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Topic: Which books do you constantly go back to?
Message: Posted by: Terrible Wizard (Oct 12, 2016 04:30AM)
I don't have a huge range, but for me it's Mark Wilson's Course, Encyclopedia of Card Tricks and the Card College series.

Which books do you keep going back to again and again?
Message: Posted by: fonda57 (Oct 12, 2016 08:07PM)
High Caliber by John Bannon

Coin Magic by Richard Kaufman

Close Up and Personal by David Regal
Message: Posted by: Steven Leung (Oct 13, 2016 08:17PM)
The Magic of Ascanio Volume 1 Structural Conception of Magic - Ascanio
The Five Points - Juan Tamariz
The Magic Way - Juan Tamariz
Dear Mister Fantasy - John Bannon
Message: Posted by: Leo H (Oct 16, 2016 10:58PM)
The Amazing Miracles of Shigeo Takagi. I love this book! I love the beautiful Ton Onosaka illustrations and I love the elegant magic contained within its pages.

There is a phase in Takagi's linking ring routine where the magician unlinks his two rings but the spectator cannot unlink the chain of two. Instead of ridiculing the spectator, Takagi steps behind the spec and assists in unlinking the two rings. It utilizes a devious and subtle switch of the rings. I prefer this strategy to the part in Pop Haydn's routine where the spec is left standing there hopelessly tugging at that chain of two.

There is phenomenal magic with silks, rope, cards, thumb tie, linking rings, and his famous Takagi cup routine. Takagi was a master, Japan's Vernon.
Message: Posted by: GreenKnight33 (Oct 18, 2016 12:26AM)
Our Magic, The Card Magic of Nick Trost, Expert Card Technique, and Magic In Mind
Message: Posted by: IMAGINACIAN (Oct 18, 2016 02:05AM)
'Which books do you constantly go back to?'

Well, firstly, my own notebooks :-)

And then all the standard classics - more or less.
Message: Posted by: casinoboss (Oct 18, 2016 08:53AM)
Must admit I love Tenyoism. Great for a quick hit of happiness when I need some inspiration...
Message: Posted by: terrillific (Oct 19, 2016 07:37PM)
High Caliber by John Bannon
Card Magic of Nick Trost
One Degree -John Guastaferro
A Piece of My Mind - Michael Murray
Message: Posted by: Rupert Pupkin (Oct 20, 2016 03:47PM)
Fulves' Self-Working series
Revolutionary Card Technique
Expert Card Technique
Message: Posted by: NeverMind (Oct 22, 2016 02:47PM)
Karl Fulves books and Harry Lorayne books, mostly.
Message: Posted by: Steven Keyl (Oct 23, 2016 09:29PM)
Every year I re-read Eugene Burger's Mastering the Art of Magic. It serves as a reminder of what is important in presenting magic. Great book.
Message: Posted by: Adeofspades (Oct 23, 2016 09:49PM)
[quote]On Oct 22, 2016, NeverMind wrote:
Karl Fulves books and Harry Lorayne books, mostly. [/quote]

Karl Fulves self working card tricks / mental magic are two that I go back to every few years. Also, material from Anneman, Banachek and Max Maven.
Message: Posted by: motown (Oct 23, 2016 11:41PM)
Dingle, Hamnan, Jennings, Curry and Vernon
Message: Posted by: Glen Guldbeck (Mar 16, 2017 10:53PM)
Ascanio "The Structural Conception of Magic". Re-reading it currently with highlighter pen in hand.

Darwin Ortiz "Strong Magic"

Alex Elmsley "Collected Works" volumes
Message: Posted by: magicthree (Mar 17, 2017 07:46AM)
Elmsley also and would add Lewis Jones
Message: Posted by: WitchDocChris (Mar 17, 2017 10:34AM)
Pure Effect and Absolute Magic by Derren Brown.
Alchemical Tools by Paul Brook.
Pygmalion Effect by Aaron Alexander

Other books I refer to when referencing methods or general research, but those I consistently look back at for their thinking.
Message: Posted by: RevConfused (Mar 17, 2017 03:00PM)
Marlo - Revolutionary Card Technique
Lorayne - The Magic Book/CUCM

less often
Message: Posted by: mindmagic (Mar 18, 2017 03:40AM)
Thirteen Steps to Mentalism
Practical Mental Effects/Magic
Mind, Myth & Magick

