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Deceptive Dining (Lecture Notes)
Shawn McMaster has been working in the trenches making his sole living with magic for 25+ years. During all that time, he has rarely been without at least one weekly restaurant gig. Early on, he was working two to three a week. These days, Shawn is a world traveler, working engagements and corporate events around the world, yet he still keeps a very successful presence within restaurants performing for patrons and making restaurant owners very happy with his work and the restaurant programs he sets up. His lecture Deceptive Dining is a highly-informative study on the business of restaurant magic. Not only the best type of effects to perform in a restaurant setting, but also an in-depth and detailed blueprint of how to gain, keep, and profit from a regular restaurant magic gig taken from over two decades of real-world experience is presented in his lecture and in these notes. If you have ever thought about performing in restaurants of any style or class, these notes are a must!
Deceptive Dining DVD
This is the next best thing to attending Shawn’s restaurant magic lecture in person. Extensively interviewed by his good friend Jonathan Levit, Shawn delves even deeper into the business of restaurant magic, breaking down and explaining in minute detail many of the concepts described in the written lecture notes. He also demonstrates and explains some of the effects that have worked very well for him in his restaurant work. On this DVD you will be able to see Shawn’s initial approach to a table of guests and learn his technique on how he is rarely turned away when asking if they would like to see some magic, and learn the workings of some commercial effects that are very conducive to a restaurant table setting. Approximately 90 minutes packed full of real-world restaurant magic tricks and information!
Deceptive Dining Lecture Notes and DVD Bundle
Get both the lecture notes and the DVD. A great combination that, together, becomes a complete and invaluable master class on the business of restaurant magic!
The Art of Misdirection and the Curse of the Sponge Balls
A sponge ball routine that Shawn has performed for many, many years. It has been his opener at tables in restaurants and at private, walk-around functions, and is a frequently-requested routine by many of his returning clients. He has performed it literally thousands of times, and, subsequently, he has been able to study the thousands of people who have watched him do it. In so doing, he has found that this routine has a lot to teach about misdirection and the psychology that plays such an important part in the art of magic. This is not just a sponge ball routine, but also an invaluable treatise on psychological techniques that can be applied to other magic already in your repertoire.
I Knew It All the Time
Every magician has an Invisible Deck lying in a drawer somewhere. Now you can supercharge your Invisible Deck with this wonderfully entertaining routine. Invented by award-winning magician Paul Green, this commercial, three-phase routine is fun, very interactive, full of laughs, and builds with each reveal to an incredible, mind-blowing experience for your audience. It is perfect for strolling, restaurants, street performing, and trade shows. Along with the fully-explained routine, you get three specially-made jumbo cards that fit easily into your inside jacket pocket that when teamed up with an Invisible Deck and a regular pack of cards, offers a power punch of a routine that will have your audiences gasping and laughing!
Magic’s Most Amazing Stories
(Edited by Ivan Amodei)
Every performer has a story about a time when things went wrong…
This book is chock full of hilarious, true tales of magicians’ horror stories told by the magicians themselves. Tricks that went horribly wrong, mishaps with volunteers from the audience, travel nightmares, unexpected occurrences with their animals—the list goes on and on. Now those stories have all been compiled into one volume that is suitable reading for magician and layman alike! Stories from contemporary magicians from television and Las Vegas as well as stories about some of the famous names of the past. A hilarious volume of magical mishaps that makes for very entertaining reading.