DanZ wrote:Mr Smith's Guide is available on Lybrary.com for U$10.00
I was reading it again today. I really enjoy his rude remarks about Professor Hoffman and other crusty comments. For example he mentions the common ploy of a sucker explanation of the torn and restored paper thus, "From all artistic viewpoints the practice is abominable and indefensible" and "A man who descends to "getting a laugh" from such a hackneyed wheeze must be singularly lacking in real entertaining ability"
Regarding thimble work, "I think there is nothing so ludicrous as to see a man performing with thimbles. The thimble trick should be left to our women conjurers for whom it is eminently suitable"
Since Nate Leipzig was around at the time I wonder what he would have made of the above two paragraphs since he performed both the thimble trick and the sucker torn and restored paper!
I like this one too, "guard against the habit some performers fall into of executing their sleights as though they were performing them for their own amusement. These performers, engrossed in their work, seldom look at their audience at all, and often give the impression that they are afraid to do so, perhaps because the audience may have walked out"
Wonderful prickly opinionated remarks which made me smile! However, there is also wonderful teaching on sleight of hand, great tips on how to present things and the best description I have ever read on the way to learn patter (or if we have to use that pretentious word "script")