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TeddyBoy
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I am interested in knowing if anyone has found that an essentially ignored book (or DVD) was just what the doctor ordered for them specifically. This question occurred to me b/c I find that some books that appear interesting based on their subject matter alone seemed to have been largely ignored.

Two cases in point are two books by Wesley James that have caught my eye, [1] "I'll Pass" and [2] "A Call to Palms." I cannot find any reviews anywhere, and given the popularity and relevance of the subject matter I cannot avoid coming to the conclusion that these two works have not been well-received. This is quite strange insofar that Mr. James seems to be considered by many a highly respected practitioner. Is my conclusion reasonable? Have you found an ignored title that was really high quality? If any of you have thoughts on the subject please chime in, especially if acquainted with these two books.
So many sleights...so little time.
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Ted
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I am not familiar with the books you mentioned, but I’ve often wondered why “The Ostrich Factor “ by Gerald Edmondson doesn’t get more press. This is an amazing book! You can read a description here.
http://www.geraldedmundson.com/tof1/bookorder.htm

It was just what the doctor ordered for me to help my practice be fruitful and to really hone an effect.
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On Apr 3, 2019, jkr wrote:
I am not familiar with the books you mentioned, but I’ve often wondered why “The Ostrich Factor “ by Gerald Edmondson doesn’t get more press. This is an amazing book! You can read a description here.
http://www.geraldedmundson.com/tof1/bookorder.htm

It was just what the doctor ordered for me to help my practice be fruitful and to really hone an effect.

That is one on my list of getting one of these days.
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On Apr 3, 2019, jkr wrote:
I am not familiar with the books you mentioned, but I’ve often wondered why “The Ostrich Factor “ by Gerald Edmondson doesn’t get more press. This is an amazing book! You can read a description here.
http://www.geraldedmundson.com/tof1/bookorder.htm

It was just what the doctor ordered for me to help my practice be fruitful and to really hone an effect.


I have it!! However, until I get some manual skills under my belt it did not seem to make sense to work on performing.
So many sleights...so little time.
Cheers,

Ted
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There seems to be a myth that a book by a known performer is good and one by an unknown is bad.

Makes sense if one is reading about stage performing skills or cloning of one's act or trying to be a high paid performer.

But, magic technique or a new sleight or understanding psychological ploys can be found in less popular sources.

Actually, the fact that a book is popular may indicate that its value is for the mass market and not the ardent seeker of magic wisdom.

The idea of "gets more press" suggest that you desire to be a clone rather than a doer or amazing magic.
Not putting down the famous performers who also publish, but they do not have a lock on creativity.

For example, send me at the indicated address below, a description of your current expertise/mastery level and venue/style interest (coin, rope, card. etc),
and I will send you a never published effect that will blow your socks off.

Yes, I have one book that is popular worldwide and an agreed authority on a limited subject (T.U.C. Appreciation)
but also have other books of even greater value but only for one seeking magic over easy or popular or "gotcha"

The key is to know what you are seeking and to ask for help. The doctor can only help when you point to where the pain is.

If your answer resembles, "Doc, I eat at four fast-food restaurants a day and always seem to have indigestion..." I probably cannot help.

sorta joking - the fact that you look to a book at all is a goodness.
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On Apr 3, 2019, jkr wrote:
I am not familiar with the books you mentioned, but I’ve often wondered why “The Ostrich Factor “ by Gerald Edmondson doesn’t get more press. This is an amazing book! You can read a description here.
http://www.geraldedmundson.com/tof1/bookorder.htm

It was just what the doctor ordered for me to help my practice be fruitful and to really hone an effect.


I have it!! However, until I get some manual skills under my belt it did not seem to make sense to work on performing.



Teddy if you haven’t read chapter two yet you should check it out. It has some great advice on how to learn sleights. It will help you get the manual skills you’re working on.
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On Apr 3, 2019, funsway wrote:
There seems to be a myth that a book by a known performer is good and one by an unknown is bad.

Makes sense if one is reading about stage performing skills or cloning of one's act or trying to be a high paid performer.

But, magic technique or a new sleight or understanding psychological ploys can be found in less popular sources.

Actually, the fact that a book is popular may indicate that its value is for the mass market and not the ardent seeker of magic wisdom.

The idea of "gets more press" suggest that you desire to be a clone rather than a doer or amazing magic.
Not putting down the famous performers who also publish, but they do not have a lock on creativity.

For example, send me at the indicated address below, a description of your current expertise/mastery level and venue/style interest (coin, rope, card. etc),
and I will send you a never published effect that will blow your socks off.


Yes, I have one book that is popular worldwide and an agreed authority on a limited subject (T.U.C. Appreciation)
but also have other books of even greater value but only for one seeking magic over easy or popular or "gotcha"

The key is to know what you are seeking and to ask for help. The doctor can only help when you point to where the pain is.

If your answer resembles, "Doc, I eat at four fast-food restaurants a day and always seem to have indigestion..." I probably cannot help.

sorta joking - the fact that you look to a book at all is a goodness.



Funsway that was an excellent post! Great food for thought.
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Second The Ostrich Factor. I use it to teach our youth department at our magical society.
"The secret impresses no one. The trick you use it for is everything" (Alfred Borden in The Prestige)
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Funsway, thanks for your thoughtful perspective. You have nudged me closer to giving these books a chance.
So many sleights...so little time.
Cheers,

Ted
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The first book that came to my mind is The Magic of Jimmy Grippo from the early 1980's.

Much maligned because many of the magicians of the day felt the entire book was just a rehash of pretty much standard magic items (and it was). What most failed to appreciate was the fact that the routines and little nuances he shared had earned him a respectable living for 30+ years and taken him all over the world.

IMO this kind of information is priceless...

Julie
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Great story Julie. That's what I'm hoping for with one Mr. James's books.
So many sleights...so little time.
Cheers,

Ted
Gerald
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Thanks, fellows for mentioning and recommending The Ostrich Factor. I'm glad you found the ides in my book useful.

Thanks again!
Gerald
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Yew! Even after years in the business, I found Gerald's "The Ostrich Factor", an excellent "plan" for practice. Thanks, Gerald!

I would recommend this book to anyone. Even us old timers can find valuable information in it!
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On Apr 4, 2019, Julie wrote:
The first book that came to my mind is The Magic of Jimmy Grippo from the early 1980's.

Much maligned because many of the magicians of the day felt the entire book was just a rehash of pretty much standard magic items (and it was). What most failed to appreciate was the fact that the routines and little nuances he shared had earned him a respectable living for 30+ years and taken him all over the world.

IMO this kind of information is priceless...

Julie



Right Julie!
That's what I tried to do with my book, and, according to readers, I seem to have succeeded. ('DICK OSLUND -- ROAD SCHOLAR" IS SELLING WELL IN EUROPE, AUSTRALIA, INDIA, AND THE USA.
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Julie
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Glad to see you back, Dick!

Julie
Gerald
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Thanks, Dick! I'm glad you liked The Ostrich Factor. I guess we have a mutual admiration society going here. Your book is terrific! I was absorbed by every page. Great reading for a number of reasons. Keep going!

Best,
Gerald
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The Ostrich Factor is outstanding. It really needs wider circulation in the magic community. The practice tips are invaluable.
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On Apr 26, 2019, EvilClown wrote:
The Ostrich Factor is outstanding. It really needs wider circulation in the magic community. The practice tips are invaluable.

Thank you, EvilClown for your comments. I’m glad you found the book helpful.
Thanks again!
Gerald
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