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Topic: Coin Magic in Non-Coin Books
Message: Posted by: John Kokot (Nov 29, 2018 09:36AM)
It doesn't require a discerning eye to determine that conjuring books with "coin(s)" in their title devote themselves exclusively to coin magic. J.B. Bobo's "The New Modern Coin Magic," Kainoa Harbottle's "Coins on Edge," T.Nelson Downs' "Modern Coin Manipulation," Richard Kaufman's "Coin Magic" or "David Roth's Expert Coin Magic," Luis Piedrahita "Coin and Other Fables," and Scotty York's "Coins" are a few prominent examples that come to mind.

But what about books not identified as coin magic books? How much coin magic can be found within their covers? To answer these questions, I perused the table of contents and skimmed the text of 187 books that did not claim to be focused on coin magic.

Camille Gaultier's "Magic Without Apparatus," with its 116 pages of coin material, topped the list, and Volume VI of "The Tarbell Course in Magic" came in second with its 97 pages. The full list follows.

A few caveats. The survey undoubtedly contains plenty of mistakes. Concentration can lag in the presence of tedium. I did not measure precise column inches. Nor did I make distinction between partial and full pages. No attempt was made to separate quantity from quality; volume was the sole criterion. Those who discover errors are encouraged to correct them.

Gaultier, C. Magic Without Apparatus 116 pages
Tarbell, H. Tarbell Course: Volume VI 97
Bertram, Ross Bertram on Sleight of Hand 95
Buckley, A. Principles and Deceptions 90
Ganson, L. Complete Magic Teach-In Series 83
Thompson, J.G. Miracle Makers 79
Lorayne, H. Tarbell Course in Magic, Volume VII 78
Jay, J. Rune's World 76
Levent & Karr, T. Benson (Roy) by Starlight 76
Jay, J. Destroyers: The Superlative Magic from Troy Hooser 75
Page, P. Page by Page 73
Kaufman, R. Gertner's Steel and Silver 71
Miller, H. Art of Eddie Joseph 68
Minch, S. Aretalogy of Vanni Bossi 66
Braham, A. Ken Brooke's Magic Place 65
Sachs, E. Sleight of Hand 64
Bertram, Ross Magic and Methods of Ross Bertram 63
Brown, E. Feints and Temps of Harry Riser 60
Ammar, M. Magic of Michael Ammar 56
Hilliard, J.N. Greater Magic (1938) 56
Ouellet, G. Close-Up illusions 55
Minch, S. Carneycopia 54
Tarbell, H. Tarbell Course: Volume I 54
Ganson, L. Annotated Magic of Slydini 51
Page, P. & Goshman, A. Magic By Gosh 51
Hay, H. Amateur Magician's Handbook 50
Mentzer, J. Close-Up Cavalcade 50
Cohen, S. & Kaufman, R. Japan Ingenious 48
Racherbaumer, J. Arcade Dreams 48
Downs, T. Art of Magic (1909) 47
Downs, T. Art of Magic (1921) 47
Fulves, K. Best of Slydini . . . And More 47
Mentzer, J. Close-Up Cavalcade Finale 46
Ostin, B. Fingertip Fantasies 45
Benzais, J. Best of Benzais 44
Harkey, D. Simply Harkey 44
Tarbell, H. Tarbell Course: Volume III 44
Jay, J. Moments: More Superlative Magic from Troy Hooser 43
Kaufman, R. Gary Kurtz: Unexplainable Acts 43
Bannon, J. Impossibilia 41
Wonder, T., and Minch, S. Books of Wonder: Volume 1 40
Cummins, P. Tricls of My Trade: The Magic of Doug Conn 39
Ammar, M. Encore 3 38
Kaufman, R. Williamson's Wonders 38
Nelson, E. Variations 38
Starke, G., Daley, J., & Elliott, B. Stars of Magic 38
Carney, J. Book of Secrets 36
Mentzer, J. AnotherClose-Up Cavalcade 36
Galloway, A. Ramsay Classics 35
Stone, T. Vortex 34
Kaufman, R. Sawa's Library of Magic 33
Racherbaumer, J. At the Table 33
Harris, P. Art of Astonishment: Book 2 32
Regal, D. Approaching Magic 32
Tarbell, H. Tarbell Course: Volume II 32
Elliott, B. Professional Magic Made Easy 31
Fulves, K. Magical World of Slydini 30
Elliott, B. Classic Secrets of Magic 28
Powers, M. Top Secret Stuff 28
Baker, A. Secret Ways of Al Baker 27
Maxwell, M. Classic Magic of Larry Jennings 27
York, S. Lecture Notes 27
Fleisher, A. & Minch, S. New York Magic Symposium Collection Three 25
Galloway, A. Ramsay Legend 25
Hay, H. Learn Magic 24
Pierre, R. Magic of Francis Carlyle 24
Regal, D. Close-Up & Personal 24
Tarr, B. Now You See It, Now You Don’t! Lessons in Sleight of Hand 24
Ganson, L. Routined Manipulation Finale 23
Ganson, L. Vernon (Dai) Book of Magic 23
Hammond, R. Willane's Complete Methods for Miracles 23
Kaplan, G. Fine Art of Magic 22
Racherbaumer, J. In a Class by Himself: The Legacy of Don Alan 22
Rogers, M. Complete Mike Rogers 22
Swiss, J. & Thompson, J. Magic of Johnny Thompson: Volume II 22
Leveridge, M (Compiler & Editor) British Close Up Magic Symposium: The First Decade 21
Barnowsky, L Book of Destiny 20
