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ogami_itto
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Hi All

As I continue my study of Magic (and particularly Card Magic of course) I have come across many references to the originator of particular moves – and quite right too.

These references however have made me realise that my knowledge of the wonderful magicians both still with us and long gone is somewhat lacking to say the least!

Would anyone have any recommendations for history of magic related books or resources that I could use to make some in-roads into rectifying this? I appreciate that the subject is massive, but revealing some of your favourites would be a very welcome start.

Thanks

Steve
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THE JAMES FILE and STEWART JAMES IN PRINT - THE FIRST FIFTY YEARS is a great compilation of this creator's work. It also gives a very useful overview for many of the historical credits to do with card magic in the early part of the last century. You will learn a lot the history of card magic with these books and with the excellent CARD COLLEGE BOOKS (they have some very detailed footnotes to do with sleights and tricks at the back of each book)...

Joe
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Thanks Bob

I'll look into those! Smile

As soon as I read Card College I realised that I have loads of information - I have volumes 1-4 hehe. Ah well, any other sources are still welcome.

Things like hiding the elephant (of course that's not cards but still interesting) or phantoms of the card table would also be of interest.

Thanks again

Steve
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You can look here:

http://www.lybrary.com/mlp/

Good luck!

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"The Card Magic of Nick Trost" has an appendix with many well-known sleights and credits the originator whenever possible. Trost apparently was very thorough in his research and I learned some things from his notes.
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Many Thanks Dom & Steve

I will check out both! I havent got any Nick Trost stuff and I have been meaning to get some for ages...thanks for the excuse! Smile

Steve
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Paul Hallas has a book that deals with packet tricks called "Small, but Deadly". It has quite a bit of information.
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As far as originators of moves and effects goes, it might not be a bad idea to get some back issues of Magic Magazine from your local dealer.
When Mike Close used to run the marketplace column, the amount of information he used to include in terms of the history and crediting of effects was staggering.
You can learn a lot about the backgrounds of effects and sleights just by reading his column.
Actually, he has a downloadable version of all the marketplace columns on his website. I think it costs something like a tenner, and you will certainly learn a lot from it.

Someone might also have written a series of books JUST FOR YOU. Ask around.

Jack

EDIT

Here you go. 1400 pages of history and crediting, by a great writer. And it costs £12.21 at the current rates.

http://www.michaelclose.com/index.php?ma......cts_id=9
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The collected editions of magic magazines offer an interesting peek into the past.
Apocalypse, Richard's Almanac, The Jinx, all those magazines have articles or editorials that are even more valuable than the tricks, to a student or lover of magic history.
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This site has loads of reference...its one of my favorite resources:

http://www.denisbehr.de/

Cardamagically,
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Another great source is THE ANNOTATED ERDNASE by Darwin Ortiz. It uses the Erdnase book as a jumping off point to detail a lot of the history for various ticks and sleights.

Also - I remember learning a lot about card magic from the various newsletters/reviews that Jeff Busby used to send to his customers as well...

Joe
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I would recommend Card College. Giobbi is a scholar who traces back sleights and routines to where the originated. He footnotes everything.

Larry
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Thanks Everyone

I have been meaning to get the annotated erdnase for ages - love Darwin's stuff; just wish I had a 1/4 of the talent! hehe

I just bought the magician and the card sharp and looking forward to reading that. Im starting to take a little interest in the people behind the moves as well as the moves them selves.

Thanks again everyone for the suggestions Smile
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