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Over the years I have given away hundreds of dollars/pounds worth of magic books - I have kept a few for reference and these are my favourites:

1) The Magic Book - Harry Lorayne
2) Magic by Misdirection - Dariel Fitzkee
3) Magic & Showmanship - Henning Nelms
4) Leading With Your Head - Gary Kurtz
5) Annemman's Card Magic - Theodore Annemann

These books have given me a great foundation in magic, and there is always something to learn from reading them. As you can see from my list it is the psychological aspects of magic which I find most appealing, along with the presentation of an idea. The actual tricks are not so important to my way of thinking, Harry Lorayne's Magic Book plus Henning Nelms have more than enough tricks for me.

"I don't care how many tricks you forget, if you have the principles down so well that you can recall them at a moment's notice, you can do a great variety of tricks" - Harlan Tarbell
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Agree with all of the above including the great quote from Tarbell.  There is so much power in that quote.  Gather enough principles and you soon will be creating your own magic.
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There're so many must have books that it's difficult to have all of them.
So, one has to think carefully about which of them are the best must have book for oneself.

Regarding the great Tarbell's quote I would like to add something:

If you want to have the best magic book of the world (for you), write it!

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Hard to make a short list!  

My “must-haves” would include several authored by Lewis Ganson, Frank Garcia, Harry Lorayne, Paul Harris, Al Leech, Jean Hugard, J.B. Bobo, Paul LePaul, Richard Kaufman, etc.


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I was going to name must have books like Tarbell, Royal Road, Bo Bo's Coin Magic, Encyclopedia of Silk Magic, The Art of Close up Magic, Routined Manipulations, etc. oops it looks like I did, but Arthur Stead above covered much of these in his authors list.
As it might seem obvious, my list consists of the basic classic books upon which a magician would build his foundation.
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Hey it is really hard to say which books are must have from my point of view as a hobbyist would be the following : Royal road to card magic, Expert card technique, Magic book, Stars of Magic, Entertaining card magic, Expert at the card table.

And many more for example also Strong Magic by Darwin Ortiz is a great book and has a lot of insight. Any of the Marlo books you cant go wrong there. And also any of Harry Loraynes books.

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Hey it is really hard to say which books are must have from my point of view as a hobbyist would be the following : Royal road to card magic, Expert card technique, Magic book, Stars of Magic, Entertaining card magic, Expert at the card table.

And many more for example also Strong Magic by Darwin Ortiz is a great book and has a lot of insight. Any of the Marlo books you cant go wrong there. And also any of Harry Loraynes books.

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Marek


Or no books at all?  Jerry Andrus claimed to have never read a magic book.  While I don't recommend it, he proved a point.  


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Certainly, Ray!
That was my personal starting way.
I learnt my firsts card magic notions and techniques by watching magicians on TV and using deductive reasonings as I was so crazy for it.
Obviously, guys that are not particularly interested in lerning magic don't pay so much attention to the METHOD, but I was really crazy for learning how to do card magic.
Your DESIRE may let you discover great things. The more you desire to learn the more you may discover.

Edited to correct "that's was" by "that was."

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