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I second the idea of finding a mentor. I wouldn't have the appreciation for magic that I do, were it not for my mentor, the great Rajah (Tom Kepler.) We spent hours together going over basic details like mis-direction, ethics, theory, psychology, performance, etc. He was a very patient teacher and was able to help me by critiquing me every step of the way. He helped guide my attitude toward magic, performing and style. He also warned me of the junk on the market and advised me to resist the temptation to buy all the latest things I saw. If he were alive today, I'm sure we would be hangin' out in his 'magic room'... and I'm sure I'd still be learning more and more. If you can find someone like Rajah... you'll learn a great deal about yourself and which direction to take. Meanwhile, take the advice that the others have suggested, and read all you can. Good luck on your journey!

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I recently got started again and decided not to spend money on tricks- books yeah- but not tricks.

Look at You can find a lot of books at inexpensive prices. I posted elsewhere that I got Mark Wilson's book in hardcover for $4.00. I searched the database and found many of Fulves's books for $1.00. With shipping it would be abot $5.00 (still less than Borders) and if you purchased several from the same store it would be less. His table magic book is loaded with effects that use common household things.
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Checked the site.

Used books at affordable prices. Very helpful. Thanks Piper!
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The second post is the best: The Local Library or *aries. You can get a lot of learnin' for no bucks. Best,
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Hey! Don't tell everybody about abebooks! Now there will be people buying all the good books out from under me! Smile

And don't forget for some very cheap ebooks, and the Learned Pig for many free ones:
'The central secret of conjuring is a manipulation of interest.' - Henry Hay
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The site should be big enuff for everybuddy:)
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I agree with others that have previously stated to find a mentor. A good place to look for one is by joining a magic club if there is one in your area. Look for the International Brotherhood of Magicains, Society of American Magicains, Fellowship of Christian Magicians, etc. Most members are willing to help others along, and many chapters have libraries where members can checkout books or videos.

Good Luck
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I agree with the people who said get Mark Wilsons Complete Course in Magic, its what I started out with, and its amazing. Once you figure out which gerenes of magic you'd like to persue further, ask an expirenced magician which book's, DVD's, lecture notes, or websites to look at next.
An amatuer practices untill he gets it right, a professinal practices untill he can't get it wrong.

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Hi ashley,
sorry if this is repeditive, I did not take the time to read all the posts. I started like a year ago with no money, and I did not even know about the Café, so you are one step ahead of me. I saw a freind do magic and was very intreged, he would not teach me so one day I took my wife to the book store barns and nobels. While she was looking for her book I came acrossed a magic book it was only ten dollas and it has all the fundometals for card. So if you are looking to do cards I recomend The Big Book of Card Magic by Bob Longe. Then I would say start saveing up if you plan on staying in magic the rest can get very exspenceive.
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Many years ago when I was just starting, I got a job at a part time job at a local magic shop. During my down time, I read nearly every magic book that was in print at the time. It was also an easy way to get gigs. Mothers would come in trying to book their kids birthday party. I would say I was available. It was good practice. I was also able to borrow props for use in my small shows that I was doing at the time. All of this experience did not cost anything.
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On 2006-07-11 16:56, scooter magic wrote:
I'm just getting started in magic. I don't know of any good books and videos other than bobo's and where I can get them for a good price. Any suggestions


Hi Ashley, and welcome to the world of magic! You have certainly came to the right place for advise. I wouldn't hesitate to say that this is the best place for advise in all magic.

I recommend these books:
-Mark Wilson's Complete Course in Magic.
-JB Bobo's Modern Coin Magic.
-Royal Road to Card Magic.
-Expert Card Techneique.
-Henry Hay's Amature Magicians Handbook.
And if you have lots of money to spend, Tarbel Course in Magic. (9 Volumes)
And Card College. (5 Volumes.)

For DVD's:
-Oz Pearlmans "Born to Perform Card Magic." (Great for beginners in Card Magic, teaches some great routines, and very useful sleights.)
-Michael Ammar's "Easy to Master Card Miracles" (9 Volumes.)
-Michael Ammar's "Easy to Master Money Miracles" (3 Volumes.)
-Michael Ammar's "Easy to master Thread Miracles" (3 Volumes.)

Just SOME ideas of stuff to start out on.

But when you are looking for more, check out Jeff McBride, Jay Sankey, Greg Wilson, and many more. (Those are a few of my favorites.)
I am currently going through Michael Close's Very very Close video's, and Jeff McBride's "Magic on Stage" video's.

Best of luck with magic!
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Join a local Magic Club, if you can.
After much soul searching about a signature, I decided not to have one.

TG Pop [aka ProfessorWhut]
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Yes, definatley join a club. And perform for as many people as you can. Practice in front of a mirror or by yourself is good for learning sleights, but people practice is by far the best for experience and ideas.
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I found a magician and asked him bout the club, and then he asked me to come along for some of his shows, then he told me he would help me and teach me if I assist him in sum of his shows and I agreed. get to know some good magicians and ask them if you could come along and watch them perform or some thing like that. they will help if you seem interested. there are some who don't like it so don't do it too often
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In addition to the above excellent ideas, also tell you're parents, close friends, and relatives about your interest. Have them buy you "magic" for birthday gifts, etc. You might get some junk, but you'll probably also get some nice books and tricks.

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Without doubt buy Joshua JaY's new book on Magic with the DVD and for only 19.95 its one of the best buys in magic.
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