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Tom G

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The other day I was going through my list of books that I had and many were standard, common texts.  But one stuck out (to me) as a fantastic book that doesn't get mentioned much and is full of great effects.  That is J. C. Wagner's Commercial Magic book.  Any one have any others?  Come on Magicfish, I know you'll have a couple of great titles........
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Steinmeyer's Conjuring Anthology. Chock full of accessible, killer material that is rarely used  or mentioned by mortal magicians. One could fashion entire acts using only this text. From the viewpoints of design, creativity, and scripting, it should be on every magician's shelf.

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I also hardly ever hear Al Leech mentioned.  Several of his intriguing creations have featured in my close-up acts for many years.  All his original softcover publications have recently been compiled into a hard cover book entitled “The Complete Al Leech”.


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Three top drawer suggestions!

I'm not a huge Giobbi Fan, but I continually find stuff in his two "Diary" books. Things like calculating which card will be left after a down and under deal. Since these are just stream of consciousness type entries, I doubt they will ever be referenced. As with most multi volume* efforts, there is a drop in quality between one and two - in my opinion.


*I just looked this up and see volume has absorbed volumn and the latter is no longer in the dictionary. Didn't know that.

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Gary Ouellet's book Close-Up Illusions is an overlooked book IMHO including those booklet's from his Camirand Academy of Magic. It was my first introduction to sleight of hand, lapping and close-up theater, not with just  cards and coins but with other stuff.

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Gary Ouellet's book Close-Up Illusions is an overlooked book IMHO including those booklet's from his Camirand Academy of Magic. It was my first introduction to sleight of hand, lapping and close-up theater, not with just  cards and coins but with other stuff.

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Ackerman's "Here's My Card" and Don England's "T.K.O.'s"

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The Martin Lewis book. 

But agreed that the Wagner book is great. I have an old paperback version that's almost always the book I take on vacation over 15 years. It's marked up and creased. The great thing about bar magicians is the material has been tested and performed many, many times. You see how they solved real world problems. Maxwell documented some great material in those years.
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Focus by Phil Goldstein...Dai Vernon's Ultimate secrets of card magic by Lewis Ganson.....Magician's magic by Paul Curry..and Quantum Leap by Harry Lorayne..and along with Anthony I agree that Steinmeyer's Conjuring Anthology is one of the best for standup/parlor stuff and The art of Close -up magic vols 1 and 2 by Lewis Ganson. These are some of my go to books when putting together a show.
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Another vote for Gary Ouellet's Close Up Illusions and The Commercial Magic of J. C. Wagner. I also reference Daryl's Ambitious Card Omnibus and Juan Tamariz's Sonata for great material.
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Peter Samelson's "Theatrical Close Up"

... and the two books that started me off, a thousand years ago:

"Magic as a Hobby" and "Classic Secrets of Magic", both by Bruce Elliott
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Anything by Lewis Jones ("Seventh Heaven" is a terrific example).
Anything by Howard Adams ("Mathcasts Aspellonu" is a great example).
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There is some marvelous stuff in "My Best".  115 of the leading magian of the 30's and 40's sharing their best tricks.  Still in print by Robbins.

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I love this thread and I hate this thread.

I love it because I am learning about some books that I don't have in my library. [smile]

I hate it because I told myself I would not buy any books this year. [mad]

Here are some books that I love and don't see come up too often in discussion:

Secrets Draun From Underground - written by Richard Kaufman, magic by Steve Draun
Tangled Web - Eric Mead
Magic from the Overground - Paul Hallas

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Oooo.  Tangled Web.  Good one Alan.  Check out Eric Meads Three Piece Combo.  Its a really nice 4 ace with a kicker.
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Great thread Tom, and yes, I do have some titles in mind, but they change over the years. For example, many years ago the Alton Sharpe books were anything but overlooked.
Today, the Sharpe books are overlooked and rarely mentioned, but those "in the know" discuss them and refer to them often.
This is a great topic for discussion, Tom.
A more recent release I would like to mention is Harry Lorayne's Special Effects. Devoted Lorayne disciples own and cherish this book but I feel it may be a tad overlooked/undermentioned during "Lorayne book discussions" - and it shouldn't be. JawDroppers1 was an obvious instant sensation and JawDroppers2 is hot on its heels chock full of miracles.
Special Effects is a sleeper. Its miraculous content is camouflaged by the atypical format and layout, although it is delightful in its dimensions, its weight, and its feel.
At first it seems pricey, but after inevitably falling in love you'll see how its value is far beyond its price tag.
This was Mr. Lorayne's first release after the monumental Classic Collection undertaking.
Special Effects is a special book.
I love it.



