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Station10
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I know this is a pretty broad question and not something that has a definite or easy answer but I looking for what you would recommend for someone starting out in the bizarre magical arena. Is there a book(s) or DVD that is especially good to provide a foundation? Is there another website that you recommend to help coach or guide someone beginning their journey?

I'm pretty much a blank slate looking for the perfect inscription to put on it. I don't know which direction I want to go with yet but then that is half the fun isn't it? deciding on which path to take when you reach a fork . . . to turn down the dark alley or venture into the sinister forest.

And as always, they you for your time and suggestions for they are greatly appreciated.
John Gilmore
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To each their own, of course, but I find these books to be invaluable. A deep dive into Bizarre that will leave you gasping.

Spirit Theater by Eugene Burger
Seance by Scott Davis
The Paranormal Entertainer by Paul Voodini
Arcana of Bizarre Magic by Jim Magus
Phasmology by Prof. BC
Pentalogy by R. Shane

Pick one up and see what happens.
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Good suggestions all Mr. Perkins!
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Thank you Perkins, I will definitely check those out. I had the pleasure of attending a few of Eugene Burger's lectures and performances at Fun, Inc in Chicago back in the early 1990's.
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Did you mean FUN Inc OR MAGIC Inc.? (I didn't know that my friend Graham Putnam, owner of FUN Inc. was sponsoring lectures!)
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I found Black Hart's 'The BIG Black Book' to be hugely helpful and written in an easy. conversational tone, containing many effects and a huge bundle of advice.

It's what persuaded me to stop collecting and start performing.

http://www.blackhart.co.uk/books.html
Station10
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Dick, you are correct. Magic Inc. My mind and my words are sometimes on different conversations.
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The Bigger Book of BOO!
Traveler's Journal
Hidden Things
Slash, Hack, & Saw!

All on Lulu
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/teb3

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+1 for Phasmology by Prof. BC

Paul Prator has some good lectures on marketing for magic http://www.paulprater.com/index.html

If you like tarot Paul Voodini has good material.

Also going to a convention like ECSS or Doomsday may help you start out.
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In addition to the great suggestions: The Dark Waltz by Michael Fraughton and I just got Echoes by Lothar Malmberg which is also great. Luc.
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On May 4, 2017, ManxBull wrote:
I found Black Hart's 'The BIG Black Book' to be hugely helpful and written in an easy. conversational tone, containing many effects and a huge bundle of advice.

It's what persuaded me to stop collecting and start performing.

http://www.blackhart.co.uk/books.html


Thank you for that. It is a great feeling to know that my book inspired you.

Keith Hart
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I second Lary's and Perkin's suggestions wholeheartedly. Send me a PM if you have a deep interest in seance work.
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I asked the same question related to the more Storytelling-oriented forms of Bizarre magic, and compiled a list that others added to in this thread:
http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......orum=161

Also found some great audio tales that would make good routines:
http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......orum=161

And finally a thread showcasing Storytelling resources:
http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......orum=161

Look for Bizarre Magic props at Hocus Pocus and Stevens Magic Emporium, and if you want some custom oddities to add a little spice to your act, Doug Higley is still making 'Zibits:
http://lionpoint.studio/

PM me if you're looking for anything in particular

Best,
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Lulu is having a 15% off sale.

Discount code is LULU15

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I would also add Tony Chris's Karnival of Magic DVD. It is basically informal bizarre-lite (no offense intended) with an emphasis on classical methods and effects, rather than narrative and historicity. Unlike some atmospheric bizarre publications, you could go out and start performing it tomorrow.
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There are also quite a few things to be learned from Henning Nelms magic and showmanship just slant the info toward the way you wish to use it
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Not knowing what you do, or want to do all I can offer is advice on the conjuring part.

Amateur Magicians Handbook
The Bill Tarr books (Now You See It, Now You Don't, 1 and 2, and 101 Easy-to-Do Magic Tricks)
The Mark Wilson Course in Magic
and if you have some $ to spend, Tarbell
These will give you a good basic foundation in methods and effects.
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Are you a magician? Are you looking to explore bizarre in general? Do you want to do magic tricks? Do you want to appear to do real magic? Do you want it to be about what you can do or what the spectator can do? Are you a good storyteller does that interest you? There are lots of questions to be answered first or its a long road...
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So thank you Station10. This post has offered some of us (me) some great sources we were ignorantly not aware of. Much appreciation being sent to you now...
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John, you're in rescue ... take some of the things you have seen and heard from those using 'Fake Weed' and add your spin on them to come up with some truly bizarre back stories !
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