Inspirations: Performing Magic with Excellence

Book by Larry Hass ($49.95)

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In this long-awaited follow-up to Transformations: Creating Magic Out of Tricks, Lawrence Hass opens a path for magicians to reach toward better magic performances and shows.

Covering many topics of supreme importance to working magicians, Lawrence shares his practical thinking and inspirational ideas in 30 short essays. He then shows his thinking in action through 14 fully-developed routines from his professional repertoire.

Lawrence Hass, Ph.D., is the Associate Dean of McBride's Magic & Mystery School in Las Vegas and Professor of Humanities at Austin College. In 2010, he retired early from classroom teaching to pursue magic full time as a performer, teacher, author, and publisher. 


In reading Inspirations, the new book by Dr. Larry Hass, I can't count the number of times I said to myself, "Larry is crazy for giving away this routine!" Really, who would give away such strong, well thought out, killer material for the price of a book? I'll tell you who! Someone who cares deeply about the Art of Magic! Someone who wants to elevate the level of Magic. Someone who loves Magic and Magicians, that's who. The tricks in this book are great, but the thinking behind them and the philosophy behind the thinking are even more impressive. I congratulate my friend, Dr. Larry! With the publication of Inspirations he has made a significant and long-lasting contribution to our art. This is required reading for the serious student, amateur, and professional.Lance Burton
Have you ever dreamed of becoming a full-time pro or at least a really good magician? And getting that mastery as quickly as you could? Then I suggest you open the pages to Larry Hass's new book, Inspirations. Along with his own worker effects, it offers magicians a complete list of things to consider as they strive to create better magic and better magic shows, and it does so with a depth that I've never really encountered before. The book is clear, thoughtful, and persuasive, and I couldn't put it down.Bob Fitch
Just got my hands on a preview copy of Inspirations: Performing Magic with Excellence. The tricks are cool, the essays are clear and to the point. The amount of wisdom, advice, information and guidance that my pal Larry Hass has managed to generate, distill, extract, and present in one book is amazing. Mac King
If you are looking for a guide on how to create meaningful pieces of magic and how to better connect with your audience, Inspirations is a must-read book. Larry Hass is not only a fantastic performer who puts meaning and love into the magic he performs, he's also a lovely human being, which shines through and endears him to his audiences. Suzanne
Thank you, Larry, for doing so much [in this book] to help raise the intellectual level of our beloved Art of Magic! Juan Tamariz
Inspirations is a beguiling and thoughtful collection of essays and routines from one of magic's progressive practitioners. Rob Zabrecky

 


Hardcover, 7.25" x 10.25", 360 pages

 

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Official review from MAGIC Magazine

From the December 2015 MAGIC Magazine. Reviewed by John Wilson

In the book, Hass quotes David Cronenberg’s definition, “An entertainer gives you those good old songs that you want to hear. An artist gives you what you don’t know you want.” I suspect that many magicians don’t know that they want to examine their acts in the ways Dr. Hass recommends. In this way, I think Inspirations is a wonderful work of art. It is well written, insightful, and will make your magic better. Highly recommended.