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The Moments Notice ebooks by Cameron Francis are great.
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You simply cannot go wrong with John Bannon Dear Mister Fantasy, book of the year 2005
https://www.bannonmagic.com/dear-mr-fantasy

For more than a decade, it still my favorite book on card magic, effect including 'Dawn Patrol' and 'Last Man Standing' remains in my repertoire since I read them.
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It's funny, I've been looking for a copy of that book for a few years now. Never thought to check Bannon's website itself. Had no idea there was an ebook version.
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Good card magic books for download? Where do I start? With Lybrary.com I have published and retailed card magic ebooks for 20 years. We offer a huge selection from the old to the new, from easy to difficult. If you want to browse yourself here you go https://www.lybrary.com/magic-cards-c-21_27.html There are also sub-topics for self-working material for example, or stacks, or just moves, or ACAAN, etc.

I will point out a couple of items. This is of course not exhaustive, just some suggestions I personally like:

- Take a look at Dai Vernon's "Inner Secrets of Card Magic" trilogy. Can be found here https://www.lybrary.com/dai-vernon-m-147.html
- Roberto Giobbi is great. He has published from self-working to the hardest material, plus a lot on theory. You can find him and his downloads here https://www.lybrary.com/roberto-giobbi-m-60.html
- Other classics are of course by Jean Hugard https://www.lybrary.com/jean-hugard-m-12.html , or Erdnase https://www.lybrary.com/s-w-erdnase-m-11.html
- Perhaps it is Marlo you want: https://www.lybrary.com/edward-marlo-m-25296.html
- Or Jon Racherbaumer: https://www.lybrary.com/jon-racherbaumer-m-96.html
- Just released an updated reprint of what many consider the best magic book ever by George Kaplan: https://www.lybrary.com/george-g-kaplan-m-579774.html
- Let's not forget the old Austrian master Johann Nepomuk Hofzinser: https://www.lybrary.com/johann-nepomuk-hofzinser-m-19.html
- Ted Annemann has published lots of great card magic in his Jinx: https://www.lybrary.com/ted-annemann-m-20.html
- You also want to learn from the Australian Arthur Buckley https://www.lybrary.com/arthur-buckley-m-39.html
- I can go on with Paul LePaul https://www.lybrary.com/paul-lepaul-m-451531.html and Bro. John Hamman https://www.lybrary.com/bro-john-hamman-m-451532.html
- Of more recent vintage I can recommend Nick Conticello: https://www.lybrary.com/nick-conticello-m-51056.html Bob Farmer: https://www.lybrary.com/bob-farmer-m-579510.html and Allan Ackerman https://www.lybrary.com/allan-ackerman-m-4895.html

Of course, if you really wanted to find the hidden gems you would read magic magazines, usually the older the better. Some you want to consider:

- Genii https://www.lybrary.com/genii-the-conjur......309.html
- Magic Magazine https://www.lybrary.com/magic-magazine-p-889885.html
- Jinx https://www.lybrary.com/jinx-p-29013.html
- Spell-Binder https://www.lybrary.com/spellbinder-magazine-p-5367.html
- Kabbala https://www.lybrary.com/the-legendary-ka......103.html
- Minotaur https://www.lybrary.com/magic-magazines-......276.html
- Magic Menu https://www.lybrary.com/magic-magazines-......239.html
- Magicseen https://www.lybrary.com/magic-magazines-......167.html
- Blueprint https://www.lybrary.com/magic-magazines-......750.html
- Club 71 https://www.lybrary.com/magic-magazines-......255.html
- Pabular https://www.lybrary.com/magic-magazines-......150.html
- Pentagram https://www.lybrary.com/magic-magazines-......155.html

And many others. This should be enough reading material for a weekend Smile
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Good 'books' for 'download'?

Let's cut to the chase.

An 'e' book is not really a 'Book'.....is it.

It doesn't have the physical properties of 'a book'.

It doesn't smell like 'a book'.

It doesn't feel like 'a book'.

You can't take it to the Café, bar or beach (unless you depend upon a lonnnnnng power supply) because, quite simply, it ISN'T a book. REAL books meanwhile, NEVER need a power supply. They are there, 24/7, as your constant companion.

I've been fortunate enough to travel, and work, the four corners of this planet. Never once, have I not been able to take a few REAL books for company.

Never.
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Hi Barry,


To each his own, no? I prefer physical books too, but in the field of magic, where most of what we want can't be found in a library, and is often very expensive, it's wonderful to have resources like Chris's Lybrary.


