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Bill Guinee

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     Here are the rules of this game: 1) List your three favorite card magic books; 2) No two can be from the same author; 3) Write at least a short sentence (or more) about what makes each of them stand out for you; 4) Don't apologize when you break the rules.
    If there are enough entries, at the end, I will tell you the correct answer (haha).
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Tom G

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Are you talking straight card books?  IE cards only?
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    If no two can come from the same author I'm kinda' out of the picture. 
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    If no two can come from the same author I'm kinda' out of the picture. 


Nah, you will doubtless be on everyone's list, but restricting the lists to different authors makes for a bit of fun.

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Are you talking straight card books?  IE cards only?


Tom, I don't care if the book also has other kinds of magic in it as long as it is one of your favorite books for card magic. I hope that's clear.
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    If no two can come from the same author I'm kinda' out of the picture. 

I may not have been clear in the "rules." I don't mean that nobody can mention a book by an author that has been mentioned by anyone else. I just meant that each of the three in a particular person's list should be by different authors. For example, I hope that nobody lists Card College Vol 1, Vol 2, and Vol 3. Though if they did, I would find it amusing. I have a strong suspicion, Harry, that you won't be left out of this picture.
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Ok, my three (this is harder than it sounds)...  Coming in at #1 would be Close up Card Magic by Harry, it was my first real book of card magic and made me realize I could do a lot of the good stuff.  #2 Stars of Magic, tough stuff for a newbie at the time,  but real classics in there, #3 Supermagic by Paul Harris  When first released, people were taken back by a funny book on magic, but it was filled with really different plots. 
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Tom G beat me to CUCM.  Close Up Card Magic started more people into "real" card magic than probably any other book.  I am no exception.  I will go as far as to say that if you simply learned all of the routines in the book and combined them with a professional presentation you could make a living off of them.  The book details expertly how to do the essential sleights that you need to do professional card magic.  I didn't say "basic" sleights on purpose because I have seen some so-called "card guys" do a horrible jog shuffle.  The book details overhand shuffle technique, how to palm, a double-undercut, a half-pass, and more than a dozen other integral moves.  

The second book has to be Alton Sharpe's "two-fer" Expert Card Conjuring/Expert Card Chicanery.  The book(s) is loaded with excellent tricks, some fairly easy, some very challenging.  There is a lot of Marlo material in the Conjuring book.  
I first read the book when I was probably too young to get the most out of it so that is why it is good to go back and review books you've shelved because your older, more experienced eyes will pick up a lot more than you ever could have the first time.  A funny side note, I was looking at the book and deciding whether to buy it when the magic shop owner (Gene DeVoe) got a phone call.  He went to the phone and chuckled because it was Al Sharpe calling from Chicago.  I distinctly remember Gene telling Mr. Sharpe that he had a customer, a young magician, looking over the book.  Coincidence?

And the third one is a book that contains many other items in addition to cards, but has a ton of good card magic in it and that is The Book of John, by John F. Mendoza.  I knew John personally.  He took over the DeVoe Magic Den after Gene passed away.  John is unbelievable with pretty much any sort of magic you can name.  He is also very opinionated so if you want somebody that takes the middle ground, look elsewhere.  Funny thing is I think he is right a lot of the time.
The book has several blockbuster tricks in it.  Tricks that I would call "feature" tricks that you could build a whole set around.  I learned the Zarrow Shuffle from the book, basic riffle stacking, an awesome cull, an advanced variant of the glide, the D'Amico Spread, etc., etc.  Just great stuff.  His torn-and-restored card still is one of the best IMHO.
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Ooh, great fun.  I will deliberately exclude Erdnase from this list.

1) Card Control by Arthur Buckley.  This just felt like one of those books that was written just for me.  Full of practical gems, amazing sleights, and just so much usage!  I love it.  I remember opening it up, no expectations, reading the very first sleight (a cull), and being blown away.  I like how the moves are both conventional, and sometimes slightly off-beat.  I don't want to be doing magic like everyone else, and Card Control gives you a couple of extra tools to expand your style.

2) Rim Shots by Harry Lorayne.  Again another book that seemed to be written just for me.  Full of amazing sleights that again have that off-beat character.  More incredible to me is that every trick in this book is a gem.  Every single card trick in here is actually, to me, just top level material that stacks against any other one in the world.

3) If I could have another HL book I'd probably put Reputation Makers, Quantum Leaps, or Close Up Card Magic here.  Alas.  Instead I'll slot in Repertoire by Asi Wind.  It's a toss up between that or Expert Card Technique, but Repertoire wins out, despite the only thing I use from it being double exposure.  It's just full of such good thinking.  If you want direct magic here it is.
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Dai Vernon's Revelations. The bible of card magic with commentary by the Professor. Can't get better than that.

Greater Magic. For me, this is one of the ones that started me into better card magic way back before I even knew there was a society with many other resources. Found the book by chance and it was what started me in collecting other magic books as well.

Third would have to be Darwin Ortiz's Lessons in Card Mastery




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      So; just received one  call (ONE) from a guy asking where he can acquire my books (mentioned above by Chi Han, who obviously knows about the good stuff) - REPUTATION-MAKERS and RIM SHOTS. So; for others who may be interested in the good stuff --- both those books, PLUS my book, AFTERTHOUGHTS, plus new ideas/concepts, are re-written, updated, etc, all in  LORAYNE: THE CLASSIC COLLECTION, Volume 2. (My favorite of my five CLASSIC COLLECTION volumes - Volume 1 sold out long time ago - and Volume 2 heading in that direction.)

