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I just received a whole library of historical magic books from a retiring magician. I'm so excited! Can't wait to open the boxes and dive into them! WOW! Magicians, what do you think? Some of the titles:

The Complete Illustrated Book of Card Magic Walter B. Gibson 1st 1969
Card Control Arthur B. Buckly 1st 1946
Professional Card Magic Cliff Green 1st 1961
Reputation Makers Harry Lorayne ? 1971
Deck‐Terity Harry Lorayne 1st 1967
Close‐Up Card Magic Harry Lorayne 1st 1962
Personal Secrets Harry Lorayne ? 1964
My Favorite Card Tricks Harry Lorayne 1st 1965
Estimation Edward Marlo 1st 1962
Encyclopedia Of Card Tricks Jean Hugard 1st 1961
Million Dollar Card Secrets Frank Garcia 1st 1972
More Inner Secrets of Card Magic Dai Vernon 1960
Expert Card Technique Jean Hugard & Frederick Braue 2nd 1961
How to Spot Card Sharps Sidney H. Radner 1957
Scarne on Cards John Scarne 8th 1961
Scarne on Card Tricks John Scarne 5th 1962
The Royal Road to Card Magic Jean Hugard & Frederick Braue 1st 1948
The Royal Road to Card Magic Jean Hugard & Frederick Braue
6th 1968
The Expert at the Card Table S. W. Erdnase & Professor Hoffman 1944
The Expert at the Card Table S. W. Erdnase
Card and Conjuring Tricks Charles Roberts & Charles Crayford
400 Hundred Tricks You Can Do Howard Thurston 1948
Modern Card Tricks and Secrets of Magic Harry Blackstone 1941
Modern Magic Professor Hoffman
More Magic Professor Hoffman
Magic Without Apparatus Camille Gaultier, Translated by Jean Hugard 1945
Illustrated Magic Ottokar Fischer 1931
The Secrets of Mahatma Land Explained Professor Samri S. Baldwin, The White Mahatma 1895
The Complete Book of Magic Peter Warlock
Magician's Handbook Herrmann the Great 1942
Memoirs of Robert‐Houdin
King of the Conjurers Introduction by Milbourne Christopher 1964
Tarbell Course in Magic Vol 1 Harlan Tarbell 5th 1953
Tarbell Course in Magic Vol 2 Harlan Tarbell 3rd 1946
Tarbell Course in Magic Vol 3 Harlan Tarbell 3rd 1946
Tarbell Course in Magic Vol 4 Harlan Tarbell 2nd 1941
Tarbell Course in Magic Vol 5 Harlan Tarbell 1st 1948
Tarbell Course in Magic Vol 6 Harlan Tarbell 1st 1954
Tarbell Course in Magic Vol 7 Harry Lorayne 1st 1972
Greater Magic John Northern Hilliard 9th 1947
Further Magic of the Hand Edward Victor 1946
My Best J. G. Thompson Jr. 1959
The Modern Conjurer C. Lang Neil 2nd 1947
Modern Magic Manual Jean Hugard 1957
Abbott's Encyclopedia of Rope Tricks Percy Abbott
Encyclopedia Of Cigarette Tricks Keith Clark 1st 1937
The Trick Brain Dariel Fitzkee 2nd 1944
Showmanship for Magicians Dariel Fitzkee 3rd 1945
Magic by Misdirection Dariel Fitzkee 1945
Famous Magic Secrets Will Dexter 1955
Magic Explained Walter B. Gibson 1958
This is Magic Will Dexter 1958
Slydini Encores Leon Nathanson, MD 1966
Dai Vernon's Tribute to Nate Leipzig Lewis Ganson
Malini and his Magic Dai Vernon
The Ramsey Legend Andrew Galloway 1969
The New Modern COIN MAGIC J. B. Bobo 2nd 1966
Magical Ways and Means Al Baker 1941
Secrets of the Conjureror's Craft Will Dexter
The Illustrated History of Magic Milbourne Christopher 1973
The Great Illusionists Edwin A. Dawes 1979
Dunninger's Complete Encyclopedia of Magic Joseph Dunninger
Dunninger's Book of Magic Joseph Dunninger 1964
Panorama of Magic Milbourne Christopher 1962
Magic Digest George B. Anderson 1972
The World's Greatest Magic Hyla M. Clark 1976
Don Alan's Pretty Sneaky Don Alan 2nd 1960
Close‐Up Time Don Alan 2nd 1960
Dai Vernon's Select Secrets Dai Vernon 2nd
The Cardician Edward Marlo 1953
Coining Magic Edward Marlo 2nd 1963
Kort is now in Session Milton Kort 1962
Off‐Color Card Tricks Milton Kort 1970
Comedy A La Card Karrell Fox 1960
Kornfidentially Yours Karrell Fox 1961
Magic Tricks and Card Tricks Wilfrid Jonson 1957
100 of Scarne's Magic Tricks John Scarne 1961
100 More of Scarne's Magic Tricks John Scarne 1963
Sneaky Feats Tome Ferrell & Lee Eisenberg 1973
An Evening with Charlie Miller Charlie Miller 1961
Tricks You Can Count On Verne Chesbro & Larry West 2nd ?
Drug Store Magic
Eli B. Johnson, Pharmacist
The Card Magic of Bro. John Hamman S. M. Paul LePaul 1958
50 Tricks You Can Do W.F. (Rufus) Steele 1946
Card Magic by Manipulation Lewis Ganson ?
52 Amazing Card Tricks W.F. (Rufus) Steele 1949
After the Dessert Martin Gardner 1941
36 Tricks with FA‐KO Cards Ronald Haines ?
One Balloon Zoo Volume 1 Jimmy Davis 1975
One Balloon Zoo Volume 2 Roger Siegel 1974
GENII Magazine The International Conjuror's Magazine August, 1976
Magic, Inc.1969/1970 Yearbook Magic, Inc. Chicago, IL 1970

