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The Great Smartini
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I really enjoy reading Eugene Burger and Robert Neale's work but was interested in what books other folks have read with respect to improving your magical presentation.
shomemagic
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For me:
Maximum Entertainment by Ken Weber
Strong Magic by Darwin Ortiz
Shattering Illusions by Jamy Ian Swiss

I loved all 3 of these greatly
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Mike King - Sho-Me Magic

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erlandish
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Two more...

Tommy Wonder's Books of Wonder
Henning Nelms's Magic and Showmanship
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shomemagic
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How I forgot Books of Wonder Im not sure...Tommy Wonder was the greatest magician of all time in my book.
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Mike King - Sho-Me Magic

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bofx
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You can also add :
Derren Brown - Absolute Magic
Juan Tamariz - 5 Points Of Magic and The Magic Way
My mentalism books: Mental Sweets 1 - Mental Sweets 2
Mike Powers
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The latest addition is Pete McCabe's Scripting Magic. This a wonderful book.

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"Transformations: Creating Magic Out of Tricks" by Larry Hass is a terrific book
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Add Paul Brook's latest book 'The Alchemical Tools' to the list, great book, it is geared more towards mentalism performances but it has value for the magicians out there as well!
Dominique
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Hello,

The Henning NELMS is of course a must have. Aside of the presentation level, the designing level of the routines will be enlightned by A.ASCANIO in his books (especialy "The Black Days" - reptrinted soon in the volume 3 of the complete writings of ASCANIO), and "Designing Miracles" by D.ORTIZ.
Cordially,
Dominique
AlexanderYan
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Tobias Beckwith's new book from yourmagic.com

-AY
Gerry Hennessey
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Maximum Entertainment by Ken Weber, is a must have in every magician's library.

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Henning Nelms's "Magic and Showmanship" and "Tamariz Five points in magic"...MASTERPIECES!
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Two words: Our Magic
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For my money the best overall is: Maximum Entertainment by Ken Weber

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thefliss
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Never read it, but does the Fitzkee Trilogy fall in this category?
Lumas
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Another vote for Derren Brown's Absolute Magic.
Bertrand Thornley
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Paul Brook's Alchemical Tools!
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I think my collections are all helping my presentation as I continue study them, I keep on improving and thinking!

With no particular order:

Magic & Showmanship - Henning NELMS
Books of Wonder Volume 1 & 2 ˇV Tommy Wonder
Strong Magic ˇV Darwin Ortiz
5 Points ˇV Juan Tamariz
Scripting Magic - Pete McCabe
Maximum Entertainment ˇV Ken Weber
Most memorable moment - with Maestro Juan Tamariz & Consuelo Lorgia in FISM Busan 2018.

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I found John Mendoza's "Close Up Presentation" useful years ago. Don't hear it mentioned much. Beyond the books mentioned abvoe study successful films, writings, and other things that entertain you. How are they structured? What entertains you? What doesn't entertain you? Etc. Chris Carey's book's are helpful too.
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