A guide to every aspect of your magic life Illustrated throughout with photographs of magicians of all kinds - mostly at work with magic props. Pictures by Irving Desfor, Pete Biro, and others. Plus line drawings where needed. (Even if you couldn't read, you'd still enjoy "Success"!)
Who are the people who wrote this book? And what do they know about magic? Nobody already in the magic field needs to ask this question, but for the newcomer be assured, Jay and Frances Marshall had, between them, 85 years of experience in every phase of the business, including round the world performing.
Over 40 guaranteed "experts" in their own category of magic wrote articles in detail on their subject. Dozens more checked various lists for accuracy, adding thoughts and ideas. Still others made possible the use of rare photos, memorabilia and material. It becomes a detailed pattern for your magic life!!
Volume 1 contents: 3 Introduction 7 Why This Book Was Written 12 You, the Performer 21 Formal Wear Chart 23 How to Look Your Best Under the Worst Possible Circumstances 32 How to Look Your Best Part II: Make Up ad Character Suggestions 43 The Tricks 46 Brief Outline on the Presentation of Magic 51 The Assistant 59 Staging the Show 68 Staging the Show Part II 75 Patter 81 Presentation for an Anniversary Show 81 Money Like Magic: Demonstration/Speed with magic for money raising events 82 The Visitors 99 Packing for the Show 91 Jay Marshall’s List of Magicians’ Necessities 93 Work With the Animals 102 Booking the Magic Show 109 Help Yourself to Headlines 123 Promoting Yourself In Your Own Home Town 140 You Sure Know How to Hurt a Guy!: An evaluation test 143 Loss! 150 How to Avoid Accidents 153 The Magic of Taxes 157 After You’re Gone 161 The Santa Caper 166 USO 171 Entertaining In Hospitals 177 The Boiler Room 183 Cruise Ship Magic 186 Theatre of Illusion 190 Shopping Centers and Malls 193 Helping Them Raise Money