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Topic: Hey y'all! Book suggestions?
Message: Posted by: JoshDude849 (May 5, 2020 11:00PM)
Hey. So I'm not new to the forum. Or magic for that matter (been in this game for two years already). Looking for opinions on what books I should add to my library.

Currently, I have:
1. Modern Magic by Hoffman
2. The Magic Book by Harry Lorayne
3. Modern Coin Magic by Bobo
4. The Royal Road by Hugard
5. Expert Card Technique by Hugard
6. The Expert At The Card Table by Erdnase
7. Card College Light by Giobbi
8. Strong Magic by Ortiz
9. Designing Miracles by Ortiz
10. Magic and Showmanship by Nelms

I'm planning on getting more Giobbi books. Like Lighter and Lightest, and 1-5. Also, looking at getting the Art of Switching Decks by Giobbi.

Thinking about RCT by Marlo. Reprint this month! Should I get it?

What about Drawing Room Deceptions by Guy Hollingworth? Or Mnemonica by Tamariz?

Let me know your thoughts and suggestions.

Stay safe and stay magical!

Josh
Message: Posted by: Mr. Woolery (May 6, 2020 01:43AM)
What kinds of magic do you want to do? If just cards, Iím the wrong one to give advice, but Harry Lorayne will be along soon to tell you he wrote the good stuff just for you.

If you want a broad selection of good magic, Tarbell belongs on your shelves.

Patrick
Message: Posted by: JoshDude849 (May 6, 2020 01:52AM)
I bet he will haha.

And thanks! I'll look into it.
Message: Posted by: JoshDude849 (May 6, 2020 01:54AM)
What kind of magic do you do Patrick?
Message: Posted by: Harry Lorayne (May 6, 2020 08:12AM)
Glad you have The Magic Book - assume you're READING it. If so, time for the other good stuff, like: ONLY MY APOCALYPSE, JAW DROPPERS TWO, AND FINALLY!, LORAYNE: THE CLASSIC COLLECTION, Volumes 2, 3. 4 and 5 (vol. 1 sold out), SPECIAL EFFECTS, and so on.
Message: Posted by: draupnir (May 6, 2020 10:13AM)
I will say that I enjoyed reading through Drawing Room Deceptions and Mnemonica. Both are fantastic books and I would say that if you have any interest in learning a stack then pursue Mnemonica first. Also, definitely anything with Harry's name attached to it you cant go wrong with
Message: Posted by: Mr. Woolery (May 7, 2020 06:44PM)
Mentalism is a funny beast. It isnít like regular magic.

For books, get Corindaís 13 Steps. Some people call it the Bible of mentalism. I disagree. It is more of a textbook, actually. It is hard to suggest good introductory material, but I do think Ross Johnsonís dvd Simply Psychic is good. The usual complaint, that the audience doesnít respond enthusiastically, is a strength, in that you get to see how a real pro deals with a lukewarm audience. Once youíve done some of the stuff from each, youíll be able to decide what else might appeal to you in the realm of mentalism.

Patrick
Message: Posted by: karnak (May 8, 2020 10:34PM)
For wide-ranging but excellent encyclopedic works covering many sub-specialties (not just card magic), Henry Hayís AMATEUR MAGICIANíS HANDBOOK and Mark Wilsonís COMPLETE COURSE IN MAGIC come to mind as essential. Look for the large hardback versions of each, not the small paperback editions.
Message: Posted by: dustrod (Jun 3, 2020 09:58AM)
My 2 favorite Card Magic books I've read lately are Principia - Harapan Ong & Interpreting Magic - David Regal.
Both are must have's. 10 out of 10.