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JoshTheMagician

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Hi all ,
I've been doing magic for a combined 5 months and i have only been learning from the internet from videos and i have finally decided i wanted to invest in a magic book and i was wondering what was your favorite book as a beginner and which gave you the best tricks .

( Im looking for mostly cart magic but i do like some other bits of magic [cool])

Thank you so much[biggrin]
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   THE MAGIC BOOK
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Enough said...

Well not quite, you can find that book here: 

http://www.harryloraynemagic.com/store/p111/The_Magic_Book_%28softback%29.html



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I'll third that.
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        I don't know if that link Luigimar posted goes to my "regular" site. Easy - go to harryloraynemagic.com to learn about THE MAGIC BOOK and other stuff.
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THE MAGIC BOOK. Full stop, go no further. Buy it. Study it. Learn from it. Love it. This book will provide you with a firm foundation and inspire you to learn more. I've given it as a gift more than once to nephews and children of friends who've developed an interest in learning magic. 
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I also highly recommend They Royal Road to Card Magic. It is available on Kindle which is nice. If you like card magic, I also highly recommmend Card College volumes 1 and 2.

I love Harry Lorayne’s writing and tricks, so I also purchased his The Classic Collection Volume 1.
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I also like "Now You See It, Now You Don't" by Bill Tarr.
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This is also very good advice: 






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    I love Jason but can't agree with him here. Sorry. Not according to the testimonials I've received (literally thousands) over the decades - that my book, THE MAGIC BOOK, was a much greater help than a 1902 (which, gotta' tell you - I didn't know about when I started to learn card magic) book. And I've received pretty similar testimonials for CLOSE-UP CARD MAGIC and other books of mine. So Josh - gotta' suggest THE MAGIC BOOK again.
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I agree with Harry and the others. Jason does make some good suggestions. I started with royal road and it helped a lot. I agree a 1902 book is not the best to start out due to language and how old it is. It is hard to follow.
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I also like "Now You See It, Now You Don't" by Bill Tarr.


This was my first magic book, and I read it over and over again
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Magic in Mind. Theory. Important. Read it.
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I am a rank amateur..I do not perform.. but i love books and have quite a collect of books on magic. There are many fine beginners books..MANY..  Harry Lorayne's book is definitely among them..the thing is Harry Lorayne is here on the forums..you can actually ask him a question and get an intelligent answer. I know of no other, very good to great, beginners books (and there are a few) that provide this added benefit..If I were just getting involved I would definitely take advantage of that situation.so short answer..The Harry Lorayne book is the one to buy. IMHO
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Jason Englands video has a lot of great advice.. BUT it is only on card magic..The thread was about general magic I think (not specifically card magic). For general magic Harry's book is among the tops. And access to him on the forums takes it to the next level. but again that is JMHO. I hope Harry doesnt hate me for offering his services..
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Jason Englands video has a lot of great advice.. BUT it is only on card magic..The thread was about general magic I think (not specifically card magic). For general magic Harry's book is among the tops. And access to him on the forums takes it to the next level. but again that is JMHO. I hope Harry doesnt hate me for offering his services..


I couldn’t agree with you more! Apparently Ellen Degeneres feels the same.

I’ve shared this before, but look closely at the table of gifts and you’ll that she gave Harry’s Magic Book to a young, aspiring magician on her show :-)

She obviously knows where to find the good stuff.

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    KKaiser... said "I hope Harry doesnt hate me for offering his services."   I posted "Yes, I hate you!"   My post disappeared --- you all do know of course that that was a JOKE!! Please!
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LOL... no worries...you are a gentleman Mr. lorayne.. If you really hated me it would be done in a sophisticated manner. so you were not a suspect when i disappeared
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   THE MAGIC BOOK

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you can find that book here: 
http://www.harryloraynemagic.com/store/p111/The_Magic_Book_%28softback%29.html

The Magic Book is also available in digital form as an eBook here: 

https://shop.conjuringarts.org/store/pc/The-Magic-Book-by-Harry-Lorayne-PDF-82p129.htm

So is Harry Lorayne's classic book, Close-Up Card Magic here:

https://shop.conjuringarts.org/store/pc/Close-Up-Card-Magic-by-Harry-Lorayne-Text-Based-PDF-with-Bookmarks-82p152.htm

Show product details for The Magic Book by Harry Lorayne PDFShow product details for Close-Up Card Magic by Harry Lorayne,Text-Based PDF with Bookmarks

Are these PDF versions of the book the revised/rewritten/improved versions of these books, or are they the older/outdated versions?

I realize that the revised/rewritten versions would be included in the eBooks for the volumes in the Classic Collection that contain them ( link [wink].  

But I'm wondering about the individual books, and whether these eBooks also have the benefit of the Additions/Revisions/Upgradings/Updatings that Harry Lorayne incorporated.

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It is also available in Swedish here (here being in my house of course. You have to pay for the trip yourself but are of course welcome to read it).
It was quite a thing when such a great book was translated to Swedish by the now late Åke Hallberg. It's full of "the good stuff" as Harry is apt to say.
You even learn how to push a drinking straw through a potato for Crying out loud!

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    I (and my family) spent quite a bit of time in Stockholm, Sweden - dinner, etc., with Ake Hallberg --- oh, so long ago.
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Yes Harry.
You wrote about it in a thread at this forum back in the beginning of 2016. I was a member then (I Believe you invited me via email since I was on your mailing list) and you asked if I knew if Åke was still with us. I had met him briefly during FISM in sweden in 2006 but hadn´t Heard anything since then.
Sadly he left us on march 22nd 2016

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Absolutely the Magic Book and Card College #1. OI, contrary to others, do not like the Royal Road. It strikes me as dated.
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My “reintroduction” to magic came via The Magic Book. I performed as a kid, then dropped it for a few years and picked up Harry’s book as a lark—- I really enjoyed reading his Memory Book

While I already was family with many of the tricks, it was the “interstitial” stuff I loved: the tips, the commentary, the afterthoughts and the anecdotes. I relearned those tricks I knew, fell in love with the Magic Square, learned coin magic that I thought was once beyond my meager skills. But more than anything else rekindled the love and spirit of magic that hasn’t left me all these years later.

(And THEN I found out Harry wrote most Tarbell 7!! More hardcore, but definitely shaded with the Lorayne touch)
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    I didn't write "most" of Tarbell #7 - I wrote ALL of Tarbell #7, including the complete index for all seven volumes.
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I bow down to you, Sir!
The index is nothing short of awesome! And you’ve written some awesome stuff in your time!
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   It actually took longer for me to "do" that index than it did to write the darn book!!  (Never got paid for that...God, I was naïve...read stupid!)
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Well thanks to your nativity magic has an immensely valuable resource. In my mind it puts the entire course in perspective (and gives an idea as to what Tarbell himself thought important). Indispensable. The index section should have been Tarbell 8!!
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