John Carney's Magic by Design

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John Carney
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John Carney's Magic by Design

Postby John Carney » May 14th, 2010, 6:37 pm

Announcing John Carneys
Magic by Design
Study, Practice and Presentation


We have always been told the secret to good magic is practice, pracitce, practice. But how to get the most out of our practice? How to choose what is worth practicing? How do we shape presentations that will reap the most reward in appreciation from our audience?

Magic by Design is a workbook that answers these questions and more, all in one place.
Here is Carneys method for analyzing everything he considers adding to my repitiore. What is offered is inspiration and encouragement for both beginner and even the advanced, who are looking for a fresh perspective.

This 90 page paperback contains no tricks, just the real secrets of how to advance in your magic.

Included are chapters on:
Approach to Study
Setting an Ideal
Problem Solving
Critquing your own work
Video vs. Books
Creating and selecting new material
Different Types of Practice
Tips on getting the most from your practice
Routining and Presentation
Creating a character
Plot and Presentation
Writing Scripts

$25 postpaid domestic
$28 postpaid outside US
California residents add 9.75% sales tax

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13134 Valleyheart Dr. #3
Studio City, CA 91604

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Joe Naud
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Re: John Carney's Magic by Design

Postby Joe Naud » May 14th, 2010, 6:46 pm

John, I met you at MagicCon and had to have this book. If everyone gets as much out of it as I think I have, and I need to reread it since there is so much great material in it, it is worth twice the price. To Quote Max Maven, "if you walk away from this conference with only one book, John's is the one to have." I could not agree more. Thanks passing along all of this knowledge.
Peace, Joe

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Tom Stone
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Re: John Carney's Magic by Design

Postby Tom Stone » May 14th, 2010, 7:12 pm

It is a really good book. Informative, instructive and inspiring - and very honest and open-hearted. Highly recommended.

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Donal Chayce
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Re: John Carney's Magic by Design

Postby Donal Chayce » May 15th, 2010, 3:11 pm

What Tom said.

Seriously, IMO this book goes right along side The Books of Wonder, Strong Magic and Designing Miracles when it comes to contemporary treatises on magic theory and presentation.

That so much valuable material is contained in such a slim volume is perhaps the best trick of all.
The MacGician®

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Re: John Carney's Magic by Design

Postby hofzinser » November 29th, 2010, 4:36 pm

I just finished it. Well done, John. You brought in some ideas about magic and practicing I'd never read before. Well worth my time and money.

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