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I was wondering what your favorite Dai Vernon books are.

This includes any of Lewis Gansons books, Early Vernon, The Vernon Touch, The Vernon Chronicles, Revelations, Stars of Magic or any other books with Vernon's magic in it.

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Great question and Veron's magic can be found in so many places in the literature a list would be insane. Smile

I have seen Vernon's name in virtually all of the major journals published in the US and UK and believe me, the list is mind boggling. You will also find Vernon's magic in books by Theo. Annemann, Greater Magic, and so many more. I've often thought that just a library consisting of JUST Vernon and Marlo's collected magic would take eons to study. Smile

So, my favorite books devoted to Vernon are Stephen Minch's Vernon Chronicles and Lewis Ganson's Vernon series. A special mention should be made for the L&L published Essential Dai Vernon as it contains, in addition to the Ganson works, Vernon's Symphony of the Rings and his books on Leipzig and Malini.
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On Apr 22, 2014, Vlad_77 wrote:
I've often thought that just a library consisting of JUST Vernon and Marlo's collected magic would take eons to study. Smile


Yes, I defiantly agree with this.
I've heard (perhaps it isn't true) that at one time, Marlo was publishing (on average), one trick or slight every two and a half weeks! This was consistent for about three decades!
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On Apr 22, 2014, Vlad_77 wrote:
I've often thought that just a library consisting of JUST Vernon and Marlo's collected magic would take eons to study. Smile


Yes, I defiantly agree with this.
I've heard (perhaps it isn't true) that at one time, Marlo was publishing (on average), one trick or slight every two and a half weeks! This was consistent for about three decades!

I wouldn't be surprised at all. Marlo's output was simply staggering; it's almost impossible NOT to find a Marlo item or a Marlo inspired item just about anywhere you read/watch. Jon Racherbaumer is arguable the Marlo authority and if you go through his works such as Hierophant, Kabbala, the Card Finesse books, and, well, a significant percentage of Mr. Racherbaumer's work you will uncover a ton of Marlo gems.

Also, as you no doubt know, Marlo had a semi-regular column in The New TOPS magazine that was published by Abbott's. These were collected into a massive two volume set called M.I.N.T.

Plus we have the towering achievement that is Revolutionary Card Technique and let's not forget the great smaller booklets such as Marlo in Spades, Off the Top, Let's See the Deck and many more!

All of that being said, there has been more than a few arguments over the years that Marlo published so many variations of effects such that he could claim he had already created the variant when a new one was unveiled by another. Some have even made the accusation that Marlo "appropriated" the effects of others and claimed them as his own. While such appropriation is rather rampant in magic - Frank Garcia was notorious for this as evidenced from his books and the people I have spoken to who confirmed this - and these were folks that loved Frank - I would wager that most of Marlo's work was original with him. Perhaps the best conversation about Ed Marlo could be had with Jon Racherbaumer as well as the guys who would regularly session with him in Chicago such as Dave Solomon, Simon Aronson, and Steve Draun to name but a few.

What I have NEVER liked is the dividing into camps of Marlo versus Vernon. BOTH of these legends advanced card magic in mind boggling ways and set the stage for the way we still think about card magic today. I have read arguments about who was more "influential" and frankly I feel that these arguments are pointless. How does one quantify influence? Rather, I subscribe to the fact that both are among the titans of magic and any debate about their respective merits and contributions is at best a masturbatory exercise. Their writings are there for us to study and that is something to be cherished. Smile
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