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Jabberwocky - magic

We opened the vaults and found the lost writings of Tony 'Doc' Shiels. No matter if you're into mentalism, mind reading, storytelling, bizarre magick, strange, weird, or spooky magic, you have to check out Jabberwocky, The Lost Writings of Tony 'Doc' Shiels!

These thirteen chapters were written between 1966 and 1967 and published in The Budget, the monthly magazine of The British Ring of the I.B.M. Even 'Doc' had forgotten about the series. But you can join him as he develops his performing philosophy and get insight into this unique mind.

So grab a seat and enjoy the journey! Order your copy today!

Here's what you'll find as you join Tony Shiels on his quest:
  • Karl Fulves on how to convince someone that it's really yesterday. Page 42.
  • Interview with Martin Gardner on things psychic. Page 30.
  • Telling ghost stories. Page 7.
  • A full discussion in whether performers of mental magic should claim to possess genuine psychic powers... and what you should do. Page 5.
  • What does Chan Canasta think? Doc asks him. Page 24.
  • The use of an occasional stooge, especially in an impromptu situation, can lead to miracles. When is the right time? Page 42.
  • What is the kind of showmanship you should be using to give your audiences what they really want? Find out on Page 5.
  • Author Paul Gallico regularly used magic themes in his books. 'Doc' talks to him on the performance of magic. What does he think? Page 36.
  • Eight experts give you their favorite books on mentalism. Pages 22 - 23.
  • Doc Shiels confesses. Page 39.
  • What was it that Bert Reese and Dr. Hooker were able to accomplish psychologically that helped them become legends? An understanding of this psychological principle will help you, too, create incredible word-of-mouth publicity. Page 14.
  • Ray Harryhausen - top Hollywood special effects creator in the 1960's gives 'Doc' his views on magical theater. Page 34.
  • Dr. Hooker created a truly legendary show in the world of magic. But what was his secret goal in creating it? Find out on Page 11.
  • What was it that Orson Welles did on his U.S.O. touring show that so impressed Mickey Hades? Page 38. Incidentally, Harry Blackstone Jr. thought Orson Welles's show was the best magic show he'd seen.
  • Going beyond the mundane. Where art and magic meet and how you can elevate your performances. Page 28.
  • What to inject into your performance that leapfrogs your show over your brother magicians. Page 6.
  • Do magicians genuinely want to help psychic researchers or are they just looking for a publicity hook? Can you do both? Page 8.
  • Seven experts on their favorite close-up books. Pages 24 - 25.
  • The secret used by the most successful mentalists, Bert Reese, the Zancigs, Alexander, the Piddingtons and Chan Canasta. Page 6.
  • Plus, interviews with David Bamberg (Fu Manchu), Robert Lund, founder of the Museum of Magic in Marshall, Michigan, and the author J.B. Priestly.


The 'Doc' Shiels issue of Invocation Magazine (included by kind permission of Richard Kaufman) with a number of 'Doc' routines and thoughts on the performance of mentalism.


Five pages of 'Doc' memorabilia.


The Transatlantic E.S.P. Test by Tony Raven and 'Doc' Shiels. If you are at an event or party and are expected to do something, then this single effect will leave people talking for weeks.

68 pages plus cover. Perfect bound.


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