughlin (Nov 2, 2013 04:21PM)
Jamie, this arrived just in time for a gig I"m getting ready to do on election day and even though I'm a working 'semi-pro" I'm getting lots of great ideas. Gotta tell ya Chapter 37 the big secret is WORTH THE PRICE OF THE BOOK. Crazy great idea. I work for VIPs during movie productions so this is just a natural for me. Kinda hoping it doesn't get out. If you have a line on where to get them made up PLEASE PM me.

Thanks

- John
Message: Posted by: 1KJ (Nov 3, 2013 01:53PM)
Jamie,
I received the book recently and read it from cover to cover in one sitting! I just couldn't put it down! This book is VERY WELL written.

John,
I agree, chapter 37 is a very good idea. If you go to a local printer, they could even make a lifesize image of you, holding a sign that you could customize by sticking a printed piece of paper with double sided tape. You could probably get a folding sign that would be easier to transport.

KJ
Message: Posted by: MaxfieldsMagic (Nov 20, 2013 09:37AM)
I've really enjoyed reading through this, and plan on going back to it many times in the future, pen in hand. There are so many moments that make you think, "hmmm, that's really clever," or "that sounds effective." Also like the way that Jamie isn't shy about giving a straight answer or taking a position based on experience, which clears the clutter and makes it easy to begin applying the advice right away.
Message: Posted by: Jerskin (Nov 23, 2013 07:45PM)
Thought there'd be more interest in this book. I guess books with tricks sell more.
Message: Posted by: smullins (Nov 23, 2013 08:58PM)
I think there's a lot more interest than you'd expect. It's been a best seller in Penguin and tons of great reviews are out there.
Message: Posted by: Jamie D. Grant (Nov 23, 2013 09:43PM)
[b]WARNING:[/b] Looooooooooooooooooooooooooong post, lol.

[quote]
On 2013-11-23 20:45, Jerskin wrote:

Thought there'd be more interest in this book. I guess books with tricks sell more.
[/quote]

I was thinking the exact same thing today! Not about the sales part (even though you are 100% correct- without question) but about the online "chatter"- or lack of it here!

And, as anyone who knows me will tell you- I [b]LOVE[/b] marketing. So if it's okay with you guys, I'd love to explore it a bit here. When I started the thread about [url=http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=499657&forum=218&232]The Approach over at The Latest and Greatest section[/url]- I really wanted to start from the [i]very beginning[/i] to help people who wanted to write a book themselves. So let's take it a bit further and see how the online marketing continues! Maybe this will help people who have written a book and are working to sell more copies. I hope this can help!

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When I created [url=http://magicfriday.blogspot.ca/2001/07/industrial-revelation.html]Industrial Revelation[/url]- I had no idea how big it was going to get! Not only the trick, but [url=http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=420997&forum=218&2049]the thread[/url]! Holy Smokes! It has over 200,000 views, but also has 2000 replies and [b]70 pages[/b]! Why?

[b]1)[/b] It's a trick- which not only will outsell a book (that doesn't have tricks) - but will also have more 'anticipation'. How does it look? Can it be performed surrounded? Will it make me famous? Etc.
[b]2)[/b] There's "routining" that is required with an effect- and is super fun to talk about with your online friends.
[b]3)[/b] There's specific experiences (after performing) that you can share.

I also had some contests which really helped the thread catch on.


Okay, with [url=http://magicfriday.blogspot.ca/2013/07/the-approach-draft-copy.html]The Approach[/url], I'll be 100% honest with you (as I always am). It's been an [i]absolute smash hit[/i] for us (my family). I did an initial run of 225 draft copies (which sold out) and then did the other run of 1000- which I thought would last me a year or so. Well, we've already burned through almost 700 in just over a month or so!! Wha?! That's crazy! And the weird thing is- on Penguin- it's gets nothing but 5 Star reviews and is a Top Seller:

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[b]Customer Reviews[/b]

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Shawn Mullins from Boston on October 16th, 2013

[i]This is the book that has got me to think differently about magic. Not only is Jamie's conversational tone easy to read, the information about magic performance and business is gold.

I place this up there with my love for Royal Road to Card Magic.

If you know a few good tricks that people like and think "I might want to perform for people" this is for you! Or if you are thinking "I want to perform for MORE people and get MORE gigs" this is also for you. Since reading I've been offered a bunch of great gigs and even had to turn some down.

If you have the book and have a question, shoot Jamie an e-mail! He really is the nicest guy in the industry and giving away all of his secrets.[/i]


Matt P from Denver, CO on October 15th, 2013

[i]This book is amazing! I purchased a draft copy of this book at Magic Live from Jamie and have read it 3 times already and referenced chapters many times over. Invaluable advice from a working pro that will positively change your magic performance and business and simply make you AWESOME! Jamie's infectious passion for sharing and helping shines through in this book and every detail you can possibly imagine is discussed. BUY THIS NOW!![/i]


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Verified buyer Mario Orsini from WV on October 25th, 2013

[i]About a week ago I decided to pick up Jamie’s book, “The Approach.” While 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.[/i]


Verified buyer Sean Mccarthy from Dublin, Ireland. on November 8th, 2013

[i]This is it. Nobody ever has to ask any questions about becoming a professional magician ever again. Jamie writes in an easy to understand and interesting manner. Even if you don't like reading you will love this book. Jamie covers absolutely everything you would ever need to know to have a long and successful professional career.
But what if your already a professional? You still need this! Even if you have been a working magician your whole life you will still get invaluable information in this book.
The approach is inspiring and a true gem of magic. This will in no doubt soon become a classic and something on every magicians bookshelf.
BUY THIS NOW![/i]


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C. Stanislas from Central Valley, CA on November 2nd, 2013

[i]About a week ago on Twitter, Jamie posted a tweet that said, "I just sent magic care package to somebody and they don't even know it." That person was me. And included was The Approach, I immediately started reading and my god! This book had everything you ever wanted from a book on becoming a walk-around magician. I have been asking professionals a bunch of questions; how much to charge, how many tricks should I perform and have ready...etc. ALL of these questions and more are answered in this book. Things you may have never even thought of; "What do I say when leaving a group". This book should be read, consumed and put to practical use. Everything I have read so far is great advice and practical and is written in such a way you won't get bored, it's highly interactive and an easy read. Simply put; I needed a book like this, I needed THIS book, I just didn't know it. A TRULY GREAT BOOK![/i]


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Sasha Crespi from Paris on November 1st, 2013

[i]This book is fantastic!
It inspired me to better myself physically but also think twice about simple things about nails.
Jamie goes straight to the point, most books take 3 or 4 pages to convey a point, Jamie does it in half.
He puts deadlines and gives you some tips that you would have never thought were necessary, but in actuality, the tells you they are important and why.

