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What books should be included in a library of self-working, semi-automatic, efforless, etc. card books? I've got a pretty good library and am looking for ideas on what I've missed.
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The Card Magic of Nick Trost..
Effortless Card Magic by Peter Duffie..
Card books by Karl Fulves..
To name a few.
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Card College Lite by Roberto Giobbi
Bob Longe's books include quite a few self workers.
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John Scarne's 'Scarne on Card Tricks'.

The specific Karl Fulves books you should get are:
'Self-Working Card Tricks'
'More Self-Working Card Tricks'
'My Best Self-Working Card Tricks'
'Self-Working Close-Up Card Magic'
There's some duplication, but each has lots of original gems.

'The Encyclopedia of Card Tricks' also has many good self-workers.
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Easy to do impromptu card magic by Aldo Colombini.
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Any volume (or all volumes) of Steve Beam's Semi-Automatic Card Tricks series.
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All the Marlo books.
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On 2007-01-26 22:54, MagicT wrote:
All the Marlo books.





I don't think I would include these with any "self working" card effect books...
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Right on, Magic T. Marlo's stuff is definitely child's play (said with tongue planted firmly in cheek). I second the Fulves "Self-Working" series and Card College Light.
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Yep...all great suggestions.

If you get the books mentioned above (except by Marlo (must really be a card worker for his stuff)), you'll have a nice section to your magic library and loads of effects to work with and study.

Have fun gathering your books and entertaining your family and friends. After all, to me, that's what magic is all about. FUN.

Mark. Smile
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Funny that no one has mentioned two of the classics:
"The Encyclopedia of Card Tricks" - Hugard
"Scarne on Card Tricks" - Scarne
Both are available in paperback, easy to find and yet contain some of the best self working card magic found anywhere.

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Paul, you must be tired. I've got them both in my list, way up there. Smile
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I wish these books had some kind of easy/hard-to-read rating system. I have Roberto Giobbi's card college light and it is very easy to read and understand what he is trying to teach. Also have Expert Card Technique: Close-up table magic by Jean Hugard and Frederick Braue, this book is hard to read and I rather put it back on the shelf to read something else.

Card College = Very easy to read
Expert Card Technique = Very hard to read

For many people it might not matter what book they are reading, but I am on a tight budget and only want to focus on easy-to-read books.

Many thanks
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Keith,
I have seen this criticism of a lot of Jean Hugard's books. Although I don't agree with it personally, I am beginning to get the sense that there's something in his style that makes his books off-putting to a lot of people.
I can only say that if you can get used to his style, there's gold in them there hills.
RRTCM, ECT, and the "Card Manipulations" and "More Card Manipulations", as well as "Greater Magic" (which Hugard completed after the death of J N Hilliard) are chock full of great stuff.
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Thanks DStachowiak for the positive input on Jean Hugard books. After reading your message I went and picked up the book and started reading one of the tricks and got the message, but it was not easy. One thing I noticed about the book is that it is Jammed pack with information, a gold mine of tricks that I need to start paying attention. Lots of words and very few photos, that makes for tedious reading. Some of the words require me to look up in a dictionary, for example the word "Fulcrum." I have two dictionaries next to me just in case.

I think I have become used to reading easy-to-read books such as Card College series that I expect all books to be easy. That means I am gonna have to force myself to pick up books such as Jean Hugard's.

The real bad news is that there is so much information out there that I start to feel that there is less time available to learn and then apply the tricks. We live in a society where we want things done quickly, so is this a good thing or a bad thing. I guess it all depends.

Right now I need to "Shut-up" and start reading.

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Just want to add one more thing.

Just from reading what everyone is saying here in this form. I am tempted to just go out and buy as many books as possible, just in case they ever go out of print. I can see that many of you already have a big library of Magic books.

If I do build my Magic library books, will I ever read them? Taking the time to read them will only decrease the time to go out and perform them. Also have a lot of catching up to do, I see many of you have extensive knowlegde on card tricks alone.

Right now I am going on line to order some books.

Time to spend money
Keith
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I love buying books.

Once in a great while, I like to read them.

Seriously, there's so much interesting literature that it's hardly feasible to devote a single, big block of time to reading, so you may wind up skimming for stuff that immediately grabs your attention, then going back at some later time to have a closer look at what you've got.

I'll second DStachowiak's sentiments on Hugard. ECT in particular will well reward your efforts.

Have fun!
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There's also some great easy effects in the "Greater Artful Dodges of Eddie Fields". This is an absolutely fantastic book, with some hard-hitting effects from people like Bob Sheets and Paul Cummins, in addition to Fields' contributions - get it while you can!

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On my 'to buy' list is 'Card College Light' by Roberto Giobbi, which is supposed to be all self-workers. While I'd love to own the whole 'Card College' series (and will if I ever hit the lottery), I suspect 'Card College Light' will better meet my needs.
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The Card Magic of Nick Trost is the best card book, trust me..
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