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Topic: Top Ebooks, PDF's or Downloads of 2009
Message: Posted by: hbwolkov (Nov 15, 2009 01:32PM)
What would you consider the Best Ebooks, PDF's or Downloads of 2009 ?
Message: Posted by: M. H. Goodman (Nov 15, 2009 05:50PM)
I really enjoyed [i]Triptych[/i] by Alexander Marsh. Some great mentalist thinking in those 'e-pages'. I believe that it was actually released at the end of 2008, so it is not strictly a 2009 ebook. However, it was an ebook from within the last year, so I hope that still counts.
Message: Posted by: Vlad_77 (Nov 15, 2009 07:33PM)
The availability of Magigram. Thank you Todd Karr!

Vlad
Message: Posted by: Magiguy (Nov 15, 2009 08:36PM)
Tom Stone's "Prey of the Prestidigitator." In fact, check out any and all by Mr. Stone...
http://shop.tomstone.se
Message: Posted by: Paradise (Nov 16, 2009 02:31AM)
Got to be the Nail writer anthology for me
Message: Posted by: Chris (Nov 16, 2009 03:40AM)
[quote]
On 2009-11-15 20:33, Vlad_77 wrote:
The availability of Magigram. Thank you Todd Karr!

Vlad
[/quote]

Well, you should thank first and foremost Martin Breese, and then you can thank me a little bit for offering a download version. Nothing against Todd but he has nothing to do with Magigram.
Message: Posted by: goldeneye007 (Nov 16, 2009 04:46AM)
Hey, the year is not over yet... :)
Message: Posted by: Dompa (Nov 16, 2009 12:59PM)
Three of my best ebooks this year:

Rob Domenechs "Eureka Moment"
M. H. Goodmans "Harbingers"
Paul Brooks "One in the hand"
Message: Posted by: r1z08 (Nov 16, 2009 02:19PM)
Dompa,

Wow! Thanks! Means a lot to me. Really it does. Gives me the kind of motivation one needs to write another book. ;)

-rob
Message: Posted by: M. H. Goodman (Nov 16, 2009 06:17PM)
Many thanks Dom. It means a lot to me too.
Message: Posted by: mormonyoyoman (Nov 17, 2009 04:41PM)
How could I list all the greatest downloads of this year?

MagiCIAn. Scott Guinn's material. Osterlind's Mind Mysteries Guidebook #5. Tony Eye's Evil Eye. Bob Cassidy's several releases. Stuart Cumberland's Forbidden Wisdom. Orville Meyer's remarkable works suddenly becoming available in download form. The Jinx - maybe THIS is the greatest download of 2009 - in the best, and completely searchable PDF for only $15...for only $15, the BEST that has ever been published in mentalism and card magic. Didn't Mick Ayers release something this year? (I can't keep up with his swift releases.) Popular Card Tricks by Walter Gibson (the missing pages of the Jinx, and a great publication in its own right) being available in PDF for the first time. Sam the Bellhop available for download in a multimedia tutorial.

We live in a surplus of great material. Yes, there's a lot of drek, but never before has so much richly good material been available. Make use of it.

*jeep!
--Grandpa
Message: Posted by: cpbartak (Nov 17, 2009 07:46PM)
Man, choosing is tough this year. E-books released this year that I found real value in include: The Nail Writer Anthology - Tom Baxter, The Extractor - Jeff Travilla, Electronics for Magicians - Jon Thompson, One in the Hand - Paul Brook, & The Eureka Moment - Rob Domenesch. I don't know if I could choose one from the lot as they all focused on very different things.
Message: Posted by: pearljamjeff (Nov 17, 2009 08:22PM)
I honestly don't know if my name should be included among those other great thinkers, CP. But thanks very much. I hope you're still having fun with it!
Message: Posted by: Chris (Nov 18, 2009 02:30AM)
It is a hard choice. And I am biased offering on average one new magic download every day - yes, at the Lybrary we have one new product every day. But in terms of quality, innovation, and uniquness I have to choose "Ask Roberto Giobbi" as my personal 'best' magic ebook this year.

http://www.lybrary.com/roberto-giobbi-p-11669.html

The fact that the ebook is growing with every new question asked is something completely new. And if you know Roberto you know that his answers are wonderfully educational, lessons that will last a lifetime. It is a unique format, an ebook that will continue to grow and provide value and new contents to its readers.
Message: Posted by: Rupert Bair (Nov 18, 2009 06:10AM)
Somebody, vote for me, before I do it myself....;)
Message: Posted by: r1z08 (Nov 18, 2009 09:39AM)
Cpbartak,

Thank you!

