A Street Magician’s Manual -by Jimmy Talksalot.
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DESCRIPTION - Originally the book was released in paperback form through a publisher. As a re-release I have revised it, printed it, and bound it myself, all by hand in my workshop. The style and handling design, is that of a Mid 20th century field manual.
Dimensions are 8.5" x 11"
67 pages 20 lb bright white copy paper front and back print.
65 lb Cardstock Front and back covers.
The front cover is laser printed with the title and the authors name.
Hand bound with 3 staples along the left side and Duct taped over, with No print on back cover
Table of contents are in bold print capitals, to reference through huge selection of subjects.
Main content is written in Broken American English, by a broken american man.
Author page at back of book has photographic proof of afore mentioned brokenness.
Some Background On The Book:
This book was a life changer for me, originally it was written out of loyalty to my teachers and the tradition they had laid out for me.
This book by and large is not filled with my opinions, but rather the opinions of the masters before me. Most of these men had worked 30 years or more at their craft and had dictated to me their views. I am at present working on my own book with my own opinions and strategies that I have worked out over the years. That is not to say that I didn't use everything in this book, in fact I did, and it has given me a life as an entertainer, to which I am grateful. The masters I refer to are of course listed at the end of the book for reference.
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 know 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.