Brooke, K. Unique Years 20
Jennings, N. Larry Jennings on Card and Coin Handling 20
Johnson, R. Final Call 20
Lewis, E. Martin's Miracles: The Magic of Martin Lewis 20
Nathanson, L. Slydini Encores 20
Tyler, J. Pockets Full of Miracles 20
Bamberg, T. Okito on Magic 19
Kaufman, R. New Magic of Japan 19
Lorayne, H. Dingle's Deceptions 19
Minch, S. New York Magic Symposium: The Collection Four 19
Stone, T. Maelstrom 19
Elliott, B. Magic As a Hobby 18
Maxwell, M. Commercial Magic of J.C. Wagner 18
Ponsin, J. N. Ponsin on Conjuring 18
Tucker, S. Ostin: The Magical Inventions 18
Zingg, A. Sam's: The Magic of Sam Swartz 18
Avis, J. & Derris, J. Vis a Vis 17
Kaufman, R. Five Times Five 17
Minch, S. New York Magic Symposium: Collection Five 17
Lovick, J. Experience The Magic of Jon Allen 16
Harris, P. Art of Astonishment: Book 1 15
Murray, J. Inside John Murray 15
Braham, A. Norman, Karl: 40 Years at the Forks 14
Close, M. Workers: Number 5 14
Ganson, L. Ganson Book 14
Harris, P. Art of Astonishment: Book 3 14
Pierce, L Elements 14
Swiss, J. & Thompson, J. Magic of Johnny Thompson: Volume I 14
Berg, J., Avadon, D., & Lewis, E. Berg Book 13
Zavis, W. Divers Deceits 13
Bannon, J. Smoke and Mirrors 12
Galloway, A. Ramsay Finale 12
Miller, Hugh Al Koran's Legacy 12
Steinmeyer, J. Conjuring Anthology 12
Thompson, J.G. My Best 12
York, S. For Your Eyes Only 12
Ganson, L. Routined Manipulation II 11
Garcia, F. & Schindler, G. Amedeo's Continental Magic 11
Victor, E. Further Magic of the Hands 11
Wilson, T. Reinventing the Real 11
Baker, A. Magical Ways & Means 10
Ben, D. Tricks 10
Victor, E. Magic of the Hands 10
Fischer, O Magic of J.N. Hofzinser 9
Fleischman, S. Charlatan's Handbook 9
Kaufman, R. Amazing Miracles of Shigeo Takagi 9
Koran, A., & Lamonte, J Mastered Amazement 9
Pierce, L Roger Klause in Concert 9
Regal, D. Constant Fooling 2 9
Acer, D. DeSouza's Deceptions 8
Berland, S. Magic of Sam Berland 8
Dreher, C. Professional Close-Up: Volume I 8
Lever, D. Brooke (Ken) and Friends (Volume One) 8
Parrish, R. For Magician’s Only 8
Wagner, J.C. 7 Secrets 8
Ganson, L. Routined Manipulation I 7
Allerton, B. The Close-up Magician 6
Bloom, G. Full Bloom: Volume 2 6
MacGregor, J. Real World Magic 6
Mead, E. Tangled Web 6
Moehring, J. Del Ray: America's Foremost 6
Parr, D. Brain Food 6
Sanderson, G. Concealed Art of Magic 6
Vernon, D. Select Secrets 6
Baker, A., et. al. Our Mysteries. 5
Ben, D. Zarrow: A Lifetime of Magic 5
Close, M. Workers: Number 2 5
Hugard, J. Close-Up Magic 5
Victor, E. More Magic of the Hands 5
Allen, K. T.I.P.S. 4
Baker, A. Pet Secrets 4
Breese, M Koran (Al): The Unique Years 4
Booth, J. Marvels of Mystery 3
Randall, J. Magic for Professionals 3
Spencer, R. Fetsching Magic 3
Steinmeyer, J. Magic of Alan Wakeling 3
Swinford, P. Lecture Notes 2
Olson, B. & Pearce, B. Sick Sorcery 1
Willmarth, P. Magic of Matt Schulien 1
Anderson, G. The Book 0
Bloom, G. Full Bloom: Volume 1 0
Bloom, G. Series 1 0
Burger, E. Mastering the Art of Magic 0
Close, M. Workers: Number 3 0
Close, M. Workers: Number 4 0
Close, M. Workers: Number 1 0
Curry, P. Magician's Magic 0
Curry, P. Curry’s Worlds Beyond 0
Curry, P. Curry (Paul) Presents 0
Leveridge, M. Strolling Magician 0
Lovick, J. Handsome Jack 0
Marconick (Heinz Nikolas Stalk) Marconick's Original Magic. 0
McComb, B. Professional Touch 0
Mendoza, J. Mendoza Portfolio 0
Mentzer, J. Professional Close-Up of Curtis Kam 0
Miller, Hugh Al Koran's Professional Presentations 0
Minch, S. New York Magic Symposium 0
Ouellet, G. Class Act: the Magic of Tony Binarelli 0
Regal, D. Constant Fooling 1 0
Riser, H. Secrets of an Escamoteur 0
Schenk, U., and Sondermeyer, M. Magic of Paul Potassy 0
Seabrooke, T. Seabrooke's Book 0
Skinner, M. Classic Sampler 0
Steele, R. Paul Rosini's Magical Gems 0
Tarbell, H. Tarbell Course: Volume V 0
Tarbell, H. Tarbell Course: Volume IV 0
Tarbell, H. Tarbell Companion 0
Tarbell, H. Tarbell Course in Magic, Volume VIII 0
Thurston, H. 200 Tricks You Can Do 0
Tullockk, E.; et. al. Tullock: Phantom Founder of Trade Show Magic 0
Wonder, T., and Minch, S. Books of Wonder: Volume II 0
Message: Posted by: Mb217 (Nov 29, 2018 10:49AM)
What a list! :) I appreciate seeing it and that it speaks so well of coin magic as to other magic. Good job, JK. :) And I have read through many of these books on the subject along my journey going this way & that, and it always delivered a smile to me whenever the subject of "coin magic" was included in there somewhere... 2 pages or 50 pages, I was always happy to see it. :)

