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Because of my great visual problems it is no longer possible for me to write my books at one sitting and then proofread them myself, as I used to. Fortunately, my student, Florian Faust (that is his real name ) has been so kind as to organize my confused and barely readable notes and my taped comments. He has expanded upon certain segments and has managed to organize everything into the logical production you have before you. Without him, this booklet would not have been possible. A thank you is the least I can offer him.
I'm not going to spend much more time discussing how The James File came into existence. To learn more I suggest you read the cover story in the February 2000 issue of MAGIC. But for those who are unfamiliar with the history of this project I will mention that work on Stewart James in Print started in 1982 with Allan Slaight and Howard Lyons serving as compilers and editors. Stewart James also actively participated. Sadly, Howard died in 1987, two years before the book's completion. As Allan writes, Most of the pleasure for Stewart and me was extinguished. Work then began on The James File, but Stewart made it clear that, while he would make his voluminous files available to Allan, he would take no active part in the creation of the book. Wisely, Allan enlisted the aid of Max Maven. Max writes, My work has included a fair amount of research, tracking down credits and references, plus a lot of proofreading. But in addition to the drudgery, there have been aspects of this ten-year-plus...
The most important boundary for me is the private time that I require for reading and writing (women are big time thieves -- that's one of the most substantial downsides that you'll have to contend with). It took me over a year to write this 90,000+ word book that you're now reading -- consisting of around 150 individual writing sessions, not to mention the time required for proofreading, correcting, re-writing and formatting afterwards. Thousands of man-hours all told. Then there's the whole creation of the
For me, one surprise came as I typed the title into Microsoft Word. The spellchecker didn't give me an error message. (My normal routine is to type in the Details information before I begin to study the review product.) Trephine is a real (albeit obscure) word. I will not spoil the surprise for you by telling you what it means. Trephine contains an eclectic mix of card, coin, mental, and miscellaneous magic, tied together by an offbeat and intriguing story.
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