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Between carneycopia and approaching magic by david regal. which books do you think would be better for a restaurant hopper. and better as in the type of effects AND most importantly advice for performing (not necesarily advice for working in a restaurant).
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There are, I think, several threads that may help you on this forum.
e.g :
The books I really enjoyed (amoung others..) regarding performing advice are the 'Books of Wonder'by Tommy Wonder.
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I havent read Approaching Magic...

However I did read Carneycopia recently and I thoroughly enjoyed it! John gives some great theory advice, while providing some great effects, most of which are very much commercial.

I love almost all the card stuff in this book. One effect(s) that you may want to look into is the Napkin Troilogy. Originally put in the book I think, its three separate effects he put together in a video that are completely impromptu and use a deck of cards and a napkin. It flows beautifully.

Not to mention you get his Cylinder and Coins, his one cup routine, and learning from a student of Vernon.

I hope this helps you some in your choice!

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If you are looking for restaurant specific magic, then these may not be the places you need to look. They are both good books, don't get me wrong, but it may be like looking into books on astrophysics just to figure out where to point your telescope to see Mars.

Get books on restaurant magic. There are lots of them. Check for material by Dan Fleshman.
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Scotts Guinn Blog is VERY useful!
And if you are searching GREAT sources of table hooping but in dvd, Kozmo Magic " Live at the Jailhouse"
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Of the two, I have only read Carneycopia, but highly recommend it. Great essays and philosophy. There is also a lot of material that is good in bar/restaurant situations.

I'm also going to second the Books of Wonder.

Another great read is Mastering the Art of Magic by Eugene Burger.

All of the above books contain great material, but in reading these, you will learn much more than just 'tricks'
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It is encouraging that people are recommending books instead of DVDs.
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On 2009-08-13 12:38, Colonel Clark wrote:
It is encouraging that people are recommending books instead of DVDs.

I completely agree, a lot of these young guys would benefit from reading some books. It wold greatly cut down on all the "new" effects that seem to come out every half an hour.

Maximum entertainment by Ken Weber is a must have for any magician/mentalist.

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I definitely suggest Jim Pace's Restaurant Workers Handbook. It is chocked full with absolutely everything you need to know about working restaurants. From getting the gig, to keeping the gig, working with the servers, troublesome spectators, routines, building your resume, & much more. Pick it up, you won't be disappointed. Jim's advice and guidence throughout the years have helped me grow into the magician I am today. He's a great guy, and extremly knowledgable. Smile
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Kirk Charles the complete guide to restaurant and walk-around magic.
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