I can only give this my highest reccomandation[/i]


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Verified buyer Jason Jacobs from Cincinnati Ohio on October 19th, 2013

[i]I haven't finished the book, I just started this morning, but am really enjoying it. Already I got my money's worth I feel. I really like Jamie's sincere honesty and the self help aspect of the book which translate to all aspects of one's life. I am looking forward to more products and DVDs from Jamie. He is a true gentleman.
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So what's the deal? If it's doing so well, how come it's not getting talked about over here at The Magic Café which, for the most part, I call my home?

Let's analyze it!

[b]1)[/b] This section of the Café (Books, Pamphlets & Lecture Notes) has [b]1/4 of the threads[/b] than Tricks and Effects- and the Latest and Greatest. For us booklovers (I know I'm not alone, lol) it's a bit of an uphill battle.
[b]2)[/b] I am an equally guilty party! I haven't really started a bunch of book threads, either. This also means that I'm not "as known" in this section of The Café.
[b]3)[/b] I haven't had a contest yet.

Okay so, how do I fix it? Or, if [i]you[/i] just wrote a book- how do you get Café hype while still not coming off like a salesman?

[b]A)[/b] Start more discussions about books you love and about books in general (I'm going to start doing that, I reckon).
[b]B)[/b] Take out a paid Ad here on the Magic Café to help Steve out and so that you're a "paying advertiser" (I've been a paying advertiser for 7 years!)and can justify your actions a bit.
[b]C)[/b] Ask your friends on social media to come over and take part in the discussion (I'll do that tonight).
[b]D)[/b] Give back- hold a contest and give something away! And I think I'll do that right now...


[b]The Approach Official "Let's Get People Talking About It" Contest![/b]

Hiya Gang!

On Dec.15, I'm going to draw a name from everyone who enters here- for a chance to win any one of my products! An [url=http://blog.sendwonder.com/p/store.html]"Anything Is Possible" bottle[/url], an [url=http://magicfriday.blogspot.ca/2001/07/industrial-revelation.html]Industrial Revelation[/url], a [url=http://magicfriday.blogspot.ca/2012/03/vault.html]Vault[/url], or another copy of [url=http://magicfriday.blogspot.ca/2013/07/the-approach-draft-copy.html]The Approach[/url]! Not only that- but I'll also add in [b]$100 cash![/b]

How do you enter?

[b]1)[/b] Buy a copy of The Approach!
[b]2)[/b] Write (here on this thread) the name of your favourite chapter! That's it! If you want, you can tell us a bit about why it's your favourite, too (as long as you don't talk about the Big Secret) but you don't have to! Just the [b]Chapter Number and Title[/b].

That's it!

Okay, well let's see if this whole thread worked!

Your pal,

jamie
http://www.SendWonder.com
Message: Posted by: yin_howe (Nov 23, 2013 10:44PM)
Being that the entire book are full of super useful and practical advice/information, almost every chapter can be considered my favorite.

So, I'll just pick one for entering this draw.
Chapter 32: The Big Secret :)
Message: Posted by: Hybrid Hunter (Nov 23, 2013 11:18PM)
Can we enter if we've only purchased the draft copy?
Message: Posted by: Jamie D. Grant (Nov 23, 2013 11:20PM)
Absolutely!!

The draft purchaser were the ones the helped me get the book actually finished! It would be an honor to have opportunity to perhaps give you something back!

Official Entrants

[b]yin_howe[/b]: Chapter 32~ The Big Secret
Message: Posted by: Jmolomagic (Nov 23, 2013 11:38PM)
Hey Jamie! Draft Copy #20 here.

If I had to pick just ONE chapter in this book it would be chapter 12 -Starting Conversations. It was a tough choice but one sentence said it all for me...."Don't forget, your goal isn't reactions. Your goal is connection."

Once again I want to thank you for releasing a WONDERful book.

Jonathan Molo
Master Magician
http://www.JonathanMolo.com
Message: Posted by: Gianluca (Nov 24, 2013 04:13AM)
@yin_howe loved that trick, "The second big secret" was great as well (no idea what chapter that is)

Lent out my copy to cousin who wanted to skim it before purchasing so I cant remember the chapter number but to pick one chapter (which is extremely difficult) it would have to be:

"Busted" and "Hecklers" - I know I chose two, I lied but that's what we magicians do!

Keep it up J and best of luck with your hand.

*edit* just called cousin: chapter 50 and chapter 82
Message: Posted by: Randy B (Nov 24, 2013 04:27AM)
I'd go with chapter 58, always had an issue with remembering peoples names and this helped out a lot!
Message: Posted by: smullins (Nov 24, 2013 06:50AM)
Well I 100% love this book and really do value it like I value Royal Road. If you want to be a professional this should be required reading for sure! Even if you are a hobbyist with the intentions of performing for real people.

My favorite chapter is: 43: Highs and lows

Just something I connect with. It's pretty darn hard to pick a favorite though!

By the way! Hope your hand is healing up!
Message: Posted by: Nate Green (Nov 24, 2013 03:07PM)
Too much good stuff in there! However, one of my favorites that I've already put in to practice is in chapter 36: The Handshake.

"Let's try that again."
Message: Posted by: Jamie D. Grant (Nov 24, 2013 08:30PM)
Hurrah! This will be great! And I think your odds will be fairly good...

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[b]Official Entrants[/b]

[b]yin_howe[/b]: Chapter 32~ The Big Secret
[b]Jmolomagic[/b]: Chapter 12~ Starting Conversations
[b]Gianluca Hayes[/b]: Chapter 50~ Busted
[b]Randy B[/b]: Chapter 58~ Remembering Names
[b]smullins[/b]: Chapter 43~ Highs and Lows
[b]Nate Green[/b]: Chapter 36~ The Handshake

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! 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]
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And since this contest is about getting a conversation going, I'm going to try and comment a bit on people's selections. Nate, for example, it's crazy how often I do that one! Why do people try and shake hands like that, lol. But I did exactly what I said about a week ago. Everyone laughed and it didn't happen again!

And Randy B, it's funny how much just stopping and taking a second actually helps. We're always in such a rush to get introductions done. Why? I take my time.
Message: Posted by: willtupper (Nov 24, 2013 09:20PM)
Chapter Number: 95

Chapter Title: Busking

There's a line in that chapter that completely resonated with me.

