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Hi Everyone,
I know that we talk about the Dover books and Hermetic Press and the Kaufman books a lot. They have all put out great books, but I wanted to use this post to talk about Mike Caveney's Magic Words published books. I do not know Mike Caveney nor have I ever met him, but I think that he has published some of the best magic books in the past 20 years. I have bought and read several of his books and all were a good size and full of excellent material, no fluff, great photos and enough text to make you want to re-read the material because I always find something new. I am talking about books like:

The Annotated Erdnase by Ortiz (funny sidebar here, interesting how Darwin Ortiz seems to have used a few different publishers for his books, but that is another topic for another day). Everyone says that if want to study Erdnase look no further than this book, everyone is right. Compared to the Dover edition of At the Card Table you could break your toe if you drop this verison on your foot. That tells you how much stuff Darwin Ortiz has put into this book.

Versatile Card Magic by Frank Simon. I bought this book thinking it was one thing and it turned out to be something totally different but I was not disappointed. Some of the best pictures in a book that I have ever seen. Earl Nelson's photo's are great. If the drawings in a few of Darwin Ortiz's books were real (i.e. At the Card Table) and not drawn (i.e Scams and Fantasies), I believe that they would look like the Earl Nelson photo's in this book. That is how good I think the photo's are in this book. Which brings me to my next book

Variations by Earl Nelson. Another great book with more great photo's. Just like the Simon book, this one was published years ago and could only be found on eBay for the longest time. Now that it has been republished it is a lot easier to find. Their is a reason why Mr Nelson won all of his awards from the Magic Castle, and it shows in this book.

Drawing Room Deceptions by Guy Hollingworth. I can't add anything that hasn't been said about this book already. I break into a sweat just reading this book. Lennart Green said on one of his video's once, that he showed Hollingworth a slight that took him (Green) a while to master only took Hollingworth a few minutes to work out after Green showed it to him.

These are the ones that I have. I have to say one final thing about these books, with the exception of Hollingworth's, the others listed above all use real photos that are excellent. The Erdnase book contains photo's at the end. This is something you do not see a lot of these days in magic books, probably because of the cost it would add to a book. These books orignally came out years ago and photo's were probably more the norm back then.

These books are big, at least most of them. They don't have a lot of bs in them. You see a lot stuff in print these days that between the effect and the method take up less than a page, not the material in these books. Everything is explained well and not a lot is left out.

One final note, I have also heard that Magic from the Soul and Martin's Miracles and of course Dai Vernon's Revelations are all excellent books as well.

I just wanted to know what everyone else thought, do you have favorite book from Mike Caveney and why?

Take Care

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