I thought there would be more people who had purchased the book (or had seen this post!). Anyway, my thoughts:
First let me say, I'm a big Annemann fan, as well as a fan of The Miracle Factory. Annemann was such a prolific author, this was a natural extension of The Miracle Factory's portfolio. I ordered this book as soon as I heard it announced! Miracle Factory books are always so well done, with pictures, personal notes, ads, etc. from the time period that make them a delight to read. Todd is amazing at what he does!
My high expectations for the book were confirmed upon arrival and initial impressions. It's an amazing compilation of Annemann's life work. I started reading it, but it will take a looooong time to get through everything in detail. While my impressions were overwhelmingly positive, I had three [admittedly nitpicky] issues:
1. There were two errors in the first ten pages: an obvious misspelling in the preface, then an obvious punctuation error in the forward. No big deal, as it didn't impact the understanding of the passage, but it was disappointing to find at the beginning (when the proofreader should have been fresh). It made me wonder how many other errors could be scattered through the rest of the book. Considering the track record of The Miracle Factory, I have no doubt that these issues are isolated incidents, but it was an unfortunate thing to have them right there at the beginning.
2. They purposefully left out the outdoor bullet catch method. To be clear, I didn't buy this book to learn the bullet catch, and I didn't even know that I wanted to read Annemann's method until I was told in the preface that I couldn't. It's like asking "what's for supper?" with no notions of what you want, but when the cook says "not steak," all you want is steak. One way or the other, I think the ad copy should state that it's purposefully omitted, since it currently says:
[QUOTE]Annemannís Enigma combines hundreds of archival photographs and artifacts with the entire body of writings of the legendary Theodore Annemann (1907-1942), including all his books, articles, and manuscripts.[/QUOTE]
3. The extra files (copy of [i] The Jinx[/i], etc.) are included on CD. I know I'm old-school for buying a physical book anyway, but I don't have a CD drive on a computer anymore...I have some friends with USB CD drives, so I'm sure I'll be able to have access to the files, but in today's world, I feel like there should be a way to digitally distribute these files.
LET ME BE CLEAR: these are all [b]*MINOR*[/b] issues with an otherwise stellar release, and I am in no way disappointed! This is going to be one of my favorite books of all time given my interest in Annemann and mentalism. There are pictures that have never been seen before, private correspondence shared for the first time, and all kinds of extras for all interests.
While Annemann's career was tragically short, he left us with a fantastic legacy, now beautifully presented in this wonderful tome: [i]Annemann's Enigma[/i]. I highly recommend it, and hope you enjoy it as much as me!