Rene Lavand Book

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Rene Lavand Book

Postby Guest » September 21st, 2001, 11:10 am

You've produced so many wonderful books of high quality. I have a question. The Rene Lavand book is excellent. But what happened with some of the sections in the book where the type looks like it went through a fun house mirror? Towards the top of page 18, for example, it looks like a whole line was inserted, with type that was too big and inserted at an angle at that! I seem to recall other instances in the book. That nothwithstanding, as I said, the book is great. Just wanted to know what happened there as it is akin to a typo in a book. Not a big deal, but kind of mars the overall book. Plus it is so out of charecter for you. thanks!

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Re: Rene Lavand Book

Postby Richard Kaufman » September 21st, 2001, 9:54 pm

That comes courtesy of Sheridan Books, who printed it. They'd never seen a problem like that before, and I've never seen one since. Makes me ill, but what can I do?
The layout I provided was fine. Somehow that line of type got stretched in the process of either shooting the film or turning the film into a printing plate.
I hope you've otherwise enjoyed the book!
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Re: Rene Lavand Book

Postby Guest » September 29th, 2001, 7:49 am

Personally, I think this is a great book and I enjoyed the opportunity to see a little inside the mind of such a talented artist.

I'm just glad that Kaufman and Co have had the courage to publish books like this.


Re: Rene Lavand Book

Postby Guest » October 7th, 2001, 3:42 pm

I've enjoyed the Lavand book a great deal and have worked hard to perfect some of the material - I may have to have shoulder surgery and will be using only one wing for a few weeks, so I thought it might be fun to learn one-handed material.

One temporary disappointment is the fact that certain sleights and methods are NOT included in the book. I can only assume that Rene refused to disclose these, wanting to have [some of] his cake and eat it too. A prime example is found in the routine "I Can't Do It Any Slower", wherein the author offers a two-handed method for a certain displacement move, failing to disclose Lavand's one-handed method. Fortunately, a little creative thinking helped me discover the method he MUST be using, which is brilliant and clean as a whistle - cleaner than a standard two-handed displacement.

By the way, let me note that this is in NO WAY meant as a criticism of Rene Lavand; if I had devised such incredible stuff I might want to keep some of it to myself too! In fact, the magic community should consider itself blessed to have received what it has from this great performer.

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Re: Rene Lavand Book

Postby Luis » October 28th, 2001, 10:29 pm


I think you are talkimg about Magic from the Soul published by Magic Words, in pages 71-72 he describes the two hands displacement,(or to Slow Motion Magic published by Frakson)

In Richard's book The Mysteries of my Life p.75 the one hand displacement is explained.null

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Re: Rene Lavand Book

Postby PapaG » October 30th, 2005, 11:00 am

I finally tracked down a copy of 'Mysteries Of My Life' and, with some concern, I was expecting to endure a few pages of textual psychedelia as described in the original post above.

The text 'problem' is one line only and barely noticeable at that.

I only regret that these comments put me off getting this fantastic tome for so long...

A truly inspirational book.

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