There he goes again that boastful fellow - or is he just enthusiastic? We will never know. The big news this week is the arrival of a large and exciting package containing a number of Al Schneider's latest book entitled "Al Schneider on Close-Up". You may already have heard about the story behind my discovery of the book I was at the SAM Convention in Pasadena, California I took a brief wander around the dealer hall and stood for a while in front of Al Schneider's stall. He was doing a show. He wasn't demonstrating. He was entertaining an enthusiastic crowd with skilful and wonderful close up magic. We were all enthralled and when the crowd had thinned we had a chat together. I wanted to buy the rights to all the tricks and bring them back with me to the U.K. "Impossible", he said. "How come?" I replied. "Well, all the magic you have seen will be published in my new book Al Schneider on Close-Up.
"Can I have the exclusive rights to this book in Europe and the U.K.?" I asked. "Sure thing! Buy several hundred copies and you can have the U. K rights". I did. The first ten copies arrived by airmail just before the IBM Convention at Brighton and were snatched up as they hit the counter. Now a big and heavy parcel has arrived and at £ 15.00 post free to the U. K. this book is most definitely the biggest bargain in magic I can assure you that it contains the best new close up magic that it has been my privilege to witness. If you buy the book and don't agree send it back and no questions will be asked.
Another dealer, a good friend, has indicated that he will have supplies of this book but I doubt if they will ever arrive as there is no doubt that because of my massive investment I have sole U.K and European rights.
The book is packed with effects using all the popular magical objects; salt cellars, coins, rings, cigarettes, Himber Wallets, and several pages have been devoted to the philosophy and approach to creating close up magical performances that entertain. The book is beautifully produced, well-printed on glossy paper, has 143 pages and well over 350 clear and concise photographs
I have not felt so impressed by a book since John Mendoza's Close Up Presentation and his Book of John (I have rights on an exclusive basis for Close Up Presentation and also the Second Book of John which is anxiously awaited plus also Mendoza's Magicassettes which are now in Droduction in the USA). So there you have it my magical friends. A book /ou will be delighted to own and which will provide you with some excellent magic to add to your own performance. Not pipedreams that have never seen the light of day but magic that earned Al Schneider a hefty ovation and that is something you rarely see in the dealer room of any convention. Remember just £15.00 post free anywhere in the U.K or £15.75 post free to Europe.
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