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I ran across this list in Dustin Stinnett's annual magic review. It's H&R's list of their top sellers in 2016 (no particular order):

Hidden Agenda - Roberto Giobbi
The Aretalogy of Vanni Bossi
LAP DVD set by Dani DaOrtiz
The Secrets of So Sato
Mentalissimo by John Bannon
Magic Square Methods and Tricks by Jim Solberg
Stand Up Card Magic by Roberto Giobbi
Mel Mellers The Traveling Trickster
Asymptotes by Ben Blau
Out of My Hat: The Magic of David Garrard

Personally, I've seen, but not studied, about half of them. Of those, I guess the Bannon book is my favorite. The Sato book is a very close second.

Any other thoughts?.......

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Oh, I'm sure most readers here are familiar with Dustin's annual write-up of happenings in the magic world. Always beautifully done. It's at http://forums.geniimagazine.com/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=49189. The number of people we lost last year is downright spooky. Especially for us old guys!

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I have purchased five of the ten mentioned (and I'm surprised to see the Lovick book left off of this list).

The Bossi book is exceptional. There is a mad genius to his thinking. Stephen Minch, one of magic's very finest authors, wrote the book, so that should be enough to convince anyone to purchase it. This is likely my favorite of the bunch, so far. This is one of my top three books of the year. Soon to be sold out, so don't sit on the fence too long.

Sato's book is a terrific read, and very creative. I don't care so much for the tricks requiring heavy set-ups, but his Mass Destruction Stacking Principle and Mimic Show principle are both somewhat groundbreaking (at least to me). This is in my top three books of the year.

I always enjoy anything by Giobbi. He is one of my favorite authors. Hidden agenda is not new (it seems like I read this a few years ago), and in the spirit of things I took it a day at a time. I haven't finished Stand-up Card Magic, but what I've read is as impressive as anything in the Card College series, and then some.

I purchased Mentalissimo at Magic LIVE this year, directly from Bannon. I have all he has published with the exception of a couple of lecture notes. I haven't had a chance to read this yet, but the couple of items I have scanned through seem very good.

So... I have mentioned two of my three top books, but what is the third?
My favorite book of the year is The Jerx, Volume One. It's an expensive, eclectic, limited release (still available, at least for now), "not for everyone" book of exceptionally creative, thoughtful magic geared toward the more casual, amateur magician. Plenty of tricks and performance theory coupled with a few "must have" bonuses for the purchaser. To put it in perspective, you are not really paying for the book so much as receiving the book as a thank you for donating to support the blog, which I enjoy quite a bit. If you're interested you should check it out at http://www.thejerx.com




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"In Order to Amaze" gets my vote. The Poker Formulas are brilliant as well as the effects utilizing the memorized deck. I've also spent quite a bit of time memorizing the quartets, which I was also very impressed with.

Another vote goes to a book that I anticipated the most and am very happy with is, "Only MY Apocalypse" by Harry Lorayne. I'll be sharing a video tomorrow of an effect that I just learned from Harry's book called, "Poker Face".

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    Interesting, Rudy. How would anyone (like Dustin) know which were the best-selling books for the year when a book like mine (the one you're kind enough to mention above) IS AVAILABLE ONLY DIRECTLY FROM ME?

       In other words, he would have no idea whatsoever how many copies my book sold. And, fortunately, I'd be willing to bet that it sold more (still selling) than most or many of those he listed. Interesting.
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I don't think that "best selling" was the issue. I interpret the title of the thread viz. "Top Book" to mean "personal favorites."

I think "Best Selling" would be an interesting thing to know, but I don't see how it's possible to get the information needed for the comparison.

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    Exactly my point. Even "personal favorites" can be  "wonderfully" misleading - unless it's clearly/specifically stated - "personal favorites of those THAT I'VE READ." 
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As stated above, it is H&R's "top sellers".

Nothing more - nothing less!

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    Of course - well aware of that - but it gave me the opportunity to "state my case"! As you say - nothing more, nothing less.
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Out of My Hat: The Magic of David Garrard is a great book from a guy who has "been there-done that" for 40+ years in stage and close-up magic. I have to say I am a little biased since he published (with permission from HL) a card trick of mine that appeared in the Dec 1979 issue of Apocalypse.)

David's stuff is real world and audience tested. Again, it is base on stage and close up so there is something for everyone in this book.