-rob
Message: Posted by: Stuart Cumberland (Nov 18, 2009 11:29AM)
Thanks for the mention, Chet. Much appreciated.
Message: Posted by: Vlad_77 (Nov 18, 2009 12:09PM)
[quote]
On 2009-11-16 04:40, Chris wrote:
[quote]
On 2009-11-15 20:33, Vlad_77 wrote:
The availability of Magigram. Thank you Todd Karr!

Vlad
[/quote]

Well, you should thank first and foremost Martin Breese, and then you can thank me a little bit for offering a download version. Nothing against Todd but he has nothing to do with Magigram.
[/quote]

Chris,
My bad of course, especially since I ordered Magigram from you! Chalk it up to one too many Guinnesses :)

Best,
Joe
Message: Posted by: Mick Ayres (Nov 18, 2009 03:40PM)
Thanks for bringing my name up, Chet, but I haven't released anything this year.

However, I am currently writing Book Four in the Act-series. You know...in all that spare time I have. :)

Mick Ayres
Message: Posted by: hbwolkov (Nov 18, 2009 05:12PM)
Chris,
I had no idea that the Lybrary had such a prodigious output. Based on your recommendation I have to order "Ask Roberto Giobbi".
Message: Posted by: Alexander Marsh (Nov 18, 2009 07:11PM)
[quote]
On 2009-11-15 18:50, M. H. Goodman wrote:
I really enjoyed [i]Triptych[/i] by Alexander Marsh. Some great mentalist thinking in those 'e-pages'. I believe that it was actually released at the end of 2008, so it is not strictly a 2009 ebook. However, it was an ebook from within the last year, so I hope that still counts.
[/quote]

Thank you, it means a lot to me :)
Message: Posted by: John C (Nov 18, 2009 07:39PM)
[quote]
On 2009-11-18 07:10, Rupert Bair wrote:
Somebody, vote for me, before I do it myself....;)
[/quote]

vote for me and I'll then vote for you!

You first.

j
Message: Posted by: mormonyoyoman (Nov 18, 2009 10:38PM)
[quote]
On 2009-11-18 12:29, Stuart Cumberland wrote:
Thanks for the mention, Chet. Much appreciated.
[/quote]

If mentalists and psychic entertainers only knew how much Annemann-like STUFF Forbidden Wisdom gives us every month, they'd be beating your door down.

*jeep!
--Grandpa Chet
Message: Posted by: mormonyoyoman (Nov 18, 2009 10:40PM)
[quote]
On 2009-11-18 16:40, Mick Ayres wrote:
Thanks for bringing my name up, Chet, but I haven't released anything this year.

However, I am currently writing Book Four in the Act-series. You know...in all that spare time I have. :)

Mick Ayres
[/quote]

I guess I'm re-reading your previous stuff or something. Or I've amnesia'd out.

Spare time? Who said you were allowed spare time?

*jeep!
--Sleepy Grandpa
Message: Posted by: Chris (Nov 19, 2009 02:34AM)
[quote]
On 2009-11-18 18:12, hbwolkov wrote:
Chris,
I had no idea that the Lybrary had such a prodigious output. Based on your recommendation I have to order "Ask Roberto Giobbi".
[/quote]

I guarantee you will not be disappointed by the "Ask Roberto" ebook. More than 100 pages (and growing) filled with the thoughts of an accomplished and universally recognized master.

