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Being as everyone and their goldfish appears to reccomend this book to everyone, I've been looking into obtaining a copy.

HOWEVER, there appear to be numerous editions and versions available (up to the 4th ed. that I've found). could anyone who knows the difference tell me if there's anything extra in the later editions, and so reccomend which one to get.

Also, if you know anywhere that definately takes paypal I'd appreciate the knowledge. I have a debit card (i'm in the uk, US shops tend not to take ours), but no credit card since I've debts enough as it is with the student loan.

Thanks a load.
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The reason why it is so recommended is because a lot of "baby boomers" weaned themselves with this book back in the '60s & '70s. I'm one of those. I still have an old falling apart smelly edition that was a library throwaway from my high school days ('70 Graduate). This book is what peaked & kindled my interest in SOH. I learned a lot from that book and I still refer back to it now & then. Although this book is outdated and perhaps there are more recent books on SOH, this book covers a basic look at venues from close-up to platform. I suggest if you are a worker get the most recent edition. If you are a collector find the earlier editions if you want to. The newer edition doesn't have new effects per se but the reference/bibliography section is more updated with more recent performers. Good Luck! BTW I don't know much about Pay Pal as I always pay with personal check or MO. Smile
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I have a copies of both the 3rd and 4th editions. The 4th has some extra chapters... I believe there was some info on using video recorders during your practice sessions written by James Randi.

I picked up the 4th edition after I already owned the 3rd just to get this extra info. Its nice to have, but nothing earth shattering.

On the downside: the 4th edition was published by a different company than the previous ones, and the quality of the photos is not nearly as good in the 4th edition. I don't know how they reproduced the photos, but some clarity was lost in the process.

So, I actually prefer my 3rd edition because the photos are so much clearer.

Whichever edition you choose, enjoy the book!

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The 4th edition also has a new chapter on doing kids' shows, so if that's an interest of yours there's a reason to go for the 4th edition. I haven't seen the earlier editions, but I'd agree with the comment above about the muddiness of the photos. You can still see them well enough to learn the tricks, though.
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Currently bidding for one on Ebay, thanks for all your help.
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