I remember the first time that I heard Eugene lecture. in the mid 80s. It was a mystical
experience. He was so different from every other lecturer I had heard. He pushed the attendees to
think about their magic in ways that no one else I had ever heard did.
He was always very
kind, without being disingenuous. He and I worked a small convention together and he spoke very
highly of my act, while still offering some great advice. I have made it a point to get everything
that I could of his.
It is rare for a magic book to bring a tear, yet Mac King's introduction
did just that. We are all sad at the loss of a great thinker, but happy that we can "visit" one
more time with "the bearded one." There is real magic in these pages. Not the latest toy or
contraption, but real magic. You don't often find that, yet from Eugene it was his life's work.
Buy this book, read this book, think about this book, then read it again. It will pay rich
dividends not just in Magic, but in life. Then buy everything else that Eugene did (two Penguin
lectures). We miss you Eugene, but we thank you for all you did for the art, for our lives, and for
those spectators who, when seeing you, saw what magic could really be like.
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Love the book. Its for all persons in the performing arts. First read and enjoy it. Then take pen
and paper and work through it the second time.
Having this book will not make your magic better.
Reading this book will not make your magic better.
WORKING with it will make you fly !
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I'm going to start off with the reason that I removed a star. It's not a HUGE reason, but it may be
significant to some, and I feel it is my duty as a student of the craft to provide an honest review
of what I read. I removed a single star simply because the book's title, "Teaching Magic" might be
perceived as a slight misnomer. There are no real STEPS provided (a sort of curriculum, if you
will). Instead, the book focuses mainly on making you a better student and a more efficient and
understanding teacher and mentor. There are also a few minor spelling errors.
Now on to the
"Teaching Magic" is chock full of advice and theory that will give you a far more
heightened sense of how you should be perceiving your performances and their effect on your
audiences. I really like how the theme of the book shifts between varying subjects (theory, effects,
Q&A, etc.) so that your attention never strays from what is important and relevant. Eugene was one
of the greatest magicians I ever met, but also one of the greatest people, and Larry Hass did a
fantastic job with letting the book reflect that appropriately.
I own probably a hundred Magic Books and this is definitely top 10 for me, maybe top
5. Eugene is a master performer and more importantly thinker in magic. This book is so cleverly laid
out.. there is philosophy, great magic tricks and great stories. The book moves from theory to
stories to how to do some great tricks. So I found reading this book to be pure joy. It didn't get
boring because as soon as you are burnt our on philosophy they switch gears and start teaching
tricks for example. Lots of variety and QUALITY content here.
You cannot go wrong, buy
this book now! It will change your magic. And when people ask me what my top magic books of all time
would be, this will remain on the list for some time.