Best Regards,


Bob
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The Jolly Almanac of Card Knavery is available as a free PDF download here: https://theburnabykid.com/nwmb/JACK.pdf

It is an annotated selection of card effects from public domain books. In addition, The Burnaby Kid adds some of his own effects and thoughts on magic theory. Recommended.

See also: https://theburnabykid.com/nwmb/2018/10/1......knavery/

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On Jan 8, 2020, Merc Man wrote:
Good 'books' for 'download'?

Let's cut to the chase.

An 'e' book is not really a 'Book'.....is it.

It doesn't have the physical properties of 'a book'.

It doesn't smell like 'a book'.

It doesn't feel like 'a book'.

You can't take it to the Café, bar or beach (unless you depend upon a lonnnnnng power supply) because, quite simply, it ISN'T a book. REAL books meanwhile, NEVER need a power supply. They are there, 24/7, as your constant companion.

I've been fortunate enough to travel, and work, the four corners of this planet. Never once, have I not been able to take a few REAL books for company.

Never.


Nothing against loving printed books more than digital ones, but on several points you are completely wrong.

With an ebook reader you can read for weeks without having to charge the device. Even tablets such as iPads run for more than a day or two. So no, you don't need a long power supply. Not sure where you are vacationing, but most everybody will have at least every few days access to an outlet to recharge. And yes, you can take it on the beach or anywhere else you want to take it. With taking books you are limited to a few. With an ebook reader, or tablet, I can take ALL my ebooks (meaning thousands) with me. For the most part I am interested in the information, not the paper and binding. With my entire library at the tips of my fingers, I can not only read, I can do research, and follow a reference or citation all the way to its source and read the source at the moment I am interested to read it. With printed books on vacation you will have to wait until you return home, at which point you will have forgotten what you wanted to look up.

With a printed book library you cannot effectively search. With an ebook library you can very easily do a full text search through the entire library in seconds. I do this quite frequently. Without it my horizon and knowledge would be very limited. With search I have uncovered things I would have never uncovered any other way. Being able to search is for me THE most important feature of ebooks. It is the reason I have started to convert my magic library to the digital format 20 years ago. I am a lot more informed due to that change. I still love printed books, have a few thousand at home, but I also understand the power of the digital format and I make use of its unique features.

Most smart folks have realized the benefits. Many customers tell me that they are downsizing, selling their printed books and replacing them with ebooks. They turn a profit, while creating a more useful library for themselves. At the same time they are being much more economical with storage space, have a much easier time moving, and are not burdening loved ones with stuff they don't want after passing on.
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Hi Barry,


To each his own, no? I prefer physical books too, but in the field of magic, where most of what we want can't be found in a library, and is often very expensive, it's wonderful to have resources like Chris's Lybrary.


Best Regards,


Bob

I respectfully disagree, but, as you say, to each his own.
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Chris wrote: "With a printed book library you cannot effectively search."

I most certainly can, and do.
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Hi, DVD Man. I like DVDs as much as the next guy, but why all the hate?

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Good 'movies' for 'download'?

Let's cut to the chase.

A 'streaming' movie is not really a movie.....is it.

It doesn't have the physical properties of 'a movie'.

It doesn't smell like 'a movie'.

It doesn't feel like 'a movie'.

You can't take it to the Café, bar or beach (unless you depend upon a lonnnnnng power supply) because, quite simply, it ISN'T a movie. REAL movies meanwhile, NEVER need a power supply. They are there, 24/7, as your constant companion.

I've been fortunate enough to travel, and work, the four corners of this planet. Never once, have I not been able to take a few REAL movies for company.

Never.
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Chris wrote: "With a printed book library you cannot effectively search."

I most certainly can, and do.


I would love to hear how you do that. Please elaborate.
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To Wordsworth: I bought Pit Hartling's Little Green Lecture Notes and am glad I did. I really enjoy his writing -- very clear, as you say, and funny in a charmingly quiet way. Lots to explore here. I'm especially intrigued by the Robin Hood trick, which will be a good impetus, when I'm done with other magic projects, to learn some sleights I don't know. Thanks for recommending the book.


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Chris wrote: "With a printed book library you cannot effectively search."

I most certainly can, and do.


I would love to hear how you do that. Please elaborate.

I study them for years, some for decades.
When a memory is jogged or I want to relook
At something, or a magician has a question for me, I go straight to the book, pull it off the shelf, open the table of contents, and open to the item. It takes me anywhere from 10 seconds to 2 minutes- usually faster than I can turn on a device.
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On Jan 9, 2020, magicfish wrote:
Chris wrote: "With a printed book library you cannot effectively search."

