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dustrod
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I haven't read any Richard Kaufman yet but I did just order one book. I notice most of his books are the works of other magicians and I'm just curious how that works...
Are these magicians that have reached out to him for help in writing a book? Or does he discover a lot of new magicians or old lost works and decide to make it into a book?
I find it interesting and I'm just curious.
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He is an author of books. Some books take him years or even decades to complete. DeLand Mysteries is one of his latest. I am waiting for his next installment of the classic Greater Magic.
But he is much more then an author. He also is an editor and illustrator.
He is also a publisher.
We are very blessed to have him in the magic community.

Many magician authors are here at the Café, so they should answer questions on the process.

Kaufman also does post here on the café. I have found him responsive in emails I have sent him.

This wiki article has a list of his books/contributions.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_J._Kaufman

Which book did you order?
dustrod
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Thanks!
I'm just completely amazed by how many books he's been a part of.

Secrets of So Sato is the first one I ordered.
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Richard and I are old friends. The magic world first heard of him when he did the illustrations for my book, AFTERTHOUGHT, published in 1975.
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Thanks Harry!
I've been in the layman world up until recently.
I just started Dingle's Deceptions and I'm very much looking forward to reading more of Kaufman and Harry Lorayne.
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Go to harryloraynemagic.com . Check the videos, and etc. No need to buy anything - just check it out. At the "videos" - my last appearance on The Tonight Show and one of me doing the Magic Square -- scroll down and see some performances from my "Best Ever" DVD volumes Enjoy.
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Will do. Thanks Harry.
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Harry, is the magic square that you perform published anywhere? I perform the magic square, but the method I use is becoming easy to find. I would like an alternate version for those that know the method I am using.
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There is a magic square published in Harry’s The Magic Book. Sorry, but I don’t know if it is the same as the one Harry references above from the Tonight Show.
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I teach that magic square in THE MAGIC BOOK, MATHEMATICAL WIZARDRY, LORAYNE: THE CLASSIC COLLECTION, Vol. 2 and also in
Volume 5. You gotta' start reading the good stuff, guys!!!
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Thanks! I just purchased the book. I look forward to reading the good stuff! Smile
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On Jul 4, 2020, TomB wrote:
He is an author of books. Some books take him years or even decades to complete. DeLand Mysteries is one of his latest. I am waiting for his next installment of the classic Greater Magic.
But he is much more then an author. He also is an editor and illustrator.
He is also a publisher.
We are very blessed to have him in the magic community.

He's also the editor of Genii magazine, and very active in their magic forums.
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On Jul 26, 2020, EndersGame wrote:

He is an author of books. Some books take him years or even decades to complete. DeLand Mysteries is one of his latest. I am waiting for his next installment of the classic Greater Magic.
But he is much more then an author. He also is an editor and illustrator.
He is also a publisher.
We are very blessed to have him in the magic community.

He's also the editor of Genii magazine, and very active in their magic forums. [/quote]

Thanks, yeah I knew about Genii and recently as I've worked my way through some great books, his name is mentioned over and over. I've even more recently noticed that many of the books from my "Wantlist" that focus on other famous Magician's work are also Kaufman titles and I didn't even notice it at first. What sparked my interest enough to start this thread is, He's everywhere! Looks like he's done some amazing things. I've ordered another one of his books and also took Harry's advice and started reading Apocalypse.
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On Jul 26, 2020, EndersGame wrote:

He is an author of books. Some books take him years or even decades to complete. DeLand Mysteries is one of his latest. I am waiting for his next installment of the classic Greater Magic.
But he is much more then an author. He also is an editor and illustrator.
He is also a publisher.
We are very blessed to have him in the magic community.

He's also the editor of Genii magazine, and very active in their magic forums.


