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Ok guys,

In your opinion what is the greatest card book ever written ? You only get to choose one book.

Mine is Expert At The Card Table by S.W Erdnase. A non-magic book would be Beat The Dealer by Edward Thorp.

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If you think about the book which you read often and where you have learned several effects you do, then I would have to say Marlo's The Faro Notes. I find myself reading and re-reading it often, to remind myself of several effects within the book.

I have EATCT but I don't read it often and haven't gotten a single effect out of it...

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That's such a difficult question. How do we measure a book’s greatness? The most sold, the most read, the most scholarly, the one with the most tricks, the one best critically recieved, the one with the best reviews, the one that's been most influential over time? Oh man! [smile]

Maybe someone could put together some system of point scoring for those sorts of things (top three best sellers get 3, 2, 1 points respectively; same for most well recieved etc) it would be brutal trying to actually do such a thing [smile]

All that said, though, I think of 'greatness' in terms of enduring and profound influence. In which case I imagine that certain classic card books will have to at least be in the running: Expert at the Card Table; Royal Road to Card Magic; Expert Card Technique; Close Up Card Magic ... You know the ones, lol [smile]


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Chris,

I like to ask open ended questions lol. How about this..what is your favorite book on card magic ?

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Well, favourite I can do, lol [smile]  But it changes ... ! [smile]

At the moment, I'm gonna have to say Card College - but who knows what it will be next year [smile]

Another great video on books (some sleights are sort-of taught here - so if you want I can remove it):


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Awwhhhh, gee!
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Chris,

I like to ask open ended questions lol. How about this..what is your favorite book on card magic ?


Favourite book is a much easier question to answer, for me it's Rim Shots (unless I can say collections, in that case it's Classic Collection volume 2).  For greatest (???) that's really difficult.  It would probably be something packed with a ridiculous amount of magic like RCT, or some really seminal text like Royal Road or Greater Magic (would you count that as a card book?).

The argument could probably be made for a really recent book too, in that as it stands on the shoulders of giants it sees the farthest?  Hard to say.  Of all the ones I've read...EATCT probably stands out as being the most likely candidate....
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Anyone of Harry's books, of course or The Complete Works of Alex Elmsley Vol. 1 and vol. 2  
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Such a subjective question. 

I believe that I have mentioned before that way back in the late 70s or early 80s, Dan Garrett was managing M&M Magic in College Park, Georgia. I had mentioned to him one afternoon that I did not find card magic at all interesting. He showed me a couple of things - I honestly cannot recall exactly what he showed me, but hey, it's Dan Garrett. He told me that the tricks were from a particular book, Close-Up Card Magic, and he insisted that I buy a copy. I did. It opened my eyes to the possibilities and I have considered myself a card guy pretty much ever since. Is Close-Up Card Magic the greatest card book of all time? Who can say? I do know that without it I may never have discovered the rich world of card tricks. (So, thanks to both Dan and Harry for turning me on to a lifelong passion!)
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     My pleasure, Sir!
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I don't know what the greatest card book of all time is but following the theme of the excellent Michael Vincent and Jason England videos I remember that Steven Youell had a great list of card books on a private forum he used to run. I obtained some of those books at the time and am very slowly working through them.

As Steven is a member here it would be nice if he still has his list and could perhaps share some of his recommendations. Perhaps the greatest card book is hidden away amongst them.
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Would be interested in that list [smile]
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I'd have to go with Close up Card Magic also.  I was told by Steve Dacri (many years ago) that I needed to buy that book, even if I didn't buy anything else at his shop that day.  Still like going through it.
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The one coming out next month.

I read about it one the Cafe'

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The one coming out next month.

I read about it one the Cafe'


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Close-Up Card Magic by Harry Lorayne.
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