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Topic: Previous Best Book Awards
Message: Posted by: ekins (Dec 30, 2009 01:12PM)
Someone had asked on another thread about the winners from previous years. I was curious myself and did a bit of searching and came up with the following. If there's anything earlier than this, I was unable to find it. I also chopped each list to only contain those that received at least two votes.

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2008
1. Approaching Magic, David Regal - 28 votes
2. Jack Parker's 52 Memories, Andi Gladwin - 8 votes
3. Lunch is Served, TC Tahoe & Paul Rohmany - 5 votes
4. Professional Secrets, Geoffry Durham - 4 votes
5. Revelation, Dai Vernon - 4 votes
6. The Pocketbook, Curtis Kam - 3 votes
7. Close-Up: The Real Secrets of Magic, David Stone - 2 votes
8. The Little Egypt Book of Ghosts, Steve Bryant - 2 votes
9. Yokai, Phill Smith - 2 votes
10. Magic-The Complete Course, Joshua Jay - 2 votes

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2007
1. Session/547 By Josh Jay & Joel Givens (one book) - 28
2. Best of Friends vol 3 by Harry Lorayne - 10
3. Mitox: The Falsey Spoken Word by Phill Smith - 9
4. Cloudbusting by Devin Knight & Jerome Finley - 6
5. Maurice Fogel: In Search of the Sensational by Chris Woodward & Richard Mark - 5
6. Devil of a Bar and Pub - 5
7. Handcrafted Card Magic by Denis Behr - 4
8. Card Dupery by J.K. Hartman - 3
9. Cardini, the Suave Deciver by John Fisher - 3
10. Magicians Cookbook Ltd by Andi Gladwin and Jack Parker - 2
11. The Garden of the Strange by Caleb Strange - 2
12. Kingdom of the Red by Larry Barnowsky - 2
13. Wisdom of Solomon by David Solomon - 2

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2006
1. Power Plays - 27
2. Roy Benson by Starlight - 17
3. Ment To Be: John Born - 12
4. Vo Du Ma Gick - 9
5. Ascanio volume 2 - 9
6. Conjuring Anthology - 8
7. SWITCH - Unfolding The $100 Bill Change - 5
8. Pentalogy - 4
9. Simple and Direct Mentalism - 3
10. Tangled Web - 3
11. Semi-Automatic Card Tricks 6 & 7 - 3
12. Dominatricks - 2
13. Final Curtain - 2

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2005
1. Dear Mr Fantasy - 17 votes
2. 21st century coin mechanics - 4 votes
3. Principles of Magic by Osterlind - 4 votes
4. Act 2 by Barrie Richardson - 3 vote
5. Dave Campbell Legacy - 2 votes
6. Protocols of the Elder Magic - 2 votes
Message: Posted by: Mago Gregorio (Dec 30, 2009 05:12PM)
Great job and many thank's for that. It helps a lot to find the next to be bought...
Message: Posted by: mrmuji (Dec 30, 2009 07:31PM)
Thanks very much for the complete list. I have missed so much books over the past few years.
Message: Posted by: ekins (Dec 31, 2009 02:19AM)
It's interesting that the number 1 books for all four years were clear winners with the rest of the books in a tighter race for number 2.
Message: Posted by: david blown (Jan 1, 2010 01:13PM)
Hello folks, can someone tell me how much the books by roy benson, jon allen (experience), curtis kam and about maurice fogel have to offer to a pure cardician?

thx! David
Message: Posted by: Jon Allen (Jan 2, 2010 04:29PM)
Hi David,

When you say 'pure cardician', does this mean you are averse to using gaffs? Also, are you looking for visual card effects, story based routines or...?

Regards,
Jon
Message: Posted by: Caliban (Jan 2, 2010 06:05PM)
[quote]
On 2010-01-01 14:13, david blown wrote:
Hello folks, can someone tell me how much the books by roy benson, jon allen (experience), curtis kam and about maurice fogel have to offer to a pure cardician?
[/quote]

In the case of the Fogel book - virtually nothing. It's not a book for someone who's only interested in card magic.
Message: Posted by: david blown (Jan 3, 2010 02:57PM)
Hi Jon and Caliban,

thanks for your replies! I'm mostly working with a ordinary deck, but some minor gaffs are ok with me (eg I have all the time a short card in the deck aso). I love mental card effects and thought-of-card effects. there are not so many non-card tricks that I would perform or love :)

best David
Message: Posted by: mrmuji (Jan 5, 2010 09:25PM)
[quote]
On 2009-12-31 03:19, ekins wrote:
It's interesting that the number 1 books for all four years were clear winners with the rest of the books in a tighter race for number 2.
[/quote]

I m wondering, are most of the Café member just watch DVDs to learn so just not that many of use read a book? Or some members just can't be bothered to vote? By looking at the amount of people voted, it's just very lean....
Message: Posted by: Peo Olsson (Jan 6, 2010 12:38AM)
[quote]
On 2010-01-02 19:05, Caliban wrote:
[quote]
On 2010-01-01 14:13, david blown wrote:
Hello folks, can someone tell me how much the books by roy benson, jon allen (experience), curtis kam and about maurice fogel have to offer to a pure cardician?
[/quote]

In the case of the Fogel book - virtually nothing. It's not a book for someone who's only interested in card magic.
[/quote]

Same thing for the Roy Benson book, which is mostly on stage and cabaret magic. Also its out of print as far as I know.
Message: Posted by: James Alan (Jan 6, 2010 12:38AM)
The Zarrow book was also on the 2008 list.

