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JackScratch
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On 2007-05-30 10:13, simquad wrote:
Is it a recommended book?


Quite possibly the MOST recomended book. If you asked for one and only one book recomendation from 1000 magicians, I would be willing to bet 900 of them would say Mark Wilson's CCIM.
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Ive just completed 2 new routines which have worked out very well. They both grew out of evening flicking throw this book. I love it.
Enjoy your magic,

and let others enjoy it as well!
LCBellah
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You made a wise purchase Scot. Mark Wilson's CCIM will keep you busy for a while.
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Great book, no doubt. Enjoy it slowly like a fine wine. Take your time, there is so much good stuff, if you master half of it, you will be one of the best!

Good luck...
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On 2007-05-30 10:13, simquad wrote:
Is it a recommended book?


It's one of the best. When they same complete, they mean complete. If you're a magician, you need to get this book. Smile

John
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I think I need to get this. So far, I've been using Jean Hugard's Royal Road to Card Magic, and it's a good book, too. And 300 tricks in 502 Pages with pictures seems great value for $24.99 CAD.
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On 2007-06-26 12:43, Greedo wrote:
I think I need to get this. So far, I've been using Jean Hugard's Royal Road to Card Magic, and it's a good book, too. And 300 tricks in 502 Pages with pictures seems great value for $24.99 CAD.


Yes, you should get it. RRTCM and MWCCIM are in my opinion the two bests books for beginning and advanced magicians at the best price. Smile

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On 2007-06-26 12:47, john_herm wrote:
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On 2007-06-26 12:43, Greedo wrote:
I think I need to get this. So far, I've been using Jean Hugard's Royal Road to Card Magic, and it's a good book, too. And 300 tricks in 502 Pages with pictures seems great value for $24.99 CAD.


Yes, you should get it. RRTCM and MWCCIM are in my opinion the two bests books for beginning and advanced magicians at the best price. Smile

John
It looks like it teaches pretty much every style. I think I'd buy some sponge balls with it, since the store I buy from offers free shipping if you buy $40+. What size would you recommend? They have 1", 1.5", and 2", and a set of 4 multiplying 1.5" sponge balls with a gimmick for $1.50 more.
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On 2007-06-26 12:47, john_herm wrote:
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On 2007-06-26 12:43, Greedo wrote:
I think I need to get this. So far, I've been using Jean Hugard's Royal Road to Card Magic, and it's a good book, too. And 300 tricks in 502 Pages with pictures seems great value for $24.99 CAD.


Yes, you should get it. RRTCM and MWCCIM are in my opinion the two bests books for beginning and advanced magicians at the best price. Smile

John
It looks like it teaches pretty much every style. I think I'd buy some sponge balls with it, since the store I buy from offers free shipping if you buy $40+. What size would you recommend? They have 1", 1.5", and 2", and a set of 4 multiplying 1.5" sponge balls with a gimmick for $1.50 more.


I use 1.5 inch sponge balls, and that's all I've ever used. You're right, it's a great idea to buy them with it, because Mark's sponge ball routine is the basis of nearly all routines. Ask some other people about the size, I don't know which are recommended. Smile

John
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On 2007-06-26 13:01, Greedo wrote:
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On 2007-06-26 12:47, john_herm wrote:
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On 2007-06-26 12:43, Greedo wrote:
I think I need to get this. So far, I've been using Jean Hugard's Royal Road to Card Magic, and it's a good book, too. And 300 tricks in 502 Pages with pictures seems great value for $24.99 CAD.


Yes, you should get it. RRTCM and MWCCIM are in my opinion the two bests books for beginning and advanced magicians at the best price. Smile

John
It looks like it teaches pretty much every style. I think I'd buy some sponge balls with it, since the store I buy from offers free shipping if you buy $40+. What size would you recommend? They have 1", 1.5", and 2", and a set of 4 multiplying 1.5" sponge balls with a gimmick for $1.50 more.


I use 1.5 inch sponge balls, and that's all I've ever used. You're right, it's a great idea to buy them with it, because Mark's sponge ball routine is the basis of nearly all routines. Ask some other people about the size, I don't know which are recommended. Smile

John
Thanks anyways! How much does the book rely on billiard balls, rope, and other such items I may not have? I have a TT but that's about it for magical items...
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Most of the magic can be done with household items that you can purchase at local stores (cards, cardboard, wood, etc...).
There is an entire section on magic using household items (paper clips, paper, rubber bands, etc...).
There is an entire section on impromptu magic, using only common items.
The card section has effects that require nothing but a regular deck, and some that require gaffs.
The Money section is similar to the card section, in that most of the effects can be done with ordinary money, but he introduces some common gaff coins.

The sponge ball routine is excellent (As I use it), as is the Cups & balls routine (My routine evolved from it). I have never done a billiard routine, however if I did, I would start with the one in this book.

There is a section devoted to common magicians props (Dove pan, change bag, and more).
There is a section on stage magic. It includes drawings and instructions how to build all of the props.

One thing to keep in mind is that Mark Wilson had to create new props every week for his T.V. shows. He did not have a huge budget either, so he teaches you how to assemble your effects in a budget conscious way.

It really is an excellent book. I wouldn't worry too much about the props as you can dive right in with items you may already have, or could easily have, unless you were particularly interested in the Sponge ball, Billiard ball, or Rope material.

Good luck,

Mike
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On 2007-06-26 18:52, what wrote:
Most of the magic can be done with household items that you can purchase at local stores (cards, cardboard, wood, etc...).
There is an entire section on magic using household items (paper clips, paper, rubber bands, etc...).
There is an entire section on impromptu magic, using only common items.
The card section has effects that require nothing but a regular deck, and some that require gaffs.
The Money section is similar to the card section, in that most of the effects can be done with ordinary money, but he introduces some common gaff coins.

The sponge ball routine is excellent (As I use it), as is the Cups & balls routine (My routine evolved from it). I have never done a billiard routine, however if I did, I would start with the one in this book.

There is a section devoted to common magicians props (Dove pan, change bag, and more).
There is a section on stage magic. It includes drawings and instructions how to build all of the props.

One thing to keep in mind is that Mark Wilson had to create new props every week for his T.V. shows. He did not have a huge budget either, so he teaches you how to assemble your effects in a budget conscious way.

It really is an excellent book. I wouldn't worry too much about the props as you can dive right in with items you may already have, or could easily have, unless you were particularly interested in the Sponge ball, Billiard ball, or Rope material.

Good luck,

Mike
Thanks for your post, very helpful. I am particularily intersted in Sponge ball magic, mostly because of the magician who showed me some at a restaurant once. He put one in my hand, then there were two..!
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I promised myself tonight that I was going to start exploring the cup and ball section of this book tonight after I finished perusing the Café. The book is just to my left. Absolutely one of the best $20 I've spent, ever.
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On 2007-06-27 01:21, Froste wrote:
I promised myself tonight that I was going to start exploring the cup and ball section of this book tonight after I finished perusing the Café. The book is just to my left. Absolutely one of the best $20 I've spent, ever.


That's funny, so did I! I'd never really done a cups and balls routine before, but had bought some cups a few years back. So I decided to get them out, and now I'm practicing like crazy. Smile

John
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