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fridoliina89
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Hello everyone!

I'm going on a 6 week long vacation and I was thinking about getting a book to take with me and I'm interested in Eric Meads book tangled web but I could not find a review on it.

Does someone have it? If so what do you think about it? Is there any good and practical effects in it?
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It's a slim volume full of excellent material for a very experienced performer.

Folks will disagree, but I own the book, and regardless of how many come on to say "it's brilliant" it remains a book with a limited readership (read: not for beginners).

It is however an excellent book if you're within its target audience. (you'll not get 6 weeks out of it though, it's a small book Smile ).
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It's amazing. If you do anything with a memorized pack, you'll find a lot of great work. He also goes into a lot of detail on The Trick That Can't Be Explained. There's a great coin trick that works as the perfect opener in walk around. He also has an effect or two for kid shows, including a logical routine for the Appearing Cane, that's more than just "look what I can do".
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Thank you guys,

I'm also thinking about either getting Michael Weber's Life Savers, John Carney´s Carneycopia, or The Classic Magic of Larry Jennings, if I'm not getting Eric Mead's book. Any thoughts on them?
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If you just want a huge book so you can work on a bunch of card tricks while vacationing, I'd get the Jennings book.
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Ditto silverking, I found 'Tangled Web' an interesting read, and I'm happy I did read it, but there wasn't too much in it for me ultimately because I'm not up to a technical standard to make the most of what he taught.

The same could be said for Carneycopia, but I really thought it was great, a personal manifesto via the description of tricks. And while I don't find myself doing his tricks, I did find it inspiring.

It depends what you have an have already read, of course, but if you haven't read it and want a book with a very diverse and interesting range of ideas, I'd go for Lewis Jones' "Seventh Heaven". I know that's changing the subject somewhat, but it's the kind of book you could dip in and out of on holiday, and go off and pretty well do most of the things in it to suit your level of technical expertise.
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For a six week vacation you might enjoy David Regal's "Approaching Magic," or Peter McCabe's book, "Scripting Magic."
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I think definitely the classic magic of larry jennings.

So many things in that book to work on, it has so many things to practice.(unlike tangled web which was great but more theory and less things to practice)
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Do NOT get my LORAYNE: THE CLASSIC COLLECTION or any of the BEST OF FRIENDS volumes, or certainly not any APOCALYPSE volumes - they'd keep you off the beach for the six weeks! HL
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Apart from its excellent content, Tangled Web by Eric Mead is one of the most attractively designed/produced/bound books I've ever seen in magic.

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Get it. If you're torn between that and any other book, let it be Carneycopia.

Not that the others are bad, but I'd choose between those two.

If that doesn't help, you can throw the Scripting Magic book in there too.
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On 2008-07-11 20:31, Harry Lorayne wrote:
Do NOT get my LORAYNE: THE CLASSIC COLLECTION or any of the BEST OF FRIENDS volumes, or certainly not any APOCALYPSE volumes - they'd keep you off the beach for the six weeks! HL


Harry, you're so right. If someone took your books on a trip to Hawaii, they'd come back as pale as when they left.


But, they would have some new killer material to perform!!
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To follow up entity's comment, 'Tangled Web' is certainly produced with loving care and attention, it and 'Card Fictions' are probably the standout books I've bought in the last couple of years in that regard. Although maybe that's a reason not to have either as holiday books and have to cram them into a suitcase.
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I read somewhere that it contains possibly the second best Copper Silver routine in print, just behind Scotty York's...
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On 2008-07-11 20:31, Harry Lorayne wrote:
Do NOT get my LORAYNE: THE CLASSIC COLLECTION or any of the BEST OF FRIENDS volumes, or certainly not any APOCALYPSE volumes - they'd keep you off the beach for the six weeks! HL


Haha! So we finally know the nefarious plans of one Mr. Harry Lorayne! He puts out this great material so that we are forever indoors. Egads, the man is anti-tan!!

But, I have thwarted your schemes Mr. Lorayne! I take my Harry Lorayne collection on vacation to Tahiti where nubile and wanton women turn the holy pages for me. Yes, I sit in the sun as these syrens massage my hands after working on your Ultra Move. You see, while you were replying to Fridolina,I slipped onto a flight headed for Poughkeepsie and hijacked it by threatening to do endless variations of the ACR unless I was dropped off in Tahiti. Take THAT Mr. Evil Magic Genius Who Hates Tans!!

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Tangled Web is probably the best book I've read in the last 2 years. Get it!
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How are the effects in the book? Are they extreamly hard?
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On 2008-07-11 14:41, silverking wrote:
It's a slim volume full of excellent material for a very experienced performer.

Folks will disagree, but I own the book, and regardless of how many come on to say "it's brilliant" it remains a book with a limited readership (read: not for beginners).

It is however an excellent book if you're within its target audience. (you'll not get 6 weeks out of it though, it's a small book Smile ).


This comment is dead on. I have the book as well and in fact bought it before going on a trip. I pretty much read the whole thing on one plane trip. Yes, there are good thoights and material in the book, but it is also quite slim and a lot of what's in there is stuff to think about as opposed to learn and practice. Also, the material jumps around a lot -- there's a mentalism piece, kid show piece, some stage work, etc, so unless you are a working pro you may not find all of it of the same value.

I'm on a long trip now and I brought a volume of Card College and am trying to conscientiously work through it.
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My favorite thing about this book is not the tricks, but his thinking behind them. His insight can be applied to existing routines in your set. My favorite bits are Watch the Birdie, (production of a bottle of beer or coke) The Bunny Bill Swindle, (A great swindle for on a kid) and The Walk Off. The walk off is a BRILLIANT piece of thinking that when used properly will dramatically increase your tips and your standing in the eyes of spectators. Eric is really one of the finest performers you've never seen. His clients include Bill Gates, Michael Eisner and Jack Nicholson. That's the kind of person I want giving me advice for sure.
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