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I have begun to read/study my new set of books. I just received my complete set of Tarbell's course in magic.

I'm on page 57 and have not yet been taught a trick. I've had a history of magic explained to me and am now learning about Magic as a science, discipline and other such information.

I have not been taught a single trick yet.

And yet I wish I had these books 30 years ago. What I have read so far in the first 60 pages has pointed out mistakes I made in the procedure or process of learning magic all those years ago. I am now moving in the right direction to relearn the proper way of learning presentation while learning the mechanics of the illusions themselves.

I am a believer in books, but in answer to this question I think the quality of the book or DVD is key as well. A poorly written book is not going to help you as much as a well produced and presented DVD. And vice versa.

From my experience teaching I feel this way. Video is a great way to catch a students attention and give some quick ready to absorb information and to DEMONSTRATE. But in general I think the book is a more thorough means of conveying the details and stimulates the learning process as mentioned before.

So far I am glad I purchased the set of Tarbell books!
Real name: Rick Jackson
Habu: Taken from SR-71 spy plane I worked on. It's name came from a poisonous snake on Okinawa. Hope my magic isn't poisonous!
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