Doesn't it seem like everyone is getting into a David Regal mood? I'm no different. As we talk about his latest books, let's not forget to mention STAR QUALITY. Some wonderful routines in there!
Re: CONSTANT FOOLING its a wonderful set of books. There is one true highlight for me, but I don't want to call any extra attention to it, so I won't mention it. Or perhaps I will.
And, you know you're dealing with a guy who really loves what he does, when he writes, "I have a family I love, BUT..."
Can it be that the best part of these books isn't the tricks? Its everything else. Thankfully for us, David knows his strengths, and writes about them. Which, can make us all better performers.
The section "Under The Magnifying Glass" discusses just one such strength, that if you watch his videos, you will see for yourself. But, it may take you a few viewings, because it works SO well, that you won't even realize how brilliant it is at first! Really!
Similarly, "The Other Half" speaks for itself. Read it. Live it.
And, talk about well written, his "Introduction", in volume 1, is great! Especially the fourth paragraph. You could deliver this in show and have a chance of the audience thinking there is more to you than your tricks. But don't, that's my idea!
Lest we forget: The tricks are fully scripted by someone who makes his living as a writer! What more could we ask?
Yes, I do like the effects themselves, but I got caught up there in the other stuff! Let's see, what are a few effects that I CAN live with someone else doing as opposed to the ellusive one I mentioned the second paragraph of this post?
Rodent-In-A-Box is a fun platform item, with the laughs built in.
Eight Ball offers an interesting twist on similar effects. Getting some additional magic mileage along the way!
Very easy, but very good, is The World's First Card Trick. But be careful, you may have more fun DOING this one than your audience will have watching it! Don't get me wrong, people like it, but you'll LOVE it!
Essentially, now that I've mentioned several tricks, you are closer to knowing my favorite! perhaps I should go back, and delete! I won't.
However, you should find your own favorites. Its really easy to do with a set of books like these!
The sad news is that David informs us that he won't be realeasing books ever few years, as some do. This is okay, as long as he does release them with some regularity. Waiting, and seeing the material through its development, before publishing it, is actually better anyway. So, how about some more videos while we are waiting, David? I'd LOVE a series of "performance only" tapes, because, from you, that's an education all by itself.