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Thinking about the magic books and pamphlets sold by various "smaller act" magicians after their shows or lectures as a way to make some side money. And maybe even some larger names that just let their copyright go. Or even authors who decide to let their work go to public domain to preserve it. For example, I have one from a magic convention with a "band aid" effect I guarantee most people will never have seen.

There must be libraries of material that are out of copyright date floating around out there - and it has to be a gold mine of information!

Anybody aware of sources for this type of material?
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Lol thanks Landmark ;p
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About five seconds of Google will lead you to archive.org.
Now I can't hold your hand the whole way... Smile
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If you don't have an account on http://www.lybrary.com/ then make one. Once you do you will have access to what's left of The Learned Pig Project.

From Lybrary.com: "The Learned Pig Project was started in September 1999 by Marko from Panama. Marko's idea was essentially to mimic the Project Gutenberg for magicians. Project Gutenberg's purpose is to digitize public domain books. The Learned Pig Project's goal is to digitize public domain magic books. When Marko started he had four books digitized: My Magic Life (Devant), Miracle Mongers (Houdini), The Lives of the Conjurers (Frost) and Behind the Scenes with the Mediums (Abbott). He would later add dozens more. In late 2011 Marko shut down the project due to security issues on his website.

To prevent the loss of this great resource we (Lybrary.com) decided to purchase TLPP from Marko and continue to host it on our website. To get access to the magic ebooks, articles, sketches and tricks you will have to register a customer account at Lybrary.com and enable the magic newsletter. Once you do that you will see in the Tools section in your account a link to TLPP."

Not everything that was on the orignial TLPP is still there, but it still to this day is a fantastic resource.

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Another source is Openlibrary.org. If you make an account, you can even "borrow" library books of magic.
A lot of the books are linked to the Archive.org site, as the two sites are cooperative.

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The folks at the Conjuring Arts Research Center are busy digitizing public domain magic books, and selling the resulting PDFs at a reasonable price. They also have their "Summer Reading Program" which gets you a free book each week -- it's hard to beat that price! Learn more here:

http://conjuringarts.org
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