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On 2009-02-01 03:52, Peo Olsson wrote:
The three top books of year 2008 are:

No.1 - Approaching Magic by David Regal - 28 votes
No.2 - Zarrow: A Lifetime of Magic by David Ben - 12 votes
No.3 - Jack Parker's 52 Memories by Andi Gladwin - 8 votes

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Message: Posted by: ekins (Jan 6, 2010 10:16AM)
I apologize for missing the Zarrow book. I must have deleted it accidentally when I was removing the single vote titles from the list. Here's a newer, corrected version of the entire list.

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2008
1. Approaching Magic, David Regal - 28 votes
2. Zarrow: A Lifetime of Magic by David Ben - 12 votes
3. Jack Parker's 52 Memories, Andi Gladwin - 8 votes
4. Lunch is Served, TC Tahoe & Paul Rohmany - 5 votes
5. Professional Secrets, Geoffry Durham - 4 votes
6. Revelation, Dai Vernon - 4 votes
7. The Pocketbook, Curtis Kam - 3 votes
8. Close-Up: The Real Secrets of Magic, David Stone - 2 votes
9. The Little Egypt Book of Ghosts, Steve Bryant - 2 votes
10. Yokai, Phill Smith - 2 votes
11. Magic-The Complete Course, Joshua Jay - 2 votes

=========================================
2007
1. Session/547 By Josh Jay & Joel Givens (one book) - 28
2. Best of Friends vol 3 by Harry Lorayne - 10
3. Mitox: The Falsey Spoken Word by Phill Smith - 9
4. Cloudbusting by Devin Knight & Jerome Finley - 6
5. Maurice Fogel: In Search of the Sensational by Chris Woodward & Richard Mark - 5
6. Devil of a Bar and Pub - 5
7. Handcrafted Card Magic by Denis Behr - 4
8. Card Dupery by J.K. Hartman - 3
9. Cardini, the Suave Deciver by John Fisher - 3
10. Magicians Cookbook Ltd by Andi Gladwin and Jack Parker - 2
11. The Garden of the Strange by Caleb Strange - 2
12. Kingdom of the Red by Larry Barnowsky - 2
13. Wisdom of Solomon by David Solomon - 2

=========================================
2006
1. Power Plays - 27
2. Roy Benson by Starlight - 17
3. Ment To Be: John Born - 12
4. Vo Du Ma Gick - 9
5. Ascanio volume 2 - 9
6. Conjuring Anthology - 8
7. SWITCH - Unfolding The $100 Bill Change - 5
8. Pentalogy - 4
9. Simple and Direct Mentalism - 3
10. Tangled Web - 3
11. Semi-Automatic Card Tricks 6 & 7 - 3
12. Dominatricks - 2
13. Final Curtain - 2

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2005
1. Dear Mr Fantasy - 17 votes
2. 21st century coin mechanics - 4 votes
3. Principles of Magic by Osterlind - 4 votes
4. Act 2 by Barrie Richardson - 3 vote
5. Dave Campbell Legacy - 2 votes
6. Protocols of the Elder Magic - 2 votes
Message: Posted by: david blown (Jan 8, 2010 01:33AM)
Thanks for your replies about the fogel and the benson books!

best, David
Message: Posted by: eize (Jan 15, 2010 10:00PM)
Great posts, too much information, thanks...
Message: Posted by: popcalinda (Aug 15, 2010 08:08AM)
Is there any list of Best book award from 1990-2005 and earlier?
Message: Posted by: ekins (Aug 15, 2010 07:42PM)
I couldn't find any when searching. I don't believe there was a vote here on the Café before 2005.
Message: Posted by: Peo Olsson (Aug 15, 2010 10:26PM)
Ekins,

You are right, there wasn't.
Message: Posted by: popcalinda (Aug 16, 2010 01:04AM)
Thanks guys!
I just wanted to check and to get missing books from lists :)
Message: Posted by: Paul (Aug 20, 2010 09:39AM)
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On 2010-01-05 22:25, mrmuji wrote:
[quote]
On 2009-12-31 03:19, ekins wrote:
It's interesting that the number 1 books for all four years were clear winners with the rest of the books in a tighter race for number 2.
[/quote]

I m wondering, are most of the Café member just watch DVDs to learn so just not that many of use read a book? Or some members just can't be bothered to vote? By looking at the amount of people voted, it's just very lean....
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Yes, considering the number of Café members it is amazingly lean, and some good books seem to be bypassed completely. Of course, one only has a limited amount of cash to exchange for books a year, but the voting numbers do suggest so few now read OR many books bought are so disappointing the purchaser doesn't consider them worthy of a vote. I think more likely the former.

Maybe there would be more votes in a Golden Turkey book list for the year.

Let's hope at the end of this year Café members are more willing to vote for a book they enjoyed.

Paul.