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Dr. JK
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I've been asked a lot about my favorite magic books, 📚 so it's about time I put together a list of my top 5! 📝 What books are in your top magic books? 🤔💬👇

https://youtu.be/wid_8Bzczm0
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Fedora
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Good picks jeff, unfortunate that most of these are hard to find now,
but worth getting if you can.

Because you asked, my top 5 off the top of my head is,

5, "Card tricks" by professor romanoff, (1916)
it predates "royal road" but I tend to prefer this one,
long out of print, but not hard to find a reading copy.

4, "campfire magic" by mac king, (2010)
a very recent purchase, mainly a kids magic book,
but it's the best one I've read targeted to kids, it's still in print.

3, "showmanship for magicians" by dariel fitzkee, (1943)
My favorite book on the performance side of magic, it's far from up to date,
but I find the authors dislike of magicians humorous. it's still in print.

2, "complete course in magic" by mark wilson, (1975)
Fantastic encyclopedia, a whole career could probably be made on it's
contents alone, don't know if it's still in print, but it's not hard to find,
get the most recent edition.

1, "magic for dummies" by david pogue, (1998)
Based on the title it was written specifically for me, and it doesn't disappoint.
Built up of individual tricks recommended by the big names of the time,
lance Burton, Michael Ammar, Sylvester the jester, etc.
out of print, but readily available.
Dr. JK
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On Apr 25, 2022, Fedora wrote:
Good picks jeff, unfortunate that most of these are hard to find now,
but worth getting if you can.

Because you asked, my top 5 off the top of my head is,

5, "Card tricks" by professor romanoff, (1916)
it predates "royal road" but I tend to prefer this one,
long out of print, but not hard to find a reading copy.

4, "campfire magic" by mac king, (2010)
a very recent purchase, mainly a kids magic book,
but it's the best one I've read targeted to kids, it's still in print.

3, "showmanship for magicians" by dariel fitzkee, (1943)
My favorite book on the performance side of magic, it's far from up to date,
but I find the authors dislike of magicians humorous. it's still in print.

2, "complete course in magic" by mark wilson, (1975)
Fantastic encyclopedia, a whole career could probably be made on it's
contents alone, don't know if it's still in print, but it's not hard to find,
get the most recent edition.

1, "magic for dummies" by david pogue, (1998)
Based on the title it was written specifically for me, and it doesn't disappoint.
Built up of individual tricks recommended by the big names of the time,
lance Burton, Michael Ammar, Sylvester the jester, etc.
out of print, but readily available.


Great list, thanks for sharing!!
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Illusion77
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Another great video, thank you!
Dr. JK
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On Apr 27, 2022, Illusion77 wrote:
Another great video, thank you!

Of course! What are your favorite books, Illusion77?
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All of the Steve Beam Semi-Automatic Card Tricks. I only own 1 at the moment having a very depleted library due to travelling but I have read all of them over the last 20 years and they are by far my favourite card magic books. They are not only filled with incredible magic principles and routines, but he gives you complete scripts and is a very very (and I mean very) funny writer. If I had to pick 1 to recommend it would be 8 because I took so much from that book that I use every day. However it’s impossible to pick a favourite as they are all filled with hidden gems and amazing ideas. One of Max Mavens best card tricks is hidden in there as well (personal opinion).
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On May 30, 2022, stickmondoo wrote:
All of the Steve Beam Semi-Automatic Card Tricks. I only own 1 at the moment having a very depleted library due to travelling but I have read all of them over the last 20 years and they are by far my favourite card magic books. They are not only filled with incredible magic principles and routines, but he gives you complete scripts and is a very very (and I mean very) funny writer. If I had to pick 1 to recommend it would be 8 because I took so much from that book that I use every day. However it’s impossible to pick a favourite as they are all filled with hidden gems and amazing ideas. One of Max Mavens best card tricks is hidden in there as well (personal opinion).

Great choice! Steve Beam is, as you indicated, a laugh-out-loud style writer. His books are my go-to whenever I want to learn some hard-hitting magic AND be entertained along the way. Thanks for sharing!
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Thanks, Jeff.
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Anything by Harry, Rufus Steele, J.Stewart Smith, Al Leech, Frank Garcia, John Bannon. I wish I hadn't sold my copy of Collected Works of J Stewart Smith many years ago. Big mistake.
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