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I'd have to second gkfreed on Richard Kaufmann's Collected Almanac.....More great material shoved in those pages than you can perform in a year...I still, on a rainy day, flip through those pages and find something to check out
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Tough one....hmmm....The Classic Magic of Larry Jennings by Mike Maxwell - L&L Publishing
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The Classic Secrets of Magic by Bruce Elliot
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Obviously an impossible task, but after a lot of thought, here is my nomination:

Barrie Richardson's Theatre of the Mind.

Why? Because it is rare in a book of magic to get not only incredible rock solid effects, but also wonderful insights into the presentation and evolution of the routines. And, going even one step further, it is rarer still to get a sense of the performer as an artist with something positive to contribute to his audience. Richardson's respect for his audience and his essential decency come through loud and clear in every page of the book.

One couldn't have a finer role model.

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Corinda "13 Steps to Mentalism".
"Here's to our wives and girlfriends...may they never meet!" - Groucho Marx
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Ken Weber's "Maximum Entertainment."

The information in this book will be more valuable to the smart performer than all the information in all the above named books combined.

Check the ad in this month's Genii.


P.S. I have no finacial interest in this book.
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"Strong Magic" (Darwin Ortiz)

PS: "Mentalism Incorporated" (Chuck Hickok) is a very close second ...

"If this be magic, let it be an art ..."
-- William Shakespeare, The Winter's Tale, Act 5, Scene 3
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Corinda's 13 Steps to Mentalism Smile
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The Books of Wonder. You can either let me take both, I could staple them together, or you could try to pry one of them out of my cold dead hand. Smile

What would Wavy do?
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If this a personal question for advice for you. You did not say what your interest is in Magic. Close-up or Stage. Cards, coins, dice, etc.

The best books on magic are "Ken Brooke, The Unique Years", Ken Brooke and Friends, Alan Shaxon books, Roy Johnson Books. These books have both close-up and stage magic.

For close up the most useful books on magic is all the Paul Harris books. If you learn his material you will entertain your audience.

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My vote would also have to be for
Richard Kaufmann's Collected Almanac

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I actually like the Card College books. I tried AOA vol 1 and thought it was just ok. Everyone seems to be so blown away by them. I guess I judge a book by how much I grew from reading them and how much material I actully will perform. Maybe I'm just not skilled enough yet to fully utilize the effects in AOA. I also like the Peter Duffie book "Effortless Card Magic"
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It's got to be Stunners Plus, well worth every penny.
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T.A. Waters's "Mind, Myth & Magick"
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The Books of Wonder! Smile
I don't have a solution, but I admire the problem.
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The Wonder Books - one for each hand. Nothing touches them. Smile
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Only one book? Easy! I can't believe no one has mentioned it. Read it again if you think I am wrong.

The Amateur Magicians Handbook by Henry Hay. It has
everything and covers it well. Much of my performances today, still have material from that book.

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13 steps to mentalism,a bit dated but a classic.
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Drawing Room Deceptions Smile
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