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Magic Matters

  • A major work from Robert E. Neale, one of magic's most creative minds and recipient of a 2014 Special Fellowship from the Academy of Magical Arts.
  • Includes over 40 of Bob's wonderful, mind-bending magic routines, each one with a fully developed presentation.
  • Includes 11 essays on a variety of important topics, including "Seeing the Dark," Bob's keynote on bizarre magic from the 2003 Mystery School.

Robert E. Neale is a prolific creator of magic tricks and presentations, which are performed by magicians all over the world. He is also a leading philosopher of magic whose theoretical writings are helping performers better understand the work they do and expand its range to be more interesting, diverse, and meaningful.

In this collection, Bob Neale shares his latest work on both sides of his magical mind. Magic Matters contains over 40 new tricks, each one with a fully developed presentation on a wide variety of themes. It also contains 11 theoretical essays on topics central to thinking magicians: for some examples, gift magic, humor, wonder, dark magic, and play.

This remarkable book offers an abundance of riches for people who love magic. Just as the performance of a master magician, it will delight, challenge, and inspire you. You, your magic, and your views about magic will not be unchanged.

Hardcover with dustjacket:  281 pages with 75 illustrations by Earle Oakes



"If this book doesn't tickle you, you're not feeling.  If this book doesn't annoy you, you're not thinking.  If this book doesn't inspire you, you're not breathing."  --Max Maven

"Bob Neale is a marvel of creative thinking. With all its wonderful tricks and essays, Magic Matters is a book to really savor and enjoy."   --Eugene Burger

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Customer Reviews

  • Joshua Kane, M-U-M magazine, recommended book of the year

    5 Stars

    “If all parenting manifested the love of play and human connection celebrated in this book, then there would be no desire within any magician to ‘fry’ his audience. . . . The routines and approaches taught, when learned, will make anyone a more welcome presence both on the stage and off. . . . You will find pleasure in the reading and satisfaction in the performance.”

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  • Dr. Joel Moskowitz, The Linking Ring

    5 Stars

    “This excellent compilation of thinking about magic, life, performing, and hope should be read. . .as a remedy for mindless magic whose motives often escape audiences. . . . . This book goes a long way to heal unhealthy magic. Highly Recommended."

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  • Matthew Field, The Magic Circular

    5 Stars

    "The tricks are excellent. The thought behind them is nothing less than extraordinary. If. . .we wish to see magic elevated to an art, the words of Robert E. Neale will help guide it to that worthy goal."

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