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Muldwych
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Hello there,

I am wondering why magicians still love to buy magic books given the prices that some go by, I realise that some people like to collect them but given the internet and how easy it is to google a trick reveal or the likes why is it still important to own the books?

I wonder what people reasons are for it, I personally LOVE BOOKS and buy loads, for me its about having the knowledge and tricks at hand, I love just holding a book but I see some magicians say card magician with about 50+ books all on card magic.

This is something I am very genuinely interested in, finding out what people get from their books of magic other than tricks Smile
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Because 'googling a trick reveal' is ethically wrong, and you should want to buy the book(s) in part to honour magic, preserve it, and learn from it continuously...as well as rewarding the creator a little too...
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Tim Cavendish
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Depth.

Joe Random's internet exposure is far different from an author actually teaching how to perform the effect he created and developed, discussing why it was constructed that way, and presenting further possibilities to consider and/or explore.
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Fantastic responses so far, thank you guys Smile
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I have many reasons:
1. An effect learned from a book is something I learn and I have to wear to myself; an effect watched from a video will be done in the same way as the video performer
2. The details require time to be written and in the good books you can read them because they required years to be written; the words in a video required the time of the explanation and of the performance and very few videos try to explain the details
3. A good book is the source for a life, because we change, and a book read ten years later gives you different food for your brain
4. In some books you can feel the soul of the writer, in most of the video you see the business of the performer
5. A book last long, a dvd is design to last 10 years (the VHS are unreadable today)
6. A books contains more than one hundreds effects, a video usually only ten
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A few reasons, including:

Books have far more value than one-trick DVD / instant download which only happens in the last decade
Books provide much more value to readers
Books contain more tricks in most cases
Arthur of books will have much more alert and detail in any topic they write when compare with other media because each word he wrote down count.
Books has 90% of more magic effects than existing videos / downloads since dawn of magic publishing

Most importantly, Books has one definite advantage - it requires readers to read, analyze through their brain, made magician THINK, EXERCISE in their brain how the trick works, it eliminate imitation of action, and tricks will become your own tricks if you read them through books as explained by Juan Tamariz.

All in all, most best keep secrets of magic are all written in books in plain sight.
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1) Books don't give you a presentation bias. While they may come with a patter, you're less likely to end up imitating the author, and that is good (tm).
2) I have found that moves can be described better in books than in some video teachings (although other moves don't render at all on paper, say, Sylvester's pitch).
3) Books are easier to access than DVDs. You can have several open at once, no need to lead them into a computer, etc.
4) I don't think an original edition of someone's DVD will ever be expensive on the market Smile
5) Books look cool in a shelf
6) You can read them in the bus, at the beach, etc.

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I'll echo the other responses and say that the two biggest for me are ease of accessibility and clarity of thought. Books are vastly superior to DVDs in both those aspects. Additionally, I despise all of the audience reaction shots that most DVDs seem to be inundated with nowadays.
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Hey careful book readers,

Remember to read the original poster's question and respond to what he's actually asking.

This thread is turning into Books vs. DVDs.

He asked about Books vs. Internet: websites, blogs, video, message boards, skype -- all of it.
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Good point.

I guess another reason I buy books is to help support and encourage their publication. I realize that authoring a book on magic is a labor of love and doubt anyone is getting rich off the endeavor. Buying a physical book is my small way of acting as a micro-patron of the art of magic.
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Wow, some really great thoughts from everyone. A big wow to DiegoNovati.
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Books are low-tech. I can access them anywhere, anytime, without an internet connection or even electricity.
Muldwych
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Thank you all so much for the responses Smile
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In my opinion, it keeps effects more exclusive...and I like that.

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Also, not all magic books are about tricks. Take the Fitzkee trilogy, or Strong Magic by Ortiz. Well, I'm pretty sure the DVDs wouldn't be as helpful (but I might be wrong).

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I like books over internet because I'm old...JK if you miss a move in a book you can go reread it time and time again on a down load if you miss a move you may never catch were. I am old though. Don,
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Books help develop your creative mind, they also allow you to interpret the words differently. Many times reading between the lines to fully understand the total effect.

Books contain more second by second details not ever given in a video. The video says do it like this, but they never say what they are doing.

Books help you develop. Reading how to do say, the double lift, in many different ways, to find the one that best works for you.

As I have mentioned before, magicians like Paul Harris, has simplified many of the classic effects that depend on complicated mechanics previously. Always reading a new handling or view of an effect and process is beneficial in so many ways to each individual.

Personally, I have not found one trick on YouTube that is correct in the explanation of the actual trick. Most even say, this is what I figured out after watching the trick many times.

I for one, want the proper and correct way the 1st time. Secondly, watching videos takes so much time out a person life, that is needed for practice and rehearsal, if you intend to actually be a magician and not think you are watching a movie. I can glean so much more from library then then anyone with a video library, much faster and find the solution I am looking for to material to add to my routines.

Reading is much faster then watching video.

The only thing I believe video should be is to enhance the reading process. I have said many times, that a performance video should be included with every book these days. How great would it be to actually see the creator performing the material in the book. Videos should be an enhancement to the written word, not the sole learning tool.
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Thank you all so much for the responses, it was exactly what I was looking for.
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Personally, I observed another effect: For magic, I prefer real, dead tree books over e-books. I think because the touch and feel of a book is working hand in hand with sleights and such. No pun intended.

I even print hard copies of PDF books I bought for learning with them.

All other books I read a e-books, except for the rare case that you do not get it electronically or if it is a gift.
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