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JoshP06

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I've heard that this book is comparable to Mark Wilson's Complete Course in Magic.

I don't really have any idea.

Let me know your opinions.

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Apples to oranges. Or zebras to coati mundi. The Wilson book is far more comprehensive, and far more valuable to the beginner. The Amateur Magician's Handbook? Well, it was my first "real" magic book. I checked it out countless times from the Hobgood-Palmer Library in Fairburn, Georgia, and eventually purchased my own copy. It still sits on my shelf. Henry Hay, pseudonym of June Mussey, was an amateur in the true sense; he loved magic, and it shows in his writing in the TAMH. His stories are fascinating, and his choice of tricks, interesting. The focus is on sleight of hand, although some self-workers are described. One of them, The Whispering Queens, is still a favorite. 

If you want a better sleight of hand comparison for the Wilson book, it'd have to be The Magic Book by Harry Lorayne, and not The Amateur Magician's Handbook. Although, I would unhesitatingly recommend TAMH to anyone who truly loves the art. 

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Very interesting.

He was also involved in the translation of Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler to english.

So there is that.

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Definitely agree with AV, I didn't care for the writing, better books available.
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I agree with AV. I started with The Amateur Magician's Handbook too. I think the Mark Wilson book or Harry's book would be better places to start.

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It is a classic, with a lot of great content.  But it is dated, and has been superseded by better more modern titles.
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There is some good coin stuff in it, but  i agree that Mark Wilson's and Mr. Loraynes books are more fun.  Richard Kaufman wrote a beginners book   but it has long been out of print. Some people didnt like that taught The Chicago Opener. Woah.
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My wife said we had to get rid of one bookcase, so I was going through my magic books over the weekend.  I opened the 'Mark Wilson Course in Magic' and was once again impressed with the sheer number of tricks in it.  And they run the gamut of objects too.  There's even some stage stuff in there.  Has to be one of the best overall books for beginners.  
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JoshP06

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Very interesting.

I've heard very good things about Wilson's book.

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My wife said we had to get rid of one bookcase, so I was going through my magic books over the weekend.;

Get rid of a bookcase...of books? That is a recurring nightmare! For the sake of your mental health, wouldn't it be cheaper to build an extra room ... move houses...? I’m sure you met the task with great maturity and composure. In the spirit of Marie Condo, what was your criteria for what you ‘kept’... what brings you ‘joy’ in your magic library? I know this has been touched on other posts, but I think every magician never gets sick of revisiting the question. I imagine Wilson’s book would be there.
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I like the Henry Hay book and I think that anyone around at the time of its original publication would have found it more than useful. 

Today I think it suffers from the "that was then" malady. It's well written, but outlooks and attitudes have changed. And there's so much more material available.

I would suggest it's worthwhile keeping an eye open for a decently-priced edition, but would not mount an all-out search.
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Get rid of a bookcase...of books? That is a recurring nightmare! For the sake of your mental health, wouldn't it be cheaper to build an extra room ... move houses...? I’m sure you met the task with great maturity and composure. In the spirit of Marie Condo, what was your criteria for what you ‘kept’... what brings you ‘joy’ in your magic library? I know this has been touched on other posts, but I think every magician never gets sick of revisiting the question. I imagine Wilson’s book would be there.


Lol! No books were harmed in the move! Just consolidation, no elimination....yet.
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It has a good false shuffle, the same one Guy Hollingworth uses.
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