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Still nothing.. Hope I get it before going back to school ^^
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I picked up a draft copy from Jamie during Magic Live, and read through the whole book in one sitting this weekend. As I mentioned in my previous post (quoted below) Jamie's writing style is very easy to read.

Having known Jamie for a few years and being able to meet with him and chat several times, I can say that his voice and personality really come through in his writing. This book reads like a conversation.

There are nuggets of gold scattered all throughout the text. I don't really know what I was expecting the "Big Secret" to be, but it's certainly something interesting to ponder. Looking forward to applying it in the real world and seeing what happens.

I think that everyone, whether beginner or seasoned pro, has something to gain from The Approach. Many of the tasks and workbook exercises are designed for someone who has never performed before, but I think a working pro will benefit from them as well. If you follow the book to the letter, it will take you months to get from cover to cover. Obviously most of us won't do it like that. But after my first read, I couldn't wait to go back through the book to re-read, start applying ideas, etc.

I really enjoyed reading the book, and I have a feeling I'll continue to revisit it for months and years to come.

Jamie also stands fully behind The Approach (as with all of his products) and has said that all purchasers are welcome to pick his brain about anything at all when it comes to questions/ideas.

Overall I'm very pleased with my purchase, and would recommend it to anyone who's interested in (or already) performing walkaround magic. You will have a few old ideas reinforced, plus many new tips and ideas, and motivation to put the ideas into play. You can read a thousand books on how to perform and how to make money, but they're all useless if you don't put the ideas into action. Jamie highly encourages you to actually DO IT, and provides you with excellent tools and strategies to start off strongly on the right foot. The rest is up to you.

Jamie's awesome. The book is awesome. Learn to be awesome.

Kevin



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On 2013-07-29 14:42, Mercury52 wrote:
I also received the first 12 chapters from Jamie. They were definitely the kind of thing I was expecting.

If you've ever read/watched Jamie's excellent Magic Friday column, his various articles for magazines or that he's shared online, or seen his recent TedX talk, you know what kind of thing to expect.

I found the layout and formatting to read very smoothly and quickly. It allows for great absorption of material, and doesn't get dull or monotonous. It's plain as day that Jamie is speaking about things he's learned and developed by working in the real world, not things he's simply thought about on the couch for an afternoon.

I'm with others in saying that a PDF version of the book, or the worksheets in general, would be a great addition to the publication. But I'm definitely on board to pick up an early copy when I see Jamie at Magic Live in a couple of weeks, and I would encourage others who are interested in learning more about getting work, approaching marketing, interacting with people, etc to check this out.

Kevin
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I agree with everyone so far.

I think what I find magical about this book is the way I truly felt motivated and inspired to perform the activities. I have read books that ask you to complete tasks, or exercises, and Jamie managed to convince me I really should do it. And some of the changes have impacted the non magic areas of my life, too, in how I portray myself to others. I only need to see the book cover to become inspired and motivated; Jamie's passion and positive energy is just that strong.
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#47 just arrived this morning ! I think I will read this book 3, 4 or 5 times before getting all the informations of it ! There's a lot in it, really. I found something at the page of the big secret, haven't read it yet but what I found is quite cool ^^ But chutttttt, buy it, it will make you become not only a better magician but a better man. And I'm not kidding !

Thanks Jamie.
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#120 Purchased at Magic Live.

If you've been doing walk-around forever or just bought an invisible deck yesterday - The Approach is the best investment you can make. Jamie's covered EVERYTHING based on self-actualized innovation as a worker in the trenches. Two thumb tips up and a Sanada gimmick high five!

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It's really nice to see a whole carreer of magic described point by point. In my opinion, you shouldn't do exactly what is described in the book, because you have your own personality but this text give you "concret" (french word, don't know if it means something) informations about working as a magician. I will redo my business cards for sure and think more about where a trick could go before buying it. Not sure about the Big secrer, but if it works in Canada, it may work here in France Smile
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I purchased The Approach and am currently waiting for it to arrive in the mail. In the meantime, Jamie e-mailed me the first dozen chapters to read and study.

