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Terrible Wizard
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A little exercise I think we've all done before, but I can't resist running again:

If you had to reduce your magic library to one small bookshelf, what would you keep on it?

Also, if you had to reduce all your props to a small container, what would you keep (sorry illusionists!)?
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As far as props are concerned, pack of cards, some coins, some rings. Packs small, plays.... well small in my case, but I'm working on it.

As small bookshelf is all I have so far, so can't comment on that...
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Let's say five books / series, so it's limiting enough?

1) Bobo's new modern coin magic.
2) Tarbell 8 volume series.
3) Magic Page by Page.
4) Handcrafted Card Magic. Both Volumes. Denis Behr.
5) Apocalypse 4 volume series.

+ personal notes, scripts and routines.

DVDs / Downloads:
1) The entire 'metal' series by Eric Jones
2) Michael Vincent's DVD series (all of them)
3) Ben Earls' DVD set.
4) All the Big Blind Media DVDs.
5) All of Jason England's downloads / DVDs.

And props that will fit in a slimish briefcase:

Business cards (blank one side).
Some decks (Monarchs). Porper card clip.
Rope + scissors. Harness-size ring for ring on rope.
Two wooden eggs and a fabric manipulation egg bag set.
A hat and a loop ball.
Billiards. Sponge ball set.
Lassen coin set (4 + shell, Hopping halves, flipper + shell ). Also, two Wong Ike dollar STCs.
Hank ball. Porper dye tube. Silks. Also, real large silk pocket squares.
Ring + string. Also several 'special' finger rings by Porper.
Rubber bands.
Thumb tips.
Sherwood cups + Don Alan mini chop cup + balls and loads for both.
Three wands.
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Books:
Practical Mental Effects
Mark Wilson's Complete Cyclopedia of Magic
Bob Cassidy's Artful 2
Luke Jermay's 3510

Props: As a Mentalist everything I could need forever pretty much fits into a suitcase lol.
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On Nov 21, 2014, Terrible Wizard wrote:
A little exercise I think we've all done before, but I can't resist running again:

If you had to reduce your magic library to one small bookshelf, what would you keep on it?

Also, if you had to reduce all your props to a small container, what would you keep (sorry illusionists!)?


TOUGH question!! [And as far as illusionists go, well, I like them as people, but, the assistants do all of the real work which is why I quit doing illusion shows Smile).

I'm not a big props guy so really no need to whittle those down. Just a few packs of cards, some coins, and a set of cups and balls and/or a chop cup and I am ready to rock.

Books, DVDs, e-books on the other hand would be VERY tough!

On my definitely keep and you would have to pry from my cold dead hands would be:

The bound volumes of Harry Lorayne's Apocalypse. At 2880 pages and NO ads, there is more than ten lifetimes worth of study in these alone.
Greater Magic
Bobo's New Modern Coin Magic
The Pallbearer's Review
Stewart James in Print and The James File
CardCraft
Expert Coin Magic
Best of Friends (all three volumes)
The Tarbell Course in Magic (8 volume hard back set, not the original one volume edition).

Theo Annemann in the great journal The Jinx used to write about the "six foot" bookshelf and would write about essential works. It's cool to see the idea resurrected!
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I have a smallish bookshelf, so I can't comment about that, but for props I'd go with some phoenix decks a few coins and a cups&balls set.
Smile

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Books:

Card College
Greater Magic
Apcolypse Series (all Volumes)
One degree
Magic of Ascanio Vol.1 to Vol.3
Essential Dai vernon
and Magic Rainbow ..( is not coming out yet, but when it does, this is going to be the greatest theory book of all time)

Props
I don't own much props, most of stuff I do tent to lean toward just a pack of card and coin matrix
so a close up mat, few packs of Cards, few Gaff cards and 6 walking liberity and a shell will be good to go

DVD
I don't like learning magic through video format.. although I was born at Video generation..
the only DVD set I will keep with me is all of Michael Vincent's material (all of his DVD), international lecture from Juan Tamariz
and Dai vernon Revelation
charlie_d
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Seems like everyone who's got the bound Apocalypse set wants to keep them Smile
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In case I can only keep a small book shelf of books that I own, I will narrow it down into the follows:

