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Steven Steele
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Well it looks like another "exposure" book is making its way out into the public. I read that this recent tome includes the "Zombie", "Elephant from Denmark", "Solid Ghost", and "Balducci Levitation", among others.

I have no problem with 'teaching' books, but magic secrets have become too available to anybody that thinks they want to become a magician.

I think we as magicians are going to have to be more careful as to whom we sell to and maybe have a list of effects that we consider to be "public domain". Otherwise, it is unavailable.

As I was growing up, secrets were hard to come by. You held on to each one because it was such a treasure. That one book or two you got each year were poured over for weeks to learn all the nuances of each routine.

Now books, videos, DVDs are released almost on a daily basis for the masses in search of the almighty dollar. I have no problem with that to a certain extent, but the result of this excess is what we are now experiencing...the trivialization of the art of magic. And this book is just another nail in our coffin.





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Joshua Quinn
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What is it that makes this an "exposure" book rather than just another magic book?

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Every problem contains the seeds of its own solution. Unfortunately every problem also contains the seeds of an infinite number of non-solutions, so that first part really isn't super helpful.
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