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I was at the book store and noticed that Joshua Jay had a complete course in magic called, "Magic: The Complete Course." I see some pretty good reviews on Amazon but I was wondering which is better between Mark Wilson's and Joshua Jay's?
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This comparison in my opinion does not qualify for which is better.
Again, my opinion, Mark Wilson complete course is more appropriately named despite about 194 pages difference. Jay's book is great for some new fresh ideas sprinkled in as well as his new book on cards
Wilson's book provides the necessary foundation for basic Magic 101.
Rather than me see a running thread here about this - let's just say Jay's book supplements and complements Wilson's book.
Sorry, but for me the 2 books are not comparable, the difference in content is much to obvious and evident in depth and scope.
But hey what do we know, only your final decision is what counts unless someone gifted both books to you.
My guess, you will get Jay's book and if you really stay in magic, you will be hunting for Wilson's book (and others) by the end of the year. Either one is fine because remember this: a serious and sincere pursuit of magic regardless hobbyist or wanting to go pro is a life long endeavor because as you learn magic you are also learning about yourself. aaaaand skipping off the crate.
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Mark Wilson's book, hands down. For the same reasons mentioned above.
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Get them both! But I second the comment about Wilson's book being more "complete". Still, Jay's book has a lot of excellent tricks, and goes into presentation more than Wilson's does. Plus it comes with a dvd so you can see some of the effects presented and taught, which is a big help for beginner.

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I never read Mark Wilson's book, but Joshua Jay's book is fresh and very well-done. It also comes with a DVD so you can see the tricks in action and then learn them later.
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As you progress and finances permit, make the leap and get the hard bound Tarbell Course in Magic. This course is specifically aimed at magicians and will be a source of information for all your magic career.

I would also encourage Harry Lorayne's The Magic Book.

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