Product Description. I have already commented on how thoroughly entertaining—and I do mean in repeatedly laugh-out-loud fashion—I found this book. These footnotes are filled with all sorts of details about historical credits and the creative process, all things that are obviously of little interest to Mr. Jack, and I don’t know why they’d be of interest to you, but look at it this way: you’re paying for the Handsome Jack genius, and the rest of the ink just comes along for the ride, for those few who might want to read it. is an unprecedented collection of professional caliber performance magic, taken from a working pro’s polished and audience-tested repertoire. After 18 years and about 475 reviews, my last three Genii book reviews appeared in the January 2013 issue. His performing alter ego, Handsome Jack, is a regular performer at the world-famous Magic Castle (the Academy of Magical Arts) in Hollywood, where he has served on the Board of Trustees, and where he won the 2016 "Parlour Magician of the Year" Award after having been nominated thirteen times. The specially #Penn&Teller plus #JohnnyThompson signed books go up for auction today via @DesertBus w… https://t.co/XmxhR6vsHa, Want a copy of the #JohnnyThompson books?! - David Blaine "Handsome Jack is two of the best magicians I know." Submitted by Jamy Ian Swiss on Fri, 10/21/2016 - 06:41. (generally referred to as "Handsome Jack, etc." Jack's father died when he was young and his mother left him in the 'care' of her mother Jack's grandmother, who was (at a minimum) physically abusive towards her grandson. The Performance Pieces & Divertissements of the Famous Handsome Jack, etc. Indeed, some pages are blank except for his footnotes! Lovick has invented numerous popular magic effects and regularly lectures at magic conventions. In addition, every routine is preceded by a full page frontispiece consisting of a portrait of Handsome Jack in different artistic styles, from that of Charles Schulz to Andy Warhol to Pablo Picasso to Edward Munch, so if you don’t like the tricks you can just tear these pages out and frame them to the envy and admiration of your art-appreciating guests. The material is all practical, deceptive, and potentially entertaining. This is professional caliber standup magic—a relatively rare element in the general output of magic publishing. About Handsome Jack. And then, of course, as if all that weren’t enough, there is his repeatedly award-nominated work as a professional magician! The Closers section is an adventure in cleverness and creativity that begins with Juan Tamariz’s stage slate routine from The Magic Way and ends with a prediction based on the television series, “Little House on the Prairie.” For the life of me I can’t bring myself to try to explain this in an abbreviated fashion, but even though I doubt I would ever find use for this particular routine, the description is a joy ride to read. He palms them, and then ditches them when he turns around and put his jacket back on. Between the first and second major segments of the book, the reader comes upon an eight-page essay entitled “Persona and Other Pieces of the Performance Puzzle” by the Lovick guy, which seems mostly a lengthy excuse to be able to tell us he has “an MFA in theatre directing,” even though I don’t know what that possibly could have to do with magic. ... leaving them to remain in Jack's hand the whole time. Additionally, he is a writer and has written many cover articles for both MAGIC Magazine and Genii Magazine, where he has served as associate editor for both publications. Since the 1990s he has performed as a magician throughout the United States and Canada, as well as England, Australia, New Zealand, and Malaysia.. Jamy Ian Swiss is a magician, performer, author and consultant. He graduated from Montana State University before attending the University of Washington School of Drama for graduate studies, where he received an MFA in theatre directing. Primary concerns fel… Need I say more? 567. The book is divided into Openers, Center Pieces, and Closers, which offers a clear view of how Handsome Jack, or any of his students and admirers, might go about constructing a show, or putting to use any of the particular routines in these pages. Now, I don’t know who this John Lovick thinks he is, but he seems to find it necessary to demean and correct and explain Mr. Jack’s words throughout the book, inserting elaborate and repetitive footnotes on seemingly every page. Since the 1990s he has performed as a magician throughout the United States and Canada, as well as England, Australia, New Zealand, and Malaysia. This is a marvelous exercise and one could spend some thoughtful and productive hours considering one’s own choices as well as the choices reported here. Jack was conceived early on as a fellow Vault Hunter "frenemy" before being changed to an outright villain to make Borderlands 2clearer. Fool Us was filmed at Fountain Studios in London, England (season 1) and the Penn & Teller Theater in Las Vegas (season 2 onward). And so the reader gets to watch an ongoing verbal ping-pong match between success and envy, wit and wonk. But if you are seriously considering performing a version of this plot, these routines are well worth your study, as they will be highly instructive concerning the issues that must be addressed in order to achieve a convincing and deceptive performance of a challenging piece of sleight-of-hand magic, no matter your particular choice of handling. Archived. The emotional trauma from these events was strong enough that as an adult Jack had his grandmother murdered, and no doubt contributed towards his mental decline. What sentient 21st-century stylish human hasn’t thrilled to his modeling exploits, delighted in tales of his “affairs, dalliances, conquests, and entanglements,” and hung on his every word about encounters with greatness almost comparable to that of his own? Here's a chance to bid in an online auction AND raise money for a great… https://t.co/3dGnnl74DT. Posted by u/[deleted] 5 years ago. But if you’re inclined toward reading the pages without pictures, this is an extremely substantive piece about why Mr. Loserovick prefers the term “persona” to “character” (something I guess they teach in MFA school), and includes a detailed discussion of what the author calls the “four characteristics that I think a successful persona should have,” namely: Consistence; Originality; Specificity; and Vulnerability. 567. If you are interested in the kind of success the writer is, namely artistic rather than commercial (which seem to reflect differing aspects of these two writers, but what do I know), this essay comprises a thought-provoking and useful piece of guidance, and also includes the results of Mr. Lovick’s having asked about two dozen prominent performers how they personally rank in their own work and in order of importance, the following: effect, method persona, and presentation. He has also appeared on The Tonight Show, Showtime, HBO, and Comedy Central. If the Coen Brothers were to create a magician, it would be Handsome Jack.” - Jason Alexander Jack believes in his mind that he is the hero of the story being the heroic savior of everyone and that the world revolves around him. That very trick, entitled “Mutilation & Restoration with Explanation (and Additional Restoration) (Handsome is great at snappy titles, just like the title of this book, which I haven’t got space to repeat here) is the closer to the Closers section and thereby the entire book, and it is a worthy climax to the edgy pleasuring its pages represent. Posted by u/[deleted] 5 years ago. I personally prefer sticking more closely to the approach reflected in Guy Hollingworth’s “Reformation”—in short, due to the fact that all the restorations are genuine (there is no bluff phase) and the signature apparently stays in view the entire time as the routine is performed with the face of the card constantly being shown to the audience (unlike some other variants in which the signature is only seen at the beginning and end and is out of view during the restorations).
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