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Magic Books 2017

Posted: November 12th, 2017, 9:38 am
by AJM
What do folks think have been the 'must have' magic books published so far in 2017?


Re: Magic Books 2017

Posted: November 12th, 2017, 10:10 am
by Ted M
Less Is More by Ben Earl is an elegant, thoughtful study of cutting four aces.

Henry Christ's Fabulous Four Ace trick is his starting point. From there he incrementally modifies the trick to remove weaknesses, to enhance the revelations, to allow the spectator to shuffle... until the effect becomes cutting four aces from a freely shuffled deck. The book is a work of theory, practically applied all the way through to develop a good effect into a piece of amazement. ... s-is-more/

Re: Magic Books 2017

Posted: November 12th, 2017, 4:38 pm
by Richard Tremblay
Ted M wrote:Less Is More by Ben Earl...

I second.


Re: Magic Books 2017

Posted: November 14th, 2017, 3:43 pm
by Joe Mckay
It feels like it has been a quiet year for books.

The highlight of my year has been getting JAMM ( in my inbox each month.

As for books - the stand out one for me is Bob Farmer's The Bammo Tarotdiction Toolbox.

I took awhile before ordering it. And that worked out well for me since the supplements that Bob emailed out after the book was published were included with the book. And the supplements are my favourite part of the book. I prefer seeing this principle applied to a full deck of cards rather than a packet. And that is what the supplements focus on.

The book has a lot going for it. A new principle. And easy to do. And my favourite trick - which ends with a shuffled deck in new deck order - allows you to do something that cannot be done by sleight-of-hand or gaffs. It is rare a new principle achieves an effect that cannot really be achieved any other way. I really love playing around with the system that Bob has uncovered. And all this despite the fact I was on a break from card tricks.

Re: Magic Books 2017

Posted: November 14th, 2017, 5:22 pm
by Ted M
Another fruit of this year's publishing harvest is this gorgeous 248-page book of magic posters and supporting essays:

Illusions: The Art of Magic: Posters from the Golden Age of Magic ... 874397585/

I'm very pleased with mine, and the price can't be beat.