Magic Page by Page

Anything by Karl Fulves

Message: Posted by: Peckham (Mar 18, 2017 02:34PM)
Expert coin Magic, the books of wonder
Message: Posted by: Rachmaninov (Apr 2, 2017 10:50AM)
When you have he complete works of Hamman, Vernon, Marlo, Ortiz, Jennings, Waters, and The Tarbell series, you have all you need for your entire life to study, practice, present and enjoy.
Message: Posted by: Rachmaninov (Apr 2, 2017 10:51AM)
The most often opened thing are my notebooks.
Message: Posted by: Sparda (Apr 2, 2017 06:51PM)
Mark Wilson's Course
The Art of Astonishment
The Conjuring Anthology
Message: Posted by: Gray (Apr 4, 2017 11:37AM)
Strong Magic/Designing Miracles by Darwin Ortiz
Mnemonica by Juan Tamariz
Message: Posted by: mindmagic (Apr 6, 2017 04:05AM)
I've just realised that no-one so far has mentioned Bobo.

New Modern Coin Magic

Message: Posted by: Dougini (Apr 8, 2017 02:46PM)
Yeah. Bobo's New Modern Coin Magic. But I have not seen anyone mention the 4-set Rice Encyclopedia Of Silk Magic! Greater Magic is another one. I refer to my Bob Cassidy Folder with a collection of his works. Focus, by Phil Goldstein (Max Maven), but my favorite two books are:

21st Century Coin Mechanics, by Larry Barnowsky


Tales Of Enchantment: The Art Of Magic, by Walt Anthony.

With Coin Mechanics, I don't believe you will find a better coin book, with photos galore! This is unique stuff. If you ever wanted to learn [i]Mickey Silver's Retention Vanish[/i], Larry shows you the closest I have ever seen to that very vanish! Incredible!

Walt Anthony's book I have just about worn out. That book changed my life! We LIVE in a world of enchantment! Gimmick up a few ordinary things, create a tale of fantasy, and take them into the rabbit hole! LOL! Step by step, Walt shows how to develop a way of thinking that finds MAGIC in everything! It's up to US to find a way to PRESENT it. And that...he does so well. It's why I refer to the book so often.

Message: Posted by: Mark Boody Illusionist (Apr 9, 2017 12:30PM)
One book that I am currently reading again for the 3rd time...MAXIMUM ENTERTAINMENT.

Every time I pick it up I find something "new". Amazing isn't it?!!

Message: Posted by: toneill (Apr 9, 2017 02:33PM)
So many choices...limiting myself to one book per author I would choose:

Maximum Entertainment - Ken Weber
Theatre of the Mind - Barrie Richardson
Principals of Magic - Osterlind
The Artful Mentalism of Bob Cassidy Vol 2 - Cassidy
Psychological Subtleties - Banachek
Unreal - Bruce Bernstien
Practical Mental Effects - Annemann
13 Steps to Mentalism - Corinda
Prism - Max Maven
Message: Posted by: Sven Rygh (Apr 12, 2017 02:31AM)
I am surprised that no one mentions Banachek's Psychological Subtleties 1-3!
Message: Posted by: greig ewen (Apr 24, 2017 06:59AM)
Roy Walton books 1 & 2.
Peter Duffie Best of.
John Bannon (all of them). :bikes:
Message: Posted by: Dollarbill (Apr 27, 2017 04:14PM)
I absolutley hate to read. I do the dvd thing usually. When I started I read as much as I could cause VHS wasnt really affordable for me. I completely agree with everyone who thinks books are a better learning tool than dvds, hands down. I usually go back the the Doc Eason, JC wagner and Malone and Ammar Dvds and for books Bobo and have slowly been reading Dave Neighbors book, for me its what I've learned best.....besides a Fanta-Stik or 4. Ha!
Message: Posted by: Dougini (Apr 28, 2017 07:37AM)
[quote]On Apr 27, 2017, Dollarbill wrote:
...and have slowly been reading Dave Neighbors book...[/quote]

YES! I have his book on coin boxes. Since I saw this post yesterday, I've been looking through this book. Plus, I found my copy of Pete Biro's "Hindu Cups Ideas and Routines". These two tomes should be must-read for Cup & Ball workers and Coin Box workers. They are rarely found outside of specialized collections Like [i]Focus[/i] by Phil Goldstein is found among packet workers.