     I can't imagine a better bargain. C'mon...over 120 effects/routines, etc., plus many "handlings" like my HaLo Cut, Ultra Move, Status Quo Shuffle and many, many more.  (Over the years, many have told me that just  the very first item in that volume - CARD SHARP & THE FOUR GAMBLERS - is worth many times the cost of the book. Many have said the same about my Memory Magic Square and Instant Magic Square, all in that one volume.) 

    You can find out more about the book - even order! - at harryloraynemagic.com .  Or, email me at harrylorayne@earthlink.net with any questions. 
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And the third one is a book that contains many other items in addition to cards, but has a ton of good card magic in it and that is The Book of John, by John F. Mendoza. 
The book has several blockbuster tricks in it.  Tricks that I would call "feature" tricks that you could build a whole set around.  I learned the Zarrow Shuffle from the book, basic riffle stacking, an awesome cull, an advanced variant of the glide, the D'Amico Spread, etc., etc.  Just great stuff.  His torn-and-restored card still is one of the best IMHO.

I no longer have "The Book Of John," and wouldn’t rate it in any top three, one of the many fun "problems" with selecting anything as "Best" or even "Favourite". But I do think it’s a fine book.

I have a single copy of Bob Long’s "Sorcerers Eyes" magazine and in there Bob reviews it and lists the contents. I’ll have to dig it out and refresh my memory.

The routine Mendoza seemed particularly fond/proud of was "Routined Poker Mental." And it is good. My memory plays tricks and I thought this, that is, a much simplified effort, was in "Million Dollar Card Secrets". It isn’t. It’s in "Super Subtle Card Miracles".

But Mendoza’s treatment certainly lifts it and even now his routine generates interest.

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       Alan Smithee:  Mewonders.
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I no longer have "The Book Of John," and wouldn’t rate it in any top three, one of the many fun "problems" with selecting anything as "Best" or even "Favourite". But I do think it’s a fine book.

I have a single copy of Bob Long’s "Sorcerers Eyes" magazine and in there Bob reviews it and lists the contents. I’ll have to dig it out and refresh my memory.

The routine Mendoza seemed particularly fond/proud of was "Routined Poker Mental." And it is good. My memory plays tricks and I thought this, that is, a much simplified effort, was in "Million Dollar Card Secrets". It isn’t. It’s in "Super Subtle Card Miracles".

But Mendoza’s treatment certainly lifts it and even now his routine generates interest.



Routined Poker Mental is one of the tricks John often says he would do to "close the deal" for a gig.  That, or his Bendix Bombshell routine.

Books can be considered favorites regardless of how their contents stack up against others.  In my case, since I knew John and have seen a lot of the work live, it is among my favorites.  
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Books can be considered favorites regardless of how their contents stack up against others.  In my case, since I knew John and have seen a lot of the work live, it is among my favorites.  


Of course they can and I’m not disparaging the book. If I was it would be blindingly obvious.

My “Collection” of books and magazines is much reduced in size these days. Don’t ask why. Who knows why we part with stuff. Financial considerations, lack of space being two of of the top ten, maybe two of the top three.

Both “The Book Of John” and “John Volume Two” came and went. For a while I also had a copy of a book called Close-Up Presentation. “Presentations”? Can’t recall. No tricks just the things that matter. Sound solid sense. That too came and went.

They were never favourites, but as already indicated, I did like them.

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I have no idea what happened to my collection of “Sorcerer’s Eyes,” but I did enjoy reading the magazine.

Mendoza was a regular at The Thinker’s Emporium in Davenport, Iowa, at one time. Bix Beiderbecke country. And a regular contributor to the magazine. He and I (and Bob Long) shared some correspondence at one time. Very brief in Mendoza’ case. Over a year or so with Bob. This was in the days of typewriters and snail mail..

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One thing I admired was Mendoza's willingness to help purchasers of his book understand the material. He facilitated that by including his mailing address, however since he moved around so much it isn't of much value.
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One thing I admired was Mendoza's willingness to help purchasers of his book understand the material. He facilitated that by including his mailing address, however since he moved around so much it isn't of much value.

From my limited experience, you're right. But before he became something of a troubadour and back in the Thinker's Emporium days, he had a permanent address, in or around the general area. Sad to say, the correspondence vanished long ago.
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Cards, Counts, Cuts and Subtlety by Jerry Mentzner
A wonderful intro for packet tricks

Mentalissimo by John Bannon
Great thinking and killer routines

Jaw Droppers! by Harry Lorayne
More great thinking (rethinking) and killer routines.
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Harry's Classic Collection Vol 1 (yea, yea I know that's technically three books!)

Dear Mr. Fantasy - John Bannon (Origami Poker for the win!)

Close-Up Illusions - Gary Oulette (Paradise counts and techniques!)

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   I still have a few copies of my Classic Collection volumes 2, 3, 4 and 5 left, zarrow52. 
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   I still have a few copies of my Classic Collection volumes 2, 3, 4 and 5 left, zarrow52. 


A lot of things in your later volumes I actually own as stand-alone books. So don't worry Harry, I do have a lot of the good stuff 😉


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