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Steven Keyl
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Greetings everyone. I'd like to take this opportunity to announce my brand new magic blog, Magic Book Report. I know you're thinking that the magic community can hardly deal with all the blogs that already exist, let alone adding another, but I think this is a worthy addition to the blogosphere.

Ostensibly, the site is a video-based monthly book review of some publication from magic's past or present. My ulterior motive, however, is to promote the use of books as a primary source for learning magic. I certainly understand the irony of using a video review to promote the benefits of books, but it is the video-based community that I'm primarily trying to reach.

In addition to the book review itself, I will be performing a number of selections from the book to give viewers a flavor of what the book is about and the kinds of material it contains.

For the very first entry the selection was The Stars of Magic. It is an absolute classic and as such is more than justified as the inaugural selection. In addition to the review, 5 effects are performed. As you might imagine, none of them are magician foolers but for regular spectators this is some excellent material.

You may also notice that I don't actually use the names of the effects anywhere. This is intentional to keep people unfamiliar with the effects from just "Googling" a poorly exposed version.

Your patronage and comments, whether here or on the blog itself, are appreciated and welcome. Thanks.

http://www.magicbookreport.com
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Steven,

Really nicely done. I love the demos. It made me anxious to revisit "Stars." I can see it working the way you envisioned and some of the video-only guys getting excited to check out the book. I loved your handling of the slow-mo Assembly. It fooled me badly, which is always a treat. Thanks for demoing it!
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Steven,

I like the idea and I think your blog design looks great. It was nice to see you perform some of the effects from the book too. I also liked how you gave the book 3 different ratings by trying to see it through the eyes of different groups/types of magicians.

Thanks for taking this project on. I look forward to next months installment.

Glenn
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Great work, Kyle! Keep it up.
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Well done! Not only a great idea for the blog, but also design is very clean and nice to look at. I'll make sure I'll check it from time to time. Thanks!
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Thanks for that, Steve.

Your blog project is an ambitious project and, if subsequent episodes are as interesting as the initial one, I, and many more, will be eagerly awaiting each episode with bated breath.

When I first read "Stars of Magic" many years ago, it was just as I was beginning my magic journey and, while I was fascinated by the magic revealed therein, quite frankly, I wasn't ready for the book and was intimidated by the magic and moves being discussed in that book. And so, I put the book up on the shelf and, unfortunately, forgot about it. Now, like Fritz, your video performances has caused me to once again bring out my copy of the book, dust it off, and this time give it a serious re-read with the eye to actually incorporating some of the effects into my repertoire.

I enjoyed each of the videos. My favorite of the five? The Ace Assembly and your beautiful handling of same. Close second was "Triumph". Your performances demonstrate once again that the book was aptly named "Stars of Magic.

Thanks again.

Mike

P.S. Regarding the cups and balls video ending, the correlation between the ending visual and your last comment almost flew by me. I immediately understood the audible comment (I love puns) but almost missed the correlation with the video display (a visual pun). That said, and while I found humor in such, I don't think that I could ever pull it off. Kind of reminds me of Whit Haydn's use and mastery of the double entendres in his "Mongolian Pop-Knot" routine. Still chuckling as I recall both Whit's and your performances here.
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Steven,

This is great. Fills an important niche. Thanks for doing it, and I'm looking forward to future episodes.

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I love it. Its very well set up. I just love the overall look. I really like the fack you include performances in the review. that's a major plue.



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Wow, that was great. Thanks, Steven! Looking forward to more in the months to come.
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Smashing Sir..

I Commend You for giving the 'Preview' of routines in said books and giving those a view so they know what to expect and can make a rational decision about purchasing or not
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Very, very enjoyable. Thanks.
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You created something nice! I really like your style.
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Very good, I'll be waiting for the next installment =)
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On 2011-04-19 14:14, Andrew Musgrave wrote:
Great work, Kyle! Keep it up.


Sorry, that should have read "Keyl". I blame the hangover.
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Gonna have to pull out my copy of Stars of Magic back out.
Excellent.

I wish I had the knowledge to be able to produce a site as nice as yours.

For some reason the "coins thru" video stopped half way through.
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This should be good; the OP is invariably one of the best contributors here
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I like the palm to get rid of the red cards in the scarne trick from stars of magic; totally missed it the first time -- though I suppose I was taken by a kind of misdirection you can't generally count on, looking for it to follow the book. in any event, nicely executed. very nice triumph, too.
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I found it pretty nice and I like how you break down your rating.

Can't wait to see more...
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Well done. Are you taking suggestions for future books?
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Thanks so much for the kind words everyone!

slyhand, the Coins through Table demo is only choppy when NOT viewed in full screen mode. In other words, it behaves better in full screen mode than it does in the smaller window. Why? I have no idea.

Andrew, sounds like you need a little hair of the dog.

IanL, sure I'm taking suggestions for future books. I know what the next one will be, but after that, what do you have in mind?

Thanks again, everyone. Your comments are gratifying and greatly appreciated. Cheers.
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