I most certainly can, and do.


I would love to hear how you do that. Please elaborate.

I study them for years, some for decades.
When a memory is jogged or I want to relook
At something, or a magician has a question for me, I go straight to the book, pull it off the shelf, open the table of contents, and open to the item. It takes me anywhere from 10 seconds to 2 minutes- usually faster than I can turn on a device.

Precisely.

You could tell my favourite books at a glance. I have numerous random bits of paper, torn cig packets, used envelopes, old playing cards and sometimes even posh post-it notes. I write notes, page numbers, dates I've looked at an item and even cross-references to other books.

If all else fails, I go to the contents and index pages. Books seem to have them as well.
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I study them for years, some for decades.
When a memory is jogged or I want to relook
At something, or a magician has a question for me, I go straight to the book, pull it off the shelf, open the table of contents, and open to the item. It takes me anywhere from 10 seconds to 2 minutes- usually faster than I can turn on a device.

That is not a replacement for a full-text search, not even close. You clearly have no idea what search and research actually means. First, you will forget some details over the years unless all you read are a couple of books. And second, why limit yourself to books you have carefully studied? It is much more powerful to search in a vast digital library, find interesting articles, tricks, methods, items, and then read and study those. With search I can do that in literature I have not yet read. That is much more powerful and does not rely on memory which is inevitably faulty.

My own experience was that up to about magic book #50 I could remember almost every detail of what I have read. After that things started to get lost. Nobody can remember all the details of hundreds of books and magazines read over a lifetime. A book index is also no comparison to a full-text search. First, some books don't have indexes. Second, an index only deals with one book at a time. For example, find me every mention of Lubor Fiedler in the magic literature. With a search in a digital library this is done in seconds. With your paper book based search you will perhaps know about the books he wrote, if you have read them, and perhaps remember one or the other feature article from one of the major magic magazines, but not more. You will easily have missed 95% of mentions. A digital search is a million times more powerful than what you can remember from the things you have read. It is silly to even try to compare these two.
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I wanted to add that what magicfish is doing is NOT called 'searching'. Searching and re-searching you do for things you do not already know where and what they are. What magicfish is doing is merely recalling what he already knows. He is not searching. With search in a digital library you uncover things you did not yet know about, articles on a subject you did not know existed, for example. You are expanding your knowledge with new things.
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The thing with so-called ebooks is that most of them are not. They are just flat pdf files. I only use them on a smartphone during my commute, or at lunch. Pdf files on a smartphone are useless. Properly formatted Kindle books, like Royal Road, are far superior - in small doses. I would agree that searching is an advantage. The only advantage. I'll take a real book anyday. Example - to go from p212 to p34 in a pdf would take 3 times longer than it would with a real book.
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I would agree that searching is an advantage. The only advantage.

It is the prime advantage but not the only advantage. When was the last time you have taken a complete run of the Sphinx with you for reading? Any larger book is an inconvenience to take along. As ebook it doesn't add anything because I would take my tablet anyway. As I am growing older and my eyesight worsens I like that I can increase the font size or zoom into an ebook. Much easier on the eyes. Can't do that with print. Ebooks require less storage space, and cost less. These are all real benefits over printed books. Some digital items we offer you can't buy in print at all, and some would be unaffordable second hand for most.

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I'll take a real book anyday. Example - to go from p212 to p34 in a pdf would take 3 times longer than it would with a real book.

Again wrong. I can do that in two clicks and two key strikes with any PDF at least as fast as you can do it in a printed book. But I can also switch very fast between ebooks, something you can't do as fast with print. In some ebooks we even have hyperlinked cross references. Then it is just one click.

I love both print and digital and use them according to their strengths. When I search and research it is all digital. When I want to casually sit somewhere and merely read and I have the printed edition in reach I do take the printed edition and read it. To argue that print is better for searching is silly.

I don't understand why you have to put down digital media. It is a new form to distribute and consume contents. It has its pros and it has its cons. I and thousands of my customers feel the benefits outweigh the disadvantages. This is best seen in releases we offer both in print and digital. The digital always sells a lot more copies than the print alone. The market has spoken. Amazon sells more digital copies than printed.
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I am only putting them down for - my purposes. Use on a smartphone. Pdfs simply do not play nice on a phone, whereas Kindle does. If these ebooks were all in Kindle format my opinion might moderate, in fact it would.
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