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You mirror my own feelings exactly. Anybody even slightly familar with the Café is likely exosed to Jamies kindness. The man is like a ray of sunshine. A shining star. Talking to him, you can't help but feel lifted up in your spirit. He's just a beautiful credit to the art of magic. I pray that his efforts in writing this book will be payed back one hundred fold!
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Awesome, awesome, awesome! Can't wait for it! SOUNDS well... AWESOME! Its going to be an instant classic and essential, period.
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I agree. Jamie is definitely filling a niche here.
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You guys are so kind, it's mind blowing. Truly. Don't know how to even reply, lol! Y'all rock!!

With regards to the list, what is everyone's top 5 that they're interested in?

1) Business Cards
2) How many tricks you should know
3) What to put in the lobby
4) The handshake
5) What to say in an email
6) What are you wearing
7) Who are you
8) Developing your sets
9) Moving through a room
10) My first effect
11) Who to approach first
12) How to deal with the Alpha male
13) When to show the event planner an effect
14) The BIG secret
15) Your website
16) How to get testimonials
17) The card force I always use
18) How much to charge- Rates Faq
19) Is a table appropriate
20) My second effect
21) Tips versus wage
22) How to hand out business cards
23) Hat or no hat?
24) What to do when you can’t be heard
25) Before dinner or after
26) Ah, wallets
27) What to never borrow
28) What rubber bands to use
29) What to do when you get busted
30) My third effect
31) Dealing with compliments
32) Fire and flash
33) What to do when someone wants to show you a trick they know
34) Just a regular deck- effect #1
35) What an invoice looks like
36) The first words out of your mouth
37) Getting started- part 1
38) Your close up case
39) Do you need a stage show
40) My fourth effect
41) Do you eat with them
42) How to practice
43) Just a regular deck- effect #2
44) The telephone call
45) Weddings
46) Vests vs jackets
47) Dealing with venue staff
48) Dealing with tricks with a reset
49) Repeat gigs
50) My fifth effect
51) Letting spectators shuffle
52) More than one deck
53) A look at pockets
54) Leaving them with something
55) Fingernail care
56) Kids at an event
57) Busking
58) Sponge balls (my routine)
59) What a contract looks like
60) My sixth effect
61) Conquering nerves
62) “Do it again!”
63) Cups and balls?
64) Going full time
65) The BIG secret- part 2
66) When only 5 people show up
67) Volunteering and charities
68) Your bag
69) How to say goodbye to your group
70) My seventh effect
71) How many hours?
72) When another magician shows up
73) Funny or serious
74) Remembering names
75) Performing outside
76) Dealing with disappointment
77) Transitions
78) “I saw this magician once, and he...”
79) One handed spectators
80) My eighth effect
81) Tricks for the entire group versus one spectator
82) Agents
83) Collecting anecdotes
84) Describe yourself
85) Large table issues
86) Dropping cards
87) Social Media
88) Dealing with hecklers
89) Increasing rates
90) My ninth effect
91) Just a regular deck- effect #3
92) Dividing your pockets
93) Demo videos
94) How much time to prepare
95) Recurring gigs
96) Body language
97) Getting ALL the money
98) Are you doing enough
99) Practice makes perfect
100) Leave them asking for more
101) Dance floors
102) Etc.
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Just read through the thread... congrats Jamie, and you have a lot on your plate...this better be out by August 1st...lol

now my top 5 , I had to force myself to not list my top 20...with that said, if I had to only pick 5 then I'm interested in:

how much to charge- Rate FAQ
do yo need a stage show
leaving them with something
what a contract looks like
leave them asking for more

Junior Smile
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Top five? Wow! Tough question! Can we make it 20?

1 How much to charge

2 Your website

3 What to do when you get busted

4 Demo videos

5 Dealing with the Alpha male


I guess. It's really a hard choice.
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1. Dividing your pockets/ A look at pockets
2. What to do when you get busted
3. Dealing with tricks that need a reset
4. Sponge Balls
5. Developing your sets

I'm really interested in this though:
You have your 3 sets of 3 of course you're limited to pocket space. So 9 effects and 4-6 pockets, how do you choose what goes in and what stays at home. Is it okay (in your opinion) to repeat closers or openers for every group to conserve space?
Shawn Mullins

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I bet Jamie has jam packed this with wisdom that will be a tremendous help to numerous people. The topics he's covering are all practical topics that you just don't normally see addressed in ANY book on magic.
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If I had to choose out of all of them, I think it would be: (not in any particular order)

1) How many tricks should I know
2) A look at the pockets
3) Getting all the money
4) What to do when you get busted
5) Dealing with hecklers

Though all of them look great!
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Hiya Gang!

Thanks for all the support, kind words, and pressure, lol!

We were working on the cover last night so here's a quick look. And the plan is to have it written for Aug.01 and then edit, print, etc. for Oct.01. Wish me luck!!

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~jamie
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I just opened this post and noticed three pages of comments. I tried to get through them all, but I got too excited over the prospect of this book. Sounds great. So forgive me if I repeat a question, but will this available at Denny and Lee's?

Looking forward to the release of your book.
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Hiya Gang!

Since, for the most part, you all know who I am- it really makes this project easier for me. You know, for example, that I don't want there to be any surprises and that you know what you'll be getting. So I'm going to try and see if I can put a couple of pictures of my screen here so you can see the format of my writing...

And, as always, I'll be honest. The formatting will be a bit different for a few of you. Since I've been involved in the magazine business for several years, I'm using the same techniques to help "break up" the text. Since there's no pictures, I really want to make it more interesting to read than just blocks of text. So you'll see some things in bold, some words bigger than other, italics, etc. Hopefully you'll like it...

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TRICK OF THE YEAR: Industrial Revelation, BOOK OF THE YEAR: The Approach, The AIP Bottle, and my new book Scenic 52, can all be found over here: SendWonder.com
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The list is great!... ( not too enthusiastic about # 68 though.)
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Book sounds great, and I look forward to it. Looking at the sample chapters, and as a person who was a typesetter and typographer in a former life, I've got to say, wow! You SURE like EMPHASIS when you WRITE!
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oombob- Ha!

ahofer- I 100% agree and is what I love- but also worry about. I love the look of it as I feel like it just helps to break up the text. As you probably know, it's a technique that a ton of magazines use. If you're not used to it, though (or simply don't like it), it can drive you crazy. I'm *hoping* people like it...

~jamie
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I was about to add, though, if your book is as well engineered as Industrial Revelation, then it'll be a real heavyweight in the marketplace, too!
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Wow, I can't believe I've only now noticed this thread that has been going on for months! Best of luck Jamie - if the book is anything like your posts here and your articles, it will be fantastic! Can't wait for it!
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On 2013-06-25 14:32, Jamie D. Grant wrote:
oombob- Ha!

ahofer- I 100% agree and is what I love- but also worry about. I love the look of it as I feel like it just helps to break up the text. As you probably know, it's a technique that a ton of magazines use. If you're not used to it, though (or simply don't like it), it can drive you crazy. I'm *hoping* people like it...

~jamie

I like the layout and I hope you keep it.
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Hey, this is exactly what I am looking for!! I do need this Smile can we pre-order? will be available as pdf? e-book? thank you for putting this together Smile
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Speaking as a graphic designer... I think the design of your stuff is really wonderful. Totally eyecatching and fun. Really looking forward to this.
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