I see a lot of questions about coin boxes that the book by David Neighbors answers. I have the Buddha Boxes by Chazpro. David's book uses those. Coin guys are looking for new stuff all the time. This takes coin BOXES to a new level!

Message: Posted by: gallagher (May 1, 2017 03:29PM)
1.) "Milo and Roger" by Arthur Brandon
2.) "The Book of Secrets" John Carney
3.) "Tribute to Nate Leipzig" Lewis Ganson

in that order.

Message: Posted by: Ben Blau (May 6, 2017 05:34PM)
The James File and Stewart James In Print -- The First Fifty Years.

I also frequently go back to the Encyclopedia of Card Tricks.

I reread Eugene Burger's books year after year. They get my mind right.

I reread Absolute Magic periodically, primarily because I love
Derren's writing style and humor.

All of Jamy Ian Swiss' books have proven to be super useful to me by challenging my intellect and preconceived notions.

There are lots more, but these come to mind first.
Message: Posted by: Steve Burton (May 6, 2017 06:47PM)
[i]Greater Magic[/i] by J.N. Hilliard especially the Kaufman/Greenberg edition. I learn something new whenever I open it up.
Message: Posted by: Nash (Jun 24, 2017 04:56AM)
The book of wonders or Drawing Room Deceptions.
Message: Posted by: Mad Jake (Jun 28, 2017 06:07PM)
Roy Benson, Joe Berg and Al Baker secret ways.
Message: Posted by: SpellbinderEntertainment (Nov 15, 2018 02:21PM)
Hello Magi!
A lot of magicians have been asking if my book:
ďTales of Enchantment: The Art of MagicĒ is still in print.
Yes it is!

The softcover is in stock at Penguin Magic. $35.00

I have a limited number of the Hardcover Edition. $45.00

If you ever have a problem finding a copy please email me.

Thank you so much! Seven years in print and still selling strong!
Magically, Walt
Message: Posted by: Poof-Daddy (Nov 15, 2018 07:50PM)
Counts, Cuts, Moves and Subtlety by Jerry Mentzer
Revolutionary Card Techniques by Ed Marlo
High Caliber by John Bannon
Labyrinth by Stephen Hobbs
52 Memories by Andi Gladwin
Collected Works of Alex Elmsley 1 & 2 by Stephen Minch

Kind of different tastes at different times but all the books are great on their own
Message: Posted by: Harry Lorayne (Nov 16, 2018 08:12AM)
Amazing. Only two people here with exquisite taste!
Message: Posted by: motown (Nov 17, 2018 10:34AM)
The books I tend to go back to contain a variety of magic:

- Carnycopia

- the Definitive Sankey books

- The Magic of Michael Ammar

- Another Book & Clever Like a Fox

- David Acerís books

To name a few.

As you can see, I donít have good taste. :-)
Message: Posted by: Harry Lorayne (Nov 18, 2018 08:15AM)
Message: Posted by: Nicolino (Nov 19, 2018 05:06AM)
Anything by Simon Aronson, Karl Fulves and Barrie Richardson.
Message: Posted by: Vogler (Nov 20, 2018 06:02PM)
Stars of magic, maximum entertainment and expert card technique
Message: Posted by: magicfish (Nov 26, 2018 03:24PM)
I have a good sized library and I go back to nearly all my books- constantly. It gives me so much joy.
But quite honestly, the books I revisit the most are :
JawDroppers 1, JawDroppers 2, Special Effects, And Finally!, Apocalypse, by Harry Lorayne.
Again, I am constantly reading, and studying. I could make a long list but these are the ones that never leave my table.
Message: Posted by: magicfish (Nov 28, 2018 07:13PM)
Looking at my table now, I should also mention Card Dupery, Card Dodgery, Card Devilry by J.K. Hartman- three of my favourites That are always near me.
Message: Posted by: KevinKM99 (Dec 3, 2018 08:09PM)
In terms of books I always turn back to:

