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Here Is Real Magic: A Magician's Search for Wonder in the Modern World (Audio Download): Nate Staniforth, Nate Staniforth, Audible Studios for Bloomsbury: Audible Audiobooks An extraordinary memoir about finding wonder in everyday life, from magician Nate Staniforth Nate Staniforth has spent most of his life and all of his professional career trying to understand wonder what it is, where to find it and how to share it with others He became a magician because he learned at a young age that magic tricks don t have to be frivolous Magic doesn t have to be about sequins and smoke machines rather, it can create a moment of genuine astonishment But after years on the road as a professional magician, crisscrossing the country and performing four or five nights a week every week, Nate was disillusioned, burned out and ready to quit Instead, he went to India in search of magic Here Is Real Magic follows Nate Staniforth s evolution from an obsessed young magician to a broken wanderer and back again It tells the story of his rediscovery of astonishment and the importance of wonder in everyday life during his trip to the slums of India, where he infiltrated a , year old clan of street magicians Here Is Real Magic is a call to all of us to welcome awe back into our lives, to marvel in the everyday and to seek magic all around us

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  1. Customer1 Customer1 says:

    The book is divided into two parts, the first covers the author s early fascination with magic and the effects it has on an audience Which were his prime motivators to being a magician As with most things, the sheen seemed to have worn off and when his passion moved on from being a true passion.To a job which then became a chore.Predictably disillusionment set in soon after.This then culminated in a mini breakdown and a temporary exit from being a magician.What does he do then He then does a mini tour of India to heal himself and turns it into a book with some found truthsIndia with its mysticism,yogis and fakirs have always had a predictable fascination to Westerners and so the author in an attempt to find himself travels to India, camera man in tow in an attempt to find a real meaning to the mundane nature of his existence.The book promises much initially but in the latter half quickly dissipates into well worn cliches and opt repeated messages with some background stories to attempt to reinforce the point.Reading this book was like trodding up a hill with a promise that the summit would reveal the most beautiful sight ever.However without firm substance, one can only prolong the suspense for only so long which eventually promises turn vacuous, and instead of a beautiful sight,it was a deep anticlimax as the author tried to desperately bring the book to a reasonable conclusion.Which was simply not there.A bit like having to slide down slushy snow on the other side of the mountain to get back to base camp.Without seeing anything of note.No realizations no insights.Just the meandering thoughts and half realizations of a burnt out Westerner rushing to the East searching for an answer.The most profound statement is quoted in the bookSearch within yourself for the truthDont get me wrong, if one is lost and floundering in lifes fast moving river, this is worth a read.But for the vast majority ,it is just another attempt to use the mystic allure of India to attempt to sell a book.

  2. Robin Wood Robin Wood says:

    I m not a magician but having seen Nate on Scam School the book sounded like it could be fun.It was really well written and covered some really interesting areas that can affect anyone who ends up doing for a living the job they ve always dreamed of doing I love the idea of seeking out wonder and true magic in the world and looking beyond the blandness of a lot of modern day life.Well worth a read.

  3. nigelpquinn nigelpquinn says:

    Nates mystical journey is a sight to behold His journal really gives a sense of place and adventure If you love magic and travel and an insight into a seasoned performer this is a great read It really inspired my nomadic self and to look at the world again in wonder as Nate shares his path through life and Indias mysticismHere Is Real Magic A Magician s Search for Wonder in the Modern World

  4. T.B. T.B. says:

    Brilliant book Extremely well written and thought provoking

  5. Jeffrey Shaw Jeffrey Shaw says:

    Nate raises and tackles with honesty some searching questions about the nature of magic and how he as a performer has felt about it, from scams and sleights right through to the possibility of a real, nature defying miracle How do you justify performing tricks to people in other cultures who believe in the real thing and are likely to conclude that you have genuine supernatural powers On the way we get some profound insights and affecting personal moments All magicians will get something from this, but it deserves a wider audience than that Highly recommended.

  6. A. James A. James says:

    I absolutely loved this book A flick through the cover convinced me it was enough to buy and a worthy addition to my book shelf Nates adventure and desire to seek answer s to a lot of questions we all ask or wouldn t necessarily ask is answered in this book We are living in the most abundant time in human history, and the standard of living has improved in many parts of the world If you don t follow the media everyday, there is plenty of good stories going on in the world Its really what you decide to feed your consciousness This book is very relevant now than ever, due to the distracted, fragmented lives we are beginning to lead If we peel ourselves away from our phones, engage with what is around us and become aware, a depth of wonder that is in plain sight is available to us all I don t want to summarise this book Its worth buying, living the adventure and witnessing the essence of what Nate is reminding us of Thanks for writing this beaut of a book Nate You re awakened my appreciation in the beauty and magic that is around us each and every day.

