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BroDavid
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Same here, I ordered last Thursday, so I am hoping to have them soon.

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Great. We've got Frank and BroDavid's reviews to look forward to. Two guys who work in the sunshine.

Best,

Jim
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Pete Biro
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Talked to Gazzo on the Ameche today. He's in Boston.
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My books arrived. I like them so far. I will provide details later but the tone of them is great.

Good work Danny and Jim.

Frank
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I'm a bit nervous about putting my tuppence in as I don't do a lot of street stuff (it's about 25% of what I do and that is mainly in the fairly civilised Renfaire environment).

But I've received the books, love the tone, level, and explanations. There are one or two typos - but these are classics.

I teach professionally and was one of team that came second in a national award for teaching adults - so I can appreciate how beautifully most of the things are explained.

I only have two small criticisms

a) I'd like to have seen illustrations of the cup and ball positions in the routine section to make it easier to follow (it still is relatively easy though)

b) Gazzo, if you're listening please combine The Art of Krowd Keeping, Street Cups and Balls and Read between the One Lines into one hardbound volume.

Anyway, great stuff and I look forward to employing these books in my magic.
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BroDavid
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I got mine today! Fast service indeed!

I read the Art of Krowd Keeping once already, and will be reading it again shortly. The writing style is light but to the point, and my wife (who already know that I am not real well balanced) was looking stragnely at me as I was nodding my head in agreement as I read.

A lot of excellent information and terrifiv advice.

Now I will digest my first reading, and then read it a couple more times to pick up what I know that I have missed. But this little book definitley tells it right!

Congratulation to James and Danny for their part in this little gem. And tanks to Gazzo for letting us into this storehouse of knowledge that can only come from a lifetime of well examined performances.

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Although usually a patient person, I cannot wait to get my books. I have been tweaking the finish to my C&B routine for months now, and some help from Gazzo may get it where I want it to be.
BroDavid
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I was dead tired last night when I sat down with the cups and Balls book, and it kept me awake right up to the last page. And when I had finished, I kept turning pages, looking desparately, hoping I had missed something and there was a page or two more that I had not yet read. But alas - I had read it all.

I loved it. It was like sitting down with Gazzo (except he didn't insult me) and hearing him tell it like is is. He covers his cups and balls routine down to every move, the handling, and the reasoning. But he gives so much more of himself in the stories that help provide the background for who he is , and for his routine. The book even has a a couple of pages of those incredible Gazzo one liners that some of us can use, and some that only Gazzo can get away with. Smile

I loved the story about him using the day-old chicks (to make a film crew happy) and how one of the chicks.... Oh no! You don't get it here. Buy the book!

But the content is just right! It tells you everything, and the line art illustrations that show everything from the finger palm to the wand pickup with ball palmed to the tip over load, to the melon load, are all absolutley first rate. Everything about his cups and balls is clearly covered in this book. And the many pictures of Gazzo a few pounds ago, are interesting too.

I found it tremendously entertaining and extrememly enlightening.

This book stands alone as the penultimate treatise on Gazzo's cups and balls. If you could only have one book on it, this is the book.

I already had his cups and bals video, so I was a bit hesitant to get the book because of that. But I am glad I did. This book has really fleshed out the video for me. Things I saw and that he taught on the cups and balls video are just so much clearer with this text and the illustrations.

You get more of his motivations than on the video. And you get a clearer view of the mechanics involved. But you cant beat seeing a performance to see timing and pace, and interacting with an audience. So I am getting plenty out of both!

If you already have the video, get the book anyway. if you don't have either the video or the book and are thinking seriously about doing cups and balls, get both the book and video. You wont be sorry.

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I received my books and have read them both. I only spent an hour looking through and reading various parts of the cups and balls book.

After thought and reflection, these books are very significant pieces in my collection of magic literature, they stand up just as well as any. If you have not yet acquired these, I encourage you to do so.

James and Danny, you guys have done a fine job. May this encourage you to also pursue another talent you have outside of magic- organizing thoughts, communicating them clearly, and sharing through writing. Again, fantastic work gentlemen.

Sincerely,
Jim
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This is wonderful to hear. Thank you to everyone for your comments. We all worked hard on it and am glad to see that it is being of use. It was a labor of love. Love for performing and for the man himself and his generousity in sharing his vast experience and creativity. Now all we need is Danny to stop by and take a bow. (Gaz will save his bows for his paying gigs.)

