“Every magician should read this book.” –Asi Wind
What makes Stage by Stage unique is the scope and intention of this remarkable magic book. Author John Graham has not written other magic books. He has not released dozens of tricks. Instead, he has dedicated his life to perfecting his stage show. And, in this book, he shares every part of the process: the tricks, the transitions between the tricks, why he made the changes he did, and how to build your own standing-ovation-worthy stage show.
This is not merely a book on parlor and stage magic (though it contains more than a dozen complete parlor pieces). This is a book for those wishing to transition from close-up to stage. It’s a one-of-a-kind roadmap that takes you through the nuts and bolts of how to design an act. Stage by Stage is an equal mix of essays and routines, gorgeously illustrated and designed.
You’ll learn how to convert the magic you already do to parlor situations, and make those same tricks play for audiences twenty times the size of a close-up crowd. You’ll learn about prop management, and how to create a show that is modular (so that you can swap tricks in and out, without sacrificing the feeling of a cohesive show).
But don’t take our word for it. This is from Asi Wind’s Foreword to Stage by Stage:
"Even seasoned performers will find a great amount of valuable information within these pages. The author explains much more than the mere mechanics of the tricks. He goes into the details that make his material work in the real world, from managing the props to how the tricks play in relation to the routines before and after…I had the privilege of using “Name-Dropper” before it was published, and it instantly became one of my show’s highlights. You can easily create an entire show from the material in this book, with tricks like “Final Sale,” where a random audience member guesses the cost of your jacket; another favorite is “Now and Later,” an effect where you appear to lasso a randomly chosen playing card. I find the method to be as beautiful as the effect."
More feedback on Stage by Stage:
“John Graham is the real deal when it comes to working for real people in the real world. I know how hard it is to bring your magic to the stage. This book will save you years of trial and error.” –David Blaine
“This is an amazing book about magic, full of all the things that magic books never dare to explain. Yes, the tricks are wonderful, but the author has also given us the “what,” “where,” “when,” and “why” of magic. Did I leave out “who?” It’s John Graham’s book, Stage by Stage, and it’s hard to imagine anyone in magic not benefitting from his insights.” –Jim Steinmeyer
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