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Masterallen
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I do recommend that you do start with a beginners book. Unlike myself I purchased and intermediate/ Advance book and didn’t understand how it was wrote and couldn’t follow it. It wasn’t until I read a beginners book that I understood how to follow a how these books are written. I went back to the advance book and now can understand. And follow.
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Hello everybody. I thought I'd drop in with a set that I am finding fantastic. The Essential Card Magic Toolbox (mostly) by Liam Montier.

I've found his teaching style to be clear, and he spends a lot of time discussing why certain moves can be deceptive and giving what seems like really good advice. I'd recommend his series to anybody.

https://bigblindmedia.com/products/essen......-montier
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Tarbell is a great set for beginner and/or experienced magician.
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My first magic book was Darwin Ortizs' At the Card Table. I know, bad choice for a first book, but I stuck with it and I was hooked. I didn't get discouraged, I found something to aspire to. Of course I ended up going back and buying much simpler books but I never rewgretted buying Darwins' book first.
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This topic has been of interest to me for a while, especially because I'm involved in introducing young people to card magic. So I decided to write an article about it, covering some of the top resources (both books and videos) that I'd recommend for newcomers to card magic. Here's a link to the article:

RECOMMENDED RESOURCES FOR BEGINNERS IN CARD MAGIC
https://playingcarddecks.com/blogs/all-i......rd-magic

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Is there a significant difference between "The Original Tarbell Lessons in Magic" (MARTINO FINE BOOKS, 1200pages e.g. amazon for ) and the series of publications with the single lessons?
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For a beginner, one of the best books on card magic is Roberto Giobbi's Introduction to Card Magic. It's certainly the best value book you can get right now, since Mr Giobbi is generously making it available free for a limited time, to promote the art of card magic, and to help those who genuinely want learn the basics properly. The content is terrific!

He originally created it as a course for people learning card magic, and it teaches all the fundamentals of card handling, along with links to youtube videos showing the moves, and half a dozen tricks. See a detailed review on The Magic Café here, or else just download it from his website here:

https://www.robertogiobbi.com/site/produ......rd-magic

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Tarbell


it has everything
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Tarbell is a mine of information, especially for those seeking to expand their background knowledge of magic, for that reason it is highly recommended. Where it falls down though is in actual tricks, if you buy a set of linking rings or multiplying billiard balls etc and then consult Tarbell for suitable routines you are going to find yourself very disappointed; it simply doesn't match up to modern requirements. I remember deciding I needed to find some decent impromptu card effects I could do with a borrowed deck and I went through the whole of Tarbell without finding a single trick that I felt was strong enough to be worth doing - not one!

Someone above asked about the difference between the Tarbell lessons and the Tarbell course in book form. If you have all 8 Volumes of Tarbell then you're going to have far more material that that available in the Lessons, and the order of the that things appear in is different too; but the Lessons is still a valuable book and you could call it 'Tarbell Lite', good for those who don't really feel the need to go through 8 volumes.

Does Tarbell really contain everything as is often claimed? Well of course it doesn't, nowhere near in fact, but no book on magic no matter how big it is could contain everything. If the world of magic could be condensed into a mere series of books, even a very large series, then it would never have survived the hundreds and possibly thousands of years that it has been happily going for.
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I would recommend the fine art of magic by kaplan
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On Nov 13, 2019, weirdwizardx wrote:
I would recommend the fine art of magic by kaplan

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Anything by Giobbi would be an excellent place to start, especially Card College and the DVD sets that you can now get to accompany the books. This will give you a fantastic foundation...
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On Aug 21, 2019, EndersGame wrote:
For a beginner, one of the best books on card magic is Roberto Giobbi's Introduction to Card Magic. It's certainly the best value book you can get right now, since Mr Giobbi is generously making it available free for a limited time, to promote the art of card magic, and to help those who genuinely want learn the basics properly. The content is terrific!

He originally created it as a course for people learning card magic, and it teaches all the fundamentals of card handling, along with links to youtube videos showing the moves, and half a dozen tricks. See a detailed review on The Magic Café here, or else just download it from his website here:

https://www.robertogiobbi.com/site/produ......rd-magic

Just checked up on this link. Although this ebook is still available on Giobbi's site, it is no longer free...

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On Aug 21, 2019, EndersGame wrote:
For a beginner, one of the best books on card magic is Roberto Giobbi's Introduction to Card Magic. It's certainly the best value book you can get right now, since Mr Giobbi is generously making it available free for a limited time, to promote the art of card magic, and to help those who genuinely want learn the basics properly. The content is terrific!

He originally created it as a course for people learning card magic, and it teaches all the fundamentals of card handling, along with links to youtube videos showing the moves, and half a dozen tricks. See a detailed review on The Magic Café here, or else just download it from his website here:

https://www.robertogiobbi.com/site/produ......rd-magic

Just checked up on this link. Although this ebook is still available on Giobbi's site, it is no longer free...


You're right. It was only available for free for a relatively short time, as a promotion after Giobbi updated and revised it in 2019.

The earlier version (2012) of this e-book originally sold for €9.95. But in order to promote the art of card magic and to help budding magicians, Giobbi has made the updated and improved 2019 version available at a reduced price of just €6.95. So there is only a minimal cost to download it, and I think most beginners will find that it is well worth it.
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I found these videos to be a good resource for me when I began learning: https://www.youtube.com/user/DecksAndContests/featured

Thought I'd share for everyone else.
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Videos: Any Ammar tape that is dvd now. Paul Harris's Stars of Magic Videos and Art of Astonishment...True Astonishments is best left to more advanced folk. Daryl's tapes that are dvd now. Jay Sankey's original material. Tommy Wonder, J.C. Wagner are a few great teachers. L&L has a great run of tapes that are DVD. I keep saying tape because this is late 70's early 80's/90's stuff. Bill Malone, Dean Dill, Gregory Wilson, Bruce Cervon, Max Maven etc. These guys were the young punks at the Magic Castle. For books: go with the same guys. This material is easy to find in dvd and book form. A lot of the old master's stuff is hard to find or is reprinted poorly. The old guard Vernon, Marlo, Jennngs, Miller etc. have good stuff but the material can be a bit dated and hard to read. Harry Lorayne is from the old guard and still publishes material and is willing to help you with it. Once you've gotten a grip on the basics then move on to the old masters. Only start with one thing at a time. Take your time and enjoy. The benefit of material from a lot of the folks mentioned is they have been there and done that. If they are still with us they are the best source of info and most of them will talk to you.
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Ammar, Daryl and Tarbell
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On Jan 6, 2003, Terry wrote:
As being new to magic, I own most of the material you mention above, and some advanced stuff.
I am very happy with my humble library, and am attempting to master the basics.
I think they will provide a lifetime of learning.

Thanks for the thread.

Terry



It is always great to learn fun new stuff. I have been studying for over 20 years. I'm not sure if I can share a link, but it might be worth taking a look. https://www.antwantowner.com/shop
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