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Mar 25 2016

A few months ago, a friend of mine who is doing well financially told me over a church potluck dinner that he would like to buy a "wow" effect for our family's juggling and illusion ministry.  The moment I got home, I was on line poring over magic and juggling websites looking for that one effect that would kick the Supreme Court Jesters up a notch.  The more I searched,  though, the more I realized that most "wow" effects weren't really practical for our show.  Most are big, which means hard to transport, and also not workable in many of our venues: nursing home rec rooms, prison libraries, little country churches, etc. So I approached my friend Alan with a different idea.  Would he consider using approximately the same amount of money to help me self publish a book of my blogs.  He quickly agreed, and I began to review my old blogs to see what should make the cut.

I went through a site called createspace.com which made the whole process very easy.  It is free up to the point of actually purchasing the books, and they provide a template to work on.  Then it was just a  matter of copy and pasting my already existing blogs onto the template.  Then, of course, I had to adjust basic page layouts and edit my less than stellar spelling and grammar.  Since publishing the book, titled "A Piece,of Bosco" I have noticed a few more typos that I'll fix for any upcoming printings of the book.

I chose what I considered the most relevant blogs in five categories: an introduction to our ministry, tales from the road, poetry, commentary and some of my general favorites. There are some that I consider among my best that were not included for various reasons. Some felt too personal, others were outdated. I will, however, include links to some of these here:

best friends:

http://www.supremecourtjesters.org/SCJBlogs/tabid/66/Post/246/Default.aspx

Journal of a time traveller

http://www.supremecourtjesters.org/SCJBlogs/tabid/66/Post/308/Default.aspx

It's time to divorce pat robertson

http://www.supremecourtjesters.org/SCJBlogs/tabid/66/Post/366/Default.aspx

The magic flute:

http://www.supremecourtjesters.org/SCJBlogs/tabid/66/Post/403/Default.aspx

Antlers:

http://www.supremecourtjesters.org/SCJBlogs/tabid/66/Post/470/Default.aspx

17 th Birthday

http://www.supremecourtjesters.org/SCJBlogs/tabid/66/Post/323/Default.aspx

so far about 18 copies of the book have sold, and another. 10 or so have been given away. Hardly Harry Potter, but our local library and our church library have accepted copies, and a local independently owned bookstore is carrying some on consignment.  Christian Jugglers Association is now carrying it,and of course they are available on Amazon and after our church shows. The Fellowship of Christian Magicians declined, feeling it got too political in the later entries. That was never my intent, but it's all good.

Ive enjoyed the process of publishing this book, and I really appreciate Alan's assistance In making it happen.  Already more people are reading these blogs than ever saw them on this web site.  If you have read it and like it, let others know as well.

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The presentation was fun and encouraging... The gospel message was clear and encouraging. I purchased your book and just finished it. Your scope is broad and again encouraging. May God continue to bless your ministry. I will encourage others to read your book. -Parishioner of a local church

"Hey, I just wanted to say that was a great message in chapel today! It touched something:) thanks for doing it!" -High School Student  

"We are so grateful that you brought your amazing ministry back to our church this year... The Gospel message you bring applies to all!  It is such a positive, valuable work that you do."  -Coordinator of Christian Ed. UCC Church

"There's no questioning it. This is powerful stuff. It's extremely touching at times, never less than entertaining, and I see a lot of sincere love for Jesus in you guys."  -Dwight Lilies, song writer

The Lord has given you a wonderful window through which to present the Gospel!   - Field Director of Alliance Missions to Paraguay

"What a wonderful ministry to both children and adults.  In past years it has been a struggle to arrange programing that would hold the attention of all ages, but also challenge each heart with God's gift of Salvation.  Thank you for sharing your ministry."  -Sunday School Sup't.

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