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Dr. Jakks
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Probably The Art of Astonishment Volumes 1-3. The T&R leaf would be perfect for a desert island!!!! Smile

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Great question.

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The Secrets of Bro. John Hamman

However, if one was armed with the Encyclopedia of Card Tricks and years of solitude in which to master and expand on its contents, he could do some real damage.
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And anything by Lance Pierce. (Hi Lance)
Or Scott Guinn. Or Randy Wakeman. (Hey guys)
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Definitely Filbertson's "How to Build a Raft From an Ordinary Deck of Cards".
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My favourite would have to be "Try the Impossible" by Simon Aronson. I think that answers your question!

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On 2002-10-02 00:26, mattpuglisi wrote:
And anything by Lance Pierce. (Hi Lance)

Seriously now, don't you think anything by Lance Pierce totally sucks?

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The Amateur Magician's Handbook by Henry Hay
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Classic magic of Larry Jennings.
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I think it is too difficult to *name* ANY book as ones favourite..there are too many 'favourites' I love to reread and study..MANY !
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Greater Magic.
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AOA, I'm so predictable.Books of Wonder and The Collected Works of Alex Elmsley a close second.
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The Complete Walton (both volumes!) by Roy Walton, possibly with The Collected Works of Alex Elmsley as a close (very close!) second.

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The Compleat Principia Mentalia by Cassidy.....but is not a magic book it is about mentalism.

It is very interesting Smile
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The Royal Road To Card Magic... and a pack of cards.

Sol Hiden N D Mist...
Never look back....
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Greater Magic, or The Expert at the Card Table...

Best, PSC
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Perhaps the most influential book I've ever read on magic is Pure Effect. It's quite a small book, and in fact I only use one or two of the effects, but it shifted my thinking so radically that I haven't performed magic the same way since.

I'd highly recommend it.
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A book for the 'deserted island?' Probably be a book that floats...a really BIG book that floats.

Nah...I'm always going back to Amateur Magician's Handbook. That would probably be it. Or Alex Elmsley's Collected Works...Which one's bigger? Which one floats?
Will you walk into my parlour? said the Spider to the Fly,
Tis the prettiest little parlour that ever you did spy;
The way into my parlour is up a winding stair,
And I've a many curious things to show when you are there.

Oh no, no, said the little Fly, to ask me is in vain,
For who goes up your winding stair
-can ne'er come down again.
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On 2002-10-02 00:26, mattpuglisi wrote:
And anything by Lance Pierce. (Hi Lance)

What, other than Klause's book, what has Mr Pierce written?

I was thoroughly impressed by Roger's book and have been impressed Mr Pierce's posts on the Café so I'd be interested in reading more books written by him.

As for favorite book, it's a toss up between Card Magic of Lepaul and Expert at the Card Table. I've spent years with one of those two books hanging out of my back pocket because they are inexpensive and full of good ideas. Erdnase has more tools but LePaul has more excellent routines.

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Lance also wrote "The Award Winning Magic of John Cornelius."

A couple more books by Mr. Pierce are in the works, as I understand.

Oh, my favorite magic book... staying on topic... well, the last time I mentioned Erdnase on this forum someone else started a thread about how they were sick of hearing about Erdnase. So, I won't mention it as my favorite again. Don't want to see history repeating itself. Smile
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