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devin_devil
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hi, i intend to spend my money on some books, and which is better among these 3:

art of astonishment vs
dai vernon's inner trilogy vs
paul curry's worlds' beyond ?

i heard videos are much better than books.... is it true?

thanks
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Hi Devin,
You will find that DVD's or video's are a greater learning method than flicking through the pages of books,because you can see how the sleights etc, should be performed, but at the same time books contain a lot more material in them.It's your preferance really.As for the books you mentioned they are all excellent books. I have a bit of a soft spot for Paul Harris so I would go along with the art of astonishment.
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My vote would also go for any of the Art of Astonishment series, they contain some fantastic effects and are essential for any library.
I myself prefer books when learning as I can delve into the book whenever and where ever I may be. Also when learning from DVD's or Videos I subconciously pick up the performers presentation style, I feel that a presentation should be unique and so prefer not to be influenced in this way.

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My vote goes for Art of Astonishment aswell.
there are some wonderful effects in it.
The other 2 books are also great but i prefer AOA.
As for which is better books or videos, i think videos have always been easier to learn from because you can see what is happening, but i have always liked books because there are alot more tricks in them and are probably better value.
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Hi Devin,
You will find that DVD's or video's are a greater learning method than flicking through the pages of books,because you can see how the sleights etc, should be performed, but at the same time books contain a lot more material in them.

Hi,
Yes and books also help you learn the effects and slights better than Video or DVD because rather than simply copying what you see. the effort spent working out the thing from the written world forces some experimentation and interpretation. you will learn the moves/routines much better and you will not pick up the perfomers habbits/style. Also books are much more convenient if you practice a lot... you do not interupt others like you would if you had to watch the DVD, you can read the book and practice whilst other family members are watching the TV. I like Dvd's best for watching other perfomers acts without explainations
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I'm going to go out on a limb and say check the others beside Art of Astonishment. I love Paul Harris's stuff but, a big but, this series of books is incredibly popular and has been for the last several years. There are a lot of people doing a lot of the effects in these books. By choosing older material, like the Paul Curry, you are more likely to set yourself apart from what everybody else is doing.

As for the video v. book debate. This battle has been being waged since magic videos started coming out. They both have pluses and minuses. Videos are really helpful if you're trying to figure out the timing of an effect. Also, you don't have to try your new move while you're also trying to flip and hold pages. Personally, I prefer books because I usually don't have someone elses presentation sneaking into my mind. I can get the effect and work on how I want to present it.

Just my two cents,

Mark
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hi devin, actually you can't go wrong with any of the books you listed... they are all great.... but if you have to choose, i would say "go along with art of astonishment"

its great....and you won;t be sorry....

as for book vs video...iff you are a beginner, i would advise that you get video....

if you are intermediate, then books might be cheaper and even better....cause you get more tricks and stuff out of it....for the same money...

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devin_devil
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so i guess books are better videos.
however, the problem i had with books is that, some of the explanation aren't clear.

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Explanations can be just as unclear in videos as in books. I wouldn't trust any magician who says to go with videos only as their repetoire is probably thread-bare. There is so much to be discovered, new and old, in magic's literature. Video, being a relatively recent development in the learning of magic, is so limited. There are important things in books that you are simply not going to find in any video. Not just tricks, but invaluable lessons on the philosophy and psychology of magic, which are difficult to express in an engaging manner in videos and which are far more important to your magic and its development than any tricks you'll learn.

That said, you can't go wrong with any of those choices. The Vernon and Harris sets contain enough material to last you for a very very long time and even longer than that. You can't go wrong either way so just go with the one that appeals to you the most.
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AOA without a doubt.I also have that same soft spot for Master(or is that Sir)Harris.My your creative juices flow so much that you give us AOA Vol4!
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