A lot of people ware waiting for the new book of Borodin, “Final Curtain”, translated into English, especially after reading his book “Sheherazad”. In this book, for the first time, Borodin reveals parts of his performing FINAL CURTAIN is a chamber of mental treasures that will be difficult to put down, once . Beinhaltet die deutsche Version von Final Curtain und noch viel mehr. Borodin and I decided that we wanted to preserve the format of Sheherazade in the.

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Feb 22, Search function is down, so please forgive me if there is another post with regards to this book. Would like to check if anyone has bought this book yet and care to give a review on the contents and such?

Yep, I wrote this review you are looking for. Here it is again: The german version is a high-quality hardbound book of pages. It contains 24 routines in 4 chapters — each routine is explained how the spectators experience it, then you will be told the secret behind the performance.

The first chapter deals with 7 ghost stories. You will read about ghosts living in houses, strange voices, paintings on walls, and ballets.

With the help of the performer, his ghost is summoned in a wooden box,and he proves his existence by showing some of his old habits. This routine is pur poetry. The third chapter is about mental scenarios for stage performers. Some of them require the help of assistants. In the last chapter gives us five examples of mentalism with an esoteric twist. Each routine comes with a full story.

In this story the face of the magician changes into a skeleton face, right in front of the spectators. The light is NOT turned down, the spectators watch the performer, and suddenly his face changes.

At the end you get a poetic bonus story. As you can see from the content, a lot of the routines are written to be performed on the stage. Another thing is, that for the ghost stories in the first chapter you need complicated devices — Borodin has made most of them to fit his special needs to make the magic happen. But you will see that these devices are not easy to produce if you want to perform these miracles. So what is my conclusion? But will you perform them?

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The third chapter is for stage performers only. The second chapter in my eyes good,the patterns provided are excellent, but if you want to perform the effects, you need some preparation. Do you have to buy the book?

One thing that I want to criticise is the old-fashioned language. Hopefully this will be changed in the english translation. Hey, if its by Borodin – its gonna be great! Even if one never performs them – how can a bizarrist not own it from a collector’s stance oh yeah – my VISA bill is mighty ugly A look at the Adesso Verlag web site has some interesting information about the book.

I just got the call from the bororin company this afternoon. The book should be delivered tomorrow afternoon.


To clear up any misunderstandings about the material in the book, which Calexa has so ably reported upon, “Das Gesicht” The Face is performed with the lights fairly low. There curtian twelve additional routines in the English version. Some of them are very easy to construct, others will require a small investment.

However, several of them are to be released as separate items by Alex Roemer and Borodin. Regarding the relative expense of the items in the German edition of the book, that’s debatable. On the other hand, the “Swan Lake” Schwanensee would require quite an accomplished do-it-yourselfer and a taxidermist to construct.

But it serves as an excellent example of how to construct a magical story. I’ll finl others judge the book and contents. It has bkrodin of material. We hope you like it. Mar 8, I recieved my copy yesterday. Initial impression, a nicely produced Hard Cover and stories stories stories! Any real Bizarrist will dive in and retreave lots of mood and ideas to work with.

Final Curtain by Borodin

A very readable English translation by Bill Palmer. The Story is presented and then the Magic Of The Story goes into the workings of the props and effects But that’s just an intial impression as I said and the stories seem to lend themselves to ‘bending’ to accomodate props and items already on the market and easier to obtain. Some of the stories are rather long and it’s obvious their presentation requires quite a bit of acting skill to hold the spectators attention untill the effects ‘kick in’.

Bill did an excellent job of making the material accessable and understandable in the modern day language we are all used to. Very few books make my “will buy, no questions asked ” list, as opposed to my “might buy” list. This one is in the former category. Just hanging out with the rest of my fellow dregs.

Doug is correct — Final Curtain is loaded with stories and ideas and inspiration. Curtani more stories and ideas and inspiration. Mar 9, Thanks for the kind words, everyone.

The real purpose norodin the book is from my viewpoint is to explain how the story makes the magic more real for the audience. The toys, themselves, are really unimportant.

The most involved item would probably be “The House in Livorno. But if you have a friend who is a taxidermist — hey, there you go! My wife read the proof on the book, and her favorite story was “Vismay cuetain Wonder,” which requires no props at all. But it sets the mood for everything that follows. The main thing that will make or break one of the presentations is your ability to take a story, tell it well, and make it interesting for the audience.

If you can tell a story, then you ckrtain have got the whole thing wired. Hey I completely understand.

I think about some of the things my partner and I have chrtain up and they are generally total custom effects that would be very difficult to duplicate, even if you had instructions. I really enjoy cinal the thinking of Borodin as it generates new thinking on my part and reinforces that I am not alone in my madness. Firstly, we are all so fortunate to have Bill dedicate himself to many hours of translation so we can share in the experience of this magnificent book.


Borodin has a style so unique and special as evidenced by fina, stories and happenings that it is truly inspiring to experience the magic even in book form. It is a book that will drive you to a new level of desire to elevate magical moods during your own performances and maybe dare borrodin to apply ideas designed to create strong dramatic tension in a bizzare way. Learning from a master storyteller and entertainer such as this is truly a pleasure and I only wish I had ties with the same kind of prop-builders as Borodin uses!

Most of the effects require some kind of specialised prop but hey, it just wouldn’t ccurtain possible for Borodin to present his material so dramatically if this wasn’t the case.

He is obviously a perfectionist and likes to give all his creations a sense of authenticity.

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In summary this book is seriously inspirational and highly sophisticated in the prop department. My highest recommendation to all who like strange! Mar 10, If you have some recent magazines, you can construct “The Game of Fate” for practically nothing.

So it’s not all about expense. I’ve had the advantage of actually seeing some of these props — sometimes in the developmental stages, sometimes in actual performance. It took Borodin a couple of years to develop his knifeboard, and almost as long to develop what he used for his “Swan Lake” routine.

I could never perform the “Swan Lake” routine, myself. It’s not my kind fiinal story. But it is a dandy story for someone who has that kind of personality. On the other hand — “Hustler Bill” is right up my alley! Funny thing is the one I like most is the shortest with a prop readilly available or VERY easy to make. Especially those that tend to go overboard in the darkness dept. Kind of an ‘interlude’ effect to calm the waters before the next deep delving.

As most of you know from borodn varied interests I’m not a Bizarrist in the strict definition and do not use a character like that either but I finall to do routines that have Bizarre twists and I do come up with some bizarre ideas on ocasion not to mention the props I could never pull off long stories like my friend Clifford or many others in this topic.

My own attention span is that of a gnat on caffene. I don’t see this book as a word for word field manual Mar 27, I receive my book this morning and couldn’t resist to read it from cover to cover. Congratulations to both of you for this exquisite work.

Mar 29, There are very few books which actually qualify as Desert island books for the bizzarist.