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Blair Marshall
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Marshall when we pm'd back and forth I had suggested you put detailed plans in your book (on you know who), you did not seem to want to go that way. Have I convinced you to change your mind??? If so I look forward to your book with great anticipation, when can we start to reserve copies???


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Marshall Thornside
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Blair,

There's an illusion that has been lost, and will
be renewed because of a specific person. Not only
in his upcoming book but mine as well.

It will have sketches, photographs and improvements.

Plus other things that people will learn.

Definitely a family tree too.

It will have a little of everything from those who
know to those who want to learn.

It has been a very enjoyable ride and I'm not ever 1/4
finished yet!

btw, I've been in touch with Roy and he was soo excited
to hear from us. I can't wait for his story.
you will remember my name

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Blair Marshall
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You will have to PM his info to me. I do not think he is on-line so will send him off a care package of material by snail mail.

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Marshall Thornside
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No problem. I'll dig up the info.
you will remember my name

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Alexandermagic
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There are SO few books on Illusion in comparison to say, sleight-of-hand and close-up. Blair I would love to see a John Gaughan book! Thinking of that I began dreaming of some other gentleman I wish would write a specific work on illusions for illusionists but have not: Here's partial a dream list . .

-David Copperfield
-Don Wayne
-David Mendoza
-Franz Harrary
-Andre Kole
-Doug Malloy
-William Kennedy
-Mark Kalin
Aaron Smith Magic
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Jarrett, hands down my favorite.
Brad Sheppard
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Jim Steinmeyer is a genius. I suggest "Technique and Understanding."
serg
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It depends on what your goals or to explore the history, or learn something to show, or some props to make your own, or do you know the general concept (just a secret) ... Therefore, one can not say what the book is preferable or better. All the books are very helpful, but what more valuable to anyone - it depends on the purpose. Here is an example of books that are I liked: Device & Illusion - Jim Steinmeyer
Modern Art - Jim Steinmeyer
The Magic of Alan Wakeling - Jim Steinmeyer
Art & Artifice - Jim Steinmeyer
The Jarret Book - Guy Jarret, Jim Steinmeyer
Howard Thurston's Illusion Show Notebook - Steinmeyer
Strange Power - Jim Steinmeyer
Jim Steinmeyer- "Technique and Understanding."
Seven Basic Secrets of Illusion Design - by Eric Van Duzer Mark Parker's 4E Illusion Design and VIVIFY "Advanced Illusion Projects" by Tim Clothier !!! La magie de Yogano (The magic of Yogano) by Yogano 2002/2003 ( FRENCH)
The Black Book -Osborne
Haunted Illusions - Osborne
Illusion Systems I - Osborne
Illusion Systems II - Osborne
Illusion Systems III- Osborne
Illusion Systems IV - Osborne
Illusions (Evolution) - Osborne

Conjuror's Optical Secrets - Sharpe
Conjuror's Psychological Secrets- Sharpe
Conjuror's Pneumatic/Hydraulic Secrets- Sharpe
Conjuror's Mechanical Secrets- Sharpe

Encyclopedia of Suspensions & Levitations - Bruce Armstrong

llusionworks I - Rand Woodbury (also available on video)
llusionworks II - Rand Woodbury (also available on video)
llusionworks III - Rand Woodbury (also available on video)
Diversions - Rand Woodbury
Steps & Bases - Rand Woodbury

The Great Illusion of Magic (2 -books) - Byron G. Wells

Paragons and Paradoxes - Milian Forzetting

Keep the wheels Turning One - Owen
Keep the wheels Turning Two - Owen

Solo-X - A.Mayne
Illusion F/X - A. Mayne

Buatier de Kolta Genius of Illusion - Peter Warlock
The Tarbell Course In Magic - Harlan Tarbel
Stage Illusions for 1-2-3 Performers Show - Burling Hull
Nite Club Illusions and Illusionettes - Abbotts
Magic and Showmanship - Henning Nelms

Illusionary Departures by J C Sum
The Event Illusionist by J C Sum
Equilateral by J C Sum

Encylopedia of Stage Illusions - Burling Hull
Illusions - Ian Adair
15 Great Illusions - UF Grant
Suspensions & Levitations - James Paul Riser
Theatrical Flying - John McKinven
Illusion Building For The Home Craftsman - Dick Gustafson
Illusions of Ralph Adams - Ralph Adams
Illusions of James Hodges - James Hodges( 5 VOLUMES)
Illusions,Illusions - Abbotts
Dawins Inexpensive Illusions - Gary Darwin
Age of Illusions - Will Goldston
Will Goldston's - Exclusive Magical Secrets
Will Goldston's - More Exclusive Magical Secrets
Concepts In Modern Illusions - Aaron Balcom.
Classical Updates & Modern Advice - Aaron Balcom.
Illustrated Magic Ottakar Fisher


Black Art Breakthroughs plus 15 new illusions and a complete act
by Dondrake illustration by Gary Darwin 1998 (ENGLISH)

Build your own illusions 20 practical stage size magical tricks by Jim Sommers 1974 (ENGLISH)

50 Grandes Illusions d'hier et d'aujourd'hui AND MORE,MORE.....
Michael Baker
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Great list, Serg!!

Two that gave me a kick start years ago were, "Tops Treasury of Illusions" - Abbott's and "Illusion Show Know-How" - Ken and Roberta Griffin.

The first has several very cool ideas I've not seen elsewhere, and the latter, while somewhat dated, is a pretty accurate account of what was involved in working the kind of show they toured with.

While the budding illusionist should build a solid foundation in the design and mechanical side of illusions, reading about those who used them can reveal tons of hidden gems of info. In that regard, David Charvet's book on Willard and other similar tomes should not be overlooked.
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My favorite book is Ken Griffins 'illision show knowhow' we also have a photo in it - as we (wife and self traveled with Ken & Bert as their assistants) in the early 60's
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I was very impressed with the seemingly comprehensive list that Serg put together. Still, I noticed that no one (did I miss it?) has mentioned Greater Magic. There's a great section on illusions there.

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serg
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I think the better illusion book will be ,if Masters like J.Gaughan, W.Kennedy, B.Smith, E.Olsen ,T.Clothiear, Dan Summers, Craig Dickens and other decide to publish a book about your own experience and developments,advices,vision and understanding of the illusion art of the past, present and future...because this people together with J.Steinmeyer created the modern industry of illusion!!!!
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The question raised is very unfair though it is legitimate. Is the same or like as asking who is the best magician when we have a wide variety of excellents magicians in world.

We learn from every the book because each book have good ideas/points: new designs, new methods,new technologies,new presentations. I have almost all the books that Serg indicated. For me, to choose which is the best book is a very difficult job indeed.

I agree with Serg when he mentions great magic builders: the best books come from the real experience. And my "favorites" books are those that result from the experience between the creators, performers and builders.

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It would be interesting to see a masterclass book written in collaboration with the greats, featuring builders AND designers. Get Jim in there, Don Wayne, Parker, JC Sum, Some historical by Caveney and David Charvet, then get the builders(EDF, Clothier, Dickens, Kennedy, Smith, Mendoza, anyone else that fits this level) to write about fabrication of the pieces featured, take it from conception to design to fabrication. Total masterclass case study. Would be a great book indeed.

These days I've tried to scoop up any historical biographical books on illusionists or grand illusion I can. (still looking for Buatier de Kolta, Kellar & Carter books by Caveney) But find that the Caveney/Steinmeyer Charvet , William Kalush & Miracle Factory books are great for researching grand illusion history. Good for inspiration. Good to know historical when trying to work on something independent or interesting.
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