Geoffrey Durham Professional Secrets: A Life in Magic

7" x 10" (178mm x 255mm), 272 pages, 20 photographs, numerous line drawings

Hardbound with dust jacket

Foreword by Wayne Dobson

Reviewed by Duncan Trillo/MagicWeek

Professional Secrets is roughly divided between the in-depth study of magic secrets and routines, and the in-depth study of performance secrets, without which there is no magic. Throughout, Geoffrey will cause you to stop and reflect on your own performance style, and your whole approach to the art of magic. This is a book that will make you think.


The 'trick' content is excellent. Highlights for me being Durham's Prediction Box (fantastic!), The Blocks, The Gold Medallion and the brilliant 'The Celebrity Floats'. I'm not going to go into detail and list all the others, suffice to say the trick content scores a very solid 10 out of 10 and if you are wanting to make the transition from table to stage then this is the book for you.


But really it is the performance side that stands out for me, simply because there are so few 'magic' books that cover the performance of magic properly, and more often than not those that do attempt to cover it shouldn't have! Chapters on performance include: People Like You, Rhythm In Magic, Sweet Talk, Practice and Rehearsal, Where The Magic Happens, A Volunteer From The Audience, On Television, The Right Stuff, In Praise Of White, Fear, Bravado and Lies and more. The contents of these chapters are simply strewn with nuggets of pure gold.


Professional Secrets ticks all the right boxes. It is really two books in one. First, it's a collection of top-flight perfectly crafted material for the professional magician, and secondly it's a masterclass on performance.


Beautifully produced, you must treat yourself to a copy of this book.



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Duncan Trillo, February 2008