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DavidSak
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Hi, for the experienced magicians out there; is it possible to master magic tricks from library books instead of purchasing them? I am kind of low on funds right now and I'm sure the local library carries a couple of magic books..

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Of course! Take 'em out and renew them...go to the library and study them. Don't try to learn every trick in the book (literally); focus on one or two at a time.

Nowhere is it written that you can't take advantage of the free resources at your disposal.
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Library books are great learning resources. The only thing to remember is that they have to go back (I've paid my fines!) Smile

I take notes on stuff I've learnt from them for future reference (saves me getting a book out again!).

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You will find that most of the books are aimed at kids which makes them a good resource for easy to learn tricks. A lot of the tricks will use things you have around the house and are easy to make. A very good place to start without a large cash outlay.
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You may be suprised when you take a look around your local libraries. It's more than likely that they will have "kiddie's" magic books, but they may also have some more advanced books.

For example, I have found Erdnase's Expert At The Card Table in my local library.

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Yes Yes a thousand times Yes! The public library has a wealth of magical information. Lots of good basics to be found there. I was scouring the library long before I knew there were magic shops.

I used to check Greater Magic out of our school library. Don't just depend on one library either. If you come from a fair sized city with several branches, check them all as books move around frequently.

Chances are these days you will not find Greater Magic or the Tarbell course anymore but you will find many books written by Walter Gibson, Henry Hay, Richard Kaufman, and Karl Fulves, etc. Not exactly lightweights in magic.

There is literally an entire act or career waiting for you there and all of it is free.
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Don't forget the "Intra-library loan system".

They will actually borrow books from other libraries in the system and bring them to your library for you.

Wow .. have your cake and eat it too.


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Absolutely!
That's what I did, about 50 years ago.
There was no magic shop in our town -- in fact, I didn't even know that there were such things as magic shops -- so I created my own props from library books, both the children's library and the adults' sections.
Still do! Smile
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Absolutely. I learned a lot as a beginner through trips to the library. I'm sure many of us here did.
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The only problem I can think of with library books is that their books are outdated. It takes forever for libraries to get new books (at least around here). Do you guys think that the older tricks are as good as the new ones? I'm looking mostly for good card tricks that aren't too hard to perform.
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'I'm looking mostly for good card tricks that aren't too hard to perform. ' ! - yeah, aren't we all! Smile

Yes, many of the 'older' tricks simply outweigh the new gizmos with class and style!

Some of the new tricks are simply amazing, but if you can learn to take any deck from anyone at any time and do a double lift, a Hindu shuffle and a couple of different 'forces', you're going to have something more valuable. Smile I reckon!
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It seems to me that the most important element in card handling is the shuffling. Where can I learn about different shuffling methods and how to master them?
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Many of the new tricks ARE the older tricks wrapped up in new marketing and usually with a tiny "improvement" to justify their existence.

I still go to the library a couple of times a year and scan the magic section. When I see an unfamiliar book I check it out (sometimes literally) and often find something to add to my knowledge, skill base or act.
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On 2003-07-04 17:16, DavidSak wrote:
The only problem I can think of with library books is that their books are outdated.

Magic books are never outdated. Period
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Do you guys think that the older tricks are as good as the new ones?

Absolutely. The Cups and Balls is one of the oldest tricks, if not the oldest, and it still amazes and entertains today.

A side note. When you go to your library don't just look in the adult section. Look in the juvenile collection as well. One library near me has all of the Bill Severn books in the juvenile section.

BTW the Dewey Decimal code for "conjuring" is 793.8
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Try to find Mark Wilson books, and any other big names you can; this will make sure that you don't waste your time reading through kiddy books. I recommend getting, "Now you see it, now you don't" by Bill Tarr
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Hmmm,

I think you'll find some great stuff in the Kid's section myself! I have found a few gems that you don't get in the adult books! These tricks delight the children and the adults!!

So keep an open mind!

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Yes, Mark Wilson and Now You See It, Now You Don't were both available at my library and were very influential on me in my formative years.
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David Sak writes: "Where can I learn about different shuffling methods and how to master them?"

Harry Lorayne's The Magic Book, now in print again, is a gem for that sort of thing.

It was originally written for a lay audience so it assumes NO previous knowledge of anything -- including ungaffed shuffles.

Along with Bobo and Mark Wilson, it's one of the "must have" books on magic (if only for Harry's stories and philosophy).
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The Library is an excellent place to get started in Magic. One book that I think is one of the best is "The Amatetur Magician's Handbook" by Henry Hay. As far as Magic books being too old, NONSENSE, Magic is as old as man himself and just as in music, a strong foundation of the BASICS (which hasn't changed for hundreds of years) is really necessary if you are going to master the art. Just my two cents worth.
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I am a big fan of libraries as a patron as well as a performer.

I consider them as some magicians do restaurant work.

In other words it is a great place to work frequently and get exposure for other gigs.

Working so many library programs helped me
prepare for the strolling Olympics (an informal non IBM sanctioned) event at The 75 Annual IBM convention in Kansas City over the July 4th Holiday week.

I highly recomend the use of ILL or Inter-Library Loan through World Catalog.

I have gotten incredible books.

I am currently rereading Inside Magic by George Boston (???) an Assistant to many of the Greats such as the Thurstons (Harry and Howard)

Remember (as McBride said) to emulate do not imitate.

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