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Can anyone recommend some good general, intermediate to advanced (non-beginner), close-up magic books?

I have been doing magic for a few years now but have concentrated mostly on cards (knowing only a few coin and rubber band effects to add to them) and am now trying to expand my repetoire a bit as although I prefer card effects I am not sure that this is the general concensus of laypeople. The thing I look for most in a book are useable effects and not necessarily the newest or most difficult to master sleights. I enjoyed the AoA books and am looking for something with the same sort of mix of effects although maybe with a few less card effects and a bit more of everything else.

If anyone could suggest some books and give me a few details about them I would greatly appreciate it.

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Have you ever read "Totally out of control" from Chris Kenner? if not, well that's a good book.

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Totally out of control is a killer book. Another book I love is the Amazing miracles of Shigeo Takagi. The vernon book of magic has material to keep you occupied for a life time.
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Any of the recent magazine compilations would foot the bill....The Collected Almanac, Apocalypse, Penumbra(not compiled yet, but an awesome magazine if you want close up), etc.
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Gary Ouellets "Close Up Illusions" is a good mix of close up effects (hence the title) using cards, coins, sponges, thimbles.

Either of John Bannon's books (Impossibilia or Smoke & Mirrors) contain a good mix of intermediate and advanced effects.

Finally, a book that is often overlooked because of it's title, Hay's "Amateur Magician's Handbook" contains a great variety of stuff, cards, coins, thimbles, balls, silks etc.
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Please consider the following:

"The Stars of Magic," by Starke, Daley,

"Classic Secrets of Magic," by Bruce Elliott.

"The Art of Close-Up Magic" (two volumes of non-card material) and the three-part "Routined Manipulation" series, all by Lewis Ganson.

The three-volume "Close-Up Cavalcade" series compiled by Jerry Mentzer also eschews card effects.

Ganson's "The Magic of Faucett Ross" is a valuable general magic (close-up, stage, parlor) book.

All of the above feature primarily intermediate (with some advanced) magic. The avant-garde may be disappointed, but there is a wealth of seminal non-card material in these books.
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The Magic of Michael Ammar
The Collected Works of Alex Elmsley vol1&2
Tarbell vol1-8
Greater Magic
Stars of Magic
Dai Vernon book of Magic
AOA vol1-3
The Book of Wonder vol1&2
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