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Atkinson, Max, Lend Me Your Ears. All You Need to Know About Making Speeches and Presentations, Vermilion, 2004.


Berkun, Scott, Confessions of a Public Speaker, O’Reilly Media Inc., 2011.


Burgess, Dave, Teach Like a Pirate. Increase Student Engagement, Boost Your Creativity, and Transform Your Life as an Educator, Dave Burgess Consulting Inc., 2012.


Decker, Bert, You’ve Got to be Believed to be Heard, St Martin’s Press, 1992.


Hauser, Frank and Reich, Russell, Notes on Directing, RCR Creative Press, 2003.


Heath, Chip and Dan, Made to Stick – Why Some Ideas Take Hold and Others Come Unstuck, Arrow books, 2007.


Kaye, David, Seriously Silly. How to Entertain Children with Magic and Comedy, Kaufman and Company, 2005.


Keable, Ian, Stand-up — a Professional Guide to Comedy Magic, Ian Keable, 2008.


Ljungberg, Gay, Audience Management. A Guide for Magical Entertainers, Gycklaren Magic Marketing AB, 2010.


Murray, Logan, Be a Great Stand-up: Teach Yourself, Teach Yourself, 2010.


Neill, Sean and Caswell, Chris, Body Language for Competent Teachers, Routledge, 1993.


Nihill, David, Do You Talk Funny?, BenBella Books, 2016.


Olson, Ricky, Hook ’em with Humor: The Public Speaker’s Guide to Having Fun and Using Humor to Mesmerize, Fascinate, and Engage, Proud Peacock Press, 2017.


Ortiz, Darwin, Strong Magic. Creative Showmanship for the Close-up Magician, Kaufman and Company, 1995.


Reynolds, Garr, The Naked Presenter. Delivering Powerful Presentations with or Without Slides, New Riders, 2011.


Sankey, Jay, Beyond Secrets, Sankey Magic, 2003.


Tauber, Robert, Projecting Enthusiasm: The Key to Dynamic Presentations for Professionals, Praeger, 2019.


Tricarico, Daniel, You’re a Teacher… So Act Like One! Improving Your “Stage Presence” in the Classroom, iUniverse, 2002.


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Underhill, Roy, Khrushchev’s Shoe: and Other Ways to Captivate an Audience of 1 to 1000, Perseus Publishing, 2000.


Vorhaus, John, The Comic Toolbox. How to be Funny Even If You’re Not, Silman-James Press, 1994.


Weber, Ken, Maximum Entertainment: Director’s Notes for Magicians and Mentalists, Ken Weber Productions, 2003.


White, John and Gardner, John, The Classroom X-factor. The Power of Body Language and Nonverbal Communication in Teaching, Routledge, 2012.


Wilson, Glenn D, Psychology for Performing Artists. Butterflies and Bouquets, Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 1994.


Wirth, Jeff, Inter-active Acting. Acting, Improvisation, and Interacting for Audience Participatory Theatre, Fall Creek Press, 1995.


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