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You Don’t Have To Be Crazy by Frances Ireland

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Details: What a wonderfully upbeat Author! Frances Ireland (Marshall) wrote this wonderful book in 1946. It is the only magic book I have read by a female magician, and it makes for a very refreshing read. She covers almost all areas of magic with advice and anecdotes, but she does so in such an entertaining way that you feel positively gushing with goodwill towards your fellow magicians at the end.

She makes you feel lucky to be in the magic business! And for those who want to make a go of magic as a professional performer or dealer she offers some very sound advice. Here is what she has to say about the benefits of magic:

“If you’re sick, magic will help you feel better. If you’re poor, you won’t buy a lot of useless equipment, but will concentrate on sleight of hand, which some day may make you rich. If you’re rich, you don’t have to practice sleight of hand, but can become a collector and the envy of the poor. And if you’re grouchy, brother, you’ll mellow and melt like butter when your audience applauds your first show. You can’t stay grouchy in show business. I guess the only kind of man who can’t benefit from magic is a corpse.”

Frances sadly passed away last year, having spent over seventy years in the magic business as a performer, author, and magic dealer. From reading just this one book she surely sounded like a wonderful lady!

Contents (from book):

3 Who Is Frances Ireland? (John Braun)
5 In The Beginning: how Francis joined the Ireland Magic Co.
15 Conventions: about magic conventions and some good stories
33 Impressions: Magicians and tricks that stand out in the opinion of Francis
47 Who Are They And Why Do They Do It?: about some famous magician’s Francis has known
59 Taint Necessarily Tricks!: Other magic related hobbies, such as book collecting, etc.
68 “Catching” Shows: magicians watching magicians
75 Do It For Love: the enjoyment of magic
81 Magical Dimensions: consider your audience
88 You Can’t Take It With You: What happens to your stuff when you die?
91 Magic Bandits: thoughts about tips
96 Your Child Will Not Be A Magician: most likely
99 Magic, The Theatre’s Little Brother: the magician as actor
103 Stop Thief: magic ethics
116 Randolph Street, The Graveyard Of Hope: finding work
123 So You’d Like To Be A Magic Dealer: a challenging operation
129 The Horatio Alger Touch: a few rags to riches stories
138 The Little Guys In Fur And Feathers: rabbits and other magic animals
148 Magic And The War: magicians in WWII
164 Magic Medicine: magic as therapy
174 Magic’s Past Performances: a brief review
192 Questions And Answers: about getting into magic
196 Hotsam And Jetsam: a few interesting anecdotes
202 Thank You!

  • Publisher: Ireland Magic Company
  • Pages: 202
  • Location: Chicago, IL, USA
  • Dimensions: 5″x8″
  • Date: 1946
  • Binding: hardbound

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1 review for You Don’t Have To Be Crazy by Frances Ireland

  1. Andy Martin

    What a wonderfully upbeat Author!

    Frances Ireland (Marshall) wrote this wonderful book in 1946. It is the only magic book I have read by a female magician, and it makes for a very refreshing read. She covers almost all areas of magic with advice and anecdotes, but she does so in such an entertaining way that you feel positively gushing with goodwill towards your fellow magicians at the end.

    She makes you feel lucky to be in the magic business! And for those who want to make a go of magic as a professional performer or dealer she offers some very sound advice. Here is what she has to say about the benefits of magic:

    "If you’re sick, magic will help you feel better. If you’re poor, you won’t buy a lot of useless equipment, but will concentrate on sleight of hand, which some day may make you rich. If you’re rich, you don’t have to practice sleight of hand, but can become a collector and the envy of the poor. And if you’re grouchy, brother, you’ll mellow and melt like butter when your audience applauds your first show. You can’t stay grouchy in show business. I guess the only kind of man who can’t benefit from magic is a corpse."

    Frances sadly passed away last year, having spent over seventy years in the magic business as a performer, author, and magic dealer. From reading just this one book she surely sounded like a wonderful lady!

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