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CLOSE UP: The Real Secrets of Magic by David Stone (397 pages) The professional close-up manifesto. Full of the wisdom David's picked up over years of doing magic.
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Become a First-Rate Close-Up Performer with this indispensable Guide.

A Goldmine of Hints for the Pros

The real secrets of professional magicians are NOT their routines! If you want to be a pro, you don't need another book of tricks; you need a guide through his world of professional close-up magic!

Do you want to make more money as a close-up magician with higher pay and bigger tips? Within these pages you will discover how to:

  • Perform your opening trick with maximum impact
  • Establish yourself as an authority of any event.
  • Get spectators to ask you for your business card.
  • Instantly spot the most lucrative tables.
Hundreds of Tips, Hints, and Tricks of the Trade

How to approach a table - Set the stage for a great performance - The perfect moment to cut in for the best effect - 6 steps to making a classy exit - Strong lines designed to elicit applause - The best time to promote your magic - What to do about a request for an encore - how to get tips...

Learn the Real Secrets of Magic with a book full of concrete advice, funny anecdotes and pointers!

Pages 397 - Softbound

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4 of 4 magicians found the following review helpful:
AMAZINGLY useful! Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 5th, 2010
This is one of my most favorite books ever printed on Magic. When I got it I expected to learn almost everything, and I did! Never owning anything from David Stone, I was a little wary. I wasn't sure how good this might be in English or if I would enjoy it.

They did a very good thing by having an introduction. It wasn't a normal introduction though. It's some of the funniest stories of working the business professionaly. Everything from cheese getting stuck in thumb tips, to performing nothing but a pass at a gig. It hooks you intensely. The entire rest of it is HILARIOUS! David is a great writer and he knows how to get the reader interested and get his point across so you learn with pleasure.

If you are looking for a book that will increase your standards and recognize yourself, this is also for you. David is a worker in the field and it's a good reason why! I learned more from this than anything else on Restaurant magic.

If you were like me and want to learn restaurant magic and how to perform in them, this is most definitely for you. Everything is here perfectly for you to learn from. YOu WILL take something away from here. 5/5! BUY NOW!
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1 of 1 magicians found the following review helpful:
Such a great book!! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 18th, 2013
This book is gold if your goal is to start making some money doing magic. Its main focus is table hopping, restaurant magic (the management side of it No tricks). He explains so much important stuff about the subject that you should not let this one go. buy it!
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on September 12th, 2012
This is a great book by David Stone. He's Awesome writer and he has lots of experience...he's soo intelligent. I learn lots of things from this book. My skill are improved also my tips.
Thanks David Stone. I hope I will get chance to meet you in near future.

Thanks & Magical Regards
Magician Sameer Dnyaneshwar
magicboysam719@gmail.com
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Very readable good book. Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on March 11th, 2015
This book is a real page turner. I didn't want it to end. It was like it was a autobiography and theory and all that good stuff all in one book. He didn't sugarcoat anything. Sure he could have put more attention toward the good that performing magic brings and not the bad. But he sure goes into detail on why it's like that.
Topics and tips in these page can't be found in any other books at least the top books that I have read and studied. For example how should the client introduce the magician to the audience also he explains a extreme and passive approach to the many decisions we magicians have to make and much more good topics and experience was wrote about.
After reading this you will be ready to do restaurant strolling work. And money tricks was talked about a lot and all that stuff on getting tips was covered in extra special detail.
I recommend this book highly. And if you are planning to work in the table hoping industry, be strong and this is a must have for you.
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Great Practical Book Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on August 2nd, 2011
This is a great book that while it is all theory and no tricks, it's practical theory that you'll find yourself jumping back to when you find yourself in situations that are described in the book.
You get a realistic view on what the close-up workers life is like and all the practical tips and advice on how to present magic in different professional situations.
David Stone's humour may not be for everyone but if you want to move from a hobbyist to a worker, this book is a great place to build your foundation, and should get you excited to do magic for real people for real money!
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 29th, 2011
Every magician, even the pro's should read this book.
No tricks, however, the advice is fantastic and I've been
doing magic now for over 50 years.
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THIS IS BIBLE FOR CLOSE UP MAGICIANS Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 27th, 2011
As I mentioned in title, this is bible for all magicians working with close up magic, especially for table hoppers.
Huge section on how to get tips, and lots of valuable informations for beginner and PRO as well. MUST HAVE!
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Stoned!! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 29th, 2011
I got this book from a Penguin Promotion via email!! The book follows very closely to the David Stone dvd series. Fun to read and great advice!! Wisemen learn from others' mistakes, so learn from his and make performing professionally easier for yourself. There are no tricks explained, instead it's a guide to performing, preparation, and a lot of common sense advice that are important details, that are easily overlooked. Recommend.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 29th, 2011
Great book and fun to read.
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Encouragement and inspiration Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 29th, 2011
Much of what you will find here you probably already sort of knew or understood, but this book brings it clearly into focus so you can actually ACT upon it. The advice on conquering "stage fright" alone makes it a worthwhile read.
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