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Brain Food: Gourmet Edition
David Parr’s acclaimed magic book — revised, updated and digitized!
Only $25 US
Brain Food: Gourmet Edition is David Parr’s classic menu of charming and mysterious magic — revised, updated and digitized! When Brain Food was first released, nearly twenty years ago, it met with great critical acclaim, and it continues to appear on lists of must-read magic books. The Gourmet Edition brings Brain Food to the digital realm for the first time, with updated methods, scripts and handlings for eight effects:
Power of the Mind. A lit match vanishes from the magician’s hand. David’s approach to this effect eliminates telltale moments, making it possible to fool people who are “in the know.”
Swindle. David’s popular handling for the Grant bill transposition, restaged for parlor performance and with an updated gaff that works with the new currency.
Psilocation. Someone from the audience selects a card and then shuffles it back into the deck. And yet the performer is able to find the chosen card — while blindfolded!
D.P. Card in Wallet. David’s devious additions to the Mullica Wallet make the ending of this effect a complete surprise to the audience.
Future Shock. A card prediction that really baffles audiences, because the cards are shuffled by a volunteer, and the magician seems to have no control over the deck.
Lucky Penny. Finally, a proper presentation for the Lippincott Box! A lucky charm is given to someone in the audience, only to have it vanish and then reappear in an unlikely place.
Werewolf. David’s take on Eugene Burger’s Burned Card is a spooky homage to the monster movies he loved when he was a kid. It begins with a volunteer discovering that she is marked to be the werewolf’s next victim, and it ends with a scream!
Dinner with the Borgias. David shares two recipes for this theatrical twist on the Bank Night plot, one for stage, and one for close-up. Three guests from the audience are offered a free choice from among four golden goblets. When everyone has chosen a cup, the guests discover that their cups are “poisoned,” and the cup left for the magician is the only one that is not!
Brain Food: Gourmet Edition also offers a smorgasbord of thought-provoking essays that contain the ingredients for making magic memorable and engaging to audiences. Topics include the usefulness of suspense and surprise, the magic that can be found in everyday objects, the importance of fair play, and much more. And now that Brain Food has gone digital, the Gourmet Edition includes a section that allows you to print special props for performing some of the effects in the book!
The ebook is in PDF format, viewable on any platform.
Feed your mind, feed your magic!
“Great advice, the kind that 95 percent of people don’t think about, but it contains the real secrets of magic as a successful art.” — Andrew Basso
“What I appreciate most is David’s thinking about our art. His book Brain Food has the qualities of what we can label a gourmet meal: good food, good drink, good company, and good conversation. I am quite taken with his style. His creations illustrate his engagement with the people in his audiences. So also do his conversations in this book. It is thoughtful, to be sure.” — Robert Neale
“Dinner with the Borgias is one of the most entertaining, theatrical, intelligent presentations for Just Chance that I’ve ever come across. I’d love to see more writing like this about stand-up performance material, but the sad honest truth is that most of it just doesn’t have this level of depth or thought behind it.” — Anthony Owen
“Mr. Parr writes clearly and intelligently, and what he has to say will make you think.” — Michael Close
“These are perfect lessons for all magicians in how careful thinking really can improve our magic.” — Eugene Burger
“Brain Food was one of my first and favorite tastes of modern bizarre and storytelling magic. This is a text that I have highly recommended to many, and even bought as a gift for a few magical friends. It is exciting to see this fresh take on some familiar recipes.” — Paul Draper
Three amazing prediction effects!
Only $15 US
In my ebook Paper Prophecies, I teach three prediction effects I’ve been having fun with, and I think other magi will get a kick out of them, too. Here’s one of the reasons why: the pages in the back of the book are designed so you can print out and make the props to perform the effects!
These effects are:
Thaumatrope: A fascinating toy from the 19th century visibly transforms to reveal the face of a selected card.
7 Sins: A guest is offered a chance to indulge in one of the seven deadly sins, and it turns out that this opportunity may have been predestined.
Fortune8: A familiar fortunetelling method — a device known as a “cootie catcher” — provides a surprising glimpse into someone’s future.
The ebook is in PDF format, viewable on any platform.
Your magical future can be found in Paper Prophecies!
“This publication is a total delight. The design is elegant. The methods are clever. The presentations are funny, charming, and even thoughtful. To any magician, I would exclaim: You want class? Witness this creation.” — Robert Neale
“Paper Prophecies is an incredible bargain. I enjoyed making the props and have had great fun performing the effects. My favorite is Fortune8. The necessary force is undetectable, and it’s wonderful to be able to give the fortunetelling device to the volunteer at the end. I hope this is the start of a series.” — Richard Webster
“The material in Paper Prophecies is charming, memorable, and fun to do. The plots and props will intrigue your audience. If you decide to let your audience keep the props, they will have a token of their experience that they will cherish for a long time to come.” — Arthur Trace, MAGIC Magazine
An astonishing impromptu prediction!
Only $10 US
Proof Positive is an impromptu close-up miracle in which the performer predicts not only which of three imaginary coins will be selected by someone from the audience, but also the result of an imaginary coin toss, heads or tails!
This effect is genuinely impromptu — no preparation is necessary. It starts clean and ends clean, and the only item required is an ordinary coin. This is David Parr’s go-to effect when someone asks to see some magic. And it’s sure to become your go-to effect as well!
David explains everything you need to know to perform this astonishing prediction. The ebooklet is in PDF format, viewable on any platform.
Connoisseurs are calling Proof Positive the definitive version of this effect. When Joshua Jay performed Proof Positive in his Talk About Tricks video series for L&L Publishing, it earned a standing ovation!
“Proof Positive is a charming, believable effect, and I love how David has thought everything through, from the handling to the scripting. It’s the perfect effect to have at the back of your mind when someone suddenly asks you to perform something. I’m going to have a lot of fun with it.” — Richard Webster
“I have been out so many times with nothing in my pockets except pocket change. If you’ve got that, and you’ve got two minutes, and you’ve got a table, you can do an absolutely brilliant little piece.” — Joshua Jay