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Peo Olsson
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Best magic books you actually bought this year.

For me so far:
High Caliber - John Bannon
Japan Ingenious - Steve Cohen & Richard Kaufman
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High Caliber - John Bannon
Nick Trost's Subtle Card Creations volume 4

I also bought a LOT of e-books, and some truly excellent ones at that.
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No no no noooooo no e-books Vlad, only real books.
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Non Plus Ultra - Magic Christian, Steven Minch hope to have these books shipped around 7th of december. I have allready pre-orded my copy.
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Does it have to be issued in 2013?
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For me it would have to be "Japan Ingenious" from Kaufman.
Really like the thinking and the variety of magic in the book.
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Japan Ingenious is also my favorite so far.

It's such a fun, joyfully clever book with a range of styles.
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An Unofficial and Incomplete List of Books on Magic and Its Allied Arts Published in 2013

The lists shown below contain a total of 144 print* books published or scheduled to be published for the first time in 2013.** These bibliographies do not purport to be exhaustive; additional sources*** and more scrupulous research would yield more titles. All errors and omissions are solely mine. Corrections and additions are encouraged.

This tabulation is as of October 31 and updates the June 25 list. A final edition, incorporating late additions as well as corrections submitted to The Magic Café Book of the Year message board, will be issued December 31.

No person or entity has endorsed this list, including The Magic Café, its moderators, or the administrator of The Magic Café Book of the Year Poll. Books enumerated here do not automatically qualify for The 2013 Magic Café Book of the Year poll; final eligibility is determined by the poll administrator.****




