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Raymagic11
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Hello,

Its Christmas time and I am trying to decide on a book to buy. I have these three on my short list:

- Unreal, bruce bernstein
- Bairn by Ken Dyne
- The Magic Way by Juan Tamariz
- Annotated magic of Slydini
- The approach by Jamie d. grant

I mainly perform close-up, but I also want to focus a bit more on mentalism and want to incorporate some mental effects into my close-up set.
What I'd prefer is a book that contains a lot of effects, encourages me to practice and think about my magic, and contains practical material
(ie usable around close-up/strolling tables). Also, I want to get more experience doing magic, as I still have relatively little effects mastered combined with limited
performance experience. Considering this, could any one maybe give me a recommendation of which of these three is the best?
Of course other book suggestion would be very welcome.

I already own and have read:

- Amateur magicians handbook
- Tarbell vol 1 & 2
- Card College 1&2
- Books of Wonder
- 13 steps, practical mental effects
- Magic of Michael Ammar
- strong magic

Thanks for any help in pointing me in the right direction! Smile
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I would recommend getting all the volumes of Card C0llege if possible.
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Stay away from any Harry Lorayne books!!!
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Ray Bertrand
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On Dec 26, 2014, Harry Lorayne wrote:
Stay away from any Harry Lorayne books!!!


Harry, you always make me laugh with his quote. I personally love your material. I started many years ago with "Close up Card Magic" and I've never looked back. All the best to you during this seasnon.

Rau
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Ray Bertrand
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That should be Ray. My fingers haven't caught up to my brain yet.

Ray
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Maximum Entertainment-Ken Weber

This should be required reading for EVERY magician/entertainer!

Mark
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I assume you know, but The Approach doesn't contain any tricks. It's purely about becoming a professional magician, and is very good for that. I'm afraid Unreal is the only other one I have on your list, I'm reading it now in fact! It sure does have a LOT of stuff packed in it, I feel like I've read more than a books worth and I'm only halfway through. And it's pretty much all close up stuff (though can be adapted easily of course). So sorry I can't help you with the others, but Unreal is very good, especially for the price.
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On Dec 26, 2014, Raymagic11 wrote:
I mainly perform close-up, but I also want to focus a bit more on mentalism and want to incorporate some mental effects into my close-up set.
What I'd prefer is a book that contains a lot of effects, encourages me to practice and think about my magic, and contains practical material...


I can't think of a better start than Corinda's Thirteen Steps to Mentalism. Then, the first volume of THE ARTFUL MENTALISM OF BOB CASSIDY has already been acclaimed as one of the best books on mentalism ever written, and in the follow-up second volume, Bob Cassidy has collected ten more of his e-books and created yet another must-have masterclass in mentalism!

Ray, the chapter Fundamentals is a most valuable chapter. I have the original 88-page eBook. Astounding info! To start you off, you should get all the info you need here:

http://www.lybrary.com/the-thirtynine-st......-10.html

Hope this helps! Smile

Doug
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I don't have it but I would recomend good ol Juan! just because I love his style, and He has a way with engaging his audience that everyone should learn.
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And to you, Ray!
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The only book on your wish list that I have read is The Magic Way. I'd highly recommend it. There aren't a lot of effects, but the deconstruction of the routines and the explanations of the psychology behond the structure is priceless.
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Unreal is awesome and the routine "Eat at Joe's" is a reputation maker and perfect for promo pics.
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I would also second the advice or Remillard in terms of JUST the list you have in the OP. I got the Magic Way earlier at Thanksgiving time. I've gone through it once and knew it would be a book I'd need to go through many more times. If you're into the Oil and Water routine, he goes through several variations, including his great one where the change happens in the spectator's own hands.

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Get 'the magic way ' .
Anything by Tamariz is genius.
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You would be well served by going with Magic Way. By far this would be the best choice.
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My vote go to - The approach by Jamie d. grant as you have enough books for learning tricks.
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