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Seeking a resource book about magical effects/topics, the sort of thing a smart Rookie Mage might pick up to further my studies. You know, some kind of book that lists most known magical effects and provides a description of some sort to go with them? It would also be cool if it was less than $100, capiche? Anyone? Buehler? :o)
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Try Mark Wilson's Complete Course in Magic.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Mark-Wilsons-Com......62414553

Sorry that's a UK link but I'm sure it's available all over the US too.
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On May 19, 2015, RookieMage wrote:
Seeking a resource book about magical effects/topics, the sort of thing a smart Rookie Mage might pick up to further my studies. You know, some kind of book that lists most known magical effects and provides a description of some sort to go with them? It would also be cool if it was less than $100, capiche? Anyone? Buehler? :o)


Are you asking for a book on all known effects? A resource book of all effects would probably resemble a set of Encyclopedia Britannica. That is a LOT of data. Depending upon what magic area you want to specialize in will determine what you should buy.

If you are starting out and want a lot of data in a small format, then go electronic with a tablet or laptop upon which you can build your magic library. I am convinced that books and DVDs will soon be a thing of the past. Everything is now being digitized for download. You can get so much more data on an electronic device, for less money and take it with you where ever you go.

If you aren't sure what field you favor, then start with a digitized version of one of the fine magazines on magic such as Magic or Genii; which would cover a broad spectrum of magic. (Richard Kaufman is selling the entire 75 years collection in PDF format for only $249 - which is a steal.)

You can get a PDF of the Tarbell Course in Magic for only $8.99 from Scribed and start building from there. The entire collection comprises more than one-hundred lessons in every aspect of magic including micromagic / close-up magic, escapology, mentalism and stage illusions. It is the most comprehensive literary work in magic history.

There appear to be a lot of books on magic now appearing in the public sector (free). You just have to search for them.

You could then start buying digitized versions of DVDs and store them on your magic device for reference anywhere, at any time. Trust me, I wish I had an electronic version of all the books and videos I have purchased over the years. Life would be so much easier then. Currently I have an entire room dedicated to my magic library with over 600 books and videos but they aren't portable.

Have you ever heard, "Go west young man, go west."? Today, the sage advise is, "Go digital young man, go digital."
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D I've written quite a few books JUST FOR YOU! Capiche?
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I think I know something similar to what you may be looking for... And it's free! You may have even heard of it. Even if you have, I advise you reevaluate the site and try to use it's resources to it's fullest extent. It's great for research, especially on close-up card and coin work. As far as something more extensive on larger scale illusions and all types of magic, I'm unsure of one that exists... It's kinda hard to make something like that and keep it up to date because there's always new stuff to be mentioned and new material to be brought fourth.

http://www.conjuringarchive.com/
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Earlier, I suggested that RookieMage go digital with the books he is looking for. I commented that many were showing up in the public domain after their copyrights had expired but I got to wondering to what extent were magic books in the public domain. So I did a little research. I am pleased to report that I found and (legally) downloaded about 150 titles. Now most of them are really old but the principles are the same as those employed today. I found a wealth of information that I had never seen before and look forward to some late night reading. (I think that Harry Houndini's book, "The_Unmasking_of_Robert_Houndin" sounds interesting.)

Here are a few links to get you started if you too are interested:
Gary Salisbury
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On May 20, 2015, Foxlute wrote:
Try Mark Wilson's Complete Course in Magic.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Mark-Wilsons-Com......62414553

Sorry that's a UK link but I'm sure it's available all over the US too.

Second this.
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The complete Tarbell is available to download for $25 from the Conjuring Arts Research Centre
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Wow, thanks for all the helpful tips, the volume of free online resources was a pleasant surprise, cool stuff!

Just to clarify a bit, I was not looking so much for an instructional resource like the Tarbell course as I was looking for a reference book that covers as many effects as possible. Basically, a compilation that would list an effect, give a brief description of the effect and then name the inventor of the effect. So if I heard about some cool magical effect like The Amazing Zombie Ropes or some such, I could easily look up the inventor and description, to see if I needed to run out and begin to study zombies, ropes or both. A big thank you to Zephury and GS121002 for pointing me towards nice free online stuff, it looks like I may not need a hard copy book after all. Although I have found that some books are better in hard copy, often to make photos larger and more visible...
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I think I know something similar to what you may be looking for... And it's free! You may have even heard of it. Even if you have, I advise you reevaluate the site and try to use it's resources to it's fullest extent. It's great for research, especially on close-up card and coin work. As far as something more extensive on larger scale illusions and all types of magic, I'm unsure of one that exists... It's kinda hard to make something like that and keep it up to date because there's always new stuff to be mentioned and new material to be brought fourth.

http://www.conjuringarchive.com/


Then it sounds like you need to take Zephury's link to Ask Alexander and put it on your smart phone so it is quick, easy, and always at your side. And thank you Zephury for that link. I like it! The only problem is that Harry isn't going to be happy that you aren't buying his books. Smile
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D I've written quite a few books JUST FOR YOU! Capiche?


Harry, are you selling digital copies of your books yet? That would really be cool if you did as it would insure that your life of work goes forward into the future.
Gary Salisbury
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All my books have been put into digital form by Conjuring Arts. I personally always prefer a regular book that I can hold in my hands, but - go to harryloraynemagic.com and click on "Magic E-Books" and you'll see a looooong list of what's available, and you can order right from there. Best - HL.
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On May 21, 2015, Harry Lorayne wrote:
All my books have been put into digital form by Conjuring Arts. I personally always prefer a regular book that I can hold in my hands, but - go to harryloraynemagic.com and click on "Magic E-Books" and you'll see a looooong list of what's available, and you can order right from there. Best - HL.

Love ya, Harry!!!
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On May 21, 2015, Harry Lorayne wrote:
All my books have been put into digital form by Conjuring Arts. I personally always prefer a regular book that I can hold in my hands, but - go to harryloraynemagic.com and click on "Magic E-Books" and you'll see a looooong list of what's available, and you can order right from there. Best - HL.


I knew that you wrote a lot of books but had no idea to what extent. Holy cow, Harry! You must hold the record for the magician who wrote the most books! What a wonderful achievement you have accomplished.

You know what I would like to see is a Harry Lorayne autobiography telling us about your wonderful career and how you progressed from acheivment to acheivment. Sort of an inside's peek into your life. Inquiring minds want to know...... Smile
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Wow! So much research you've done!! So you want an autobiography?! Gee - you might want to check out my book, BEFORE I FORGET. Mel Brooks suggested I call it a "rememoir."
[email]harrylorayne@earthlink.net[/email]

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See how much I love you?! No sooner said than DONE. Best - HL.
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Incidentally - the rule is "I before e..." etc.
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The man is simply amazing!!! I'm ordering one today. Any chance to get it autographed?
Gary Salisbury
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Just ask, and it's done - 'cause I love you!
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On May 21, 2015, Harry Lorayne wrote:
Incidentally - the rule is "I before e..." etc.

Yes, thank you. I caught that typo and was in the process of editing it but when I wen to save it, the system said "someone" had already replied to the post and it wouldn't let me save the correction.

By the way, I ordered your book from Amazon and can't wait to read it. I'm currently reading Houdini's book on Houdin but that will go on hold as soon as your's arrives.
Gary Salisbury
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