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Hi all,

What is your favourite magic book in your magic library. Mine is The Art of Magic and Sleight of Hand by Nicholas Einhorn or Royal Road To Card Magic.
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I second RRTCM. The wealth of knowledge in this tome is extraordinarily useful.
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The Magic of Michael Ammar gets my vote.

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Larry Becker's Stunners Plus is my current favorite magical arts-type of book.

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I am very lucky to recently acquire a new favorite book, Mystery School by Jeff McBride, Eugene Burger and many other great magical thinkers. It covers everything from performance to theory to effects and beyond. Not just a book, a treasure chest of knowledge and inspiration.

Before that, my favorite to read was Magic & Meaning by Eugene Burger and Bob Neale. Great stuff.

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The Magic of Michael Ammar and The Magic of Brother John Hammam are my hands-down favorite books.
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The James File is chock full of fantastic effects and, even better, clever thinking.
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13 Steps to Mentalism (Corinda) is not only great for mentalism, but also a goldmine of ideas on subtle deception.
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It will have to be between AOA, Smoke and Mirrors, The Books of Wonder, Tarbell, Practical Mental Magic, Mind, Myth and Magic and Modern Coin Magic.

But I'll settle with AOA.

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Mark Wilson's Complete Course in Magic...I still do routines from that book I learned 13 years ago. It was a great introduction to magic and probably helped shape where I am today.
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The Complete Works of Derek Dingle
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Mastering the Art of Magic by Eugene Burger is very good, not for the tricks, more for the theory.!
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I have to say Tricks With Your Head by Mac King. It's really funny and has loads of cool and gross magic tricks with, well only, your head (popping your eye, taking a straw from your nose, putting your thumb through your ear...)

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Mark Wilson's Complete Course in Magic, RRTCM and Bobo
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CoinMagic by Richard Kaufman. Will there ever be a second volume? That would be fantastic.
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Mark Wilson's Complete Course in Magic, is one of the best all around books to start a new magician. That book is a WEALTH of basic knowledge, plus is a great launching pad for the more sophisticated books stated above. I think Greater Magic is good as well, but hard to find. Routined Manipulation by Ganson's a must.

Then, I would suggest the specialty books, i.e. The Bobo's New Modern Coin Magic (hardcover) for coin work...

For cards: Royal Road..., Card College series, Counts Cuts Moves & Subtlety by Jerry Mentzer, Focus by Phil Goldstein, to name just a few...

Silks: Rice's Encyclopedia of Silk Magic, volumes 1-4

I'm just as partial to Art of Astonishment by Paul Harris and Impossibilia & Smoke and Mirrors by John Bannon, but those all build on classic effects, not really beginner books.

Hope this helps! Smile

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That's a tough one, with so many good books in my library, but if I had to choose one it would be Lorayne's Apocalypse series. Now that's four books to cover all 20 volumes and may not count, but if only one physical book is my choice, then I would opt for Richard's Almanac. These would give me plenty of great magic to enjoy.
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A few of my favorites are Strong Magic, The Dai Vernon Book of Magic, and (now that I've gotten more interested in coins) Modern Coin Magic (the Magic Inc. hardcover).
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