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Dr. JK
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How big is your library? 🤔 Not that I'm judging you by size, but in this video, I'm discussing why you need a large magic library - what it can do for you, tools to get the most out of it, and how you should feel about all those unread books on the shelf! 😱 📚 🎭

What percentage of your library have you read? 🧮🤷‍♂️

https://youtu.be/nZt01bwDxZU
- Jeff Kowalk, The Psychic CPA
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I think in my case, I started out grabbing bargain used books here in the for sale section of the Café'. I would often get one to 3 at a time (or more in cases like all 5 Card College books as a set). Often, within a month, I would find more that I wanted at reasonable prices so it got to the point that I just couldn't read them all. Often, the books I bought showed no signs of being more than skimmed (might see a pattern here).

There is also an art to reading "most" magic books. I do not find them easy to read and comprehend like a novel or a self help, sci-fi, fantasy, poetry... They are more like technical guides / textbooks (many at college level or above IMO). I do not remember where, but I did once see a good YouTube video on "how to read a magic book" that had helpful hints. Many of my books, after a good skim to a decent read-thru, I plan on going back one day and have notes as well as bookmarks on the "stand out" stuff I want to revisit.

My journey into books came from my first hospitalization for Cancer in 2011, before that, I only had a couple fairly common books that I had only skimmed or referenced different effects within. I was fortunate to have a mentor early on and just never needed "independent study" (a very wrong assumption looking back). Anyway, while in the hospital, I was able to purchase many inexpensive PDF versions of book from places like Lybrary.com, Conjuring Arts and L&L Epub (as well as a few others. By the time I had my second hospitalization in 2013 for a major relapse, I had started to build a more physical library. Steven Keyl's www.magicbookreport.com really got me interested in reading more physical books do to his great demo vids of his favorite effects from the books he reviewed (too bad it is no longer actively updated or added to).

The timing on this particular subject (today's video: "You Need A Large Magic Library") has some "creepy" timing. I talk a lot to a teenage magician from my club and just today I was remarking (while looking up references on a Cull Force for him to research the history) I mentioned how many of my books I still have not read, or only skimmed and he remarked the same.

I agree that Denis Behr's resource is invaluable and I also like
https://www.conjuringcredits.com/doku.ph......ead_cull
another great companion to Denis Behr's great site.
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Thanks for sharing your story, Poof-Daddy! I'm glad to here about the serendipitous timing of my video. Sometimes the right thing comes into your life at the right time. Have a great week!
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Thanks Jeff for your video ! I really liked the concept of "anti-library" : I think we can see these unread books as the promise of delightful readings to come. News ideas or brillant theories just wainting for us.

However, it seems that the process of building a magic library is a very personal one. We, individually, buy books, just for home and occasionally we lend some of these books to our closest (magician) friends. Aside from magic circles or projects as the Conjuring Art Centers, there's no such thing as "public magic library" ?
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There are "Magic Books" in the public library. Most are fairly beginner books and of the few I have checked out over the years to browse thru, there were not very "usable" effects that don't already have several better variations in print or on video.
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I have a large magic library. None of the books are unread.
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On Dec 27, 2020, Seluj wrote:
Thanks Jeff for your video ! I really liked the concept of "anti-library" : I think we can see these unread books as the promise of delightful readings to come. News ideas or brillant theories just wainting for us.

However, it seems that the process of building a magic library is a very personal one. We, individually, buy books, just for home and occasionally we lend some of these books to our closest (magician) friends. Aside from magic circles or projects as the Conjuring Art Centers, there's no such thing as "public magic library" ?


You're right, it's often an individual pursuit, constrained by various resources, which led me to start my channel to help magicians allocate said scarce resources. But, it helps to have friends with large libraries. 😁

Good luck with your pursuit. The fun is in the journey...
- Jeff Kowalk, The Psychic CPA
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On Dec 27, 2020, Poof-Daddy wrote:
There are "Magic Books" in the public library. Most are fairly beginner books and of the few I have checked out over the years to browse thru, there were not very "usable" effects that don't already have several better variations in print or on video.


Yes, you're right. I remember that my local public library had an old copy of Jean Hugard's Encyclopedia of card tricks. I was a kid, and it was pure gold for me at that time !

Where I live, the National public library has a very interesting collection of magic books (Derren Brown, Christian Chelman..), and some of theme are out-of-print. You have to ask for an access as a researcher.
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I’ve a lot of books. I would say I’ve read 20 % of my library. And despite so much thousand hours dedicated to magic books, I’ve studied only a few %… I’m fascinated by all the knowledge I have to discover through my anti library. And I can still study the notes taken about the already studied stuff, taking other notes in the process. And on and on…
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