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Any TMF members signed up for this online class?

If so, how about a discussion thread on the class and the assignments from a magical perspective?

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Any TMF members signed up for this online class?

If so, how about a discussion thread on the class and the assignments from a magical perspective?

Tommy

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For just 90 bucks?! Wow!

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I saw this a little while ago and forgot about it.
Thanks for the reminder. I definitely wanted to take it.
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Is it a live feed?  Looked, but didn't see any specifics on it or when it starts.
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Is it a live feed?  Looked, but didn't see any specifics on it or when it starts.


They are a series of streaming videos issued all at one with study guides and other resource docs/videos and film recommendations.

You can also ask questions and submit videos for SM to review but their is a large number of people participating.

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Is it a live feed?  Looked, but didn't see any specifics on it or when it starts.


Based on a bit of research it appears that the classes are recorded. A subscription provides access to watch at your own pace. I gleaned this from a couple of satisfied customer's reviews. That's not a bad thing; I have watched and/or listened to several several of the courses offered through The Great Courses, and found them to be a solid investment. There are several positive reviews of Steve's course out there.

Anyone interested in learning how to write character-driven comedy, be it monologues, stories, scripts, or whatever, there is an excellent book titled The Hidden Tools of Comedy: The Serious Business of Being Funny by Steven Kaplan that is worth your time and attention. I purchased a copy several years ago and have read it four or five times since. It is filled with practical advice and really boosted my understanding of what's funny and why. My writing has improved as a result of applying a couple of the tools. (I write and perform humorous essays and stories.) Of course there's no magic formula; you have to be willing to study the tools and put them use.
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Thanks for the tip. I just ordered a copy of the book.
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Me too!
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I saw a bit of the Kevin Spacey class. The classes are very well thought out and well put together. A friend of mine took the Usher class on Performance. He's a musician and found it very useful. The price is very fair and affordable. It's in the same range as the Great Courses which, by the way, are also a wonderful source of information on a wide variety of subjects.

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       I assume you all know that Steve Martin was/is "into" magic. Coincidentally just cleaning out/throwing out some old files and saw/was reminded of a note I received from him quite some time ago - which I won't throw out! I'll quote:  "Dear Harry: Thank you for the soooo wonderful book and videos! I love watching you and learning. You're the best! Steve Martin."

     I guess I should reciprocate and take his course on comedy!

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Not comedy and not at all concerned with live performance is "Acting In Film" by Michael Caine. But it is worth a read by anyone interested in performance. He did a Master Class for TV some years ago which is very instructive. Here’s a "glimpse".

UK viewers will no doubt recognise Celia Imrie as one of the "students".



Ironically, Michael Caine was in a film called The Prestige which is a fiction movie about magicians.  Worth checking out.

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Can I get some feedback on my original post?

Anyone here participating and want to start a discussion group thread on our class?

Tommy

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Anyone interested in learning how to write character-driven comedy, be it monologues, stories, scripts, or whatever, there is an excellent book titled The Hidden Tools of Comedy: The Serious Business of Being Funny by Steven Kaplan

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I just finished reading this book - it is really sound and I know it will help me a lot.  Thanks so much for the recommendation!
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I just finished reading this book - it is really sound and I know it will help me a lot.  Thanks so much for the recommendation!


You bet! Glad it helped. I recently reread it for maybe the fourth time. I write humorous stories and monologues and the techniques and insights from the book help a great deal.
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Another really excellent book, albeit very difficult to find at a reasonable price is "Impro" by Keith Johnstone. Used copies go for over $25 on Amazon. I'm lucky to have found a copy when it wasn't so expensive. Lots of good stuff in there.

Also, Sankey's "Zen and the Art of Stand Up Comedy" is well worth a read.

BTW i have recording of Sankey's stand up comedy and it's really excellent. I'm not a fan of his magic presentaional style. But his comedy is quite good.

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Steve Martin, I've not attended his masterclass but I am reading his memoir 'Born Standing Up' - a lot of value can be found in his words, it makes me smile to think about applying his approach to magic.  As the Joker once said in a Batman flick: "Why So Serious?" and as an old busker once told me "Funny gets the Money" - ha ha ha [crazy]  The anti-magician is a great concept, I guess Tommy Cooper did it here in the UK, but I am not thinking along those lines... oh no no, magic an be fun, if we just let go and be free.

In fact the bravery of the clown/trickster/fool inspires me very much.  Just like the illogical Double lift -- it's so much fun to play with the perceptions of magic... why follow the lead when you can throw away the lead and begin to roam all over the place - look at Juan Tamariz with his rope magic.

Steve Martin is an inspiration but I am curious to know if you actually attended his masterclass and if so how did you find it?
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