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SIX
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Dude your missing one of the best books around...Expert Card Technique. I always snub it off and recently found a wealth of material I have been performing is from there...its super cheap also, and then get The Card Magic of LePaul...Another super affordable book, you should still have about $45 after those, and use that for a bottle of wine and dinner at home to enjoy those books!
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I second "Doug Edwards Packs A Wallop", and also "Stars of Magic." For variety, get "The Dai Vernon Book of Magic" by Lewis Ganson.
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I am willing to get in the future almost each and every book you mentioned. I heard great things about Krenzel, but I never heard of "Doug Edwards Pack a Wallop". I think Stars of Magic is a must...
There are some books out of my budget, like Gold Dust or Apocalypse (or the Cassic Collection volumes), but I'm sure they're worth the money...

SIX, your advice was great... Expert Card Technique is very cheap and a must, too. I could get it with Card Manipulations and one of Fulves'...

The only thing I have clear right now is that the more you know, the more it costs to decide!
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I bought 'Dear Mr Fantasy' a few years ago, when I had a pretty similar range of books to the ones you have. It was a very elegant next step, none of the sleights are impossible, and there is such a varied and solid collection of great tricks in there, some of which require almost nothing in the way of sleights. If I was you (and I'm obviously not, so feel free to ignore), that would be the first book on my list, just so I could go through my discovery of it all over again.
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Charlie, I agree with the recommendation to pick up a cheap copy of Expert Card Technique from Amazon. I got one for $4. It's tattered (which is the way I like it) but I can take it anywhere I go and don't have to worry about damaging the book. I cut my teeth on Harry Lorayne as well. If you like Lorayne and Paul Gordon, I strongly suggest you look at John Guastaferro's One Degree. This is excellent card magic with an attention to raising your performance game as well.
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On 2013-05-14 00:15, SIX wrote:
Dude your missing one of the best books around...Expert Card Technique. I always snub it off and recently found a wealth of material I have been performing is from there...its super cheap also, and then get The Card Magic of LePaul...Another super affordable book, you should still have about $45 after those, and use that for a bottle of wine and dinner at home to enjoy those books!


Very good advice! Both of these books are excellent .
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Another vote for John Bannon's Dear Mr. Fantasy. Great book indeed.
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Hi Charlie,

take a look at the Magic Café Book of the Year 2005-2012 list:

2005: Dear Mr Fantasy, John Bannon
2006: Power Plays, Mike Power
2007: Session/547, Joshua Jay
2008: Approaching Magic, David Regal
2009: Magic: 1400s to 1950s, Mike Cavenry
2010: One Degree, John Guastaferro
2011: ...A book in english (Woody Aragon) but...http://themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=478326&forum=110&62
2012: Emotional Mentalism, Luca Volpe http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......orum=110

You'll find that some of them have already been recommended here Smile And the others are worth taking a look at.
When Peo Olsson asked which book of the 2005-2010 book of the year awards was the best, the poll went to a draft between Mr.Fantasy and Approaching magic.
http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......orum=110

It's also interesting taking a look at the must have books thread: "If you could only have TEN books in your library - what would they be?"
http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......orum=110

Hope this helps.

Buena suerte.
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take a look at the Magic Café Book of the Year 2005-2012 list:

2005: Dear Mr Fantasy, John Bannon
2006: Power Plays, Mike Power
2007: Session/547, Joshua Jay
2008: Approaching Magic, David Regal
2009: Magic: 1400s to 1950s, Mike Cavenry
2010: One Degree, John Guastaferro
2011: ...A book in english (Woody Aragon) but...http://themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=478326&forum=110&62
2012: Emotional Mentalism, Luca Volpe http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......orum=110

2012's "winner" may require an asterisk, since when a separate poll was held for Best Mentalism Book of 2012, Unreal by Bruce Bernstein won in a landslide, with ostensible 2012 Book of the Year Emotional Mentalism receiving a few mentions in passing, but garnering a total of 0 votes. When voting in front of mentalists, Emotional Mentalism's author Luca Volpe voted for Unreal instead of his own book: http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......start=30

The 2012 runner-up for Book of the Year was Lessons in Card Mastery by Darwin Ortiz.
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Carpelo, thanks for that amazing list of info!
I'll check it out thoroughly. This will help a lot!

Looks like Dear Mr Fantasy is the strongest candidate at the moment.
About Lessons in Card Mastery... I love Darwin Ortiz's work and would love to get any of his books, but I get the impression they're a little bit advanced, aren't they?
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Save your money, Charlie, so then you can buy the good stuff!!
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Wha'? No Buckley? No Brother Hamman? No additional Trost volumes? Vernon?

