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[quote] On 2011-09-25 22:30, Vlad_77 wrote: Hi Magic-Daniel, There are a number of reasons why Greater Magic is considered a landmark book in magic. First off, until its publication in the late 30's there had not been a book of this magnitude published in the wider magic community. When you read the original ad copy for this for 1938 you read that magicians were already predicting this to be a classic which of course it is. Consider as well that Greater Magic contains everything from close up to illusions. It is the third largest monograph printed in magic to this day - the second largest being Stewart James in Print and the largest being The James File. Greater Magic contains effects from the greatest contemporaries of the time and the effects hold up VERY well to this day. Furthermore, a HUGE amount of the effects in Greater Magic spawned many further classics in later books. In a sense, Greater Magic was and IS truly a one volume mammoth course in magic. This is more than a mere classic my friend; Greater Magic is a FOUNDATIONAL text. Ironically, first editions of this book are actually cheaper than the Richard Kaufman reprint. Somebody on the Café is selling both a first edition AND a Kaufman reprint. The Kaufman reprint has additional material from Hilliard's notebooks; these notes became the basis for the later Hilliard book published by Kaufman. I really cannot stress enough how important this book is Magic-Daniel. Before the Kaufman reprint this book was VERY hard to find. Somehow, Richard Kaufman was able to secure permission to do a reprint and that was published in 1994. It is now OOP and from my understanding it will never be reprinted again. Greater Magic BTW is the sequel to T. Nelson Downs book The Art of Magic which was actually written by John Northern Hilliard. Hilliard wrote a large portion of Greater Magic and legendary magician and author Jean Hugard finished the mammoth work after Hilliard's death. Hilliard was the advance man for Howard Thurston and was VERY well connected and respected in the magic community hence his ability to procure effects for this magnum opus. If you have the money, I would strongly advise you to pick it up. If you have more questions please feel free to PM me. Even better you might want to PM our book guru Peo Olsson, and in addition you could PM Lawrence O, Richard Kaufman, Rennie, motown, and magicfish to name but a few. GET THE BOOK MAN!! :) Ahimsa, Vlad PS: Here is the link where it is being sold. Scroll down a bit! http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=434736&forum=78&5 [/quote]
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