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Hi guys, I need some help. I've been performing magic for about 30 years both as a hobby and for part time pay. Last week, I was asked if I would be interested in doing a show at a local "Haunted Hayride" this October.

I've always loved the horror and occult genre, but I've never mixed it with my magic tricks. This seemed like the opportunity to do just that!

Each show is only going to last 15 - 20 minutes, so with some good story telling, I should only need 3 or 4 tricks to do the whole show. I've been in contact with Roth and am anxiously awaiting some items I ordered from him just to get some ideas.

I think I'm going to do this as a Seance type setting. What I need to know is what should I be reading at this point. I did purchase, "The Dark Waltz" by Michael Fraughton and one of the best things I read in there is not to pick your tricks first. You should pick your story or stories first and then find the tricks to match.

Having never performed Bizarre Magic I need to know what are the "must have" books. Every coin guy needs "Modern Coin Magic" and every card guy should have "Royal Road" and most of us own the whole Tarbell series. What are the books I need to help stoke the creative flame for Bizarre Magic?

Thanks for helping the newbie!
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You should get your hands on Jim Magus' Arcana of Bizarre Magick, of which you are in luck because he just released an expanded edition. I'd also add Christian Chelman's books, Ed Solomon's massive tome along with Kotah's books, Baba's Voodoo book, Bill Ligon's book, Black Hart's Big Book and The Compleat Invocation.. and...fortunately we happen to be a renewed golden age of bizarre that there is good stuff available! This will tie up your wallet for a while. Then when you are ready, there are more!

To start, I'd say get the Arcana and Compleat Invocation as those give you a great deal of historical context and the thinking that has brought us to this point.
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