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Intensely Magic

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I think I mentioned somewhere else that I've been in the process of digitizing as much as possible of my DVDs and other magic over the past few months. This has been forced upon me by certain inevitable life changes.

Anyway, invariably, I'm slowed down by stopping and looking at things I've long forgotten or items that bring up fond memories. This is always peppered with reminders of how much unadulterated crap I've bought over the many years.

Anyway, there are certain magicians and producers that I still trust and am willing to buy most anything they produce sight unseen. I know many people here would mention HL first (my collection is virtually complete going back to my initial purchase in 1967). Otherwise, my list is pretty darn short. I can think of:

Richard Kaufman
Bill Malone (While I feel he peaked with the initial L&L set, I've always been happy with the later stuff)
Jim Steinmeyer (Never understood why his stuff isn't more popular)

I'm sure there are others, but right now that's about it. So many that would have qualified for the list some years ago, in my opinion, have released items that are just not very good. Personally, I'm not very willing to forget lousy products and I'm much more careful after purchasing substandard stuff.

I would be very interested to hear who is on your short list of magicians / companies you trust totally to give you quality and value with every release.

I know it would probably be more interesting to list those that you wouldn't touch with the proverbial 10 foot poll, but that is fraught with danger and I'm afraid Rudy would need to do far more moderating than he would like.

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I think I mentioned somewhere else that I've been in the process of digitizing as much as possible of my DVDs and other magic over the past few months. This has been forced upon me by certain inevitable life changes.

Anyway, invariably, I'm slowed down by stopping and looking at things I've long forgotten or items that bring up fond memories. This is always peppered with reminders of how much unadulterated crap I've bought over the many years.

Anyway, there are certain magicians and producers that I still trust and am willing to buy most anything they produce sight unseen. I know many people here would mention HL first (my collection is virtually complete going back to my initial purchase in 1967). Otherwise, my list is pretty darn short. I can think of:

Richard Kaufman
Bill Malone (While I feel he peaked with the initial L&L set, I've always been happy with the later stuff)
Jim Steinmeyer (Never understood why his stuff isn't more popular)

I'm sure there are others, but right now that's about it. So many that would have qualified for the list some years ago, in my opinion, have released items that are just not very good. Personally, I'm not very willing to forget lousy products and I'm much more careful after purchasing substandard stuff.

I would be very interested to hear who is on your short list of magicians / companies you trust totally to give you quality and value with every release.

I know it would probably be more interesting to list those that you wouldn't touch with the proverbial 10 foot poll, but that is fraught with danger and I'm afraid Rudy would need to do far more moderating than he would like.

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I have used Penguin Magic for my most recent purchases (about 4 years). They have a great service and they deliver very quickly (between 2 and 3 days). Most of the things I bought (books) were not produced by them.

I have also bought from Vanishing Inc. but mostly their downloads (videos and PDFs produced by them). The most recent one included the book 52 (Andi Gladwin) and One Degree (Guastaferro). I did not like their delivery because it took a week to get here.

In a more distant past, I used to buy from L&L Publishing. I bought many books and DVDs produced by them and they also have great service. One time a DVD I bought was damaged and they replaced it in a week!


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I try to buy locally when I can - Browser's Den of Magic in Toronto and Magie Parfait in Montreal are both owned by knowledgeable magicians whom I like and trust.

I've always had excellent service from H&R books.  They have a huge selection of used books as well as new releases.

During the summer I visited Diamond's Magic near Salem Mass.  Since then I have ordered a few things from them and been very pleased with the service.  One nice touch is that their website shows prices in Canadian dollars.

Byron Walker sometimes has books that the major retailers don't.  For example I searched for a couple of years for Bannon's "Smoke and Mirrors".  Finally someone suggested asking Byron, and he had one.  A bit pricey but for a hard-to-find item that's to be expected - and the service was great.

