I recently finished reading "The Magic Mirror" By Bob Neale with David Parr. Since David is a good friend of mine I am ashamed I didn't own it sooner. The financial burden that is new parenthood has obviously put a limit on my magic book purchase capability
My comment on this book is simple. It is quite simply amazing. Beautifully and insightfully written with more than it's fair share of deceptive, mindboggling and at the same time thought provoking and theatrical effects.......But it really is the first part of this book that will do the do for you. Robert Neale's essays of the reasons Why we do magic.....Why it's done in the first place and how it can be broken down into fathomable categories are contained here. This section of the book explores the arena of the Word "magic" and how this word, this concept, this religion, has filtered through to the world today and to the stage presentations we as magicians give. Neale not only discusses the psycology of conjuring here He discusses the meaning of MAGIC and how we can relate this spiritual concept to what we do on stage and other settings. This book is truely too complexed and interesting to talk about in quick words.
A recomendation here from me for anyone interested in magic as theatre and storytelling....with a hint of the wierd.
This book is a rare gem...It's a gift from God
along with thumbtips and flashpaper.
Congratulations to Bob and David(Who Lends a more than guiding hand) On this modern masterpiece. Any person who activly calls themselves a performing magician can and will learn something here.....I did. and coming from an actors ego that's admitting something
Any thoughts?????????? Did you enjoy it too?