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metwin1
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I note that there are 2 well known books on impromptu magic, the Encyclopaedia Of Impromptu Magic by Gardner and The Magic Book by Lorayne.

How different are they in terms of the kind of material they contain? Which is the better book?
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The Encyclopedia of Impromptu Magic is "written quickly and carelessly, in an annyoing telegraphic style intended to compress as much as possible into the allotted space, and with almost no attempt to research the magic literature...card tricks were left out, as well as rope tricks, nor was it possible to cover the vast fields of sleights involving such objects as coins, cigarettes and thimbles..."

It´s a great book. And just like it says, an encyclopedia, with short explanations.

The Magic Book is a favourite of mine. It covers the basics with cards, coins, some mental magic and a very good chapter with some mixed impromptu tricks. I can not recommend this book enough. I got it when I was 12, and I still come back to it every now and then.

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I have to DISAGREE with Hakan regarding Gardner's book and TOTALLY AGREE in terms of Lorayne's book. The Magic Book should be on every magicians bookshelf. Without question!
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You have to do a lot more wading through material to get to the gems in the Encyclopedia. The upside of it is that you are more likely to find something related to whatever you need. It is more of a grouping of tricks based on what is available to use in performance.

The Magic Book is more of a textbook on beginning to perform entertaining magic. Great material that is within the scope of beginners but should not be overlooked by the more experienced.
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On 2005-01-16 13:36, Rabbitless Hat wrote:
The Magic Book is more of a textbook on beginning to perform entertaining magic. Great material that is within the scope of beginners but should not be overlooked by the more experienced.



Ditto !
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The Encyclopedia covers a wide range of magic, gags and bar bets, far wider than The Magic Book, and organized by the item used, alphabetically. So you have napkins, noodles, etc as well as handkerchiefs, hair combs and hair, as examples.

Highest recommendation as this is stuff that is simply not found together in one place. The section on body parte (arms, hands, fingers, etc.) is worth the price of the book alone.

One of my favorite magic books of all time.

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I love Harry Lorayne's The Magic Book. You learn the why of the tricks in his afterthoughts.

He could have included more “stuff”, he choose to include more substance.

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After hearing Jim Sisti "Talk About magic " and mentioned this book I began my search for the book. I just recieved my copy of the "Magic Book" and I agree completely with the others. Harry Lorayne TEACHES you beginning magic and does it well. At times he chastises you from go any farther until you have mastered basic techniques. It is a must have .

I purchased my from Doc Eason magic for $30.00 new
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I agree with Lee that the encycopedia is a must have.
But for beginners, I would strongly suggest Lorayne.
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The Magic book is not meant to be a book on impromptu and is considered a classic for teaching beginners. The encyclopedia focuses on impromptu magic and not toward teaching a beginner the basics of magic.

In addition, a big difference is that The Magic Book is out of print.
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