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alexamsel90
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Hi guys! First post here, thought I'd ask something important and interesting instead of "How to you do this?"

What are recommendations for thought provoking books? In other words, books with great essays about how to become a better performer, make magic more powerful, and be more creative with coming up with your own magic, instead of knowing a million tricks. I am currently reading "Transformations" by Lawrence Hass and it's looking great. I also know about Eric Mead's Tangled Web and I am getting it soon. Any other ideas? Thanks and happy postings!
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Strong Magic by Darwin Ortiz

Acting for Magicians by Richard Tenace

Magic and Showmanship by Henning Nelms

Virtually every book by David Regal has a ton of essays that are crucial reading.

The Tarbell Course in Magic

There are MANY more but I do not want to monopolize the thread.

I would add that another way to make your magic more powerful is to read books that have nothing at all to do with magic! Smile I will leave this one open to comment as well Smile

Namaste,
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To Vlad's list - with all of which I agree, by the way - I'd add Eugene Burger's Mastering the Art of Magic.

(Burger's not everyone's cup of tea, I admit, but I really enjoy his work and found this book immensely useful.)
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The back pages of "Expert Card Technique" is a good read and with that book you get the best of both worlds.
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Absolute Magic by Derren Brown

Shattering Illusions by Jamy Ian Swiss

Both books are certainly thought provoking.

If you want your magic to be more powerful, I strongly recommend Strong Magic and Designing Miracles by Darwin Ortiz.
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Tommy Wonder's "Books of Wonder" Amazing books! They will really make you think!

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Wow thanks so much for all the quick responses! Looking into some of those to buy them. I have to make them fit my budget Smile
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“Mysteries Of My Life” and “Magic From The Soul,” by Rene Lavand.

More recently, “Vortex,” by Tom Stone.

I second "Books of Wonder."

As to Vlad's comments about books not related directly to magic, try this...it is astonishing:

http://www.amazon.com/Invisible-Gorilla-......07459659

“Problem Solved: a primer in design and communication,” by Michael Johnson, is another superb read.

Anything by the naturalist-essayist, Loren Eiseley, is recommended to recapture a sense of the numinous. This is a good introduction to his thinking:
http://sunflower.esva.net/

So many, so many…but taking Vlad’s gracious lead, I will now step aside to hear more voices.
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In addition to the suggestions already made...

Ascanio Vol. 1: The Structural Conception of Magic.
Pick a card, any card...
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Many, many great books have already been named, one that I thoroughly enjoy, that hasn't been mentioned, is "Magic and Meaning" by Eugene Burger & Robert Neale. In fact, anything by either one of those gentlemen will make for fantastic reading.
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Some great works have been mentioned. I really enjoyed Richard Osterlind's "Principles of Magic." Although Osterlind is known for his work as a mentalist, I would not overlook this particular book filled with ideas and principles that are applicable to all performers!

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If you don't want to THINK, pick up a couple of my books. Ha! HL.
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I would suggest that old classic "Our Magic" by Maskelyne and Devant. Dover put out a small book covering just the performance part of the book without any of the magic called "Maskelyne on the Performance of Magic." Definitely a good read either way.
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On 2010-08-30 13:03, S2000magician wrote:
To Vlad's list - with all of which I agree, by the way - I'd add Eugene Burger's Mastering the Art of Magic.

(Burger's not everyone's cup of tea, I admit, but I really enjoy his work and found this book immensely useful.)


S2000magician I agree with you, I enjoy Eugene Burger's books as well. I recently got Performance of Closeup Magic and Mastering the Art of Magic and they are excellent books in my opinion. It has moved me away from piling tonnes of tricks and books and has turned my attention to picking up the strongest effects from my existing library and making notes.

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-"Audience Management" by Gay Ljungberg, It's gotten great reviews.

-"Leading With your Head" by Gary Kurtz, if you can find it. It's a soft cover booklet. Great thinking.

-"Scripting Magic" by Pete McCabe
http://magic.about.com/od/magicreview/fr/022308script.htm

-"Neo-Magic Artistry" by Sam Sharp
http://www.miraclefactory.net/neopreface.htm
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The new bound M"Magical Arts Journal" has a lot og great articles and essays.
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On 2010-08-30 17:34, Harry Lorayne wrote:
If you don't want to THINK, pick up a couple of my books. Ha! HL.


Oh, I'm sure there is some thought provocation between the lines in our books Harry.



I also recommend Wonder's work. Slydini's work is a doctorate in misdirection and timing.

For some books that teach magic, but secretly sneak in full out lessons on theory and approach, check out Aaron Fisher's Paper Engine, and, of course, Erdnase.
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John Carney's "The Book of Secrets".
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Another good book by John Carney is "Magic By Design
Study, Practice and Presentation The real secrets of how to advance in your magic"

And let's not forget the "Five Points of Magic" by Juan Tamaritz
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Thought Provoking Books, cool!

Saves one having to read them.
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