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RARE: 2008 FIRST EDITION - NOW OUT OF PRINT Geoffrey Durham Professional Secrets: A Life in Magic 7" x 10" (178mm x 255mm), 272 pages, 20 photographs, numerous line drawings Hardbound with dust jacket Foreword by Wayne Dobson Professional Secrets is roughly divided between the in-depth study of magic secrets and routines, and the in-depth study of performance secrets, without which there is no magic. Throughout, Geoffrey will cause you to stop and reflect on your own performance style, and your whole approach to the art of magic. This is a book that will make you think. The 'trick' content is excellent. Stand-outs for me being Durham's Prediction Box (fantastic!), The Blocks, The Gold Medallion and the brilliant 'The Celebrity Floats'. I'm not going to go into detail and list all the others, suffice to say the trick content scores a very solid 10 out of 10 and if you are wanting to make the transition from table to stage then this is the book for you. But really it is the performance side that stands out for me, simply because there are so few 'magic' books that cover the performance of magic properly, and more often than not those that do attempt to cover it shouldn't have! Cha pters on performance include People Like You, Rhythm In Magic, Sweet Talk, Practice and Rehearsal, Where The Magic Happens, A Volunteer From The Audience, On Television, The Right Stuff, In Praise Of White, Fear, Bravado and Lies and more. The contents of these chapters are simply strewn with nuggets of pure gold. Professional Secrets ticks all the right boxes. It is really two books in one. First, it's a collection of top-flight perfectly crafted material for the professional magician, and secondly it's a masterclass on performance. Beautifully produced, you must treat yourself to a copy of this book. Geoffrey Durham has put his lifetime of experience of performing magic on the stage, on televison, on radio (yes, magic on radio)into this wonderful book called 'Professional Secrets'.There I go again, using wonderful in one of my book reviews. A few people have commented that my magic book reviews are always so positive to the authors. They feel that somehow I am presenting biased reviews that always favour the commented upon books. Yes, I am ... BUT ... these are only a few of the many magic books I have in my shelves. I write these magic book reviews simply to let you know that these are the good books that I recommend. So yes, I do shout loudly from the rooftops about them, only because they are good. Geoffrey Durham is an Englishman who started his performing career in the early 1970's and continues to this day. He did everything from working backstage to doing gigs in British working men's clubs (which is on par to working comedy clubs for dealing with tough audiences). Immediately I hear of someone who has honed their trade in these clubs I take notice. You get boo'ed off the stage very quickly if you aren't any good at what you do in these places. The rest of his magic career has been between stage shows and televison performances. He's pretty much done it all. He says some interesting things in this book and this is my favourite: "If I've learnt one essential thing in my past 30 years it is this..no one in the world ever wanted to see a magic trick. What they want to see is an interesting, unique person performing a magic trick" I agree with this entirely. I discuss this in detail in my ebook, so check it out if that paragraph interests you. There are three great aspects to the content and tricks discussed in this book .1. These are performance pieces that Geoffrey Durham has honed and polished, in some cases, over decades. He takes us through the evolution of his performance of the trick and from this you begin to realise that he has done all the hard work for you. He gives a great example with his Gypsy Thread routine. It never worked well for him so he deconstructed the trick and rebuilt it to accomodate all the performing..