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Mr. Woolery
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I am going to add Switchcraft. If you want to work with things written on pieces of paper, this is a must-have.

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Annemann and Corinda.
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If you can get hold of it, I highly recommend Derren Brown's "Absolute Magic".
Deano88
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We have plenty of books which contain effects, any many of those great books have been mentioned, one thing I have struggled to find in any of these books is how to put effects/'tricks' together in a way that makes sense. Sense to your audience sense the character you may portray and the skills they possess.
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"Heads I Win Tails You Lose" by Jheff
This will give you great insight into equivoque.
by EVILDAN....
"The Coin Board Book" - moves and routines with the coin panel board. - http://www.lybrary.com/the-coin-board-book-p-827955.html
"SLASHER - A Horror Whodunnit" - a bizarre close-up routine based on Bob Neale's "Sole Survivor."
PM me for more info.
"Zombie Town" - a packet effect about how a small town turned into zombies. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=nzJhcoJtyOM
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On Sep 16, 2016, Deano88 wrote:
We have plenty of books which contain effects, any many of those great books have been mentioned, one thing I have struggled to find in any of these books is how to put effects/'tricks' together in a way that makes sense. Sense to your audience sense the character you may portray and the skills they possess.


Mentalism Incorporated by Chuck Hickok deals exactly with this. It's a complete stage act explained not only in method, but also the thinking behind each routine and the act as a whole.
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On Sep 16, 2016, Deano88 wrote:
We have plenty of books which contain effects, any many of those great books have been mentioned, one thing I have struggled to find in any of these books is how to put effects/'tricks' together in a way that makes sense. Sense to your audience sense the character you may portray and the skills they possess.


Mentalism Incorporated by Chuck Hickok deals exactly with this. It's a complete stage act explained not only in method, but also the thinking behind each routine and the act as a whole.


Thanks I will check that out it is a book I have heard of but not read , I would be interested from a close up perspective
Ulrich
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The best must-have book is the book that you feel you must have the most.
252life
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Anything by Atlas Brookings is my auto response at this point.

And, ditto to Ulrich up there Smile

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Someone who doesn't seem to get enough love on these types of threads is the late Barrie Richardson. He has a number of lecture notes and one-off items but my favorites by him are his three books:

  • Theater of the Mind
  • Take Two
  • Curtain Call

What I love about these books are the variety of effects, closeup material, stage material, and some of the best presentations I've ever run across. I don't know anyone who picked up any of these books and regretted the purchase. Best of luck in your search.
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Thanks for reminding me.
Gonna take a look for them now.
I've been meaning, and forgetting to, check his stuff out for awhile.
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Here are 2 more from which I learnt and enjoyed a lot.

1. A lifetime of magic by Charles Gauci
2. Unreal by Bruce Bernstein
There is no better freedom than choice and no better choice than freedom.
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+1 for Maximum Entertainment by Ken Weber. This book has quickly become my Bible
Lior
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Marc Salem Mind Games.
Peter Turner all his books.
Bruce Bernstein. All his books.
Doug Dyment. All his books.
Neal Scryer. All his books.
Banchek. Allhis books
Ken Weber. All his books. (He has one about managing your
investments)

Lior
The best workshop for the proffessional mentalist
https://www.facebook.com/events/185155152038922/

Talk To The Screen. The best effect for professionals
http://www.theliortouch.com

The Invisble touches , spoon bending, PK combinations
8 loops from Yigal Mesika http://www.penguinmagic.com/p/8161

Penguin Live lecture http://www.penguinmagic.com/p/7645
PEA Dave Lederman Award 2009
PEA Dunninger Award 2001
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Max Maven The color series.
Ted Lesely.
Barrie Richardson.
The best workshop for the proffessional mentalist
https://www.facebook.com/events/185155152038922/

Talk To The Screen. The best effect for professionals
http://www.theliortouch.com

The Invisble touches , spoon bending, PK combinations
8 loops from Yigal Mesika http://www.penguinmagic.com/p/8161

Penguin Live lecture http://www.penguinmagic.com/p/7645
PEA Dave Lederman Award 2009
PEA Dunninger Award 2001
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There are of course many. Two of my all-time favorites are:

1. Psychological Subtleties by Banachek

2. Switchcraft by Elliott Bresler
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Since the OP asked for "must haves," and not necessarily books on the fundamentals, my vote goes to:

MAGICK edited by Bascom Jones
John Raff M
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Professional Presentation by Al Koran.

A true gem of a book that often gets overlooked in these discussions.
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I realize threads like this might serve as a guide to the newest incomers.
Here's my advice:

The Amateur Magician's Handbook (Henry Hay)
13 Steps (Corinda)
Practical Mental Effects (Annemann)
Prism (Max Maven. As much as I'd like to say "The color series" these are almost impossible to find. "Prism" IS a compilation of the color series)
Mind, Myth and Magick (T.A. Waters)
Psychological Subtleties I, II and III (Banachek. Not recommended for beginners)
Magick (Bascom Jones. Somewhat expensive. If you can, get it)
Maximum Entertainment (Ken Weber)
Absolute Magic (Derren Brown)
Strong Magic (Darwin Ortiz)
Syzygy, all volumes (Lee Earle)
Psychometry from A to Z (Richard Webster)
Full facts book of cold reading (Ian Rowlands)

Next it will depend on the direction you want to go.
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Absolute Magic and Maximum Entertainment were game changers for me, but content-wise, Looch's S.A.D. night in Hamburg has been my best friend when working on my strolling performances.
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