When this book first came out, some magicians referred to it as “The Complete Seabrooke” because it represented one of those rare occasions when a successful performer puts virtually his entire act (including the patter) into a single book. It is a testament of the quality of this material that for the rest of Terry’s life he made a fine living by performing the effects described in this book. Seabrooke’s Book isn’t just a book of secrets (though you’ll find plenty). Reading it is like having a fireside chat with the man himself and you will quickly learn that being a magical lunatic is pretty serious business. Follow Terry through his early years as an apprentice magician when he was searching for that special something that would set him apart from the rank and file. He definitely took the path less traveled by and that has indeed made all the difference. Today, the name Terry Seabrooke brings a smile to the faces of magicians in all parts of our magic world.
You will find things you’d expect in a Seabrooke Book, like plenty of crazy commercial magic but there are also things you’ll find in no other magic book: how to get the most out of a magic convention, the do’s and don’ts of a Magical M.C., a hilarious section on dressing rooms, plus opinions and theories that will raise your eyebrows and start you thinking. During the past quarter-century, two routines from this book have found their way into the repertoires of an astonishing number of working magicians, namely, The Burnt Bill in Wallet and The Cigarette in the Coat. These two modern classics are explained in great detail with the aid of thirty photographs taken during a live performance. A number of line drawings will help you understand the precise handling and each routine includes all of Seabrooke’s hilarious patter. This is your chance to learn every detail about these great routines from the man who earned his living with them. Whether you are looking for an evening of delightful reading or a full-time career in magic, you’ll find them both in Seabrooke’s Book.