|IT’S NOT MAGIC, BUT…
Speaking of gold… I want to direct your attention to an outstanding little book from outside our field: The Golden Rules of Acting that Nobody Ever Tells You. Although the book is not well-known among magicians, the author is Andy Nyman.
Andy has had tremendous success in magic, from his major book Bulletproof to his many writing and directing collaborations with Derren Brown. Even so, Andy’s primary passion is acting, and he has appeared in over fifty roles for film, television, and stage.
As I said, The Golden Rules of Acting… is a little book, but it has a big heart. Andy states that his intention is to share practical information about what it’s like to live as an actor, as well as some hard-won advice that’s grown out of his experiences.
As you might imagine, some of his insights are frank and bracing, such as, “When friends come and see you in a play, never tell them, ‘It wasn’t good tonight’… No one wants to hear that.” Or “If you are difficult or unreliable to work with people will not want to work with you. It’s as simple as that; there is no discussion on this rule.”
But for every bit of “tough love,” Andy gives you dollops of encouragement:
— “Be brave. Make a strong decision about the character; it will make you stand out and show what you think about your work.”
— “Know who you are. Don’t compare yourself to anyone else. Never compare. Never compete. You can only be you.”
— “BE HAPPY. You’ll work more.”
From these examples, I am sure you can see that much of what Andy says has direct application to our work as magicians. Time and again, I’ve shared quotes with students or given my then-current copy to a magician who needed an uplift.
You’ll laugh. You’ll learn. You’ll make notes to never do that (whatever “that” is). Above all, you will finish reading The Golden Rules of Acting with joy in your heart about the (hard) work you do as a performer of magic!
HAPPENING AT THE PRESS
This issue marks the beginning of the fifth year of this newsletter. Many of you have been reading along from the beginning—thank you! For those who are new or have missed installments, each one has been saved for your enjoyment.
Along these lines, I want to mention my short essay “Halloween Reflections”that just appeared as the October 1 installment of the Magic & Mystery School’s Museletter. Every fan of Eugene Burger will especially enjoy the story I recount of an important lesson he taught me.
In that essay, I mention Dying to Change, my own little book of “golden nuggets” picked up on my path of becoming a professional magician. I am touched and honored this book has struck a chord with so many magicians who have struggled with issues about going full time. Dying to Change is back in stock; you may purchase a copy at www.TheoryandArtofMagic.com.
One last item for the holidays: we have only five packages left of Eugene Burger’s Santa Hat tears. These are identical in shape and design to his Stocking Cap Hat tears, except the papers are red and white. As you might imagine, magically creating a Santa Hat for yourself or others is a strong piece of festive magic for those upcoming Christmas events. If this calls you, please get them while they last.
Thank you for reading my newsletter and sharing it with people who might enjoy it. I am always happy to hear from you and receive feedback. Oh, this might be a good time to invite magician friends to sign up, because The Golden Triangle is about to unfold!