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I've got $100 to spend on magic at Stevens and to be honnest I'm a little fed up with cards and coins. I'd like to do more magic with other stuff and am looking for the best route to go. I realize I could spend the money on actuall effects like Dreamweaver, Just passing through, ect.. but I've found that with books you tend to get more for your money.

Can anyone reccomend a really good book (or video) that has the least ammount of card/coin magic.. but really good close up other stuff?
I've got AoA 1,2,3 already
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Gregory Wilson's "Ring Leader" is a video that gives you a tremendous number of ring and string moves. It comes with the ring and special string (security cord) that provides the motivation for his main routine. At the end of the tape, there are even several things you can do with the ring (without the cord) such as a spoon through ring, etc. Although the tape is narrow in scope in that it only deals with ring and string magic, you'll know a lot about ring and string if you haven't been exposed to this before. None of the moves are terribly difficult. My experience is that his basic routine goes over big every time. It's something you can easily can use a borrowed ring so all you have to cary is the cord. It can even be done impromptu if you want to borrow a shoelace or something else (although I like his motivational ploy using the cord that comes with the tape).
Hope this provides you with one possibility.
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Tarbell might work for you, I guess.

I would, however contest that there is in REALITY very little pportunity to perform what could actually be termed "close-up" magic.
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I really love Michael weber's life savers - try it out.
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Have you considered a non-trick book such as "Strong Magic" by Darwin Ortiz?
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Consider Aldo Colombini's videos including Classics of Magic and the 4 volume Lasting Impressions. There is great magic with ropes, balls, rings etc. Of course there is card and coin magic but his stuff is really good. Also I recommend Johnny Thomson's Commercial Classics 4 volume series. It includes magic with knives, chains, balls, etc. Smile
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T.A. Waters' "Mind, Myth and Magick" has a lot of killer mentalism effects in it.
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Jerry Mentzer has a real good Close-Up series of books not including cards. You also could try to find The Complete Enyclopedia of Close Up Magic by Walter Gidson.As well as what someone mentioned earlier the Tarbell Course which is NEVER outdated....
The effect is the important thing, how you achieve it is not.......
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Tarbell is on the list. I want to up the ante and say something else, but without knowing what kind of field you want I really can't give you an idea. If you want just general magic, go for some of the Tarbell course. You won't be disappointed. If you have Tarbell already let us know so we can make other suggestions.

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Encycclopedia of impromptu magic by Martin Gadner
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