I wouldn't think I would have much to add here, but a little something is better than nothing at all, I suppose... :)

With that, [b]The Second Now You See it, Now You Don't[/b] book by Bill Tarr has [b]81 pages[/b] devoted to coin magic. ;) And that would put it up near the very top of your list (almost top 5) with the other fine selections cited there. :) Tarr put 57 more pages in this book, than in his first offering, and I for one was so very happy to see it at the time (late 70s), especially the much larger coin section. :D

It's such a great book(s) on magic, a sorta "workbook" size book actually that has amazing step-by-step sketches included by artist, Barry Ross. Glad Bill Tarr was mentioned here as I've always thought & said that his books were worthy. :) I was a young art student back then in NYC, and always thought the numerous sketches of instruction were priceless and well-worth the paltry price of admission. :)

Just the same, nice to see such information ferreted out a bit and given more organization than it had been in such a way. I'm sure this will be greatly appreciated by all, most certainly by me...Thank you. :)
Message: Posted by: inigmntoya (Nov 29, 2018 11:56AM)
Not sure how Apocalypse didn't make that list... another approach is to use Denis Behr's Conjuring Archive....
Though searching for "coin" also brings up a few instances of "coincidence". :)

4,597 entries for "coin"

Message: Posted by: Poof-Daddy (Nov 29, 2018 12:23PM)
“Arcade Dreams” By Jon Racherbaumer and Edward Marlo has a wonderful section on Marlo’s coin work.
Message: Posted by: John Kokot (Nov 29, 2018 01:52PM)
Thank you for the perceptive comments, gentlemen.

