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Kingry
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At Barnes and Noble for $9.99 Hardbound.
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Whats it about?
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Magic History (history of illusions and such) , It is a AWESOME book! It will grab you and hold your interest! I could not reccomend it enough. Check out his other books too!
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I loved the book, however, if you're not someone interested in the history of magic, it might not be for you.
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I found it on Amazon for around $10.00 including shipping..paperbound version
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Of course, one could always go to one's local library and read it for free.
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One of the best books ever written on the History of Magic!

Highly recommended!!

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On 2006-04-05 08:09, Carl Skenes wrote:
Of course, one could always go to one's local library and read it for free.


Beat me to it. Smile

I also found a copy at my local library. (If yours has it, check it out and see what you think.) However, I liked it so much I think I'll buy a copy. It has a very good history of magic and even discusses some of the thinking behind some relatively famous illusions. You won't find plans for building anything, but you will find some behind-the-scenes peeks into how some classic stage illusions work, including Houdini's "Vanishing Elephant".
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My favorite part is how it ties the proliferation of the Sawing a Lady in Half illusion with the rise of the suffragette movement. Always fascinating when popular culture meets politics.

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On 2006-04-05 08:09, Carl Skenes wrote:
Of course, one could always go to one's local library and read it for free.


I dislike libraries as they are always pestering me to bring the books back.
If a book is good enough to read then it's good enough to own.
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On 2006-04-06 16:00, Payne wrote:
I dislike libraries as they are always pestering me to bring the books back.
If a book is good enough to read then it's good enough to own.


As a strong advocate of local libraries, I respectfully disagree with you.

I may be arguing semantics with you, but I see libraries in a different light. I check a book out of the library to see if a book really is worth reading. If I thumb through a book at Barnes and Noble for a couple of minutes, I can't always get a feel for whether I like it or not. If I read an on-line description of a book, it's anybody's guess as to what I'll think of it. But if I check out a book from the library, I can read through it and really get a feel for whether it's any good or not. I've checked out several that I've quickly returned thinking, "I'm glad I didn't waste my money buying this!" But if there's a book at the library that I really like, I usually do go buy it. That's true for magic books, novels, anything. Same philosophy I have for places that rent movies.

To adapt your phraseology, I feel "If a book is good enough to read twice then it's good enough to own."

But I think I'm getting off-topic here ...

To bring this back on topic, I'll refer to my earlier post -- Hiding the Elephant is definitely worth a second read, and (to quote) "I liked it so much I think I'll buy a copy."
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I love it. I am reading it right now. For me, it is a masterpiece.

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I am planning to buy this book. I read form above that theres a hardcover copy of it. But so far I have only been able to find softcovers. Smile
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I picked up a hard copy at Barnes and Nobel last weekend in the discount books section. I am enjoying the stories much more than I expected. Made me start looking for other biographies. Any recommendations?
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How about the "illustrated history of magic" been reprinted recently as I saw it being featured under the new items section in Murphy Supplies so that means most retailers of magic stuff would have this book in stock

Read it some time back and have to say, its not very indepth but its very entertaining as it covers many magicians and even a bit on David Copperfield
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Thanks Cloudsss, I have that book already. I am looking for something more in depth.
Kingry
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If you want a wild read check out the Complete Jarrett.
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Thanks Kingry, I ordered a copy.
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