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Your recommendation for the best magic book for beginning adults? Thanks.

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It depends what you'd like to learn, good sir. Even impromptu magic has its basis in... well non impromptu stuff. I'd say "Now you see it, Now you don't" for anyone interested in learning all the sleight of hand basics.
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It depends what kind of stuff your interested in, but for just magic in general, to get an understanding and collection of basic principals and effects I would recomend Mark Wilsons complete course in magic.

Hope that helps, I started out when I was very young and I think that was one of my first ever magic books, its got tonnes of stuff in it.

good luck.
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The Magic Book by Harry Lorayne is an absolute gem for beginners. The Mark Wilson book is also a good starter but I'm a bit partial to Mr. Lorayne's teaching/writing style. Also, for $40 you can get the entire Tarbell course on CD from .

Best of luck!
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This thread is the canonical list of best books for beginners:
'The central secret of conjuring is a manipulation of interest.' - Henry Hay
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Here are some specialty books that will help with doing a moment's notice.

"Modern Coin Magic Book" by J.B. Bobo.
"Elastrix" volumes by Joe Rindfleisch.
"Encyclopedia of Cigarette Tricks" by Keith Clark.
"Self Working Card Tricks" - Karl Fulves.

Don't overlook videos on impromptu magic by Tom Mullica, Dan Harlan, Gregory Wilson and the "Jawdropper" and "Five Minutes With A Pocket Hankerchief" videos.
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FWIW, I'll give a grateful nod to Bill Tarr's "Now You See It, Now You Don't" as an essential contemporary text on sleights.

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The one that got me started is The Amateur Magician's Handbook, by Henry Hay. It's one of the classics, and quite inexpensive to boot.
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I found that a book which gave me the idea of the style I wanted to perform made a difference when I was a beginner - not so long ago! I was playing around with lots of mentalism and cards, but when I read Christian Chelman's Capricornian Tales, I was suddenly inspired by a way of thinking about magic - now I adapt some of the standard card routines into this style, which tends to be more prop oriented. I am not suggesting this particular book for you, but I am suggesting you consider books which may help you develop your own style.

It sounds like this wouldn't be 'at a moment's notice' but it is for me. I have about five sets of small packets of very pretty tarot cards which are easy to carry (far less than a single deck) but I can do 20 minutes with them at a moment's notice. Or I can combine them all to do a cold reading. None of the routines are in Chelman, but they reflect the way I was inspired into thinking by reading that book. I use his routines in less impromtu situations.

So I would be keen to know what others have found the best books to lead them into developing their own style. I know what I mean - I am just not sure if anyone else will!

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I agree with Magiguy that Harry Lorayne's "The Magic Book" and Mark Wilson's "Complete Course in Magic" are truly excellent books for beginners and are highly recommended. I have also found the book "The Magic of Micah Lasher" (which you could probably get used for about $3) to be helpful.
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Body Tricks - The Dvd + Book:

Best collection of tricks you can do without any props.

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Complete Course in Magic, it gives you a great overview . .

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Great recommendations! Thanks.
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