"Distilled" by Ryan Plunkett: opinions, please?

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"Distilled" by Ryan Plunkett: opinions, please?

Postby erdnasephile » September 22nd, 2020, 2:57 pm

https://www.vanishingincmagic.com/magic ... -plunkett/

I am not familiar with Ryan Plunkett or his work, but this book has received some very strong reviews and I am intrigued. Given COVID-19, I don't think I'm going to be able to travel to see him in person any time soon.

If you'd be willing to share, I would greatly appreciate any informed opinions from those who own the book and/or have performed the material please.

Thank you!

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Re: "Distilled" by Ryan Plunkett: opinions, please?

Postby Dustin Stinett » September 22nd, 2020, 3:13 pm

Elliott Terral wrote a positive review of it in the July 2020 issue of Genii

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Re: "Distilled" by Ryan Plunkett: opinions, please?

Postby erdnasephile » September 22nd, 2020, 4:46 pm

Thank you, Dustin.

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Re: "Distilled" by Ryan Plunkett: opinions, please?

Postby Richard Kaufman » September 22nd, 2020, 5:55 pm

It's a very good book.
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Re: "Distilled" by Ryan Plunkett: opinions, please?

Postby erdnasephile » September 22nd, 2020, 6:06 pm

What is your opinion of the writing, Richard? Elliott described it as "sufficient to convey the performer's intentions" but "not necessarily elegant." I was hoping that the book would contain all the technical and presentational details that make the routines real-world "workers".

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Re: "Distilled" by Ryan Plunkett: opinions, please?

Postby Richard Kaufman » September 22nd, 2020, 6:50 pm

Since I have been a writer of magic books for, oy, 45 years, I generally don't comment in public anymore about others' writing.
At this point, if the writing in a book does the job and explains what it aims to, that's enough for me. That's sometimes how I write when I want to keep it lean.
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Re: "Distilled" by Ryan Plunkett: opinions, please?

Postby erdnasephile » September 22nd, 2020, 9:09 pm

Understood. Thank you!


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