Seabrooke’s Book by Terry Seabrooke, Magical Publications

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Details: Illustrated by Paul Butler. Subtitled “Around the Workd With a Baking Tin”. Essays and effects by the comedy magician Terry Seabrooke, with an emphasis on adding presentation to your magic. The life and mysteries of a celebrated lunatic. Find out why a man whose most sophisticated prop is a baking pan with a loose bottom is flown all over the world to entertain his brother magicians. Find out how he makes a good living performing magic with props that you already have at home. Learn the real secrets of the successful Master of Ceremonies.

PLUS – Terry’s two most famous routines are described in detail complete with all patter and gags: “The Cigarette in the Coat” and “The Burnt Note in Wallet”.


9 Publisher’s Note (Mike Caveney)
11 Introduction (Billy McComb)
13 Foreword
15 It Started Like This: Brief autobiography of Terry
23 The Magic Convention: advice on attending
28 Those Linking Rings: comedic 7 ring routine (key, chain of 3, chain of 2, single)
36 Bullet Thru Card: chosen card – or not – is found with a bullet hole; lots of gags
39 Cigarette in the Coat: audience participation and lots of opportunity for comedy
46 – The Cigarette
46 – Smoke
46 – The Coat
47 – Stealing the Thumb Tip
48 Terry’s Tennis Ball: Instant hand puppet
49 Burnt Note in Wallet: full comedic routine and bits of business
65 What Do You Mean My Dressing Room is a Nail!: funny article on dressing rooms
72 The M.C.: Tips and advice on being a good Master of Ceremonies
73 – The Running Order
74 – The Start of the Show
74 – The End of the Show
75 – The Band
75 – The Room
76 – The Show
77 – Final Thoughts
78 Looking for Laughs: advice and a couple of ideas
79 The Neck Spiker: How to generate laughs from this commercial effect
80 The Pipes & Plugs: Idea for spicing up the Chinese Sticks
82 Visible Sawing Thru: idea for changing the premise to a humorous one
83 The Chattering Teeth: card selection found by toy teeth
85 An Object Lesson: a simple mentalism routine with an assistant
87 Is It Really Close-up Magic?: Essay on close up magic
88 Half and Half: comedy quickie with a spectator’s dollar bill
89 Give Me a Card: a packet card trick with an easy, and good, out
91 Give Me a Ring: spectator’s borrowed ring transposes from one glass of liquid to another
93 Mindreading Can: Comedy card revelation bit
95 Seabrooke’s Cards Across: Full routine with bits of business
99 As Others See Us: perspectives of others
99 – The Musical Director
100 – The Stage Director/Producer
103 On Stage: article about staging
103 – Lighting
103 – Prop Decoration
104 – Stage Curtains
104 – Audience Participation
105 – The Dead Spot
106 The Plebeian Prestidigitator: humorous article on BAD advice
110 Curtain Call

  • Publisher: Magical Publications
  • Pages: 112
  • Location: Pasadena, CA, USA
  • Dimensions: 7″x10″
  • Date: 1986
  • Binding: hardbound

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