...When I say "study," what I read so far of Jamie's work genuinely facilitates active thought in what we do as performers. Like most, I consider myself more of a magic enthusiast, but I am seriously interested in pursuing professional work in the future. Based upon my initial review of Jamie's first couple chapters, I believe he appropriately arms magicians with experience-based advice, thought-provoking anecdotes, and practical exercises to make The Approach really worth taking time to study. Upon reading the second chapter, I purchased a composition book and started scribbling ideas of who I am and how I wanted to be perceived as a performer. Taking the time to actually put pen to paper and clearly define such characteristics really opened my eyes to a lot of my strengths, weaknesses, talents and skills. I supplemented this study with John Guastaferro's "Napkin Approach" to develop a concise image/brand for myself and I believe both exercises compliment one another really well.

What separates Jamie's book from others of similar genres is that it is a truly engaging read. As a reader, you're required to contribute TO it as much as you're expected to learn FROM it. Prior to The Approach, I would argue that David Stone's Real Secrets of Magic was probably the definitive title in terms of professional close-up magic. It covers many of the same topics and offers some great, real-world advice based upon David Stone's personal experiences, but Jamie's The Approach does so much more than that. I've only made my way through 2.5 chapters over the last three days, but I genuinely feel like Jamie is guiding readers through the trenches instead of just talking "at" them explainign what it's like. The studies, exercises, etc make it a very interactive read that should be taken seriously.

I'm really enjoying it so far, and I do intend to make some heavy use of it over the next couple years. I'd love to see a workshop discussion group to chronicle others' stories and offer peer-to-peer advice. I think it'd be a useful supplement to the work Jamie released.

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Alex DLF
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It's really nice to see a whole carreer of magic described point by point. In my opinion, you shouldn't do exactly what is described in the book, because you have your own personality but this text give you "concret" (french word, don't know if it means something) informations about working as a magician. I will redo my business cards for sure and think more about where a trick could go before buying it. Not sure about the Big secrer, but if it works in Canada, it may work here in France Smile
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Hmmmm..... still waiting for my draft copy in Colorado.... Dang it.... I am sooo looking forward to it..
I don't care how fast or slow you are.... As long as I am faster.. -J-
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I've had my copy for a while now and have taken my time to read through it.
Over the last few years, when I have reviewed stuff, I try to be positive with the 'pros' but also 'rounded' e.g. point out any 'constructive cons'.

Three things I would have liked to have seen:
1: Some chapters were quite brief and I would have been interested in further thoughts (although I realise space/weight/tree usage would be a factor).
2: The previously mentioned lack of an index (which is being addressed).
3: erm..

Three things I loved:
1: The huge scope of what is covered.
2: It reads like a motivational book but without the 'cheese'.
3: Extremely accessible due to the layout and writing style, meaning that the reader is far more likely to absorb and use the relevant sections.

Overall: This book is unique (from what I have seen) in that it is like a workbook. While I am not comparing the two directly, David Stone's book 'Close up, the real secrets of magic' is a fine book which I enjoyed reading, but 'The Approach' takes a new direction and will almost force the reader to consider what they do, why they do it and how they do it. I did not (fully) agree with every single thing in the book, but Jamie always makes it clear that this is what he has learnt from 10 years in the trenches (in Vancouver).

Final thought: New magicians rejoice! Years of pain can be avoided by studying this book. Experienced magicians - reading this book will be like having an all over health check of what you do (your performances and your business). Even if you are on top of your game, I would be stunned if you read this and came away with nothing.

Recommended without hesitation,
Charlie
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One little thing that Jamie says which I disagree with is that he doesn't borrow rings. I think borrow someone object make the trick more personnal and people are emotionnaly related to it. But I understand Jamie's point of view Smile
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Wow, wow, wow.

I just don't know what to say. When I started this thread, back in February, I really wondered if I could do it. I gave myself 6 months to write what I had learned in the last 10 years! Luckily I write for a couple of magazines and know how to make a deadline or two but, I'll be completely honest- to be able to hold an actual book, that I wrote, in my hands is a lifelong dream that I wasn't sure I'd accomplish. I guess Anything Is Possible, lol.

Combine that with the unwavering support and feedback from all of you guys and it brings a joyous tear to my eye. I can't say, "Thanks!!" enough.


