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Hiya Gang!

Without further ado...

It's that time of year! Who will win The Tarbell for 2015?!

What is your favourite book that was released in 2015?

Please submit up to 3 entries and we'll tally them up on Feb.01.


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And, gang, I know firsthand how much of an impact this thread will have on someone's life. Seriously. The prestige from this little thread will drive their sales through the roof. So please let's take this seriously, say nothing but nice things, and have fun! We're going to change someone's life!


RULES:
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If you follwed the Trick Of The Year thread last year, things got a little bit complicated. What started out as a fun thread between pals several years ago has turned into a HUGE event and, you know what? That's a good thing! It shows that the art of magic is alive and well and that we're all passionate about it!! I think next year we might end up going to some sort of panel judging but, for this last year, we'll keep it to the old voting system one final time and see how we do. That said, to help reduce drama (we can never eliminate it, I'm afraid) let's try and keep to the following...

Vote with Book Title and the Writer Name. Please submit 3 Entries(if you're able).

If you have been selected and want to encourage your pals to take part...

You must have 50+ posts on the Magic Café for your vote to count. If you're new, that gives you over 2 months to join in the community and share in our passion.

It is impossible to police or enforce a "no asking your clients, friends, etc to vote" rule and, personally, I think it's silly to ask people not to share their excitement. How can you have a contest if you're not allowed to talk about it?! On that note, I ask that you please...

Don't offer financial incentives.
Encourage people to vote for 3, if possible (I know it's harder to find 3 books in a single year than an effect) not just one.
Limit the number of your announcements to 3 times.

I trust people (perhaps that's a fault, lol) but I also trust the voting public to choose what they truly feel is the best and not just what soemone tells them to do.

Lastly, this is a thread for JOY. Let me be clear- HAPPINESS! Any post that is not a vote or is something positive, I will ask for it to be deleted. There are other places on the Café (Right or Worng) for political disussions. But they won't be here.

Sweet Marie- wish me luck (I mean for moderating this thread), lol...


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PREVIOUS WINNERS of The Tarbell
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2000: no voting took place
2001: no voting took place
2002: no voting took place
2003: no voting took place
2004: no voting took place
2005: Dear Mr Fantasy, John Bannon
2006: Power Plays, Mike Power
2007: Session/547, Joshua Jay
2008: Approaching Magic, David Regal
2009: Magic: 1400s to 1950s, Mike Cavenry
2010: One Degree, John Guastaferro
2011: Researching
2012: Luca Volpe, Emotional Mentalism
2013: The Approach, by Jamie D. Grant
2014: A Piece of My Mind, by Michael Murray
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TRICK OF THE YEAR: Industrial Revelation, BOOK OF THE YEAR: The Approach, The AIP Bottle, and my new book Scenic 52, can all be found over here: SendWonder.com
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1. Blomberg Laboratories by Andi Gladwin
2. The Bammo Ten Card Deal Dossier by Bob Farmer
3. Destination Zero by John Bannon

I'd like to add a honorable mention: The Experts At The Card Table by David Ben & E.S. Andrews and Card Party by Lewis Jones.

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IIRC, in past years, some kind soul has posted a list of all the magic books that were released that year. It would be great if we could have another such list to refer to for this year.

Also, what is the rule on re-releases and ebooks. Are they eligible?
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Good question
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Also was it this year that Labrynth was bound in a single book and would that count. I have a problem. HI my name is chance and I'm a bibliophile.
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This is the list from our website. There will be some that aren't on here that either we did not carry or I took off the website because I did not want to sell them to someone. Either way, this list should get us started.

