Originally posted by Steve Vaught:
[QB Jeff, could you give us one particular thing that stood out in your mind about the book?[/QB]
Unfortunately, I just received the book the other day, so I'm still working my way through it. Mr. Carney obviously pays homage to the 'heavy hitters' with brief bios on Vernon, Leipzig, Kolta, Hofzinser etc... And the routines he's selected are based on classics with his take on them. The attention to detail within the explanations, from hand/finger position to pauses before a double lift get-ready, is incredible.
Here's the one thing that has struck me so far: I love the questions at the end of each chapter. I will say that I'm an amateur (read:serious student), and maybe this stuff is blatantly obvious to the working professional, but it seems as if this book not only gives you routines and moves, but also jumping off points for your own creativity. For example: How would this routine change if you included another simple prop like a wand or a coin purse? What new possibilites would it present?
What else could be used instead of paper? A rose petal? A broken egg shell?
What do you gain or lose, help or hinder, by using a different type of glass, or by adding a handkerchief or a wand?
I'm still in my first of what I'm sure will be several passes through this book.