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Bato William
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So how does one get started on collecting old magic books?

Amazon, Abebooks, Libris, or what?


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Those, or any magic auction site, which usually has a selection of vintage books.

Check Martinka and KT Magic for their auctions.

You will also find many on Ebay.
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A big magic auction is this week. Check for Potter and Potter auctions. It's online.
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Always looking buy or trade for original Houdini, Hardeen and escape artist items. I'm interested in books, pitchbooks and ephemera. Email [email]hhoudini@optonline.net[/email]
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On 2009-09-07 05:06, Bato William wrote:
So how does one get started on collecting old magic books?

Amazon, Abebooks, Libris, or what?


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I started in little out of the way used bookstores. You have to be very careful on what prices you pay. I have seen books selling for hundreds of dollars that are available for $20.00. Just be sure to check book sites before paying an inflated price.
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Then on the other hand, there are very inflated prices on the book sites too. Youn really should compare many areas. After awhile you'll catch the drift.
Please visit my website.
www.houdinihimself.com

Always looking buy or trade for original Houdini, Hardeen and escape artist items. I'm interested in books, pitchbooks and ephemera. Email [email]hhoudini@optonline.net[/email]
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On 2009-09-07 21:54, Kevin Connolly wrote:
Then on the other hand, there are very inflated prices on the book sites too. Youn really should compare many areas. After awhile you'll catch the drift.

Kevin,
How right you are. The keyword on used magic books should be "Experience". I myself still occasionally pay an inflated price for a book, sometimes because I really want it. Shop around!
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On 2009-09-07 05:06, Bato William wrote:
So how does one get started on collecting old magic books?

Amazon, Abebooks, Libris, or what?


Bato William


Depends what you want to collect. You can find some bargains on any of those sites and they're a good starting point for easily available books. For the higher-end stuff, I've usually find that the prices are over-inflated by sellers on those sites.

There are several good specialists who sell vintage magic books:

Byron Walker
http://www.byronwalkermagicbooks.com/

H&R Magic (have a used book section)
http://www.magicbookshop.com/

Michael Henkel (magazines)
http://www.mhmagicmagazines.com/


Auctions:

Martinka
http://www.martinka.com

Potter & Potter Auctions
http://www.potterauctions.com/

International Magic Auction (site currently being refurbished)
http://www.internationalmagicauction.com

Kenna Thompson
http://www.ktmagic.com/Auction

Also, that well-known e-auction site can be a good source

Happy hunting!
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There are a lot of sources, and if you attend magic conventions there are always some books available there. I got started by having curiosity. I would hear a magician or two speak of some "classic" book, and sooner or later I would track down a copy and read it. Over time I learned to enjoy them more and more and I'm one of those people who seldom gets rid of a book after getting it.

You just sort of dive in, and start swimming around, eventually you will find your tastes go in a particular direction. I collect books about and dealing with my relative Blackstone, as well as some of the old "classics" that are out of print, but they have to be, in most cases, more generalist type books. Yet, I still, have been known to buy an old book that is solely in a specialized area, if it interests me.
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Pssst! The guy posted the question and hasn't been back here in over 2 weeks. If he was that interested, he would have said something by now. Smile
Please visit my website.
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Always looking buy or trade for original Houdini, Hardeen and escape artist items. I'm interested in books, pitchbooks and ephemera. Email [email]hhoudini@optonline.net[/email]
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On 2009-09-23 23:36, Kevin Connolly wrote:
Pssst! The guy posted the question and hasn't been back here in over 2 weeks. If he was that interested, he would have said something by now. Smile

I noticed that. I guess we will end this post now!
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His last post on the forum was yesterday, he may be reading answers and not necessarily responding to them.
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Yes I saw that too. You would think a person would reply when they are being helped. That's why I didn't post anymore info. It's like talking to a brick wall, to say the least.
Please visit my website.
www.houdinihimself.com

Always looking buy or trade for original Houdini, Hardeen and escape artist items. I'm interested in books, pitchbooks and ephemera. Email [email]hhoudini@optonline.net[/email]
Michael Baker
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This may shed some light on his want for "collecting" old magic books.

http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/searc......=6256236
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Not sure what this guy is looking for. I sent him a message on another of his "Help" questions. Here is what I said:

"You started a topic on collecting old magic books. You got several
responses however, you did not check back in over 2 weeks. So before you ask anymore questions, you may want to go back and thank the people that are trying to help you!"
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Rennie,

Thanks for saying what I was thinking. Smile

Kevin
Please visit my website.
www.houdinihimself.com

Always looking buy or trade for original Houdini, Hardeen and escape artist items. I'm interested in books, pitchbooks and ephemera. Email [email]hhoudini@optonline.net[/email]
Bato William
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Thank you, one and all. My mother passed away ten days ago after a brave six year fight against ovarian cancer, and I've been a little preoccupied with that situation.


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I agree with the father,
I too have bought books after hearing about them. The more I read the more respect and understanding I have towards our craft. No such thing as a bad book. We can learn something from everything we read.
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Byron Walker, as mentioned before, is a great place, and the prices are quite reasonable. Also check out the used section at http://www.joyalstack.com
Local magic auctions can be great; I've seen some valuable books go for next to nothing.
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