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Michaelblue

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I was just reading through Secrets of Brother John Hamman and came across a couple of great routines, Dead Man's Hand and Double Deal Card to Pocket.

I love both of these, i aim to practice and rehearse them and maybe even show them to people. 

Richard Kaufman is a very good writer, very clear and concise. I have liked his books for a long time.  My other favorites are Williamson's Wonders and David Roth's Expert Coin magic. Coins are my first love, so to speak.

Anyone else have any favorite routines from Kaufman books?


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I don't have these books with me at the moment so I won't point out specific routines but brief comments on Richard's books that I've read:

I love Life Savers for the originality of the magic within. Collected Almanac has a ton of great routines and is a nice snapshot into the culture of the day. I'm working through The Collected Works of Derek Dingle right now and finding it to be a true textbook of quality routines (many of which are admittedly beyond my current skill level). As you mentioned, Williamson's Wonders is a classic and is well worth its asking price despite its thin size. I greatly enjoyed reading Japan Ingenious and Labyrinth (although not written by Richard). Finally, New Magic of Japan and Five Times Five Japan have some very creative magic in them as well although I mainly use their material as creative jumping-off points.

I am looking forward to reading Bro. John Hamman's book and I hope I can get my hands on Expert Coin Magic at some point. I still consider myself a beginner with coins, though, so I am prioritizing re-reading and practicing Modern Coin Magic first.

It's really quite incredible to look at Richard's output over the years!


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Where would we be without Richard Kaufman? What an author, what an illustrator. We are so fortunate to have so many wonderful texts of the material of so many superb magicians at our disposal thanks to Mr. Kaufman. I can close my eyes and see his illustrations in the Dingle book, the Hamman book, the Kurtz book, Williamson's Wonders, etc. I could never name a favourite. But for fun, his illustrations in The Cyprian Book are my favourite for a reason I can't explain. And Lou Gallo: Underground Man is very special to me. I've spoken to Richard about Lou. Deadly closeup. Great book.
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       And the very first time he did illustrations - for me, for AFTERTHOUGHTS.
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That's right, yes. You two have been pals for a long time
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     Talked me into publishing a magazine that ended up running for twenty years!!
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A most awesome magazine, at that. Always liked a David Regal card trick from one issue, believe it is called Divining Card.
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   You liked ONE trick??!!?
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I was pointing out one of my faves out of many..
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I believe I have everything he ever published except the Tenyo stuff and the Don England books. Big fan.

I've always felt his writing was a little clinical and he needed to show more excitement for the material. No secret here, I told him the same thing. He said he preferred to let the material speak for itself. Obviously, it wasn't enough of a flaw to prevent be from purchasing.

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I've found his writing to be clear and concise. He used stop and talk some at the Magic Masters i worked at in D.C. and he said he learned about writing from Harry Lorayne.
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I always looked forward to Richard's early books. I think it was the illustrations that set them apart at the time. 

I always thought his writing style was fine, but there was a joke going around at one time that the worst magic book would have been one written by Richard and illustrated by Jerry Mentzer (some of the Mentzer books had very dark photographs). 

A favorite routine was Derek Dingle's "Too Many Cards"  but so much great magic brought to us through these books which keep a permanent record of the material of some of the 'stars' of magic. 




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Somebody "borrowed"my copy of the Dingle book, never really got to read that one.

He  wrote in Collected Almanac that he worked overnight while finishing the Roth book.

He must have known that one would sell.
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I, like Mayniac, love Richard's published books on magic from Japan. My love for the Japanese style of magic began with these books! I've traveled to Japan a few times and was luckily enough to visit some great shops and bars to see Japanese magicians in action. The material in these books are truly some of the best "kept secret" in our art. 

I was personally bummed out when I found out that the second volume of Dr. Sawa's Library of Magic was nixed because of the slow sales of the first volume. Therefore, I was excited to keep up with some Japanese magic through Richard's adventures in Japan with Dr. Sawa and articles on other Japanese magicians such as Sugawara, etc. 
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Let's not forget the Tom Mullica and Ron Wilson books.  Both incredible performers.  Besides Harry's books, Richard's have a lot of real estate on the bookshelves.
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And don't forget So Sato's book... or Japan Ingenious... 

More than 30 years ago I bought Derek Dingle's book and read it often and would just imagine all of the effects within... unfortunately they had some gaffed or difficult to get cards and those effects remained in my imagination... the coins across I do is a mixture of Dingle's and Jennings' versions within their books... another book I read often is Coinmagic and one where I read some funny dialogs was Cardmagic (Kaufman and a famous author... I won't spoil the surprise if you haven't read it). Another book is The Secrets of Brother John Hamman... there are many Kaufman books to choose from... Richard's Almanac... The NY Magic Symposium 1 and 2... Roth's Expert Coin Magic... Jenning's 67... The Berglas Effects... and he also illustrated someone else's books among others, The Magic Book... The Card Classics of Ken Krenzel (both are Harry Lorayne's) and lots of other books...



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I don't have these books with me at the moment so I won't point out specific routines but brief comments on Richard's books that I've read:

I love Life Savers for the originality of the magic within. Collected Almanac has a ton of great routines and is a nice snapshot into the culture of the day. I'm working through The Collected Works of Derek Dingle right now and finding it to be a true textbook of quality routines (many of which are admittedly beyond my current skill level). As you mentioned, Williamson's Wonders is a classic and is well worth its asking price despite its thin size. I greatly enjoyed reading Japan Ingenious and Labyrinth (although not written by Richard). Finally, New Magic of Japan and Five Times Five Japan have some very creative magic in them as well although I mainly use their material as creative jumping-off points.

I am looking forward to reading Bro. John Hamman's book and I hope I can get my hands on Expert Coin Magic at some point. I still consider myself a beginner with coins, though, so I am prioritizing re-reading and practicing Modern Coin Magic first.

It's really quite incredible to look at Richard's output over the years!



I too love Life Savers, I think that book is way overlooked and I am not sure it is such a bad thing. 

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The Brother Hamman book is quite awesome
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The Secrets of Bro Hamman is excellent. Who doesn't love performing The Twins? I also enjoy cracking open The Collected Almanac, Williamson's Wonders, and Jennings '67. The Collected Almanac is by my practice table right now, and has been since April. I have found several great routines that I had previously neglected, among them Bill Kalush's Rubber Ringer, Greenwarp by Bob McAllister, and Billtration by Scott Miller. I have been performing Rubber Ringer for ahile now and it really goes over well.  

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The Twins is brilliant. So is Dead Man's Hand and Two Card Trick
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The Twins is brilliant. So is Dead Man's Hand and Two Card Trick


I'd forgotten about the Two Card Trick! So much good stuff tucked away on my bookshelf!

Thanks for the reminder,

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I remember when the Brother John book came out.  People were deleting routines from their set and replacing them with Brother John material.
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You're welcome, Anthony [smile]
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