The Fitzkee Trilogy – Piper Magic

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*PRE-OWNED: Good condition. Some wear on cover and dust jacket*

Each one of these books, considered separately, would be highly recommended. But taken together, this is a body of work for the ages. Tommy Wonder, John Carney, Jim Steinmeyer, Mike Caveney and others have extolled the virtues of The Fitzkee Trilogy, yet these books come up less frequently than they should. 

Magic By Misdirection applies the psychology of deception to the art of magic. The finest minds of magic have recognized it an important and monumental work on the subject. It makes clear the psychological devices and methods you can use to deceive your audience:

  • Disguise
  • Attention Control
  • Simulation
  • Dissimulation
  • Interpretation
  • Maneuver
  • Pretense
  • Ruse
  • Anticipation
  • Diversion
  • Monotony
  • Premature Consummation
  • Confusion
  • Suggestion... and others!

Fitzkee supplies practical examples in the form of tricks incorporating and utilizing these principles.  

"My card on forehead would not be what it has become today if not for Magic By Misdirection." -Michael Finney

The Trick Brain was created as a tool to help magicians develop new tricks. It teaches you how to create the mechanics of an effect with the understanding that how an effect is accomplished is not as important as the effect itself.

The Trick Brain is no mere book of tricks. It incorporates one of the most amazing ideas ever developed in magic. Dariel Fitzkee reduces all magic tricks to only 19 general, basic effects. Then he examines all the possible ways of combining any of these effects. He shows how to develop new tricks from old and how to evolve new plots and methods.

Then, you are introduced to The Trick Brain--an ingenious system, devised by Fitzkee, that actually  creates new effects...  tells you what you will need to develop...  actual things to use--and finally...  how to do the trick--even suggesting alternate methods! 

Use this astounding system to create original tricks and original shows, or use it to revise old tricks. Reclaim magic props you no longer use. All of this is contained in a beautifully printed, 316 page hardbound volume. 

"The Trick Brain was definitely ahead of its time. It formalized a way of brainstorming, teaching the process... Whether you use Fitzkee's actual steps or just use them as inspiration, The Trick Brain lets you appreciate the way magic is created and definitely starts you thinking in new ways." -Jim Steinmeyer

In 199 hardbound pages, Showmanship for Magicians takes up the subject of presenting of magic to gain the greatest audience response, including a detailed analysis of spectator appeals and how to incorporate them into the presentation of magic. Step by step, you will learn how to create a favorable reception through choice of material, style of performance, character of work, timing, pointing, pacing, building up to climaxes, emphasis, routining, arrangement of material, and in many other ways. This is the classic tome of stage craft written by a showman ahead of his time.

Some of the subjects covered in the 25 important chapters are:

  • Music
  • Rhythm
  • Youth
  • Sex Appeal
  • Personality
  • Selling Yourself
  • Color
  • Harmony
  • Sentiment
  • Romance
  • Surprise
  • Unity
  • Character
  • Situation
  • Costuming
  • Grooming
  • Make-Up
  • Personal Behavior
  • Confidence
  • Rehearsal
  • Physical Action
  • Group Coordination
  • Precise Attack
  • Economy
  • Brevity
  • Punch
  • Instinct
  • Grace
  • Effortless Skill
  • Music
  • Spectacle
  • Contrast
  • Comedy
  • Getting and Holding Attention
  • Types of Audiences
  • and more!

"When I read showmanship for Magicians, it was the first time I had read a book where someone said you have to take a trick and make it yours; you have to make it fit your personality. That was fantastic! My magic life changed with the reading of that book." - Mike Caveney


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