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gary1974
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Videos and DVDs were a huge leap forward for the Magic and Mentalism scene and how we all learn on an Audio, Visual and Practical sense but alas they have their draw backs due to many performers watching and learning the DVD version and then believing the DVD version is the only and in some cases the original source. I know of two so called magicians release and sell products to the magic scene on topics such as the haunted pack and 20th century phantom but did not research, credit or offer the values of the original routines and the excellence of the inventors. Some Magicians are quick to forget the original paper trail and how modern routines came about, if you are going to publicly perform or release a new improved version, at least do the decent thing and give credit where credit is due and research the inventors creative thoughts and how they went about producing the classic routines we still use today. Call me an old romantic but reading books allows you to process the routine and put your own spin on the routine whilst keeping the traditional theme in our sights. The classics are classic for a reason and we should maintain book source material for generations to come.
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I love the advice tucked away in books tend to learn better from DVDs. So a good mix of both I guess, I cut my teeth on books though, so of course there is nothing like them. I can't argue with the advances in technology making ebooks very convenient.
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I agree with metajohn and prefer the details that well written books offer. But I ultimately fall into the "both" canp - - sometimes using video to learn directly from or, more often to reinforce what I had learned from a book.
I like to read the description but see it performed for a point of reference and double check.
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I believe that DVDs are much better for a beginner. You can actually see how the move is done and its timing.
When you gain experience and better technique you can move on to a book where, as mentioned above, are more detailed instructions and much more sleights and routines!!
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Joey_Z
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Amro
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When I started out in mentalism I prefered DVDs just because of learning from a role model is the quickest way. Also you get a clearer idea of the timing, which is sometimes a little harder to understand/communicate in written form. So for beginners who want to learn about techniques I would recommend DVDs.
After I got an idea how certain principles work, books were much easier to follow.
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I must say that I like books more than DVDs. I have Harry's Classic Collection Vol 1 on the coffee table and whenever I want I can pick it up and review the effect I'm working on or just read another. You have to plan to watch a DVD and that, for me, makes it less likely that I will. I also find myself going back to the books before the DVDs for the same reason when reseaching another effect. Books give you more bang for your buck.
Magic Pierre
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I like books, although I've also learned some things from video. If you learn from a book you have to be able to pull the instructions apart down to principals and understand those before you can do the trick. WIth a video it's just to easy to monkey-see, monkey-do.

Also, with book instructions you really have to come up with your own delivery. Again, with video, you can end up looking like a mimic trying to be someone else.

However, with book instruction, you actually have to be able to read. That's a little bit rarer talent these days.
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Both. Dvd's are great though because you can see what's being done.
dzen871
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If you trying to learn sleight-of-hand magic DVDs are much more better source. If you want to learn mentalism - you can learn from books.
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Yeah, stay way away from my books!
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