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Topic: So do I buy books or DVD's?
Message: Posted by: Maaaagic! (Jun 26, 2004 07:49PM)
I can't believe this is my first ever visit to the Café! It looks like I've missed out on so many opportunities to probe the minds of some of the great contemporary names in magic.
I've been a bit passive with the magic over the last 5 or so years (proper jobs etc..) but the passion never disappeared.
Just bought myself a few books with the intention of getting the juices really flowing and look forward to the journey they will take me on.
I bought The Paper Engine by Aaron Fisher, Darwin Ortiz at the Card table, and Jennings 67 by Richard Kaufman. At first glance they look great!!
So then, my first question to The Magic Café is: Now that I want to rebuild my knowledge and skills base, should I be buying books or the more modern medium of DVD?
Many Thanks.

P.S. Apologies for the username - it was simply the first thing that came into my head when I registered.
Message: Posted by: David Todd (Jun 26, 2004 08:52PM)
Given the choice of one or the other I would say
choose books. (but if you can I would say choose the best of both .
How's that for a non-helpful answer ?!)

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Welcome to the Café.
Message: Posted by: Maaaagic! (Jun 27, 2004 07:47AM)
Thanks David.
I've put in a request to change my username - I think it may have given the impression that I'm either a very slick magician or earn money in less sophisticated ways.
Best Regards,
Maaaagic!
P.S. Oh and thanks for your reply. However, I don't currently own a DVD player so I have time to fully contemplate your advice!
Message: Posted by: Carron (Jun 27, 2004 11:25AM)
Books definitely books, magicians have been using books for years so they cant be wrong, there is also a lot more to learn from a book. the plus with a DVD is that you can see the tricks actually performed infront of you, but with a well written and illustrated book this is also possible

Tom
Message: Posted by: David Todd (Jun 27, 2004 11:38AM)
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On 2004-06-27 12:25, Tom McCarron wrote:
Books definitely books, magicians have been using books for years so they cant be wrong, there is also a lot more to learn from a book. the plus with a DVD is that you can see the tricks actually performed infront of you, but with a well written and illustrated book this is also possible

Tom
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True. 9 times out of 10 I would choose books over videos .

(Some tricks are more easily learned on video if they involve a very precise timing of the moves . It's nice to see a real time demo. )
Message: Posted by: Maaaagic! (Jun 27, 2004 05:49PM)
Books it then! That's the answer I was hoping for as they usually offer good value.
Good luck with the book Tom. Unfortunately, I seem to be either a bit intelligently or creatively challenged (see New User Name) at the moment to be able to contribute anything useful. Sorry.
Cheers,
Maaaagic! (New User Name)
Message: Posted by: Chrystal (Jun 28, 2004 05:17PM)
Hi,

Welcome to the Café and glad you could join us. You may get more response to your question in the New to Magic Forum. Make sure you check it out as it gives valuable info on what DVD's or books to purchase depending on where you interest in magic lies.

Just scroll down and view all the topics and perhaps pick a favorite or two to follow and soon you'll feel comfortable enough to post your own questions. Have fun and grab a cup of coffee and a comfortable chair - lots of informative reading so chances are you're going to be with us for a while.
Message: Posted by: tyrael07 (Jun 29, 2004 07:29AM)
Try both! :)
Message: Posted by: Dr. TORA (Jul 6, 2004 08:53AM)
Hi There,
Welcome to the Café. The Café is such a unique place for Magic. It is ever expanding and has nearly 13.500 members throughout the world. It will make a great contribution to your magic perspective. Do not forget to post often. You will find many new friends and many new ideas here. I predict you will like the Café.Please grab a chair and begin to type your next post while you have a cup of strong Turkish coffee on my bill.
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Message: Posted by: constantine (Jul 11, 2004 08:01AM)
Hi David,good name.This question comes up all the time on all the forums.The consinsis answer is always to go with books,usually Bobo and Royal road to Card Magic.
I love books,collect books,and love to read;however.I've owed copies of Bobo Modern Coin Magic for nearly fifty years,but I have never succeded inlearning anything out of it (other than the Bobo switch)dispite years of off and on study.Last month I bought the Michal Ammar Basic Cion DVD from L&L and the light came on.Once I could see what he was talking about,I understood what the various palms were and where my hangups had been.Now I've aquired finger and Downs palms I'm not afraid to use and my Classis palm is coming along.Do get the books and study them,but get some videos,subscribe to a magazine,join a club,ask question and find someone to show you.
Lots of luck.
Message: Posted by: Maaaagic! (Jul 12, 2004 05:33PM)
Hi Constantine,
Which name did you like best? Babyoil? Maaagic! or Denham? Not a lot I can do about Denham.
I recently ordered some DVD's for the first time - I just hope they don't make me a lazy student of magic (read that as lazier student of magic).
Retired Showman? IS that possible?
Message: Posted by: ivfour (Jul 12, 2004 09:41PM)
How abou Babymaham for a name?