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Knowcows

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Hi everyone,

I wanted to start a discussion about this book because I think it is one of Mr. Lorayne's that doesn't get talked about enough. Compared to his other works this is a small booklet only about 70 pages but I think that there is a lot of great material in here. This was the first Lorayne book that I bought and One-Eyed Jack Sandwich has been my opener since then. It is the first effect in the book and I have even used it with Mr. Lorayne's Halo move. There is also an impromptu out of this world effect and a nice one using the Bob Hummer principle.

Lastly the way Mr. Lorayne writes it seems like he is sitting right next to you teaching you one on one.

Thoughts?

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JohnnyNewYork

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Knowcows -- you might want to consider participating in the TMF bookclub -- currently we are discussing Lorayne's Close Up Card Magic and the sessions are very informative. I don't think Lorayne wrote anything but outstanding books -- in particular, I am always discovering "hidden" pearls of wisdom, additional handlings, ideas, etc. in the afterthoughts sections which usually follow his write-ups. One thing for sure, you have a lot of books to explore penned by him! The routines you mention are real gems -- johnny
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     So - interesting morning for me. I'm awakened by a phone call from an old magic friend. And his opening line is - "Great example of obvious by mission" and goes on to tell me that he just saw a thing on his computer by a magic teacher - teaches close-up, mostly cards. And it's a whole thing about important magic books in that area. He tells me that it goes on and on, mentions some good people (Vernon, Tamarize) and some not so good. (Remember these are the words of my telephone friend, not mine). "And one bad one - one who (initials JIS) did a review of one of your APOCALYPSE volumes years ago and said at the end - 'It's a very big book, but nowhere as big as Harry's ego."! Hah.

         Anyway, no mention anywhere of any of my books - not one little mention. How obvious can you get?!  Again, my friends words: "Is it possible that he knows that if everyone reads all your books, Harry, that'd put him out of business? Why would anyone need him when they've got you in print?" Well thanks. Coincidentally, here's a sort of agreement to those, your, words from a member here, posted at the Tragic Café yesterday (Feb. 8th). (Thank you, sir.)
     
My favourite Harry Lorayne books are, in no particular order:
The Magic Book .
The Memory Book
Close-Up Card Magic
Quantum Leaps
Deck-Sterity
Afterthoughts
Rim Shots
My Favorite Card Tricks
Trendsetters
Personal Collection
JawDroppers
Only My Apocalypse
Star Quality The Magic of David Regal
Card Classics of Ken Krenzel
Doug Edwards Packs a Wallop


Each are filled to the brim with very strong, commercial, close up card magic.

Multiple lifetimes of world class material, expertly written, expertly taught- a great portion of which requires no table. An unprecedented amount of which uses a shuffled deck.

A staggering body of work from one of the most influential magicians in history. And he isn't finished yet.

Enjoy.
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Harry Lorayne

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     Obviously the word "mission" in the second sentence above should be "omission." (Good teacher, lousy speller?!)

     I've read that Café post again - and again, thank you sir. But of course - that magic teacher my friend called me about sure as shootin' doesn't agree with you. (Terrible lack of knowledge for a so-called teacher?!) Or he does, but, to repeat my friend's words: "Is it possible that he knows that if everyone reads all your books, Harry, that'd put him out of business? Why would anyone need/want him when they've got you in print?" 

       Thanks, guys. Large snow storm here in my area (Massachusetts) so had this time on my hands - can't get out to do the things planned (post office, library, bank, meeting, bit of shopping, etc.) - too old to try to drive in this. If I did, possible that you'd never again hear me rant about things like above!
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    Oh, and I forgot to thank Johnny for his kind words above. Thanks, Johnny. Fortunately there are many, MANY, all over the world, with opinions like yours and the Café poster (magicfish) for every one like the above-spoken-about "magic teacher." (How good can he be?!)  You guys make it all worthwhile for me - in spite of the one in literally thousands. Thanks again, guys.
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    Getting some interesting phone calls re: all above. All (except one) agreeing with me and my original caller.
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