Regarding Apocalypse, as can be seen from reviewing the list, indolence caused me to exclude periodicals and bound reprints of magazines. As a result, along with Mr. Lorayne's journal, other valuable publications like The Chronicles, Epilogue, Genii, Kabbala, The Linking Ring, M-U-M and The Pallbearers Review were excluded from the survey.

As Poof-Daddy reports, "Arcade Dreams" does, indeed, have 45 pages of coin magic. I may have missed this because much of this material is reprinted from Marlo's "Coining Magic."

Finally, after reevaluating my list, I discovered my most egregious omissions: Al Schneider's "Al Schneider on Close-up," "Al Schneider Magic" and "The Theory of Magic." How I omitted someone of his stature from the list is inexplicable. I'm about to get out my abacus and start counting. Page numbers to come.
Message: Posted by: mindmagic (Nov 30, 2018 03:29AM)
Sterling effort, John!

Three more for your list:

Hugard, Modern Magic Manual: 47

Wilson, Complete Course in Magic:47

Gibson, Complete Illustrated Book of Close-Up Magic: 80 plus quite a few more scattered through the book

Message: Posted by: Wravyn (Nov 30, 2018 10:04AM)
The Magic Book by Harry Lorayne also.
Message: Posted by: David Neighbors (Nov 30, 2018 11:15AM)
And I have a set of Lecture Notes Called " Not just Coins " That Has some coin stuff in it! But also some card stuff And 7 Non-card and Coin Things!
Message: Posted by: JoeHohman (Nov 30, 2018 03:51PM)
Thanks for the list, John! Great reference material; plus, I think you just gave me the motivation to order some additional books that I have long thought about acquiring.

Hey, Marion, when did you pick up the Tarr & Ross sequel? Wasn't it everything I promised?!
Message: Posted by: Larry Barnowsky (Nov 30, 2018 06:27PM)
[url=www.barnowskymagic.com]Every one of my eight magic books[/url] including the Book of Destiny in your list :readingbook:
Message: Posted by: John Kokot (Nov 30, 2018 08:11PM)
David Neighbors and Larry Barnowsky have suggested adding Not Just Coins and 21st Century Coin Mechanics to my list. Unfortunately, despite their estimable quality, these publications do not make the cut. They are excluded, not because their contents are in any way inferior, but solely because they contain the words coin or coins in their titles. If you check my list of 187 titles, you will find that none of them contains these words.

My goal in compiling the list was to provide a consumer guide for magicians looking for coin magic in non-obvious locations. If a book has coins in its title, it clearly contains coin magic. That is not the case in books without coins in their title, for example, The Dai Vernon Book of Magic.

I was trying to highlight how much coin magic was in these non-obvious choices. I was not trying to list all books containing coin magic. That’s why, as I stated in the introduction that I excluded Bobo’s The New Modern COIN Magic, and Richard Kaufman’s COINMagic, and T. Nelson Downs’ Modern COIN Manipulation, among others, from the list

I should have made this clearer in the introduction. My apologies for the lack of erudition and articulation.
Message: Posted by: John Kokot (Dec 5, 2018 12:52PM)
Three additions from Al Schneider, including his opus, which jumps to the top of the list.

Schneider, Al. "Al Schneider Magic" --- 417 pages.
Schneider, Al. "Al Schneider on Close-Up" --- 85 pages.
Schneider, Al. "The Theory of Magic" --- 17 pages that utilize coin magic to illustrate a theoretical point.
Message: Posted by: Feral Chorus (Dec 6, 2018 10:00AM)

One book you may want to add is Kort - The Magic of Milt Kort, by Stephen Minch. The coin section spans 126 pages, although those pages are sprinkled with a number of one page anecdotes that may or may not focus on coins. As best I can tell there is little overlap with Kort's material printed in Modern Coin Magic.
Message: Posted by: John Kokot (Dec 19, 2018 09:43AM)
Happy Holidays.

