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Beyond Secrets by Jay Sankey (Hardcover Book) A brilliant exploration by one of the most creative minds on the planet! Are you ready to take your magic to the next level?
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Beyond the moves, beyond the gimmicks, beyond the patter, there exists a handful of fundamental truths about the performance and creation of magic. After performing for more than a quarter of a century and creating hundreds of innovative magic routines, Jay Sankey has written a book exploring these same truths.

This thought-provoking collection of short pieces ranges from the technical and psychological to the philosophical and sociological, while also staying rooted in the heartfelt and practical. After reading just a handful of the passages, you will see the craft of magic in a whole new light.

Learn from one of the most creative magicians on the planet and BECOME A BETTER MAGICIAN TODAY!

What You Get

Learn how to...

  • Practice more effectively
  • Connect with your audience
  • Invite wonder
  • Nurture your creativity
  • Add humor to your magic
  • Create "Key Images"
  • Market your unique talents
  • Write powerful scripts
  • Transition between effects
  • Perform new material
  • Choose spectators
  • Avoid "Over Proving"
  • Manage multiple climaxes
  • Orchestrate your magic
  • Simplify your magic
  • Inspire belief
  • And much, much more!


Foreword by Jon Racherbaumer. 182 pages.

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2 of 2 magicians found the following review helpful:
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 3rd, 2010
FIRST THOUGHTS:

When I first got this book, I found it to be MUCH smaller than it looks on the computer. It is pretty small, about the size of a normal paperback novel. It, like it says above, has 182 pages. Small book.

But man, does this book contain THOUSANDS of pages worth of information.

THE ASTHETIC:

This book is designed by NEUEVISION, the same company that designed the packaging to Twenty-Two Blows to the Head. Needless to say (for those of you who own 22 of course) this book looks BEAUTIFUL, and is definitly high budget.

The dust jacket is full color, depicting a picture of Jay on the front and describing the book on the back (like you wouldn't have guessed THAT!). But the flaps are what really get me; even though they only have advertisments for other Sankey products (4 of which aren't sold anymore) they look REALLY nice.

The pages are just normal paper, printed on in fairly small ink.

THE LAYOUT:

This book is laid out into a bunch of different chapters, or sections. Each one is anywhere from a paragraph to 4 pages long, and all contain useful information from the thoughts of Jay.

MATERIAL:

This is NOT a book of tricks. In fact, there are no tricks or techniques in this book, only theory. This is a fantastic read if you want to learn more about the art of magic. Jay has essays on ANY topic a performer could think of or ever have to face.

I can't give descriptions of the topics here, because a lot of them are very short and it is really better if you just read it without knowing what to expect (except what is in the description).

HUMOUR:

It is Jay Sankey people. Of course there is humour. Behind all the madness (and my madness I mean in depth psychological and sociological theories and essays) there are jokes that make the reading entertaining. This book is not only insightful, entertaining, and powerful, but also hillarious.

PRICE:

Well, at the lecture, I got it for 15 bucks. But on Penguin, it is 30. And on his website, it is 19 dollars.

Frankly, I can't say how much this is worth. It depends on what you are looking for in a magic book. If you are looking for a book of sleights or routines, this isn't worth a cent. If you are looking for a book that will give you insight into Jay's thoughts on magic and probbably redefine yours, this is priceless.


FINAL THOUGHTS:

I will be honest with you; I got a LOT out of this book. A lot of my thoughts on magic are similar to Jay's and this book did exactly what it said it was going to do: It has made me see music in a whole new light.

This was DEFINITLY a worth-while purchase, and I can't wait to read it again.
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on March 16th, 2011
Being a professional magician and doing events, I needed a resource to find the right information on everything magic. This book is not a magic trick book. The book is a book on how to make a living doing magic. I LOVE THIS BOOK!
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 4th, 2010
this was a really good book. It's imformative, experty written, and funny! Jay really knows what he's talking about. THere's nothing left out and I guarantee you will finish with something of value. AND it's a really quick read. ALmost like a toilet read sort of. But buy it now!
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 6th, 2004
This book is what every magician needs to take their magic from a trick to an experience. I cannot think of a book I would recommend more. This is awesome!
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 9th, 2004
This book is one of the best buys in penguin. The reason for me saying this is because that it shows magic in a new light. I love it.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 10th, 2004
Beyond Secrets by Jay is beyond good. These are the kind of finds where you wish penguin had a 6th star. After reading the first couple of passages I knew this book would change how I thought about magic and make it more enjoyable to anyone and everyone. I was surprised with the size of the book though. It looks kinda small, but don't judge a book by its cover (no pun intended). This has more than enough in it. I can't reccomend this enough. Get it now.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 11th, 2004
Yep, BEYOND SECRETS is expensive, and yep, it's not all that long . . . but the book is filled with useful, logical, thoughtful and plain good advice! Any magician who takes Jay's words to heart will grow in magic like he or she never has before. Great buy!
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 11th, 2004
I feel this book is more valuable than any trick or gimmick you can buy.

It made me really think about my Magic and the way I perform.

Great job Jay
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 12th, 2004
This is quite easily the best purchase I have ever made from Penguin because like someone has already mentioned, it is more valuable than any trick available. This book disects the art of performing, and it does that very well. Jay offers his knowledge and experience, attempting to make you look outside of the box, not an easy feat, but he clearly knows what he is talking about.

No written description or video demo will ever be able to do this book justice, it is just a masterpiece and for anyone serious about performing, this book is a must.

Thank you Jay!
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 19th, 2004
Excellent! A must have for any begginer magician because it is better to know the philosophy of magic rather than just knowing how tricks work.
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