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Maximum Entertainment by Ken Weber (Book) Learn how to deliver maximum entertainment!
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There are no tricks in this book, but it’s loaded with secrets! The most important secrets- techniques for mastering your audience!

  • How to Be Your Own Director!
  • How to climb the Hierarchy of Mystery Entertainment!
  • How to target the "Big Three" Reactions!
  • Discover the Six Pillars of Entertainment Success!
  • Learn powerful tips for Scripting and Rehearsing, and Choosing the Most Powerful Material!
  • Discover invaluable Voice tricks and Language Skills!
  • Do you know the best way for magicians to be Funny? This book will show you!
  • Immensely practical tips on Sound and Lighting!
  • Find out what the most successful performers do Before, During, and even After every show!
  • Plus bonus chapters zeroing in on the special problems faced by Close-up magicians and Mentalists!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR

While still a teenager, Ken Weber was the "Official Magician" at the RCA pavilion at the New York World’s Fair. After receiving two university degrees in theater, he went on to a successful career as a full-time entertainer. Ken has appeared at over 500 colleges and universities, and for hundreds of corporations, associations, and resorts. Newsweek magazine named him "one of the most frequently requested" performers on the college circuit. In 1993, the internationally respected Psychic Entertainers Association awarded him their most prestigious honor, the Dunninger Award for Excellence in the Performance of Mentalism.

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6 of 6 magicians found the following review helpful:
this is the bible of entertainment Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 25th, 2009
This book is a MUST to every magician who considers himself as a professional.
I've read HENNING NELMS / DARIEL FITZKEE and many other theoretical books,
And this one with no doubt takes them by far.
Read it once – and imply with a marker, and then read it again – and again!!!
My entertainment skills grew immensely regard to this book.

Itai pinki
Israel
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4 of 4 magicians found the following review helpful:
Performance is key.... Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on August 24th, 2011
So first off, I want to mention that I've read Strong Magic and Designing Miracles by Darwin Ortiz prior to reading this book. This book is an excellent complement to those two.

Mr. Weber's book is different in the fact that the focus is on presentation. Much of this is food for thought in making you a better ENTERTAINER. The assumption is that you have your technique down. I think of this book as more a collection of thought-provoking essays than a how-to.

Though there are bits of advice all over (how to critique yourself, what patter mistakes you should avoid, how you should dress), the most I got out of it was....WHY SHOULD YOUR AUDIENCE CARE? Is it a puzzle, a trick, or something astonishing?

I'd highly recommend this to those who want to really become entertaining and not just amuse other magicians.
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3 of 3 magicians found the following review helpful:
This book is a MUST!!!1! Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 16th, 2007
There is nothing bad to say about this book. Every line is worth 100 x is weight in gold. There are no magic tricks to be found in this book but it will make every other effect that you do have a billion times better. Its what makes good magic, great magic.

Seriously, if you perform magic, you have to own this book. And that is not a suggestion, its a demand.

-Craig
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3 of 3 magicians found the following review helpful:
A must have Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 2nd, 2010
This is THE book to have on presentation, entertaining and simply creating a streamlined magic performance. This book changed the way I look at magic and performing. Ken Weber packs this book full of valuable insights, suggestions, example and tips. Instead of performing at a magic trick, I now try to create a story and reason for what I am doing. Suggestions on look, practice, videotaping, scripting and more are what make this book priceless. The line that sticks out goes something like this: “amateur magicians perform many tricks for the same audience. The professional magician performs a few tricks for many audiences.” I only wish I purchased it sooner. I highly recommend this book.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 2nd, 2010
Ken Weber does a fantastic job of explaining the proper techniques for presenting magic. Although this book is geared more toward the stage performer, many of the concepts within this book can be applied to the stage as well. He discusses topics ranging from scripting and rehearsing, generating better reactions, your appearance, stage lighting and sound, and dealing with spectators. I have read many, many books on presentation, and Maximum Entertainment is by far the best one I have ever read.
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3 of 3 magicians found the following review helpful:
A great book Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 3rd, 2010
Maximum Entertainment should be required reading material for any aspiring magician. Very insightful and thought provoking.If you are serious about becoming a better magician you should definitely pick up this book. It covers everything from scripting and rehearsing to developing your voice and language skills. I can not recommend it enough.
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1 of 1 magicians found the following review helpful:
This guy is Freaking SMART Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on September 20th, 2013
This is an EXCELLENT book! Highly reccomended for any magician, whether new, Old, Hobbyist, Professinal, Part-time... You get the point. EVERYONE should read this.

His expierence alone is what sold me on this one. He knows what he is talking about, and is a proven expert at knowing how to see things that we don't think about.

This is in the Top 5 MUST read books.
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on March 19th, 2006
This is probably hands down the best book on Magc i have Ever read period. Funny, Informative, Thought Provoking. So many good points are raised. You learn so much. Honestly, from one magician to another.. Buy it, you wont regret it.
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 19th, 2006
If you are a performer and you do not have this book, i am truly sorry for you. Highly recommended. A true MUST HAVE!
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on September 13th, 2006
Almost EVERY sentence in this book you can say by itself and magicians and mentalist would understand what you are saying... By this, I mean, it is that simple...follow what Ken Weber is writing and you show will be AWESOME!

If you are a working pro or plan on being one then I highly recommemd this. Even if you are a hobbiest who only does one show a year, please read this book.

Ken is very blunt with what he says in this book, but he knows what he is saying and knows how to say it in a way that it all fits together!

If you want to maximize your crowd reaction, make a memorial moment, or dent in someones life when performing...then maximize your entertainment by reading maximum entertainment!
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