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shanester
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I know that the first reply I am going to get is—get them all—but which of these books should I go for if I'm looking for impromptu stuff? To clarify, I want tricks that can be done with little or no prep using common items including coins/rubberbands. I am not interested in card stuff at the moment.

I already do quite a bit of coin stuff and have On the Spot (but not Off the Cuff) by Greg Wilson. As well, I have the Encyclopedia of Impromptu Magic (which I feel is OK but a lot of it is dated).

So here's my list:
  • The Magic Book by Harry Lorayne
  • Tarbell course, the library e-book version
  • Art of Astonishment (which volume first?)
  • The Magic of Michael Ammar, can't remember the author
Eventually I will be aiming to get most of these, but you know how it is with money.

Thanks guys
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All of the books you mentioned are great buys, however, you will be getting a lot of card items from each one. The Magic Book is geared towards beginners, the Michael Ammar book isn't. AoA is great, but so is Tarbell. I would recommend volume one of AoA.

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AoA is great but if you are not really interested in card stuff, you should look elsewhere as about 75% of the effects are with cards.
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Go with Tarbell. It's a lot of magic in a small package (if you're going to do the CD-ROM thing). Even if you do the books, I'd still choose it first. It's still a relatively small package for the amount of stuff crammed into it. I carried mine home on a plane about five years ago. I still have rotator cuff problems but I've gotten some great magic out of them.

My second choice would be the Ammar book. He's a great teacher and a great person.

AOA is great but everyone is doing stuff from these lately. The great thing about these books when they were first published was that the effects were unlike almost anything anybody else was doing. Sadly, that doesn't seem to be the case anymore.

The Harry Lorayne book is great also, but as already stated is geared towards beginners. Not that that's a bad thing. There's a lot of great material in beginner books.

Just my two cents,
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shanester
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Nice replies, thanks. I've just ordered Tarbell.

It sounds, from your replies that there may be better books out there that I'm not considering (coins, impromptu, not really cards). If you know of something that fits this bill, then could you post it. TA

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Tarbell. No question, given the books you listed.

It covers everything from beginning to medium-advanced magic and from micro-close up magic to grand illusion.

A MUST for ANY magician.

Period.

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Where can the Tarbell CD be purchased?

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Tarbell can be purchased at http://www.Lybrary.com/ or, if you’re a member, http://www.thelearnedpig.com.pa is also selling an ebook version of its own.
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Thanks AutoX!
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The Magic Book by Harry Lorayne

Great basic stuff and many of tricks can be performed impromptu.

Also it would be cheaper to buy this book instead of the whole Tarbell course.
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No, actually the whole of Tarbell on a CD is only $37. I've ordered this (and I must admit called in a birthday present and got the Magic of Michael Ammar - makes me seriously consider getting a TT, and the rest of the stuff in the book is quality).
I am concerned about the stuff people have been saying about The Magic Book. When they say it is for beginners, how basic is it?
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The Magic Book is basic in that is easy learned magic. But laymen love the effects and a lot of magicians are not all that familiar with them. For example, the "Magic Count.”
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Do you have Bobo's? A lot of the stuff in that can be done at a moments notice, with ungimmicked coins. Also, the paperback is only around $10. The only drawback is that it is 100% coins.
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I'm not really an impromtu person, but I have the Phoenix CD ROM. It's VERY cheap and has loads of stuff.
It's an old magazine of course, but that my be a good thing.
A lot of old magazines are back out in this format and may be worth looking at.
shanester
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Where can I get hold of it?
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I will vote for Tarbell book.
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Tarbell course is full of effects with many different props. 1646 pages (pdf version)on everything in magic: cards, coins, paper, rope, mental etc. Take this one, you won't be disapointed.
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Tricks with your Head, by Mac King, is all impromptu stuff using parts of your body. It's great fun!
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