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calimagician
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In the 1960 George Pal film "The Time Machine" the leading character, H. Geroge Wells, played by Rod Taylor, returns to January 5, 1900 to tell his friends of his time traveling adventures. George's friends scoff at his story and leave; only Filby (his best friend) believes him. George leaves again in the time machine. Filby and George's housekeeper notice three books are missing from George's library which he apparently took with him. They, and the viewer, are left to speculate which three books were removed.

If you had to take three books to teach someone how to do be an illusionist - which three books would you take (or use) to teach with?

It is a "given" that the person has natural ability and is an entertainer.

Just name the three books that you'd use to train or teach them.
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Fun subject. Our family just happened to watch the original "Time Machine" film last weekend. Such a classic.

Tough question. I just went to my library to look over the various shelves of magic books I own. I'm not sure I could really narrow it to 3 but here's a go at it.

The Performance of Close Up Magic by Eugene Burger
The Secret Ways of Al Baker
The Trick Brain by Fitzkee (Any of the Fitzkee trilogy would suffice)

Of course, then again.....there's the Alan Wakeling book or....any Steinmeyer book....or Robert Harbin book......ok, never mind. I could never just take 3 books.

All the best.
Michael
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Actually just as I hit the send button I realized you weren't suggesting close up magic resources.

That changes the game a bit.

Definitely would include a Robert Harbin book.
Still like the idea of a Fitzkee book.
Probably would bring along my copy of The Magic of Alan Wakeling.

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Hi Michael--

There are no wrong books.

I have asked this question for years to people from all walks of life. Many times one or more of the three are not even about the subject the person is a specialist in.

The hard part is you just get "three". That is also what I like about the question. You have to pick only three to teach someone.

Thanks for your suggestions.
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My choice 3 in no particular order:

On Stage With Illusions by Duane Laflin

So You Want To be An Illusionist by David Seebach

Maximum Entertainment by Ken Weber

There are so many other books that could also be very helpful. However I would start with these three.

Mark
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I recently obtained a copy of Jim Steinmeyer's Conjuring Anthology, at 526 pages of the most unique solutions to classic and standard magic I have ever read, this is truly, in my opinion, the best book in magic above all others.

There is so much material in the 75 chapters, it will take a person months to get through it all and digest the contents. You will learn volumes of information from this single book, nothing has ever been written and printed like it before. Learning though example is one of the best ways to absorb knowledge.

My other 2 favorite books are out of print, so I do not want to cause any anxiety over not being able to obtain these excellent references on performance.

http://www.jimsteinmeyer.com/catalog/pro......9&page=1
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Assuming there would be sun, I would take my Kindle (1 item), loaded with e-books, a solar charger (2 items), and a charger cord (3 items).

Will there be water to drink when I get there (then)? If not, the books are useless Smile
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I would make one a check book. Smile
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