Thanks, yeah I knew about Genii and recently as I've worked my way through some great books, his name is mentioned over and over. I've even more recently noticed that many of the books from my "Wantlist" that focus on other famous Magician's work are also Kaufman titles and I didn't even notice it at first. What sparked my interest enough to start this thread is, He's everywhere! Looks like he's done some amazing things. I've ordered another one of his books and also took Harry's advice and started reading Apocalypse. [/quote]

I don't know if Richard is the most prolific writer in the history of magic--he would be competing with Karl Fulves, Jean Hugard, Stephen Minch, Stewart James and Harry Lorayne, I suspect. But he is one of the most influential. His books are some of the most sought after in the used market. CardMagic, Complete Works of Derek Dingle, CoinMagic, David Roth's Expert Coin Magic, Secrets of Brother John Hamman, Williamson's Wonders, and the Uncanny Scot, Ron WIlson are the most sought after based on the database of used magic book sales I maintain. I suspect he writes up the magic of other magicians because if for no other reason, being a great magician may not make you a passable writer and/or illustrator. It is a special skill to take a performance or a utility move and communicate that clearly to a reader so they can reproduce the information without having lingering questions. His work is vital and his next book, Mr. Jennings Takes It Easy, has literally been anticipated for decades.

Not only does he write books, he publishes books written by others and he reissues old classics and magazines. He has published or reprinted books written by Jon Racherbaumer, Peter Duffie, Michael Weber, Elizabeth Warlock, John Bannon, Edwin Dawes, Ellis Stanyon, Reginald Scot, Harry Houdini, John Northern Hilliard, Eugene Burger, Jack Avis, J.K. Hartman, Rene Lavand just to name some.
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Thanks for that detailed response EvilClown. What is this database of used magic book sales you mention?
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I don't know if Richard is the most prolific writer in the history of magic--he would be competing with Karl Fulves, Jean Hugard, Stephen Minch, Stewart James and Harry Lorayne, I suspect. But he is one of the most influential. His books are some of the most sought after in the used market. CardMagic, Complete Works of Derek Dingle, CoinMagic, David Roth's Expert Coin Magic, Secrets of Brother John Hamman, Williamson's Wonders, and the Uncanny Scot, Ron WIlson are the most sought after based on the database of used magic book sales I maintain.




Evil Clown, is this database of used magic book sales you maintain just something you do privately or is this an online source you manage?
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I'm completely amazed too by how many books he's been a part of.
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Just to throw in a tuppence from my perspective.
I, too have been fascinated at just how prolific a writer Richard is (and has been) with so many different magicians.
Hang on a moment ... different magicians?

G-I-A-N-T-S
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M-A-G-I-C.


That is better.
Let us not downplay it now, he has had the pleasure of working with some of, no the very best minds to ever frequent the world of conjuring! I mean, we are talking Harry Lorayne here for a start and he is mentioned cos he is in this actual thread and available to talk magic with -which maks himstand out already, before we even mention his Magical kudos and abilities there!
Getting back to Mr Kaufman...
I think the work he has done in bringing out of print books back onto the planet is nothing short of bodacious. I admire the guy greatly. Can you tell? He's pretty funny too. But don't let that go to his head ssshhhhh!

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Richard Kaufman has written and published many fine books on magic. Unfortunately most are out of print and can only bought on the the used book market.
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I don't know if Richard is the most prolific writer in the history of magic--he would be competing with Karl Fulves, Jean Hugard, Stephen Minch, Stewart James and Harry Lorayne, I suspect. But he is one of the most influential. His books are some of the most sought after in the used market. CardMagic, Complete Works of Derek Dingle, CoinMagic, David Roth's Expert Coin Magic, Secrets of Brother John Hamman, Williamson's Wonders, and the Uncanny Scot, Ron WIlson are the most sought after based on the database of used magic book sales I maintain.




Evil Clown, is this database of used magic book sales you maintain just something you do privately or is this an online source you manage?


Sorry, I did not see this sooner. I maintain it privately. It has close to 18,000 sales recorded in it, most from the last 18 months.
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