“I just finished reading Magic is My Weed andI l loved it! The opening chapters are a great informal history / biographical section that contains a HUGE amount of wisdom underneath the causally flip exterior. Steve’s thoughts on creating comedy and his P.E.S.K. formula are worth the price of admission. The 12 routines included are all unusual, innovative and very commercial. I believe that any comedy magician can improve his work just by following the way Steve’s mind works. Great advice / great routines. This book is a classic!”
- NICK LEWIN, VANISH MAGIC MAGAZINE
“Sets a new standard for professional magic. Fun to read. Great material. The best part is the first part dealing with creating a persona & making material your own. Everything is clear & to the point. As someone involved in magic, comedy & entertainment for over 45 years I can agree with Scott Alexander when he says he refuses to endorse this book. I want to keep it all to myself. If Steve had only published the part with no tricks he would have contributed more to the Art of Magic than Maskelyne & Devant’s ‘Our Magic’ or many others one could name. Even if you never do any of the tricks you will get more out of this book than almost anything ever written on the subject of Magic (Conjuring).”
- MICHAEL ROSS, VANISHING INC WEBSITE REVIEW
“Some of Steve Spill’s most brilliant routines and funniest stories appear in this book. It’s a great read for fans like me and a textbook for comedy magicians who want to learn from the best.”
- MAC KING
“Anyone even remotely interested in comedy magic should own this hilarious and informative book with some of the greatest routines and insights.”.
- PAUL KOZAK
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A Peek Inside
MAGIC IS MY WEED
You could steal five or six books from the Magic Castle library, and not get anywhere near as much help and inspiration as you’ll get with WEED.
This book is designed to skyrocket your creativity – it offers practical techniques and exercises for improvising without preparation as a comedy magician – which is different than what a set-up punchline stand-up comic does, or sketch actors improvising with each other do. You get a sure-fire callback system with tags that you can incorporate into your show right away – if you have no idea what that last sentence meant – you need this book. I reveal my personal innovative ideas on how to capture swinging singles, kids, teenagers, seniors, corporate crowds, and establish rapport and a sense of camaraderie with those audiences – for real – along with a pantload of other ideas that will help you increase engagement, boost your creativity, and transform your life.
PLUS YOU GET TWELVE SURE-FIRE AUDIENCE-TESTED ROUTINES that can help close the gap between where you are and where you want to be. Kick ass with these routines that are complete with every gesture, nuance, method and handling – including word-for-word laugh-getting scripts that get results. These are the twelve routines of which I speak:
MINDREADING GOOSE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZDtzhPCry4
GRAB N STAB https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pj4wvnuB4rM
A spectator selects a restaurant menu and mentally orders a meal – the magician divines the appetizer, entree, and dessert and wraps the bit with a surprise finish.
One of the most crowd-pleasing Miser’s Dream routines ever, with six silver dollars, a pot and a large spoon, that ends with a dinner plate size coin.
BIZ CARD BUNCO
Seven solid corporate event minutes where a spectator takes on a new identity and you divulge their innermost thoughts.
AN AROUSING DOUSING
A spectator is given a dousing rod that goes haywire and finds hidden water amongst a boatload of whisky.
A bloody message mysteriously appears on the surface of a broken piece of mirror. Yes, that’s the bottom line visual effect. But what really affects the crowd response to the surprise writing is the story.
I’ll wager there’s never been another routine where an appearing and vanishing golden Cub Scout wolf neckerchief and slide were used as a metaphor for a plethora of unwanted ordered and returned mail-order items – no gimmicks and plenty of comedy and magic throughout this eight-phase presentation.
THE RENAISSANCE NUDE
Being an artist has always been a good way for geeks to get chicks naked. Especially true with this Renaissance routine, that makes use of a three-panel painting, known as a triptych, and the surprise funny finish features an actual nude.
A volunteer groupie imagines herself at a concert – without revealing a thing – that artist’s music starts playing on an old record player, simultaneously that very record cover rises from a stack, and on the back of our groupie’s photo is a poster advertising the exact concert in mind – from the artist, right down to the date, time, and venue.
Although the general effect, that of restoration, is nothing new… this reweaving of how to get to that conclusion precludes audiences from anticipating the outcome. Nope, I’m not talking about the popular pastime of pretending to read jokes off pre-torn pieces of newspaper. In fact, there isn’t any newspaper involved at all. This is a never-revealed-before effect and never-revealed-before method.
The penultimate two-person balls-over-head routine that’s been perfected in over 20,000 performances.
MAGIC IS MY WEED has everything a book should have: 287 sequentially numbered pages, ink, binding – all at no extra charge!
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