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aagrawal_2000
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Every so often, someone will post something that asks, "What is the best magic book out there?" People always respond with the same books (Card College, Malone, Ortiz...etc.) Well, my question is slightly different. What is your favorite unusual book? Which out-of-the-way book do you think would have GOOD Material that would fool other well-read magicians and laymen alike.
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Dorian Rhodell
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How about books like

The Feints and Temps of Harry Riser.
Lou Gallo the Underground Man
The Secrets of Bro. John Hamman
Pasteboard Presentations (LeGerould)
Roger Klause in Concert
Williamson's Wonders

Although these are not by my definition "unusual", they might not be named as much as other books on magic. Maybe it would help other readers if you gave a better description of what you mean by unusual. For example are you asking about books that are not mentioned in the Café too often or maybe books that contain unusual material? The more you give us the more we can give you.

Hope this helps a little,

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How about 'Everything is Funnier with Monkeys' by Doc Dixon. Very good commercial material with a couple of magician foolers. Laughed my a** off when I read it.
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Unusual as in stuff that isn't mentioned much. So far, I've heard the same 10-15 books/vids over and over again. "Unusual" doesn't have to mean weird tricks.
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I haven't read it, but I would say the most unusual (in concept) is Sexy Magic by James Hodges
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How To Produce Miracles by Ormond McGill.
I understand someone is selling one on the Café right now! Smile
Paul Chosse
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"The Artful Dodges of Eddie Fields" by Jon Racherbaumer, Tannen, 1968 (There is an expanded edition, I believe)...

"The Magic of Rezvani" by Dariel Fitzkee, circa 1950, San Rafael House Publishing...

"The Close-up Magician", Bert Allerton, Magic, Inc. 1958...

"An Evening with Charlie Miller", Magic, Inc...

"Magical Gems", The magic of Paul Rosini, by Rufus Steele, circa 1950...

That's just a few of the smaller pamphlets that have been published and forgotten or undiscovered by the bulk of the magic comunity. It seems that a lot of great material falls by the wayside in the never-ending quest for "what's new?". Well, as an early mentor of mine, Marvin "Buma" Burger, used to say, "If you don't know it, it's new!". I could pull five books from my library and never NEED another book to be an accomplished performer. And I could do it a dozen times, meaning there are multiple five-book groups that satisfy the needs of a would-be conjuror. However, if you are like me five is never enough! I LIKE magic books. And I like LOTS of magic books. Anyway, this is a start, a list of five unusual (meaning I don't hear them mentioned very often) books on magic that I have found myself returning to year after year.

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I love finding unusual (or unknown) books, every so often I will go into a store and pick out an "unsusual" book on magic or mentalism and ususally find one or two very interesting effects inside ... maybe a different point of view that helps me look at old things a different way.
For me it's been worth it, but if you have a small budget, I suggest going for what you feel you need first ... then play around with the "unknown", "unusual", "obscure" ... It's fun!


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A book that has lots of good material and would fool magicians.

"Tarbell" you pick the volume.
Great stuff.
Jason
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Quarks & Quirks by Ben Harris has some unusual ideas.

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I think Dave Egleston started a similar thread some time back, may be worth a search in the archives.

I enjoyed "Pasteboard Presentations", Dorian, used to use the cards through table effect in there.

Yes, PSC, there is an expanded edition of the Eddie Fields book. There was also a book devoted to Paul Rosini, "House of Secrets" I think it was called.

Books not mentioned much that contain baffling material (and magician foolers) are the Stewart James books.

There are just so many good books. The same titles come up so often because basically this is a forum of newbies who are usually looking for "What's new?" as opposed to being interested in discovering "What's good?". Often "new" equates to "good" via hype.

"Small But Deadly" could be considered unusual.Smile

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Jim Robinson
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Some stuff that's off the beaten path:

"Magic by Gosh" by Al Goshman

Anything by Meir Yedid

"Zufall's Memory Trix" vol. (1-?) by Bernard Zufall

Steve Ehler's "Millenium Collection"

"Portfolio No. 1" by Jack Carpenter

"Down Under Deals" by Andrew Wimhurst

and a big "amen" to Terry LaGerould's "Pasteboard Presentations"
Robinson.

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Swami Mantra by Sam Dalal. Cool but very bizarre.
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Jason,
You are a wise man!
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On 2003-06-13 10:55, Jason Wethington wrote:
A book that has lots of good material and would fool magicians.

"Tarbell" you pick the volume.
Great stuff.
Jason

Dave Egleston
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I have a book titled THE HOLISTIC APPROACH TO MAGIC by James Hope

The first sentence states: "Welcome! Just by picking up this book you have all but guaranteed your success as a magician extrodinaire -- that is if you take advantage of all this book has to offer."

Mr. Hope has 7 lessons in this book and it's not the worst book I have in my library - But it is one of the top five unusual books I own

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There is a book by Jay Marshall, but since I have it translated...(wait I´ll check copyright).

The name of the book is
"How to perform instant magic".
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Jason Wethington
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Sorry to get off topic here a bit, but in response to my earlier post, How many of the people who have posted already on this thread have read all 7 volumes of Tarbell?
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Dave Egleston
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Hi Jason,

While I applaude your question -- How about making this question into it's own topic

You're absolutely right (in your getting ready for a sermon mode) in your belief that more than 90% of magicians have not read the complete Tarbell course -- I'm included in that percentile -

BUT!!!! Tarbell is not an "unusual" book - In fact it may be the most standard book in magic

Dave
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I have really never been intrested in the Tarbell books. I read a few of them in Japanese and didn't really care for them.

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I have read the entire Tarbell Course in its' original lesson form, then in the book format. The book format that most everyone is familiar with is considerably different from the original lessons that Tarbell sent out - and not as good! Tannen's and the editors they employed decided to "help" poor old "Doc" out, and "fix" his lessons on magic. The fixes are, in most cases, detrimental to the overall effect. The "character" and the teaching style of Tarbell is all but destroyed. Don't get me wrong, the material is great! But you get a whole different feel from reading the original course, and I believe it is a better overall teaching style than the edited version that most students are familiar with.

I met a man in San Francisco in the mid-seventies. His name was Vic Kirk. Vic was the best all-around magician I ever have seen! He came to the magic shop I worked in every Saturday, at about noon, and stayed the afternoon. After we closed, a small group of us would go next door to Original Joes' Restaurant for dinner and drinks and more magic. Vic was always present, and always prepared to bamboozle me. Vic did EVERY trick in Tarbell. He went so far as to make up models of every prop and illusion, in order to at least try them. He fooled me so often, so completely, that I couldn't stand it! And that is what drove me to explore Tarbell so thoroughly! Tarbell is as complete an education in magic, and the principles that underlie most effects, as onyone could ever ask for. There are, of course, areas of specialty that Tarbell did not explore completely, but there is no better foundation available for someone who wants an all around magic education.

Best, PSC
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