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jkwebber
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Looking forward to the first 12 chapters!! I am still excited about the upcoming book.
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I'm excited and I wish I can have it 5 years ago. 10Q : )
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I just finished reading the beginning of Jamie's book that he so graciously offered to share with the members here on the Café. First of all, thank you so much for your generosity Jamie, you gave us enough of a taste so that we can see the type and style of the book and what you are offering to share with us. I will tell you that from reading the first 12 chapters, whether you are a hobbyist, just starting out on your journey to becoming a professional magician, or you are a performer with some experience under your belt looking for a way to get more work, to grow and build your career, Jamie will make you think and take an honest hard look at yourself and who you want to become.

Thanks for sharing Jamie!
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Thank you so much for the feedback. That absolutely makes my night!

And I think I owe everyone an apology for the messed up font. In WORD, I'm writing in Baskerville (which looks awesome) but when I save as a PDF (which is what I'm sending out) and then open it- it looks all messed up. How does it look like for you guys?

It should look like the pages I posted a bit earlier in this thread...

Note: I just tried opening it on my iPhone and it looks great. So it must be the Adobe on my Mac. Strange!!
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I would describe it as a very ENGAGING read, I have given some thought to almost all of the areas covered over the last year or so. But here's the thing - regardless of the 'I've already got that covered thanks' mindset that is too easy to have when reading though something like this, if you have a desire to be the best you can be then this material makes you stop and CONSCIOUSLY give real thought to re-assessing how you go about the task / job / passtime. If for each area covered you come out with 'no action needed there thanks, it's all good anyway', then great, but if that's your answer most of the time, then frankly, you are lying (or perfect).

I will definitely be buying the final version.
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Very easy read. The different size fonts breaking up the text I feel really worked.
Very good and relevant info and advice. Super useful for a hobbyist like me.
Looking forward to the full copy.
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Hi Everyone

Just finished reading the first 12 chapters (and filled everything in along the way!) and I've just got to say that I adored it!

I'm only a junior Magician (age 14) but I do read a lot of magic books (unfortunately unlike others my age). But this is the only one I've ever read so far which truly creates and develops a personality and character for the reader (the book actually connects with the reader in a great way!).

In some parts I believed it to be a bit vague yet as soon as I noticed it straight after was a message saying that we will come back to it at a later date! So other than that I can't see any faults!

It was great fun to read, it was nicely set out and presented, it was very informative and just a fantastic start to what I bet is a fantastic book!

Jamie has made something special here

Cheers

LeoC
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Thanks, guys!! This feedback is awesome!!!
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I would have to TOTALLY agree with the other comments above! Very good information, easy to read and apply the wisdom shared by Jamie. Looking forward to the complete book!

Bob
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Hello Jamie

First of all thank you for the incredible bravery and trust that you have shown by inviting us to comment on your draft. From what I can see of the teaching it is first class and it's very much your "voice" guiding us. I do have some fundamental issues though. I hope the following sets these out in a constructive way.

My biggest problem with the book is that if I pay $75 (or even CAN$75!) for it I don't want to ruin it by writing in it. I do hope therefore that you'll publish a separate PDF file of all the forms / notes pages so we can print these and use them without having to deface the book. Prepared carefully the PDF needn't provide pirates with a quick way to rip off the book as the book should be necessary to make sense of the forms.

My other points are also typographical rather than magical.

The front illustration is beautiful. As a cover though please can you remove the price part and order form? If I've bought the book I don't need to be reminded of the price or need to place an order. They detract from the illustration. It isn't a sales poster that's needed here but a book cover illustration.

Page numbers. Unless you're going to refer to them I'm not sure if they are really necessary but they ought to be in the centre or on the right not on the left by the spine where they'll be obscured by your thumb.

I'm really not a fan of the different sizes and weights of text but what I can't abide I'm afraid are the grey highlights and disconcerting chapter numbers. The bracketed chapter headings are more consistent with computer code and don't reflect the tradition magic publication the cover illustration suggests. Your guidance on business cards said keep the text clear and simple. I wish that advice applied to the typography in the book. I’m not trained in typography but I recognise the skill and art involved. If you’re going to go to the expense of having your wisdom published in a book as opposed to an email or word document I would urge you to keep the typography traditional. It’s that way for a reason.

As far as the highlights go they need to be in fluorescent yellow not grey to stand out (which will add to production costs) but why not just omit them and allow the reader to add them if they feel them necessary? Those of us who prefer to read our books but keep them pristine will choose not to damage our purchase. We'll still get the benefit of the teaching though.

To sum up. I don’t like the way the text is presented but I love the content. I don’t pay $75 to scribble over a beautiful book so please don’t ask me to. I am very much looking forward to buying a copy.

Best Wishes

Mike
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Just finished the sample, can't wait for the rest. Jamie's tone, voice, and layout are great. The information is spot on and everyone can and will be a better magician and increase their business. Thanks Jamie.

Cheers,

Mike
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I just got done reading the sample as well and loved it. I enjoyed the layout and found it very easy to read. This is a book I will absolutely read from cover to cover many times and cant wait for it. Just in this sample it answered many questions I had. I also like the idea of a supplemental PDF for the forms because I don't think I will write in my book either (at least not without probably wanting to change what I wrote a few weeks later! )

Well done Jamie
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This is absolutely brilliant! I too wish I had this earlier in my career - would have saved me a LOT of problems! Well written, extremely useful and actually inspiring. Already put my name down for the book and genuinely excited about its release.

Iain.
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This looks fantastic!

Jamie, are you still offering the preview chapters, or have I missed that boat now?

Steve
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Jamie - thank you so much. For me, this is a straightforward, easy to follow way to move from years of performing for close friends to performing for a more varied audience base and getting some gigs. It's an awesome plan of action!
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This reads WAY too quickly ! I was really frustrated at the end of those first 50 pages.
Simple and well thought-out advices. This will, I'm sure, help a lot of magicians in the future.

Can't wait for the release.

J.
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I also read the first 12 chapters and am looking forward to when the book comes out.
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There's a fair amount I need to respond to here, and it all has to do with THANKING all of you. You spoke, and I listened. I changed some things and cleaned up some others. I'll go into more detail when I have more time; and I'm just not so plain exhausted, lol. Because it's done. Actually done. I can't believe it.

Before I go to bed for a few days, I've put up a link to purchase a DRAFT copy if anyone is interested:

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http://magicfriday.blogspot.ca/2013/07/t......opy.html

Y'all rock!

~jamie
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Purchased! Thank you Jamie!
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If the rest of the book is anything like the first 12 chapters, I'm all in.

It was a very fun and easy read. It's more like someone is actually talking to you rather than a text book of what to do.

I'm looking forward to the final version.
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