Dear Mister Fantasy by John Bannon
The Collected Almanac by Richard Kaufman
The Secrets of Brother John Hamman by Richard Kaufman
Card College 5 by Roberto Giobbi
Card Fictions by Pit Hartling

I have exquisite taste.
Message: Posted by: RLFrame (Dec 7, 2018 09:40AM)
Three oldies that I return to periodically are The Artful Dodges of Eddie Fields, Magic And Showmanship, and Scarne On Cards. I look through them again probably once a year and as I have have changed with age, something different will jump at at me that did not the many other times I read them previous.
Message: Posted by: Rachmaninov (Dec 7, 2018 04:18PM)
Thatís why we call them classics. Each time we go back to them, it seems the contents have changed. Actually, we have changed and we see them differently, so the same things appear in a new way.
Message: Posted by: langston3711 (Dec 21, 2018 11:46AM)
Mnemonica by Juan Tamariz
Simply Simon by Simon Aronson
Repertoire by Asi Wind
One Degree by John Guastafarro
Message: Posted by: HeronsHorse (Jan 5, 2019 10:31PM)
The Royal Road To Card Magic - Hugard & braue
Showmanship For Magicians - Henning Nelms
Daniel Fitzkee Trilogy
Amateur Magicians Handbook
Corindas 13 steps
Dai vernon and Ed marlo - various books.
Message: Posted by: mrehula (Jan 7, 2019 10:57AM)
Scarne on Card Tricks
Message: Posted by: MadisonH (Jan 7, 2019 01:11PM)
Canít believe no ones mentioned this yet, but I always go back to art of astonishment series by Paul Harris. Such great magic in those books.

Message: Posted by: Pierre Cardinlemon (Jan 17, 2019 04:40AM)
When I'm looking for a sleight to practice, I go back to Card college, Erdnase or Buckley's Card control.
When I'm looking for a trick that is different from my usual repertoire, I go back to Art of astonishment or Wilson's Complete course.
I also constantly go back to Strong magic and I always find something that can improve my performance.
+ A honorable mention: Marlo without tears.
Message: Posted by: Pauldelafontaine (Jan 19, 2019 07:01PM)
Luke Jermay's older books like Building Blocks, always finding interesting ideas
Message: Posted by: Geeraff12 (Jan 22, 2019 04:42AM)
Art Decko by Simon Aronson (again and again and again.)
The Magic of Eddie Fechter by Jerry Mentzer
The Magic of Francis Carlyle by Roger Pierre

Jawdroppers and CUCM

EATCT and Card Finesse

My two newest books, Repertoire and Williamson's Wonders are sure to join the list.

Fusillade when working on my MSR or looking for a card reveal.
Message: Posted by: tbsmith918 (Feb 8, 2019 05:35PM)
1. Bobo for sure...I've had it since the 70s...it's yellow dust jacket tattered and falling apart...tape holding it together...and yet it hangs on.
2. Lorayne's four tomes of Apocalypse...when I find myself tired of what I am doing or needing a change I just grab a volume and "go fishing"...always something new to learn there...always.
3. Lorayne's Best of Friends...some of it very challenging for me, but where would we be if we didn't push and challenge ourselves...believe it or not I have two of each book (including volume two)...six books (I put one set on eBay a week or so ago if any one is interested). As I said...challenging...yet a three tome set worth its weight in your favorite precious metal.
4. Two excellent books from Woody Aragon...A Book in English (still mining this one) and Memorandum (Can a 62 year old do a mem deck? Time will tell...I'm half way though it).
Message: Posted by: Wordsworth (Feb 10, 2019 03:37PM)
Card Dodgery and Card Devilry by JK Hartman are favorites of mine, and I feel like they're really underrated. Beautifully produced by Vanishing Inc, with tons of material inside. These are great books for card guys.
Message: Posted by: loserdlj (Feb 11, 2019 08:44AM)
The Magic of Ascanio Volume 1 Structural Conception of Magic - Ascanio
The Five Points - Juan Tamariz
The Magic Way - Juan Tamariz
Dear Mister Fantasy - John Bannon
Building Blocks
Repertoire by Asi Wind
Message: Posted by: HeronsHorse (Feb 12, 2019 02:05AM)
I must add my latest second hand acquisition.
Harry Lorayne - Apocalypse 1-5
This book is an incredible resource! Makes me wish I used to get the issues as they were released. Exciting times no doubt.
Anyway, now I want the complete set!
Highly recommend Apocalypse!
Message: Posted by: diamondjack (Mar 22, 2019 09:09AM)
Close up card magic
Avant cards
Message: Posted by: magicthree (Mar 23, 2019 04:28PM)
I always thought the best buy in magic is the Apocalypse set. So many hidden gems.
Message: Posted by: Kimura (Mar 24, 2019 02:30PM)
[quote]On Mar 23, 2019, magicthree wrote:
I always thought the best buy in magic is the Apocalypse set. So many hidden gems. [/quote]

