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JHodgeCMI
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Michael Ammar is great for Coins or cards. Jay Sankey's Revolutionary Coin Magic is also good.

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Got to say it, BOBOs! I still use this today, over 15 years since I originally bought it. There are many moves that have been virtually unexplored that should be.

Also David Roth has some incredible material. The Expert book is great. Got to love the coins through glass table.
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Has anyone seen the new DVD Ultimate Coin Magic Collection 1 by David Roth?

It looks excellent as it also deals with 'standard' gaffs.
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Liam Jones
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The Ammar series
ESPecially Liam
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As a newbie, I can tell you what I think some of the best, and very basic books and dvds are -

Mark Wilson's Encyclopedia of Magic (I think that is the name). This is the big black book. If it is not still in print, it is not hard to get a used copy. This is a great, great book - the explanations of the basic sleights are very well done, and some good basic beginning tricks are well presented. Truly encyclopedic.

A smaller, but beautifully presented book, often on the remainder tables,is Nicholas Einhorn's Encyclopedia of Magic. Also a fine job done.

For DVD's
- I love Daryl. I just enjoy his personality. His encyclopedia of card sleights is a bit too MUCH material for a beginner, but well done (I have the first 2 volumes). I actually think his revelation series is better for beginners, even though the apparent focus is on the revelation.

- I am just beginning to enjoy Oz's basic introductory card magic DVD. His explanations are really great, with the type of attention to detail that a newbie like me can appreciate. (sorry, the name escapes me right now).

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Gotta be Bobo.

Just picked up a copy. Hopefully I can pick up coin videos in the future.

Any of you guys recommend reading certain pages from Bobo??? I do have stock knowledge on the basic palms or maybe some vanishes already, but what routines from Bobo's do you guys recommend browsing through?

:wavey:
I would, however contest that there is in REALITY very little pportunity to perform what could actually be termed "close-up" magic.
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In my opinion the best way to begin learning coin
magic is from the DVD "The Complete Introduction To Coin Magic" by Michael Ammar.
Rob Elliott
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MrBiddle -
Everything in Bobo's is worth reading. Even if you know the basic palms and vanishes, this book is the Bible of coin magic and is the main source of reference material on the subject. You should know it forward and backward if you want to pursue coin work.
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David Stone's coin videos.
Liam Jones
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I would say Modern Coin Magic should be the first coin magic book to start with all because it has all the basics and slowly works its way up to more advanced
ESPecially Liam
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As a relative newbie, Bobo has been an immense help, as has Mark Wilson (and of course Hugard and Braue's Royal Road to Card Magic for the pasteboards). For the absolute beginner, a good stop would be the local public library- I found all three of these there, and it was a great help in deciding which ones would be the most useful to me.


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For some good books go to:
http://www.abebooks.com/
...and enter: coin magic (etc) !!wow!!
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Here is my 2 centavos:

The first magic book I ever owned was sold to me by Phil Thomas when I was a teenager in the late 70's: Tarbell Volume 1. Every beginner needs some idea of what "magic" is as well as how to do things.

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Rubenstein, Roth, Dean Dill videos.
"Anything is possible... if you don't know what you are talking about."
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Royal Road to Card Magic is my fav...
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Mr. Biddle,

A good "first Bobo routine" is Gadabout Coins. Another is Coins Though the Table, he has several of them, so read them all and then choose your favorite.
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I think Ammars "The complete introduction to coin magic," is the best video or dvd for a beginner to coin magic, and I suggest if you are starting coin magic, get some sponge balls, they're only $5, and they are great to use to learn all the palms and transfers you are going to use in coin magic. I hope I helped, bye
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Now You See It, Now You Don't #1 & #2 by Bill Tarr.
101 Magic Tricks by Bill Tarr.

I still read my copies once in a while. And I've been at this magic stuff for a while.
"Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass...it's about learning how to dance in the rain."
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Thanks for all the suggestions. Now I must check out all these books...see which is best.
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If I buy Bobo's book and start practising my ass of... will I ever really need another book on coinmagic to do some amazing tricks? Or is there enough for a lifetime in Bobo?
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