"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."
- Arthur C. Clarke, "Profiles of The Future", 1961
Dear fellow magicians,
You may not have heard of me. Im an Italian magic student, translated Erdnases Expert at the Card Table into my native language, Ive won a couple close-up awards at international magic conferences and occasionally I lecture. What you should know about me is that I take magic seriously and my work in magic is taken seriously.
Im going to share with you something youll bless me for. Its quite simple though, its a book title. And the good news is that the book is 1 click away and absolutely free!! The 323 version is completely free, or you can pay $23 at Amazon.com for a bound copy. Just type: www.pokerwithoutcards.com
and download it! Very easy, huh?
Now comes the hard part: you have to read this book!!! You MUST read the book!!!!! And, this is a very difficult book to read.
Magic is a complex Art that demands much thought and dedication, not only digital exercise and jugglery. And, Poker Without Cards deals with Magic at its highest levels! It takes you on a fast-paced journey into the realms of real magic; an amazingly weird and intellectual ride across the many faces of magic and perception. This is definitely a mind altering book; period. Poker Without Cards is mentalism without a proscenium.
Ben Mack is a wizard of perception and a shining crazy diamond. And he is a magician, the Academy of Magical Arts gave him The Award of Merit in 1988! Either Ben knows magic or he knows persuasion and was able to con his way into that award!! As to his other references, just read the endorsements on the book and youll understandleaders from other fields have given him huge endorsements and praise. And, youll find the harshest criticism of his work.
Persuasion expert Blair Warren praises Bens book as a mental fun house. The master of direct response advertising Mark Joyner calls Ben the worlds new George Orwell. Kurt Vonnegut Jr. gave Ben an endorsement. Ben relayed to me that in 2004 he sent copies of his book to Max Maven, Robert Dorian and Arthur Benjamin. I see he posted on this site. I dont see any reviews or comments. Is Bens writing too controversial to discuss publicly? Has America become so conservative you fear putting your opinions out in public? Ive read comments from magicians in Spanish and Portuguese but not a single review from an American or British or Canadian magician who might have the advantage of reading this book in their native language.
Becoming a Magician involves knowledge and the study of books, not only of card tricks!! Poker Without Cards is a tool to become a better magician, a side effect of having also become a more knowledgeable human being! Knowledge and culture are not secondary issues for an entertainer and a magician! Come on!! What do you think? Do you think your customers pay you for the speed of your classic pass?!
What else can I say? Do yourself a favor: today, leave the pack of cards in the box and read Ben Macks Poker Without Cards. After reading the book youll understand why!
The entire magic community should be grateful to Ben for his work and generosity in sharing this incredible book! At least I am!
Thank you Ben!! Im waiting for more!!!