I'm a sucker for work that attempts to revitalized old effects. The problem is that I usually get burned. So much of this type of work is overwritten and ends up obscuring the magic with goofy storylines.
Tractare has renewed my faith!
First of all, the writing style is fun and interesting. I wouldn't call it "literature," but it's certainly "conversational"… a nice break from the terse effect + method descriptions in most books.
I'm guessing you know the basic method behind every effect in the book. In addition to providing more interesting presentational frameworks, the author usually provides an improved or streamlined message.
Along with the new twists, the author provides detailed analyses of the original effect and method. He discusses what's good and what's not-so-good about each effect… and then goes on to suggest improvements for each pitfall.
The scripts are interesting and meaningful, yet workable in any social situation. Even the more bizarre routines would still work in a restaurant setting.
When I was done with the book, I realized that I had dog-eared almost every routine in the book. What more can I say?
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Product info for Tractare
Author: R. Shane Average Rating: (1) Retail Price: $45.00 Buy Now
Sequel to 'Automata', from the author of 'Pentalogy'!
In 'Pentalogy' we learned about Shane in an ENOURMOUS body of work that focused on simple methods wrapped in AMAZING dynamic sometimes bizarre, fun or disturbing presentations. Each of these had been audience tested again and again and all had Shane's unmistakable mark of creativity among them.
In 'Automata,' Shane presented a series of his creative ideas, based on self working mathematic principles, given a mask of humanity through awesome presentations and stories!
Here, In Tractare (A Latin word that means "To Handle") we continue that exploration. Second of a three part series that started with 'Automata,' Tractare features magic that is easy to do, based on a subtlety or simple move, but nothing that really requires slights or finger flinging. Here you are able to beguile your audiences while making them smile, laugh, engage and become PART of your show!