Books Available from Magic Dealers

Anonymous (realwork.com). “Cunning Attractions”
Anonymous (Paralabs). “Do Not Disturb: Thoughts on Heckling”
Anonymous. “PLF ESP Collection Book”
Arcana, H. “ESP Arcana”
Bannon, John. “High Caliber”
Barnowsky, Larry. “Counting on Deception”
Baukin, Martin. “Cold Reading: The Classic Book of Techniques”
Beam, Steve. “Gourmet Card Magic”
Ben, David. “Slaight: Off Hand”
Biro, Pete. “Funny Stuff”
Biro, Pete. “The Last Lecture”
Biro, Pete. “Memoirs of a Spook Show Ghost”
Bloom, Gaeten. “Full Bloom”
Brewer, Congreave, et. al. “3t: Manual . . . Triple Threat Coin Gimmick”
Bruno, Joe. “Anatomy of Misdirection” (revised and updated edition)
Cameron, Douglas. “The Magic of Steven Hamilton”
Carroll, Bob. “The World’s Most Famous Unknown Magician and Ventriloquist”
Cassidy, Bob. “The Artful Mentalism of Bob Cassidy: Volume 2
Caveney, Mike. ‘Mike Caveney Wonders” and “The Conference Illusions”
Christopher, Dee. “The Knowledge.”
Cohen, Steve, & Kaufman, Richard. “Japan Ingenious”
Deautsch, Yaniv. “Telepathy Report”
Derris, John. “Days of Wine and Magic”
Dobson, Wayne. ‘Look No Hands: Volume 2”
Dobson, Wayne. “Marked for Life.”
Edward, Mark. “Silentium”
Eidem, Roy. “Coins by Roy: Volume 1”
Evans, Eric. “53 Friends: Card Tricks for Everywhere”
Evans, Shawn. “Build Your Own Psychic Calculator”
Evans, Shawn. “Card Through Window”
Evans, Shawn. “Deceptions That Dare to Dazzle and Delight”
Evans, Shawn. “Prestige Pen Projects”
Evans, Shawn. “Real World Card Control Magic”
Fischer, John. “Tommy Cooper: Jus’ Like That”
Frailich, Ariel. “Reading Writing”
Fujari, Gabe. “Cardini: The Suave Deceiver Auction Catalog”
Gagnon, Tom, and Field, Matthew. “Too Hot for the Devil”
Geris, Brent. “The Magic Apple Live !”
Giobbi, Roberto. “Art of Switching Decks”
Grant, Jamie. “The Approach: A Complete Guide . . . “
Guastaferro, John. “Discoveries & Deceptions”
Harrismatic. “Crimental”
Hass, Lawrence. “Deep Mental Mysteries”
Hatch, Richard. “Taro-San the Fisherman and the Weeping Willow Tree”
Higham, Justin. “Bold and Illogical Card Moves”
Higham, Justin. “Pseudo Cheating Methods and Effects”
Hofzinser, J.N. “Non Plus Ultra”
Jayashanker, Arvind. “Creative Magic” (Adam Wilber)
Jermay, Luke. “The Story Deck”
Jheff. “Fagin’s Gifts”
Jheff. “Games of the Mind”
Jheff. “Intimental”
Jones, Lewis. “Persona”
Knight, Devin. “How to Rank Your Act on Google”
Knight, Devin. “The $1000 A Day Show Plan for Magicians”
Knight, Devin. “Ten Magic Myths Exposed”
Knight, Devin, & Mann, Al. “Al Mann’s Sensational Boiler Escape”
Knight, Devin. “The Ultimate Headline Prediction”
Landman, Todd. “Episementalogie”
Ladanye, Jason. “Confident Deceptions”
Ledo, George. “Boxes, Cases and Crates.”
Leveridge, Mark. “The Collected Card Magic: Volume 3”
Lorayne, Harry. “Before You Forget”
Lovell, Simon. “Second to None”
McGough, Owen. “Titanic Forces”
Melville, Leslie. “Magictales 2”
Metcalfe, Dean. “Frankly Disillusioned”
Milgate, Adam. “Real Secrets”
Montana, Bill. “The Mental Magic of Bill Montana: Volume 1”
Mulcahy, Colm. “Mathematical Card Magic: 52 New Effects”
Neale, Bob. “Nine Uneasy Pieces”
Neale, Robert, and Hass, Larry. “The Magic of Celebrating Illusion”
Neighbors, David. “The David Neighbors Project: Volume 1”
Oberon, Marc. “Create Your Own Magic System.”
Oberon, Marc. “Way Out”*****
Osborne, Paul. “Airborne Box”
Osborne, Paul. “Kidtrix”
Parker, Fraser. “True Mysteries” (DVD and book)
Petrosian, Sos & Victoria. “All You Need to Know about Quick Change: Part 1
Petrosian, Sos & Victoria. “All You Need to Know about Quick Change: Part 2
Philpott, Chris. “Intimate Mysteries”
Pink, Ran. “T-Rex”
Pradier, Etienne. “Think of a Card”
Rawlins, Chris. “Roulette”
Richman, Michael S. “The Magic House of Babcock”
Ring, Ken, & Romhany, Paul. “Rubber Band Magic”
Robinson, Scott. “Varied Methods”
Salem, Marc, & Mark, Richard. “Cerebrate.”
Sartwell, Crispin. “The Color Change”
Steinmeyer, Jim. “Ensuing Impuzzabilities”
Stolz, Chris, and Titanas. “Illusionary Appearances”
Sum, J.C. “Corporate Illusions Made Easy”
Taylor, Sean. “Moving the Cards”
Taylor, Sean. “Selling the Show”
Trost, Nick. “Nick Trost’s Subtle Card Creations: Volume 4”
Vinuesa, Carlos. “Numbers, Cards . . . and Time”
Volpe, Luca. “Emotional Mentalism: Volume 2”
Volpe, Luca, and Knepper, Kenton. “The Collection: Volume 1”
Volpe, Luca, and Titanus. “Psiuke”******
Webster, Richard. “Alexander Nelson: Intimate Secrets”
Webster, Richard. “Scryer’s 13”
Webster, Richard. “Scryer’s Band of Readers”
Wissner, Wayne. “Houdini and Gysel”




Magic Books Available from Lulu.com and Amazon.com

Lulu.com books are included because the winner of the 2012 Magic Café Book of the Year was initially available on lulu.com.

It’s tempting to dismiss trade books, like those listed below (primarily from Amazon.com) as inferior to those published primarily for magicians. Applying this criterion in the past, however, would have slighted estimable works like Scott’s “Discoverie of Witchcraft,” Hoffmann’s “Modern Magic,” Erdnase’s “The Expert at the Card Table,” Elliott’s “Classic Secrets of Magic,” Hay’s “The Amateur Magician’s Handbook,” and Hugard’s and Braue’s “The Royal Road to Card Magic” -- all of which were initially aimed at the general public.


