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What source do you prefer for learning stage manipulations? Books or video tapes ?
Learning from books is more difucult. On video, you see all moves, but on this you get style of performance and mannerism. Both sources have good and bad sides.
I think, no answer exists like this: "Best for all magicians is... (video or book) because..."

But what source do you prefer???

PS. Please do not write "Best is live seminar or private lessons". I do this Smile
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Personally, I find that alternating between the two works best for me. The videos help me see the mechanics described in the books in action. Also, video tends to be a better source on finesse and presentation.

However, after watching the videos, going back to the book(s) helps me keep focused on the technique. Also, after having seen the moves in action, I am more clear on the overall mechanics and can then focus on the fine details that the video doesn't show.

If both is an option, that's my vote.

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Learning from video is more clear on how to do things, but make me tend to copy the entire act. And videos are expensive.

Learning from books make me try to figure out how to do it and how to present it. And books are cheaper.

Both have strong points and weak points. So I use both too.


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Videos, I say, because people can make up stuff in books.
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Wikiro- Please elaborate. Are you talking about people misunderstanding the sleight from a book and then learning it wrong? If not, please inform me.
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