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Topic: The Secret Art of Magic
Message: Posted by: Endless West (Mar 3, 2014 08:04AM)
Some of you may recall a couple of months ago when I was searching high and low for a copy of this book. I've heard it's one of the best books on the subject of street performance. Well, I finally got my hands on a copy!! So far I've only read the first half (Eric Evans) and I have to say it is absolutely everything everyone has said. I have read a few different things on street theatre and busking, but this book has bypassed all of the others by far.
I was lucky enough to find it in the private collection of a friend who keeps the local IBM library.
This book is a definite confidence booster!
Thank you to everyone who was pointing me in different places that still had copies for sale. Unfortunately they were ALL sold out. Fortunately, however, there was one under my nose the whole time.
Message: Posted by: Stperformer (Mar 3, 2014 08:01PM)
Das ist gro▀artig! Happy to hear you finally obtained a copy. :-) Eric's works are absolutely brilliant!!!!!
Message: Posted by: silvercup (Mar 3, 2014 08:15PM)
Nowlin Craver is no slouch either.
Message: Posted by: Eric Evans (Mar 5, 2014 09:00PM)
Without Nowlin, it wouldn't have been a third the book it is.

The man is anything but a slouch.

Brilliant? Yes. Any number of superlatives would work.

As to the subject of this thread, I know I can speak for Nowlin as well when I say that we are most thankful our book has been received so well. If it has lasting value however, Nowlin's section is the reason why.
Message: Posted by: Stellan (Mar 6, 2014 04:20AM)
It is indeed, at least in my opinion, a milestone in magic theory. It was really a deed to see and explore the connections between the 36 strategies and magic, in particular street magic. Hats off to both of you.

I wonder how many magicians do actively use this thinking to improve their magic? I am one.

I also wonder what has happened with this knowledge since 2003?
It is hardly something that can be considered as something finished.
Is there anybody out there who tries to evolve and contribute to the thinking and practice of the 36 strategies in magic?
Are there any discussions going on?
Message: Posted by: Eric Evans (Mar 6, 2014 12:39PM)
When we first published the book, Nowlin and I purposefully stayed away from discussions and reviews so that magicians would feel free to present their thoughts without us peering over their proverbial shoulder.

Unfortunately, there was very few (read: none) opinions presented about the 36. So we waited, hoping the 36 would eventually be accepted for what it is: the Unified Field Theory of Misdirection or Dispersion.

As I've ventured about I've heard from numerous magicians, in private, that they enjoyed the book and found it very informative. Though I'm thankful for the sentiments, I find it strange that such opinions are expressed only in private. As if magicians don't want anyone else to know how highly they regard the book.

Stellan, in answer to your question, yes, there's been a discussion going on in my head, weighing, applying, and testing the 36. Eventually I may write another book that illuminates my experiences. But no, there's no other discussion anywhere else that I'm aware of.
Message: Posted by: strat1227 (Mar 6, 2014 04:32PM)
One of my biggest regrets about magic is when I moved from Florida to Denver, I left a lot of my stuff behind, including "The Secret Art of Magic" and "To Lure with Spectacle"

I've read both cover to cover at least twice, but they're both excellent references that I miss dearly.
Message: Posted by: Robertology (Mar 6, 2014 09:16PM)
Oh, man, those are the two books that have my interest right now. I'm not able to get them just yet but they're at the top of my list. My wife sometimes pokes fun at me for keeping so much stuff but it's such good stuff! :)
Message: Posted by: Stellan (Mar 7, 2014 03:13AM)
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On Mar 6, 2014, Eric Evans wrote:

Unfortunately, there was very few (read: none) opinions presented about the 36. So we waited, hoping the 36 would eventually be accepted for what it is: the Unified Field Theory of Misdirection or Dispersion.

As I've ventured about I've heard from numerous magicians, in private, that they enjoyed the book and found it very informative. Though I'm thankful for the sentiments, I find it strange that such opinions are expressed only in private. As if magicians don't want anyone else to know how highly they regard the book.
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The 36 is also a way to understand what is going on in the world. It seems to me that you have been victim to the very first strategy (in your book nr 24): "Cross the Sea Without the Emperor Knowing" that is the strategy to hide something in the open. It is also said that if you want to hide a secret then publish it.
But I also think that this is a huge material to digest. At least my first experience was that I found pieces of gold in the book, but it was also so much that it "muddied the water". You can't expect someone to digest it after one or even several readings. You have to live with this thinking in order to come through the surface. After my first reading I didn't know even where to begin a discussion or how to look at it in a more critical way.
Message: Posted by: g.albinana (Aug 4, 2019 11:45AM)
If someone can sell me a copy of the book (also lecture notes would be wonderful) will be much appreciated
Message: Posted by: Dick Oslund (Aug 5, 2019 07:13PM)
Yes! The REAL SECRETS OF MAGIC, ARE IN BOOKS! Especially, books written by authors WHO make you THINK!