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Blindside785
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It's my 16th birthday Smile Yay!

I need a little hlep as well. I'm a hobbiest magician and only do magic when the time is right and when people are bored out of their minds. I need help choosing a magic items. Around 40 or 50 dollars worth (Using rest of the money to help my acne scars)
I was thinking about spider pen but there is a lot of mixed reviews. Any thoughts?
Andy the cardician
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Buy a book - it will be your best investment ever.
Cards never lie
Blindside785
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Which book would you prefer?
Chessmann
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"The Magic Book," by Harry Lorayne.
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I also recommend the book route. Pick one that is older and a classic, one that is often mentioned at the Café. I notice from your post, that you're into the hotter and more popular stuff. Round out your education. Try out many old effects no matter how simplistic or unromantic they seem. You'll be amazed at how powerful the classics are. And you'll fool the pants off of all the guys who bite quarters and stick pens through bills.
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Michael Baker
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Mark Wilson's Complete Course in Magic + any volume of Tarbell + a Dover copy of Bobo. You'll probably have change left over. If you can find good used copies, you'll have more change left over... and more than enough magic to last you until you turn 17. Learn magic... don't buy tricks.

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Josh the Superfluous
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Oh...and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!


(I totally agree with Michael.)
What do you want in a site? "Honesty, integrity and decency." -Mike Doogan
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Happy Birthday!

Learn how to embalm. Make money in your life.
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Andy the cardician
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THe book depends on what kind of magic you would like to do.

Mark Wilson's Complete Course in Magic is a good start and good value for money. Providing you a great overview.

If you want to learn card magic - I can recommend Card College or the Royal Road.

If you would like to learn coin magic - Coin Magic from Bobo is a great and affordable start.

Use the search engine for those books to get more information.

Happy Birthday

Andy
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If you haven't already, get a couple of dvds, as well. Presentation and showmanship are best taught live and in person with a mentor, and by watching other performers. Most books simply can't do this very well.

But dvds can be very helpful, as long as people look for ideas and concepts of presentation and showmanship rather than copying a well-known performer's style.

Perhaps consider saving some more money, and hire the most experienced magician you can find for a couple of hours to watch you work and point out things you need to work on.
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Sorry, but THE MAGIC BOOK is out of print. Any of my books after that would work great, but unfortunately are over budget. Oh well... HARRY LORAYNE.
[email]harrylorayne@earthlink.net[/email]

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There are a handfull of used copies of The Magic Book available at Amazon. Most are pushing the budget limits. Supply and demand!!
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Blindside785
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Thanks guys for your help!
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I will second, or third, the Mark Wilson book, if you bought the tricks individually that are taught in that book, you would spend thousands. Get it - it's how I got started in magic.
Blindside785
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Got mark wilsons book last christmas
Chessmann
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Find a copy of "The Magic Book" on eBay or elsewhere. You will be glad you did.
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