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I realize that this is very subjective, but I wanted some input. I have recently taken on the task of updating my video library with DVDs. Since DVD is a great format for instruction (easy access menus, etc.) and the discs won't degrade over time, my library is something I'd like to someday pass onto my son who at 8 may be a better magician than me!

To that end, what do you think are the 'essential' sets to have in any well-rounded library? I love all close-up magic and am looking for sets that are destined to become classics.

Here are my picks...what else should I consider?

Ammar "Easy to Master Card Miracles"
Malone "On the Loose"
Daryl "Encyclopedia of Card Sleights"
Daryl "Ambitious Card"
Roth "Coin Magic Made Easy" (Volume 1-3 will be released by the end of April)
Sankey "Best of Sankey"

I also have a pretty good book library so for this post I'm really only interested in DVDs.

Thanks in advance for your input!
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Do you want to become your son? Smile
I am building a dvd library,too.Except the above there are a lot of other "must have" dvds but the above you write are really essential.
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David Regal vol 1,2,3
Black Envelope
Daryl Encyclopedia Of Sleights all 8 volumes

Mike King - Sho-Me Magic

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I really like Malone's "On The Loose" DVD set. I also like Paul Green's "In The Trenches" and Roth's "Ultimate Coin Magic Collection" DVD's.
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Johnny Thompson's "Commercial Classics of Magic" has just been released on DVD. For those of you who dislike reading, this series is the closest video equivalent to the book "Stars Of Magic".
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Well Bill,

You know my answer -- I never thought "Classic" and "Magic video" would ever be used in the same sentence.

Though I can't speak from first hand experience - I doubt the Ammar series will ever be more than a good video - The only classic I can think of is: REVELATIONS -- I heard it's coming out on DVD in the near future. Of course the Skinner series is very good - but I only think that's because I miss him. Maybe the three set series with Ed Marlo would be worth getting on DVD if it comes out in that format.

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Believe it or not, your list tallies exactly with the list I am attempting to put together. I don't have them all, but am slowly amassing the list you have. My only addition would be a set on flourishes.

I picked up Jeff Mc Bride's first DVD, but am not sure if I would call it a classic. I mostly wanted it (believe it or not) to learn how to do a better thumb fan. To be brutally honest, I don't think Jeff did a great job in instructing this move. He presents most of the other flourishes/moves very well, I just feel his fan instruction is weak. So, I am still looking for a DVD which presents a good instruction in fanning. Any suggestions?
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Here is a Picture of My Dvd's. I am only 14 but perform alot and every Penney I make goes into books, vids, dvds, and a few tricks every now and then. Smile Smile Smile Smile

So here it is.

• Magic of David Reagal (3 volumes)
• Daryls Card Revelations (Volumes 1-5)
• Zarrow Shuffle
• Very Best of Jay Sankey (3 Volumes)
• Watch Stealing
• Michael Close In Review
• Outside The Box
• Total Destruction (3 Volumes)
• Daryl Does the Full Monte
• Gregory Wilsons Hundy 500
• Paul Green In The Trenches
• Daryl’s Fooler Doolers (2 Volumes)
• McBride Manipulation (3 Volumes)
• McBride on Stage Magic (3 Volumes)
• Ted Lesly (2 Volumes)
• The Legend
• The Cardician
• PyroTechnic Pastboards
• Sankey Secret Files (2 Volumes)
• Richard Sanders Slow Burn
• Magic With Rubberbands (3 Volumes)
• The Phoenix

And a few that are not listed
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Rich, thanks for the input but you just listed what you own - not what you believe to be 'classics' or must haves.

Which ones do you think should be in every good magic library?
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HI Bill,

You might (should!!!) get hold of the 3 new Gary Ouellet DVDs from LLpub, they are great!!!

I learned most of my magic from Gary and Guy Camirand (from the Camirand Academy) and I really like his thinking, and not to forget that he was a real class-act and a gentleman!

There are some excellent routines on this serie! Not to forget some very good sleights too!!! Have a look at their content.

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Stay away from videos and DVDs until you have a well established performing persona of your own.

Rich, I'm going to follow you around until you correct that darned quote of yours (and attribute it)!

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Winston - not interested in a debate over the value of videos or DVDs. Please read the original post. Thanks! Smile
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The post wasn't directed towards you.

Not interested in being told what to post and what not to post. Thanks! Smile

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We're all friends here. Didn't mean to tell you what to post (I don't think I did that.)

If the post wasn't directed toward my original question, please be so kind as to clarify your comments so that we can all follow your thinking. This ensures that the post stays on-topic and is coherent.

Thanks! Smile
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As mentioned above...

The magic of David Regal. Lot's of great stuff on those dvd's. I love to watch them for just his performance sets sometimes. He really interacts and captures the audience! Not to mention his effects are great too!

Cheers! Smile
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Just want to add Max Maven's DVD set and Greg Wilson's "on the spot". They are "must items" in my library and also yours.

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For coins, I think Roth's series and Michael Rubinstein is a good bet.
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William wrote:

Roth "Coin Magic Made Easy" (Volume 1-3 will be released by the end of April)

William, this is great news. Where did you hear this ? I have the Roth Ultimate Coin Collection, and would love to have these first three volumes as well.



If for no other reason than the novelty of it, I would suggest Jay Sankey's "45". I really like this DVD. I suffer from clinical depression, and I can watch this just to get in a better mood. I really believe that this breaks new ground.

As for classics, I'll go with Bill Malone, and I'd add Ammar's IT Miracles. It's arguably the most complete one stop source for IT info.

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Harry Lorayne's 10-volume set of DVDs is a video compilation of his great contribution to the the craft of card magic. IMO, it is an important complement to Lorayne's essential library of innovative and practical commercial card magic.

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