Reminded me a bit of "Habit," a wonderful essay by writer David Mamet, from his book "True and False: Heresy and Common Sense for the Actor."

It's like life advice, even more than just for practice & performance.
Message: Posted by: robvh (Nov 24, 2013 11:34PM)
I haven't finished reading "The Approach" yet but I really enjoyed Chapters 4 & 5 on how to practice and the idea of "Magic Fridays". Implementing that advice has been occupying my mind of late. I think it's great advice for getting comfortable working with the type of clientele I want to ultimately work with. Doing restaurant magic at a family restaurant to practice can be very useful but also has some real limitations in terms of the type of material you can practice and hone.
Message: Posted by: Gianluca (Nov 25, 2013 01:37AM)
[quote]
And Randy B, it's funny how much just stopping and taking a second actually helps. We're always in such a rush to get introductions done. Why? I take my time.
[/quote]

Couldn't agree more: the Approach is not only applicable for magicians but for any performer (well really its even good for non-performers if you just want to learn a trick or 2 while improving on your presentation and social skills)

Remembering names has always been an issue but thanks to this (as well as Dee's "How to improve your memory in 10 minutes") it makes it much easier to retrieve this information and as we all know as performers we strive to create a connection rather than get reactions (I loved that part of the approach; well said Jamie; put beautifully). Not only is this good for names but its good for all kinds of memory feats - you could even apply those to memorising a deck in 2 minutes (well done on that!) as taking ones time is so important - it helps keep us calm as well. You don't want to rush it.

Hope this starts some conversation.
Message: Posted by: moshiman (Nov 25, 2013 02:42PM)
Draft copy #44 here - Picking a favourite chapter from this book is difficult as I absolutely love this book but I think my favourite chapter has to be 'Conquering Nerves' (chapter 25)...
Thanks again Jamie for being such an inspiration.
Message: Posted by: TomasSimkus (Nov 25, 2013 02:53PM)
Hey!

Draft Copy #43

Favorite chapter - all of them! To name one is difficult, but I would say 7 - Website. It has way more quality info than just about website.
Message: Posted by: Bobby Puga (Nov 25, 2013 03:54PM)
Hiya Jamie!

Draft #89

To many to choose from... one of the many:

Chapter 46 - Saying Goodbye To A Group

"I have to go but just yell at me if you want to see more." -JDG
Message: Posted by: Tommytallica (Nov 26, 2013 03:36PM)
Chapter 32
Why... It's a secret ;-)
Message: Posted by: matthewwhitt2 (Nov 27, 2013 10:23AM)
This contest is harder than I thought it would be. I got a draft copy awhile ago and read it through right away. So much good information all throughout this book! I wanted to say chapter 32 - The Big Secret was my favorite. It did make me laugh a bit and made sooo much sense! Since that is kindda what most people are saying, I'll choose chapter 42 - The First Words I say as my entry. In a way it goes hand in hand with chapter 32 (as I guess the rest of the book does as well), but I had to change what I said when I "Approach" people after reading that chapter.
Message: Posted by: Torquay22 (Nov 27, 2013 03:42PM)
Just received the book today and I read it cover to cover, which is incredible for me I have the attention span of a 4 year old, I bought this book as I have just started to perform to strangers and wanted to get some real world advice and that's exactly what I got and it can apply to so many aspects of magic. this book is also a way of developing a career in magic. as for a favourite chapter I would have to say chapter 4 about practise as its something you don't really get taught in other books and there is an aspect to my practice which I missed out and shall now be including thanks to this book. thank you so much jamie for writing this book its awesome
Message: Posted by: Jamie D. Grant (Nov 27, 2013 07:33PM)
[b]Official Entrants[/b]

[b]yin_howe[/b]: Chapter 32~ The Big Secret
[b]Jmolomagic[/b]: Chapter 12~ Starting Conversations
[b]Gianluca Hayes[/b]: Chapter 50~ Busted
[b]Randy B[/b]: Chapter 58~ Remembering Names
[b]smullins[/b]: Chapter 43~ Highs and Lows
[b]Nate Green[/b]: Chapter 36~ The Handshake
[b]willtupper[/b]: Chapter 95~ Busking
[b]robvh[/b]: Chapter 5~ Magic Fridays
[b]moshiman[/b]: Chapter 25~ Conquering Nerves
[b]TomasSimkus[/b]: Chapter 7~ Website
[b]Bobby Puga[/b]: Chapter 46~ Saying Goodbye To A Group
[b]Tommytallica[/b]: Chapter 32~ The Big Secret
[b]matthewwhitt2[/b]: Chapter 32~ The Big Secret
[b]Torquay22[/b]: Chapter 4~ How to Practice

All you need to do to enter is pick up copy of The Approach and write down your favourite chapter! 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!

Draw will be held on Dec.15
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[quote]
On 2013-11-25 00:34, robvh wrote:
I haven't finished reading "The Approach" yet but I really enjoyed Chapters 4 & 5 on how to practice and the idea of "Magic Fridays". Implementing that advice has been occupying my mind of late. I think it's great advice for getting comfortable working with the type of clientele I want to ultimately work with. Doing restaurant magic at a family restaurant to practice can be very useful but also has some real limitations in terms of the type of material you can practice and hone.
[/quote]

I have to say that if "Magic Friday" is the one thing I was remembered for in the magic community- it would be worth it, lol. It was one of my greatest ideas:

[b]1)[/b] It gets you impressions.
[b]2)[/b] It helps you practice all aspects of magic.
[b]3)[/b] It builds a following.

How many of y'all have started doing it? Any stories to share?

~jamie
Message: Posted by: matthewwhitt2 (Nov 27, 2013 09:10PM)
Jamie, I actually went with chapter 42 - The First Words I Say. I don't know how much which chapter we pick matters, but just incase.
Message: Posted by: Jmolomagic (Nov 27, 2013 11:01PM)
I have been doing magic Friday for last couple of months and it has been so much fun. My co workers and friends get excited and like to remind me that magic Fridays are coming up during the week. It's a great time to practice and get feedback before I even consider putting it in to my working set.
Message: Posted by: robvh (Nov 28, 2013 12:06AM)
Jmolomagic, what do you do for a living? I'm curious what kind of environments these Magic Fridays are happening in.
Message: Posted by: smullins (Nov 28, 2013 07:14AM)
I love magic Friday as well :) lots of fun!
Message: Posted by: moshiman (Nov 28, 2013 01:58PM)
Have started magic Friday over the last couple of weeks mainly performing for pupils in my class... Even if I'm awful I think they prefer it to Maths...
Message: Posted by: Jmolomagic (Nov 28, 2013 03:48PM)
[quote]
On 2013-11-28 01:06, robvh wrote:
Jmolomagic, what do you do for a living? I'm curious what kind of environments these Magic Fridays are happening in.
[/quote]

I am a civilian working for the U.S Military. There is a lot of down time to practice and perform for my civilian co workers and the military. :)
Message: Posted by: Gleemax17 (Nov 30, 2013 05:40PM)
I recognize a lot of things Jamie wrote in his awesome book in myself and my style of performing! I read a lot of theory on magic and this book is something new and refreshing. I really miss Magic Friday, but Jamie succeeded in bundling all the information in one book. Really easy to read and above all very practical.

