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Shikanominarazu
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I'm going to buy one of these books (maybe both) when I visit the states again in July.
Steranko on Cards by Jim Steranko
A Cut Above by Vincent Foy.
You can only have one. Which do you take?
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Steranko on Cards
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On 2013-06-27 12:52, Vlad_77 wrote:
Steranko on Cards


No argument there!
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Hmm. No one for Foy? Interesting.
Well, I may still get both, but I guess Steranko seems the consensus (sample size notwithstanding).
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I'll increase the sample size by one and also recommend Steranko on Cards.
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Ok, new books into the poll, that I have decided I may also want:
4 options now are:
Steranko on Cards
A Cut Above
Approaching Magic by David Regal
The Complete Works of Derek Dingle

How do we vote now?
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What exactly are you looking for, because these are four very different books. Steranko offers a wide variety of sleights and applications, The Foy book is pretty much an exploration of one-handed cuts. Dingle offers some truly brilliant, but mostly advanced card routines. Regal is the most wide-ranging book of material (not all cards) out of the four you have chosen. I love the Regal book, and as much as I like Steranko, I would pick Dingle over it. The Foy book is interesting, but would likely end up sitting on your shelf.

So... get two, and out of these four I would pick:
- Approaching Magic by David Regal
- The Complete Works of Derek Dingle

Also... Steranko is a pretty thin book, and the international shipping would not be as great as either Regal or Dingle, which are considerable in size.

Where in Japan are you from?
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^ Agree.
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Well if we're increasing the sample size and the OP does seem all over the infield on this, I would suggest either the Regal book or Dingle. I voted before on Steranko, but, that was because the op named two books.

The Dingle book is great but the Regal book as Magiguy stated is more far ranging and I would add that the essays are essential reading, i.e, don't just skip over them for the effects.
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Approaching Magic by David Regal.
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Cool, nice to see the responses. I know the list is a little baffling, but I just wanted to see what the more experienced posters thought of the books I thought looked interesting. I like to see how you guys and gals think.
Magiguy: I'm from LA, but I'm in Japan for a long term stay. I'm in Tokyo at the moment.
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Why not simply peruse the shelves at the Onasaka's Magic Shop in Tokyo? You could look at the books and find one you like.
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On 2013-07-01 02:48, kentfgunn wrote:
Why not simply peruse the shelves at the Onasaka's Magic Shop in Tokyo? You could look at the books and find one you like.

I'm pretty sure only one of these books are on the shelf at Magicland, sadly. I will check again when I head out there again this week, though.
But like I said, the reason I started the thread was to see what others thought.
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I would get the book on Derek Dingle, hands down. It is full of great, but difficult material.
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Dingle's book is a outstanding for close up sleight of hand. Steranko's card techniques are ground breaking and can be great tools to have in your arsenal. I have not read "A Cut Above".David Regal's Approaching Magic is a (imo) a modern classic. Pound for pound, it has an incredible amount to offer.

1) The diversity and depth of material is outstanding. There is material from close-up to stage. There are routines with cards, coins, paper money, mentalism, rings, and more.

2) The essays. David's thoughts on scripting, premise, and structure CAN help you become a better performer.

3) David's presentations. His skill as a writer shines through and you can learn from his examples.
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Sterank on cards.
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Dingle and Regal, both great books!
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Steranko
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A Cut Above by Vincent Foy. Of course if you're not really into one-handed cuts then stay away from this book.

If you're looking for a book with effects then I would get Derek Dingle's.
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I love David's work, Dingle...I honestly don't think I've ever opened the book except to have him sign it. Steranko all the way. I used to do about 4 pieces in there. Now, just one that I reserve for Halloween when I want to make grown men scream like a 6 year old girl.
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