Pockets Full of Miracles: Secrets from the Repertoire of a Professional Close-Up Magician

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What you will soon read has served me well, placing bread in my pocket as well as on the table. Pockets Full of Miracles is filled with many of my own routines as well as my adaptations of effects that I feel are worth performing. My repertoire, like my life, is filled with variety. Within these covers you will find routines involving cards, money, fire, gags, bar-betchas, mind-reading, comedy and more.

In the school of magic, I have no idea at what level, or in what category, you would place yourself. With that in mind, I have tried to create a book for every type of magician. With the descriptive text and numerous photos I have tried capture every nuance during each routine. In addition, each term that falls into the category of "magic jargon" has been bold-faced. These bold-faced words are defined in the glossary at the back of the book.

Please do not read this book as if it were an instruction manual for simple tricks. Take the time to read between the lines, and I promise that you will find some of the true secrets of magic. A successful magician is not measured by the quantity of effects he or she learns. The important thing, as in most professions, is the quality of what you know. So be prepared...

You're about to learn how to do some incredible mind-blowing magic!

Magically yours, Diamond Jim Tyler

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Early on, Diamond Jim's magic skills were prodigious. By the age of two, he knew every card in the deck, and by age six, he had pored through the daunting volume, Magic with Cards, by Garcia & Schindler. By age 16, Diamond Jim was performing close-up and stand-up magic professionally. That same year, he became a demonstrator for a local magic shop in Dallas, dazzling and absorbing for eight years. At age 22, his career heated up; he added fire-eating to his repertoire.

Diamond Jim's ascent in the magic world has been as a meteor from the heavens. In September of 1999 he earned the prestigious Best Close-Up Performer trophy at the Texas Association of Magicians (TAOM) Convention in Austin, Texas. He has performed on television, at hotels, and in restaurants. He has appeared at the world-famous Magic Castle in Hollywood, California. And in the corporate world, he has performed at trade shows and other events for such top clients as AT&T, IBM, Mobil, Pepsi, and Time Warner. The arrival of Diamond Jim's first book has taken on the aura of An Event. Pockets Full of Miracles: Secrets from the Repertoire of a Professional Close-Up Magician is packed full of Jim's favorite routines and best kept secrets. Diamond Jim is perhaps best known as the inventor of the Diamond Deck, the greatest advance in trick decks in many years, which is sold in magic shops worldwide. His follow-up trick deck, the Millennium Pack, takes everything two big steps further, inciting rave reviews from his peers. Several of Diamond Jim's routines have been featured in Genii, Magic and Linking Ring magazines.

Currently, Diamond Jim is at the top of the entertainer heap in Dallas, Texas. In addition, he performs five nights a week at three restaurants in the Dallas metroplex: Jack Astor's (in Plano), Slider & Blues (in Plano), and Tenaya's (in Irving). If you're on the Web, Diamond Jim's heavily trafficked Web site sits in the middle of everything magic. His domain has been prominently featured in Internet books and directories. If you visit the site, you certainly won't be bored: The site features games, prizes, interactive magic and even excerpts from Jim's new book.

On a personal note, Diamond Jim's greatest accomplishment has been his recent triumph over cancer (Hodgkin's Disease), of which he has officially been declared cured. That news is the magic community's triumph as well, paving the way for ever-greater contributions to the art that Diamond Jim loves so dearly- sleight-of-hand magic.

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FOREWORD by Jon Racherbaumer

Diamond Jim Tyler, to echo Mike Close’s useful cognomen, is a worker. That is, he has spent many years plying and perfecting his trade with lay people, not just other magicians. And he did this in the challenging environment we call the Real World, doing it under fire in real-life conditions. This makes a big difference; and this is a difference you will discover as you study this compressed field-manual of Tyler’s personal research-and-development.

Pockets Full of Miracles contains 29 presentations (not tricks), which have a proven track record. They have been tried, tested, and confirmed by Tyler over many years, with many, different kinds of audiences. They work. They "get the money." They are, to use Close’s other definition of the term, "workers." In other words, they fall under an enduring category (of trick) where "every last performance detail has been thought out," including all patter, misdirection, and audience management—not to mention the actual action-steps of the physical presentation.

Back in the 70s when close-up magic began grabbing the attention of amateur magicians in a big way, restaurant-magic was the Venue of the Day, also leading to the atmospheric, episodic venue now called Walk-Around or Strolling Magic. Prior to this, there were only a few well-known restaurant-bar magicians: Bert Allerton, Dr. Jaks, Matt Schulien, Johnny Paul, Jim Ryan, Hebe Haba Al, and Don Alan. When this trend gained momentum, I was asked by a renowned restaurant owner in New Orleans to perform at one of his establishments, a place called P.O.E.T.S. I worked there for about three years and it proved to be an enlightening experience. At the time I knew lots of tricks and hundreds of others were readily available. There was no shortage of apparently good material. So, when I began, my three close-up cases were jam-packed with the latest "stuff." My pockets bulged with packet tricks, sponge balls, color-changing knives, Chop cups, invisible thread—you name it! I also had dozens ! of "magician-foolers" in my rehearsed repertoire; I was ready to knock them dead. However, what I quickly learned was the truth of Eugene Burgers observation that "professional magicians perform the same tricks for different spectators, whereas amateur magicians perform different tricks for the same spectators." While I had lots of different tricks, many audience-tested on magicians, I did not have a repertoire of "workers." After six weeks of trial-and-error, hitting and missing, and undergoing a barrage of reality-checks, I dumped most of the stuff in my close-up cases and slowly started discovering what worked and didn’t work. It took three months to develop about six "workers."

I mention my own experience along these lines because at the time, there were a small number of guidebooks regarding this venue. Mike Close, Eugene Burger, and others had not yet written their books. Today, aspiring magicians are lucky. There are many books written by "workers" who "have been there; done that." Take advantage of them. Take advantage of Diamond Jim Tyler’s experience. His book, the one now in your hands, is a distillation of his hard-earned experience working in the trenches. It is his testament and gift to you. If you like, perform each presentation as it is written. Play around. Test. Enjoy the helpful glossary. However, afterwards I suggest that you study the underlying approaches and examine what is sometimes called sub-text. If you do this, reading between the lines as well, you will be rewarded. You will save yourself a lot of time and trouble, expediting your own progress in the hardscrabble road to becoming a "worker." It worked for Diamond Jim. It can ! work for you.

January 1, 2000 New Orleans, Louisiana

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