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Magicfish I think I remember you mentioning that Aronson's Art Decko is one of magic's best kept secrets certainly of recent years. It doesn't seem to get the coverage it deserves.
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Magicfish I think I remember you mentioning that Aronson's Art Decko is one of magic's best kept secrets certainly of recent years. It doesn't seem to get the coverage it deserves.


Yep, it's a good one. Lots of great material.
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Magicfish I think I remember you mentioning that Aronson's Art Decko is one of magic's best kept secrets certainly of recent years. It doesn't seem to get the coverage it deserves.

Yes, Art Decko is a great book that seems to fly under the radar. So much strong material in there.
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Another excellent book you don't often hear about is Lou Gallo: Underground Man by Kaufman. A great book of closeup magic.
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All the Bob King booklets and  Tom Craven material.
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The Amateur Magician's Handbook by Henry Hay
The Card Expert Entertains by Dariel Fitzgee

are two I'd put in the seldom mentioned category for different reasons.

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The Amateur Magician's Handbook by Henry Hay
The Card Expert Entertains by Dariel Fitzgee

are two I'd put in the seldom mentioned category for different reasons.

Two great titles. I have a nice old copy of the Fitzkee book in decent shape and I was lucky enough to find a pristine hardbound Faber edition of Henry Hay's book in a used book shop in Edmonton.
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I was lucky enough to find a pristine hardbound Faber edition of Henry Hay's book in a used book shop in Edmonton.

Yes, you were one lucky Cardguy!
If someone asked me to mention my absolute favorite book on Sleight of Hand, it would be The Amateur Magicians Handbook. I've only been able to find one hardbound copy for $50 and it was in very poor shape. The fact that you got a PRISTINE HARDBOUND copy turns me green. And I'm pretty sure you didn't pay the going rate because the bookshop probably didn't know what they had...  But I don't want to know. It would probably hurt me.[biggrin]

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Steven, look on this page:

 https://www.thriftbooks.com/browse/?b.search=the%20amateur%20magicians%20handbook#b.oos

 

 


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Steven, look on this page:

I got all excited and but every copy I clicked on resulted in an out of stock
message. They ain't there, but thanks! I'll find a good copy sooner or later.


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So sorry, Steve!  That's very deceptive of thrift books.com to make it seem like they have the book.
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I got all excited and but every copy I clicked on resulted in an out of stock
message. They ain't there, but thanks! I'll find a good copy sooner or later.



Steven, I have two copies. I'll give you one.

Send me a pm with your mailing address and I'll send it out to you tomorrow.

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The Card Cavalcade series by Jerry Mentzer has some really good material in them as well.
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I second Evildan's recommendation of the Jerry Mentzer books. Excellent material. 

I was lucky to find a hardback Amateur Magician's Handbook a while back. It was my introduction to magic (paperback version) in the early '60s.

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The Card Cavalcade series is great, and so is the Close-Up Cavalcade series. I also have Card File 1 & 2, and (thankfully) the Fechter book (1st and 2nd editions). Jerry Mentzer is, indeed, an often overlooked author of some really terrific books.
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I agree Evan, I've learned some great stuff from Cavalcade, Card File and Fechter.
I'm still searching for Card File 2
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"My Best" by, J.G. Thompson Jr.
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"My Best" by, J.G. Thompson Jr.


...and a third thumbs-up for "My Best."

Michael Ammar's Magical Arts Journal (the hardbound collection) also warrants mention. Fabulous, high-quality, real-world material.
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Great call hostlerj, M.A.J. is fantastic.
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I'm gonna chime in and second Tom's original post mention of The Commercial Magic of JC Wagner.  This book is full of workers.  Actually, I don't think a single effect in the book falls below that standard.  It's been a favorite of mine for years, and the book is getting pretty worn out at this point.