There are autographs, inscriptions and notes from the likes of Dai Vernon, Frank Garcia, etc. Very cool! Some of this is going to the Magic Castle tonight. Smile
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A lot of classics there. Looks like you don't need to go to the bookstore for awhile.

Great acquisition!
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Wow! Talk about a windfall! The Harry Lorayne books alone would give you a lifetime of material to work through--not to mention the Vernon, LePaul, Hilliard, Robert-Houdin(!)... Goodness.

(can you tell I'm a bibliophile?)
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Yeah, I'm pretty excited about it. I opened the first box, took out the first book (an Ed Marlo book), opened it to the first page, studied the first trick, and wound up with a trick I will be able to use for the rest of my life. If this is indicative of the rest, wow!
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Wow! What a goldmine! That's several lifetimes worth of material right there.

So here's a question for Dana and for the group. Some people wind up with a lot of magic books because of a wonderful windfall like the one you describe. Others wind up with more books than they've read because every now and then they have more money than sense (I put myself in that second category, although most days I have very little of either.) Either way, I'm guessing that it's not unusual for those who have the magic bug to wind up with a library of unread books. What's a good strategy for digging into the material on your bookshelf? I suppose it's like eating a taco, in that you do it one bite at a time -- but how do you decide where to take the first bite? Dana -- how are you going to tackle this?
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On Aug 9, 2016, Doug Trouten wrote:
Wow! What a goldmine! That's several lifetimes worth of material right there.

So here's a question for Dana and for the group. Some people wind up with a lot of magic books because of a wonderful windfall like the one you describe. Others wind up with more books than they've read because every now and then they have more money than sense (I put myself in that second category, although most days I have very little of either.) Either way, I'm guessing that it's not unusual for those who have the magic bug to wind up with a library of unread books. What's a good strategy for digging into the material on your bookshelf? I suppose it's like eating a taco, in that you do it one bite at a time -- but how do you decide where to take the first bite? Dana -- how are you going to tackle this?


Great question, Doug. And I've been thinking about it. I doubt I will ever learn every trick in every book. So what's the best use of this windfall?

First, I want to identify those that I want to read and study in earnest, and those I'll pick and choose from. Also, I've started to find little gems, like a handwritten note signed by Dai Vernon in one, a David Copperfield autograph in another. Cool.

I think the best use is as a reference library. And that requires cataloging. I am beginning the tedious task of listing every trick or technique in every book in a database with various descriptions, adding these to all the other books and DVDs that I already have. That way, if I'm looking for something in particular, I can look it up. Don't know the name of a trick or whose it is, but you can describe it? You can find it in the database by using some key words. It's tedious to do this, and it will probably take me months to enter it all.

Finally, I'm suddenly in the business of collecting magic books, since it seems only right that this inheritance should be the beginning of a great library. Seems to me that if you're given a whole bunch of racing car parts, the most logical thing to do is to fill in the gaps and build the car. I guess I'll build a car.
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On Aug 12, 2016, danaruns wrote:
I think the best use is as a reference library. And that requires cataloging. I am beginning the tedious task of listing every trick or technique in every book in a database with various descriptions, adding these to all the other books and DVDs that I already have. That way, if I'm looking for something in particular, I can look it up. Don't know the name of a trick or whose it is, but you can describe it? You can find it in the database by using some key words. It's tedious to do this, and it will probably take me months to enter it all.


You can check out http://magicref.tripod.com/books.htm and http://www.conjuringarchive.com/ as most if not all of the books have been catalogued already.
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Congratulations is all I can say Dana. The lady of fortune has smiled upon you, big time!
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Dana that is an amazing treasure trove of information you are so lucky to have them. Many classics and many I never seen. You are very fortunate to have all these at your fingertips. So much stuff in there to learn that you otherwise would never know about I wish I could be so lucky.
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