Jim
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TheAmbitiousCard
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Mr. Wilder, your pouch is on it's way.

And Jim, the books are great. I really like them. A must have for any street worker. I was reading them until 2am last night.

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I haven't paid a visit to the Café for a while and I'm really pleased at the reviews of the Cups and Balls book.

Gazzo and I spent a lot of time talking about the format for the book and although we discussed hardback we were aware that the first exposure of the book would be the UK lecture tour. The books in their present format, would we felt, sell better than if they were in hardback. However, I do feel that the Cups book would be better suited to hardback and don't dismiss that possibility for the future.

Gazzo has some great ideas on how it could be expanded and thus it is a project on file for the future.

I was really excited at the material that Gazzo offered for the cups book and feel the end result was worth the work that we put into it. So once again many thanks for your kind words.

As an aside I'm working on a DVD of Gazzo's lecture and the material is great. A whole hour of lecture/performance of his street show, plus jokes and stories and sections on Gazzo's philosophy of magic. We are also putting an Gazzo's story of his start in magic, his experience working for the Monte mobs in London and his journey in the States to meet Walter Scott. The whole thing will be over two hours in length and should be available some time in late September/early October.

Cheers

Simon
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I read more of the Krowd Keeping book last night and there's a lot of good stuff in there. Techniques I'll try to incorporate at my next gig.

Looking forward to it.

Good job Jim.

Frank
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JamesinLA
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Thanks, Frank. (And thanks for the silver dollars! They're huge. Reminds me of the first time I handled my Gali Gali cups.)

Simon,
Glad you stopped by to soak up some applause for your great job on the cups book. How are things in merry ole?

One thing I would like to add to the Krowd Keepers is that if any gaps appear in your crowd you should immediately and proactively move people to fill those gaps. This will keep the crowd formation "healthy."

Jim
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I received both books in the mail this morning. Gazzo has really tipped his mitt with this material. If you have any serious notion of doing any kind of busking, you need Krowd Keepers. If you intend to do cups and balls on the street, you need the new Cups and Balls book.

I have known Gazzo for a long time. I can tell you this: he knows what he is talking about, and he tells all that is important and necessary for doing either of these things.

I can't wait to see the expanded version of his Cups and Balls book when he gets through writing it.
"The Swatter"

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I agree with Bill about these books, I am now ready to start my third read of them. There is just so much there that I find more every time I reread them.

But I really wonder what else Gazzo can put into another Cups and Balls book, unless it comes with cups and a pouch Smile

Seriously, I imagine he still has a veritable storehouse of knowledge that he has yet to unleash. And would look forward to reading more. But these books cotain a ton of information.

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As an aside I'm working on a DVD of Gazzo's lecture and the material is great. A whole hour of lecture/performance of his street show, plus jokes and stories and sections on Gazzo's philosophy of magic. We are also putting an Gazzo's story of his start in magic, his experience working for the Monte mobs in London and his journey in the States to meet Walter Scott. The whole thing will be over two hours in length and should be available some time in late September/early October.

Cheers

Simon
Just ordered *The Art of Krowd Keeping* and *Street Cups and Balls* at MagicTricks.co.uk..

Can't await reception.. Smile

Looking forward to the above mentioned DVD and trust we'll get notified when it is ready..

Cheers
Werner
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I got my books last night, read Krowd Keeping and made it about halfway through Cups & Balls. Both are fantastic. Many thanks to everyone who worked on both of those books. They really are must-haves.
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I finished the Krowd Keeping book. It was great. Lots of stuff to try out in the coming weeks.

Good job guys.

Frank
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Werner G. Seitz
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JFYI..the guys at :

http://www.magictricks.co.uk

are incredibly fast!

Ordered the Gazzo stuff the 27th this month..got it today the 29th..great service and really reliable..

That's the store to deal with ....
Off now..no time anymore to entertain you guys.. Smile , have to read the Gazzo books Smile

Query:

Is there anybody that can point me to some dealer that still can supply :

' Gazzo Cups and Balls' video,

and

'Gazzo Uncensored' video

Preferably PAL, but NTSC is OK too.
The usual supplier L&L has currently solely the 'Uncensored' in NTSC, whilst the 'C&B' is
unavailable, but it doesn't pay off to get just a single tape from the USA to DK, so if anybody knows a supplier that can supply both tapes I would be gratefull.

TIA

Rgs.
Werner
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