Books from 2015

1. Epiphanies by Colin McLeod
2. The Theatrical Illusion Show by Duane Laflin
3. The Fairground Soo: A Brief Biography of Alfred John Peters by Dean Arnold
4. Applesauce by Patrick Redford
5. A Bad Night in Brooklyn
6. Inspirations: Performing Magic with Excellence by Larry Hass
7. Framework by Tom Frame
8. The Death Camp Magician by William Rauscher
9. An Essay on Magic By Robert Neale
10. Kahnjuring by Scott Kahn
11. Self Working Card Magic by Ryan Matney
12. Locked by Jim Kleefeld
13. A Thought Well Stolen by Ben Harris
14. Super Fly Cards Across by Scott Alexander
15. Standing Up With Ring Flight by Scott Alexander
16. Standing up On Stage by Scott Alexander
17. Kid Show Masterplan by Danny Orleans
18. Chop Cup Routine by Scott Alexander
19. Your Mind is My Playground by Vincent Hedan
20. Card Party by Lewis Jones
21. Who is Magic Babe Ning? By Ning Cai
22. Adventures of 2 Girls by Ning Cai and Pamela Ho
23. Classic Correspondence II by Mike Caveney
24. Labyrinth by Stephen Hobbs
25. Experts at the Card Table by David Ben
26. Bammo Ten Card Deal Dossier by Bob Farmer
27. Card Delusions by Ryan Matney
28. Journal of Alchemy by Joe Diamond
29. Complete Professional Pickpocket by David Alexander
30. Blomberg Laboratories by Andi Gladwin
31. Game of Tom Lecture Notes by Tom Dobrowolski
32. The Spiritual Stage by Roger Blakiston
33. Embryos by Paul Prater
34. Big Money Shows by JC Sum
35. The 80’s Called by Jonathan Friedman
36. Crafted with Carey by John Carey
37. The Importance of Wonder by Ben Robinson
38. Beyond Look Don’t See by Christopher T Magician
39. Not A Dianoetic Rage by Tom Baxter
40. The Secret Ingredients to Restaurant Magic by Chef Anton
41. Alan Shaxon: Sophisticated Sorcerer
42. Charles Dickens: Magician by Ian Keable
43. Nothing But Mystery by Jim Steinmeyer
44. KidTrix 3 by Paul Osborne
45. The Psychic Mafia by M. Lamar Keene
46. What I wish I knew IN 72 by Paul Gertner
47. Aldo’s Finale by Aldo Colombini
48. Bairn by Ken Dyne
49. The Experts at the Breakfast Table by Tom Dobrowolski
50. Tom and his Merry Men by Tom Dobrowolski
51. Dan and Dave: Card Men by Ricky Smith
52. The Devil’s Staircase by Greg Chapman
53. Festival Magic of Kyle Peron
54. Heads I Win, Tails You Lose - Jheff


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Thanks, Marshall! That's awesome of you to post those!

Re-releases is a great question. Hmmmm. I think they should count, right? I mean, if something is re-released; there is generally a good reason (added content, new thoughts, etc). Maybe just use your personal judgment, though, and think how great it would be for a new book to win the award. I'm always open to other thoughts, though!
TRICK OF THE YEAR: Industrial Revelation, BOOK OF THE YEAR: The Approach, The AIP Bottle, and my new book Scenic 52, can all be found over here: SendWonder.com
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What about 'Tenyoism' by Richard Kaufman? It will be out about a week or two before the end of the year.

Probably best to save it for 2016?
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Also, I Lie For Money by Steve Spill.
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Everything I Own Has A Handle Or Wheels, by Dick Oslund, the Road Scholar.

I've been waiting for a couple of years for this tome to be released and it is excellent. It's a big book of Dick's life as a magician (70 plus years) and has a large section in the back of many (like 50!) of his tricks and routines.

This is a fun read! Dick knew so many legends of magic! He really starts from the beginning telling about when he was a boy seeing magicians who performed on "the circuit," moving on to performing in sideshows, the school circuit he worked in, etc... And he just gradually progresses through his life in magic sharing his memories with you.

I love this book- it's really amazing- I'm jealous of the magical life Dick has lived and am so glad to have a signed copy.

Here's a link: https://www.stevensmagic.com/shop/dick-o......ar-book/
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What about Destination Zero by John Bannon? Impromptu by Martin Gardner/Todd Karr?
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Destination Zero should be on that list. That was my fault. We pulled it from the website as it was close to OOP and we were unable to get more copies. Impromptu should be on there as well. That is only available from three dealers, so we did not carry that one. I will go back and edit the list.

Destination Zero, by the way, would easily be in my top three.
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Neither of my two favorites were on Marshall's list.

#1 Magica Analytica II- Very original easy to learn effects, not all card magic using very diabolical math concepts. Many totally impromptu. Clock of Alexander, Too tired To Deal, and Topsy Turvy Cards I am currently performing

#2 Destination Zero- All Bannon fans will enjoy a variety of self working and easy impromptu effects.

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Question please... Shouldn't "JawDroppers" by Harry Lorayne be on the list? Wonderful book.
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A little help finding some of the older winners:
2012 Winner - Luca Volpe Emotional Mentalism

Peo's 2005 to 2010 Listing:
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2005: Dear Mr Fantasy, John Bannon
2006: Power Plays, Mike Power
2007: Session/547, Joshua Jay
2008: Approaching Magic, David Regal
2009: Magic: 1400s to 1950s, Mike Cavenry
2010: One Degree, John Guastaferro


2012 Link
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2005-2010 Link
http://themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic......orum=110
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That is so great, (a)ndy!! Thanks for finding those!
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Okay! So we have a couple of revised lists!

