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epsilon97
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What are your favorite books that don't focus on cards or coins?
Geoff Pfeiffer
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I have been reading Darkest Corners of my Mind by Ben Hart. Only half way thru and no cards or coin yet. although the table of contents does Indicate one of two. I love his Incubation illusion, where he changes a piece of confetti into an egg, using a Chinese fan. He performed it on Britain's Got Talent.
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Correction, The Darkest Corners by Neil Kelso and Ben Hart.
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"The Amateur Magicians Handbook". Althought it has cards and coins, it's focus is VERY broad. It was my favorite book for many years.
My ex-cat was named "Muffin". "Vomit" would be a better name for her. AKA "The Evil Ball of Fur".
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The Trojan Horse Project my Manos/Murray/Rasp
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I second Chessmann's "Amateur Magician's Handbook", although that was my second magic bible; my first was Hugard's "Modern Magic Manual", which covers magic with a wide variety of objects. Nowadays I'd be recommending the Mark Wilson Complete Course.

When I applied to join The Magic Circle, the interviewer asked me to name my favourite magic book. I said "Thirteen Steps to Mentalism". This was a good choice because he happened to have a few effects in there (under a different name).

I have so many books now that I don't think I'd care to name a favourite. Many of them are on mentalism. The one that's been the most use to me, I think, is Modern Magic Manual. It taught me the Impossible Knot, which has been my party piece for over 50 years.

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Darkest Corners is a fantastic book of original showpieces. Highly recommended.
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-Bamboozlers by Diamond Jim Tyler
-Ed McMahon's Barside Companion
-Encyclopedia of Impromptu Magic by Gardner
-Practical Mental Effects by Annemann
-Scarne's Magic Tricks by Scarne
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While not "new", I am enjoying Jim Steinmeyer's Conjuring Anthology. It is full of parlor/platform routines. Full routines with several different objects, complete with good patter ideas.
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Ganson: The the Art of close up magic vol. 1+2.
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- The Approach by Jamie D. Grant.
- Maximum Entertainment by Ken Weber.
- Artful Mentalism by Bob Cassidy.


And I think, most of you going to hate this answer, but...

- Tarbell's Course in Magic by Harlan Tarbell.
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If you are looking for books of tricks/effects that are mostly without cards or coins, Harpacrown, the Darkest Corner and Morgan & West Parlour Tricks, are all interesting reads. Careneycopia has cards and coins, but also some non-card/coin pieces.
For broader thinking about magic, Maximum Entertainment 2.0, Scripting magic (McCabe), Stronger magic (Ortiz) and the Jerx books are all personal faves. The Books of Wonder are a great mix of theory & effects and Tom Stone has added some really interesting material to some of Mr Wonder's work and has some good stuff himself, such as vortex, which is great.
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I have always loved "My best" by J.G. Thompson. It is an "oldie" that has something for everyone and some of the effects are superb. I also like "The magic Handbook" by Peter Eldin. This is a small book, aimed mainly at youngsters, but it contains some really good tricks. Eldin got into trouble when the book came out because it contains some tricks, like "Out of this world" that usually are not published in inexpensive books aimed at lay audiences. It's easy to find it used online for a couple of bucks!
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