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Some of the books that are recommended here (like Harry Lorayne's "The Magic Book" and "Encyclopedia of Impromptu Magic") are very difficult to find, because they are very obscure.

I saw the "Encyclopedia of Impromptu Magic" on They were asking for US $100 +++ which is really really expensive. I mean, the Card College is expensive as it is, but at least you get 5 books for about $150.

Where do you buy magic books? How much would you pay for a book?
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I usually buy my books from either L&L or Denny & Lee. Harder to find books will take me to H&R. If I'm looking for difficult-to-find books I will go to Amazon or E-bay and just keep my eye out for them.

How much I would pay depends on how badly I've wanted the book. Some books I wouldn't spend $2 on and at other times I've spent as much as $600 for a single book. That's a decision only you can make.
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There are a variety of magic dealers who sell books. It largely depends on what on what effect or effects you are interested in versus how much you pay for a book. You may want to look at Magic Pro Shop, L&L Publishing, Denny & Lee's, Steven's Magic, Hocus Pocus, or other magic shops to find the book or books you are looking for.
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Profile of The Magician sells cheap magic books and also try You will be surprised at how cheap the magic books are here.
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Daytona Magic and the Magic Warehouse have always given me good service, and I live in South Africa.
They also have the Lorayne book!
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I strongly recommend Amazon. Smile
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Look for used books at and you will be amazed at what you find.
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I second

I ordered 4 books from their site for under $35 (including shipping). One of them was a hardcover edition of Mark Wilson's Complete Course. I have used them several times with outstanding success.
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Try for hard copy, and for almost everything else. My magic collection is HUGE thanks to spending not-much-money at I can't tell you what a kick it is to have Bobo, Hugard, Duffie, Downs, etc. on my Palm Pilot!

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For retail books I would agree with many of the above suggestions. You appear to be looking for more obscure books which are Out Of Print. I have a great source for such books. It requires a little patience but the prices can be unbelievable bargains.

You can check out more about it at:

Searching for the more obscure books is an exciting endeavor, give the process its due.
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Many of those expensive books are expensive because they are OUT of print. Does that mean they are good? Not necessarily. Some are amazing, some are not (why keep printing them if they stink?).

Honestly, I get many of my books from people here at the Café who are selling them.
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I would buy magic books from people here at the Café, but I'm too new. I need to hit at least 50 posts first. Maybe in a few months time...
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I agree with I found Tarbell there for about $6.00 a book.
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Check local bookstores as well. Not really the big chains, but smaller shops. Last night I found: Magic and Showmanship, Tarbell Vol. 1 and 13 Steps to Mentalism. Two of them were practically in brand new shape...Tarbell a little older, but what a deal!
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Going to check out some of those right now!! Smile
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A very good website for books and other supplies is

Prices are good and he will special order things on request.
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EBay - The curse of the Mage's money pouch!

I've bought many a great book there.
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Profile of Katmando They do new and used.

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