T. Nelson Downs (or Hilliard) wrote in The Art of Magic, there would be no such thing as magic if mendacity were a penal offense. I agree and, so it seems, does [censored].
The Wit and Wisdom of [censored] is chock full of insight, information and routines. It is the type of publication (assuming e-Books qualify as publications), that the late Bob Lund would have treasured: the story of and by a small town showman of his life in and around magic. Imagine Augustus Rapp (The Life and Times of Augustus Rapp) meets C.R.D. Sharper (Road Hustler) a lifelong showman providing commentary on the people and places he has performed told with the same style and flair as the hustlers who relayed their experiences to Robert Prus in his enthographic inquiry into grifting, magic and thief subculture.
While some may regard his commentary on modern magic icons as harsh, particularly when he discuss his theory of dropped details and the work of Billy McComb and Jay Marshall, there is no doubt in my mind that both Billy and Jay would have agreed with Mark as both Billy and Jay were aware of their own shortcomings as performers in the late stages of their careers.
Mark, of course, takes great pride in being banned from various forums. I now understand why. He writes in this book, I brag to cause trouble and amusement for the purpose of irritating magicians as a hobby. So, for Mark, being banned from a forum must be the equivalent of taking first prize in model airplane building at an arts and crafts show. None of that, of course, is relevant to the value of the information that he discloses in this work. For example, those of you who are aware of his ability as a pitchman and who were disappointed that he did not tip the real work in his pitch books, that is the work in capturing a crowd and separating them from their money, will be pleased to learn that it is presented here in great detail. That information alone, be it for a flea market salesman or trade show magician, is worth many times the price one pays for downloading this manuscript. There are many other gems scattered throughout its pages.
Although the organization of the material and the physical production are weak a skilled editor and publisher could certainly improve both without sacrificing the voice of the author the range, candor, theory and practical applications should make it a required read for anyone who wants to improve the understanding of their craft and their ability to perform.
You can download it for $15 at http://www.marklewisentertainment.com/h ... cians.html