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Hi All,
I was thinking about the many references people have been posting in answer to the inquiries of our members. And I noticed in my answers I see a lot of books by Walter B. Gibson and Lewis Ganson. So who do you think is the answer to my topic question?
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I think Harry Lorayne is one of those authors if not the most prolific... he just wrote yet another book...
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Thanks for your input. Yes Harry Lorayne deserves to be right at the top of any magic list.


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Marlo wrote a lot, too. But I think that if you consider Apocalypse, HL's body of work would be tough to top.

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Racherbaumer has also written a lot.

And Darwin Ortiz has also written quite a few books. 


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I believe that Matt Field did the research on this and found that Karl Fulves was the winner. Max Maven is likely also a candidate. But I believe that Matt showed that Fulves published more than anyone. I was surprised.

Here's a thread on the Genii forum: LINK

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Apparently he's still going as well, although it's quite hard to order Fulves stuff i'm told.
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Richard Kaufman has also written quite a few books... and now he's the editor of Genii Magazine, so I guess he could be writing a few pages himself (writing about magic-related content, not tricks) every month... 
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I believe that Matt Field did the research on this and found that Karl Fulves was the winner. Max Maven is likely also a candidate. But I believe that Matt showed that Fulves published more than anyone. I was surprised.

Here's a thread on the Genii forum: LINK

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That makes "retroactive-intuitive" sense. Hiding right there in plain sight... Now I'm wondering where J.K. Hartman might fit in the rankings.

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I didn't realize there was a study done on this topic. Reading the Genii thread Mike sent us it was written in 2012. Harry Lorayne is mentioned along with others. I was impressed with the fact that one of my selections, Walter Gibson was given the nod. But surprised I didn't see Lewis Ganson's name unless I missed it.
Thanks Mike.
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Jon Racherbaumer's output eclipses everyone else.
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Jon Racherbaumer's output eclipses everyone else.


Does "output" equal "author"?
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C’mon. Be real.
Has anyone bothered to count the tricks that passed through Harry’s fingers on the way to keyboards? All of his books? 3 “Best of Friends” books must have close to 1,000 effects alone! Twenty YEARS of Apocalypse with, what, 6 - 10 tricks per issue?? While all of this was not original, it was all touched on by Harry.
Yes, Fulves had quite a prodigious output, but I truly believe Harry’s work exceeded Fulves.

It is possible, that if you are looking for 100% original effects, Max Maven has ‘em all beat, but even Max would admit some of his material borrows from others

In the end, I think this whole thing is a ridiculous exercise. Annemann and UF Grant were known for their output too back in their days. And they don’t show up prominently on these lists!

A more intelligent exercise is to consider high quality output. This being the case, Mr Lorayne laps the field! Give him the gold, silver and bronze medals!
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Ed Marlo - Karl Fulves - Harry Lorayne

Are the PODIUM to me.

Who first, second, third? I don't quite know.

Richard Kaufman may get into that podium as well...

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C’mon. Be real.

In the end, I think this whole thing is a ridiculous exercise. 



Well, of course, it is, though the current officially recognised buzzwords are "preposterous" and "absurd".
https://www.themagiciansforum.com/post/test-your-creativity-10536401?trail=#21

But I think it's fun.

Fulves, Lorayne, Marlo, Maven (together with Goldstein) and Racherbaumer are likely candidates. But I'm not going to pick one. I'm in enough bother without all that.

And anyway let's not forget Erdnase in all this. He wrote no end of stuff under pseudonyms.
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Anonymous usually gets the nod. Wow, all the authors are wonderful. Thanks for filling my life with magic! And don't forget Hugard and Braue. I still love Sid Lorraine and Robert Orben, though that would be more comedy.
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What about Stephen Minch? I serm to see his name on quite a few books, maybe not tbe most.
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