  7. Jo 🌀 Jo 🌀 says:

    This gem of a book takes the reader on Nate s magical journey from his first playground coin trick to the depths of India on a quest for wonder I found wonder within minutes of starting it If I m honest I was totally mesmerised Although I m new to learning about magic mentalism I ve always loved it and reading this book made me realise why That rare yet tangible feeling of wonder exhilaration that is directly accessed via this thing we call magic.Nate s primary motivation for his magic revolves around the ability to connect people to feelings that they perhaps haven t experienced since childhood and it has been so refreshing to read about a journey fuelled by such a pure motivation.I highly recommend Here is Real Magic to anyone who appreciates beautiful, honest and deeply human writing It is truly wonder ful.

  8. Bernie Gourley Bernie Gourley says:

    When stage magician, Nate Staniforth, becomes disillusioned with traveling around America performing magic tricks on college campuses and the distinct lack of wonder that it entails, he packs his bags and flies to India to explore the centuries old magic traditions of the subcontinent Part memoir and part travelogue, the first part explores how Staniforth got into magic and his struggle to achieve everything he always wanted, i.e the ability to make a living performing magic a desire far would be magicians have than the market will support However, he finds a disjoint between the feeling of wonder and surprise that made him love magic and what he witnesses in the audience night after night which include a heaping mix of indifference, skepticism, hostility, and even the occasional pious fear that he is dabbling in dark arts.In India, he finds a mix of some of the same but also some very different perspectives on magic One the one hand, he learns that magic tricks aren t just a good way to break the ice with strangers, but also a means to bridge cultural divides Sleight of hand doesn t require perfect communication to build bonds between people As he travels from Kolkata to Varanasi to Rishikesh to Hardiwar to Delhi to Jodhpur, he shares magic tricks with young and old alike, as well as getting to witness some of India s magic The highlight of the trip is when he meets with a family of street magicians from Shadipur Depot slum in Delhi, and can at last exchange ideas and learn about their long lineage as illusionists.However, Staniforth also finds many Indians who are hostile toward the practice of illusions and magic tricks To understand this hostility, one must know that historically godmen who used illusion and sleight of hand to convince individuals of their divinity were common than those who practiced it as entertainers This resulted in a couple different types of hostile witness to magic in India On the one hand, there is the scientifically minded individual who is distraught by the image of India as a land of superstition and naively pious followers A war on superstition in India probably made it harder to research this book because doing street magic is largely prohibited because of the history of duping people for personal gain On the other hand, there are those who are ardent believers who dislike magicians who do magic tricks because it contributes to a general skepticism about their gurus who such individuals believe can actually do magic It should be said that variations of those two types of individual could be found almost anywhere, including his home nation of America What is uniquely Indian is the individual who fits into a third category of simultaneously believing both of the aforementioned criticisms That is, said individual believes that any illusion someone like Staniforth performs can be scientifically explained and is merely a deceit against the gullible, but at the same time this person believes that there are spiritual masters who can do real magic The title, Here Is Real Magic, could be received in many ways However, taking it literally, as though the author believes that there are those in India with supernatural powers, isn t consistent with the book s message In one sense, the title is meant to be controversial, but Staniforth is also indicating that he rediscovered wonder in India not through the supernatural, but through surrender to the experiences he had there.As an American who has lived in India for many years now, I found this book to be fascinating in places I believe that it s useful both as a call to rediscover the wonder that we usually lose somewhere before adulthood, as well as a primer into the similarities and differences between the Indian and Western mindsets on magic in the modern world I d recommend this book, particularly for anyone who has interest in magic.

  9. Thomas Cann Thomas Cann says:

    And yet, one chapter in, I am blown away Nate is using language that is capturing my heart things I ve felt but never been able to articulate I ve already experienced wonder in the opening 30 pages than in any other book I ve read THIS is real magic Get blown away read this work.

  10. Joshua Badach Joshua Badach says:

    What can I say, I love this book It s truly a joy to read and I thoroughly enjoyed reading about this perspective of a hard working touring magician I continue to, and will continue to, read this book whenever I am in need of some inspiration.

  11. Paul Mitchell Paul Mitchell says:

    I ve only just started reading this book, and I ve been loving every minute of it When Nate is explaining certain things, I know exactly where he is coming from and can attribute my own memory to feel something similar I m going on vacation soon and this is the first book I plan on reading through.

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