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permagician
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I can't believe no one has said The Art of Astonishment by Paul Harris yet!!! I absolutely love these books, especially volume 1. This is a must for every magic library. Be sure to pick it up sometime!!!
At that moment of trying to box the unboxable our world view breaks up. Th boxes are gone. And what's left? Simply what was always there. Your natural state of mind. That's the moment of astonishment. -Paul Harris
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The book that completely changed the way I thought about cards was Darwin Ortiz At The Card Table. It certainly isn't a book for beginners or even intermediates to some extent. I thought I would mention it though.
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Expert Card Technique holds a special place in my heart. It was one of the first "heavy" card books I read and I still marvel at its wealth of technique, effects, and sage advice.

However, Derren Brown's Absolute Magic is making a strong move for first place. What I read in those pages revolutionized my thinking about magic.

I'd also like to give a nod to those who mentioned Burger's great books, particularly Magic and Meaning, as well as giving kudos to The Books of Wonder.
There are many tricks, and many effects, but rarely a Grand Effect. There are many entertainers, but few real magicians. Many technicians, but few artists who use their art to explore their vision. - Derren Brown, Absolute Magic
MagiUlysses
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Greetings and Salutations,

If the house is on fire and I can grab just one book, it would be Jim Cellini's "The Royal Touch." It touches on just about everything you need to know to perform at faires, festivals or on the streets -- good tricks, tips, and insights.

That's my $.02 (USD) worth. YMMV.

Joe in KC

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ivan7
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Absolute Magic.
filem
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Maybe Darwin Ortiz' Strong Magic?
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Definitely the RRTCM would gain my vote. It covers all the basic sleights for a beginner and is written in an easy format!
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My favourite book is Greater Magic. Look at it and you will see why.
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didgemagic
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Mike Close Workers. I enjoyed the theory in there.

Didgemagic
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Undoubtedly, Mark Wilson's Complete Course has been the most influential beginning book that I've found. He helps establish a firm foundation of the basics of magic that are absolutely necessary. I still refer back to it regularly!
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For me, RRTCM was the first "real" magic book I bought, so it's kind of special to me. For card magic it's still me favorite since it establishes such a firm foundation.

Eric
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David Regal's Constant Fooling vol. 1 is a fun read and I enjoy reading through my only volume of card colledge. volume 3.
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I think probably my favorite books are the art of astonishment series by paul Harris and the reprint of the pallbearers review by karl Fulves but it is really difficult with so many books to choose from.andy
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I just got "The Magic of Michael Ammar", and I am just amazed. This book has enough stuff to last me years.

Books really are the best investment one can make in magic.
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My favorite would have to be The Annotated Erdnase by Darwin Ortiz.

However, it isn't the book I use the most. My most useful book would have to be Strong Magic, again by Darwin Ortiz.

The most motivational is Eugene Bergers Experience of Magic. Also great for magic theory and a new take on things.

The book that has the greatest number of effects I perform would be Cardshark by Darwin Ortiz, I probably perform 6-7 effects from this book.
shane079
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I would have to say AOA is very good and almost never ending..and RRTCM is in it's own league..
kihei kid
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Mark Wilson's Complete Course In Magic.
In loving memory of Hughie Thomasson 1952-2007.

You brought something beautiful to this world, you touched my heart, my soul and my life. You will be greatly missed.

Until we meet again “my old friend”.
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The Magic of Michael Ammar is my all time favorite book.
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My favourite book would also have to be Mark Wilson's Complete Course In Magic.
Dan Magyari
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