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The Royal Road to Card Magic

The Royal Road to Card Magic
The Royal Road to Card Magic, by  by Jean Hugard and Frederick Braué  In short,  The Royal Road to Card Magic is the foremost book in the world for learning card magic. It is a step by step introduction, first introducing a card sleight, then several card tricks...
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Now You See It, Now You Don’t

Now You See It, Now You Don't - lessons in sleight of hand by Bill Tarr
Now You See It, Now You Don’t : Lessons in Sleight of Hand — by Bill Tarr, Barry Ross (Illustrator)  There are basically two types of magicians — gadgeteers and finger-flingers. Please note, this is not meant to insult either group. A gadgeteer tends toward self-working magic —...
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Self-Working paper magic

Self-Working Paper Magic, by Karl Fulves
Self-Working paper magic – 81 foolproof tricks  by Karl Fulves  I’m a fan of Karl Fulves “self-working” series, and  Self-Working Paper Magic  is no exception.   It’s a collection of 81 ‘tricks’ that would work for any clown, magician, kid’s church worker, children’s pastor, etc.   It’s a collection of different tricks€ ranging...
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Magic for Dummies

Magic for Dummies - a reference for the rest of us by David Pogue - ''A book that all magicians of any age and level of experience will cherish and refer to for years to come''—Lance Burton, world-renowned magician - Includes favorite tricks from 35 top professional magicians! - over 90 easy-to-perform tricks using everyday items like money, silverware and playing cards! Conjure up a magical performance for any event or occassion - Photos, patter and presentation tips provided for every trick
Magic for Dummies  As a general rule, I dislike the “Dummies” series of books, simply because the titles seem to insult the reader.   However, I’ll make an exception for  Magic for Dummies  by David Pogue.   I’ve been familiar with David Pogue’s writing for the Macintosh community for several...
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Mysterio’s Encyclopedia of Magic and Conjuring

Mysterio's Encyclopedia of Magic and Conjuring - a complete compendium of astonishing illusions by Gabe Fajuri
book review of Mysterio’s Encyclopedia of Magic and Conjuring  Previously, I pointed to  Mark Wilson’s Complete Course in Magic  as my favorite, one-volume introduction to magic tricks.   That title has now been taken Mysterio’s Encyclopedia of Magic and Conjuring.   It is written as though the author, Gabe Fajuri, has...
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Maskelyne’s Book of Magic

Maskelyne's Book of Magic
Maskelyne’s Book of Magic  I frankly found  Maskelyne’s Book of Magic  to be very useful – but not for the tricks included in the book.   For the most part, I’ve seen most of them in other works, such as  Mark Wilson’s Complete Course in  Magic, and others are obsolete...
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Blackstone’s Tricks Anyone Can Do

Blackstone's Tricks Anyone Can Do
Blackstone’s Tricks Anyone Can Do: the great magician’s 200 tricks which will entertain and mystify but may be performed in the living room—introduction by Walter Gibson  Blackstone’s Tricks Anyone Can Do  is a good example of Walter Gibson’s (author of  The Shadow  among other things) ghost-writing ability.   As Gibson...
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The Complete Idiot’s Guide® to Street Magic

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Street Magic, by Tom Ogden
Editorial review of  The Complete Idiot’s Guide ® to Street Magic  courtesys of Amazon.com  Forget about David Copperfield, cruise ship illusionists, and birthday party magicians. They?re so twentieth century. Think cutting-edge magickers like David Blaine and Criss Angel. People starting out in magic today want something edgier, grittier,...
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Magic: The Complete Course

Magic - the Complete Course, by Joshua Jay
Editorial review of  Magic: The Complete Course  courtesy of Amazon.com  Magic is everywhere, from the big spectacle celebrity of  David Copperfield  and  Siegfried and Roy  to the quirky  Penn and Teller  to the spooky  David Blaine  and  Criss Angel  to the endless material on YouTube. But until now,...
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Houdini: Art and Magic

Houdini: Art and Magic
Houdini: Art and Magic (Jewish Museum) Product Description of  Houdini: Art and Magic  Born Ehrich Weiss in Budapest, Hungary, Harry Houdini (1874-1926) was a rabbi’€™s son who became one of the 20th century’€™s most famous performers. His gripping theatrical presentations and heart-stopping outdoor spectacles attracted unprecedented crowds, and...
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