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What are your most underrated books in your opinion?
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One of them is "Ireland Writes a Book."
Regarding his Stack, the book focuses great card tricks and ideas for a mem-deck.

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My first answer is always Gibson's Complete Illustrated Book Of Card Magic.
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I love that book
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I would say all the paperback Al Leech publications, which have since been compiled into a hardcover book by Danny Rudnick:

https://www.penguinmagic.com/p/S18255





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Bob Longe and Karl Fulves and John Scarne, the books which are available to the general public at bookstores (remember them). The books published by Dover, which are inexpensive and are some of the classics. When I think of underrated, I turn to unknown, or not looked at often enough. Sometimes the old and easy to obtain books are really super good. Also Bill Severn. The most underrated card books are the ones we have bought but not yet studied. The Magician's Forum is such a literate group, I doubt that I am telling anyone things they don't know. I love all of you, you have introduced me to books that I might not have discovered. Thanks.
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Good call on Al Leech Arthur. 

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Bob Longe and Karl Fulves and John Scarne, the books which are available to the general public at bookstores (remember them). The books published by Dover, which are inexpensive and are some of the classics.

I agree with you that these books are very good.

But I don't know that I would consider those titles under rated. I  think that people do quite often refer to very specific effects found in both Fulves and Scarne's books.

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Thank you to EndersGame, who has incredibly fascinating posts, which I thoroughly enjoy. I am glad to hear that many people do know about these books. I am happy. I just wanted to make sure no one passes up the books which are stocked in book stores. There are some real finds there.
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"Close-Up Illusions" by Gary Oulette. One of the first hardcover magic books I ever got. Worth it just for the "Paradise" procedure for counts and lifts! Oh, and the touch force!

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I've always found Card Control to be superb. Full of many fantastic and practical techniques and straightforward to read. 

Additionally, Destination Zero by Bannon. It feels like I've not come across anyone else who's read this book and yet its foundations for effect layering are second only to Designing Miracles. It is rich in thoughtful construction as well as building on itself as you progress through it - teaching you very adaptive processes with all-round top quality format and instruction—a brilliantly delightful book. 

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The Card Expert Entertains by Dariel Fitzkee

Just for the essays in the first part of the book.
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Hi, guys.

Many of the books on my shelf are considered classics and definitely not in the aforementioned category, so I can't contribute too much to this thread. However, a new book that was published in the last couple of years - so maybe hasn't had enough time to become underrated - is 'Impromptu Secrets' by Dominic Twose. It's jam-packed full of great effects, in my opinion, but I've seen very little written about it. Definitely one I would recommend. Not sure it falls into the 'most underrated card books of all time', but it is great and well worth a look.

Hope everyone's keeping well.

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The Alton Sharpe books Expert Card Mysteries, Expert Hocus Pocus and especially Expert Card Conjuring part 1 and part 2 are well worth a look.

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The Alton Sharpe books Expert Card Mysteries, Expert Hocus Pocus and especially Expert Card Conjuring part 1 and part 2 are well worth a look.

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I concur! A lot of Marlo material in the "Expert" book duo.
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"Close-Up Illusions" by Gary Oulette. One of the first hardcover magic books I ever got. Worth it just for the "Paradise" procedure for counts and lifts! Oh, and the touch force!

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I love that book!

I would also say that books written by Terry LaGerould & Jack Carpenter.

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