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Hi everyone. I really like magic a lot, and have been been working with magic for a few years. I've been reading the forums, and as I have read, most magicians recommend books and videos. Since I also like computers, I was wondering if any of you magicians know any GOOD, and FREE web sites were I could learn more about magic? I know I must sound like a cheap-scape, but I'm only 16, and don't have a lot of money to spend on reading material. I was also wondering if there are any good magic learning videos on DVD, because I have only seen them on VHS.

Peter Marucci
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Welcome aboard, Nick.
If you're looking for a website with good material, I would recommend Visions e-zine
There's bound to be something there to pique your interest.
Or you might try The Learned Pig website; there you can get and download literally hundreds of magic books for free. Probably the greatest deal in magic!
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Wow, thanks a lot Peter, I have never seen a sight like this before, looks like I have a lot of reading to do. Smile

Dr. JK
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Welcome abord nick12345!

I am in a similar situation myself, being only 17. There just isn't enough money for all the purchases you want to make! You should probably check out the beginner forum... there is an excellent thread there about the best magic books (and videos). As for magic on DVDs, I think the "Exciting World of Magic" DVD is a good choice for a beginner, and if you're looking to specialize, I highly recommend the Ammar Thread Videos. If you're a card man, I think Daryl has some DVDs out. Hope that you find this information helpful!

Oops, I forgot to tell you that another great *FREE* web site for magic information would be the "Collected Wisdom of MagicTalk." Check it out... you may like it! I know, I visit frequently! That address is

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Welcome to the Cafe. As you have already discovered, this site is a great resource. Enjoy the time you spend here. You will find a lot of food for thought.

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Hi Nick, Welcome aboard. Smile
Since I have students of your age I can really figure out your situation. More over a few months ago (something like 200 months Smile ) I was in your position, but I did not have this great tool as internet.You will find a treasure of knowledge here.

Never the less, let me recommend you one more site which is FREEEEE!!! has lots of books. Tell that TORA ( That is me..) who told you about that site and get your password.
The site is:
I hope you enjoy the site and I am sure that we will see each other often in this Cafe.
:dancing: Smile Smile Smile Smile
Magically Yours,


Have you visited my new Website in English, yet? or
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Hello and welcome Nick,
Another young Magician, that is great I'm glad to see that you have found your way here to the Magic Cafe, I have found that the coffee is good the company is great and there is plenty of food for thought here, if you ask, there is someone here that will offer good advice, so enjoy your visits here and return often!!!
Smile Smile Smile

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Well met Nick!

I totally understand about the money thing...

But it sounds like you're already on the right track.

When money is tight, your best value is buying books. It's amazing how much quality magic can be created with just some simple common everyday items that you can find in the house or office.

For instance, a well-known professional in the field of mentalism claims that his entire act only uses $20 worth of materials.
Professor Philemon Vanderbeck
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"I use my sixth sense to create the illusion of possessing the other five."
Lee Marelli
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Welcome! Glad you could join us. You have gotten some great advice already. If you can take the time to go through the old topics at the Cafe, you will find a ton of valuable information that can get you going. Enjoy!
"Mentalism is a state of mind." Marelli
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Hey Nick. Welcome to the Cafe. This place is always filled with great advice. You're gonna love it! Smile
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You came to the right place, the information is all free (and it's great). I hope we can all help you further your magic.

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Well, hey guys, how's it going!
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Don't worry, we're all broke here, we're magicians. Smile

Have a coffee.

Jeb (Sable)
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Well at least the coffee around here is free!
Check the 'a tangled web we weave' forum. I've noticed that some of the folks around here have started posting urls to their own Yahoo briefcases, it's even better to see these guys perform! Smile

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Welcome aboard Nick...we're glad to have you!
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Hi Nick, nice to meet you
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