Under, Over

Magic download (ebook) by Joshua Jay (Free)

My original idea was simple: I wanted to write a manual for young magicians, and I wanted it to be free. Being a magician can be tough, and so can being a teenager. Being both presents a unique set of opportunities and challenges. The booklet I’ve written, and present to you here at Vanishing Inc Magic FOR FREE, is this idea come to life. I’m speaking here to young, serious magicians, but I hope that the tricks and advice I include will also be of interest to older, more seasoned practitioners.

So you’re a magician and you’re young. Your audience will notice your age; there’s no way around it. “Wow, he looks like he’s still in school,” a woman might whisper to her husband. “How good could he possibly be?” the husband might reply. The first part of this book, Under (as in under 18), is intended to help you find ways to make your age work for you rather than against you.  

The second part of the book, Over, is the part you’ll want your parents to read. Make no mistake—I hope you read it, too, but parents write to me all the time with questions such as, “Is this a good hobby for my son?” or “Is my daughter too young to become a magician?” or, a personal favorite, “Can you actually make a career out of this?” I’m in your corner here, and in Over I’ll make sure they see magic for what it is. (Oh, and check out the part where I tell them it’s okay to miss school for magic conventions!) 

In the pages to come, I’ll answer as honestly as I can some of the most frequently asked questions I’ve received over the years. But there’s one question I won’t be addressing: “Should I become a magician?” If you don’t know the answer to that question, without hesitation, then you aren’t serious about magic. That’s fine—this stuff isn’t for everyone.

Most young people drift out of magic because they got into it for the wrong reasons. Some people get into magic because they want to know how stuff is done or because they think it’s easy once they know the secret. Some older ones are just looking for a way to get a date. Others are allured by cool-looking gadgets. But these reasons become unfulfilling; I mean, there’s only so much shelf space for unused magic. Most of these kids fade away when they discover girls or basketball. But there are a few of us who stay with it because we realize what magic really has to offer.

When I started in magic I was surrounded by an overwhelmingly supportive group of family, friends, and magicians. None of them charged me for advice, nor will I charge you. In a few years you will be a seasoned, adult performer, and invariably someone young will seek out advice from you. I hope this book and the spirit it is presented inspires you to share what you learned. 

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92 pages

 
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Customer reviews for Under, Over

Chris Wall

Really helped me as a teenage magician. A really well thought through book that teaches you everything you would want to know. It is for the serious magician and helps you look at getting shows and creating routines and taking your magic to the next level.

Over is also a great part for parents to read and you should strap and gag your parent to read this part until it has been engraved in their mind.

Josh has finally wrote something for magicians who are teenagers and should be highly commended for this.

Plus it's free where can you go wrong?

 

Ralph Hamrick

There is so much to say, I'll keep it short.
This is something I would have purchased, and been very pleased with.
My son and I have both read it numerous times already.
If you're reading this review,
do yourself a favor and just read Under,Over instead.

This was a great present to be given.

From my son, and myself, thank you very much.

 

Tommy Johns

Josh, I LOVE this book. The format (short chapters that fit on my screen, Q&A, bringing in other experts, easy to read language) is perfect for those of us with a short attention span. I have been teaching magic for over a decade in summer camps and have often had kids ask me for a resource like this. Now I know! Thanks for sharing such great information for FREE! I have always enjoyed your columns and your lectures (I'm in the Atlanta area). Thank you for this excellent resource!

 

Brendan

I have said this to Josh in person many times...

Thank you so much for writing this. Any time in our local club here in Dublin a new younger member joins I recommend this book. Parents are, quite understandably, nervous about letting their child hang out with magicians. Will he neglect his school work? Are these guys ok? Is this some kind of cult? Etc etc.... All of these questions are legitimate and it is so wonderful to have a book that can be recommended to families that doesn't sugar coat either the pro's or the cons of magic as a hubby. So again... thank you Josh and Andi. Really this should be recommended by every club the world over for new members to read.

Brendan