Most helpful for myself:

#23 Anecdote: what does my contract look like.
Really really helpful to see how an other professional writes his e-mails! Jamie has a great positive and polite style of communication.

TIP for all magicians: #64 Anecdote: what to never borrow.
Great advice! I hear a lot of horror stories from fellow magicians. Guys do yourself a favor and follow Jamie's advice! Please!
I think a lot of new magicians should read this! Totally agree what Jamie wrote in this chapter.

Took this picture from the book with in the background other great theory on magic, do you recognize some?http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=597335373634849&l=f617391a86
Message: Posted by: Ken Dumm (Nov 30, 2013 09:19PM)
Chapter 32-The Big Secret- Truly a game changer, when it comes to approaching groups. So simple, yet so powerful.

Ken
Message: Posted by: Raymond Singson (Nov 30, 2013 09:57PM)
Chapter 25: Conquering Nerves was a really practical article that a lot of magicians-- professionals and amateurs alike-- can relate to a learn from. It resonated with me a lot. But like others have already said-- my absolute favorite article, Chapter 32: The Big Secret, was a really amazing, worthwhile gem.

RS.
Message: Posted by: Anthony Black (Dec 2, 2013 10:38AM)
Well Jamie...

I started to read your book last night in bed. 6am and I was still reading it, so I thought I may as well stay up now, so I have not slept today...and it's all your fault...

Thank You! :D

I'll be completely honest (sorry) here, Jamie recommends that you 'make the book your own', write in it, make notes etc.

I decided not to, as I thought...

"Well, if it's not for me I can sell it on, or give it away as a gift."

Well, I'll be hanging on to this! I'll be having another read through in a couple of days, I'll make it my own as I have no intention of letting this one go.

This is a goldmine of useful information, it would be hard for me to chose a favorite chapter. I LOVED the Secret and will be using it 100%, fantastic idea Sir.

I really enjoyed chapter 82: Hecklers Article and whole wholeheartedly agree with your views on this subject.

There are many things released to the Magic community (daily) so sometimes it's a shame as the good stuff will often get missed for the latest new toy, this is the good stuff.

If you are just getting into Magic, read, learn, apply these (hard won) lessons and you will be on the road to success within no time.

If you have been around for years, read, learn, apply and you will be on the road to (even more!) success within no time.

One of my favorite purchases in a long time and my favorite books of this year, no doubt.

Buy it and if you don't learn anything from it...read it again.

Anyway, enough from me...I need sleep...


- AnthonyyyyyyyzzzzzzzzzzZZZZZZZZZ
Message: Posted by: Tim Hannig (Dec 2, 2013 02:02PM)
Chapter 32 - the Big Secret

love it
love it
love it!
Message: Posted by: Jamie D. Grant (Dec 3, 2013 11:33AM)
[b]Official Entrants[/b]

[b]yin_howe[/b]: Chapter 32~ The Big Secret
[b]Jmolomagic[/b]: Chapter 12~ Starting Conversations
[b]Gianluca Hayes[/b]: Chapter 50~ Busted
[b]Randy B[/b]: Chapter 58~ Remembering Names
[b]smullins[/b]: Chapter 43~ Highs and Lows
[b]Nate Green[/b]: Chapter 36~ The Handshake
[b]willtupper[/b]: Chapter 95~ Busking
[b]robvh[/b]: Chapter 5~ Magic Fridays
[b]moshiman[/b]: Chapter 25~ Conquering Nerves
[b]TomasSimkus[/b]: Chapter 7~ Website
[b]Bobby Puga[/b]: Chapter 46~ Saying Goodbye To A Group
[b]Tommytallica[/b]: Chapter 32~ The Big Secret
[b]matthewwhitt2[/b]: Chapter 32~ The Big Secret
[b]Torquay22[/b]: Chapter 4~ How to Practice
[b]matthewwhitt2[/b]: Chapter 42~ The First Words I Say
[b]Gleemax17[/b]: Chapter 23~ What Does my Contract Look Like
[b]Ken Dumm[/b]: Chapter 32~ The Big Secret
[b]Raymond Singson[/b]: Chapter 25~ Conquering Nerves
[b]Anthony Black[/b]: Chapter 82~ Hecklers
[b]Tim Hannig[/b]: Chapter 32~ The Big Secret

Who's next?


[i]All you need to do to enter is pick up copy of The Approach and write down your favourite chapter! 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]

[b]Draw will be held on Dec.15[/b]
______________________________________________________________________________


Thanks, gang! I LOVE seeing what everyone takes away from the book. And thanks for the review, Anthony! That is so kind! Sorry about the lack of sleep, lol.

Gleemax17~ Yeah, contracts are very hard to come by. I'm not sure why? But they are a MUST. I would love to know if others do anything different with theirs.

And it looks like The Big Secret is a popular one. I was going to sell this as a "stand alone" item years ago- I'm so happy I could include a book with it, lol. And it really changed my performing life. I wonder if one day we'll see everyone doing it? That would be cool!
Message: Posted by: Alex DLF (Dec 3, 2013 12:24PM)
Mine would be the one with business cards do the chapter 6 ;)
Message: Posted by: paperinick (Dec 3, 2013 01:47PM)
Chapter 39: my first effect
Message: Posted by: CdnAndrew (Dec 4, 2013 05:14PM)
This is hard. It's great because it got me to flip through the book again trying to decide my favourite chapter.

Chapter 46 - Saying goodbye to your Group
I think this one is simple but important.

Chapter 42 - The first words I say
I love that your approach is professional. It's not about being cheesy for a laugh. It's about being genuine. I love it.


