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Topic: Who to study
Message: Posted by: TheAmbitiousCard (Nov 14, 2006 12:39PM)
Hi Paul,
Thanks for coming to the Café.
Who's magic acts did you study when creating your stand-up act.
Which magicians did you find most influential.

Message: Posted by: Kozak (Nov 14, 2006 02:21PM)
Studying "Acts" to learn Magic makes you a copyist. Observing other Magicians and what they do for inspiration, to be originally creative is the proper way to grow, but to do that again, you must have a SOLID FOUNDATION of the theory and practice of The Magical Arts.
Message: Posted by: TheAmbitiousCard (Nov 14, 2006 05:07PM)
Yes, I completely agree. I should have said it differently...

Which magicians most inspired you and influenced your magic?

I hope that's more clear.

Thanks in advance,
Message: Posted by: Kozak (Nov 15, 2006 12:14AM)
Frank, thanks for your good questions. Before I get to Magicians and their acts, I would like to comment on building this foundation of basic knowledge that you must have before you can observe and make a discernment for inspirational influence. Books!!! Not DVD's... Books that teach the fundamentals and principles of Magic. My observation on the youth today in Magic is that they are skipping and missing out on this Most Important process of learning Magic to become a Good Magician. Not the newest, latest book of tricks, but rather the classics, the so called textbooks of our Art that teach the rudiments and theory...these books are the real secrets to our world.
Message: Posted by: Andy the cardician (Nov 15, 2006 03:10AM)
Dear Paul,

I can not agree more. What books would you recommend? (The classic question - if you get stranded on a lonely island, which 3 books are you bringing with you)


Message: Posted by: Kozak (Nov 16, 2006 12:56AM)
My very first book was The Amateur Magicians Handbook by Henry Hay, it served me well to begin with. Must reads for all entry level for a solid foundation, (and this will be a running list).........

Magic and Showmanship, Henning Nelms

Our Magic, Devant

Fitzkee Trilogy (some outdated info, but still important)

The Tarbell Course in Magic ( great stuff and still important hidden gems!)

Memoirs of Robert Houdin

John Booth and John Calvert( To enchant you with the Magic and Adventure of Becoming a Magician)

S.H. Sharpe,Art and Magic

Shattering Illusions, Jamy Ian Swiss

Tommy Wonder, Books of Wonder

Tamariz and Ascanio

Vernon, Slydini, and my modern day hero John Carney (whose name belongs right next to these other two gentlemen)
Message: Posted by: Andy the cardician (Nov 16, 2006 01:54AM)
Dear Paul

Thank you so much for the fantastic list - a great choice

Message: Posted by: Kozak (Nov 18, 2006 12:49PM)
I LOVE my Library...surounded by my idols, teachers and friends.
Everytime I buy a new book the first thing I do is open it up and SMELL it!
Better than any pot I ever smoked.
Roy Benson, By Starlight...smells like a Prom Date!
Message: Posted by: Ethan the emazing (Nov 20, 2006 09:23PM)
Did you study any card magicians? If so who and what books are a good choice? Is "the royal road to card magic" a good book to get?
Ethan the Emazing