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Topic: Which Theory Book Should I Read First?
Message: Posted by: Eric Caldwell (Aug 22, 2014 04:52PM)
I strongly believe theory is important, and so I have bought some of the most highly recommended books available. However, life happens and I only have so much time I can devote to reading. I have bought Strong Magic- Ortiz, Maximum Entertainment- Weber, The Magic Way- Tamariz, and The Five Points in Magic- Tamariz. Which one should be my first read and why?
Message: Posted by: motown (Aug 22, 2014 07:57PM)
Strong Magic.
Message: Posted by: Tree (Aug 22, 2014 10:56PM)
Al Schneider's "Theory and Practice of Magical Deception"
Message: Posted by: MorrisCH (Aug 25, 2014 08:24AM)
I second strong magic
Message: Posted by: RedHatMagic (Aug 25, 2014 05:16PM)
Personally I would go for Maximum Entertainment....assuming of course that you have some experience performing. If you haven't then I would leave the books behind (all of them) and go and perform for strangers for a while.
Message: Posted by: rjthomp (Aug 29, 2014 12:20AM)
Darwin Ortiz's Designing Miracles is absolutely essential. Much better than Strong Magic, though that is very good as well. Though neither are really for beginners.
Message: Posted by: Joe McIntyre (Aug 29, 2014 05:59AM)
I would go with the Juan Tamariz books.
Message: Posted by: ZakKnapper UK (Aug 29, 2014 10:25AM)
Strong Magic is a good one to start with, also if you can try Theory and Practice of Magical Deception, and many more.

Message: Posted by: drmagico (Aug 29, 2014 10:31AM)
I would go with Strong Magic
Message: Posted by: Dr. JK (Aug 29, 2014 08:23PM)
I don't think it matters. If you have already purchased all of them, just read one, take notes and apply, then repeat with the next. You're likely going to have to (and want to) read each book more than once to get the maximum benefit. Of course, performing in between reading books will yield even more fruit since you'll have empirical knowledge which can be fortified by the theory you're going to read.
Message: Posted by: Eric Caldwell (Sep 1, 2014 09:39PM)
Good point, Doctor.