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Erdnase. Started later in life and was looking for a good book on the subject of cards, and all sources said that this was the one to get. In retrospect, it was perhaps tougher than a complete novice should start with, but certainly eye opening. I keep going back to it because I'm POSITIVE I haven't gleaned all there is to learn in there...
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Hoping it's ok to reawaken a sleeping topic...

My grandfather gave me his copies of "400 Tricks Anyone Can Do" by Howard Thurston and "Illustrated Magic" by Ottokar Fischer, but at 7 they were over my head. I recall my school library had a book that I checked out once every couple weeks or so that had a trick where you'd pass a loop of string through your neck after wrapping it around your neck, grabbing it with your mouth somehow, and clapping your hands. Can't recall the name of that book. There was also a book on the history of magic that included purported tales of Harry Houdini learning slackline walking and picking up needles with his eyelids as a young boy in Appleton. Wish I could recall the name of that book, too.

But, my favorite "first" was Bill Tarr's "Now You See It, Now You Don't." Such a fantastic book for a young lad (probably 12 by then) to learn progressively more difficult technique and its application!

Dick Sitnick, proprietor of The Prop Trunk Magic Shop in Rockville, Maryland in the mid 1970s turned me on to, of course, the Amateur Magician's Handbook, which became my well-worn bible.
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The first magic book I came across was in 1993, as a kid. In India, the small neighbourhood shops would often wrap cookies and candies in papers torn from old books or news papers. I was handed out some snacks in one such paper torn from an old book. It had a partial explanation for magic squares. I had never come across anything like that and ran to the shop to ask for the following page. The following page was used as a wrapper for something else but he was kind enough to hand over the remainder of the book to me. It did not have the front cover and a few pages, nor did it have the back cover and a few pages. It was a very old book with the pages turning into darker shads of brown. I believe the next stage of deterioration would be crumbling pages.

The book had many magic tricks sprinkled over in the remainder of the pages. Along with the magic tricks, it had some trivia, 25 fascinating facts, some jokes, riddles, tongue twisters. I am sure it wasn't a magazine because it did not have any ads. I am sure it was not "Reader's Digest" either. A neighbour kid who came to stay at his grandma's for summer holidays "borrowed" that book from me in 1995 never to be seen again. I collected a few amateur magic books after that while looking for that particular book. But without a name, author's name, I couldn't find it.

Would anyone know which book I am referring to here? It brings so much of pleasant memories.
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