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Miss Charming's Book of Bar Amusements Paperback – August 8, 2000
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Amaze Your Friends! Entertain Strangers! Win a Free Beer!
Have fun while wow-ing those around you with your creativity and dexterity at the bar! This book teaches you how to perform eighty different tricks using matches, toothpicks, glasses, coins, bottles, napkins and other items readily available in any party, pub, club, or bar.
Light a cigar by swiping it across a one-dollar bill
Pick up a bottle using only a straw
Make a cup float in the air
Get a shot of liquor out of an empty bottle
This book teaches you how to perform these and seventy-six other tricks to astound, baffle, and provide an unforgettable introduction to the cutie at the next table, or just liven up your local tavern. Rated from easy to difficult, Miss Charming shows you how to warm up your audience, stump your friends, and finish big to make a lasting impression. With a little practice, you can become the life of the party!
About the Author
Cheryl Charming, an expert in tricks, riddles, and magic, has spent twenty years entertaining people all over the world with her bar amusements. Her restaurant and bartending experience led her to Walt Disney World, where she taught a mandatory course for all servers and bartenders so that more people could join in the fun. She currently resides in Gainesville, Florida.
Top customer reviews
Fortunately Cheryl shares my wonder and enjoyment of this unique form of entertainment, and has now provided us with a unique manual which I hope bartenders the world over will use to reaquaint themselve with this artform.
I highly recommend this book to any bartenders, bartenders in training, or just folks who want to show their favorite bartender a trick or two.
The book is divided into six sections. Each deals with a broad category of tricks that essentially represent garden variety magic. You'll learn how to do some manipulation of money, matches, glassware, paper, and various odds and ends commonly available at bars. The instructions are clear, as is the focus. The author is trying to effortlessly convey tricks that, in the main, can be done while a bartender is about her normal business. The instructions and illustrations make it easy to learn these simple tricks. As such, it is doubtless a valuable resource.
However, serious magic students, and even more experienced bartenders, will dismiss this work as little more than fluff. Some of the amusements even run counter to standard bar flare theory, suggesting a "trick" when the pretended act can actually be done. A handful of the "amusements" call for the creative use of fire and/or extremely flammable chemicals, which would seem potentially dangerous in a bar filled with alcohol. Many are so obvious one wonders just how impressive they'd actually be. Little attention is given to the creation of an aura of magic--showmanship, if you will--which is made even more necessary in the absence of extraordinary illusion. Fortunately, the audience for the tricks in this book will likely be those who are at least a little inebriated.
Also, and my biggest complaint, is that many of the tricks use the assumption that I can palm coins, dollar bills, and other items with no effort. If I could palm items, I probably wouldn't be reading this book to learn tricks.
Miss Charming tells a story about each trick in the book which in themselves are great, and then goes into explaining exactly how each trick is performed.
I spent a whole evening reading the book and trying out the tricks. Some of them are so easy it's scary to think that people actually fall for it, others take a little bit of practice, but fear not, Miss Charming will walk you through each step of the way!
On a flight to Tokyo recently, I had half the flight crew and everyone sitting around me enthralled for an hour as I did some of the tricks I had learned, talk about a way to make time go by quick and make a few new friends!
Miss Charming has been doing bar tricks for over 19 years and is considered one of the foremost experts...ok, I think she is the foremost expert in bar tricks!
Now get out your dollar bills, your shot glasses, and your match sticks because you are ready to start baffling and amusing your friends! Be sure to pick up a copy of "Miss Charming's Book of Bar Amusements" and keep behind the bar right next to your bartenders bible.