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Hey guys!
After having been through most of the card college series, I'm now looking for some great classic tricks, I know the tricks in cc are good but they always seem to be there just to illustrate how a techniue can be used.

Does anyone have any advice as to books, videos that have quite technically demanding but also great tricks (not the Ammar series!)

I have been thinking about:
The devils picture book (Derren Brown)
Holingsworth materal.

Is there anything else which someone could reccommend?

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Its hard to know where to start -
Expect dozens of lists.

The Dinge book,
The Marlo collections
or John Hammon's work

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Two books spring to mind for your Question, if you are looking for classic tricks that can be quite the technically demanding then here is my three picks.

1. The Collected Almanac
2. Epilogue ( colleted edition in one volume )
3. The Classic magic of Larry Jennings

All three of these books are very good for som strong effects and there are lots of them.

Ivor Dravinsky
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How about reading some of the classics such as Sachs Sleight of Hand, Hofzinzer, ECT, Modern Conjuror, Greater Magic, The Art of Magic, etc. There are many good effects in all of these books. If you want mainly cards, I would suggest Greater Magic and ECT.


Dorian Rhodell

Or maybe Erdnase even...(can't believe I forgot that one...).
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Techincally demanding card material - Martin Nash material, Marlo material, Dingle material, Ortiz material, Tamariz material, come to mind to begin with. Bill Meizel publishes a great card flingers quarterly called Precursor and the magazine Penumbra also comes to mind for you.

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What about the 4 Apocalypse books, will keep you busy for a long, long time.Also as Ivor suggested Epilogue as well as Pallbearers .
The effect is the important thing, how you achieve it is not.......
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I agree with Paul. I cut my teeth on Dingle and the Nash trilogy.

The Collected Almanac is a great collection of close up which includes a ton of card magic and enough other stuff to keep you from burning out on cards.
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Check out Ernest Earick and Cliff Green's work too.
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I agree with the recommendations noted for the book on Derek Dingle's work as well as anything by Ortiz. I don't think you need to limit yourself to technically demanding material, but should look for excellent routines that play to your style. Dingle's and Ortiz's work, as well as Bannon's and Michael Close's (Regals, etc.) work offer excellent effects/routines, etc, with thought out handling and framing. This stuff plays well for spectators.

On the flip side, Epilogue is extremely technically demanding. It's one book that has been recommended here at the Café, it seems IMHO, due to the elite nature of its original readership. With Epilogue, I don't think the effects or sleights required truly offer a magician the components of a better performance. Sure, there's some nice info on the half pass, but unless you're looking for many effects tied to the faro I would go with an author that offers strong performance material, rather than that which is technically demanding first, yet ranks second or maybe lower for material that is truly beneficial and astounding to an audience, unless you're performing for Dai Vernon and need a letter of recommendation. Just my humble opinion...the hardcore card guys may think differently.

By the way, I'm not certain if Michael Close has any books, but his worker DVD series offers some solid material.
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If you can find it and afford it, Harry Lorayne's Personal Collection is an amazing resource filled with wonderful effects.
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