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Up_in_smoke
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I've been studying card magic for about 10 years and I'm tired of looking for the latest and greatest card magic DVD so...

What do you think is essential reading for the serious card technician?

I currently have:
Card College
Royal Road to Card Mgic
Annotated Expert at the Card Table

I know there are others out there, but don't know much about them such as Revolutionary Card Technique or Expert Card Technique.

What would you recommend or what would you want in your magic library?

Thanks

Sean
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The two you mentioned are well worth the study. I'd recommend looking at The Classic Magic of Larry Jennings. Others will have great suggestions too.
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Card Finesse 1 & 2 by Jon Racherbaumer. Revolutionary Card Technique is an excellent book. That book will keep you busy for awhile.
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If you don't have any of the Books that Lewis Ganson wrote on Vernon's magic get them. But after being in magic for ten years I would imagine that you have them. If not stop what you are doing and work on obtaining those.


Other than that, the works that have already been mentioned are all very good recommendations. Others to look into would be Jack Carpenter's work. Allan Ackerman
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On 2013-08-07 15:37, Up_in_smoke wrote:
... for the serious card technician?


Technician or performer?
...to all the coins I've dropped here
Up_in_smoke
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On 2013-08-07 17:07, RS1963 wrote:
If you don't have any of the Books that Lewis Ganson wrote on Vernon's magic get them. But after being in magic for ten years I would imagine that you have them. If not stop what you are doing and work on obtaining those.


I do not have these, I will certainly look into them. I have nothing of the professor.

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On 2013-08-07 15:37, Up_in_smoke wrote:
... for the serious card technician?


Technician or performer?


I am a performer, by technician I mean I want to hone my craft to the best of my ability
Vlad_77
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Everything you can possibly get your hands on by Harry Lorayne.


Best,
Vlad
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On 2013-08-07 20:39, Vlad_77 wrote:
Everything you can possibly get your hands on by Harry Lorayne.
Best,
Vlad


Unreservedly seconded! Smile

In fact, it's ALL that you will ever need.
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Nah, stay away from my books!!
[email]harrylorayne@earthlink.net[/email]

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http://www.harryloraynemagic.com
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Of course classics are a must and everything noted is a great study and read!!!

There are a lot of newer books that are great with some outstanding card material, not sure if this is what you are looking for but:

-ONE DEGREE by John G.
-PAPER ENGINE by Aaron Fisher
- Anything John Bannon but they are not all cards
Just to name a few!!
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That's easy - here you go:
http://www.google.com/search?q=best+card......i&rls=en

That should more than enough reference reading. Anything else written on your thread will be purely redundant. And pick the books based on your skill level, getting a book that teaches advanced difficult card magic can be discouraging and unwise - remember you are building your library over time, not in 30 days. Please note to self about subjectivity otherwise you will end up wasting a lot of money.
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Anything by Harry
Anything by Vernon, (start with Inner Card Trilogy)
Most things by Marlo
Classic Magic of Larry Jennings
Jennings '67
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^ This.
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I can recommend books by:

Darwin Ortiz
Ed Marlo
Allan Ackerman
Martin Nash
Simon Aronson
Juan Tamariz
John Bannon
Harry Lorayne
Aldo Colombini
Alex Elmsley
Bernard Bilis
Michael Close
Dai Vernon
David Berglas
Derek Dingle
Guy Hollingworth
Jon Racherbaumer
Max Maven
Michael Skinner
Nick Trost
Peter Duffie
Roberto Giobbi
Rusduck
Stephen Tucker
Karl Fulves
Martin Joyal - Joyal Stack - memorized card magic.

All of them produce excellent cardmagic books.

I have over 500 magic books, so the list can go on forever...
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On 2013-08-07 23:24, Chris Westfall wrote:
Of course classics are a must and everything noted is a great study and read!!!

There are a lot of newer books that are great with some outstanding card material, not sure if this is what you are looking for but:

-ONE DEGREE by John G.
-PAPER ENGINE by Aaron Fisher
- Anything John Bannon but they are not all cards
Just to name a few!!


Hi Chris,

I certainly agree! I am really aching for the new John Bannon book - who isn't? Aaron Fisher is an excellent writer, magician and he is a Beatles fan which makes him even better in my book. One Degree is - and yes I know we hate this word - one the BEST books I have have bought.

Best,
Vlad
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On 2013-08-07 23:04, Harry Lorayne wrote:
Nah, stay away from my books!!


Well, it is wise advice if the potential reader has a deep phobia of learning great magic from magic's best teacher.
Up_in_smoke
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On 2013-08-07 23:04, Harry Lorayne wrote:
Nah, stay away from my books!!


Sorry Harry, embarrassingly I forgot to include Classic Collection volume 1 in the list of essential books I already have, I also have One Degree by John Guastaferro
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For essential reading I would also add some theoretical texts Arthur F. MacTier's Card Concepts as well as some of Ascanio's works. If you are hardcore then I would also recommend the two volumes of "The best pf Slydini... and more" by Karl Fulves, if you can find it.
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Close Up Card Magic by Harry Lorayne will give you plenty of great magic

And I agree about John Bannon, any of his will give you some great, magical effects that are not too difficult to learn, most of which are downright fun.
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"Card Control", by Arthur H. Buckley.

I think this may even be in the public domain...
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