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If I had to choose one book that I coundn't do without it would be the Dai Vernon Book of Magic, so much to learn from it, and if I could only keep one DVD set it would be Dai Vernon Releations,the effects, theroy and history is a must for all magicians no matter how many times I watch theese I always learn more about magic.

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Close-up Card Magic by Harry Lorayne.
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Royal Road to Card Magic for me, but I do have Harry Lorayne's Classic Collection on it's way, and I'm guessing that will soon be the new favorite (judging by everybody else's favorites).

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On 2007-07-25 08:06, JackScratch wrote:
Sorry to sound contrary, but it's in my nature. I have real problems with the very nature of this question. It's like asking what your favorite tool in a toolbox is. My favorite tool is the one I need for the job at hand. If I had to answer, it would be a toss up between "Tarbell" and "Mark Wilson's Complete Course..." mostly because, in my opinion, those two works are tool boxes, rather than tools.

I have to agree, the classic books of magic are still the best. I would also add Corinda's 13 Steps to Mentalism.
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I have to say Henry Hay's "Amateur Magicians Handbook", which was my 1st "real" book of magic and has great sentimental value because it survived the '04 hurricane season (in Florida) which destroyed most of my magic collection of books and props.
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New entry for me: the omnibus "Secret Ways of Al Baker". Just... Wow!
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What a great topic! There are plenty of books being talked about here I have not previously heard of but will definitely look up.

Right now, my collection consists of really only two books....Royal Road to Card Magic and Mark Wilson's Cyclopedia of Magic.

Royal Road, while a great book, is a little tough to understand. I have to read a passage 2-3 times carefully before I get what they're saying--not a bad thing, though.

The Mark Wilson book, I adore. It was my first magic book (given to me by a friend in High School, who knew I was interested in magic), and I still refer to it for some great tricks from time to time. Very well written and easy to understand, too.
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The most important book in my collection is Ken Weber's "Maximum Entertainment".
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Mark Wilson's Complete Course in Magic. I also like Amateur Magicians Handbook.
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So, nobody likes 'The Classic Magic of Larry Jennings'???
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On 2008-07-29 03:46, gillesA4 wrote:
So, nobody likes 'The Classic Magic of Larry Jennings'???

I don't have that book...yet. But I am seriously thinking about getting this book. Smile Maybe it would become my favorite once I get it.
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Still love Royal Road to Card Magic, although it's a bit of a bittersweet love. At some point somebody really should take another crack at that kind of book, but include modern touches where they are needed -- eg: improving the Ambitious Card routine, including small packet work (like the Elmsley Count or some such), etc.
JACK, the Jolly Almanac of Card Knavery, a free card magic resource for beginners.
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I know I'm a little late to the party, but for me it's "Classic Secrets of Magic" by Bruce Elliott.
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I just got my copy of Stars of Magic, no sleep for me tonight.
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"Now You See It, Now You Don't" - Bill Tarr. I learned a lot from that book as a amatuer.
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On 2008-09-19 04:20, Dynamike wrote:
"Now You See It, Now You Don't" - Bill Tarr. I learned a lot from that book as a amatuer.

Ditto. The first magic book I ever owned.
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For me, it has to be Greater Magic

I picked this book up when I was relatively new to magic, and being a naiive young performer I overlooked it as being a dusty old book full of boring card tricks.

However, I recently had another read through it and was overwhelmed by the amount of useable material in there, even for a large book. Just over the last few days, several items from this book have forced their way into the repertoire.

In case anyone is even mildly interested, these are :

The new vanishing glass (Percy Abbott)
'Tearing the pack trick'
Two card location, and Saliva sorcery (Paul Rosini)
Two cards and a coin
The floating match

Having been very pleasantly surprised by this book, I'm now going over all of my earliest books to try and gather some more gems from them. Another example that a book should never be judged by its cover.
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For me my favorite magic book would also be Harry Lorayne's The Magic Book - I think I performed all the card tricks taught in the first three chapters (and still do some to this day!). I finally got round to buying Classic Collection 1 and 2 - and must say that the tricks and nuances are golden! Thanks Mr Lorayne for all your contributions to magic!
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