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jonnyelworthy
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Hi, I am 16 and from UK. I am new to magic and have brought some tricks like Three Card Monte which I even use my own effect on and Healed and Sealed etc. But my birthday is coming up and I am going to go magic crazy! Smile

I was just wondering what is the best stuff I can buy (e.g. gimmicks, books, DVDs, etc.) which will astound the audience and will really help me. Also, any tricks people can teach me on here that require just a deck of cards?

Cheers everyone
Jonny Smile
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If you are interested in cards, I suggest getting Michael Ammar's Easy to Master Card Miracles DVDs. They are GREAT! They got the best card effects in there. Most of them are fairly easy to do. I also recommend the book Magic for Dummies. While the book title is horrible, the book is great. It got some amazing stuff in there. It's a very good book for beginners. Besides card tricks, it also has some other effects with everyday items, such as money and sugar packs. Since you are a beginner, I suggest if you don't already have the Invisible Deck, GET IT! It's one of my most favorite effects. It's extremely easy to do, and it blows people away.

Hope this helps. Smile
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I think you would get a lot of use out of Now You See It, Now You Don't! by Bill Tarr. This book will teach you the basics of sleight of hand and introduce you to a variety of areas of magic. I started out with this book, and it certainly helped me. You should be able to find it at your local magic shop, or at a few online shops.

It sounds like you have an interest in card magic in particular, so I would also recommend The Royal Road to Card Magic or the Card College series. These books will get you on the right track with sleight of hand card magic. Card College is a series of five books and certainly covers more material than Royal Road, but Royal Road is at a cheaper price.

And for your last question, we're not allowed to discuss secrets in the open forums, but when you have made 50 legitimate posts you will get access to the Banquet Room, and it is there that you may discuss secrets openly. (You should read the Café Rules and Etiquette and the FAQ for more info on this.)

But I do know of a good website where you can learn some card tricks that require only a deck of cards:

http://web.superb.net/cardtric/index.htm

I hope I helped you.

Emily B.
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jonnyelworthy
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Thank you very much, that is great. I am feeling great about this place already.
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I would second the Easy to Master Card Miracles, I think you would get a ton out of them.
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You visit Penguin Magic, they have A LOT of items and some impromptu tricks you can download.
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I know that the Ammar Easy to Master Card series is very good. I remember the first time watching them and just going WOW!

As the name states they are easy (some more than others) and watching Ammar perform them is a treat also. Royal Road to Card Magic is also a wonderful book to read. So good luck and enjoy.

Tony Smile
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On 2003-10-19 21:34, Magic_Mailman wrote:
Royal Road to Card Magic is also a wonderful book to read.

Yes, it is a good book but Card College I covers everything in Royal Road so you are better getting off with Card College.

I hope that helps.

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May I recommend you take a look at the following link which will answer all your questions:

http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......forum=41

You will find a heap of good buys on the book list there as well as a few DVDs and videos. Also it would pay you to look at the "Buy Magic (A how-to guide)" which sits at the top of the very first page.

Magically
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Ricky B
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Card College I covers everything in Royal Road
Not so. Card College is a wonderful series of books, but it is more expensive than Royal Road to Card Magic. RRTCM certainly covers more than CC Vol. 1.

If cost is not an issue, then get Card College by all means. As a 16-year-old, I assume cost is a consideration, and in that case, buying RRTCM now will get you off to a good start.

--Rick
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All of the above are wondeful suggestions and I would just add my two cents for Mark Wilson's Complete Course in Magic.

You seem to have already sampled a variety of different effects (a VERY good thing!) Smile and this book gives a wealth of information about a wide variety of magic. Cards, coins, impromptu, etc. are all in there. Great explanations and illustrations abound!
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Even though they were already mentioned, I'll mention them again: Mark Wilson's Complete Course in Magic and Now You See It, Now You Don't. Both books carry a lot of presentations for a beginner. You will be able to use many household items, a good money saver.
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Mark Wilson's Complete Course in Magic is great! I haven't read it before, but when I get a glimpse at my local Chapters I will buy it immediately. The book cover so many materials, cards, coins, ropes, silks, cups and balls, even stage illusions. The paperback version can be found at major bookstores like Amazon.

Another book not to be overlooked is Magic for Dummies.
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If you are ever in London, have a chat with the guys at Davenports and they will point you in the right direction
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Of all the books I bought so far, Mark Wilson's Complete Course in Magic would be on top of my list. It is very well written with useful pictures. It will teach you basic sleights and principles for different types of magic. And of course, it is filled with magic tricks too!

For quick tricks, I suggest the Karl Fulves Self-working series. Those books are filled with nice and easy-to-master little tricks that will still amaze your audience.

Richard
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Giday Jonny

Looks like you got a decent conversation going here.

I have been visiting secondhand book shops for a few years now and purchasing anything that looks worthwhile. I find that a lot of the books repeat some pretty basic stuff and many of them are difficult to follow (or that could be could be me that is a bit thick).

I would like to join in with the chorus singing the praise of Mark Wilson's books. The one I have is titled Mark Wilson's Cyclopedia of Magic. It is a small thick book, 638 pages and covers a wide range of material including an extensive section on cards and a section at the end on stage illusions.

My current presentation of the "Cups and Balls" and "Sponge Ball" routines are based on the material in this little book and I find myself often returning to it for inspiration.

Have a great birthday.
Troppo Bob Smile
danny
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Try and not go crazy on gimmicks. They may look attractive but I can guarantee most will find their way to the back of a drawer that you will never open.
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Jonny: I was just wondering what is the best stuff I can buy (e.g. gimmicks, books, DVDs, etc.) which will astound the audience and will really help me.

Dave Dee's program—available at http://www.thedean.net
Randy Charach's stuff
Etc., etc.

Robert Bloor Smile
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The suggestions that are repeated over and over here are all excellent: Mark Wilson, Royal Road and Ammar ETM videos. Books (and videos/DVDs) are definitely a better value for the money than specific gimmicks. But...

I remember when I started out that gimmicks were more "fun." So here's a couple of "starter" gimmicks:

Stripper Deck: lots of different tricks and can be used as a regular deck of cards

Svengali Deck: this deck is more limited in that you have a problem if you want to do more than one trick with it for the same person, and it can not be used as a regular deck of cards

Scotch & Soda: a little more expensive than the cards but a good introductory coin gimmick.
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You have got to get a copy of Mark Wilson's Complete Course in Magic book. For all the reasons that others have mentioned above. It covers a lot of ground. All tricks come complete with presentations that you can do (and modify to your own taste). He does a good job encouraging showmanship throughout the book.
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