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JoshP06
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Hello, I am wondering if anybody has good recommendations for magic books. I have been practicing magic for about a year now. My collection consists of:
1. Magic and Showmanship- Henning Nelms
2. Strong Magic- Darwin Ortiz
3. Designing Miracles- Darwin Ortiz
4. Royal Road to Card Magic- Hugard/Braue
5. Expert Card Technique- Hugard/Braue
6. The Magic Book- Harry Lorayne
7. Modern Magic- Professor Hoffman
8. Modern Coin Magic- JB Bobo

Any more good card books? Also looking for good books on mentalism and psychology in general. If you could, leave a message. Thanks!
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Wow friend! That is a stellar collection you have there. I might suggest the Card College series of Roberto Giobbi. And the Inner Secrets series by Lewis Ganson (on Dai Vernon). The mentalist bible remains Corinda's Thirteen Steps. And do not overlook Mark Wilson's Complete Course in Magic! Several of my Go-To effects were inspired by material in that course!

Ciao for now

Erik
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First of all, congratulations for your magic library! Although small, I see you have opted, from the beginning, for a certain number of great books on magic theory and not just books crammed with tricks!
Bravo!

I will add to your list books on card magic, since that's what I feel I can recommend better than other branches:

- Card College 1 to 5 by Roberto Giobbi
- Card College Light series (three books) by Roberto Giobbi
- Mentalissimo & Destination Zero by John Bannon
- Semi-Automatic Card Tricks series (11 books so far) by Steve Beam

The Card College 1 to 5 are books that teach you (beautifully) sleights, presentation, theory and some very good tricks. The others are essentially tricks/routines that require little or intermediate techniques to be able to perform them.

As for theory I would add

- Scripting Magic by Peter McCabe
- Maximum Entertainment by Ken Weber

Mark
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Josh...: I've written quite a few books full of the good card stuff JUST FOR YOU!!! Go to harryloraynemagic.com to see which are still available.
[email]harrylorayne@earthlink.net[/email]

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Fantastic collection Josh!

I'd also recommend the Giobbi books mentioned by others, along with his Card College video (available from his website).

Scarne on Card Tricks, and the Karl Fulves books on Self-Working Card Magic are also terrific. But quite honestly the three books by Giobbi on self-working card magic (Light, Lighter, Lightest) have killer material and also teach good presentation, and I wish I'd started with those.
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Okay sweet, I appreciate the responses. I'll definitely consider all of your suggestions. Thanks so much!
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On Jul 9, 2019, mlippo wrote:
First of all, congratulations for your magic library! Although small, I see you have opted, from the beginning, for a certain number of great books on magic theory and not just books crammed with tricks!
Bravo!

I will add to your list books on card magic, since that's what I feel I can recommend better than other branches:

- Card College 1 to 5 by Roberto Giobbi
- Card College Light series (three books) by Roberto Giobbi
- Mentalissimo & Destination Zero by John Bannon
- Semi-Automatic Card Tricks series (11 books so far) by Steve Beam

The Card College 1 to 5 are books that teach you (beautifully) sleights, presentation, theory and some very good tricks. The others are essentially tricks/routines that require little or intermediate techniques to be able to perform them.

As for theory I would add

- Scripting Magic by Peter McCabe
- Maximum Entertainment by Ken Weber

Mark



I also recommend the Card College Collection. It will be a huge resource to you now as well as many years from now.
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Obviously Featherly knows nothing about my books. Careful who you "listen" to.
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On Jul 10, 2019, Harry Lorayne wrote:
Obviously Featherly knows nothing about my books. Careful who you "listen" to.


Haha Harry!
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You won't "go wrong" with ANY of Harry's books! He was using BICYCLES when they were still UNICYCLES!!!

Ken Weber KNOWS, about "MAXIMUM ENTERTAINMENT"! I would recommend it! (get it as soon as possible!)

Tarbell (7 volumes!!!) was the "book" of my youth. The patter & presentation are somewhat outdated, but you will learn PRINCIPLES!!!!! Most of my act, I learned from Doc Tarbell. PRINCIPLES!!! It was originally a correspondence course, first published in 1927. I think the current price is $20.00 per
volume.

The Mark Wilson "Complete Course in Magic" (one volume) "co written" by Walter Gibson, uses "sequential" illustrations which are very helpful in learning "moves". The latest edition is from the late '80s. (Gibson, I believe, holds the record for writing magic books.) Used copies are on the
secondary market for about $20.00.
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You may want to have a look for John Carney's books Carneycopia and The Book of Secrets.
Unfortunately they are out of print but they come up here in the For Sale section and also on the large auction site that begins with an "E" and ends in "bay".

Excellent material from an excellent magician and teacher.
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So was Pat Page, and, he worked in a kilt. --Jay Marshall was a Scot, too. He didn't work in a kilt, but he TAUGHT playing the bag pipes.
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Us Scots get around Mr Oslund.
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Dick Oslund
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Youse sure do! heehee
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JoshP06
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Okay great. Thanks guys!
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I got Mark Wilson's book on Ebay last week for 4 bucks including shipping and receiving. Even if you had a digital copy, the cost of paper and ink would cost more to print. Lots of ex library books online for cheap.
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