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magicfish
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In my opinion, no electronic file could ever compare to a good book.
Ray Haining
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The recently published and amazing Rubinstein Coin Magic, by Michael Rubinstein, is proof that the era of big magic books is definitely not over.
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Thank goodness for that.
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I’d say we’ve actually been in a big magic book renaissance with the number of fantastic large books released recently. The Steve Forte books, The Magic Rainbow, Rubinstein’s book, the Jonny Thompson books, etc.
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Not to mention:

"Eugene Burger:From Beyond"

"Interpreting Magic" by David Regal

"Pure Imagination" by Scott Robinson
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Or Jaw Droppers, JawDroppers Two, And Finally!
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You’re right Mayniac,
There is way less books than 30 years ago, but the quality is very high.
I’m a fan of magic books, by far the best way to learn nearly anything for me. A young friend of mine, who is studying sport performance physiology at university saw the director a few weeks ago, my friend has a book in his hand and the director told him he has not seen a student with a book since 10 years. How sad it is…
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On Jul 9, 2020, Rachmaninov wrote:
How sad it is…


Why is it sad?
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I agree...very sad.
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Again - why?
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On Jul 10, 2020, Rachmaninov wrote:
You’re right Mayniac,
There is way less books than 30 years ago, but the quality is very high.
I’m a fan of magic books, by far the best way to learn nearly anything for me. A young friend of mine, who is studying sport performance physiology at university saw the director a few weeks ago, my friend has a book in his hand and the director told him he has not seen a student with a book since 10 years. How sad it is…


Wow, that is sad indeed. I am not sure if college student still have actual textbooks nowadays, but seems schools and universities in my city still heavily rely on actual books, electronic books / apps only serve as an extra something on education.
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It’s sad because it means that most students don’t read anymore.
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Technically it just means that individual professor hadn't seen people reading. Regardless, though, so what?

Not everyone likes to read. Nothing wrong with, or sad about that - it's just preference.

I love reading. My dad doesn't care for it. Regardless of that, he's still one of the best mechanical thinkers I've ever met in my life. He's also a capable carpenter, gardener, landscaper, etc. Any physical labor skill - he's probably pretty decent at it. So while I may have a broad knowledge on many subjects, he's the one I'd go to if I wanted to learn to live off the grid.

On top of that, I'm pretty sure the actual ratio of people who enjoy reading hasn't really changed much in my life time. Twenty years ago I read that the average American college didn't read more than maybe 4 books a year outside of school or job requirements.
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Studying is student’s job…It means they have to attend lessons, take notes, make synthesis, cross informations, complete those notes with further readings…As not everything is online, very far from it, I don’t see how you can achieve that without books.
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I mean, assuming the professor wasn't exaggerating or simply lacked observation skills - so what? Either they will pass or fail. Doesn't affect you.

I'll drop the subject as it really is a diversion from the topic of the thread and I'll probably just annoy people if I keep at it.

Back on topic -

Given that the original post was in 2006 and we're still seeing some quality, sizeable volumes be printed and re-printed I daresay the era is not over at all. What I do think/hope is happening is that because the demand for larger hard copy volumes isn't as crazy as it once was, now you're seeing quality products come to market instead of just whatever folks can slap together to make some money.

On top of the long-standing publishers you also see some really nice solo-produced works coming out too. Like Looch's Black Project - very nice two-volume boxed set. It's lovely looking as well as quality material inside.
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I agree with WitchDocChris.. that the era of books are not over. The material that the current/newer generation have produced have been impressive. I am grateful for those that continue to publish and do it for the love of magic. I am waiting for Mr. Kaufman to finish up on the latest Larry Jennings book.
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The era of big books will not die even if I personally have to drag it forward.

Genii's 600 plus page on Charlie Miller's "Magicana" will come out in September.

My almost 600 page book, Mr. Jennings Takes It Easy will come out at the end of November.

During the pandemic I have written 400 pages for the follow-up, "Mr. Jennings Takes It Tough."

And more in the pipeline, including a big book on the magic of Jean-Pierre Vallarino.
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On Jul 20, 2020, Richard Kaufman wrote:
The era of big books will not die even if I personally have to drag it forward.

Genii's 600 plus page on Charlie Miller's "Magicana" will come out in September.

My almost 600 page book, Mr. Jennings Takes It Easy will come out at the end of November.

During the pandemic I have written 400 pages for the follow-up, "Mr. Jennings Takes It Tough."

And more in the pipeline, including a big book on the magic of Jean-Pierre Vallarino.


How's the new Greater Magic coming along, Richard? They don't come any bigger.

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Great news Richard ! Especially concerning Vallarino Book. He is a master magician, very creative, and his handling of cards is like a ballet. He is way underrated. This book will erase this injustice.
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Man, could you imagine reading Revolutionary Card Technique as an e-book? Yikes. That book is well over 500 pages of difficult material.

And the idea of looking at a computer screen. No way. For me, as it seems for some of you, just having a book in hand is WAY better, than an e-book.

Not only that, what if crap hits the fan and the power grid goes down? Your e-book can no longer be accessed. But you know what can be accessed, a book!!

So...

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Just my two cents on the matter.
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