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Shane Wiker
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The Collected Almanac by Richard Kaufman.

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Any of the following would do: The Jinx series, Roy Walton's The Complete Walton, Tommy Wonder's Books of Wonder, John Carney's Secrets, Aronson's Try the Impossible, Paul Harris's Art of Astonishment, Regal's Up Close and Personal, Paul Curry's Out of this World and Juan Tamariz's Mnemonica.
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"if you were stranded on a deserted island and had only ONE book about magic with you, which one would it be?"

A book about Fire magic!!!!!

(or a book on how to make food, booze and women appear!!!)

Then, who would wish to be rescued???

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happiness is the road!
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Well, if I'm going to be rescued eventually I'd choose the Card College series.

If I'm doomed to remain there forever then there wouldn't be much need for moves or effects. I'd probably go with The Illustrated History of Magic by Christopher in that case.
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I'd have to say Carneycopia.
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I say Expert at the card table
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Some that come to mind are:

-John Bannon's Smoke and Mirrors
-Classic Magic of Larry Jennings
-Phantoms of the Card Table
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The Annotated Erdnase.
The Most Beautiful Experience We Can Have is the Mysterious.
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Expert At The Card Table - the book that started it all.
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Greater Magic, Bobo's Modern Coin Magic, The Dai Vernon Book of Magic, The Art Of Close-up Magic!

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On 2002-08-18 00:09, densming wrote:
Ok, what's everyone's "Deserted Island" magic book? That is, the old question, if you were stranded on a deserted island and had only ONE book about magic with you, which one would it be?

I'm afraid, it's not that easy.. Smile
Learn a few things well.....this life is not long enough to do everything.....

( Words of wisdom from Albert Goshman ...it paid off for him - it might
as well for YOU!!!- My own magic is styled after that motto... Smile )
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The Art of astonishment and the Card College series
Chris Thibault
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Another good one would be Ed Marlo's "Revolutionary Card Technique." That alone could keep one busy for a long, long time.
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"The royal road to card magic", if I HAD to choose just one. Great book.
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There seems to be some creative interpretation on what constitutes a (single) favorite magic book ! The Books of Wonder would be near the top of my list, but that is two books, so it doesn't count.

My recommendation would be "Stewart James in Print - The First Fifty Years". This massive book would take anyone years to do justice to its material. As well, I would hope that some of Stewart James' incredible creativity would wear off on me, and thus would help me create my own material for the remaining time I had on the island.
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Expert at the Card Table. I've had a copy for a year now and I am yet to perfect everything. I swear, I'll never get over that book.
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On 2002-08-18 00:09, densming wrote:
...if you were stranded on a deserted island and had only ONE book ...


I would take a really big rubber inflatable book. Perhaps with a small motor attached, some fuel, and a cache of food and suntan lotion in the appendix.
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On 2004-10-18 22:38, David Nelson wrote:
What, other than Klause's book, what has Mr Pierce written?


I think a variety of articles for Genii and Magic magazines, some of which were cover stories. I've also seen a couple of relatively underground manuscripts that he wrote for others, such as Roger Klause's original booklet for his Himber Ring routine. He also wrote Bill Malone's first set of lecture notes, and I'm told there was a very limited edition of a book that he wrote for some convention somewhere (only a few copies were made for those who were there). I've come across entries in The Magic Menu and various books (like Darwin Ortiz's The Annotated Erdnase) that he seems to have contributed, too. Lastly, I recently picked up one of Eric DeCamps' "Jokers R Wild" routines, and noticed that he wrote the instruction booklet for that as well.

The kid gets around.
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I think Erdnase gets my vote for desert island card book.

Cheers,

Dali
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Art of astonishment 1 2 3 bound as one
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