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Scam School Book 1: Smoke by [Brushwood, Brian]
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  • File Size: 355984 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Bizarre Magic, Inc. (March 14, 2012)
  • Publication Date: March 14, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007FRUNK8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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I was going to buy Criss Angel's new book "I'm Not Fake" but decided against it, instead buying Brian Bushwood's new Scam School book. Full disclosure: Brian is a close friend of my son Justin Robert Young, but I hold no bias. Already about 30 pages in and the wit and humor of this book is enough to warrant me buying another copy, if only Amazon would let me. Videos and commentary are fantastic - not too long, but enough to get some great insight into how Brian comes up with the tricks, or how they are submitted by fans. Perhaps he can do a trick some time showing his hand being cut off while in handcuffs...I'd like that. Bushwood has really taken it to a new level with this book - a first of its kind if I'm not mistaken. I'll forever carry it around and try to scam people out of drinks at the bar, never having to worry if I remember the scam or not. I also decided to pick up some light reading music for this book, so I bought Black Water (2006 Remastered).
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Brian has done something that more and more authors need to be doing. Taking the time to make an instructional book that actually gives instructions. The Multimedia that comes with this book is amazing. Thanks for this Brian.
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First, full disclosure, i am a fan of Brian Brushwood. So, this was an automatic buy for me. Now, for my honest opinion.

If you have never heard of Scam School, the premise is simple. Go to a bar. Bet a friend you can do something, they can do something, you can't do something, they can't do something. Get them to buy you a drink.

Simple, right? Then we get into the actual tricks. There are "Scams" for every level, delivery advice, video show and demonstrating the scam, and audio explaining the reasoning behind each one. So, you get the free beer, and get to sound smart. The weaving of sound, video, and text is such a great experience, thanks to catering to how we actually learn, by immersing all of our sense into the subject. Brian's precise style make sure that you will really be able to handle doing the tricks in this book, even after you have scammed that first drink.

Tricks did I say? Didn't I mention? Brian is a professional magician, doing the college circuit across the U.S. He has appeared on Letterman.

And he does a free podcast that teaches similar tricks to you. Did i mention FREE? Search for scam school to see his style of teaching for free. And, you can also watch this guy on the TWiT network, where he co-hosts other free podcasts on a weekly basis.

So, reading this book, I felt i knew what to expect. After all, this is just a rehash of his podcast, right? Boy was I surprised. With all new content, and presented in a way i have never seen before, fully imersive, this book's presentation blew my mind.

I would buy the book again, even though I don't go to bars. This book is just FUN!
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Brian Brushwood has put together such a comprehensive collection of tips, tricks, scams and crazy fun stuff that you'll feel like you came out of college with a bachelor's degree in Social Engineering after experiencing this book. I say experiencing because he's gone out of his way to do more than just write it. He includes audio commentary and video highlights that explain and actually SHOW you how this stuff works. Depending on how you're experiencing the book, you'll find these showing up as either in-book features, or as external links you can access. Either way, it's a wealth of fun that'll help you learn to be the life of the party.
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Let me start off by saying that this book has so much in it and at such a low price it must be a scam. But upon further research I've found it full of humor, tricks, and skills that anyone can put to the use to impress your friends, get free drinks, or just be plain mysterious. I highly recommend it.

On a side note, I had the opportunity to have dinner with this author after my University hired him for a show. Great comedian and performer and a real class act.
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Brushwood gets the potential of the enhanced digital ebook (ie with multimedia elements) better than anyone else I've seen yet. This how-to book presents many of the tricks that made his Scam School website famous, and does so by leveraging a combination of text and video to describe then display the trick in action. It doesn't exactly duplicate the information in both formats, but it does allow comprehension for both textual and visual learners. The formats enhance each other, rather than distracting or duplicating. Each chapter is quick and to-the-point, going right into the trick, the caveats and problems to watch for, and practical advice.

The only downside is that the Kindle Fire can not yet do full integration, so when you want to watch the video, it opens the browser to a youtube page with the relevant video. Rumor has it that Amazon is going to be releasing a more capable version of it's ebook software soon, upgrading the Fire to be more multimedia-friendly, a major step that Amazon has been working on for a long time. I can't wait for that to happen, and I hope this book will be able to display in the new software in its full, integrated glory.
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