But I believe the chapter that had the most profound impact to my everyday life was:
Chapter 8 - How Do You Look?
It's important to always look presentable and I found that I didn't always follow that advise. It was easy to take a day off shaving, or putting on a tee shirt instead of a nice button-up when going out on some errands.

Thanks Jamie for such a fantastic resource.

Andrew
Message: Posted by: Grant Mitchell (Dec 4, 2013 08:06PM)
Thanks for writing this book Jamie. Reading this couldn't have been timed better.

Chapter 32 - The Big Secret
Message: Posted by: EVILDAN (Dec 5, 2013 07:27AM)
Chapter 26 - How to get the gigs.
I admit, it's the second chapter I turned to, the first being The Big Secret.

Great info. I started to elaborate, but stopped. Go buy the book.

EVILDAN.
Message: Posted by: shawn popp (Dec 5, 2013 09:01PM)
The Approach is fantastic. I am a full time performer and found a ton of useful info.
Jamie's approach to pricing was very good, not to mention is advice on contracts and phone scripts.
For me though, the Big Secret was worth the price of the book. I implemented this immediately.

Well done Jamie!!

shawn
Message: Posted by: Hydrostevo (Dec 6, 2013 08:39AM)
Chapter 40 - What rubber bands to use. Probably one of the shortest chapters in the history of literature :)
Message: Posted by: Jamie D. Grant (Dec 6, 2013 02:00PM)
Thanks, everyone! This is awesome reading what everyone takes away from it!

[quote]
On 2013-12-06 09:39, Hydrostevo wrote:
Chapter 40 - What rubber bands to use. Probably one of the shortest chapters in the history of literature :)
[/quote]

Lol, I know, right? Still, some people might not have know that! I just bought a huge box of them last week.


[b]Official Entrants[/b]

[b]yin_howe[/b]: Chapter 32~ The Big Secret
[b]Jmolomagic[/b]: Chapter 12~ Starting Conversations
[b]Gianluca Hayes[/b]: Chapter 50~ Busted
[b]Randy B[/b]: Chapter 58~ Remembering Names
[b]smullins[/b]: Chapter 43~ Highs and Lows
[b]Nate Green[/b]: Chapter 36~ The Handshake
[b]willtupper[/b]: Chapter 95~ Busking
[b]robvh[/b]: Chapter 5~ Magic Fridays
[b]moshiman[/b]: Chapter 25~ Conquering Nerves
[b]TomasSimkus[/b]: Chapter 7~ Website
[b]Bobby Puga[/b]: Chapter 46~ Saying Goodbye To A Group
[b]Tommytallica[/b]: Chapter 32~ The Big Secret
[b]matthewwhitt2[/b]: Chapter 32~ The Big Secret
[b]Torquay22[/b]: Chapter 4~ How to Practice
[b]matthewwhitt2[/b]: Chapter 42~ The First Words I Say
[b]Gleemax17[/b]: Chapter 23~ What Does my Contract Look Like
[b]Ken Dumm[/b]: Chapter 32~ The Big Secret
[b]Raymond Singson[/b]: Chapter 25~ Conquering Nerves
[b]Anthony Black[/b]: Chapter 82~ Hecklers
[b]Tim Hannig[/b]: Chapter 32~ The Big Secret
[b]Alex DLF[/b]: Chapter 6~ Business Cards
[b]paperinick[/b]: Chapter 39~ My First Effect
[b]CdnAndrew[/b]: Chapter 8~ How Do You Look?
[b]Grant Mitchell[/b]: Chapter 32~ The Big Secret
[b]EVILDAN[/b]: Chapter 26~ How to get the gigs
[b]shawn popp[/b]: Chapter 32~ The Big Secret
[b]Hydrostevo[/b]: Chapter 40~ What Rubber Bands to Use


Who's next?


[i]All you need to do to enter is pick up copy of The Approach and write down your favourite chapter! 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!

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

Just like a book club (I think? I've never actually been in one, lol) I'm going to try and talk about a chapter every time I respond here.

So ALEX DLF- Yah, business cards are huge!! I have a different card now- that you probably have seen- but it's for a different purpose (selling bottles and the idea of my 'celebrity' brand) but make no mistake, when it comes to booking gigs: Name, phone number, E-MAIL as big as will fit. I still remember being at a receptionist's desk one time and she was looking for a supplier of something (paper?); and she was throwing out every card she couldn't read at arms length!
Message: Posted by: Blindside785 (Dec 6, 2013 03:18PM)
Chapter 71, this has saved me in a pinch.
Message: Posted by: Xaerius (Dec 6, 2013 09:42PM)
I'll have to go for Chapter 32, The Big Secret! Who would have realized something so simple could be so effective!

I loved every other parts of the book though. I'm glad I got this book despite being the owner of several magic business books already!

Nigel
Message: Posted by: mousebites2 (Dec 7, 2013 11:13PM)
Chapter 4 - How to Practice. I love the idea of magic Fridays. I am probably going to go with magic Mondays... so I have all weekend to practice. Thanks for sharing.
Message: Posted by: Hybrid Hunter (Dec 8, 2013 12:42AM)
For me, Chapter 21 Developing Your Sets ~ Part 2 has had the most impact and been very helpful to me.
When I see a new trick or learn a new effect or even go back and look at what I've done in the past I now think about how it can fit into a set.
Whether it's an opener, middle or close, small, medium or high effect.
I keep coming to this book over and over and reminding myself of something I've forgotten or just need clarification on.

With rubberbands do you have an online source of where you buy them? In Australia we don't have the best selection of rubberbands.
Message: Posted by: Terrible Wizard (Dec 8, 2013 03:12AM)
I don't yet own the book (believe me I want it), so I'm not entering the competition. However, just a quick question/request: there's a number of places given over to filling in (like Magic Friday feedback) - do you have printable PDFs of these fill-able pages, so we can write them without having to write in the book?
Message: Posted by: MichaelMann (Dec 8, 2013 10:44PM)
No question about it:

Chapter 32 - The Big Secret

MM
Message: Posted by: Montana76 (Dec 9, 2013 03:13AM)
Hi Jamie and thank you for superfast shipping and signing my copy. I actually read the book in one sitting. I absolutely LOVE it!
My favorite chapter was Chapter 5, magic mondays.

The runner up is the chapter about website and business cards.

Thank you so much Jamie, and keep on being awesome:)
Message: Posted by: Terrible Wizard (Dec 9, 2013 06:20AM)
You guys are making me sooooo jealous right now ... :) I'm saving up my pennies!
Message: Posted by: topherhester (Dec 9, 2013 02:22PM)
There is so much information in here it's hard to pick a FAVORITE, but I greatly benefitted from developing your sets parts 1 and 2 (chapters 3 and 21). I'm a frantic person and the information on how many tricks and how to set them up to have a pattern as you flow from table to table is a great help.

