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Paul Hallas

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Just a thought, and with economy in mind. Elsewhere I recommended someone look at an effect in "Practical Mental Effects"by Annemann. Recently, Rudy taught an Annemann effect from "The Encyclopedia of Card Tricks" by Jean Hugard. Both these titles are available to read for free (though if you can afford hard copies always good to have on the shelf for reference purposes).

If you set up a free account with http://www.lybrary.com there are some free resources. Once your account is set up, click on 'account' and scroll down the left of the screen and look for "tools' and TLPP (The Learned Pig Project). There you'll find lots of free readable magic books including the two mentioned above. Yes, many are very dated (which is why they are available, the copyright lapsed), but the mentioned  titles above and some others are well worth making the effort.

Personally, I hate e-books (though have some)and think everyone should have a solid, real book reference library, but it takes years to accumulate a good one. Decades ago in "The Jinx' the 'five foot shelf' was mentioned and what books should be on it. No-one could have imagined back then the amount of magic publications that would be readily available today. 


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Senor Fabuloso

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I don't think eBooks, are going anywhere. The fact that we can now carry a library on a  flashdrive, just makes sense.

Having said that, I do prefer physical books. There is just something about holding them in my hands, that I like the feel of.

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There’s lots of free stuff out there. Yeah, a lot of it is crap, but there’s some really good stuff to.

While not an ebook fan and even less of an online video fan, they do have their place.

Realizing I was going to be traveling a good bit last summer, I spent about a hundred bucks with L&L epub and put them on the iPad. I had a nice library to carry with me. I converted some of my stuff to PDFs and mp4 and left them on Google Drive. I think it’s worth it to try.

L&L have the 70% off sale now. For instance you can get Impossibilia, L.I.N.T. and Roger Klause in concert for a total of 20 bucks. Hard to beat.

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Paul, thanks for pointing that out about lybrary. Ive had an account there for years and did not know about that. Thanks again!
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Here is my short list of FREE resources available to anybody interested.

Big Guys Magic - https://www.bigguysmagic.com/free-downloads/ some interesting stuff.

Ellusionist - https://www.ellusionist.com/free-stuff - have had issues in the past with not giving credit where credit is due but they seem to have cleaned up their act.

Mind Magician aka Michael Daniels - http://www.mindmagician.org/ebooks.aspx wonderful resource for mentalism.

Penguin Magic - http://www.penguinmagic.com/browse.php?c=free 10 pages of freebies and some of the best customer service, you will find anywhere online.

http://www.ibmring81.com/Free_EBooks.html - some free eBooks in the public domain.

Vanishing Inc. - https://www.vanishingincmagic.com/magic-downloads/free-magic-downloads/ A good collection of free work.

These are just my short list. I have many more but this is a good, start. Enjoy.

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I used to be dead against eBooks, but have changed my mind over the years. As Intensely Magic mentioned, you can carry half a library around on your portable device if you're traveling.

The other thing is I have books on my shelf that have been LONG out of print, and the only way someone might get them now is if someone sells one or if the author puts out an eBook. L&L has done that, and I've replicated a small part of my physical library with eBooks so I can instantly access them -- and search them!

I've been familiar with TLP since 1999 when "MagoMarko" was putting out his eZine … there's a lot of good stuff out there!

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Originally Posted by Paul Hallas
Just a thought, and with economy in mind. Elsewhere I recommended someone look at an effect in "Practical Mental Effects"by Annemann. Recently, Rudy taught an Annemann effect from "The Encyclopedia of Card Tricks" by Jean Hugard. Both these titles are available to read for free (though if you can afford hard copies always good to have on the shelf for reference purposes).

If you set up a free account with http://www.lybrary.com there are some free resources. Once your account is set up, click on 'account' and scroll down the left of the screen and look for "tools' and TLPP (The Learned Pig Project). There you'll find lots of free readable magic books including the two mentioned above. Yes, many are very dated (which is why they are available, the copyright lapsed), but the mentioned  titles above and some others are well worth making the effort.

Personally, I hate e-books (though have some)and think everyone should have a solid, real book reference library, but it takes years to accumulate a good one. Decades ago in "The Jinx' the 'five foot shelf' was mentioned and what books should be on it. No-one could have imagined back then the amount of magic publications that would be readily available today. 




