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Jamie D. Grant is a canadian magician who has created some pretty cool effects. You might know him from his effect called Industrial Revolution. In this effect the magicians puts a coin through a box of cards and after opening the box you will find a metal block inside the case.
He also makes the Impossible Bottle, in which a deck of cards is placed inside a bottle. It is nice to show people when they visit your home I think. But right now, I am going to talk to you about his book, The Approach.
This is a book that teaches you to become a better and more professional magician. You will not learn any magic tricks inside this book, which I actually like. Don’t we have way to much tricks already? So what is this book about, you might wonder. It is about how to book gigs and how to approach groups, as well as, how many tricks should you know! And a helluva lot more.
You will learn the strategies to use when approaching people and which is the best mind set to have. If you want to become a good walk-around magician, you do not need to know as many tricks as you might think, but you need to know those tricks by heart.
One of things I loved about this book, after reading it you will be thinking that you will have encountered many situations described within. Jamie gives you solutions to the problems that may arise in the spur of the moment during performance.
This book is also meant to be used, Jamie has given you space to write stuff down. It is also real handy when reading this book as a performer, you constantly think of which tricks to use. Here, Jamie gives you the way to create a set of magic tricks that will be structured.
A lot of things are described in this book; if you are a working performer, often things taken for granted but if you haven’t thought about this, you will have trouble at the moment you start. For example Jamie talks about doing a wedding gig. The couple wants to have a magician before dinner is served. When do you start this gig? How should you approach the guests?
Everything is explained an thought out so you will know who and how to approach. Jamie also gives you tips on every other aspect of the business. I think this book should be in every close-up magicians bookshelf.