And the output at the Lybrary is to a good part the result that more than 100 of the best living magic authors have chosen Lybrary.com as their preferred publisher or retailer. We also do publish a good number of our own ebooks and we do work together with other publishers to digitize their backlist. I am currently working my way through hundreds of Supreme publications. Stay tuned for many wonderful ebooks to be released in the coming months.
Message: Posted by: Rupert Bair (Nov 19, 2009 11:46AM)
I vote for John Cesta's Ultimate books - They are that good I don't even have to read them - but I know the man is a genius.
Message: Posted by: John C (Nov 19, 2009 01:35PM)
An often overlooked creator IMHO is Rupert Bair. I LOVE his stuff. His work is the type of thing you would expect from someone named .... LEONARDO!

I am at Panera Bread and if Rupert was here with me I would be shining his shoes!!

Great stuff!!

J
Message: Posted by: Rupert Bair (Nov 19, 2009 02:52PM)
I can only back John Cesta's thoughts with the hundred percent dedication my loyal fans have come to expect. John shines shoes better than Maven/Brown/Canasta/Banchek/Osterlind/Nyman/Corinda put together. I would say he shines exceptionally in his field.
Message: Posted by: John C (Nov 19, 2009 03:27PM)
Yes, I would admit I am very "polished" Thanks Rupert.

j
Message: Posted by: muse (Nov 21, 2009 08:55AM)
[quote]
On 2009-11-17 17:41, mormonyoyoman wrote:
How could I list all the greatest downloads of this year?

The Jinx - maybe THIS is the greatest download of 2009 - in the best, and completely searchable PDF for only $15...for only $15, the BEST that has ever been published in mentalism and card magic.
[/quote]

Yes, lybrary's version of 'The Jinx' is the best of the year (so far) for me, quite amazing value for money.

I also enjoyed John Bannon's 'Open & Notorious', and the continuing 'Switchcraft' saga always deserves a mention.
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Nov 22, 2009 10:12PM)
Thank you so much, Muse.

So far, four supplements and 112 pages were added to the Switchcraft series in 2009. I suspect that there will be at least 2-4 additional supplements in 2009. We'll see.

Elliott
Message: Posted by: Mb217 (Nov 25, 2009 09:10PM)
There were some pretty good coin magic downloads this year at http://www.VinnyMarini.com

But you're right here, the year's not quite over yet and with that another NEW download is about to happen that includes a PDF along with video instructions at a great value...It will be out to end another good year of effects in December.

*Here's a holiday peek for you: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2BI2QpYwSFQ


Happy Thanksgiving All. -Mb :)
Message: Posted by: Trin (Nov 27, 2009 06:54AM)
Readers Notes by David Gemmell gets my vote.
Message: Posted by: Andi Peters (Nov 29, 2009 04:21PM)
Blow-The-Roof-Off Magician-Fooler by Paul Gordon

If you haven't already got it be prepared to get smoked when you see it.
Message: Posted by: Tom G (Nov 30, 2009 10:38AM)
Blow the Roof Off is a download or ebook?
Message: Posted by: Andi Peters (Nov 30, 2009 03:25PM)
It's a download from his blog. Get in quick while he's still GIVING IT AWAY FOR FREE!!!!
Message: Posted by: John C (Nov 30, 2009 03:29PM)
Where blog?
Message: Posted by: Skylippo (Nov 30, 2009 09:51PM)
http://paulgordonmagic.blogspot.com/

Look up Nov. 10
Message: Posted by: hbwolkov (Nov 30, 2009 10:09PM)
Skylippo,
Thank you for the reference.
Message: Posted by: BMWGuy (Dec 2, 2009 09:42AM)
My money goes to

Rob Domenechs Eureka Moment.

Best ebook for 2009.

I always now can do impromtpu

Afterthoughts, Strange Feeling, and About Face(Semi-Impromptu)

Thanks
Alex
Message: Posted by: Thaumaturge (Dec 2, 2009 11:17AM)
Slightly off topic I'm afraid, but if you love 'strange feeling', check out Christopher Dee's Anate...these two go together perfectly!!!!
Message: Posted by: hbwolkov (Dec 2, 2009 12:57PM)
Switchcraft is the download that keeps on giving. There have been numerous downloads for this wonderful ebook. The result is this great resource keeps getting better and better. I wish all authors would follow this model.
Message: Posted by: motown (Dec 2, 2009 10:23PM)
Another vote for yet another fine e-book by Tom Stone

"Prey of the Prestidigitator."