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Originally Posted by Evan S.

My favorite book of the year is The Jerx, Volume One. It's an expensive, eclectic, limited release (still available, at least for now), "not for everyone" book of exceptionally creative, thoughtful magic geared toward the more casual, amateur magician. Plenty of tricks and performance theory coupled with a few "must have" bonuses for the purchaser.


I don't know much about Jami Ian Swiss... but I do know that he does not suffer fools graciously. Apparently, he was also madly impressed with the NSFW Jerx, V1: http://www.magicana.com/news/blog/jerx-volume-one
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       So, Mr. Swiss doesn't suffer fools graciously? Well, neither do I. Just to give you a bit of a hint --- years ago, Mr. S did a review of one of my large APOCALYPSE volumes. It was a good review (forgive the immodesty - but how could it have been a bad review?!) but his closing sentence was/is - and that's what gives me, and should give you, a bit of an insight - he wrote, I may be paraphrasing just a bit because I don't have it in front of me - "It's a very large book but nowhere as large as Mr. Lorayne's ego." !!!  Think about that for a while.
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The list Dustin procured does leave off privately published books.  They also have a book of the year thread going on run by Jamie Grant.  Still for the number of votes, a minor snapshot.  It would be interesting to start a thread here, bet the outcome would be totally different than the Cafe's.
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Some of my very favorite (talking about ALL TIME) material came from the pages of Apocalypse. Harry's latest book, Only My Apocalypse, is absolutely worthy of a "book of the year" award. I suppose I forgot to mention it earlier since I have "lived" with the material for so many years now that I probably (unfortunately) took it for granted. That was a mistake, and I will say that I do own every magic book (multiple copies, in some cases) that Harry has ever written (including most lecture notes, one of his memory books, and the Professor Magic pamphlet, too!), which is impressive if you know just how many books that actually is.

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Forget about "book of the year." You'll be remembered for your "magic for the millennium."
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Harry,
Forget about "book of the year." You'll be remembered for your "magic for the millennium."


I couldn't agree more!

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Well put Evan.
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   Thanks, guys. You sure do more than make up for the few Jamie I. Swisses of the world.
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I agree, Evan's quote regarding Harry's work really says it all. It's a lasting legacy and the odd knock here and there means nothing.
Swiss is the last person that should be taking a dig at someone's ego and why is that relevant in a book review.

I recall my book "Small But Deadly" getting great reviews except from Mr. Swiss, apparently one beef was around a missing credit for the packet "all backs" plot. I referenced a few people for THEIR versions but he felt grieved someone was not mentioned. 

Books of the year are always personal choices and top selling books may not always be the best books anyway, but rather the result of advertising campaigns!  Lots of good books can slip under the radar for one reason or another. 

Years back, in pre- Kaufman and pre L & L days fewer magic books were released and often books were touted as 'the book of the year' in advertising before they were released, books like "The Berg Book", "Another Book" by Karrell Fox etc. Those who have been around in magic long enough will remember those days. Usually you read those books then decided another book you bought the same year was better. 


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My .02 cents. Bill Blau's Asymptotes and John Bannon's Mentalisimo top my list of best books of the past year. Jawdroppers is a close third. While I have enjoyed Only My Apocalypse so far, I haven't yet had the opportunity to study it in depth.

Harry, as to your ego. Face it, sir, you are larger than life! One of those rare individuals who manages to cram so damn much into a single lifetime that most of us can only stand back and shake our heads in awe and admiration. Your ability to do this is no doubt driven by what psychologists call the ego, but isn't that wonderful?! Your contributions will outlast not only your life, but most of ours as well. If that's all possible because of ego, then please keep it coming! Package up a bundle and put it on the market?! I think most of us would send a check.  

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      Thanks for all "them" kind words, fellas. Av: Third?
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    Paul: That's exactly the point - what the heck does my ego have to do with it? I'm reminded...way back in 1962, when my first book on magic - CLOSE-UP CARD MAGIC - appeared - Senator Crandall did a review of it and started the review by calling me "That fast-talking New Yorker"!!!    My close friend at the time - Richard Himber - quoted it in a magic magazine and ripped into Crandall. That started a back-and-forth thing about me and the book - and I'm sure it helped make it the success that it became.  Certainly helped to make it known to the magic fraternity. Interesting. H.
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