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Cameron Roat
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I know this isn't going to help you decide (since you can only get one), but I got both a few weeks ago and I am so glad I did. Both are WONDERFUL books. To tell you the truth, I don't think you can wrong with either one.

...But, the Dingle book is awfully cheap, and out-of-print, so I'd get that one now.
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I would get both. They belong in any serious library.
They're both true creative thinkers!!

"Of all words of tongue and pen,
the saddest are, "It might have been"

..........John Greenleaf Whittier
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Agree with all who say both but I would start with Jenning's. The scope of the book is unbelievable.
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Dingle book, Dingle book, get it 'cause I'm right..
You will learn a trick or two, all kinds of magic sleight.

Sing to the tune of Jingle Bells, but not untill christmas please.
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Get both books, these are classics for card lovers.

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Go ahead and get both The Complete Works Of Derek Dingle and The Classic Magic Of Larry Jennings. You will not be dissapointed. Then you can get Jennings 67, another excellent book. Be prepared to practice though.The effects range from intermediate to advanced.
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Thankyou everyone for your advice,
I picked up an extra 20 dollars this week so i ordered The classic magic of Larry Jennings and i decided to get the Complete works of derek dingle, since it was cheap.
I am Picking the Dingle book up on wednesday and i will tell you guys what i think.
The Jennings book should also arrive soon, so these should keep me busy for a while.
thanks jamie
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Painting a house keeps you busy for a little while. You've got a years worth of magic in those books, at least. Comparing the books is a huge task, as you can see in the post that you've started. I would start looking at the effects like Too Many Cards in Dingle and the Ambitious Classic in Jennings, as they are very similar. Look at The Royal collector's in Dingle vs. on of the many collectors routines in Jennings. As well, both have Wild Card routines that you can use to compare the two. Jennings also has a triumph routine and Dingle has many different triumph effects. These are just some of the routines in common in both books. That being said, there are a lot of routines that are unique to each book. But, if you are looking at comparing the two, you may as well start with the routines that are similar. Just in case anyone cares, I prefer Jennings version of many of these routines. I would be interested to hear what others think.
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$24 for the Dingle book? No brainer. Then with the money you've saved, get Classic Jennings, followed by Jennings 67 (which is close to the Dingle Book in difficulty). Then by the time you've mastered the stuff, the promised Jennings tomes from Kaufman should be out.
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