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inhumaninferno
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I say YEAH...

Seebach's been at this along time and has much knowledge to share. Troupin' an illusion show is a lot of work. Most got no idea.

Plus, Colon in August is always a great place to be. I've missed a few years, hope to scoot there this time.

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Set Up - Play - knock down - Set up - fight electrical techs, play, knock down travel - set up - lights great sound attrocious -- play - knock down --- travel -- assistant sick -- get local model -- train while setting up and cutting -- play -- knock down -- find truck broken after loaded -- etc.

The life of an illusionist is interesting. As Fechner once said -- ""to make a small fortune as an illusionist - start with a large one."

But, I must say I have always felt that hiring a magician for a large stage show who could not fill the stage and keep the audience visibly impressed was always a disappointment. This means top talent with personality and exceptional stagecraft, OR lots of big props and better than average stafecraft.

The labor in the latter becomes tedious and more difficult with age unless you maker enough to hire a good crew!
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Chez some of Davids Old Articles can be find on the Abbots website where they've e-archived some of the New Tops.....AC
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Can you give us a link? Smile
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I enjoyed all the articles but especially liked the Buzz Saw one because he mentions that it was the most expensive item in the Abbotts catalog. As a kid growing up in the seventies I used to read that catalog and the buzz saw was on my list for that very reason. However on my first trip to Abbotts I had only saved up about $300.00 or so and decided to purchase a garden of flowers with my savings rather than wait for the other 9,700 dollars to get the buzz saw.

Luckily I had Seebach's Tops articles and my dreams to get me through the minimum wage teenager years.
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I went as far as making copies of the articles and binding them in a book .. no joke. Man it was a lot of work, and it wasn't cheap either. I made like six copies and gave one to David. It was a fun project .. learned a lot about piecing a book together.

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Steve, how many articles were there total? Adam
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A lot .. he wrote for the magazine for years. I imagine he's got them all on paper, right off his typewriter .. there were no computers back then. They may have even been tablets of stone .. it was a while ago.

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LOL @ the tablets of stone and what were those plate shaped thingys that you listened to music on called? My bad....it would be interesting to see the collection....David should release them as a book...from the Top's articles online his knowledge of Illusions is huge!!!
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You know its not such a bad idea. Maybe Abbotts could compile the collection and David could add addition notes and updates to the material.

I really think this would really sell. I remember looking through many of the articles and much of the information is still very interesting and useful. This might just stir things up enough to set the wheels in motion.

Subject: Illusions

the Book by David Seebach


Sounds good to me, long over due ...

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I haven't seen daivd is yeeeaaarrrsss.

nor have I been to abbotts in yeearrss.

so maybe, we could actually go.
(as I keep sayin')
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I think you shouuuld get your buuuutt in geeeear and go!

It's still a fun time, I look forward to a few days in the country .. nothing better than some fresh air and a peanut butter shake.

Steve

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I would love a copy of all the illusion articles. I read a few of the ones posted. And now I am hooked! He really does need to write a book. Illusions are one of the least written about subjects in magic.

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I couldn't agree with you more .. David has a lot to offer. I think there is a great gap to fill since Ken Griffin's Illusion Show Know-How.

Good news .. David has begun work on the lecture notes. I'll look over what he sent tonight. I'm excited ..

Steve
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Its hard enough getting my dad motivated to go to
a magic show but once he's there he's a social butterfly.

you saw how he was in November.

We'll see.
I have to fill my concert schedule and save my monies to go...
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I will venture into the Tops back issue room (it reminds me of a smaller version of the final scene in Raiders of the lost Ark) and pull all the tops with Davids articles. I know Abbotts has a complete set and could compile what is described above, but I am wondering if I can find enough back issues maybe we could give a free issue of Tops to all attending (sort of like free bat day at baseball), or include one with a purchase of lecture notes, etc. Let me see what Abbotts has first and then we can work something out.

We can have plenty of the Griffins Illusion Show Know How on hand too if you like, Abbotts has included that book in a current Illusion Book promotion at its site. I think it is from the 70's. You can find a touching story about the Griffins at the link below as they do a USO tour at a base in Vietnam where their son was killed a year earlier.
http://www.magicgettogether.com/tops/viet.html

Abbotts is always open to any ideas so please keep shooting suggestions at this thread. This years Get Together will be well remembered because so many new things are going to be added, not the least of which includes the first use of the new Colon Magic Park.

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I love the Griffins Articles! It is like reading a letter from a friend. You don't get that from a magazine now days!

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You can find about 75 articles at
http://www.magicgettogether.com/tops/index3.html
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Everyone attending this lecture will get a free issue of Tops that will have a David Seebach Subject:Illusion article in it. The issues are over 20 years old but are in mint to excellent condition.

Who knows, since this will exhaust Abbotts Tops issues for those particular months these may very well become collectible items.
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