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JCheng
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Hi everyone, I'm planning to buy one book, but I'm not sure if I should buy Approaching Magic by Regal or Collected Almanac by Kaufman? Which one do you prefer?
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Both are great.

If you are mainly interested in material for formal performance: routines for a stand-up show or formal close-up act - I'd say Approaching Magic.

If you are mainly looking for close-up effects for restaurants/strolling gigs/social situations - I'd say Collected Almanac.
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Hi, I'm still not sure which book I should pick. I normally do close-up magic.

Also, I'd like to know the sizes of the book. Are they big? because I'd like to carry them.
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I to love both these books, but I would pick The Collected Almanac because you get a variety of material from many different people. And the material is excellent.
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Both of them are very big.
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Both are very large and heavy. Both are worth the investment. Regal's book has so much to offer from stand up to mentalism. Plus a ton of great close up magic. Almanac is filled with all kinds of cool magic. 2 great books to choose from. You win either way.

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Since both books are good, which book should I start reading first?
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This is very subjective. Both books are well written and both books are filled with wonderful effects. I agree with what has been previously stated.You would go wrong with the purchase of either book.
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On 2010-02-10 18:07, hbwolkov wrote:
This is very subjective. Both books are well written and both books are filled with wonderful effects. I agree with what has been previously stated.You would go wrong with the purchase of either book.

He means you couldn't go wrong with the purchase of either book lol.
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Get the Almanac first.
...Your professional woodworking and "tender" loving care in the products you make, make the wait worthwhile. Thanks for all you do...

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Almanac all the way...
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Thanks Mayniac for correctly interpreting my inexcusable typo. Both books are outstanding. I do confess a sleight preference for Approaching Magic but that is based on my personal style/approach. Almanac is a classic and deserves high praise.
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So which one did you get ... what is your opinion?
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On 2010-02-17 14:23, john oleson wrote:
So which one did you get ... what is your opinion?

I'm not sure if this message was for me, but anyway...
I haven't decided yet. But, I'm also looking for other good close-up magic books besides Approaching Magic and Collected Almanac. Such as, Life Savers by Michael Weber what do you think about it?
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On 2010-02-17 16:31, JCheng wrote:
But, I'm also looking for other good close-up magic books besides Approaching Magic and Collected Almanac. Such as, Life Savers by Michael Weber what do you think about it?


Among the 3, I'll pick Collected Almanac.
If you like close-up magic I would suggest this book/e-book:
http://www.fasdiu.com/tomt.html
You can watch some demo videos from the book.

Jeff
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JCheng
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Hi Jeff, I'm going to take a look at that book.
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Also check out Pauls DVD "The Side Steal" for the last word on learning that sleight. It contains performances of a couple of the effects from FASDIU.

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Since Jeff chimed in.....

His ebook "The King has Left the building...with Amnesia" is an awesome, awesome book with strong real world magic.

With that book and Doug Conn's book, you can make a living.

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do magic

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I have both and I would say if you like card stuff get Almanac and if you like David Regal works you have seen in the past get Approaching Magic
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