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Bradley Morgan
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Hello again everyone

I dont know if this is the right place to post this but if not it will get moved.

I was ready some other posts and it sound like a lot of you like to read magic books instead of watching videos.

My question is

Why do some of you like to read magic books more than watching magic videos?

I like videos a lot more then books.
How do you know what the move or trick you are learning is suppose too look like if you just read it? Video is the way to go I think.

Yes some books are really good but still hard to visualize what the trick is suppose too look like.

What do you think?

Brad Smile
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It's only difficult when you are starting with books in time it becomes easier than video, you do not pick up the other performers style or manerisms as with video.
Books are far more convenient. My wife would soon tire of magic videos if I watched as much as I read!
Also it allows for more detail to be explained, Origin References, variations and the all important IMAGINATION!
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Here's an example.

For a few years, I've had John bannons "impossibilia" video.

And, it's really good! One of the effects I loved from the tape was John's version of cutting the aces called "directed verdict".

Recently I bought the book "Smoke and Mirrors" and there is something like 3-4 different handlings for the same effect! I guess the constraints of video only allowed for one handling to be shown.

But with the book, I get much more "bang for the buck" because the book contains 30+ routines that I can come back to at my leisure without having to be in the vincinity of a VCR or DVD player. It's near impossible for any one video to contain the detailed content of a well written book. Well illustrated books *like the aforementioned "smoke and mirrors"* make it pretty easy to perform the "work" without necessarily having to see it on video.

I really enjoy that I can take a book with me to the beach or a park and practice the effects. So far, video doesn't really allow that unless I want to drag a laptop computer with me to play dvds. Smile
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Yes some books are really good but still hard to visualize what the trick is suppose too look like.


Ironically, you have actually stumbled on the very thing that makes books superior to videos. By learning from a video there is a tendency to assume that what you are seeing is the way an effect is "suppose" to look. the end result of this type of thinking is a bunch of folks doing effects exactly the same way that Michael Ammar does the same tricks.

With books, things aren't so cut and dried. They make you examine everything and play around with the handling more. They also leave more room for interpretation, allowing the magician to modify things for his/her own technique. The end result is more originality and creativity.

There is also the matter of bang for the buck. You get more for your money with books. Compare the price of one Easy-to-Master Card Miracles tape to the price of Hugard's Encyclopedia of Card Tricks and you'll see what I mean.

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You might ask if all the material on all videos is "the way it is supposed to look?" It isn't, for a variety of reasons. Unfortunately, you can be easily caught up in aspiring to do things the way the creator never intended- and lose the context in the process.

Aside from the better value of books, the majority of the worthwhile ideas in magic are available in no other format.
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The thread Mr. Wakeman refers to above really deserves a look. Rather than rehashing the books -v- video argument here, I would say that if one spends the time to mine the treasures that are in your magic books and magazines, the very process of reading, working it out, and visualizing the effect puts you ahead of the person who watches a demonstration on video, and then proceeds to copy it. Reading is more difficult, but then if everyone found Magic "Easy to Master," it would cease to be Magic, wouldn't it? Smile
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Re: " "Easy to Master" would cease to be magic"
Man why can't I think of something like that - Nice turn of pharse Vic

Very accurate - This is exactly why Nathaniel Hawthorne is no longer a bestseller - but - bookstores can't keep a hack like Danielle Steele on the shelves

Somewhat like "Ice Breakers" vs. "The Cardician"

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This has been discussed extensively already in several other areas. See Mr. Wkeman's link above. Also, I believ a VERY similar topic exists in the "new to Magic" section. Please direct any further comments to the pre-existing topics.
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