Thanks Jamie for the great book!
Message: Posted by: Matthew Rider (Dec 9, 2013 08:49PM)
I just ordered the book today, and it's not here yet so it may be hard to pick a favourite chapter, haha.... But I'm going to go with the Big Secret, as that seems to be a popular choice and I'm itching to know what it is!
Message: Posted by: Raymond Singson (Dec 10, 2013 08:39AM)
This is definitely one of those books that you can leave on your night stand, read a chapter before bed, and legitimately learn something new each time you pick the book up. Even the chapters regarding topics you're already familiar with seem to have a voice that incites a refreshing understanding/perspective. I've read this book cover to cover once before, but I'm seem to gain more information from it just by opening up to random pages and seeing what the book spontaneously offers. It's a really great, insightful read.

RS.
Message: Posted by: Blindside785 (Dec 10, 2013 11:04AM)
[quote]
On 2013-12-10 09:39, Raymond Singson wrote:
This is definitely one of those books that you can leave on your night stand, read a chapter before bed, and legitimately learn something new each time you pick the book up. Even the chapters regarding topics you're already familiar with seem to have a voice that incites a refreshing understanding/perspective. I've read this book cover to cover once before, but I'm seem to gain more information from it just by opening up to random pages and seeing what the book spontaneously offers. It's a really great, insightful read.

RS.
[/quote]Very true, I keep it next to my laptop and pick it up whenever I take a small break from things.
Message: Posted by: bekralik (Dec 10, 2013 08:57PM)
Hi Jamie,

Love the novel-size format of the book, very handy to take around and easily read.
Favourite chapter, hard to choose, but I'm going with 32: The Big Secret.


Brian
Message: Posted by: (a)ndy (Dec 11, 2013 08:59PM)
Everyone's favourite seems to be 32: The Big Secret. I think this secret is great too and I can definitely see myself using it!

However, 56: Burning Through Material was my favourite. I have loads of potential items that I hadn't really considered in this context before. This is a great tip for many different occasions, not just when you have run out of material.
Message: Posted by: Jamie D. Grant (Dec 12, 2013 04:05AM)
We're getting close- only a couple more days to go!!

[b]Official Entrants[/b]

[b]yin_howe[/b]: Chapter 32~ The Big Secret
[b]Jmolomagic[/b]: Chapter 12~ Starting Conversations
[b]Gianluca Hayes[/b]: Chapter 50~ Busted
[b]Randy B[/b]: Chapter 58~ Remembering Names
[b]smullins[/b]: Chapter 43~ Highs and Lows
[b]Nate Green[/b]: Chapter 36~ The Handshake
[b]willtupper[/b]: Chapter 95~ Busking
[b]robvh[/b]: Chapter 5~ Magic Fridays
[b]moshiman[/b]: Chapter 25~ Conquering Nerves
[b]TomasSimkus[/b]: Chapter 7~ Website
[b]Bobby Puga[/b]: Chapter 46~ Saying Goodbye To A Group
[b]Tommytallica[/b]: Chapter 32~ The Big Secret
[b]matthewwhitt2[/b]: Chapter 32~ The Big Secret
[b]Torquay22[/b]: Chapter 4~ How to Practice
[b]matthewwhitt2[/b]: Chapter 42~ The First Words I Say
[b]Gleemax17[/b]: Chapter 23~ What Does my Contract Look Like
[b]Ken Dumm[/b]: Chapter 32~ The Big Secret
[b]Raymond Singson[/b]: Chapter 25~ Conquering Nerves
[b]Anthony Black[/b]: Chapter 82~ Hecklers
[b]Tim Hannig[/b]: Chapter 32~ The Big Secret
[b]Alex DLF[/b]: Chapter 6~ Business Cards
[b]paperinick[/b]: Chapter 39~ My First Effect
[b]CdnAndrew[/b]: Chapter 8~ How Do You Look?
[b]Grant Mitchell[/b]: Chapter 32~ The Big Secret
[b]EVILDAN[/b]: Chapter 26~ How to get the gigs
[b]shawn popp[/b]: Chapter 32~ The Big Secret
[b]Hydrostevo[/b]: Chapter 40~ What Rubber Bands to Use
[b]Blindside785[/b]: Chapter 71~ The Second Big Secret
[b]Xaerius[/b]: Chapter 32~ The Big Secret
[b]mousebites2[/b]: Chapter 4~ How to Practice
[b]Hybrid Hunter[/b]: Chapter 21~ Developing Your Sets/Part 2
[b]MichaelMann[/b]: Chapter 32~ The Big Secret
[b]Montana76[/b]: Chapter 5~ Magic Friday
[b]topherhester[/b]: Chapter 3~ Developing Your Sets
[b]Matthew Rider[/b]: Chapter 32~ The Big Secret
[b]Raymond Singson[/b]: The entire thing, lol? (I'm including this as an entry because you've read it twice, lol)
[b]bekralik[/b]: Chapter 32~ The Big Secret
[b](a)ndy[/b]: Chapter 32~ The Big Secret

[i]Who's next?


All you need to do to enter is pick up copy of The Approach and write down your favourite chapter! 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!

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

[quote]
On 2013-12-08 04:12, Terrible Wizard wrote:
I don't yet own the book (believe me I want it), so I'm not entering the competition. However, just a quick question/request: there's a number of places given over to filling in (like Magic Friday feedback) - do you have printable PDFs of these fill-able pages, so we can write them without having to write in the book?
[/quote]

To be honest- I really, really, want everyone to write in their books. A huge part of performing is documenting and recording everything you've done- so I took some pains (a lot, lol) to make The Approach easy to write in. I think it would be awesome for everyone, in ten year's time, to pull it off the shelf- flip through it- and see how far they've come. And, if it absolutely kills you to do so- a cool notebook is way cooler than printed off forms.

Y'all rock!

