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I searched in vain for a post on this book. I just received it in the mail, haven't read it yet, but I wanted to start a post on it. I am somewhat familiar with Steve Martin's interest in magic in addition to comedy. My understanding is that he goes over all this in this book.

I am very curious regarding others who have read this book, and perhaps how you have applied or been inspired in your own magic and humor.

Personally, I don't consider myself a comedy magician. I see myself as a "humorous magician". That means that I can alternate between humorous moments, dramatic moments, sad moments, etc.

Thank you in advance for your thoughts.

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I enjoyed the book very much. It is always interesting to follow someone's journey to success. Magic, banjo, comedy writing, and his own t.v. and movie success (not to mention King Tut!) it was a great read and a fun showbiz story.
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It's a good read, an excellent show biz autobiography. Some good insights on performing. I would recommend it.

Along the same lines, Woody Allen's recent memoir , "Apropos of Nothing", talks a lot about his early fascination with magic , as well as his ongoing interest in magic, through not as a performer ... he says he got to a point with magic where he realized he was 'pretty good' at it, but would never be on the same level as the top magicians unless he was willing to put in the constant practice, like a concert pianist , to acquire a higher level of skill. But at that point in his life he was already being drawn towards comedy writing and performing stand-up comedy ,so that's the trajectory his career took. Talks about hanging out at magic shops like Circle Magic and Tannen's. Later in the book he mentions having attended a lesson in magic given by Slydini when Slydini was teaching Dick Cavett (Cavett and Allen were close friends). He wasn't taking a lesson from Slydini, but was just invited to come along to observe as Slydini taught Cavett. In the book he mentions that he still practices certain card and coin sleights for fun. (By the way, there was a long interview that John Lovick did with Woody Allen which appears in the March 2015 issue of Genii, which goes into more detail about Allen's interest in magic.)
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I would say it's more geared towards comedy than to magic, or even comedy magic.

But as far as general insights on performance.... I enjoyed it
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It gives great insight on his thinking and journey.
Particularly interesting is his take on becoming truly original and how and why he did it.

Given most magicians just blurt out other people’s material , and do other people’s tricks,
there’s a lot to learn here.

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Spectacular book. I saw Steve perform when I was in college in the late 70’s, before he hit it really big. Full price tickets were $2.50 and students were $.50. What a bargain! He did some really funny and crazy bits back then.
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Great book by Steve Martin. If you like that one you should read Enter Talking. It's a bio on Joan Rivers life and profession. She once was the assistant to Kuda Bux.

One of my favorite quotes: "A critic is a legless man who teaches running."
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