A combination of excellent material and production values. This book has as many illustrations as books 5 or 6 times it's size.
Message: Posted by: Bambu (Dec 3, 2009 09:32AM)
I liked 3 Coin Fly by R. Paul Wilson
Message: Posted by: Turk (Dec 3, 2009 01:19PM)
[quote]
On 2009-11-17 17:41, mormonyoyoman wrote:
How could I list all the greatest downloads of this year?
***
The Jinx - maybe THIS is the greatest download of 2009 - in the best, and completely searchable PDF for only $15...for only $15, the BEST that has ever been published in mentalism and card magic.***Popular Card Tricks by Walter Gibson (the missing pages of the Jinx, and a great publication in its own right) being available in PDF for the first time.***
***
[/quote]

Chet,

Is the Jinx .pdf searchable different from the previously released Jinx CD version? I believe that the CD is also searchable. Is the .pdf version different and is it easier to use?

Thanks for the info.

Mike
Message: Posted by: mormonyoyoman (Dec 3, 2009 03:28PM)
Much easier, Mike. More easily (and quickly) searchable, and no infuriating password to remember (or have a hard time reading on the paper from Houdini Magic).

It also doesn't lose characters because of poor margins, or the Houdini copyright covering up text.

*jeep!
--Grandpa
Message: Posted by: Turk (Dec 3, 2009 05:21PM)
[quote]
On 2009-12-03 16:28, mormonyoyoman wrote:
Much easier, Mike. More easily (and quickly) searchable, and no infuriating password to remember (or have a hard time reading on the paper from Houdini Magic).

It also doesn't lose characters because of poor margins, or the Houdini copyright covering up text.

*jeep!
--Grandpa
[/quote]

Thanks for that info, Chet.

So where does a person buy this .pdf Jinx file and how much is it? (I'm really glad to hear that this is different from the Houdini Magic CD version. Frankly, I could never get the hang of its alleged searchability function and, in frustration, I just gave up trying. I then fell back on my ol' dependable Tannens hardback version.)

Thanks for the info.

Mike
Message: Posted by: mormonyoyoman (Dec 4, 2009 03:00AM)
But if I tell you, Mike, I'd have to tell EVERYone!

Oh, all right! (sulk) Here 'tis:

http://www.lybrary.com/the-jinx-p-29013.html

$15. That's ridiculous for what may be the single best depository of GREAT magic and mentalism -- which is, by the way, HUGE. 907 pages! Yikes!

*jeep!
--Sleepy Chet
Message: Posted by: Bean (Dec 5, 2009 10:53AM)
Yup, I have to agree with Chet and throw my nomination/vote behind The Jinx as well. So much history, so many things explained and, best of all, it's the closest thing to sitting down with Annemann and listening to him talk. I've been reading a little every day and I know I'll be re-reading it for years to come.

And Chet? Your review of "The MagiCIAn" sounded so good, I'm going to have to order that one, too.
Message: Posted by: NeilS (Dec 5, 2009 01:48PM)
I have bought several ebooks this year but my nomination has to go to Switchcraft. With several supplements each year, these are almost new ebooks in themselves. This is a wonderful work which just keeps growing.
Message: Posted by: mormonyoyoman (Dec 6, 2009 04:23AM)
[quote]
On 2009-12-05 11:53, Bean wrote:
Yup, I have to agree with Chet and throw my nomination/vote behind The Jinx as well. So much history, so many things explained and, best of all, it's the closest thing to sitting down with Annemann and listening to him talk. I've been reading a little every day and I know I'll be re-reading it for years to come.

And Chet? Your review of "The MagiCIAn" sounded so good, I'm going to have to order that one, too.
[/quote]

You won't regret it, Mr Bean. You may end up admiring or hating Mulholland, but you'll definitely have your views of him challenged.

*jeep!
--Grandpa