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It seems like that there are a lot of new people to magic here...so let me ask you, 

What book can you suggest to someone new just starting out ? And why?

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What effect can you suggest to someone just starting out ? And why?

For me, it was The Mark Wilson Course In Magic and I am glad I did because I learned a lot of stuff. I got the course because I saw Mark Wilson on TV. I saw his course in a ad on the back of MAGIC magazine.

The effect that I would recommend would be any self working trick so the beginner can focus on presentation and not worry about making a mistake.

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I recommend a small book from Allan ZOla Kronzek called The Secrets of Alkazar. It's billed as "A book of magic for young magicians" but it's good for anyone getting into magic. It's on Amazon for $8.95. It's not just a book of tricks. Allan goes into the psychology and other important details when he teaches a trick. 

The Mark Wilson book is great too. But it's more of a book of tricks. I like to start people with the Kronzek book since it grounds them by teaching why and not just how.

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Harry Lorayne's 'The Magic Book'. It has variety, requires no gimmicks, explains presentation and explains why the tricks work. And the tricks may be simple but that doesn't mean they aren't strong.

I also think Mark Wilson's course is great.

Bill Tarr's books, Lessons in Sleight of Hand series, are a good next step.
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I agree with RayJ about the Bill Tarr books. They're excellent too.

Joshua Jay's "Magic The Complete Course" and "Magic Digest" by George Anderson are good as well.

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   Hey Mike, listen to RayJ (Harry Lorayne's 'The Magic Book'. It has variety, requires no gimmicks, explains presentation and explains why the tricks work. And the tricks may be simple but that doesn't mean they aren't strong.)   Who knows, YOU may even learn something from that book. Never know...as happened some time ago when you learned how to really handle the overhand injog shuffle from me! 
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Harry Lorayne's, The Magic Book. 

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The Magic Handbook by Peter Eldin .
And don't forget Magic for Dummies by David Pogue and The Complete Idiot's Guide to Magic Tricks by Tom Ogden.
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Harry Lorayne's, The Magic Book. 



Excellent recommendation, Bob!! One of my absolute favorites!

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I am glad people are chiming in. But if you look again at my OP, I ask what book you would recommend AND WHY.

And what one effect would you recommend to a beginner, AND WHY.

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A post I posted a few months ago as a new magician, it has my recommendations for someone just getting started. https://www.themagiciansforum.com/post/one-year-of-magic-10521602
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Ok the why for my choices are they are easy to understand and fit the criteria for easy beginners magic.
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The Magic Book by Harry Lorayne is perfect for someone looking to get started in impromptu close-up magic, it is full of great magical ideas and is superbly written. Alongside this I always recommend the Alkazar book by Allan Kronzek, which Mike Powers has already mentioned.

Why these two?

Because they will school you in the basics of magic, give you a great foundation and allow you to create miracles wherever you go.

Trick-wise?

I always begin with the key-card principle because it teaches the importance of simplicity and presentational skills. Over the years I have used the key-card to create various different effects by simply altering the presentational framework.

But the best thing any beginner can do is find a mentor and work with them in order to save time and learn the true secrets of magic from day one 👍
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If I had a pupil beginer in card magic, the first effect I would teach him/her would be divining a card by using the "key card" technique. Borrowing J. F. Kennedy's words, "...not because it is easy, but because it is hard..."
So to speak, to make him/her to understand that a trick is not magic, but the magician, which is a very important thing to get on track in the art of magic:

The magician has a card selected and lost in the deck. Next, pinpoint it.
Is that magic?
No, it's not.
It's just a trick.
Magic is not so easy.

Now, let's have a read to "Emotional Reaction" by Dai Vernon, from "Inner Secrets of Card Magic"...
Yes, that's magic.
It's not the same to wonder how the hell did the magician get to know my card, than to wonder how the hell did the magician get to know my card simply by taking it near my heart and looking at my eyes.
In this way we would make our student aware of what magic really is. Not tricks.

Regarding books... I learnt by means of Spanish books, so can't help much. But, I want to say that I reckon that a good book for beginers should be a methodology well organised from scratch. Not "The magic of...."
For example: Lewis Ganson's Works is not a method, but just the magic of Vernon, whereas "Card College" by Giobbi is a method properly expressed.
Anyway, "Card College" is only an example... There are so many options for beginners... Like Mr. Lorayne's "The Magic Book" as pointed out by Bob Farmer.

So, why? Because of the method used to teach magic from scratch.


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I would recommend Mark Wilsons Complete Course In Magic. This was the first "general" magic book I studied (I had studied Royal Road before this).

For their first trick, I'd teach "Do As I Do" from the book - it's a very simple piece as far as sleights go, and with a decent presentation, can be a great piece.



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What book can you suggest to someone new just starting out ? And why?


I actually ended up writing an article on this subject, covering both videos and books:

Recommended Resources For Beginners In Card Magic

For magic in general, books I'd suggest include:

● Magic: The Complete Course (Joshua Jay)
● Magic for Dummies (David Pogue)
● Complete Course in Magic (Mark Wilson)

For card magic specifically, books I'd suggest include:

● Card College Light, Lighter, and Lightest (Roberto Giobbi)
● Self-Working Card Tricks series (Karl Fulves)
● Magic With Cards (Frank Garcia & George Schindler)
● The Royal Road to Card Magic (Jean Hugard & Frederick Braue)
● Card College 1 and Card College 2 (Roberto Giobbi)

What many people overlook is the need to focus on good presentation and showmanship, and there are some invaluable books on that subject:

● Strong Magic (Darwin Ortiz)
● Designing Miracles (Darwin Ortiz)
● Maximum Entertainment (Ken Weber)

As for why I'd recommend these particular books, see the article for more comments on each.


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Over the years I have given folks interested in learning magic one of the Fulves Self Working Books.  I point out that they should read through and find anything that gets their attention and that they think they can do.  When they are ready I'm glad to watch and then gently nudge them toward working on making the piece fun to watch.  I think those books are filled with wonderful pieces, are readily available on Amazon, and really well written.  This approach to teaching others also helps root out the sincere from the idly curious.  Also, sometimes, you show someone a beginner's trick and they will say something such as, "well, that's nice, but teach me the one where someone just thinks of a card and you know it."  Then you have to have the crawling before you can walk conversation, etc.  By giving them a book, never lend, you show them an act of generosity while putting the real (an pleasurable) work on them.  
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   Great list, Endersgame; it would have been even greater if you'd.....oh, the heck with it - to each his own.
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   Great list, Endersgame; it would have been even greater if you'd.....oh, the heck with it - to each his own.

Indeed, let me add one more:

● The Magic Book (Harry Lorayne)

I didn't own it at the time I first wrote that article, but I've since purchased it and recommend it also.


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