Here's one that I'm sure must have attracted significant attention back in the day, but I almost never hear it mentioned today.  That's Derek Dingle's Complete Works.  This book contains a lot of surprises, as you run into quite a few gems amongst it's pages.  I think a lot of the effects are really fun to learn and do.  There's a nice mix of card effects, card moves (his teaching on the pass, double lift, spread cull, Zarrow, etc), and coin effects.  I really enjoy his International coins through table.

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   Amazer: Don't know if they're the same; I believe they are - and The International Coin Trick originally appeared in my book, DINGLE'S DECEPTIONS (1970, I believe) long before DD's Complete Works. Ya' gotta' start reading the good stuff!!
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You're absolutely correct, Harry.  I have had Dingle's Deceptions for many years, and it's excellent (though way too small).  That effect is, indeed, in that book as well, along with the great Four Coins in the Countin' and the wonderful Color Triumphant.  So, I DO read the good stuff! And - though I hesitate to say anything that would seem like I'm stoking anyone's ego - I have to say that the instructional writing in Dingle's Deceptions is much better than that found in the later Dingle book.
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...Here's one that I'm sure must have attracted significant attention back in the day, but I almost never hear it mentioned today.  That's Derek Dingle's Complete Works.  This book contains a lot of surprises, as you run into quite a few gems amongst it's pages.  I think a lot of the effects are really fun to learn and do.  There's a nice mix of card effects, card moves (his teaching on the pass, double lift, spread cull, Zarrow, etc), and coin effects.  I really enjoy his International coins through table.


Dingle's book was a big deal back then, and absolutely cutting edge. (Much of it still is.) Check out the Bounce Change for something that "reads" much more difficult than it actually is: a coin blips from, say, copper to silver as it is tossed from hand to hand... and you end (seemingly) clean.
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Over the years, I’ve recommended those in the early years of their magic journey run down a copy of Walter Gibson’s “Complete Illustrated Book Of Card Magic”. It’s still a bargain, I think.
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The Amateur Magician's Handbook by Henry Hay


I learned a lot from my softcover version when I was a child. I should still have it somewhere in storage. I should find it.
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Any book written by Rufus Steele, they are all inspirational and definitely overlooked.

Tangled Web by Eric Mead was mentioned earlier... brilliant thoughts on working with the 'Trick with No Explanation' - this one encourages you to think creatively.
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Quidnunc- Paul Gordon.
There is treasure buried in this book- and a gorgeous book at that.
I keep my copy close at hand.
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Quidnunc- Paul Gordon.
There is treasure buried in this book- and a gorgeous book at that.
I keep my copy close at hand.


I'd also like to put forward Article 52 as well. Straightforward strong effects that work well for laymen.

I've had a lot of fun devising presentations for many of the items.
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The Cardician by Ed Marlo.
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I really like it when a new member joins us and resurrects some of these old threads. Frequently, they are better the second time through.

Thanks, Robert

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I agree with the notion that The Commercial Magic of J.C. Wagner is overlooked and/or seldom mentioned.  The Don England book Technical Knockouts, written by John F. Mendoza is certainly a good candidate to overlooked.  I put the items in that book right up with Paul Harris works in terms of originality.  The "white-on-white" principle in the first effect of the book is very interesting.  The Upper Deck is an attempt to bring a stage effect to the close up table and I don't know if anyone ever actually tried to perform it, but if they did I think it would be excellent.  Lots of thought-provoking items in the book.  There are a few "throw-away" things in there, but lots of beef too.
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Counts, cuts, moves, and subtlety. Fairly unknown and one of the only places I have seen the Veeser Count published.
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Frank Garcia recommended and Outs, Precautions, and Challenges.  Pretty interesting book.
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Counts, cuts, moves, and subtlety. Fairly unknown and one of the only places I have seen the Veeser Count published.


Bought a copy from Jerry himself back in the 80s and found it invaluable. Magic Methods still sells it, and at $12.50 it's a bargain.

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