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Rob2100

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What are the best books for magic presentation only?
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I'm going to start out by saying I thinking you are SEVERELY limiting yourself by looking for books that are only about presentation.

Many great magic books provide both. A book where the author explains the how AND the why of an effect is a very valuable thing. The Books of Wonder, Anything by Juan Tamariz, Darwin Ortiz, or Paul Harris all immediately come to my mind. 

But since you are asking for just presentation...

I can personally recommend Designing Miracles and Strong Magic by Darwin Ortiz.

Others that I have been wanting to buy are The Magic Way and The Magic Rainbow by Juan Tamariz and Maximum Entertainment 2.0 by Ken Weber. 

I know there are quite a few more that fit what you are asking for and I look forward to hearing the recommendations myself. 
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Ariel Frailich has a book called "Card Stories." Very cool.

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I'd get Scripting Magic in addition to the above.  It doesn't hurt I think to read books on basic playwriting and theatre.
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In order:

1. Our Magic by Meskalyne and Devant
2. Magic and Showmanship by Henning Nelms
3. A Book of Magic for Young Magicians- The Secrets of Alkazar by Allan Zola Kronzek

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In order:

1. Our Magic by Meskalyne and Devant
2. Magic and Showmanship by Henning Nelms
3. A Book of Magic for Young Magicians- The Secrets of Alkazar by Allan Zola Kronzek


#3 is the first magic book I got along with The Magic Book by Harry Lorayne.  Socrates recommended Kronzek's book to me -- thanks Soc!  I loved it because it taught me the basic most important principles of magic, one per chapter, in a very straightforward, careful, easy to read way.  (Liked reading it much better than the Original Tarbell letters I was starting to read -- partly because I didn't have any of the gimmicks Tarbell mentioned in the letters; also wasn't fond of the cigarette tricks as I used to smoke and haven't for 12 years now.)

I liked it so much I bought it for my physical therapist to give to his daughter who was starting out in magic at 10 years old.  Great first book in magic for any age.. me at 49 or her at 10 years old.  (I personally believe the "young magicians" means newbie magicians at any age.  I'm a very young magician at 14 months in.)

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#3 is the first magic book I got along with The Magic Book by Harry Lorayne.  Socrates recommended Kronzek's book to me -- thanks Soc!  I loved it because it taught me the basic most important principles of magic, one per chapter, in a very straightforward, careful, easy to read way.  (Liked reading it much better than the Original Tarbell letters I was starting to read -- partly because I didn't have any of the gimmicks Tarbell mentioned in the letters; also wasn't fond of the cigarette tricks as I used to smoke and haven't for 12 years now.)

I liked it so much I bought it for my physical therapist to give to his daughter who was starting out in magic at 10 years old.  Great first book in magic for any age.. me at 49 or her at 10 years old.  (I personally believe the "young magicians" means newbie magicians at any age.  I'm a very young magician at 14 months in.)



My list is by no means exhaustive, but these are good books and my purpose of organizing them in this order was to move from a bigger picture i.e. "What is art" in Our Magic to "How to present drama in your art" in Magic and Showmanship, to the immeditealty practical ideas of Kroznek's book for young magicians.

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Thanks for the reccomendations guys...appreciate it.
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