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Jared
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Here's something I think everyone can relate to and perhaps add some valuable input- that is magic equipment purchases.

With such a vast array of questionable material on the market today (i.e. 'junk'). We are faced with difficult purchasing decisions to find the best values. The best source that I'm sure most of you read is Michael Close's column in the Magic Magazine. Though it is a good read, many tricks, books, videos etc. go unnoticed namely because of the sheer volume of new material being released to the market.

So the question remains-how can we protect ourselves from being seduced by strong advertising? Might I stress that opinions of
'value' will probably differ greatly from person-to-person because of performing styles, conditions, routining etc.

Still, I think we can universally agree on many items that are worthy of consideration. That said, I'd like to get a discussion going on purchases starting from 2001- forward.

If anyone purchased 'Arising Cards' in 2000-2001 than I KNOW that you understand what I'm talking about!

Here's a couple of my favorites from 2001 to get the ball rolling.

1) Lighting Card Case
2) 'My Ring Collection'
3) Doug Brewer's 'The Unexpected Visitor' Book
4) 'Psyched Out' (though the directions and method are terrible and need re-work).
5) Simon Aronson 'Try the Impossible' Book

Start your keyboards...!

- Jared
Randy
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Magnetized Cards - Gary Plants
The entire Ron Bauer Private Studies series
Mike Skinner videos
The Buffalo Get-Together - A Close-Up Magic Convention
tboehnlein
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Try the Impossible, Completely Cold, Jeff McBrides Stage Magic
Andy Charlton
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This may not be new. But....

DOC EASON'S Bar Magic video series.

The best

Andy
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Check out www.andyandjeansbigadventure.com
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Jared
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Andy,
Yes, I agree that the Doc Eason videos were amongst the best advice/material ever sold. It was one of my top picks in 2000.

- Jared
Bernard Sim
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Doug Brewer's 'The Unexpected Visitor' Book
Troy Hooser's "DesTROYer" book.
Knockout Coin Magic DVD by Michael Rubinstein
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Jared
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Bernard,
I also liked Troy Hooser's book as he brought so many new ideas to the table....It was a good read. What routines were your favorites?
- Jared
Brandon Harper
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I have to go with "The Commercial Magic of J.C. Wagner." Great Stuff!!!
Jared
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Dear Closeupmaster,

Does it get any better than 'JC's Super Closer'? How about 'Poor Man's Matrix'?
These are wonderful routines, but are not the easiest to utilize in table-hopping situations, because of the need of a close-up mat. Just the same there are some others that would work in such venues. How about NEW stuff from 2001-2002? JC's book is a few years old.

- Jared

PS Purchase his videos Volume 1 & 2 - great investments!
Bernard Sim
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Hi Jared, I like the routine "A Charming Chinese Challange." I actually got his book
"Silver Surf" and "Silver Surf II". DesTROYers has got everything in Silver Surf.
Bernard Sim
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Milt Kort's All Outs Think A Card
Cursed Ring

http://www.thinklikeaconjurer.com
Countage
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I like the Ninja rings and the Hundy 500.
The Mighty Fool
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Quote:

Here's a couple of my favorites from 2001 to get the ball rolling.

1) Lighting Card Case
2) 'My Ring Collection'
3) Doug Brewer's 'The Unexpected Visitor' Book
4) 'Psyched Out' (though the directions and method are terrible and need re-work).
5) Simon Aronson 'Try the Impossible' Book




Geez.....I've never even heard of ANY of those!
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TheAmbitiousCard
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If just dvd/videos:
charlie frye eccentricks 1 , 2
fiber optics
bob kohler's golden shells video
McBride commando act
TORN
carney, up close and far away
dave, dave2, magic farm
osterlind mind mysteries
Ammar etmcm
mike close workers series
capehart rings
ninja rings
haydn rings
relentless ring and string
lennart green 1
patrick page sponge balls, thumb tip
roth 1,2,3
daryl rope 8
ray herbert performing for kids
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Scott Compton
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Paul Harris' Art of Astonishment
Bill Malone - On the Loose
Sponge Bunnies
George Sands or Daryl's Rope Routine
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Lee Darrow
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I've got to ask: why go for new? Why not go for BEST instead? Just because something is new, doesn't mean it's the best, or even good, for that matter.

There is some very old stuff out there that nobody is doing that absolutely kills at tableside and, to most of the younger magicians, would be completely new. Some exapmles:

Don Alan's Ranch Bird
Okito's Oho
Slydini's paper Balls To Box
Vernon's The Challenge
The Purse Swindle (an old con game from the UK that isn't well known over here at all)
Scoop Vanisher (do it in their hand for extra credit)
Victor's Magnetic Cards (Edward Victor)
Shigeo Takagi's Lemon Trick

And that's just for openers. Not new. All of it at least 30 years old. But I'm willing to bet that not one magician on this board under the age of 25 does any of these effects.

If they discover any of them, they will find gems.

Lee Darrow, C.H.
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Pete Biro
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Lee hit it... why go for NEW when there is so much great classic material?

After all the KEY to entertaining is YOU... work on YOU.

I find that stuff I learned 20-30 years ago is the best material I have with few exceptions.
STAY TOONED... @ www.pete-biro.com
Dannydoyle
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When I used to ask Jay Marshall about the best new tricks he always told me to look in old books. Chances are better than average that the new tricks are almost duplicated from them. The old coppies of the Pheonix, the Jinx and the Paulbearers Review are a virtual storehouse of information that would take 5 lifetimes to sucessfully master. Lots of good stuff, lots not so good.

A history lesson and a trick cavalcade how can ya beat it?
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JeffWampler
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Sankey's Revolutionary Card Magic...

Paul Harris Art of Astonishment, although not new, is probably the best collection of fresh close-up material I've ever read...
JoeFreedom
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Lee is right on. Working at the local magic shop for the last umpteen years ( my free job!) I've seen a lot of garbage come & go. When ETMCM came out Everyone was twisting the aces. I dropped it. Magazines in ANY field are designed to make us want more of the latest. If you really want to blow 'em away at the next club meeting, go back to the old classics...everything old is new again!
JoeFreedom

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