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I am recently getting back into magic after being away for several years. I am wanting to build my magic library. Any recommendations for must haves that I should add to my collection? I am very interested in close up magic, magic theory, and the history of magic in general. Any and all thoughts are greatly appreciated!
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For card magic and mental magic with cards:

Card College vol. 1 & 2 (Roberto Giobbi)
Destination Zero & Mentalissimo (John Bannon)

are very good to start or re-start

Theory:

Strong Magic & Designing Miracles (Darwin Ortiz)
Maximum Entertainment (Ken Weber)
Scripting magic (Pete McCabe)

For other branches wait for someone else's advice, since I' m not that expert.

Mark
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"For card magic and mental magic with cards:" You might even want to check out my books - that were written just for you!
[email]harrylorayne@earthlink.net[/email]

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OOOOOPS!! I forgot to mention Harry's books! Sorry Harry (I must be GETTING old! No, I AM old, --and catching up to Harry!)
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Okay, Dick, you're forgiven.
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Thank you so much for the help! I really appreciate it! I will go check out these books right away. Mr. Lorayne, is there one of your books you would recommend 1st?
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If you're basically a beginner in magic most would recommend my THE MAGIC BOOK. You'll lean lots of impromptu close-magic.
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You may be interested in this post from some months ago, here at the Café:

"In 1978 (aged 14) my Christmas present was The Magic Book by Harry Lorayne. Maybe hard for teenagers these days to believe but back then, there were families who did not have a lot of money; and apart from a few sweets (candy) a book would potentially be your main present.

When I started reading Harry's The Magic Book, I felt as if I'd been transported to a parallel universe; whereby superb close-up magic, with every-day items, was indeed possible.

As I type this post sat at my kitchen table, there are 2 books in front of me - may the Lord strike me dead on the spot if I'm lying. Harry's 'The Magic Book' and Quantum Leaps (I was cross referencing something last night). I'm looking at The Magic Book as I type. It's battered and bruised - having been regularly read. More than any other magic book that I own, there's bits of torn cigarette packets with notes written on, sticking out of it. The odd torn playing card with other references scribbled. And of course, the more recent post-it note.

The fact is this book has been my inspiration in magic for nearly 40 years. I have used literally everything within. Despite, like many of us in our adult lives, having wasted a lot of money over the years on the latest magic 'flim flam' it IS the material within this book that I return to time and time again. Because one thing I have learnt about how magic is perceived by an audience is that you earn the greatest respect by performing with borrowed, or 'normal' items. For example, there is hardly anything within the card section that cannot be performed with a beat-up, borrowed pack of cards. Nothing within the coin section that needs expensive gaffs (in order to produce a similar effect in the eyes of spectators). Where else can you get so much workable material with a piece of paper & a pencil? A handkerchief, table items, etc.

What's more, it taught me the most important elements of magical entertainment - presentation, routining and misdirection.

It also taught me a very, very important lesson. That it is the basic, clearly defined easy to follow plot that gets the best reaction.

Over the years, I've spent time and money learning different versions of 'The Colour Changing Deck'; or buying gaffs to get Aces to transpose, etc. I've spent money on further gaffs to get coins to go through a table; or pass from hand to hand. I've bought (and sold on) these gimmicks and flim-flam; along with countless others that achive matrix-style routines, etc. The reason being that all most gimmicks do is over-prove what you don't need to be over-proving anyway.

The classics of magic will live forever; because they have an easy to follow plot. When you use ungaffed or borrowed items and throw them into the mix, it's just so much more rewarding. Added to which 'less is more'. If you can go out with minimal props, you will generally work harder on your presentation - because you are building upon the basics - by actually using the basics. Does that make sense? I hope it does. In other words, you tend to put more energy into your performance. A prop isn't doing the work for you. I've worked with other magicians that rush at break-neck speed from prop to prop; akin to a magic dealer demo (only to then vanish to re-set their gimmicks). However, arrive at a table; borrow a few contrasting coins and a table napkin, and you are ready to entertain. And what I can genuinely say to guys (still reading my rambling here) is that people aren't stupid. If they can see you are working AND entertaining them with what are clearly not 'magic props' you will get one hell of a lot of respect.....and in many cases, you will stand out.

Harry (I believe) wrote this book for people who had an interest in starting out performing magic. It has the clearest of instruction; and covers so many useful principles of magic.

I would not only unreservedly recommend this book to people starting out; but also to any magician that wants to make a living as a professional, magical entertainer.

Indeed, it's title of 'THE Magic Book' could not be more deserving.

It is, in my honest opinion, the GREATEST book of magic ever produced.

Words cannot express my most sincere gratitude and thanks, to the Master himself.......Mr Harry Lorayne."

Barry Allen (Merc Man)
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I will look into it. Thank you again!
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"Merc Man": "Youse said it "real good"!

"New magicians" should read what ya said, again and again, and again`!
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Card college *for skills*, Tommy wonders books of wonder *for theory and skill*
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Harry,

Is it true you'll be appearing on REEL Magic? I've seen all of Rudy's piece on tricks from Apocalypse. I'd like to see you teach.
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Yes; you can check it out with Rudy. It's mainly interviews about my Out To Lunch, Ellipses, Editorial, columns over the two decades of APOCALYPSE - not much actual teaching of magic.
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All right. I'm looking forward to it.
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Card college is one of the most valued set of books I own as it expands upon some of the more difficult items in expert at the card table. Mark wilsons complete course in magic was the first magic book I got at 9 years old and I still own it to this day. Also tommy Wonder's 1st book of wonder is great for the theory of misdirection and How to properly use it. On a side note, buy used books. I've gotten some treasures that are 100$'s of dollars new but for way less used. And don't be afraid to haggle. I often get 50% off what the seller is asking by doing a little research.
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If you don't subscribe to Reel Magic...I mean just to see the Apocalypse material is worth the $5 a month....but you also get every issue of Reel Magic, 20 Lectures and tons of additional content with updates every Tuesday night. And THE MARKEPLACE.

BEST DEAL IN MAGIC!www.reelmagicmagazine.com

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