April 10th, 2012 10:25am
|I must tell you when I first bought this book, I didn't like it at all. The book is big, the typing is big and if it were written in a smaller font the book would be half as big as it would be.
One routine kept creeping back, and didn't let me stop thinking about it. Although I haven't performed it, it has some nice points.
The essays are thoughtprovoking. These could read as rants that you can read online on some blogs, but they stick with you and make you look at some magicians in another way, so in essence they do their job.
The magic routines in itself, as is almost everything in bizarre magic, personal to Mr. Converse, I have other bizarre books in my collection, and I just use them for inspiration, not to actually perform, although the pieces are good, they are workers, not just pipedreams.
What I especially like about this book, is the play at the end. At first when I opened the book, I liked the idea, but didn't spent a lot of thinking with it. I read the book, put it on my shelf and looked at it a couple of times in the 2 years that I have it now.
But the book keeps haunting me. There is one routine that keeps getting back in my mind, not because I want to perform it as written in the book, but because it is a nice concept to play with. The routine I'm talking about (and if you have the book you know it) is the one were the wizard looks for a student. I just love this routine.
The book is a large to fit on your shelve, and doesn't have a lot of pages, but it will haunt you. It will change your thinking about magic.
Although this magic is highly personal for Mr. Converse, it can be used for inspiration, and the essays are nice. The play at the end, is a nice springboard to use as a template for your own performances.
Product info for Scrolls
Author: Tim ConverseAverage Rating: (2)Retail Price: $39.95
Scrolls, marvelous, wonderful and secret things were written upon them. Now, a new kind of Scroll.
Scrolls is about magic. Scrolls is about story telling. Scrolls is about The Author's efforts, thoughts and journeys into the world of Bizarre Magic.
To the author, Bizarre Magic is about story telling. It's about using a combination of magic and stories to produce a feeling.
Contained in these pages are some of Tim's routines, articles and obsessions.
You will not really find anything in the way of new moves or innovative handling. If anything, you will find that handlings are as simple as possible and even very close to the moves you find described in the store-bought instructions. Where possible, he tries to give credit where it belongs and where it is most certainly due.
Everything is about stories.
Also, as a matter of general concern, you will find that everything is kept as simple as possible. There aren't many books which focus on Bizarre Magic to begin with, and of the ones that are available, many contain very elaborate effects and very elaborate setups. While these effects are often excellent, sometimes they are so intensive they become difficult to use regularly. And they shouldn't be.
125 page, large format book, features Essays on Character, Acting, Material and 20 plus routines that you could actually USE.
Publication Summary: 2007, 121 pages