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I don't know if this belongs here, but I will post it anyway.

I have been thinking of buying 'The Classic Magic of Larry Jennings' book this week, but my friend has offered me an almost brand new 'Complete Works of Derek Dingle' for $24. I think this book is out of print and a lot of people have said it is very good.

So which one do you think I should get?
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If your friend is offering you Dingle's book at that price go for it. I'd say its intermediate to advanced material but it is a good book that you will grow into if you are a beginner. But for the value, it's really great.
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Jennings... Smile
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I would consider myself as intermediate.
i still do not which one i should get? Smile
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You should get Jennings....then give me the contact info so I can get that Dingle book for 24$. Ppppplllllleeeeeeaaaaassssssseeeee!
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Get both sooner or later... Smile Smile
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Pick a book...any book.

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Dingle dude.... rollover aces is worth 24 bucks... Smile
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I'd get jennings. dingle book is more advanced. jennings book has more variety. rollover aces is cool but how often are you going to do it??

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Get Dingle while it's hot. For 24 clams! Man it's like a picasso at a garage sale.
You can get Jennings later when it IS at a garage sale.
Just kidding folks!
Get Dingle, seriously
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Both books are outstanding, but at that price, I'd get the Dingle book and watch ebay for a used copy of the Jennings book.
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Both books without question. You will be able to track the growth of close-up magic from these two giants of magic from the last 25 years.

Outstanding contributions from Jennings and Dingle, where would we all be without them.

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I got both years ago, although I am less into close up magic today. for me the jennings book was of more benefit. the range of effects is bigger, and I prefered jennings approach to magic. it also contained the first trick the really fooled me bad, "the visitor".
all in all for ME (back then...) the jennings books was better value.
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I was debating the same question about four months ago. I do know own both books. I can say that, while Dingle is a good book, I enjoy Jennings more. Some routines are in common throughout both books. For example, Collector's is in both books, and I like Jennings' better. Wildcard is in both books, and I like Jennings' better. I even like Jennings' Triumph better that many of Dingles (eventhough I haven't read all of the triumphs in Dingles, some of the better ones, or so I've been told, involve way to many shuffles in my opinion). Almost all of the tricks in Jennings book is ungaffed while there are a few gaffed tricks in the dingle book that you will have trouble finding. However, Dingles All Backs with a selection is a great trick. So, it is really up to you, but I did, and still do, enjoy the Jennings' more. trevor
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Oh man tough's like comparing apples and oranges.

The only reason to favor Dingle's book right now is because it is out of print. I say you grab it now, cause in a few years it will be selling at like $100 on eBay. never know when the Jennings book will go out of print. It's a double edged sword. The Jennings book holds a special place in my heart, as it is THE book that changed my outlook on close-up magic.

BUT...Dingle's book is equally as important if you want to see how close-up magic evolved in the 70's.

Lets just say the material in these two books still inspires the creators of today, and will do so for many more years to come.

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I have both, and while I think you'll get more material from Jennings' book, I've seen countless references to Dingle's moves and routines contained in the book...far more than those of Jennings. So, I'd grab Dingle's book.

BTW, I've heard that Dingle is being reprinted soon...
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Get both books, and get any thing you can on M. Vincent.
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if you are not yet comfortable with the basics, and looking at pure economics, the dingle book is at a great price.

if you are looking to get better at the basics... the H&B books, and LOTS of practice and performing will get you there.

There is no easy path. Body Jennings and Dingle worked through the basics. all the coins I've dropped here
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