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Current Leaderboard:

1) Destination Zero by John Bannon (2 votes)

2) Blomberg Laboratories by Andi Gladwin (1 vote)
2) The Bammo Ten Card Deal Dossier by Bob Farmer (1 vote)
2) Everything I Own Has A Handle Or Wheels, by Dick Oslund (1 vote)
2) Magica Analytica II by Larry Barnowsky (1 vote)

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Books released in 2015 (not all-inclusive, so if there's one you love that you don't see on the list, still vote for it!)


1. Epiphanies by Colin McLeod
2. The Theatrical Illusion Show by Duane Laflin
3. The Fairground Soo: A Brief Biography of Alfred John Peters by Dean Arnold
4. Applesauce by Patrick Redford
5. A Bad Night in Brooklyn
6. Inspirations: Performing Magic with Excellence by Larry Hass
7. Framework by Tom Frame
8. The Death Camp Magician by William Rauscher
9. An Essay on Magic By Robert Neale
10. Kahnjuring by Scott Kahn
11. Self Working Card Magic by Ryan Matney
12. Locked by Jim Kleefeld
13. A Thought Well Stolen by Ben Harris
14. Super Fly Cards Across by Scott Alexander
15. Standing Up With Ring Flight by Scott Alexander
16. Standing up On Stage by Scott Alexander
17. Kid Show Masterplan by Danny Orleans
18. Chop Cup Routine by Scott Alexander
19. Your Mind is My Playground by Vincent Hedan
20. Card Party by Lewis Jones
21. Who is Magic Babe Ning? By Ning Cai
22. Adventures of 2 Girls by Ning Cai and Pamela Ho
23. Classic Correspondence II by Mike Caveney
24. Labyrinth by Stephen Hobbs
25. Experts at the Card Table by David Ben
26. Bammo Ten Card Deal Dossier by Bob Farmer
27. Card Delusions by Ryan Matney
28. Journal of Alchemy by Joe Diamond
29. Complete Professional Pickpocket by David Alexander
30. Blomberg Laboratories by Andi Gladwin
31. Game of Tom Lecture Notes by Tom Dobrowolski
32. The Spiritual Stage by Roger Blakiston
33. Embryos by Paul Prater
34. Big Money Shows by JC Sum
35. The 80’s Called by Jonathan Friedman
36. Crafted with Carey by John Carey
37. The Importance of Wonder by Ben Robinson
38. Beyond Look Don’t See by Christopher T Magician
39. Not A Dianoetic Rage by Tom Baxter
40. The Secret Ingredients to Restaurant Magic by Chef Anton
41. Alan Shaxon: Sophisticated Sorcerer
42. Charles Dickens: Magician by Ian Keable
43. Nothing But Mystery by Jim Steinmeyer
44. KidTrix 3 by Paul Osborne
45. The Psychic Mafia by M. Lamar Keene
46. What I wish I knew IN 72 by Paul Gertner
47. Aldo’s Finale by Aldo Colombini
48. Bairn by Ken Dyne
49. The Experts at the Breakfast Table by Tom Dobrowolski
50. Tom and his Merry Men by Tom Dobrowolski
51. Dan and Dave: Card Men by Ricky Smith
52. The Devil’s Staircase by Greg Chapman
53. Festival Magic of Kyle Peron
54. Heads I Win, Tails You Lose - Jheff
55. Tenyoism' by Richard Kaufman
56. I Lie For Money by Steve Spill
57. Destination Zero by John Bannon
58. Encyclopedia of Impromptu Magic by Martin Gardner/Todd Karr
59. Magica Analytica II by Larry Barnowsky
60. Jawdroppers by Harry Lorayne
61. Everything I Own Has A Handle Or Wheels, by Dick Oslund
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PREVIOUS WINNERS of The Tarbell


2000: no voting took place
2001: no voting took place
2002: no voting took place
2003: no voting took place
2004: no voting took place
2005: Dear Mr Fantasy, John Bannon
2006: Power Plays, Mike Power
2007: Session/547, Joshua Jay
2008: Approaching Magic, David Regal
2009: Magic: 1400s to 1950s, Mike Cavenry
2010: One Degree, John Guastaferro
2011: Researching
2012: Luca Volpe, Emotional Mentalism
2013: The Approach, by Jamie D. Grant
2014: A Piece of My Mind, by Michael Murray
__________________________________________________________________________
TRICK OF THE YEAR: Industrial Revelation, BOOK OF THE YEAR: The Approach, The AIP Bottle, and my new book Scenic 52, can all be found over here: SendWonder.com
Kindness takes practice. My TEDx talk
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Add to list. The Black Project by Looch
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Destination Zero gets my vote. Not a single page that is not worth reading. Very dense!!
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