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owen.daniel
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I've been interested in Bob's work for a while and only recently heard of this new release by him. I was surprised that nobody has mentioned it at all on the Café (the only search result that was pulled up was in a list of all magic books published in 2013)!

The book seems to be modestly priced, around £18/$30, which makes it cheaper than many of his previous books. According to amazon (yes its for sale there) the book is softback, 344 pages, and was released in October. There is also a preview on the amazon page, which allows you read much of Lawrence Hass's introduction, as well as Bob's forward. In here it is explained that this is the first in a trilogy to be published over the coming three years: The Magic of Celebrating Illusion (2013), Wondering for Magicians (2014), An Essay on Magic (2015). The final of these, Lawrence explains, will be a re-edit of the essay that features in The Magic Mirror, co-written with David Parr. Bob goes on to explain in his forward that the three books were meant to be published on his death, but that this has been bought forward... though the reason behind that wasn't explained. At least not in the free preview on amazon.

So, as always with Bob's books, I'll try to get my hands on this and write my own review soon... but in the mean time I'm curious to know if anyone else has looked into it.

Also, if this has piqued anybody's interest then I'd be more than happy to go through this book systematically and start a reading group around it. Just a thought... if that sounds interesting to you, let me know!

Owen
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As a fan of Neale's work, I bought this right away. Unfortunately, I immediately handed it over to the wife to give to me as a birthday present in Dec. (after reading the intro and a quick scan) so cannot give details yet. In addition to the theory, I always find at least one thing in a Robert Neale project that I'll use and I'm sure this will be no different.
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Amazing act of self disciplin, Dave.
"There is no reality, only perception."
owen.daniel
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Dave,
You're quite right about Bob's magic being as inspiring as his theory.

I've recently become interested in performing magic in which the onus is on the spectator not to wish to understand the principle/method. For instance, a good example of this philosophy is black art, in which the average audience member knows the principle at hand (if not the exact method), though chooses not to think about the method, so as to enjoy the performance more. Many of Bob's effects can be presented in this manner, in particular his work with trapdoor cards, and other topological effects.

I'm placing my order for this book tonight, so will look forward to getting it in the week. I have to say, my only disappointment at this stage is that in contrast to Bob's previous books, this one doesn't appear to have been produced up to the same standard. The cover makes it look somehow cheap, which is a disappointment I guess.

Owen
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Thanks, Stellan...I have to admit that I did NOT hand over some of the other items that came with it. A man can have only so much strength.

I totally agree, Owen. I'm most drawn in by his topological effects and ideas. I still use, and continue to play with, some of the ideas from This is Not a Book and the Celebration of Sides tape. I also still fold his origami butterfly whenever the moment is right.
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His "Frog Tales" book also includes some interesting origami type effects with playing cards.
John

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Anyone ever get a chance to review this book?
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I have the trilogy, but as I was a little disappointed by Magic & Meaning and Life, death and other card tricks, I postponed the study of them for later. Maybe one day, a long raining winter day…

For me, his spirituality meeting his presentation dark style is strange to me. I think I would need to see a performance by him. Maybe his style is so idiosyncratic he is the only person who can do it.
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