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wsduncan
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If the criteria is most useful it would have to be the Card Collage series, books 1 through 4.

No other series of books, or any one book will provide AS MUCH, benifit to both new students to card magic and experianced workers. It covers EVERYTHING you need to learn to be a card magician. Other books and series may be filled with lot of great tricks (Art Of Astonishment for example) or brilliant sleights (Revolutionary Card Technique) but none of them provide a taste of EVERTHING it takes to be good.
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Just depends if you're focused on learning techniques and sleights, go straight to CC vol 1 to 4. Vol 5 is dedicated to tricks. If you're looking for great tricks and splendid magic, AoA is definitely one of the best source. Careful: no techniques, no tricks...
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To answer correctly and be of the most help the term useful must be defined as Mago Gregorio and others have alluded to.
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I will have to say "Royal Road to Card Magic". It has a lot of the basics you need to know as a cardman. (It also happens to be the book that got me started, so I'm biased Smile )

If I could choose a second book I would have to say "Strong Magic" by Darwin Ortiz. It's not about card techniques per se (it's about the presentation of card / close-up magic), but has impacted my magic more than anything else out there.

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Guys, please remember, he said which SINGLE book, not series, you are not helping him saying all different series all the time, and yes we can agree Card College, but choose the most useful 1 from the 5. Peopel who are saying EATCT and RRTCM understand
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I join some of the guys here with "Expert card technique" by Jean Hugard and fredreek brue and "Expert at the card table" by S.W erdanse which Davi Vernon said many time that this is the BEST book in magic.

There is a thumb rule in magic books-I heard it form Max Maven.

"For each book you read that was written after 1970-read two that were written before"

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On 2005-07-23 15:51, roi_tau wrote:

There is a thumb rule in magic books-I heard it form Max Maven.

"For each book you read that was written after 1970-read two that were written before"


I havent heard that quote before, but I like it, thanks
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You are welcome.

I read it in one of the linking ring magazines where he had an interview with Eugine Burger.
If you want I can check for the issue number.

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Expert Card Technique: Close-Up Table Magic by J. Hugard is my pick.
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Many thanks one and all. I know the initial question was fundamentally flawed.

As it happens I have Expert Card Technique and Royal Road on the way right now and I am satisfied that I have made good purchases.

I'll also definitely check out Card College when I get the chance and I like the sound of Effortless Card Magic by Peter Duffie, as mentioned by Rennie.
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On 2005-07-23 07:56, KidCrenshaw wrote:
The question is simple, what book do you find most usefull?

Answer it honestly. Not for one reason or another, just usefull period.

For me, it's Royal Road. For the money, and size, it packs a punch. Passes, doubles, shuffles, cuts, tricks, and a bit of theory.

Good stuff.


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Actually that wasn't the question.

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In your opinion what is the single most useful book for card magic, and please include the author if you know.

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Actually, that Was the question, paraphrased. It's Close up Card Magic by Lorayne.
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On 2005-07-23 15:20, Chuds wrote:
Guys, please remember, he said which SINGLE book, not series, you are not helping him saying all different series all the time, and yes we can agree Card College, but choose the most useful 1 from the 5. Peopel who are saying EATCT and RRTCM understand


Actually...Card College vols 1 to 5 have the pages # "continuously" if you know what I mean. So in a way, it IS one book, simply broken up into separate volumes.
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One book? (With the definition being all contents between two covers). I would have to say that TRRTCM would get a person a looong ways towards competency with cards.

Look at it from this angle, also. TRRTCM sells for about 12 bucks. Last I looked, the five volumes of Card College were selling for 37 bucks each. Correct me if I can get them cheaper, 'cause I would like to add them to my library. I know a fellow could learn a ton from them also.

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In my original post I said it's not an easy question. I studied card magic a long time before I ever got Royal Road To Card Magic. Therefor the book didn't really help me. I still think it's a great book and I recommend it. However, for me personally it wasn't a "greatest" since I knew a lot of the material in already. If I was making a recommendation for a complete beginner, then there you go. I wasn't asked that so I didn't do that.

That's why I want more clarity on the aim of the question. Also, what does price matter? If ones a better book then another, what does price have to do with that. Price was never in the original question either.

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The guy said he'd only been at it a few months. That should give you an indication as to what he may be asking.

Encyclopedia Of Card Tricks is nice, but should come after RRTCM in my opinion for obvious reasons. I'm not aware of another book devoted to card MAGIC that will give you a more thourough grasp of the fundamentals. But I've been wrong before.

Put it this way, SpiritX, if you're just getting into this card magic thing (6 months to a year or less), you'll really enjoy RRTCM. Since you have ordered it, let me give you a piece of advice on how to approach it.

The chapters are like a series, chronological, and in a specific order. Spend some time on each chapter before you move on to the next. It also gives tricks at the end of each chapter that utilize what you've already learned. It's comparitive to Mark Wilsons Complete Course Of Magic, which incidentally is my choice for best all around SINGLE book.

For sets I'm going with AoA, awesome stuff.
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Thanks, I'll keep that in mind when RRTCM arrives.
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I would also like to add "Card College" volumes 1 through 3 in particular.
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Well, one that has the basic skills down for most of magic, can live off of the money they make from Stars of Magic, that book alone has an entire act, and more!
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The guy bought Royal Road and Expert Card Technique. With those two books, he will have all the info he needs to become a world-class card man. (Good choices! Well done, sir!) If you're looking for a book to go to after that, you can't go wrong with books by Peter Duffie, John Bannon, Harry Lorayne, John Bannon, Larry Jennings, Alex Elmsley, Roy Walton, Dai Vernon, Brother John Hammon, Paul Harris, etc.

Bottom line: The single most useful book on card magic is the one you will actually study and from which you actually appropriate and perform the material.
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I would say the most useful is Royal Road to Card Magic

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