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Anthony Vinson

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I have a nice magic library. While not as large as many, mine runs to some 80 total volumes purchased over several decades. Then there are lecture notes, booklets, magazines, etc.

Inspired by a couple of recent threads on TMF I decided to embark upon an adventurous journey deep into the pages of long-neglected volumes resting on my shelves. The first book selected was Michael Weber’s Life Savers.

I purchased the book at Al Cohen’s magic shop in Washington, D.C. shortly after it was published. I read it, noted some interesting ideas, and placed it on the shelf where it has sat since 1991. (Well, it has moved around the country with me and now resides in Georgia, USA, but you know what I mean!) Sure, I’ve picked it up from time to time, flipped through the pages, and then put it back. I have never learned or performed anything from the book. What a shame. The book is packed with practical, useable, material that in the right hands could kill.

As of this writing I have isolated three effects from the book that I am going to learn and perform. That’s just the beginning. (For those interested the effects are Working Without a Grant, Penny Candy, and The Laying-On of Hands.)

I am committed to returning to the bookshelf often, especially when tempted to spend money on some new dealer item. Instead I am going to reread and study the valuable material already in my possession. Who knows what I’ll find? One thing is certain: I will save money. I will also enjoy the journey.

Thanks to Logan 5 and Socrates. It was their thought-provoking questions that inspired me to think about how I acquire my magic.   

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Great to hear, Anthony. Hitting the book's is what it's
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Not to start a fight, but this will, and I think someone has to say this.

Who cares what medium (that means a means or instrumentality for storing or communicating information) anyone uses?

Is it not best to say "whatever works for you."

It could very well be that I stepped into a time warp backwards and its actually 1817.  But then how to explain the computer?

Whatever works.  Everyone is an individual and has their preferences.  Try them all.  

I have a zillion books and DVDs and other media (that is plural for medium).  Some are better for things than others.  The trick is and I think Anthony Vinson says it best... keep looking at your stuff.  I do not do that enough and that is on me.  Now that I wrote this, I will follow my own advice and look.

My personal opinion is we should not tell people (paraphrasing) "books are where it's at."  It's like someone is a Luddite.   Whatever works....

I have to reset the sundial I wear on my arm or I'd continue.   

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Barrett, what's to fight about?

There's an old African folktale about a man who dreams of finding riches in a faraway land, he travels there at great peril and expense only to discover that the riches he sought were in his own backyard all along.

For me it is books, for you it may be papyrus scrolls or chiselled stone tablets, but either way the point is the same and in the end we appear to agree: Look in your own backyard before hying off to distant lands in search of this or that grail. What you seek is most likely there already.

That said, even if we did not agree there would be no need for fighting, only disagreeing, and in disagreement there are lessons to be learned and knowledge to be gained if one is willing to think.

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Not to start a fight, but this will, and I think someone has to say this.

Who cares what medium (that means a means or instrumentality for storing or communicating information) anyone uses?

Is it not best to say "whatever works for you."

It could very well be that I stepped into a time warp backwards and its actually 1817.  But then how to explain the computer?

Whatever works.  Everyone is an individual and has their preferences.  Try them all.  

I have a zillion books and DVDs and other media (that is plural for medium).  Some are better for things than others.  The trick is and I think Anthony Vinson says it best... keep looking at your stuff.  I do not do that enough and that is on me.  Now that I wrote this, I will follow my own advice and look.

My personal opinion is we should not tell people (paraphrasing) "books are where it's at."  It's like someone is a Luddite.   Whatever works....

I have to reset the sundial I wear on my arm or I'd continue.   

No fighting necessary. Anthony started a thread about returning to books.
It is a very interesting thread and pulling old books off my shelf is one of my favourite things to do. That is what this thread is about. Thanks for a great topic, sir!
I attended Mike Weber's LifeSavers lecture at the Stewart James Tribute in 1990. Great stuff! And a great book! The dimensions were hard to get used to though.
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Tonight I pull out Card Finesse II and a fresh pack of cards, pull the shades, and slide the dead bolt.
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Ive just started the job of recatalogjing my library which has got a bit out of control.
But I keep being diverted by my finds
Last night I was waylaid by the Caveney books and the prevous one by Aronson/Solomons Sessions.
Aaaargghhh
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Ive just started the job of recatalogjing my library which has got a bit out of control.
But I keep being diverted by my finds
Last night I was waylaid by the Caveney books and the prevous one by Aronson/Solomons Sessions.
Aaaargghhh

Isn't it wonderful?
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I've also recently been working on referencing various books.  I've only got about 40 books (only a handful of them are older than I am) and probably 30-40 lecture notes.  I also have about 15-20 DVDs.  And Linking Ring magazines back to 1999.  Some of the books aren't even magic, but rather about performing or acting, but I think they pertain directly to performing magic.

I think DVDs are great for showing some parts of tricky moves, but I like books more because it gets me thinking more about how I need to perform something rather than how I can copy the movements of the performer on the DVD.  That's just my situation.

I used to read through books from cover to cover, like a novel, and try almost every routine along the way.  Now I am more selective or if I see someone mention a routine on TMF or elsewhere, then it's nice if I have the book, so I can reference it.  I still have so much to read, even in just my small collection.

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I've only got about 40 books (only a handful of them are older than I am) and probably 30-40 lecture notes. 

Youve got some great books there.

I am an addicted bookbuyer and have a ridiculously large library (my wife got a surveyor in to check the house wouldnt come down) but with the books there (especially in my view, the Hamman, Marlo, Ackermann and Carney books (and of course, Harrys trend setters)) you have a lifetime of amazing card magic.
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Isn't it wonderful?

Oh dear, I picked up one of my Apocalypse volumes and one of my Jinx volumes last night.
Work stopped again!
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I've also recently been working on referencing various books.  I've only got about 40 books (only a handful of them are older than I am) and probably 30-40 lecture notes.  I also have about 15-20 DVDs.  And Linking Ring magazines back to 1999.  Some of the books aren't even magic, but rather about performing or acting, but I think they pertain directly to performing magic.

I think DVDs are great for showing some parts of tricky moves, but I like books more because it gets me thinking more about how I need to perform something rather than how I can copy the movements of the performer on the DVD.  That's just my situation.

I used to read through books from cover to cover, like a novel, and try almost every routine along the way.  Now I am more selective or if I see someone mention a routine on TMF or elsewhere, then it's nice if I have the book, so I can reference it.  I still have so much to read, even in just my small collection.

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Awesome books my friend!
Some real beauties there!
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