Richard's Almanac for me.

It's smaller, sure, but just more enjoyable to read.
Message: Posted by: Harry Lorayne (Mar 24, 2019 06:38PM)
Message: Posted by: teenagelabotomy42 (Apr 18, 2019 10:57PM)
The Card Magic of Nick Trost
Message: Posted by: WitchDocChris (Apr 19, 2019 08:30AM)
I suspect I will be adding The Magic of Ascanio Vol 1 and The Magic Rainbow to my list of books to revisit consistently. So much good thinking to unpack and process.
Message: Posted by: magicfish (Apr 23, 2019 09:00PM)
Gerald Deutsch's Perverse Magic: The First Sixteen Years.
Message: Posted by: miltos (Apr 24, 2019 04:07AM)
Greater Magic and Tarbell.
Message: Posted by: Jed Maxwell (Jun 7, 2019 08:37AM)
Brad Henderson's The Dance. Helps me become a more polished reader.
Message: Posted by: The Mysterious One (Jun 10, 2019 12:15AM)
1. Maximum Entertainment by Ken Weber.
2. Scripting Magic by Pete McCabe
3. Seriously Silly by David Kaye (a great reference when looking at performing for younger children)
4. Card College V1 - V5 by Roberto Giobbi
5. The Show Doctor by Jeff McBride
6. Worlds Beyond by Paul Curry
7. Tarbell
Message: Posted by: Prahlad (Jun 27, 2019 06:13AM)
Designing miracles
(I'll cheat and add a DVD series: The classic magic of Michael Vincent)
Lessons in card mastery
Strong magic
Approaching magic
Card control (Buckley)
Modern coin magic
And once I start forgetting things, diversify the magic I do or improve in technical ability: Japan ingenuous, The amazing miracles of Shigeo Takagi, Game changer and Confident Deceptions
Message: Posted by: Feral Chorus (Jun 27, 2019 11:28AM)
Nice list Prahlad
Message: Posted by: Harry Lorayne (Jun 27, 2019 06:26PM)
Some (many?) really don't know about the good stuff!!!
Message: Posted by: The Mysterious One (Jun 28, 2019 12:00AM)
[quote]On Jun 27, 2019, Harry Lorayne wrote:
Some (many?) really don't know about the good stuff!!! [/quote]

Ok Mr. Lorayne. I freely admit I refer to your Super-Power Memory book quite a bit when I was a Junior in college. It helped me tremendously; my grades improved significanly. I still use the methods you taught to memorize facts, figures, and faces today. I once ran into a person on the train that I met once 20 years ago at the gym. I sat down and started a conversation with him. Told him after about two minutes of small talk that I was receiving some deep insight, played it up (showmanship) and then told him his first name. He really freaked out as he didn't remember me at all. After about two minutes of his horrified shock and seeing that he may conclude that I am some stalker (which I am definitely not), I told him how we met 20 years before at the gym, and that I am a savant with faces and names. I mentioned your great Super-Power Memory book as the reason I can recall people's names months and years after an introduction.

I also love your magic Related books ..all great stuff
Message: Posted by: HeronsHorse (Jul 22, 2019 04:57AM)
I have been gifted a copy of Apocalypse book and 2, and I think these are truly amazing. So much magic is crammed into these. I can make a start with my Boston box set now. Learned a couple of Harry Lorayne card tricks too...nice.!!
So um yeah, if you can find it, the first Apocalypse. The second one is pretty *** good too.