Approaching Magic by David Regal (Book)
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A Classic! And classic Regal! Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 13th, 2015
Didn't buy it through Penguin. I actually pre-ordered it through David Regal's site. The book is lovely and has some really terrific magic in it. Not just cards and coins. There is a pleasing variety of appealing close up magic. Everything is top notch. Regal is a modern master. In fact, if you like modern close up magic, then you should have all of Regal's books. His 1st collection, "Star Quality - The Magic of David Regal", is out of print but now available in "Lorayne: Classic Collection Vol 4." This also includes "The Magic Book" and "The Card Classics of Ken Krenzel." It's , but it includes 3 classics. However, I was unhappy with some of the editing. Especially, some exclusions of material from the original text. Also, don't forget "Clos-Up and Personal" and "Constant Fooling 1 & 2." It's all great.
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 29th, 2012
This is full of such great stuff it is ridiculous. $75.00 for this book is a steal. I think David's magic is great, but I think he excels at parlor type magic and this book is full of great effects. There are also wonderful close up things and just too much good stuff to talk about. There is a good amount of theory and advice as well. This has been a go to book for me that has been worth 10x the cost.
WOW! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 28th, 2012
I have all of Davids books and everyone is packed with usable material. This is a large book and has great material - His card at any number is great. The mentalism section is worth the price of the book. There is card , coin, paper money and more. Each effect is a lesson in how David approaches magic along with thought provoking essays. This is one of those books that is a must for the serious performer.
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 27th, 2012
An excellent book from a very, very clever guy. Not only does it contain wonderful ideas and material, it's also a hilarious read.
Buy this book!!! Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 21st, 2012
This book is a treasure trove of essays and magic effects! There is some killer close-up and stage material here. I highly suggest "Sanitized For Your Protection"! There are effects with paper money, coins, cups, etc. There are close-up and parlor/stage effects as well! Simply put, put in your cart now!
A Lifetime of Magic Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 27th, 2016
The book no doubt is the hard work of a lifetime of David and does deserve 5 stars.The quality of the printing and binding is real Gold. When you hold the book it gives you a awesome magical feel.
1) As other reviews have pointed out- way too many card effects.
2)A large portion of the material is certainly for the magic castle like setting.So the restaurant workers will find that a limitation.
3)I found the card packet tricks section very useful.
4)The mentalism section has some very strong material and everything can be prepared with just a visit to a stationery store. In fact all the effects are very organic and do not require any special props (except 2).
5)Davids essays which are scattered all along the book are great wisdom on presentation, audience management and other similar topics which are the true secret of our art
Thanx David. Money well spent
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on March 9th, 2015
I really like this book. I am really happy that he gives an alternative performance for CSB gimmick. Good card stuff and all in all a good purchase. A very heavy magic book with good illustrations and very good articles including scripting. I believe David put a lot of effort into this "Tome" of magic. Huge book, lots of tricks, a good buy!
I Agree, a Great Book Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 31st, 2015
This book by the wonderful David Regal takes you into his mind, not from an output perspective but from the paths his mind takes in regards to the art of magic and it's logical direction(s) and diversions and resulting performance pieces. It's a thick book, packed with magical nibblets throughout.
Another Regal Classic! Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 28th, 2014
Very well written, most recent collection of David Regal's high quality magic. The layout and production look terrific. Great thinking and lots of variety. Bills, coins, a glass, bottle, th***d, finger rings, d**k switches, a couple of c**p cup routines, ideas on scripting, and various sleights are included, as are cards of course. Many excellent ideas on presentations and audience management. The card magic alone makes this a must-have for a card guy. One non-card routine in this book sells as a separate trick package with great potential for developing one's show. There are many commercial routines here. If you are already a Regal fan, then buy it! If you're not familiar with David Regal, then this is as great a place to start.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on February 20th, 2014
Let me start off by saying that the reason that I gave this 4 stars and not 5 was only due to the fact that I am not a huge Ace trick guy. Granted there are a few that I use and love to perform, although they are not at the top of my list. With that being said, the thought and creativity that went into each and every routine is priceless.
As I progress in my magic years and experience I am becoming more and more fascinated with not just the plot or effect but the thinking that goes into each sleight and action associated with a routine... every action has a purpose.
There are various effects with cards, coins, and various other objects. Although, the thing that made this a great purchase for myself was the theory of magic that David discusses throughout the book in his essays. He has a lot of experience and wisdom to share with the magic community and I'm glad he took the time to write this book.
Approaching Magic is not just a book of tricks, it's a wealth of information for the serious magic student. If you want to improve your skills then this is a must buy in my book (no pun intended).
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