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Now that I've read the Glorious Deception by Jim Steinmeyer I heartily endorse it as the best written book in magic. He writes with erudition and he weaves a facinating tale of magic and the allied arts at the end of the nineteenth century. It is truly a captivating read. As far as teaching books, Minch's Carneycopia is very well written and explains tricks thoroughly, in addition to providing excellent essays on the performance of magic.
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I find it strange that no one has mentioned, Tarbell course in magic! I think this is one of the best books on this wonderful art. It has a lot of very valuable information. I would say most of the people publishing books and DVDs started out with this book!

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Bar none, Darwin Ortiz' Strong Magic


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Christian Chelman's Capricornian Tales
Banachek's Psychological Subtleties
Corinda's 13 steps
Houdin's Memoirs
Sam Dala et al Swami and Mantra
Osterlind's Making magic real
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On 2005-07-11 17:27, Michaelrice wrote:

I find it strange that no one has mentioned, Tarbell course in magic!

Mike


If you had read the posters original question you wouldn't find it strange. I find it strange that people would suggest things like Banachek's Psychological Subtleties and Tarbell. I don't think the guy was looking for textbooks but maybe I misread the question.

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Sorry! My mistake.

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No apology needed. Just trying to give the poster what he was looking for. Hopefully he'll check out all the suggestions eventually.
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I've been reading through Hiding the Elephant and I must say it really has a great element on magic but it could be read with interest by more than just magicians.
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Right-o, Vandy -- I'm steadily working through the fundamentals (e.g., Mark Wilson, RRTCM, Bobo, et al); just looking, here, to add depth and texture to the whole enterprise (and the suggestions offered have REALLY helped! FWIW, I'm into "Hiding the Elephants" at present).

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I have read many books on magic that teach "how to do it", but there are a couple that really stand out when I just want to prop up my boots by the fire and read just for the fun of it.

Right now, I am reading Jim Steinmeyer's Chung Ling Soo biography, "Glorious Deception". I enjoyed his "Hiding The Elephant", but am enjoying this one more. Because it is mainly about one magician, instead of many, it is easier to get caught up in the "plot", and to care about what happens to the main character.

The other book that I really got caught up in was "Carter Beats The Devil", by Glen David Gold. Dudes, I couldn't put that one down. I wish I hadn't already ready it so that I could experience it for the first time.

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Im about half way through Carter Beats the Devil right now and its a great novel.
Another fovourite read of mine was the Illustrated History of Magic by Christopher Milbourne.
I also had a copy of a book from the library onece that was full of posters from people like Thurston, Chung Ling soo, Kellar etc there was nothing to read but I love the posters from that golden age of magic. Sorry I cant remember the title or the author but I think it was something like "Magic Posters". It was a while ago when I had it.
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I read Carter beats The Devil and it is interesting.

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Hah I just bought hiding the elephant. it is turning out pretty good. I too recommend it.
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I would go with Robert-Houdin's autobiography. Some of the stories in there are amazing and it is a very lively read by one of the giants of magic. It's available on the internet at lybrary.com and you can also find it free on the web. With the lybrary.com edition is setup so you can have your computer read it aloud to you. There is also an interesting appendix on the magic performed by the marabout's (sort of a village imam with little or no theological training) to impress people . My Egyptian buddy said that the marabouts still perform magic tricks when business is slow in the village. Thank god for the web because the book is out of print and the paperback edition is around 30.00 dollars.
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I am about halfway through "The Glorious Deception," Steinmeyer's book on Chung Ling Soo. What really bumped this to the top of my must-read list was a no-holds-barred rave by Teller on NPR. It is a wonder! The world of magic was a small one in those days. Will Robinson worked with the Davenport Brothers, Harry Kellar and Alexander Herrmann before becoming Chung Ling Soo. It is marvelously written. Just go read this, you will be glad that you did.

I also have "The Silence of Chung Ling Soo," and I can just disappear into the art of his marvelous posters that are lovingly reproduced there. This is by far the best art from the Golden Age of Magic. The writing is journalistic, and there are some important documents reprinted here, but the writing can't touch Steinmeyer.

Yours,

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"The Magician and the Cardsharp" is a great read on the Vernon's hunt for a mysterious cardsharp(Allen Kennedy) who can deal centers. The author, Karl Johnson, does a great job of sucking you in to the story of this great chase.

I plan on reading "The Glorious Deception" next, the reviews sound great.
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I just got "HIding the Elephant" fro my local library, brand new, hard cover. It looks like a good read.
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One of the first book I read was The Master Magicians ,Their Lifes and Famous Tricks by Walter Gibson . This is a good book of many magicians including Houdini,
Thusrston, Kellar , and Chung Ling Foo. This is an old book but I think it been reprinted . I also read both of Steinmeyer's books and think they are both worth reading, he does a great job with his story line.
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I would recomend the Fitzkee Trilogy (Showmanship for Magicians, The Trick Brain, and Magic By Misdirection). These books really talk about the performance of magic and how it has changed while teaching you how you should be performing it. I HIGHLY reccomend these books.
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