Stand-up: A Professional Guide to Comedy Magic

Book by Ian Keable
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Stand-up: A Professional Guide to Comedy Magic

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Book by Ian Keable (45.00)

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"Possibly the best book ever to be written on modern Stand-up Comedy Magic. I wish I’d had it 20 years ago." —John Archer

Ian Keable is a popular British stand-up comedy magician. He has won the British Magical Champion of Comedy and was given a Variety Award for Best Magician. He's also made numerous appearances on television and radio and was the editor of the underground OPUS magic magazine. 

  • Ever wanted to make that leap from entertaining a few people to several hundred?
  • Ever wanted to make your audience laugh so much that they remember you as much for your comedy as your magic?
  • Ever wanted to earn your living as a stand-up? 

Stand-Up, A Professional Guide to Comedy Magic explains all the techniques required to achieve these goals. It is a step by step manual on how to combine comedy with magic, from writing original lines through to developing your stage persona to maximizing the benefits of audience participation.

But this book is no theoretical treatise; it is based on "real world" experience, supported by numerous contributions from today's top stand-ups. From the novice first starting out in magic to the seasoned professional, here is a book that all performers can learn from.

“The advice in your book is excellent, anybody aspiring to be a stand-up magician will gain a huge amount from it.” —Noel Britten

All copies sold by Vanishing Inc. Magic are signed by Ian Keable. 288 pages with 16 additional pages of color photos.


Customer reviews for Stand-up: A Professional Guide to Comedy Magic



This is a book I have had for nearly 10 years. It is wonderful insight into Comedy Magic from a stand-up performer's point of view. Since then, there are more books and DVDs on the market dedicated to this subject, however this book I find still relevant.

For all of us close-up entertainers, there is a wealth of information that can be adapted to suit the close up scene, however the book dedicates most of its pages to those stand up performers ie Mel Mellers and Mac King to name a few.

Overall the books was insightful and well-written and gave me a lot to think about my own performances. It is well-written and an enjoyable read.



This is a great book to read. the book makes it clear what the difference is between jokes and character lines / situational lines and character situational lines. for me this is the best part of the book. this is the point where you can be different and nobody can steal your lines. if i start a new routine i use this book as a reference, refreshment to get a good look again on me and my magic. a must have for the serious student of magic who uses humour and comedy.


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