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7th_Son
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Could someone who owns any of the following books please tell me if these are suitable for the *serious* adult magician?

Are they "corny" children's tricks that you buy at toy shops? Are they more "puzzles"?

Or is this serious magic?
  • Self Working Handkerchief Magic - By Karl Fulves
  • Self-Working Card Tricks - By Karl Fulves
  • Self-Working Coin Magic - By Karl Fulves
  • Self-Working Mental Magic - By Karl Fulves
  • Self-Working Number Magic - by Karl Fulves
  • Self-Working Paper Magic - by Karl Fulves
  • Self-Working Table Magic - by Karl Fulves
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david_a_whitehead
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They are all worth looking at if you are starting to get into magic. I won't call these children's tricks. They don't require skill with cards, but some of the routines are certainly more than just the 21 Card Trick.
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No, they’re not corny tricks for kids. They are a good way to get started and for a very good price. I’ve looked through all these books and all contain some good tricks and effects. I own the Mental Magic book and it is well worth the 5 dollars I paid. If you only use 1 to 3 effects out of each book it’s paid for itself.


My advice is get the one’s that cover your fields of intrest. They’re cheap and I’m sure you’ll use some of the material.
Nir Dahan
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There are so many gems in these books it is absolutely amazing they sell for such a price.
my favorites are self working number magic, self working mental magic, self working paper mage and the newest self working card tricks.
from each book there are at least 2-3 routines I use (after changing the presentation). something I cant say on most magic books!!!

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Nir Dahan (and the other posters here) are giving you the straight dope here.

They are all very good magic. It can't hurt you to invest in all the books. All of them together will cost approximately the same as one of the single books by the "famous" or "contemporarily popular" magicians. And at their low price, you can explore some of the more popular types of magic to learn what you like or don't like.

I would predict that you will find at least 5-10 effects in each of the books that will interest you and, of those, 2-3 that you really would like and which will become some of your favorite routines.

I have a number of the books and, all in all, they are solid material.
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Nir Dahan
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For $5 per book you just cant lose!
these books should not be sold in amazon.com. there is really too much good stuff hiding there...
Mark Rough
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The Mental Magic book was one of my first "real" magic books when I was a kid. But they're not full of "kid's" tricks. Now that I'm older I can't count the number of lectures I've gone to and heard the speaker say, "The basis of this effect is from Fulves' Self Working ________Book." There's a lot of great stuff in these.

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Would just like to add my 2 cents. Yes these books are well worth it and should actually sell for much more. I have most of them and everyone contains something that is really good.You cannot go wrong with any of them.
Buy them you will use them many times.
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7th_Son
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Thanks for your replies.

Having spent money in the past on books and tricks that turned out to be total rubbish, I didn't want to risk it again.

You're all saying that it's contains serious, but simple magic.

I'll buy a few from Amazon.com and take it from there.

Thanks again.
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MarkusT
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Hello 7th_Son,
use the 'LOOK INSIDE' feature at amazon.com.
it shows you the table of contents and some sample pages
joeKing
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I've found some gems in these books....take MarkusT's advice and go to amazon.com
and check out More Self Working Card Trick...you'll learn the Gemini Twins free! Smile
~joeKing
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I have this book, and I learned a lot from it( I am a begginer magician)
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