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joeKing
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What are your Top 5 favorite books with the best effects....I'm looking for a really good magic book and I want to see what are your guy's favorites...(other than RRTCM)

THANKS
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I've said it before, get Smoke and Mirrors by Bannon. It is just out of print so you should be able to find some in some shops.

I also really like Focus, if you like packet effects. Some require gaffs others require cards from a different deck. The effects are great.
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I've just got Smoke and Mirrors and I'm gobsmacked with the effects, they are fantastic. Get this book you won't be disappointed, I performed Heart of the City last night and I've never received a reaction like that before.
I want Impossibilia now better get saving.

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at what stores can I find Smoke and Mirrors!?!
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Smoke and Mirrors is just out of print. Some dealers should have their last copies. Look around, real hard. It is the best book of effects I own.
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I assume you are talking about card magic books.
Here are some that have great effects in them. I list one effect from each as an example but these books have many great items:
Close Up Card Magic (Lorayne), Out of This Universe
Card Conspiracy I and II, (Duffie), CATO effects
Star Quality (Regal), Cheating
The Complete Works of Derek Dingle, Rollover Aces
Trendsetters (Harry Lorayne), The Equalizer
Scams and Fantasies (Ortiz), Combination Cull
Stars of Magic, Triumph


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I do like the way Original Count Elmsley did this, so I wish to do the same. I don't have the library he does, but here we go.

Smoke and Mirrors - Tontoid, Heart of the City, Boogie Woogie Aces

Constant Fooling 1 - On Call (Even though I didn't like the rest of the book as much as everyone else, this effect is great)

Close up and Personal - Joker works overtime

Works of Dingle - All Backs, Slow Motion Aces (I'm not a fan of Rollover Aces, too much shuffling to be entertaining. Then again, if I put in the hours of practice it takes to get good at it, I would have to like it, or I wasted hours of time)

Focus - A Fine Mesh, Masque, Brimstone Elevator, Backgammon

Classic Magic of Jennings - Visitor, The Homing Card
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Stars of Magic - Travelers, Spellbound, Chink-A-Chink, Homing Card, Coins To Glass, Triumph, Watch Steal, Do As I Do, Cutting The Aces, Cards Up The Sleeves.

This is the best book for the money out there and everyone should have it.
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The Art of Astonishment-Paul Harris
The Magic of Michael Ammar-Michael Ammar
The Collected Works of Alex Elmsley-Alex Elmsley
Smoke And Mirrors-John Bannon
David Roth's Expert Coin Magic
Cameron Roat
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The Classic Magic of Larry Jennings, Maxwell
The Bet
The Jennings Revelation
Out-Standing Triumph
A Problem with Hofzinser

The Complete Works of Derek Dingle, Kaufman
a la Kiga
Elevator One
Oil and Vinegar
Rollover Aces
Too Many Cards

Smoke and Mirrors, Bannon
Fat City
Hop Two It
Tattoo You
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Card Trick
Peo Olsson
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Secrets of Brother John Hamman - The Two Card Trick, The Twins, Final Aces.
The Complete Works of Derek Dingle -Too Many Cards, Crystalized Coins Up Sleeve, The Derek Dingle Fabulous Jumping Card Trick.
The Magic of Milton Kort - Quintimodo, The Invisible Okito Box, Kortospheres.
Ken Krenzel's Close-Up Impact! - Soft Cards, On the Cavorting Aces, There and Back Again.
The Magic of Michael Ammar - Stand-Up Cups & Balls, The Crazy Man's Handcuffs, Incredible Coins Across.

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All of the above!

One I particularly like - Pure Effect by Derron Brown.
Some absolutely beautiful routines and an extremely good read to boot!
Actions lie louder than words - Carolyn Wells

I believe in God, only I spell it Nature - Frank Lloyd Wright.
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Smoke and Mirrors
Classic magic of Larry jennings
drawing room deceptions
impossibilia
close up and personal
John Born
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Pure Effect
Absolute Magic
Theater Of The Mind
Bobo's New Modern Coin Magic
Matrix God's Way Smile
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Art of Astonishment
Smoke and Mirrors
Close Up and Personal
Try the Impossible
Constant Fooling
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Bound to please by Simon Aronson
Close up magic by Harry Lorayne
Drawing room deceptions
Stars of magic
Close-up illusion by Gary Ouellet
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Stunners Plus
The Performance of Close-up Magic
Tarbell (any of them)
Wise Guy (takes work AND guts)
That is about enough for now.
Author of Illusions of Influence, a treatise on Equivoque.
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