1. The Magic of Ascanio Vol 1 - Arturo de Ascanio
2. 52 lovers Vol 1 & 2 - Jose Carrol
3. The Five Points - Juan Tamariz
4. The Magic Way - Juan Tamariz
5. Mnemonica - Juan Tamariz
6. Dear Mister Fantasy - John Bannon
7. Book of Secret - John Carney
8. Strong Magic - Darwin Ortiz
9. Designing Miracles - Darwin Ortiz
10. Books of Wonder - Tommy Wonder
11. Definitive Sankey Vol 1-3 - Jay Sankey
12. Williamson Wonders - David Williamson
13. Card Fictions - Pit Hartling
14. Full Bloom - Gaten Bloom
15. Foundations the art of stage magic - Eberhard Riese
16. Pet Secrets - Al Baker
17. Thinking the impossible - Ramon Rioboo
18. Secret Agenda - Roberto Giobbi
19. Card College light series - Roberto Giobbi
20. Drawing Room Deceptions - Guy Hollingworth

DVDs:
Michael Ammar Easy to Master Card Miracles (Vol. 2,4,5,6 more important to me than any other DVD)
Daryl - The Ambitious Card
David Williamson - Ridiculous
Miguel Puga - Allegro
Juan Tamariz - Mnemonica Miracles
John Bannon - Bullet After Dark, Bullet Party
Homer Liwag - Coin One, Coin Two
Tommy Wonder - Visions of Wonder 1-3
Max Maven - Multiplicity
Essential Magic Conference - 2010~2012 All three years
Woody Aragon - Woodyland
Bill Marlone - Marlone meets Marlo
Hollingworth Collection - Guy Hollingwoth
Our Magic - Paul Wilson, Dan and Dave

As for props, I already had a nice leather suitcase recommended by magician friends and put basically what close up show needs.

1. Playing Cards (Red and blue deck)- Dr Daley Last Trick, Twisting the Aces, Triumph, Reset, Out of this World, Ambitious Card
2. One Twist - Axel Hecklau
3. Cups and balls (Williamson - Ridiculous updated 2 cup version)
4. Sharpie for card signed / Flash Pen by Alan Wong, salt shaker by Alan Wong
5. Ammar Wand
6. 3 ball trick (Tenyo - green color from Japan)
7. Rope, Nut, Knot - Giovanni Livera
8. The Salt and Silver - Giovanni Livera
9. Starbuxks Chop Cup (Small)
10. Kennedy Mystery Box (Looking forward to 3sixty)
11. A mat
12. Lassen coin set
13. 3CF

Most important of all - a heart that love your audiences and show them how much you love to perform and present them magic as a gift (Tamariz)
Most memorable moment - with Maestro Juan Tamariz & Consuelo Lorgia in FISM Busan 2018.

"Being fooled by a trick doesn't always mean they are having a good time" - Homer Liwag

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Another Mentalist Here.

Props:
Two decks of cards (different colored backs)
Nail Clippers
Pack of Index Cards
Bull Dog Clip
Double Sided Scotch Tape
Black Sharpie
Dried Out Sharpie
X-Pert Sharpie
Regular Pencil
NW

Books:
Jinx Series
Annemann’s Practical Mental Magic
Banachek’s Subtleties Series
...what if I could read your mind?

Chattanooga's Premier Mentalist

Donatelli and Company at ChattanoogaPerformers.com

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Vlad_77
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On Nov 24, 2014, charlie_d wrote:
Seems like everyone who's got the bound Apocalypse set wants to keep them Smile


Yes and there are several reasons why. Apocalypse is a magic journal and the best analogy I can make is that it is very much like a peer reviewed academic journal rather than a magic magazine like MAGIC or Genii (which ARE excellent). Apocalypse has no ads. It is 2880 pages of great magic from a veritable who's who in magic. Why would anyone want to be rid of an important journal that contains magic from people like (a very short subset): Paul Harris, David Roth, Derek Dingle, Jon Racherbaumer, Dai Vernon, Ed Marlo, Aldo Colombini, Larry Becker, Jeff McBride, Curtis Kam, Dr. Ken Krenzel, Justin Higham, J.K. Hartman, Meir Yedid, Sol Stone, Jean-Jacques Sanvert, Paul Gertner, and MANY more?

Apocalypse is packed with all kinds of magic. If you're a card person, you'll be in heaven. Love coins? Plenty of great coin work! Dice, Cups and Balls, rubber bands, Scrabble tiles(!), and really so much more.

It is one of magic's greatest journals and many of today's classics first appeared in its pages.

The bound volumes are OOP but if you don't have an aversion to digital media, Apocalypse is also available from The Conjuring Arts Research Center.
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Peer reviewed journal is right. That's spot on. Except - for magicians - the "peer review" takes place in a bar, Café or maybe a card game :o)

Now that sounds like a fun model for the creation of a new magazine. :o)
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