Holy crap this is amazing. Thank you so much.
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I have a page on this at my website, but I don't want to seem like I'm promoting... so, I'll copy and paste it here and block out my domain name for now. 😉

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The below is copied, edited, and pasted from my site.

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Many magicians say that the best way to learn magic is by reading a book, others say it’s the “only way”.

Like they say, if you want to learn a new trick… go read an old book.

We have listed but a few of the great public domain books below.

Here’s but a handful of authors that we can recommend:

Theodore Anneman – was a professional mentalist and one of the more prolific writers of his time. Many of his books are considered ‘must reads’ on mentalism even today. His top 4 are En Rapport, Shhh its a SecretPractical Mental Effects202 Methods of Forcing.

Howard Thurston was a stage magician who became the most famous magician of his time. Also known as the King of Cards, his contribution to modern magic is undeniable. His earliest work, “Easy Pocket Tricks” is a quick 50 page book filled with quick descriptions of a variety of tricks, his later work “400 Tricks You Can Do”, written 25 years later has dozens of hidden gems, and Fooling Millions will give you great insight to what sort of magic was performed in the early 1900’s.

Jean Hugard is often referenced by modern historians and expert magicians as having contributed many important ideas to the field of magic. He’s written dozens of books, however, only two are available for free download … Thimble Magic and Modern Magic Manual … if you are an avid reader, you may want to do a deep dive on the internet and see if you can find multitude of books on Card Manipulations. There’s more moves buried in that book than one can master in a lifetime.

Memorized Decks are all the rage, but did you know that you can learn the Si Stebbins Stack for absolutely free. This is by far the easiest stack to learn outside of ‘new deck order’ 😉. Fair warning, it may LOOK like a stacked deck because it alternates between Club,Heart,Spade,Diamond – but it also makes it possible to do some simple math and find the location of any card. The book (really more of a pamphlet) also includes 11 different effects that you can perform with just a little bit of practice.

If Coin Magic is your obsession, then surely you’ve heard of T. Nelson Downs & J.B. Bobo. Downs’ Tricks with Coins is available for free, as well as Bobo’s Coin Magic. These books alone are enough to fill a decades long career in just coin magic.

And finally, the grand-daddy of them all “The Original Tarbell Course in Magic” by Harlan Tarbell – – this was originally a 60-part correspondence course… and now, it’s over 1000 pages of just about every type of magic you can imagine.

Want even more?!? If this isn’t enough – you can feel free to search Archive.org, the Library of Congress, or Google Books yourself and see what jumps out at you. (These links already have 'magic tricks' in the search, thus results for that will pop up right away - I've found that to be the best for what we're looking for).

It’s truly amazing how much is available for free.  Enjoy!

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The lybrary.com tip is great -- I've been there multiple times over the last year and did not realize that I needed an account in order to see the TLPP content. Thanks!
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      God!  Such knowledge!!!!!
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The lybrary.com tip is great -- I've been there multiple times over the last year and did not realize that I needed an account in order to see the TLPP content. Thanks!


When I came back into magic ~2015 after a 7-year break, TLP itself was no longer running, and via email connections, possibly with Marko himself, I found that Chris at Lybrary had taken that archive over, and I sent him an email... I believe it took an email to Chris at Lybrary to get that link, but since I DO have the link, I have no idea what it looks like for a new account.

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It would appear that Harry was facetiously addressing the two comments directly above his cryptic - at least to some - response.

Let's let it ride, please. Sarcasm gets us nowhere. At least nowhere we want to be.

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   Good. Glad to give you guys something to think about!  Truth be told - really nothing important, just some of my own personal stuff.
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"It would appear...."
Well we can all guess and speculate.

Meanwhile:

Sarcasm? From whom? Me? Jack Bear?

Simple question, seeking more information/clarification, that's all.




Neither guess nor speculation. Inductive reasoning based on empirical evidence. 'nuff said.

Sarcasm was inherent in the response you questioned. Said sarcasm was not yours. Nor Jack's.

Sometimes difficult to impart proper emotion in online posts...

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