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The Professional Touch by Billy McComb

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My oh my is this a great ebook! If you intend to earn a living doing magic or if you simply want to make your performances more professional then do yourself a favor and read and study this ebook. There are decades of experience bottled up in its wisdom. And on top of this it is fun to read.

The ebook starts with a superb introduction by Kirk Charles reproduced with kind permission of the Linking Ring. The ebook is edited and illustrated by David Britland with extra illustrations by JAT. And Martin Breese is the publisher. It was also Martin who recorded on tape Billy's recollections from which this book was largely created.

Billy McComb was one of the world's top cabaret magicians. He has worked all kinds of venues and performed all kinds of magic and in this ebook he shares some of his many experiences, thoughts and routines and describes how you too can give the professional touch to your act. Being a professional means thinking about your act in a commercial way. Here Billy deals with such points as misdirection, patter, close-up, opening effects, cabaret – in fact a wealth of information gained during his many years as a professional entertainer.

Billy touches on so many varied and interesting subjects connected with show business that it is impossible to list them here. We can promise you that reading about them will be an entertaining and educational experience. In addition to the tricks and routines explained in this ebook, Billy has also included complete descriptions of three cabaret routines used by him for many years. Every nuance of the performance is explained. Not just how you do it but, more importantly, why you do it.

A study of these three routines and their construction should pay dividends when applied to your own act. This is professional magic by one of our most entertaining professionals. Amongst the routines and effects described you will find The Nap Hand routine, the Ring on Stick and Billy's Bill in Lemon.

1st edition 1987; revised in 2003; digital edition 2010; 100 pages.

Table of Contents

  1. Contents

  2. Foreword

  3. Introduction

    William's Words of Wisdom

  4. What Are You Going to Wear?

  5. A Beginner's Tricks

    McComb on Patter

  6. Where the Patter Comes From

  7. Tape Recorders

  8. Timing and Pointing

  9. Keep It Clean

  10. Learning Your Patter

  11. Repetitive Gags

  12. Pinching Patter

    McComb on Misdirection

    McComb and the Professional Touch

  13. What Went Wrong?

  14. Signs of the Amateur

  15. Knowledge is the Key

  16. Working Out a Presentation

  17. The Rice Bowls

  18. William's Torn and Restored Newspaper

  19. William's Presentation Wand

  20. William's Fantastic Fez

  21. William's Hot Book

  22. William's Square Dancing

  23. William's Fizzling Firework

  24. The Eggs and Glasses Inertia Trick

    McComb on Close-Up

  25. Introduction

  26. Cigarette Through Handkerchief

  27. The Shrinking Napkin

  28. Challenge Silk Vanish

  29. Oliver Mackenzie's Drink Trick

  30. George Blake's Recurring Card

  31. Thought on the Pea Can

  32. The End

    McComb on Cruising

    McComb on Opening Effects

  33. The Six Card Repeat

  34. Golf Ball Through Handkerchief

  35. The Torn and Restored Airmail Letter

  36. Pat Page's Easy Money

  37. Leopard Silk

  38. Just Chance

  39. The Professor's Nightmare

  40. Invisible Card Trick

  41. Red and White Ropes

    McComb on Cabaret

  42. Be Bookable

  43. Dealing With Your Audience

  44. Humour

  45. Cleanliness

  46. Your Trademark Trick

  47. The Role of the Compère

  48. Get Organised

  49. Learn From Everyone

  50. Be Bold

  51. Cabaret Defined

  52. Contracts

  53. Travel Light

  54. Nerves

  55. Get Them to Relax

  56. Be Sneaky

  57. Salesmanship

  58. Heckler-Stoppers

  59. Please the Ladies

  60. What Is Right?

  61. Comments and Suggestions

    The Professional Nap Hand

  62. Requirements

  63. Preparation

  64. Presentation

  65. Playing the Hands

  66. Final Comments

  67. References for Further Reading

    The Professional Ring on Stick

  68. The Effect

  69. Introduction

  70. What You Need

  71. Preparation

  72. Presentation

    The Professional Bill in the Lemon

  73. The Effect

  74. Method

  75. Requirements

  76. Preparation

  77. Forcing the Lemon

  78. Switching the Bills

  79. Vanishing the Bill

  80. Cutting the Lemon

  81. Revealing the Bill

  82. Where Everything Is Placed

  83. Presentation

  84. Patter

  85. Conclusion

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