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Why is it that some magicians get great audience reaction while others who are just as skillful leave audiences so cold? The answers are in Strong Magic, the first -ever book on showmanship specifically for the close-up magician.

As a successful professional magician for almost twenty years, Darwin Ortiz has appeared before thousands of audiences of all kinds. During that time he has studied what it takes to really move an audience. In Strong Magic, he presents the results of those years of study and experience in a way that every magician can benefit from.

Do you want applause, gasps, and praise? Do you want your performances to be talked about and remembered? Strong Magic tells you how. You already own countless books on card and coin manipulation. Here is a book on something far more important: audience manipulation. Not a dry, boring treatise, it's funny, fascination, exciting reading. Not a book of vague theory, it's loaded with countless examples and concrete techniques that you can put to use right away to give your magic more impact. These are the real secrets of close-up magic--and they are all in Strong Magic

 

What People are Saying:

"The book is readable, it's extremely clear, it's clear, it's thrilling in its intellectual adventure. And it's also, clearly, enormously practical. It makes you think. It enriches you as an artist (and therefore as a human being.)" - Juan Tamariz

"A wonderful, wonderful book filled with practical advice. It should be every serious close-up worker's next purchase." - David Williamson Says

"A thought-provoking analysis of the performance of close-up magic. Just reading it was motivating. I incorporated some of Darwin's suggestions in to my presentations the same day I read them. Highly recommended to the serious student of close-up magic." - Paul Gertner

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Awesome book!!! Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 2nd, 2010
I would highly recommend this book on anyone who wants to get better audience reactions! money well spent, and penguin has the best price on it anyways!
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An absolute Must Read Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 2nd, 2010
This is one of the greatest books I have ever read on the topic of magic. This is the book that will take your magic to the next level. You will learn more from this book than a dozen books full of tricks, or a dozen of the latest instant downloads. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. ADD TO CART!
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Get this! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 2nd, 2010
This is like the bible of close-up magic showmanship. This book is 379pgs of pure gold! Ortiz's insights into performing magic have been extremely helpful to me! He covers topics such as structuring a routine for the most impact, creating a character, and dealing with the audience and hecklers. Ortiz goes into deep detail in every topic and his insights are always very practical and helpful. This book should be in every close-up performer's library!
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If you don't have this book, stop reading this review and add to cart! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 2nd, 2010
This book will take your magic to the next level. He goes over just about EVERY SINGLE ASPECT of performing magic in EXCRUCIATING detail. If you thought you knew anything about performing, think again. By reading this book and really internalizing it's concepts, you will not only enhance your performing skills - but you will also be able to choose the right effects for your character and enhance tricks that you already currently perform!

Darwin is a superb writer, and the entire book is written in a way that is understandable and interesting.

Stop buying books that have tricks in them, buy a book that tells you how to perform the ones you already know! ADD TO CART NOW!!!
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 3rd, 2010
Without any effects this book proves to be my most valuable.

With the knowledge gained from this book my magic has been taken to a whole new level. I highly recomend you get this book.
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 7th, 2010
If you want to make your magic powerful and leave your audience with no clue as to how you performed your tricks this is the book for you. While I do not agree with 100% of the philosophy of Ortiz you have to admit that he has a real understanding of what he is talking about when it comes to making magic strong and memorable. Buy this book and you will not be disapointed.
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on March 17th, 2012
This Book will make you a better magician period, not because I agree with everything Darwin Ortiz says, but due to the fact that this book will make you think, it will make you think about you magic, it will make you as question, hard question!
Why did I choose this effect? Why did I choose this method or this presentation?
What can I do about hecklers, and of course, much, much more? in these 379 pages of pure delight ,that is fun to read and is adjusted to our modern time, no more examples of hypity hoppity rabbits , but modern strong tricks that get you where it hurt, Ortiz gives as examples a few bad tricks in order to tell you what not to do.
There is not much more I can say about this book, but go out and buy it, you will not be disappointed!

Magicmatan
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Essential reading Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 17th, 2012
Anyone who has been doing close up magic for a while knows that patter can change a whole effect. this book is essential reading for close up workers. a brilliant book!
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 28th, 2014
You can tell if a "magician" has read this book.
Because he is a "magician" with a lower case "m".
A "Magician", With a capital "M" puts the essential knowledge
of 'Strong Magic' to work for himself, his audiences and the art and craft of magic.

Elevate yourself and your magic. Read the book be honest with yourself, revise your magic. In some cases most of you will be doing less work. Carry less "baggage" shine brighter. Some of you may shine for the first time.

I did.
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Unbelievable! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on February 1st, 2014
This book is so good! I hesitated purchasing this, and read almost every review on the internet and all I can say is that if you love magic you need to get this! Do not hesitate, just add to cart and purchase! I have only dived into the wealth of knowledge that Darwin Ortiz has included in this book and it is amazing! You will not regret it. Definitely worth every penny!
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