I used to order Stephen Minch's books directly from him, but he's recently joined forces with Penguin Magic to distribute his books.  His Hermetic Press books are among the best produced in my collection.
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I agree that Jim Steinmeyer does not seem to get the recognition in the general magic community that he thoroughly deserves. He made illusions for Doug Henning's Broadway shows, so maybe people think he is "just" an illusionist. But his Conjuring Anthology book and Conjuring column in Genii magazine are the best resources that I know of for stand-up material. He also has a series of Impuzzibilities books that are very interesting.
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I love the Impuzzibilities books.  Steinmeyer's version of Bank Night from his Conjuring column is one of the best I know of.
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Anyway, there are certain magicians and producers that I still trust and am willing to buy most anything they produce sight unseen. I know many people here would mention HL first (my collection is virtually complete going back to my initial purchase in 1967). Otherwise, my list is pretty darn short. I can think of:

Richard Kaufman
Bill Malone (While I feel he peaked with the initial L&L set, I've always been happy with the later stuff)
Jim Steinmeyer (Never understood why his stuff isn't more popular)

I'm sure there are others, but right now that's about it. So many that would have qualified for the list some years ago, in my opinion, have released items that are just not very good. Personally, I'm not very willing to forget lousy products and I'm much more careful after purchasing substandard stuff.

I would be very interested to hear who is on your short list of magicians / companies you trust totally to give you quality and value with every release.



My list of magicians, including Harry as a given as you mentioned above:

Simon Aronson
Juan Tamariz
Eugene Burger
David Regal
John Bannon

There are 2 more I must mention, because I feel did they not get enough time to fully share with us and sadly are no longer with us:

Tommy Wonder
Jack Parker

I enjoy hearing what others think on this subject. Thanks for the thread, IM!

-Alan
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    I assume that "HL" and "Harry" refers to YT - Yours Truly or "Yours".  If so - thanks; nice to hear.
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Darwin Ortiz has written about this- authors we trust.

For me, they are Harry Lorayne, Darwin Ortiz, John Bannon and Simon Aronson. I know I can purchase any book by these four and find high quality, practical, usable material.

Of course, there are other authors I trust to have both excellent writing and to put out quality publications like Richard Kaufman, Jon Racherbaumer, Stephen Minch and Dr. Edwin Dawes.

As an aside, I also purchase every book of J.K.Hartman's . For slightly different reasons.

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        Don't know if this is the proper thread to post this, but just saw Paul Gordon's post on Facebook - made my day - and I'd like to share it here. Hope he doesn't mind. I'd have loved to "do" it at the Tragic CafĂ© also but can't - we're both banned! Ha.
Here's his post -

Here's a touching story for you: Between the mid 60s and mid 70s I learned magic via the usual box sets (David Nixon) and various beginners books. I tinkered with all kinds of magic but was never satisfied. In 1976, I was invited to a party run by The Sussex Magic Circle which I had just joined. At the party I entered a raffle and won Harry Lorayne's Close-up Card Magic. I took it home and, to be frank, couldn't put it down. I fell in love with card magic right there and then. I read it, re-read it and tried everything in it. 41 years later, as I write this, I still feel the joy and excitement I felt way back then. When I open my original copy, I can literally smell the hot summer of '76 and everything else that was happening in my life in those heady exciting times. I then saved all my money to buy - eventually - all of Harry's books to that date. Epitome Location was his latest in 1976 and I used to fool everyone with it. I wrote to Harry thanking him and he wrote back a beautiful reply. I'd never have believed we would have become friends and I'm so honoured to have some of my magic in both Best of Friends and Apocalypse. We've met on numerous occasions since and last May, I flew to New York just to attend his 90th. To be honest, I owe my love of card magic solely to Harry. I love him dearly. Thanks Harry. Paul x

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Nice tribute from Paul, and richly deserved. How can I say that? Easy. As I believe I mentioned previously in another thread, I too was introduced and fell in love with card magic by way of Close-Up Card Magic. I walked into M&M Magic near Atlanta in the early 80s with money for magic burning a hole in my pocket. As I drooled over the Johnson Products line and other assorted wonder in the display case, Dan Garrett showed me a couple of card tricks and blew me away. To that point I had been interested in anything but card magic since it seemed so sophomoric. Dan recommended Close-Up Card Magic and I left the shop with a copy. So here's a word or gratitude to both Harry and Dan for showing me the way!
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