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martinkey
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I go for "Maximum Entertainment" too. One of the great books of magic in my opinion.
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Maximum Entertainment is certainly good, but for me "The Mystery School" by McBride and Burger takes the crown.
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Maximum Entertainment is definately the book for me. Nothing this year can equal it this year in my opinion.
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2000 had to be the James File.

For 1991 for me it had to be the mammoth Card Craft by J. K Hartman

1985 I'd agree was Roth's Coin Magic.
1982 Had to be "The Complete Works of Derek Dingle"
1978 was "The Book of John" by John Mendoza. I recall there was quite a buzz about this one at the time.

I remember "The Berg Book" being touted as the book of the year when it was released, but don't recall what year it came out. It certainly wasn't my favorite at the time.

I think some of Burger's work should be considered too, "The Performance of Close Up Magic", 1987 for example..

Of course, the books we instinctively "feel" should be the books of the year may not neccessarily be the ones that sold most copies.Smile

Paul.
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Can't remember the year, and I don't have the book to hand, but Tamariz's Five Points In Magic is, in my humble, a classic. My predominant criterion for selecting book-of-the-year would be that the book has had to have a profound effect on magicians' thinking, and gone on to encourage us magicians to really think about our art, and that is something I believe Tamariz's works accomplish. Eugene Burger is another example; as is Roy Walton

I also don't think we should ignore "mainstream" books: Mark Wilson's Complete Course in Magic, for example, is a classic.
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Expert Card Technique in ... whatever year is was published Smile
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1994 Greater Magic (the reprint), and whatever year the original edition came out.
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I was quite dissapointed with Mnemonica, so my best book of this year would have to be The Dave Campbell Legacy
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Book of the Year 1945?

Annemann's Practical Mental Effects!
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Everyone is heaping praise on Mnemonica but I wonder how many of the people that bought it actually LEARNED a stack and USE it. 10% maybe? Or less?
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The best card book last year was Enchantments by James. A lot of practical advice and great material!
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I will also go for The Dave Campbell Legacy. These are tricks that you will do.
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Mnemonica was so hyped up. It is an interesting book, but that is all it is (for me). For those who use a memorized deck, especially Tamariz' then this book will of course be a gold mine...Enough said, there's little I can say that hasn't been said before.
I forgot Enchantments (well I forgot it came out this year), this is one of my favourite books...the material in here is really strong.
Although not strictly a new book for this year (or the end of last year), Revolutionary Card Technique. This is a great book that is a must for any serious card magicians library.
Some of my favourites from other years:

2002-
Robert Houdin An Artists Life (Fechner, Christian)
The Book of Secrets (Carney, John)

2003-
The Secret Ways of Al Baker (Baker, Al)

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On 2004-10-28 16:22, LeConte wrote:

1982 The Complete Works of Derek Dingle by Kaufman


I contacted the publisher of this book and heard that it will be reprinted, but no date is confirmed.
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On 2004-12-15 15:26, ixnay66 wrote:
Everyone is heaping praise on Mnemonica but I wonder how many of the people that bought it actually LEARNED a stack and USE it. 10% maybe? Or less?


I received this for Christmas, so it is very fresh to me. I am, however, liking what I am reading. I've been learning the stack and have already given a few test runs with the half stack. It's got a lot of promise.

Now, to those that plop down $64+ and don't use it, I pity them.
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For me, I loved Card Fictions by Pit Hartling. That's the way all magic books should look. Pictures were crystal clear and it even included a built in book mark. Not to mention that the material was super strong.
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Book of 2004 for me - Card Magic Companion by Paul Gordon.

Everything is 100% commercial and the production quality is superb. What's more the price is a steal!

Paul gets some bad press. I don't know why - I earn good money performing Paul's routines.
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Loz
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I'll also vote for Dave Campbell Legacy. Beautifully crafted effects with simplicity at their core. A rare thing these days methinks.
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Ernest Earick's book "by forces unseen" anyone? or if its performing guidelines then I would go for darwin ortiz's strong magic

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Loz
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I thought this meant books published this year? Mebbe not.
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