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Hello everyone, I hope this is the right place. I would like to gather views on this subject: if you could have or buy exclusively ONE book, what would it be? Some limitations: Book on close-up magic, possibly containing effects without gimmick or large preparations, with tips, advices, techniques. One of those books that studied and practiced can give you the chance, without knowing more, to perform a show just with its content.
A book that ranges, not only focused on a branch of magic, which presents effects and techniques with cards, coins, everyday objects, etc. .
Just a single book, the only you would like to know if there were no other books. Practical effects, impact, but also with lessons about the timing, the misdirection, the management of the audience, psychology, in short, a complete book, that you would like as the only study tool about close up magic!

Thanks so much

P.S. Sorry for my english, I hope there are not too many errors
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That's really simple for me. The Star of Magic book is the one. It has a mixture of magic in it from all the greats and the effects still play well to this day. I love and use stuff from it all the time.
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I would recommend the Magic Book written by Harry Lorayne. Great info on why and how to.

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John Carney's Book of Secrets.

Not only you'll get a mix of wonderful parlour and close up effects, but his essays are fantastic. You'll grow not only technically but theatrically and creatively.

Do yourself a favor and read & study John Carney's books and DVDs.
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Vernon's Book of Magic
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I second Carneys work
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I have to agree with Chris.
"The Book of Secrets" would be my choice.
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On Aug 24, 2016, Corrado wrote:
Hello everyone, I hope this is the right place. I would like to gather views on this subject: if you could have or buy exclusively ONE book, what would it be? Some limitations: Book on close-up magic, possibly containing effects without gimmick or large preparations, with tips, advices, techniques. One of those books that studied and practiced can give you the chance, without knowing more, to perform a show just with its content.
A book that ranges, not only focused on a branch of magic, which presents effects and techniques with cards, coins, everyday objects, etc. .
Just a single book, the only you would like to know if there were no other books. Practical effects, impact, but also with lessons about the timing, the misdirection, the management of the audience, psychology, in short, a complete book, that you would like as the only study tool about close up magic!

Thanks so much
.S. Sorry for my english, I hope there are not too many errors


Your English (i.e. AMERICAN English) is OK. Here comes the "but":

You are asking a hypothetical question.

THERE AINT NO SUCH BOOK!

All those who have contributed a suggestion (many of whom are friends of mine) are contributing from THEIR POINT OF VIEW! I agree with all those above! BUT, there aint no such book as you describe!!!

I've been reading magic books, by well qualified authors, all my life. I started with books like Hilliard's "Greater Magic", and Tarbell's "Course in Magic", as a young teen. They shaped my life. I started performing as a 13 year old, in 1945, and became an "instant part time professional"! (I "earned" $26.00 in 40 minutes on October 24, 1945! Twenty plus years later, I became a full time professional.

Along the "way", I read the Fleming Series, Hoffman, Maskelynne & Devant, Fitzkee, ETC. (When you are through learning, you are through!) I've read Hugard, Elliott, Annemann, Weber, Ross, Slydini, Ganson, Vernon, Bobo, J. G. Thompson, ET AL!!! They've ALL CONTRIBUTED to my education!

To acquire a well rounded EDUCATION, you need to read MANY books like those suggested.

It almost appears (to me) that you are looking for "instant gratification".

"Magic 101" should introduce you to PRINCIPLES, and basic PSYCHOLOGY!.

You use words like "effect" INCORRECTLY! (innocently enough! You need to define your terms before you speak!

Learn what a "trick" is, what an "effect" is, what a "prop: is, what 'MAGIC" IS!!!!!
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Mr. Oslund, it was just a survey. Nothing more. Thank you for your, as always, kind words.
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I agree with Dick that there isn't a single perfect book, but as someone who enjoys books, I very much like surveys like this. Because everyone's opinion and experience is different, they often times point out a book that I had somehow missed before which allows me to continue to add to my magic education.

-Brian
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Classic Secrets of Magic by Bruce Elliot.
Very inexpensive copies abound.
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"The Amateur Magician's Handbook" by Henry Hay (5th Ed). Is a fairly well rounded book, if a little dated with mentions of vhs tapes, and audio tape players (things I grew up with, I simply mean dated to our younger generation). The other biggest early contributor to my early education was Mark Wilson's "Complete Course in Magic." Either one is a great single book. But, I also have to agree that there isn't one book that truely meets the criteria.

Cheers!
Matthew Martin
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Than you, Matthew!

When I grew up, we had 78 rpm records!!! Tarbell had just become a printed hard bound book! June Barrows Mussey (Henry Hay)had translated "Illustrated Magic" from German!! Heqq! We were at war with Germany! Walter Gibson, who"ghosted" the Mark Wilson "CCIM" was on the road with Harry Blackstone Senior, TTs were METAL!
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Another good book that you don't see mentioned too often that has both tricks and philosophy is "Close-Up Illusions" by Gary Ouellet.

http://www.camirandmagic.com/ps_003.html

-Brian
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I vote for close up illusions, also Al Schneiders book.
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