With "Scripting Magic," McCabe has created a must-read book that will inspire you and help script and burnish your magic routines.
It's in the Script
A good part of the book is dedicated to showcasing scripts by McCabe and other well known magicians for popular effects. The book includes scripts for "Coins Across," "Torn and Restored Card," "Gypsy Thread," "Triumph," "Self-Cutting Banana," "Gemini Twins," "Hot Rod," "Svengali Deck," "Chop Cup," "Koorwinder Kar," "$100 Bill Switch," "Out of this World," "Ace Assembly" and more. Many of the effects have multiple scripts so you can compare the approach of two or more magicians.
To Use or Not To Use?
Here’s how McCabe answers this question. "So if you want to perform one of the scripts in this book, I think that’s great. It's a terrific way to really appreciate the power of scripting. And it will give you excellent practice at performing a script, which is an essential skill that many magicians don’t get much chance to practice."
"After you have some experience performing other people's scripts, you'll probably want to adapt the script for yourself... Although creating original presentations from scratch is the highest level of magic, adapting scripts is the most efficient way to improve." Supporting this, McCabe offers notes with many of the effects to help you adapt specific scripts for your use.
The book features informative interviews with Eugene Burger, John Lovick, Jonathan Levit, Jon Armstrong, Max Maven, Teller, Rafael Benetar and Michael Close, and essays by McCabe and Jamy Ian Swiss. Indeed, McCabe has compiled scripts and advice from some of our era's most talented magicians.
In all, "Scripting Magic" is a milestone book that will make your magic stronger and more entertaining. It's required reading and study for anyone serious about entertaining with magic.
-Wayne N. Kawamoto
MSRP: (US) $39.95
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