Another important book I omitted on the initial list is The Essential Sol Stone, by Stephen Hobbs. It clocks in at 154 pages of coin magic.
Message: Posted by: Mb217 (Dec 19, 2018 12:07PM)
Lotta coin magic out there. ;) Thanks for tracking a lot of it down, and inspiring others to help out, which ultimately make your list even better a reference. :)

Good Will Towards Men :)
Message: Posted by: epoptika (Jul 10, 2019 09:30PM)
Quite a challenge to find something on my shelves you have not listed. Here are a few more;
Mendoza, J./ The Book of John/ 41 pages
Mendoza, J./ John: Verse Two/ 35 pages
Acer, D./ Natural Selections/ 15 pg.
Acer, D./ Natural Selections II / 16 pg.
Acer, D./ Random Acts of Magic/ 16 pg.
Acer, D./ More Power to You/ 19 pg.
Message: Posted by: epoptika (Jul 11, 2019 07:35AM)
A few more;
Kaufman & Phillips/ Lou Gallo: The Underground Man/ 38 pages
Mentzer, J./ Fechtner/ 10 pg.
Kaufman, R./ Sankey Pankey/ 42 pg.
Kaufman, R./ 100% Sankey/ 19 pg.
Message: Posted by: epoptika (Jul 11, 2019 07:48AM)
Vernon, D./ Malini And His Magic/ 8 pg.
Ganson, L./ Dai Vernon's Tribute to Nate Leipzig/ 30 pg.
Message: Posted by: Michael Rubinstein (Jul 11, 2019 09:09AM)
All the books by Horace Bennett
Message: Posted by: epoptika (Jul 12, 2019 05:10AM)
Kenner, C./ Out Of Control, MME Edition/ 78 pg.
Message: Posted by: Hare (Jul 29, 2019 11:57AM)
Hay, H. Amateur Magician's Handbook 50

You have this on your list, good stuff. I think it's the most intimate and best written "teaching" volume on coin magic that exists to this day. Chapters 1-2 give the magician a solid foundation on what sleight of hand is all about, and 6-7 cover the coin essentials in a far less obtuse and much more accurate way than Bobo- who really mucks the basics up rather badly in it's illustrations and descriptions.

What TAMH lacks in sheer volume of routines, it more than makes up for in it's explanation of the foundation theory of sleight of hand, and the accurate teaching of the core mechanics.

I know some advanced magicians avoid the book because it has "amateur" in it's title, but the truth is, it is among the cornerstones of sleight of hand magic- most especially coin work. It is brilliantly written.
Message: Posted by: Last Laugh (Jul 29, 2019 01:19PM)
That's very interesting! The late Bob Cassidy, mentalist extraordinaire, had very high praise for this book as well, and recommended it to mentalists. He said the same thing about the word 'amateur' in the title.
Message: Posted by: Hare (Jul 29, 2019 07:00PM)
I've found that the vast majority of books about magic tend to be collections of tricks or routines thrown together in various states. There are very few magical writers who really teach....many tend to "tell" you what to do, and a lot of magic book writers reminisce about past magicians and stuff they have experienced during their careers. Really solid books that present practical theory and the application of that in a friendly and interesting way are gems worth searching out.

TAMH is just that. It is divided into head and hand magic, and does a reasonable job covering all magic- but the chapters on coins, cards, and balls are strongest. The chapter on mental magic is very short, featuring Annemann- but, like the rest of the book, Mussey writes so well and intimately that one learns a great deal in a few pages. The qualities he possesses as a writer is a tendency to draw one into the subject in a personal, charming way as he remains concise, on subject and clear. The book also sports wonderful photos- most especially in the earlier editions on better paper.

Where Bobo tends to write about coins in the loosest and least helpful terms possible using illustrations that suffer from poor anatomy at the most inopportune moments- the very same holds, tricks and routines under Hay are presented with clarity and precision.

Magicians here often refer to Bobo's as the "Coin Bible". The term makes me cringe every time I hear it. Just my amateur opinion, of course!
Message: Posted by: epoptika (Aug 6, 2019 06:32PM)
TAMH is one of the best books ever written, IMHO. I always recommend it to any newbie with an interest in magic.
Worth reading & re-reading multiple times.
But we are wandering off subject...😀
Message: Posted by: mindmagic (Aug 7, 2019 05:51AM)
I have two hardback editions of TAMH, the third (British) and the fourth (final). I gather the "amateur" in the title was because it was originally part of a series of "amateur" books on various subjects. Highly recommended, although I wasn't terribly impressed by the paperback version when I saw it.

Message: Posted by: Poor dini (Aug 14, 2019 10:56AM)
Totally out of control by Chris Kenner
Art of astonishment series by Paul Harris
Stars of Magic -ez Robbins
Sessions -Joel Givens