Allen, Jon. “Simple Magic Tricks”
Alpheus, A. “Complete Hypnotism, Mesmerism, Mindreading and Spiritualism”
Anonymous. “Mental Card Tricks”
Barnhart, Norm. “Dazzling Card Tricks”
Barnhart, Norm. “Marvelous Money Tricks”
Barnhart, Norm. “Stunning Stage Tricks”
Barnhart, Norm. “Amazing Magic Tricks: Apprentice Level”
Barnhart, Norm. “Amazing Magic Tricks: Beginner Level”
Barnhart, Norm. “Amazing Magic Tricks: Expert Level”
Barnhart, Norm. “Amazing Magic Tricks: “Master Level”
Brennan, J.H. “The Whisperers: “The Secret History of the Spirit World”
Caris, John. “Dancing Magicians”
Dancey, Charlie. “Every Trick in the Book”
DeSouza-Coelho, Shawn. “Metamagic”
Dunford, Iain. “Tarography” (lulu.com)
Dunford, Iain. “TPR” (lulu.com)
Dynamo. “Nothing Is Impossible: My Story”
Ellwood, Taylor. “A Magical Life: The Magical Journey of Taylor Ellwood”
Fass, Charlie. “Top Secret Mr. Illusion Learn Magic Book”
Fincham, Johnny. “Palmistry at Your Fingertips”
Friedman, Ellen, & Whiting, Jim. “A Rabbit Under the Hat”
Frost-Sherratt, Cara. “101 Clever Card Tricks”
Gardner, Martin. Randi, James, & Diaconis, Persi. “Undiluted Hocus-Pocus”
Heald, Henrietta. “William Armstrong: Magician of the North”
Heine, Thomas, & Mees, Rainer. “Do Not Disturb: Thoughts on Heckling”
Hunter, Nick. “Fun Magic Tricks”
Ivanovich, Chris. Ivanovich’s Little Book of Magic
Janssen, Maurice. “M3ntal Magic”
Labrecque, Ellen. “Fun Magic Tricks”
Lamont, Peter. “Extraordinary Beliefs”
Lobban, Sean. “A Tall Tale” (lulu.com)
Prevos, Peter. “Perspectives on Magic: Scientific Views of Theatrical Magic”
Royle, Jonathan. “Cold Reading for the Psychic Entertainer
Sacks, Janet. “A Mysterious Case of Magic and Trickery”
Schneider, Al. “Close-Up Troublewit”
Schneider, Al. “Coinucopia”
Schneider, Al. “Dances with Coins”
Schneder, Al. “Fusion”
Stone, Chris. “Hey Presto”
Taplan, Sam, & van Wyk, Hanri. “Card Tricks Tin”
Tilton, Jon, & Hughes, Brandt. “Scam School”





*eBooks are excluded.

** Reprints of books published prior to 2013 have been omitted (two examples are Roy Walton’s The Complete Walton and Webster’s and Scryer’s The Black and White Book). Whether reprints or collected works qualify for Book of the Year voting is at the sole discretion of the Magic Café Book of the Year poll administrator.

*** The sources for these lists consisted of two independent magic magazines, six United States magic retailers, one mentalism dealer, two European magic dealers, one magic wholesaler, amazon.com, and lulu.com.

**** For the 2012 rules, see Vlad_77’s Magic Café post at 6:21 a.m., December 31, 2012.

***** Whether a publication like this qualifies as a book or as an instruction manual for a utility item is uncertain.

****** Unlike Sean Lobban’s “A Tall Tale,” which is available only on lulu.com, some lulu.com books like Volpe’s and Titanus’ “Psiuke” and Colin Mulcahy’s Mathematical Card Magic are also for sale on magic dealers’ sites. In these latter cases, the book is shown only on the available-from-magic-dealers list.
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On 2013-10-31 13:13, Feral Chorus wrote:
Does it have to be issued in 2013?

Yes.
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On 2013-10-31 10:43, Peo Olsson wrote:
No no no noooooo no e-books Vlad, only real books.

:lol: I didn't list the e-books Peo, just mentioned that I bought a bunch Smile
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Anywas I hate e-books they take the fun out of the real "stuff" Smile
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Great list.

Art of Switching Decks is another favorite 2013
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Full Bloom by Gaeten Bloom or High Caliber by John Bannon.
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I got a lot from, Guastaferro, John. “Discoveries & Deceptions”
so gets my vote
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Caveney books. Mans whole career is in em!

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Caveney books. Hands down. Second goes to Confident Deceptions. Both gorgeous books with full color pics. Killer material.
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The Approach by Jamie D. Grant. This book has help me in preparation of my gigs and helped me become a better performer.
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So, to whomever is facilitating the Award this year, when does voting start?
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On 2013-11-10 07:20, Vlad_77 wrote:
So, to whomever is facilitating the Award this year, when does voting start?


Facepalm...
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On 2013-11-10 07:20, Vlad_77 wrote:
So, to whomever is facilitating the Award this year, when does voting start?


Facepalm...


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