As some of you may know, I did a lecture tour back in 2011. The lecture was geared towards Close Up to Parlor magic on the sidewalk. This lecture to my surprise attracted a lot of working pros. It was a huge success and I learned a lot myself.
In these notes I cover a varied of subjects that I was getting the most questions about. It includes articles by Myself, Eric Evans, And Kris Bentz. These notes were so popular I sold out of them by the end of the tour. Since then, I have had quite a few requests that I put them back on the market, so here they are.
These notes contain some of the best kept secrets and strategies of the working pros. Most of the folks who own these notes call them, a companion to my book-To Lure With Spectacle.
The Elusive Him. PDF -character and show construction.
Who is The Elusive Him? He is the Character of your show who lives inside of you and your show, and he is just waiting to be discovered by you and the public.
What is Our Mysterious Craft? It is how Magicians throughout time have constructed their Shows, their Magic, and their Stories.
In my opinion, this book, The Elusive Him is the most important book I have ever written.
When a beginner first goes out he is inundated with complex problems hitting him all at once and he is left trying to rush and catch up with the pros, he is forced to figure out the secret to success on his own. This book hands it to him in a simple and direct manner and cuts his time in half by giving him the understanding of the physical and tangible animal he is trying to hunt. With this obstacle out of his way, all the performer has to do is work on his art and make money while he learns.
This book truly holds The Sidewalk Magician's most powerful secrets. This info won't be found in the instructions of a magic trick. The pros you meet out there generally don't have the time or resources to sit you down and explain this secret to you.
In fact all the long time pros are familiar with this specialized craft and structure, if not sometimes only instinctually in practice, but sometimes they aren't really sure what it is themselves, or how to explain it to someone without any experience. This is what has kept it a secret for so long. So I'm putting this book out for pros and beginners in the hopes that it will not only bring up the quality of shows out on the street, but that it will save my fellow buskers some valuable time and undue suffering so they can start earning a living quicker while they learn our fine art.
This book has no fluff or filler, it is a direct and very extensive breakdown of how show and character work.
The Noble Vagrant are glimpses into my life. I believe it tells the story of who I am, what I do, and why I do it. The story takes place on sidewalks around the U.S. and Europe. There is a certain dignity found in the stories, but the book as a whole certainly does not glamorize the streets in any way. Because it is the real story of the life on the streets as a small time sidewalk performer.
Along with the stories, it has my views on Art, Religion, Politics, and Street Dues.
I believe the opinions of people who make their way on the streets, is sorely lacking in literature. Which seems ironic to me, because in democracies around the world, governments and revolutionaries are always spouting off, this or that, in the name of the poor people, but when it comes right down to it, they never really represent our real opinions at all. Our views have always been twisted to fit the inhuman narratives of various political parties.
In the book you will read about buskers paying their dues, in fact the book is dedicated to the two students who paid more than myself. These students are my pride, due to their commitment and originality.
I am hoping to make a series of these memoir books, as what life I have left here on earth will permit. In these next books I will try to add all of my students, along with friends and teachers.
I have always had a love for magic, but as my closest friends know, I was a working writer well before my life as a professional Magician, and I will be releasing some of my other books on other subjects other than magic also.
I am hoping that this offering of street memoirs will lure more readers to my other works on the various other subjects I was more known for before my entry into the magic scene as a Street Magic writer.
"It is a journey by sea, across the land, to find the horizon, that God made for man."
Modernists have a blind-spot in their mind, and it is in this blind-spot where this story takes place. It is the story of a strange, simple, little man, searching for big answers, by wandering the earth with a childlike wonder. He is led by a compass, which he does not understand, and the voice of an old man he does not see, and the clues they give him, all along the way. These clues eventually take him to a terrifying place with terrifying answers, and an inevitable conclusion.
The story is written in an apocryphal fairy-tale form, peppered with Louisiana dialect.
To Lure With Spectacle PDF -street magicians manual.
To Lure With Spectacle and our mysterious society. A Street Magicians Manual,
Reception Upon the book's First Release: Of course as in all things, people bicker over details, and so was the case with the magic community over this book, to say it was controversial is an understatement.
Don't get me wrong I was pleased with the reviews, and it was a huge seller, but this just made it worse, I was not prepared for being known as an authority on the subject, when in fact it was actually just the dictates of my teachers.
I had also found out, after the fact, that the opinions of these old street masters ruffled the feathers of the indoor club magicians and their ilk, so I recoiled into my own little world for some years now.
If it weren't for the sheer demand and inquiries for the book, and me needing money, ha, I may have just let it go out of print, and continued my life as a sidewalk performer supporting and enjoying my family.
Another darn good reason for releasing this book is that over the years I have seen how it has changed performers lives and has given us a life and an occupation we can count on.
The information in this book is invaluable, and with all it's controversy, you will see very obviously, it's theories being practiced not only by the most successful buskers out there, but by all the most well known entertainers you already know in all venues of entertainment.
In Fact I have no doubt, that if you have researched street performing at all, you have heard of this book, and many of the masters that are referred to in it.
The masters who helped me with this book saved my life and I believe this book could do the same for you.