So I have a couple of things:

1) I hope fellow creators can look back at this thread and see how I actually did it. By "it"I mean, writing the book. If anyone is thinking of writing one themselves and has any questions- I'd be honored to help. I just spent 6 months learning by trial and error, lol.

And, on a different note,

2) I think the success of The Approach comes with the fact that it's the truth. It's actually what I did to get where I am today. If you know me (personally) you know that I'm a super positive guy, lol, but I took great pains to make sure nothing in the book was "motivational" for motivation sake. If it's in there- it happened. I think that's important if you're starting this journey yourself.



Okay, what else?


If you're a DRAFT purchaser, don't forget to e-mail me 10 spelling or grammar mistakes for a chance to win any one of my products (I'll probably be closing it on Sep.10)


and, here's the Final Cover for the finished version (to be released Oct.01). On that note, a quick question:

I've NEVER believed in "pre-orders" but, since I know it's already done, how do you guys feel about it? Would you want to pay now, even though it wouldn't be shipped for 5 more weeks? Curious...

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~jamie


P.S. I can ALWAYS use more testimonials, too. If you feel like writing one in those "back of the book" testimonial format- I'd be, as always, super grateful.

P.P.S. I hope everyone found something at page 116!!
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For those who speak french or can understand it, here is a little review : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Avoos_joiJI
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Thanks Alex! I had to get Melissa to translate but it was awesome!!

And for everyone who purchased a draft copy...

What are you performing tomorrow? It's Friday Smile
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I'll be doing ENVY-LOPE all day tomorrow. My 11 year old daughter busted me today with it. She is not sure what happened and was still amused but she noticed something was up. "the cards were normal when I picked one but when you put it back into the deck, the deck looked shiny"

kids are very observant, We'll see how it does with adults, lol
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I'm doing a special magic Friday tomorrow. Since I have a huge gig next weekend I'm performing two routines! My sponge ball routine and my Deluxe Nest of Wallets/Omni pen routine.

I've been doing magic Fridays for the last couple of weeks and my co workers have been excited about it. It's so much fun and I get a lot of great feedback! Thanks Jamie!
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Signed card in wallet paper-clipped to business card (thanks to Matthew Wright) and pen thru quarter laser (kudos to Garrett Thomas) - 2 hours of walk-around, and I'm trying out the 'big secret' for the first time!
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Hurrah!

I just got the proof for the finalized version today and it looks great! So it's off to the printers in time for Oct.01!

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And thanks for all the testimonials (from the Draft readers)!! Here are the ones that made the back cover...


“Jamie D. Grant writes with wit, intelligence and brevity – a rare trifecta. In this
book he spills essential information that every walk-around performer needs to
know. Sure, you already know some of this, but you don’t know it all. And that
makes this a required investment in your performing career..”

~Ken Weber, author of Maximum Entertainment


“If you’ve been doing walk-around forever or just bought an invisible deck
yesterday - The Approach is the best investment you can make. Jamie’s covered
EVERYTHING based on self-actualized innovation as a worker in the trenches.
Two thumb tips up and a Sanada gimmick high five!”

~Bill Abbott, 2012 Canadian Magician of the Year


“This is the book that every magician needs in their library . . . even seasoned
pros (who will either just confirm what they already know, or if they’re like me,
manage to learn something new that hadn’t occurred to them before). In a short
amount of time, I’ll be able to tell which performers have read this book, and
those who haven’t, just by the merits of their performance. Thank you, Jamie,
for sharing this “gift of wonder” with the magic fraternity. I will look forward to
seeing the majestic garden that will result from the seeds you have planted.”

~Philemon Vanderbeck


“Invaluable information for the working magician. This is definitely one of the
best buys I’ve purchased in my 24 years in magic.“

~Jonathan Molo


“P*ss*d that I didn’t have this back in the day.”

~Steve Valentine, Two-time Magic Castle Close-Up Magician of the Year
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If you are on the fence about purchasing this book....get off the fence and buy it. If you have been working as a professional magician for 1 year or 40 years I guarantee you will find something that will make you a better magician. The big secret alone is worth the price of admission. BUY IT!....OCTOBER 1st!
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Can't wait to buy it I think it will help very much
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