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Magicman01462
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Alright, as scary as this may seem, and I know how many people will be groaning about this, but out of sheer curiousity I bought the new "Mysterious Stranger" book by (sorry about this) David Blaine.

Well, anyway, after reading the book, (which was long but interesting) I actually thought that he did a nice job of summing up magic, and what he thinks of it.

Though some parts may seem a bit inflated, like the challenge sections, it was pretty good. The downside, he gave away some of the illusions that I use like the 21 card and then a strange form of the riffle force.

But on the upside, it was well produced. I hope no one goes ballistic about this, but that was my opinion.

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I haven't read it. I don't plan on reading it either unless he chooses to send me a copy Smile

I'm glad to hear that his efforts are appreciated though.
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I would recommend this book to anyone, magicians and laymen alike. It does give a strong grasp to anyone who wants to know about magic in general.

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That brings on an interesting question:
Do you have to be a great peformer to write a good book?
I think the answer is no - and there are many examples. Darwin Ortiz, Larry Jennings and so on...
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It depends. You need to be great at whatever you write your book about. Mr. Ortiz and Mr. Jennings are both brilliant card men.

If you are writing a book on performing, you should be a brilliant performer. They wrote books about cards, a topic both men excelled in.

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Then David Blaine has succeeded in writing a book about what he know best--our incredible desire for the unexplained and supernatural. He did it and we can complain all we want about it, but let's face it, if we'd done it first we'd have been proud.
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His book will only help his career and I think he's a very smart man to do so. Smile
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The book is an interesting read. I didn't expect to buy a book full of effects, which this isn't. The book mainly captures his feelings and attitudes towards the art and why he performs the way he does.
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