is raving about this book:
The Unique Years book is a brilliant - as well as elegant - evocation of times past, when magic was entering a golden era and fellows like Al Koran were feeding our appetites for more and better material.
Kaufman: “The name of Al Koran is still legendary many years
after his death and this book will tell you why.”
“Al Koran’s influence continues to thrive in the magic and
mentalist communities. What an extreme pleasure I had in reading
this, the latest Al Koran work released by Martin Breese. These
are lessons from the master, well worth devouring. The book is
formatted beautifully – as one would expect from Martin Breese,
and has taken its rightful spot – next to the other Koran books
from Breese – but not until I read it again.”
“This is an absolute must for Al Koran fans and gathers together
his magazine contributions and commercially-released effects – all
in one book.”
“Exceptional material in an exceptional book.”
“I was very pleased to be able to contribute to and be involved in
such a worthwhile book.”
Al Koran. A GREAT new book!
Says Nick Lewin
no secret to my readers that I am a huge fan of the late Al Koran.
When I play the “I wish I had got to see xxxxxx perform live….”
game, Koran is always the first man on my list. No one even comes
in a close second. For many years, the two classic Koran books
were the chief source of information for those of us who were
trying to learn the secrets of the master. Wonderful information,
advice and routines were contained in those two slim volumes. They
are still valuable and beloved residents in my bookshelf.
Recently my friend Martin Breese has done a wonderful job in
updating the available reading matter on this iconic performer and
magical innovator. Breese must be really thanked by the magic
community for his recent additions to our knowledge and
understanding of Al Koran. He has added another classic book to
the available treasure trove.
delighted when Martin was kind enough to send me a PDF of his
latest publication; I have found it to be a particularly
fascinating volume. It gathers some rather obscure and extremely
interesting material and turned it into a must-read book for fans
of Koran. In fact, even if you have never had any interest in Al
Koran because of his identification with mindreading, buy the book
anyway—you may be in for a surprise. Don’t forget Koran was the
man who created the basis and framework for Ring Flight! Before he
became an almost instant star as a mentalist, Koran was a very
sophisticated and accomplished sleight of hand/close-up performer.
book collects routines and effects that have previously only seen
the light of day in magazines. What they really demonstrate is
what a powerful tunnel vision Koran had for the structure and
subtleties that can create a miracle. His ability to simplify an
effect and maximize its impact reminds me of a diamond cutter
taking something precious and transforming it into something as
close to perfection as possible.
magazines that these particular gems were culled from include,
‘The Gen,’ ‘The Wizard,’ ‘The Magic Wand’ and ‘Pentagram.’ I
particularly enjoyed one particular series of columns for ‘The
Gen’ called ‘Kard Kolumns’ in which various moves are detailed and
then a trick involving them is added to the mix.
should mention that not every trick in the book was originated by
Koran himself, however his selection of material is enlightening
all on its own. When you are sharing slices of the mind of magical
practitioners like Alex Elmsley this is not a negative point!
entire section of the book contains many of the commercial effects
that Koran released under the auspices of Harry Stanley’s Unique
Magic Studio in London. A great deal of scholarly work went into
patching these various instructions and manuscripts into a form
suitable for release as a stand-alone book. The final section of
the book details two routines that Koran released, after his
relocation to America in 1969.
really enjoyed the highly personal and fact filled introduction to
the book by Peter Zenner, which does much to fill in the personal
legacy of this remarkable man. It goes a long way in revealing the
real ‘taste’ of the man born Edward Charles Doe, who carved out a
unique spot for himself under a new name. Did you know Koran
performed a magical/musical act entitled ‘Song & Sorcery?’ I
didn’t; and I found this a fascinating piece of information,
especially given the reason why.
receiving the manuscript I have taken the time to learn and
perform several of the routines from this book and can report that
they are pure gold. This collection has released great new/old
material and is a true cause for joy for the performing magician.
Now available from stock.