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Beyond Secrets

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Beyond Secrets
AuthorJay Sankey
PublisherSankey Magic
Publication Date2003

Beyond Secrets is a collection of short essays that are designed to give the reader a new perspective on (and appreciation for) the craft of magic, thereby enhancing the magic he or she performs.

From the Back Cover

Are You Ready to Take Your Magic to the Next Level?

Beyond the moves, beyond the gimmicks, beyond the patter, there exists a handful of fundamental truths about the performance and creation of magic. After performing for more than a quarter of a century and creating hundreds of innovative magic routines, Jay Sankey has written a book exploring these same truths.

Learn how to:

  • Practice more effectively
  • Connect with your audience
  • Invite wonder
  • Nurture your creativity
  • Add humour to your magic
  • Create "key images"
  • Market your unique talents
  • Write powerful scripts
  • Transition between effects
  • Perform new material
  • Choose spectators
  • Avoid "over proving"
  • Manage multiple climaxes
  • Orchestrate audience focus
  • Simplify your magic
  • Inspire belief

And much, much more!

This thought-provoking collection of short pieces ranges from the technical and psychological to the philosophical and sociological, while also staying rooted in the heartfelt and practical. After reading just a handful of these passages, you will see the craft of magic in a whole new light. Learn from one of the most creative magicians on the planet and BECOME A BETTER MAGICIAN TODAY!

Table of Contents

  • Foreword by Jon Racherbaumer
  • Preface
  • A Dance of Glances
  • Is Magic an Art?
  • Begin by Connecting
  • The Myth of Speed
  • Incomprehensibility
  • Magic as a Blood Sport
  • Orchestrating Focus
  • What Is Your Market?
  • Popular Misperceptions
  • The Anatomy of an Effect
  • Intimate Scripts
  • What is the Method?
  • If I Were a Real Magician
  • A Little Experiment
  • Key Images
  • Learning a Sleight
  • An Actor Playing the Part
  • Wonder Without Secrecy
  • Creating Magic
  • Wonder and Emotion
  • How Did You Do That?
  • Any Effect is Possible
  • Cynicism, Confusion and Ego
  • For My Next Trick
  • Audience Feedback
  • The Opposite of Magic
  • Simplicity
  • The Emotional Camera
  • The Imperfect Theory
  • The Approach
  • Inspiring Humility
  • The Wonder of Wit
  • Classic Audience Members
  • Performing New Material
  • Rhythm
  • Vulgar Magic
  • Whose Magic Is It?
  • Learning From Mime
  • Truth and Credibility
  • Minimum Effort
  • Performer as Product
  • What is the Magic About?
  • Enthusiasm
  • Fewer Words, More Magic
  • Secrecy is Fear
  • The Art of Practice
  • Inside Out/Outside In
  • Suspending Disbelief
  • Responding
  • Parade of Characters
  • Mirroring
  • Taking it Personally
  • Multiple Climaxes
  • Vivid Language
  • The Natural
  • Expressing and Communicating
  • Suspicion
  • Mind Over Matter
  • What is Narrative
  • Magic and Mentalism
  • Vulnerability
  • Choosing a Spectator
  • Under and Over Proving
  • How Do You Feel?
  • Fear and the Sudden Audience
  • Power
  • The Mysterious and the Humorous
  • Becoming a Better Magician
  • Control and Trust
  • Circuit Practicing
  • Purge Your Puzzles
  • Magician, Clown, Priest
  • Which Direction
  • Magic and the Magical
  • Sanding
  • Those Who Will resist
  • Let The Audience Lead
  • In the Blink of an Eye
  • The Master Imagines
  • Secrets, Understanding and Wonder
  • Is There Such a Thing as a Bad Trick?
  • Articulate Hands
  • The Best Teacher
  • Random Acts of Magic
  • Self-Expression
  • Stick to Your Weaknesses
  • Creative Promotion
  • Reminder and Promise
  • Choosing Material
  • The Play's the Thing
  • In Search of Real Magic
  • Encouraging Co-Creation
  • Knowing and Forgetting
  • Exposure, Appreciation and Education
  • Clothing
  • Magician Vs Entertainer
  • Tension, Expectation and Release
  • An Invitation to Wonder
  • Larger Truths
  • All of You
  • Unpresentations
  • Ending
  • Re: Creation
  • It Takes Time
  • A New Magic
  • Effects Only Happen in the Past
  • The Love of Magic

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