Lots of good ideas here.

My additional piece of advice is this: READ.

READ what you have. With a deck in hand.

You already have an EXCELLENT library. I'd be hunkering down. AND buying additions to your library! Smile
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"certainly going for the Complete Walton volumes will set you up with a lot of material. Personally I've never enjoyed these books as much as others rave about them"

I'm inclined to agree; good, but perhaps a bit overrated.

John Carney's Book of Secrets doesn't get the attention of some of his other stuff, but it's a real modern classic. And the full set of Ascanio books (theory, cards, cards, knives) look beautiful when they're not being read. Mnemonica, while a memorized deck book, is also a generally superb source for moves (the appendix of sleights is good enough to be a stand-alone book) and approaches to performing with application beyond just memorized deck tricks. Roger's Thesaurus, Card Finesse 2,Focus (Max Maven/P.G.) and Marlo in Spades are some others that belong in the first-tier of all-time classics but are sometimes excluded.
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On 2013-05-15 09:15, duanebarry wrote:
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On 2013-05-15 04:52, carpelo wrote:

take a look at the Magic Café Book of the Year 2005-2012 list:

2005: Dear Mr Fantasy, John Bannon
2006: Power Plays, Mike Power
2007: Session/547, Joshua Jay
2008: Approaching Magic, David Regal
2009: Magic: 1400s to 1950s, Mike Cavenry
2010: One Degree, John Guastaferro
2011: ...A book in english (Woody Aragon) but...http://themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=478326&forum=110&62
2012: Emotional Mentalism, Luca Volpe http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......orum=110

2012's "winner" may require an asterisk, since when a separate poll was held for Best Mentalism Book of 2012, Unreal by Bruce Bernstein won in a landslide, with ostensible 2012 Book of the Year Emotional Mentalism receiving a few mentions in passing, but garnering a total of 0 votes. When voting in front of mentalists, Emotional Mentalism's author Luca Volpe voted for Unreal instead of his own book: http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......start=30

The 2012 runner-up for Book of the Year was Lessons in Card Mastery by Darwin Ortiz.


Obiviously I can't vote for my own book! And UNREAL is a book I LOVE!
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I would certainly recommend picking up Card College 1 & 2 if you could afford them. Gradually buy the set, they are full of outstanding card material. They are also very very well written!
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On 2013-06-12 03:17, lucavolpe wrote:
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On 2013-05-15 09:15, duanebarry wrote:
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On 2013-05-15 04:52, carpelo wrote:

take a look at the Magic Café Book of the Year 2005-2012 list:

2005: Dear Mr Fantasy, John Bannon
2006: Power Plays, Mike Power
2007: Session/547, Joshua Jay
2008: Approaching Magic, David Regal
2009: Magic: 1400s to 1950s, Mike Cavenry
2010: One Degree, John Guastaferro
2011: ...A book in english (Woody Aragon) but...http://themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=478326&forum=110&62
2012: Emotional Mentalism, Luca Volpe http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......orum=110

2012's "winner" may require an asterisk, since when a separate poll was held for Best Mentalism Book of 2012, Unreal by Bruce Bernstein won in a landslide, with ostensible 2012 Book of the Year Emotional Mentalism receiving a few mentions in passing, but garnering a total of 0 votes. When voting in front of mentalists, Emotional Mentalism's author Luca Volpe voted for Unreal instead of his own book: http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......start=30

The 2012 runner-up for Book of the Year was Lessons in Card Mastery by Darwin Ortiz.


Obiviously I can't vote for my own book! And UNREAL is a book I LOVE!


Yes, Unreal is great. It was my own pick in both polls.

Yet the record shows you did in fact vote for your own book in the Best Book of 2012 poll: http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/searc......orum=110

But not in front of mentalists. For the Best Mentalism Book of 2012 poll you, like nearly all the participants, voted for Bruce Bernstein's Unreal while your ostensible "Best Book of 2012" attracted 0 votes there.

Very curious how your book mustered the votes to claim the overall award when it didn't register a single vote as the top book in its own category...
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Inner trilogy + close up card magic + strong magic + lepaul or buckley
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You might try this:

http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......rum=2&12

I have his last book, and have ordered his new offering.
Good stuff, then again all the suggestions are spot on also.

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Any of Mike Close's "Workers" series. I liked the first 3 best.
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I'm currently reading both The Classic Magic of Larry Jennings and The Collected works of Alex Elmsley. BOth have struck me as amazing reads and you can learn a lot of amazing effects, especially those in their original form. The Elmsley Count is taught in the Collected Works and its amazing to see the count in an Elmsley book after performing so much for all these years. Both I would recommend greatly.
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