~jamie
Message: Posted by: topherhester (Dec 12, 2013 08:44AM)
I love the workbook feel to it. I immediately began writing in it and putting ideas on the margins. This will be my guide!
Message: Posted by: Doug Arden (Dec 12, 2013 09:33AM)
For me it's Chapter 32.
Message: Posted by: Matthew Rider (Dec 12, 2013 11:48PM)
I'm afraid I'm incapable of writing in my books - I like to keep my library pristine. I do take notes in notebooks though, on the side!
Message: Posted by: matthewwhitt2 (Dec 13, 2013 10:12PM)
Jamie, you have me listed on there twice for chapter 32 and 42. I don't want it to be unfair when the winner is chosen as my username is up there 2 times. I went with chapter 42 as my choice so you can remove the 32 from the list of official entries.
Message: Posted by: Jinx13 (Dec 14, 2013 01:20PM)
This book is packed full of great advice, but I would have to say my favorite chapter would have to be #58 Remembering Names. This has always been a challenge for me, but there is some great advice in there.

Thank you for writing this book Jamie

David
Message: Posted by: EVILDAN (Dec 15, 2013 06:27PM)
Chapter 12 is pretty key on many different levels.
Message: Posted by: Jamie D. Grant (Dec 15, 2013 08:35PM)
Alright! It's time to draw the winner! Let's see..with the latest editions we have 39 entries (thanks, matthewwhitt2, for being so honest as well)!

Okay- so the random number generator says...

Number 24!!! Taking out matthewwhitt2 once- because he was listed twice- leaves us with...

[b]EVILDAN[/b]

Congrats!! I'll send you a PM! You just won $100 and a choice of any one of our products! Thanks to everyone for entering! And let's not stop the thread here- let's keep it going. I love the book club idea where we talk about certain chapters every now and then.

Y'all rock!

Your pal,

jamie
Message: Posted by: Grant Mitchell (Dec 16, 2013 03:43AM)
Off by 1! matthewwhitt2 is actually 2 completely different people, so needs his double listing :)

Congrats EVILDAN, and thanks to Jamie for running the competition.
Message: Posted by: CdnAndrew (Dec 16, 2013 06:07AM)
Congrats to Evildan!

Jamie,
Thanks for having the contest! It was fun to see what everyone else has taken away from The Approach. It seems people have learned a lot!

Andrew
Message: Posted by: EVILDAN (Dec 16, 2013 07:08AM)
Hey, I won. Thank You Jamie and everyone else.
I didn't even prepare an acceptance speech. I'd like to thank my parents, the owner of Premier 75 Magic Studio where I hung out as a teen and got bit by the magic bug, all the people that have hired me over the years, the producers of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno for having my wife and I perform, for the members of the Magic Castle who showed us a great evening the one time we were there, and of course Jamie D. Grant for this great book.

By the way, I wrote in pencil in mine. Mechanical pencil at that. Allows me to write small and make changes as they come.

EVILDAN.
Message: Posted by: matthewwhitt2 (Dec 16, 2013 07:33AM)
Congrats on the win EVILDAN! I as well use a good 'ol .5 mechanical pencil to write in my book. There is so much good stuff in the Approach!
Message: Posted by: CharlieC (Dec 18, 2013 12:53PM)
Interesting to see so many people pick #32 as their favorite. I'll try to keep this vague since I don't want to reveal it on the forums, but it just seems like it would be out of place for the venues I typically work.

I know I should try it. Everything else in the book has been SOLID gold. But I'm still hesitant. Someone tell me I'm crazy! (PMs are fine too!)
Message: Posted by: Doug Arden (Dec 18, 2013 01:31PM)
OK, with all due respect, you're crazy.
Message: Posted by: Bill Abbott Magic (Dec 18, 2013 04:25PM)
I've been performing at cocktail events for over two decades, and I just added the BIG secret of Jamie's this past weekend at two of my gigs and man life was SO much easier. I was able to break the ice quickly and get to the magic immediately. People were on board and excited to experience some magic and a lot of the typical social barriers evaporated thanks to Jamie's clever idea(s).

Awesome.

Bill Abbott
Message: Posted by: EVILDAN (Dec 18, 2013 09:18PM)
Charlie C., I think Bill Abbott might allude to the notion that you're crazy.
Message: Posted by: sirbrad (Dec 19, 2013 02:49AM)
[quote]
On 2013-12-13 00:48, Matthew Rider wrote:
I'm afraid I'm incapable of writing in my books - I like to keep my library pristine. I do take notes in notebooks though, on the side!
[/quote]

Same here, I used to write my name in magic books from the 70's and today when I see the value I wish I never had. :lol: But most that I have now are not written in.
Message: Posted by: Terrible Wizard (Dec 19, 2013 07:08AM)
Seems that some people apart from me might want pdfs ... hint, hint ... :)
Message: Posted by: EVILDAN (Dec 19, 2013 05:11PM)
It's easy enough to go into Word or a similar program and create your own templates. You can then customize the look and content as well, unless you want everything done for you.
Message: Posted by: Terrible Wizard (Dec 20, 2013 05:30AM)
Yes, everything done for me please :) I play a lot of RPGs as another one of my hobbies, and I guess I'm used to getting fillable pdfs with books. Not here to cause trouble, just thought it would be a very easy extra for Jamie to put on his website.
Message: Posted by: EVILDAN (Dec 23, 2013 11:02AM)
Chapter 23, What does my contract look like?

This is a very good chapter. There is an important lesson in there that my wife and I learned just last week. If we had the book and followed this chapter we wouldn't be in the situation we are in right now.
Message: Posted by: Jamie D. Grant (Jan 3, 2014 06:31PM)
Thanks, everyone!!

There's also a thread now for "Book of the Year" if anyone is interested! (please see the first post for voting rules):

http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=537935&forum=110

I hope everyone had a wonderful holidays, too, and got to put some of The Approach ideas into practice!

Happy New Year!

~jamie
Message: Posted by: pbj100 (Jan 13, 2014 01:25AM)
Ok here is my view on "the approach" the book is size 5 1/2 by 8 1/2 smaller than I expected for something described as a work book . Of those pages there are 2 toyaly blank pages ,32 with approx half or more blank,31 with 25 to 33% blank and 3 pages with 10 words or less on the page.
Then the forms for you to fill which I feel are space fillers .
14 full pages, 24 with 25 to 50 % forms. To add to this all of the book is DOUBLE SPACED!
I paid £55 for this book based on the recomends here and was disappointed not only with the size and space waste in the book . But for me there was very little in the book that has not been said elswhere .
I have been a magician for over 40 ,years so I may have read more than many . But for me this book was a let down after all the big build up from this thread phil
Message: Posted by: Jamie D. Grant (Jan 13, 2014 01:35AM)
Heya Phil! Thanks for your thoughts and for taking the time to write them! I always appreciate how valuable all of our time is and anytime someone puts the effort to offer insight, it should be appreciated.

