When I first read that this book was about bizarre magic, I thought that it wasnt for me. But after reading it, I discovered that the book was definitely for me and anyone who wants to add dramatic impact to their magic through the use of character and storytelling. This book is relevant and informative and can help make your magic stronger.
Converse defines bizarre magic as story telling. To quote him directly, its about the combination of magic and stories to produce a feeling. Throughout the book, Converse offers simple tricks that have been effectively dressed-up with stories and character. This isnt a book about innovative and clever methods, its about telling stories with magic.
As you may expect, many of the routines involve dark themes and make use of tarot cards and more. The themes are compelling: the creation of life, the ghostly possession of a real world object, a ships warning bell and more. Converse brings new angles to such standards as egg bag, haunted key, six-card repeat, hindu sands and more.
For some time, I had been thinking about a routine for the classic story about the monkey trying to reach for candy in a bottle, and Converse offers an interesting take here. Theres are also several routines that are based on themes of Edgar Allan Poe.
Converse also presents several essays about magic in general: establishing character, why magicians want to perform as Merlin, combining acting with magic, performing magic as a female, commentary on standard illusion shows and more. Throughout, Converse writes in an easy and direct style.
Even if you dont actually perform the routines in this book, theyll provide themes for effects that you already do. If youre looking for some story telling angles for your magic, youll find Scrolls to be a worthwhile read.
-Wayne N. Kawamoto
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