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I note that Harry Lorayne has written 2 books on impromptu magic, the Encyclopaedia Of Impromptu Magic and The Magic Book.

How different are they in terms of the kind of material they contain? Which is the better buy?
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I didn't know Lorayne wrote a book called "Encyclopedia of Impromptu Magic".
He may have.
Martin Gardner wrote a book with this title.
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Both of these books are great and you can get lots of info from either. If you can, buy both. If you can't, I would buy "The Magic Book' first.
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The Encyclopedia of Impromptu Magic was written by Martin Gardner, not Harry Lorayne.

It is a massice compendium of stunts, tricks, betchas and impromptu magic that is one of the most complete works of its kind, ever. Magic, Inc in Chicago is the publisher.

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The Magic Book is very good. About 300 pages it has sections on cards, coins, numbers, mental, and miscellaneous. 158 pages are on cards. The book assumes no previous magical knowledge and is interspersed with anecdotes from Harry's life.

The methods taught are very simple and direct. He concentrates on practical sleights whch are relatively easy and how to routine them properly. If you want to learn double lifts, simple card controls, and finger palms then this is the place to come. The routines given are also very powerful, considering the book is aimed at beginners and improvers.
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Does any one know of a source for the Encyclopedia of Impromtu Magic?

I called Magic Inc, they don't have any, any more.

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Zoinks!! I checked for a used copy, and they START at $114.45! lists two copies, one at $95 and one at $250.

Don't think I'll be buying soon.

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Harry Lorayne's The Magic Book is an excellent source for impromptu magic. As stated above, it assumes absolutely no previous knowledge of magic (even how to shuffle a deck of cards!) and was originally written for the lay public.
It was out of print for a few years but now is being published again. Its price is in the $35 to $40 range.
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I heard from Magic Inc, that Todd Karr of Miracle Factory will be updating/reprinting the Enc. of Impromptu Magic.

Does anyone know the details of this?

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Martin Gardner's book is a delight, and I think you can spend years and years going over it, learning all kinds of fun stuff, never getting bored (certainly I have).

I bought my copy for $35 bucks years ago and I believe I've seen it advertised for the same price in a little ad in the back section of The Linking Ring, very recently. Might be worth a try checking back issues.
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Their web site says the Miracle Factory's edition of the Encyclopedia of Impromptu Magic will be updated with commentaries and it should be a very high quality edition. Unfortunately, the pre-publication price of the deluxe signed limited edition is $300, with an expected ship date of December 2006. I couldn't find a price or date for the regular edition, but judging from other books on their site, it looks like $150 would be a good guess.
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