My best,

jamie
Message: Posted by: M Petersen (Jan 13, 2014 12:40PM)
And that is why Jamie is a class act and one of my favorite people in magic. I've only met him a handful of times, but he is always polite and smiling.

I still really liked the book myself and put it on the H & R Magic Books Top 10 for 2013. It was the first book on making the transition from hobbyist to part time pro, that I have read, where I could picture myself actually doing it. That, to me, was thanks to the workbook approach Jamie took. There is a lot of blank space in this book, but to me the price was justified by the information given. Like I said in our email newsletter, if you have an interest in making money with magic, the book is worth it and will pay for itself. If you would like to stay a hobbyist, WITH WHICH THERE IS NOTHING WRONG, than I would try and talk you out of the book.

Although, if you read the book and only applied Jamie's treatment of other people and his outlook on life, which you can tell from the book is extremely optimistic, you would be a better and happier person for it regardless of your magical financial goals.

Marshall
H & R Magic Books
http://www.magicbookshop.com
marshall@magicbookshop.com
Message: Posted by: Alym Amlani (Jan 13, 2014 05:13PM)
I have to say that as an author, it's much MUCH more difficult to be succinct than it is to be wordy. Jamie has done a wonderful job packing a TON of advice into The Approach. The writing is friendly, motivational, and inspiring. Using some of the ideas in the book AT LEAST will lead to a few more shows a year, and here in Vancouver, that's a fair bit of extra money in my pocket. In fact, there's a few things in The Approach that I've certainly THOUGHT to do over the past few years; but after reading it, I've finally started to DO them.

This is a wonderful book, and was worth every penny (and more).

Alym Amlani
BuckMeUp - The Web's First Merit-Priced Marketplace
http://www.buckmeup.com
Message: Posted by: Raj Suman (Jan 25, 2014 05:09AM)
Is this out in ebook format yet?
Message: Posted by: Jmolomagic (Jan 25, 2014 07:26AM)
No ebook yet. It definitely worth getting the hard copy! :)
Message: Posted by: smullins (Jan 25, 2014 07:37AM)
Agreed, the hard copy is beyond worth it. I do believe Jamie stated earlier: at this moment he wasn't interested in selling it as an eBook.

He'll probably chime in and correct me if I'm wrong. :)

However, if you REALLY want to get more gigs, learn how to market yourself properly and pick up tips that will help you look like a pro in no time... Get the book.

The book will pay for itself in no-time if you actually apply the work necessary.
Message: Posted by: Raj Suman (Jan 25, 2014 08:27AM)
Thanks but I think I'll wait for this to come out in ebook format for three reasons.

1. My shelves are full.

2. I like to read on the move on my tablet device.

3. It will be cheaper.
Message: Posted by: Jamie D. Grant (Jan 25, 2014 08:51AM)
Hiya Raj!

Thanks for the interest in The Approach- that's awesome of you! I'm afraid I don't think it will never be out in ebook format, though. When I was growing up- books were a physical experience. You held them, you took them places, you knew what they felt like. And I love that too much. Ebooks are a bit harder to protect, too. Also, since it's a workbook- I really want people to write in it and be able to come back to it years from now and be able to pull it off the shelf and see how far they've come. That's my hope, anyways. I hope all that makes sense!

Your pal,

jamie
Message: Posted by: Alan Munro (Feb 9, 2014 05:08AM)
I love The Approach! Too often, authors wait too long before they write a book on how to be successful in the business, forgetting many of the details that helped them get started. I've purchased many books, where there is a huge knowledge gap between myself and the author's published advice. In The Approach, there is no gap. This is stuff that I can act on today! If you perform at all, get this book if you don't already have it.
Message: Posted by: necro555 (Feb 19, 2014 07:43AM)
So far enjoying the book. If I had a criticism it would be that the book feels very cheaply made and doesn't make it enjoyable to flick through in that sense. Considering it cost me $75 plus shipping, I would have expected better quality in that sense.
Message: Posted by: Legendary Wizard (Jul 30, 2014 02:34AM)
Received the book today . Pretty satisfied . :)
Message: Posted by: Legendary Wizard (Jul 30, 2014 02:35AM)
So far the content is quite enjoying . No wonder it received so many 5 starts . ;:)
Message: Posted by: KC Cameron (Nov 30, 2014 09:05PM)
I really want this, but it would definitely suit me better as an eBook. I understand Jamie likes the feel of a paperback, but I'm not buying it for him to experience. I'll probably break down and get a paperback, but I really hate having more stuff hanging around my already overstuffed house.
Message: Posted by: Steven Leung (Mar 17, 2015 04:36AM)
Jamie, I would like to know where on line can make those VIP name tags in small quantity say 10 piece and do international shipping.
Message: Posted by: Jamie Ferguson (Mar 17, 2015 12:06PM)
[quote]On Dec 1, 2014, KC Cameron wrote:
I really want this, but it would definitely suit me better as an eBook. I understand Jamie likes the feel of a paperback, but I'm not buying it for him to experience. I'll probably break down and get a paperback, but I really hate having more stuff hanging around my already overstuffed house. [/quote]
Add me to that list. I'd like an ebook version.
Message: Posted by: AndreJ (Mar 18, 2015 02:14PM)
I will be doing my first Magic Friday this week. Very excited!

Jamies words "This will change your game" echoes in my head...

My colleagues know that I do magic, but with Magic Fridays I think it will put more pressure on me (which I think is good). I figure that the trick for my first MF should be something really good and amazing, I want them to want more. I think I´ll go with Card Warp or Poker Test, as both are tricks I really know, and I think they both "pack small - play big".
Message: Posted by: Greg Arce (Mar 25, 2015 12:52AM)
Well, everyone got me curious here. I bought it. Wow! Fantastic! There are so many gems in here that it's just plain crazy. There's one idea in there that is worth more than the book itself. Actually there are several ideas that were worth the price of admission.

As many have already said, one wishes this book was around so many decades ago when we were stumbling in the dark. This is solid information with tons of personal moments and years of experience.

Get it and get it now.

Greg
Message: Posted by: zimzim33 (Apr 14, 2016 09:00AM)
Hey all,

Yeah, I haven't posted much, but have been performing casually for over 10 years. Per a recommendation, I bout this book. Let me tell you, amazing. If anyone is on the fence, they could benefit a lot from it. Every single page in this book seems to be loaded with tried and true information that truly excites me as a performer. After only a few days, I am starting to use the tips in everyday life, and I look forward to planning some events to build my walkaroud skills. So, thank you for this book! It truly is worth its weight in gold.

Jake