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Topic: Books of Thayer instruction sheets
Message: Posted by: sethb (Aug 19, 2004 01:43PM)
I was thinking of purchasing one or more volumes in this 4-volume set, which was assembled by Glenn Gravatt in the 1980's. It contains the catalog descriptions of various Thayer effects, along with the matching instructions for performing the tricks.

I'd like some opinions from folks who have seen it. Is it well done, and are the instructions interesting to read?

Thanks in advance for any info on this. SETH
Message: Posted by: Dave Dorsett (Aug 19, 2004 02:02PM)
If you collect Thayer the books are invaluable. the books are well bound, logically grouped and relatively complete.
Some of the materials are, of course, dated but the instructions can help trigger the creative juices to come up with current applications.
As a certifiable book nut, I recommend all the historical data you can take in.
Message: Posted by: sethb (Aug 19, 2004 04:04PM)
Thanks. BTW, I've located what seems to be two different printings. The first was by Magic, Ltd., from Oakland, California in 1979. Another was done by Lee Jacobs in 1980 or 1981.

Any idea on what happened here, or if the Jacobs printing was a reprint?
Message: Posted by: kbfnyf (Aug 21, 2004 09:40AM)
I own this set & agree with Dave's comments. They are exactly what you would expect. More info about this series and a review can be found on Andy Martin's Website:

[url=http://www.qualitymagicbooks.com/?nd=reviews&advancedsearch=advsearch&search_realsku=2067&search_keywords=fordisplay]Click Here![/url]

Message: Posted by: sethb (Aug 21, 2004 10:39AM)
Thanks for the info and Bailey, thanks for the magic book website, it's fascinating.

I've ordered Volume 1 for starters, and if I enjoy it, well, there's always volumes 2, 3 and 4!! SETH
Message: Posted by: Steve Brooks (Oct 5, 2004 06:07AM)
I have the entire set and highly recommend these to anyone who has a sincere interest in the history and workings of various magical devices. :smoke:
Message: Posted by: The Donster (Oct 5, 2004 08:38AM)
I have a set of Plans for the Thayer Improved Sub Trunk but can't make heads or tails of it
Message: Posted by: Rennie (Oct 5, 2004 08:43AM)
I have to thank you for the website on books it is fantastic especially with me being a magic book addict.
P.S. I also own the Thayer books and really enjoy reading the ads for the tricks and of course the explanation being a lot simpler than you would think.
Message: Posted by: Barajista (Oct 7, 2004 05:18AM)
One thing I love about the Thayer books is that they are great for learning tricks, but are enjoyable also to browse casually. Nice on a rainy day with nothing to do!