Gordon Meyer wrote:Silly bear. Tricks from this book are in active use by pros, who live-or-die (no pun intended) by entertainment value. Survivor, The FIve Gifts of Life, and Thirteen at Table are examples.
That said, I agree it's not a book for everyone. (What book is?) It's certainly one of my favorites, but if you don't like it, I bet there are other things we can disagree about too. That's life.
Cugel wrote:Which pros?
Bill Duncan wrote:I don't actually keep track... I know Eugene does because he teaches one of the items in his lectures.
What difference does it make? Most of the people who perform card magic are NOT pros, and any book that inspires magicians to think about how to present their magic is a worthwhile read, even if they never use ANY of the material.
Neale's book offers both useable methods for a large variety of tricks, and intersting ideas on how to present card magic. In order to be inspired you have to think. You don't have to agree...
Cugel wrote: Merely that someone said a lot of pros who "live and die" on their material use the Neale stuff. I was curious to know who. This is a magic discussion forum, after all. Discuss.
Alton wrote:Jeff McBride has a piece he adapted from it. And you can see it on one of Eugenes tapes to boot. The Gifts of Life is the name of it if memory serves me.