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How do you organize your magic books? Cards, coins, close-up, then what? What about periodicals and DVDs?  I'd appreciate your input.
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Hi Harry, I asked a similar question here: https://www.themagiciansforum.com/post/how-do-you-catalog-and-organize-moves-effects-and-other-tips-that-you-learn-10531263 and people responded with some cool ideas 😉
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Thanks I'll check it out. I didn't know this topic was already covered.
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Thanks again. The topics covered after looking it over had more to do with organizing notes to find references you wanted to get back to or organizing on paper and computer files.
In posing my question I wanted to get tips on how to organize my physical books,etc.
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I know its not the best for finding a trick quickly, but I organize all my books alphabetically by author. It at least helps me remember who created which trick.
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Thanks for your input. I tried to keep mine by subject but there are so many crossovers.
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My answer actually creates another problem. I catalog all my books according to the Dewey Decimal Classification System. Usually, the DDC helps separate sub-categories to a satisfactory level. It caters well for subjects like medicine and theology. But when it comes to magic, the Dewey updaters apparently have only felt there was a need to assign magic as 793.8, with no further sub-divisions. Practically, that means if I arrange my magic books by that system, the only means of separating my magic library ‘meaningfully’ is by author and title (both alphabetically). Theoretically, the DDC is an extendable system and can be played with in personal libraries.

My ‘wish’ is that the official updaters of the DDCS had a few active magicians in their midst - or that usage/demand forced them to take notice. The problem that blocks that: the magic community/authors don’t usually want (for understandable reasons) their volumes in the shelves of public libraries. That means, if the system was used by magicians, either our community creates an ‘underground’ extended Dewey Decimal Classification for 793.8 .. OR .. you create your own. So far, I haven't done that because my magic book collection barely takes up two shelves. But it’s getting close to being an issue and this topic has made my search for ‘order’ resurface.

Perhaps this needs a separate OP on the Dewey System, but I would love to find how others at TMF would allocate the subdivisions of their library in order to help them retrieve their info with more efficiency, which I think the heart of Harry’s OP is all about.
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How do you organize your magic books? Cards, coins, close-up, then what? What about periodicals and DVDs?  I'd appreciate your input.
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Harry, this other relatively recent thread might have something of interest in it.

https://www.themagiciansforum.com/post/question-for-bibliophiles-10471022?highlight=library
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Still trying to organize and I found some old interesting paperbacks. Thin one subject booklets with stapled centers. How many of you have some of the following?
Keith Clark's Celebrated Cigarettes Silk King Studios 1943
Fifty Ways to Use a Card Box Don Tanner Magic, Inc undated
Flash Paper Tips  Stuart Robson and Ralph W. Read Lois Tannen 1951
Jim Sherman's Flash Lites  National Magic Company 1950
Magic With Fantasio's Canes and Candles  David Ginn 1971 
(Also Book No.3 1978 but missing Book no. 2)
Walsh Cane Routines Francis B. MartineauSilk King Studios 3rd printing 1957
Sticks That Go Zoom Dan Stapleton May 1976
Ravelle & Andree Raise Your Glasses 50 Tricks With a Bottomless Tumbler Supreme Magic undated
Flowers That Bloom With a Spring tra la! 50 tricks and ideas with spring Flowers Don Tanner undated
Bouquets and Blossoms Twetnyfive Tricks With Spring Flowers Abbott Publication undated
Reel Magic by Albenice  Louis Tannen originally 1941 but this 4th printing is undated
I don't doubt I'll probably find more, but these bring back memories of unobtainable aspirations.
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I have one of the Fantasio booklets. My friend James Holmes had a trick published in it. One-handed cane to silk.
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Nice
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I have a relatively small magic book library.  (That's because I tend to sell something before buying a new one). 

So organizing is not a huge problem form me.  If I have more than one book by the same author, they are placed side by side. And in general I try to keep categories together, i.e. card books, coin books, other close-up magic books, etc.  Although as you pointed out, Harry, there are always quite a few crossovers.


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Thank you
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