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One Man
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The Commercial Magic of JC Wagner...followed by The Secrets of Bro. John Hamman.

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Scarne On Card Tricks. Smile
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13 Steps to Corinda, and Magic for Dyslectix. How many can we list?
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Hi everyone,

I started reading Jeff McBrides and Eugene Burgers Mystery School Book. And nearly it became my favourite. Its very different from others. I think you must have in your library.

magicially yours,

Nedim Guzel
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I would have to say that Tarbell books are the best.
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Hi Guys

I would say Tarbell, too.

However, if pressed to select just ONE individual book I would choose Greater Magic for its variety, practicality and overall complete and easy-to-understand instructions in just about all categories of Magic.

Fantastik for Beginners and Professionals alike!

Julie
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I changed my mind. my new ONLY book is Martin Gardner's "Book of Impromptu Magic"

out of print, hard to find ETC..... but you will NEVER again be at a loss for some trick to pull off at a moments notice!
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My original idea for this post was to focus on that 'one' book .... IF there is one for 'you' that has given the most to your magic performance. As noted above some folks just can't carve it down that fine and I appreciate that! But, some of us can.

I have any number of 'favorite' books: Stars of Magic, Greater Magic, Tarbells 2,3,4; the Card Magic of Paul LePaul; Routined Manipulations vols 1-2 by Ganson; The Amateur Magician's Handbook by Henry Hay is so close a second to Harry's wonderful book that it was a close thing, but in the end....

It's interesting to me to know what that 'one' book is that had the most influence upon a person. If it's not possible to pare the selection down to one I totally understand.

One of the things that I do find interesting looking at the list above is how many of the books sited are 'older' books. 25-50+ years old! Close-up Card Magic, 13 Steps, the Martin Gardner book, etc. There have been some extrodinary books published in the last 10-15 years, but I find myself forever pulling out the oldies! As noted above...if you have copy of Greater Magic, how can you resist going through it again for the zillionth time and happening upon a gem that you missed the first zillionth times through? Tarbell is the same. I have never been able to just read 'through' Tarbell and thus I can pick up a volume and find things that just tear me up.

What fun. My best to you all,
Brad Burt
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J.B. Bobo's modern coin magic.
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The real issue is that once we master a book, it remains a sentimental value to us


The real question is "Do we ever truly master a book?" If we're always going back and learning new things from it, or finding tricks that we dismissed the first time round, I would have to say the answer is NO. Even Dai Vernon kept a copy of Expert at the Card Table by his bedside to reference nearly every single day of his life, once he discovered this gem.

Josh, The reason I picked the Fulves and Scarne books that I did is because I like the fact that a GOOD self-working trick, once learned, can help a beginner master presentation, which I consider far more important than just knowing how to do a trick. In my opinion, a good trick without good presentation is still just a trick. A lousy trick, presented well, can not only entertain, but might even come close to being considered art.
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On 2007-08-04 21:38, clynim wrote:
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The real issue is that once we master a book, it remains a sentimental value to us


a GOOD self-working trick, once learned, can help a beginner master presentation


Are you suggesting that self-working effects are just for beginners? I have been in magic for almost 30 years, and I still love a good self-working effect. Smile
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My recommendation would have to be: "Now You See It, Now You Don't" by Bill Tarr. He has put together the strong basics of sleight of hand for cards, coins, and other small objects. Then, he continues on with the concepts of putting together tricks from those sleights. Finally, he develops the work into ideas for stringing together several tricks into basic show routines.

For one book to 'pull' someone into the art, this book has it all.

My 2 cents.

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Sorry but a tie between my first two magic books ever. "The Amateur Magician's Handbook" by Henry Hay, followed by "The Magic Book" by Harry Lorayne. I still do 'Mental Message' till this day thirty years later. I still have both original copies in great shape, although yellowing some.
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I agree with Burt...I love Close Up Card Magic. A close second for me is Terry LaGerould's Pasteboard Presentations.
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The Royal Road to Card Magic. It has some absolutely phenomenal stuff in there!
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As I´ve said in earlier threads: The Magic Book (Harry L.)

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For me it would be Art of Astonishment v.1 - Paul Harris

I'm a little surprised that no one has mentioned it yet...
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On 2007-08-05 08:50, MindMyst wrote:
My recommendation would have to be: "Now You See It, Now You Don't" by Bill Tarr. He has put together the strong basics of sleight of hand for cards, coins, and other small objects......

My 2 cents.

Joe


I thought about putting this one in instead of 13 steps as well... even if you didn't speak any english and just found this book on a desert island you'd be able to begin to master sleight of hand. Sometimes the illustrations are not perfect, but for the most part they are very accurate.

Good choice!

G
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Nothing's more nostalgic to me than opening my Stars of MAgic hard-cover. It just smells old and wonderful, all of the stuff it contains. Good memories...

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